Monday, February 25, 2008

Kei-Kon 6 Report

Kei-Kon 6 aka KeiKon 2008, was this weekend, at Uvic. I attended for the first time, not because I didn't want to in the past, but because I let others go before me. I have constantly had staff that wanted to attend and I let them go. This year I told three staff, I was going, I let them have a day at the con and I went and took pictures of some amazing costumes and talented fans of great works of Japanese visual fiction.


I didn't sit in on any panels, there was only one that caught my attension, set at 8:30 pm. I didn't watch any videos in the video rooms, I can do that at home. I did check out the dealers room with it's hugh line-up, and it was good to see some friends and old staff their. I attended to take pictures of the Cosplayers.


My photography of late has become about people, and Cosplayers are unique people. Like their SCA and Sci-Fi cousins, they share a love for recreation of costumes. But many of their clothes did not originate on a human being, as there media of choice is manga and anime, japanese animated shows. In animation, clothes and props can do thing that would never happen in real life, so creating the same thing in costume can be challenging.

My hat is off to these masters off dissing . While the large cons have more to do and provide oomph and wow factors, I suggest supporting the small local cons and their friendly atmosphere. Or if you live in a big city, maybe next year you should just come on over to Victoria and enjoy our city and our growing con.

More images can be seen at my Deviantart and Cosplay.com accounts, and soon my photography site. My next post will provide links to photos and videos by others that attended KeiKon 6 February 22 - 24, 2008.

Oscar winners


BEST PICTURE
"No Country for Old Men"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Marion Cotillard for "La Vie En Rose"

DIRECTING
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for "No Country For Old Men"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Javier Bardem for "No Country For Old Men"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tilda Swinton for "Michael Clayton"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Ratatouille"

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for "No Country For Old Men"

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Diablo Cody for "Juno"

ART DIRECTION
"Sweeney Todd"

VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Golden Compass"

Fanboys fail


Set in 1998 a group of Fanboys, set out to steal a print of Star Wars: Episode One, because one of the group has cancer and wont live to see the long awaited film in theaters.

That was the set-up for Fanboys, a funny road-trip movie from The Weinstein Company, until it tested poorly to test audiences, so they spent $2 Million to reshoot it, only to have the now improved version score 2 points higher.

This is becoming an expensive movie that may never seen the screen. Maybe they'll but both films on one DVD and try to recoup some of they're losses.

Crappy Trailer for X-Files

Friday, February 22, 2008

Akira gets Americanized

Anime & manga classic Akira is finally getting the American live-action feature film treatment at Warner Bros. Pictures says the trades.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way company will produce the new version which moves the action to New Manhattan, a city rebuilt by Japanese money after being destroyed 31 years earlier.

Akira originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an acclaimed cell animated film. Its mature themes and cutting-edge animation paved the way for anime appreciation in Western pop culture.

The original story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear-war New Tokyo in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang's leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.

Directors Stephen Norrington and Pitof were previously attached to the film which never got off the ground in the past. Warners let the rights lapse, but picked them up again when director Ruairi Robinson (The Silent City) approached them with the idea of doing the story as a two-part epic.

Gary Whitta is writing the new adaptations, each of which will based on three volumes of the six-volume original graphic novel. A Summer 2009 release is being targeted for the first film.

2012 in 2009


Sony Pictures Entertainment has landed Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic spec script 2012 and has targeted a July 10th 2009 release date, that's a week after Ice Age 3 and up against Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The script follows the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet into disaster, and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem.

Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C.) co-wrote the script with Harald Kloser (music composer) and will direct. He shopped the script around to studios on Wednesday who all expressed interest.

Many studios pulled out of the bidding war, due to the high budget, said to be a $200 million and a $20 million against 25% of first-dollar gross price tag for Emmerich himself. Some studios reportedly disliked the story.

Production is scheduled to begin either late Summer or early Fall.

Even more Wolverine cast

Dominic Monaghan and Daniel Henney have joined the cast of Fox's spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Monaghan will play Barnell, a mysterious former military ally of Logan with the power to harness energy and electricity.

Henney will play Agent Zero, a fellow member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal, mutant-enhanced marksman skills.

Production began this month in New Zealand, and will move to Australia whilst a New Orleans shoot is also planned.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2012 Doomsday

Roland Emmerich, the director behind, The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, is set for another apocalyptic epic entitled 2012 reports.

The German director, who releases on March 7th, the prehistorically set 10,000 B.C., shopped the script he co-wrote with Harald Kloser around to studios on Tuesday and nearly all of them were interested enough to meet with him yesterday to hear his budget projection and creative aspirations.

After that, studios will bid on an essentially greenlit film that Emmerich intends to direct next and have ready for a Summer 2009 release.

2012 is a subject dear to my self and is based on the Mayan long-count calender, a time keeping system that ends on December 22, 2012.

