Saturday, September 27, 2008

RIP: Paul Newman

Legendary actor Paul Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Connecticut after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The 83-year-old leading man was a fixture in American cinema over the last six decades with memorable turns in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Hustler (1962), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), Slap Shot (1977), The Verdict (1982), The Color of Money (1986), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and Road to Perdition (2002).

The actor retired last year, his last acting gigs being 2005's Empire Falls and voice work in 2006's Cars.

But his proudest achievement may have been his 50-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward. When asked about the durability of their marriage in the face of the temptations that come to any Hollywood leading man, Newman replied with characteristic dry wit. "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?" he said.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Live Death Note

Death Note, the live action movie plays tonight at Silver City and if you have any interest in Manga, Anime or Japanese culture its worth checking out, just for the shear number of fans that should be there.

I got an advanced copy of the film, but was unable to see with my busy work schedule so I passed it to Winter for reviewing, she skweeeed, she was so happy. :)

What can I say? "Death Note the Movie", has to be one of the best live action roleplay, complete with unbelievable acting. Not to mention the precise timing of Light Yamami (played by Tatsuya Fujiwara) with the fine technology that gave us Ryuk. I promise, if I had more than two thumbs, they would be high up and proud! Awesome job to the voice actors. The did amazingly well and should be applauded.

All in all What I am trying to communicate to you is that for anime fans, unite in the comfort of Tillicum's Silver City, Pocky in one hand and High caffine energy drinks in the other, to witness the spectacle that is the reign of DEATH NOTE.

Show Time:
9:00 PM

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New CFO at Anime Expo

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced today that Mr. Steve M. Rezayat is joining the organization as Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Rezayat will be joining former Chief Financial Officer and current Chief Executive Officer Ms. Trulee Karahashi in the guidance of the organization that runs the nations largest anime and manga convention, Anime Expo®. Known to fans as AX.

We're very excited to have Steve onboard, said SPJA CEO, Trulee Karahashi. His qualifications, background and enthusiasm are valued and will contribute a great deal to our organization. We are looking forward to his assistance with the continued growth and strength of the SPJA where we are now and in the future.

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. Aproxamatly 43,000 unique attendees decended on LA for this year's convention over the July 4th weekend.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Why no Shatner?

AMC recently asked Fringe and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams about William Shatner's ire at not having a role in the upcoming Star Trek film?

Abrams answered that, "We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn't quite feel right." in addition Abrams says that Shatner was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Heroes: poster collection

Posters for the upcoming season 3 of Heroes.
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Heroes: Image collection

Heroes cast meeting in LA

First set of promotional shots for season 3 of Heroes.

Later today the posters

Monday, September 01, 2008

Google Chrome

Tomorrow, September 2/08, is supposed to be Chrome launch day. What is Google Chrome, and why is it important to the web?

Scott McLeod
created a comic for Google to announce this new concept in internet browsing and I've had a full read of it. If it does what it says it will, Chrome will be the biggest paradigm shift in the internet since the development of The Web. Over the last three years I have moved my blogging to Google's blogspot, my email to G-mail, and my newsreader to Google reader. I use Google Webmaster tools to tweak my websites and constantly wish that 'x site' was done better by Google.

I have used Firefox from its beginning, and like Firefox 3 I will be downloading Chrome on Day One. While there doesn't seem to be an organized movement to try to break any records like Firefox, I hope you spread the word and let everyone you know, know. I truly believe that this will change how the web works.

Load times on some of the provided links my be long as this news is snowballing. Another version of the comic is here.

Steam Punk themes in Ember

Steampunk Abney ParkSteampunk Abney Park, goth subcultureSteam Punk is gaining a resurgence in popular culture and especially films. Wikipedia defines Steam Punk as a sub-genre of Fantasy and speculative fiction set in an era or world were steam power is in common use, the term was coined in opposition to the emerging use of cyberpunk in the 1980's.

The City of Ember is a 2003 novel by Jeanne DuPrau, revolving around the underground city of Ember, the one known surviving settlement and "the only light in the dark world" that's slowly dying as supplies run low and the electrical system starts to fail. This book is now being turned into a Walden movie and the setting is perfectly Steam Punk, watch the trailer and when you go see the film I encourage you to dress in you Steam Punk best. Premier is set for Oct 10, 2008.

Dr. Who in America

For my Dr. Who friends, a report from The News of the World that two of the upcoming Doctor Who TV specials for next year will be filmed in America.

With the full season being replaced by at least three specials next year, word now comes that these tele-movies will include not just a U.S. setting but a U.S. assistant as well.

Showrunner Russell T. Davies "is determined to go out with a bang and the specials will be explosive - we're spending much more money on them than normal".

Reasons for the move stateside seam to be twofold, the British Pound goes feather in the US and the surge in popularity of the series in the US where it is shown on the Sci-Fi channel.

Meanwhile the BBC has announced that Torchwood will have an unusual schedule next year. As previously reported, the third season will be cut from twelve episodes to just five.

Its reported that these episodes, operating under the moniker 'Children Of Earth', will be shown over five consecutive nights on BBC One sometime next spring.