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MGS: The Movie

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

We have all expected this since the beginning of games-become-films - a Metal Gear Solid film. Well, we might just get to see that reality care of the new "I'll make every game into a movie" director, Paul W.S. Anderson (that title used to belong to Uwe Boll, but he was a twit).

Anderson has directed the Resident Evil series of films, the first Mortal Kombat film and is working on a Castlevania adaptation. So far, all of his game-based films have been very watchable, but the franchises he was working with were pretty high-profile. If he were to take on Metal Gear, my fear is he might make another "very watchable" film, which is far less than the MG series deserves.

Of course, this information is all speculative and comes to us third hand. Jeremy Bolt, who is producing the new Resident Evil: Afterlife film, off handedly mentioned something about MGS and Anderson in a single sentence to the guys from ShockTillYouDrop in an interview about their current film. My guess is this is all rumor that will pan out to be irrelevant. We'll see.

Murdoch Will Make Us Pay

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Murdoch Will Make Us Pay

It seems that Murdoch and some international news execs have gone on quite the rampage against news aggregation sites, especially Google News, accusing them of "acting as a parasite." Murdoch also believes that aggregation sites and search engines do not fall under fair use rules. Making this statement,

There's a doctrine called fair use, which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether, but we'll take that slowly. The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it - steal our stories, we say they steal our stories - they just take them.

I suppose this means that News Corp. has pulled their stories from Google's news index among other indexes right? No and here's why,

Thor Films Soon

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Thor</i> Films Soon

Production Weekly recently reported that our favorite Norse god will soon begin filming his big screen debut in LA sometime mid-January. In March, they pick up production and move to Santa Fe, New Mexico to finish up the principal photography.

Thor is the second of three major films to be released in preparation for The Avengers on May 4, 2012. We start with the much anticipated Iron Man 2 May 7, 2010, then Thor on May 20, 2011 and finally First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011.

The Micronauts Might be Lost

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>The Micronauts</i> Might be <i>Lost</i>

We all remember the Micronauts, right? The little action figures that inspired a monthly Marvel print advertisement comic book. Well, the nearly dead franchise might be getting a good old new millennium rebirth in the form of, what else, but a big screen film.

Now, to complicate this in your minds even more, the source of the strangest information about the film comes from The Wall Street Journal, the most trusted source in movie news. Wait, what? Yeah, the Journal was doing a story about how all of the mostly dead franchises of the 70s and 80s have been coming back (such as Transformers) in the form of movies. We knew that. But then they said this:

iPhones at The Shack

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

iPhones at The Shack

RadioShack has been reinventing itself a lot this year. It started with a brand change - The Shack, continued into the introduction of T-Mobile into their mobile line up and is completing with another major announcement: the iPhone.

This marks the last major wireless retailer carrying the iPhone. Now Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Wal Mart and RadioShack all will have the iPhone. What does this mean for consumers? Choice. Not because of price, because Apple sees to that with price fixing. Instead, it will be a race for customer service.

Ground-breaking Gadgets? Or Geek Garbage? You Decide

posted Sunday Nov 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Ground-breaking Gadgets? Or Geek Garbage? You Decide

Multitasking sure is popular these days. But has it gone too far? Some companies are trying too hard to combine products, that a honestly, just shouldn't be put together.

Maybe I'm just crazy, but a hamburger USB warmer mouse pad? Really? Has society become so lazy that we can't get up and turn the thermostat up, or grab our Snuggie off the couch? Along with the warmer, many other crazy, pointless inventions have be released recently. Another is the chocolate iPhone case, and I don't mean just a brown case. It looks like an actually Hershey bar! Also, a four port USB hub that looks like an airplane. What happened to the normal rectangular case? Don't get me wrong, I'm not discouraging creativity, but is there really any use for an model airplane that doubles as a USB hub? I don't think so. The one that really made me chuckle, the fine-toothed comb USB drive. Wow! Just wow. Sure, some people need a comb while working on their computer, but it really isn't too much more trouble to just stick it in your pocket. A comb that sticks out of the side of your Macbook is ridiculous. Period. If you have a friend who is looking to buy one of these products, I think it's time to find new friends.

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