More Wolverine cast

Taylor Kitsch, one of the stars of NBC's Friday Night Lights, is playing Gambit, a Cajun thief whose powers include the manipulation of kinetic energy, which allows him to use card-throwing to deadly effect.

Will.i.am, frontman of hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas, will play Wraith, a mutant with the power to turn himself translucent.

Wolverine, set 17 years before the X-Men movies, traces the origins of the popular mutant superhero.

Liev Schreiber has already been cast as Victor Creed, a mutant with bestial superpowers who also is known as Sabretooth.

Production began this month in New Zealand before moving to Australia. A New Orleans shoot also is on the docket. Fox is releasing the film everywhere May 1, 2009.

David Benioff wrote the screenplay. Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter are producing, along with Hugh Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. Marvel Films' Kevin Feige is executive producing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Deadpool Vs. Wolverine

Ryan Reynolds will be suiting up to play anti-hero Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine currently in production.

Reynolds has been attached to both the role of Deadpool and The Flash in their own films for some time, but Deadpool's appearance in the X-Men spin-off is expected to be our first glimpse at the red and grey suited sword-swinging assassin.

Leading up to the events of X-Men, Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

Meanwhile reports are that Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch has signed a three-picture deal to play Gambit (AKA Remy LeBeau). The pair join Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Danny Huston (William Stryker) and Lynn Collins (Silver Fox) in the 20th Century Fox release opening May 1st 2009.

Shooting moves to Sydney, Australia this week and some filming in Glebe Point Park is scheduled for next Friday.

RIP: HD-DVD

Another format has bit the dust, HD-DVD the High-Def format from Toshiba has been pulled by the manufacturer. HD-DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow.

So thinking of going out and buying a Blu-ray player right now? I wouldn't bee to fast. If you've already bought a stand-alone Blu-ray player other than a Playstation 3 then you'll be stuck with the HD-DVD people - ie. likely to throw out your player in the near future.

Only players capable of playing Blu-ray's 2.0 profile (aka. BD-Live) are truly future proof. At present, the only player capable of doing that is the PS3, though Panasonic and Sony are expected to release players soon that use the standard. We're also still a good year or so off from the holy grail - a region free Blu-ray and DVD player that can play either format disc from anywhere in the world.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wolverine cartoon


The trailer for Wolverine and the X-Men has appeared online for your viewing pleasure.

Lost Boys reshots


Corey Haim was in, he was out, now he's reporting for vampire slaying duty in The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe.

Reports from Corey Feldman's blog recently, were that they were heading back for pick-ups on the direct-to-DVD film, and now we know why: All of the scenes excised from the script involving the Sam Emerson character are being re-introduced to the film.

Director P.J. Pesce is heading back behind the camera to lens the previously penned sequences (pre-strike, naturally) with Corey Haim playing Emerson. Feldman, as mentioned, will be involved and shooting is expected to in Vancouver soon.

We're told this will not affect Warner Premiere's DVD release of Lost Boys 2 and a July debut is still in the cards, with a DC Comics tie-in mini-series to fill in the gap between the first film and second. There are already talks of a third film being prepped.

Monday, February 11, 2008

RIP: Roy Scheider


75-year-old acting veteran Roy Scheider passed away on Sunday in Arkansas from complications from a staph infection.

Scheider was nominated for Oscars twice, the first as supporting actor for The French Connection, the second as lead actor in All That Jazz.

Scheider began his film and TV career in 1956, but it was 1975's Jaws by Steven Spielberg that put him on the map. I realy enjoyed him in Seaquest DSV

In recent years, Scheider had been diagnosed with blood cancer and underwent a bone-marrow transplant in 2005 to treat multiple myeloma.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Party Canceled

Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Alice Braga, Ellen Page, Zoƫ Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, and America Ferrera.

Vanity Fair has announced that they are canceling their annual Oscar Party in partial response to the ongoing writers strike.

This announcement coincided with the revelation of the cover for next weeks Hollywood issue (as seen left).

The February 24 party was scrapped even though the writers guild is said to be on track for a possible deal with studios, possibly as soon as this week.

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter decided to cancel the party after talking with West Coast friends and colleagues, said magazine spokeswoman Beth Kseniak.

He decided that even if the three-month writers strike was resolved before the Academy Awards, its affect on Tinseltown was likely to linger.

"Inasmuch as Vanity Fair is a collection of writers, photographers and artists, we do feel ourselves in aligned solidarity with the writers, directors and actors in the film business," Carter said in a statement.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

RIP: Barry Morse

Actor Barry Morse, best known for playing the detective pursuing the wrongly accused Dr. Richard Kimble in 1960s TV series The Fugitive, has died. He was 89.

Morse also played Professor Victor Bergman in 1970's science fiction series Space 1999, as well as characters on many other Science-Fiction series, including both incarnations of Twilight Zone, Space Island One, TekWar, The Martian Chronicles, and the 1964 series The Outer Limits.