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Desk Lamp like Iron Man’s Arm

May 20th, 2013

Desk Lamp like Iron Man's Arm

Damage broken Iron Man arm has turned into a table lamp, it is Sergio Oliveira’s creation. Read more…

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Clarkson, Hammond and May sign new 3-year BBC deal to host Top Gear

October 9th, 2012

Clarkson, Hammond and May sign new 3-year BBC deal to host Top Gear

And now…the news! Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, a.k.a. the Top Gear blokes, have signed a new three-year deal to continue hosting the globally popular BBC2 program. The new deal specifies that Hammond and May will receive a share of Top Gear commercial revenue in exchange for promoting the show internationally.

According to the Guardian, the significance of this deal stems from the fact that while The Hamster and Captain Slow previously only received pay for their involvement in the hit show, Clarkson and his mate Andy Wilman were profiting greatly from the international marketing of the show. That’s because Bedder 6, a joint venture set up five years ago between Clarkson, Wilman and the BBC owns the show’s hugely lucrative commercial rights. The outfit derives its earnings from live Top Gear shows, DVD sales and worldwide marketing of the brand. Clarkson owns 30 percent of Bedder 6 while the BBC owns 50 percent and Wilman owns the remaining 20 percent.

In July, it was revealed that Clarkson’s income jumped £900,000 (about $1.45M USD) following word that dividends from Bedder 6 increased from £6 million ($9.7M) last year to £9 million ($14.5M) this year. This, combined with his salary and his £350,000 ($566k) Bedder 6 fee, makes Clarkson the highest paid BBS personality, earning more than £3 million ($4.85M).

It should be noted that this news comes as many other BBC talent have received reduced pay amidst public scrutiny of the government-owned television operator. The BBC is quick to point out that the deal with the Top Gear hosts and Wilman was penned “without using a penny of license fee money.” This new deal allows for Hammond and May to have a piece of the pie, without dipping into the BBC’s budget. Even so, there has been some debate among British critics whether television personalities are worth these sorts of seven-figure deals – this, despite such salaries being commonplace in Hollywood.

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Top Gear snags Guinness record for being world’s most widely watched factual show

September 19th, 2012

Top Gear snags Guinness record for being world's most widely watched factual show

It’s official: Top Gear has collected a Guinness World Record. Everyone’s favorite show about three jokers and their automotive exploits is the most widely watched factual TV program – you guessed it – in the world. All told, the original show is viewed in 212 territories around the globe, which is enough to take the honor. Jeremy Clarkson himself accepted the award on behalf of his cohorts and the crew behind Top Gear, saying only, “I am very proud to be involved in such a factual program.”

Is that a hint of sarcasm we detect, sir?

The show certainly isn’t lacking for fans with a Facebook page boasting over 12.1 million likes and counting.

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Jeremy Clarkson officially BBC’s highest-paid star

July 19th, 2012

Jeremy Clarkson officially BBC's highest-paid starThe Telegraph reports Jeremy Clarkson is now officially the BBC’s highest-paid talent. Last year, the Top Gear presenter brought home around $5.5 million at current conversion rates, besting Graham Norton and Gary Lineker at around $3.1 million each. While critics may cry foul at Clarkson’s escalated earnings, the broadcaster says much of that cash spawns from the success of the Top Gear brand. Clarkson works to sell the show around the globe with re-runs, spin-offs like our own Top Gear spinoff in the U.S. and live shows, not to mention a merchandizing empire that includes more than 150 licensed products. The Telegraph reports over four million Top Gear DVDs have been sold worldwide.

Technically, Clarkson is only paid around $782,000 to host the show, a figure that puts him behind other big names in the broadcaster’s stable. While the BBC won’t say exactly how many of its employees earn between $1.5 million and $7.8 million per year, The Telegraph deduces there are likely between three and six on-air stars pulling down that kind of cash.

And while Clarkson’s $5.5M take-home is a boatload of cash, the UK government-owned BBC offers salaries that are well below what many celebrities earn in the U.S. television industry. For example, TV Guide points out that former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric knocked down a $15M dollar payday, and so did Regis Philbin for his role on Live! with Regis and Kelly, although the latter two shot more episodes than Top Gear. The hit NBC sitcom Friends is also understood to have paid its stars $1M per episode in its final season – and that was back in 2002.

SOURCE via Telegraph UK

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Official Batmobile documentary cometh

July 17th, 2012

Official Batmobile documentary cometh

A new documentary is setting out to discern exactly where Batman gets his wonderful toys – more specifically, the Batmobile. The film will feature interviews with notable Batman movie directors including Chris Nolan, Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton, as well as actors like Christian Bale and even Adam West. From the looks of things, the documentary delves into every aspect of the Batmobile’s evolution, from the early comics to the animated series and everything in between. With plenty of in-movie footage and words from stunt drivers and creators like George Barris, this looks to be the final word on epic transportation in Gotham City.

Visitors to this year’s Comic-Con were treated to a special preview of the film, though the rest of us will have to wait until the holiday season to get a hold of either the digital download or a Blu-ray copy. In the meantime, you can check out a pretty nifty trailer for the Batmobile documentary below.

