There’s some magical quality about the Transformers brand, a wonderful beauty in the idea that giant, walking Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots—who absolutely hate each other, we note—can transform into the coolest of cars, the heaviest of machinery, the biggest of guns… or even larger, walking Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots.
The way things are going, we'd rather run a lemonade stand than try to make a buck selling RAM. The DRAM market continues to struggle, but in an attempt to turn lemons into lemonade, PNY has teamed up with Sony to offer a bonus full-length movie download with the purchase of one of PNY's new memory kits.
The new kits include 8GB and 4GB capacities in both 1333MHz desktop and 1066MHz notebook configurations. PNY says the 8GB kit is now the highest capacity memory in the company's line-up, which sells for $130 direct through PNY, and little less street.
As for the bonus flick, buyers can choose from "over 35 movie titles from a broad selection of genres... The bonus Sony movie downloads include recent blockbuster hits as well as favorite classics, such as The Da Vinci Code, Hitch, Big Daddy, As Good As It Gets, 21, and S.W.A.T."
If you factor in the sales figures for Halo: Reach, the Halo series is a multi-billion dollar franchise. Maybe it's time Microsoft starts thinking about movies, especially if rumors suggesting Stephen Spielberg is interested in making a Halo film turn out to be true.
According to the latest chatter, Spielberg is trying to secure the rights for DreamWorks to produce the first live action film based on the Halo franchise. Both the videogames and the Halo novels would be used as source material for the script.
This isn't the first time Halo has been linked to the big screen. Universal and Fox spent millions of dollars trying to put the pieces in place to make a Halo movie, but the project eventually fell apart. Whatever script Spielberg might be working on is said to be totally different.
These days, it seems like every videogame and its Atari 2600 grandmother is getting a movie tie-in. But hey, games are awesome and so are movies, so where's the problem? Well, see, as it turns out, game movies are not awesome. Not in the slightest. So, is it Game Over for gaming's star on the Hollywood walk of fame? Not necessarily, says Valve's Gabe Newell. We just need to change up our approach, is all.
“Where we got into this direction was after Half-Life 1 had shipped. There was a whole bunch of meetings with people from Hollywood. Directors down there wanted to make a Half-Life movie and stuff, so they’d bring in a writer or some talent agency would bring in writers, and they would pitch us on their story. And their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of,” he explained to PC Gamer.
“That’s when we started saying ‘Wow, the best thing we could ever do is to just not do this as a movie, or we’d have to make it ourselves.’ And I was like, ‘Make it ourselves? Well that’s impossible.’ But the Team Fortress 2 thing, the Meet The Team shorts, is us trying to explore that.”
And so, on this day, our dream of Jason Statham playing an illogically acrobatic, crowbar-kung-fu master Gordon Freeman – while wearing a phony beard, of course – died a quick death. We're not sure whether to be happy or incredibly depressed about that, honestly.
Disney and Warner Bros. have chalked out a new anti-piracy strategy. They seem to believe that merely targeting movie pirates is not enough, especially when their abettors enjoy perfect impunity. To this end, the two colossi have forged a partnership to go after Triton Media, a company the duo says assisted nine content piracy sites by advising them on online advertising and referrals.
In a complaint filed with a U.S. District Court in California Tuesday, the movies studios allege that Triton has “owned, operated, provided advertising consulting and referrals for, and/or provided other material assistance to nine websites www.freetv-video-online.info, supernovatube.corn, donogo.com , watch-movies.net, watchmovies-online.tv , watch-movies-links.net , thepiratecity.org, and havenvideo.com.”
The complaint describes the above-named websites as “one-stop-shops” for infringing works. As a large part of the complaint is dedicated to the nine websites and their modus operandi, details on Triton's role are limited. Alleging that the advertising company has been assisting the websites despite being fully aware of the illegal nature of the content they house, the movie studios contend that Triton's conduct amounts to contributory copyright infringement and inducement of copyright infringement. They want the court to award unspecified damages and an injunction barring further infringement.
Who here likes getting something for nothing? Everyone? Good, because once again our friends over at Warner Home Video have given us a whole bunch of DVDs and Blu-rays to give away, and this time we're going to make it very easy for you to win. The movie is Clash of the Titans, and all you have to do to be entered to win is follow us on Twitter. Here's what Warner says about the film:
In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.
