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Green Hornet Film Review.

The Green Hornet was a radio show, Comic and TV show, before the Current movie was made. It has cult status and many love the short lived 60’s TV show starting Bruce Lee as Kato.

The new film starts at the beginning and show how the Green Hornet come to be.
There are some big names in the film, Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz and Edward James Olmos. But the real star of the film is South Korea Ideal winner Jay Chou.

The film starts off showing Britt Reid (Rogen) being a slacker and not really having a goal in life. Until is father (Wilkinson) is killed.
Reid is now the owner of one of LA biggest News Papers The Sentinel, though he not really interesting taking over form his father, he leaves it in the hands of his Father partner Mike Axford (Olmos).

Reid meets is father loyal Driver Kato (Chou) and they both strike up a friendship.
They hatch a plan to cut off the head of Reid father statue. In the process that stop muggers form attacking a couple. There is a excellent fight here where you get to see “Kato Vision” which is quite fun.

Due to the rush of saving the couple, they decide to become heroes with a twist. Instead of showing of that they are heroes; They pretend to be villains so that they can find out who the city real villains are.

Reid starts getting more involved with his paper in order to push the stories about the Green Hornet.

The film not to bad and is quite funny in parts, how it does get slow in the middle.
Rogan is good, as the slacker, but he does not really suit the part of the Green Hornet.
This might because I see the Hornet as a more mature person. If there is a sequel then hopefully the character will head more in this direction.

Cameron Diaz, really dose not add anything to the film as is really only there as “the Hot girl.” Which is real shame as she has proven in the past that she can do more than this.

Chritoph Waltz, who I love as villain you can’t help but love in Inglourious Basterds. Is not used to his full potential in this, which is a great shame, though I love his introduction into this film.

But as I stated earlier Jay Chou, is the real star of the film, so expect to see him more of him in the future.

All in all I give this film a 5 of 10. The film has a lot of potential, but it is lacking in places. Weather it get a sequel really comes down to how it dose at the box office.

Britt Reid: Think about this, Kato. We’ve been completely wasting our potential. This city needs our help. We could be heroes! We will *pose* as villains to get close to the bad guys. That way, no one will suspect we’re really the good guys. Will you come with me on this adventure?


PSP2 Announced

Today in Tokyo Sony formally announced the PSP2, code name:- Next Generation Portable or NGP.
It highly unlikely that name will stay and mostly likely would be called the PSP2.
The new hand held is due to come out in late 2011. though price has not yet been set, excpet this to be announced at E3.

The NGP will use a new game medium, Which means that the UMD form are long gone. The new medium is a small flash memory based card. The cards will store full game titles and add-on game content or save data. Sony notes that they’ll be able to provide higher capacity cards in the future to allow developers to store more game data.

The device also supports PlayStation Network Trophies.

The NGP contains a touch screen on top and a touch pad on the bottom. This will allow more control within games through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” with just moves of the fingers. The hand held also comes with the much demmaned duel anlog controls.

The NGP has WI-FI and 3G which means that you can on the Playstation Network while you are on the go.
The NGP come will a whole host of new applications.
Games that was anounced to be realsied are very imprssive, from Uncharted to Call of Duty, these games being made just for this hand hled. however it has been noted that one of the game delevloper was able to port over a PS3 title to the NGP in two weeks.

The NGP graphics is on the same level as the PS3.
One the featuer that was roumored and hinted at is that a you could play a game on the PS3 then when you have to travel upload into the NGP and just carried on playing. This could be a very intresting feature but we will have to wait untill E3 ti see if anything comes of it.

Here are the Hardware Spec’s:-

CPU:
ARM Corte-A9 core (4 core)

GPU:
SGX543MP4+

External Dimensions:
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)

Screen:
(Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad:
Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras:

Front camera, Rear camera

Sound:

Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone

Sensors:

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)

Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Built-in GPS

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys/Switches:

PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless Communications:

Mobile network connectivity (3G)

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)

(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)


Akira Class, Part 18. Catamarans Windows

Don’t fear this project is not dead.
I been cutting the windows into the catamarans, not normally a problem. But for some reason once I cut a set in, it made holes and errors on the other side. This meant that not only have to clean up the new windows but also fix all the holes and errors.
I have now complated cutting out the windows on the out side of the catamarans. I just need to do the few on the inside.

onto the pic’s.

Next I will be working on more details.


Tron: Uprising (TV Series.)

I was doing a bit of research for an artical I am writing for Scifi-meshes.com and I came across news of a new Tron TV series, Looks like it will be annimation, weather this is 2d or 3d, is yet to be seen.
Disney’s is planning to have it on the air by summer 2012 and aired on their Disney XD channel.

Elijah Wood & Bruce Boxleitner are down on the IMDb page as being the vocal stars of the show, but it looks like Jeff Bridges, will not be reprsing his role of Kevin Flynn or Clu.2. These role will be vocied by Fred Tatasciore.

The show it set between Tron and Tron Legacy. Around the time Clu.2 starts become angry with Flynn and decides to betray him. The show will center on a new young program called Beck, who has been trainned by Tron. He will attempt to stop Clu.2 by battling Clu.2 General Tesler, who will be the main antagonist.

That’s all I have to now, but when I find more information I’ll let you guys know.

Here is the link to the IMDb Page:- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1812523/

Untill Next Time see you on the Grid!


Tron Project – Classic Regnoizer

I finished off the classic Regnoizer form the orignal film.
As the design is so simple it only took me a few hours to do it, most of the time was spent on getting the scale right.

I used my cockpit chair and “MAX” in the cockpit of the Regnoizer, this helped with the scaling. However they will not stay. I am in two minds about modelling the cockpit as it is in the film or just putting a yellow window in to hid in the inside of the cockpit.

For the textuers I have gone with a reflective surface that is just off black and a red border for each of the blocks. I have already started to put a pictuer to gether using this, so will add the glow of the red in once the pictuer is ready to be render out.


Tron Project – Lightcycle, Part 3

Okay The NEw light cycle is now finished with the modelling.
I have a cover that wraps over the rider and has a Disk on top. I also added some details to the side of the bike (The holes). This is was taken from some of the details on Fylnn’s Lightcycle. There are also flaps on the back of the bike, which you can see closed. I have not rendered any pic’s with it open.

I am now ready to move onto the textuers.


Blender foundation to make featuer length movie.

Ton Roosendaal just mentioned on Twitter:

“Time to reveal next project code name: Gooseberry! The feature film, executed by Institute + small studios around world together. 2012-14?”

Yes, that’s right, the project *after* Mango will be a feature film, produced all over the world.

In related news on Mango:

Worked on pre-pre-production for project Mango… potential funding is close! Amsterdam film academy might help. Project can start in sept