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Valve Source Filmmaker makes a movie out of any Source game, now you’re directing with Portals

June 29th, 2012

Valve Source Filmmaker makes a movie out of any Source game, now you're directing with Portals

Creating machinima with a video game engine usually requires accepting one of two truths: either that it will require a lot of fudging or that it will have all the sophistication of playing with action figures. Valve Software isn’t very happy with that dichotomy, which is why it’s posting its very own movie-making tool, Source Filmmaker, as a public beta. Any game that runs on the Source engine, whether it’s Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 or another in the family, can have gameplay run-throughs edited and dissected right down to custom facial expressions. As Valve expounds in the video after the break, throwing a gaming-grade PC at the task gives directors the advantage of seeing exactly how any changes will look in the final scene; there’s no rough wireframes or pre-rendering here. Budding Francis Ford Coppolas can sign up for an invitation to the Filmmaker beta at the project page. If you’d just like to see how far someone can go with the end results, we’ve also included the latest Team Fortress 2 character profile video, Meet the Pyro, after the jump.

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DreamWorks Studios picks up Need for Speed from EA, getting more explosion than before

June 26th, 2012

DreamWorks Studios picks up Need for Speed from EA, getting more explosion than before

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s popular video game franchise, Need for Speedit was announced jointly today by DreamWorks CEO and Co-Chair Stacey Snider and EA President of Studios Frank Gibeau.

Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game. EA will produce along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct, and the project will be fast-tracked at DreamWorks with a target production start date for early next year, for a 2014 release.

The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.

“I’m excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies,” said Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Chairman. “This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O’Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods.”

“George, John and EA brought a very compelling story to us which we believe is going to make a fun, cool movie franchise,” said Stacey Snider, CEO and Co-Chair of DreamWorks. “With such a large following around the globe, we’re excited to make a film that does justice to the popular underlying video game series.”

“We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team,” said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels. “They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned.”

“It’s fantastic to be working with a team that shares not only our love of cars, but also our passion for creating blockbuster action experiences. This collaboration will be greatly enhanced with the team at DreamWorks – which is a great home for the Need for Speed franchise,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label. Added Pat O’Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment: “Working with John and George to develop the script has truly been an outstanding experience.”

Need for Speed is the premier racing game in the video game industry and one of EA’s best-selling video game franchises. Since the release of the first title, the series has sold more than 140 million units worldwide, generating an estimated $4 billion in retail revenue, making it one of the biggest franchises in video gaming.

Need for Speed serves as a reunion with both George Gatins and John Gatins with DreamWorks. George was an executive producer on the studio’s 2010 film “She’s Out of My League.” John’s previous projects with DreamWorks include the 2005 film “Dreamer” which he wrote and directed. He also wrote the script for last year’s “Real Steel” and has been working on the script for its sequel. He recently wrote the script for “Flight” which will be released by Paramount later this year.

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Dolby confirms 14 theaters for inaugural screening of Pixar’s ‘Brave’ with Atmos audio

June 18th, 2012

Dolby confirms 14 theaters for inaugural screening of Pixar's 'Brave' with Atmos audio

If you want to be among the first to experience Dolby’s new Atmos surround sound experience, the company has released a list of 14 theaters that will have it up and running in time to show the first movie with the technology. Disney / Pixar’s Brave hits the screens June 22nd and thanks to the Atmos setup is ready to direct sound to listener’s ears from as many as 64 speaker feeds and 128 simultaneous inputs, combining with 3D visuals to increase viewer immersion. Not sold yet? Check out a few instructional videos about intelligent surround sound, and why 13.1 channels just wouldn’t have been enough, plus of course, the list of all fourteen theaters.

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Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell may actually become a movie

June 18th, 2012

Ubisoft's Splinter Cell may actually become a movie

The Tom Clancy-endorsed franchise “Splinter Cell” made popular by Ubisoft’s stealth video games may be headed to the big screen soon. The games publisher, which currently holds the rights, is reportedly in talks with Paramount Pictures about a feature film tie-in. Previously Ubisoft was in talks with Warner Bros., but negotiations apparently fizzled out.

The original Splinter Cell title revolves around a covert operative named Sam Fisher. So far he’s been on six missions covering six installments, spanning from the original title to Splinter Cell: Conviction. There have also been six novels based on the franchise, published between 2002 and 2009, none of which were written by Tom Clancy.

As Joystiq points out, deals like this don’t always pan out, as seen with Halo, Uncharted and BioShock. And even if the film rights are optioned by a film studio, there’s no guarantee that a script will be written or a film made. Then again, some genius may come along, scoop up the rights, and create one of the best video game-based movies ever made (aka stay away Uwe Boll).

Deadline reports that Paramount would not comment on a Splinter Cell movie other than to say there’s currently no deal. However, sources claim that Ubisoft will be very involved and retain control over how the game is translated into a film.

Additionally, Clancy himself may not be involved, as he merely endorsed the video game series. But Hollywood could take an interest nonetheless given its history with the popular writer. Right now director Kenneth Branagh is working on a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine. Paramount is developing Without Remorse, the Clancy spinoff novel that focuses on mercenary John Clark.

SOURCE via Deadline

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Top Gear USA confirmed for third season

May 11th, 2012

Top Gear USA confirmed for third season

Host Adam Ferrara has confirmed Top Gear USA will be back for a third season. The comedian-turned television personality broke the news during an event in New York City last night, according to Inside Line.

The show is slowly gaining momentum in the U.S., and this season saw its best ratings yet. One episode drew an impressive 2.1 million viewers. Of course, that’s a small figure compared to the legions who tune in or download the original “Top Gear,” but with the U.S. hosts getting more comfortable with each other every episode, we’ll hardly turn down more car-oriented programming.

Then again, Top Gear USA may be your only TG fix over the next few months. Jeremy Clarkson just confirmed the original show won’t be back until 2013. According to Ferrara, production on season three starts this weekend.

SOURCE via Inside Line

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