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That's right, all you have to do follow us on Twitter (we're @maximumpc), and one week from today (that's Wednesday, August 4th) we'll pick 20 random winners from our who pool of Twitter followers to get a copy of the movie, (either DVD Blu-ray, given out first come first serve).
A scientific study in the late 90’s had concluded that the average mainland Chinese mind lacks the mental faculty necessary to fully comprehend the concept of intellectual property. Well, all right, I just made it all up to highlight the extreme level of piracy in China, something that has been done ad nauseam.
But the Chinese government’s latest anti-piracy initiative is a step in the right direction. According to reports in the local media, authorities in Beijing have begun cracking down on internet cafes suspected of video piracy, with over a third of the city’s 1500 registered cyber cafes on their radar.
According to a news report on InformationWeek.com, around 30% of all internet cafe customers come to watch movies, even though more than 60% of China’s 130,000 registered cyber cafes have never sought any video distribution licenses.
The film Predators opened in theaters over the weekend, and as was the case with several other flicks proceed by Robert Rodriquez -- Shorts, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, Planet Terror, Sin City -- it was AMD hardware that brought the special effects to life.
In this case, Troublemaker Studios tapped into AMD's six-core Opteron processors and ATI FirePro graphics cards, and specifically the V8800 iteration. Representing the flagship GPU in the FirePro Vxxx line, the V8800 comes with 1600 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, 2GB of GDDR5, and all the modern standards you would expect, such as DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, and Shader Model 5.0.
Six digital artists comprised the core Predators production team. According to Charlie Boswell, AMD's Direct of Digital Media and Entertainment, the AMD-powered workstations allowed the Predators team to render scenes in real-time at resolutions of up to 4,096 x 2,160.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has already made it quite clear that fighting piracy figures prominently on the Obama administration's agenda. Last week, Biden, along with Victoria Espinel, the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, unveiled the current administration's new strategy on protecting the interests of copyright holders.
The feds have now begun cracking down on movie piracy sites as part of this new strategy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday seized seven domain names, including Movies-Links.tv, Now-Movies.com, TVShack.net, Filespump.com and Planetmoviez.com.
Funds lodged in 15 bank, Paypal, advertising and investment accounts belonging to the sites’ operators were also seized. But the worst is yet to come for these movie pirates as the authorities have launched a criminal investigation against them.
Videogame movies, right? They’re all the same, every one of them. Each flecks of corn on the same festering pile of dung. Or are they? Between Spiderman director Sam Raimi, Dark Knight producer Legendary Pictures, and “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, the Warcraft movie’s assembled a dream team that most major motion pictures only, well, dream of. Actually, you might want to pinch yourself too, because Blizzard’s resident lore master Chris Metzen – the man behind the worlds of Diablo, Starcraft, and of course, Warcraft – is heavily involved in the project as well. When asked about the movie’s progress, Metzen told VG247:
“I wouldn’t say ‘considerable’ at all just yet. We’ve been through a number of story meetings, and we’re still kind of getting it together with Raimi and his team and jamming on themes that we want to chase. We’re kinda getting a lot of values together – what kind of story we want to tell, what do we want people to feel, what is the best way to look at this big franchise.”
“My intention with the feature is that it is as close as possible to what people have experienced and what they know of our canon, but we’ll have to see the way it plays out. And I don’t mean that facetiously – we’re still trying to figure it out.”
Unsurprisingly, Metzen acknowledged that the Warcraft movie won’t adhere to its source material 100 percent. However, he likened it to Spiderman’s organic web shooters in the movies, versus his mechanical ones in the comics. Slight, mostly inconsequential changes, in other words. Don’t think, however, that Metzen has forgotten about the fans who rallied around Warcraft in the first place. Turns out, they’re priority number one.
“I have… from the day we decided it would be a good idea to have a movie in any shape… I worry about [disappointing the fans] constantly,” he admitted. “Hell, I worry about it on the games side. It’s all so complicated and fast moving – I have nightmares about screwing it up or just missing the mark. Even a movie that’s 85% good; that’s not 100% good, and our fans are very particular. But the point where we are today, with Sam and his crew – we’re still feeling it out and I think everyone shares that."