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Spike Jonze’s short, I’m Here, is now live for all to watch

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

I was lucky enough to see Spike Jonze’s robot love story at a special screening a while ago – Check out Mrs Live For Films review of the night. Now you can catch it, well 5000 people a day can until it gets onto youtube! Well worth a watch over on www.imheremovie.com as it is a beautiful, moving and funny piece of film.

The 30 minute film, which forms part of the ABSOLUT campaign ‘In An ABSOLUT World, Ordinary Is No Place To Be’, is a robot love story set in LA and celebrates a life enriched by creativity. It proved to be a huge hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, and later screened at the influential Berlinale in February.

5,000 people a day will be offered the opportunity to watch the film through a striking online cinema experience. ‘I’m Here’ is a creative collaboration which acknowledges ABSOLUT as a pioneering and cultureshaping brand.

The film stars British actor Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Sienna Guillory, (Love Actually). The soundtrack includes original music by Sam Spiegel and original songs by L.A.- based art musician Aska Matsumiya and other emerging musicians.
Mark Hamilton, Head of Marketing for Vodka at Pernod Ricard UK said:

“ABSOLUT has a long history of creative collaborations which is testament to the brand’s unique and visionary perspective of the world. Our collaboration with Spike Jonze marks an evolution of our longstanding commitment to creativity. ‘I’m Here’ combines Jonze’s unique style with our vision of challenging convention and making ordinary life more interesting.”

The film is streamed in high quality and, thanks to social media functionality, viewers can watch ‘I’m Here’ together with Facebook friends. The site also offers a teaser trailer, bonus material and additional information on the director and cast.

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Spike Jonze’s I’m Here – Trailer for a robot love story

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010

Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), has recently returned to his ad man roots, collaborating with Absolut vodka on a 30-minute short film, I’m Here. Described as a’ robot love story’ it stars Andrew Garfield (Red Riding) and Sienna Guillory and premieres at Sundance.

Here is the trailer.

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Hardware gets a sequel – Hardware 2: Ground Zero

Posted by LiveFor on December 18, 2009

You may or may not remember 1990’s Hardware by Richard Stanley. Hell some of you may not have even been born back then!

The film starred Stacy Travis and Dylan McDermott. Set in the future and was about a woman who’s soldier boyfriend left her a gift – the heard of a robot killer. The robot came back on line and started to rebuild itself before hunting the woman around her apartment.

I think that makes sense but if not here is the official synopsis:

Jill lives in a war-torn and alien world. She is given the remains of a Mark 13 Cyborg, a killing machine found on radioactive waste ground by a friend. Once the Cyborg is in her flat it begins to rebuild itself with household equipment and and now it’s capable of doing its job…..killing!

I remember watching it way back when. I enjoyed it although felt it was a little slow in places.

I was recently remastered and released on Blu-Ray so worth a look if you like indie sci-fi.

Quiet Earth have come across the script for the sequel, Hardware 2: Ground Zero, by Stanley. You can download it here. The basic plot is this:

The Mark-13’s are in mass production. The US government is employing them to patrol the US-Mexican border and deal with illegal aliens. Shades returns to Earth after a series of space flight assignments. Feeling alone in the world, he decides to seek out Jill, who’s now living in a hippie colony in Splendora, Texas. The colony consists of ‘destructuralists’, who beseech the human race to abandon all technology and re-unite with nature. As Shades and his newly-found companion, battle-scarred vet Lyle Maddox arrive to Splendora, they find Jill earnestly believing in the cause, but even she is oblivious to what ultimately lies beneath the peaceful colony. Something big enough to attract a phalanx of Mark-13 droids as well as a Mexican guerilla leader, who thinks he’s channelling the spirit of Emilio Zapata…

Sounds good in an army of killer robots causing mayhem kind of way.

Hardware [Blu-ray] Amazon UK
Hardware (Blu-ray) at Amazon USA

An interesting side note while I perused wikipedia (so it may not be true):

The film is based on a 2000 AD comic called SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale. In the comic version, the robot head part is recovered from the bloody aftermath of the Cursed Earth Saga (almost making Hardware the first Judge Dredd movie ever). The original theatrical release did not mention the comic book despite heavily plagiarizing its storyline. Following legal action a notice was added to later versions and the strip’s creators, Steve MacManus and Kevin O’Neill, now get full writers’ credits.

It is now considered to be the first 2000 AD movie spin-off, followed by the better-known Judge Dredd.

Richard Stanley is currently shooting an end of the world type film called Vacation starring Smallville’s Tom Welling.

Vacation is the story of a coke-addicted banker who travels with his stripper girlfriend to a seedy Middle Eastern resort. Their own personal problems soon pale before the disaster that strikes in the form of freak solar storms that eradicate all means of communication, leaving them stranded in an extremely hostile environment.

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R2-D2 – The ultimate version of the droid you are looking for

Posted by LiveFor on November 20, 2009

Coming in Spring, 2010, Gentle Giant releases a deluxe version of everyone’s favorite astromech droid complete with eight accessories!

Periscope scanner, mechanical gripper, utility saw, Luke’s Return of the Jedi lightsaber and more can all be assembled into the statue’s exposed chest or dome panels. Measuring seven inches tall, this 1/6th scale Poly Stone statue is hand painted and will be a limited edition.

That’s right you can have R2-D2 with all the doohickeys you ever wanted.

Source: Star Wars

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Short Circuit remake to be directed by guy who brought us Paul Blart

Posted by LiveFor on October 27, 2009

short_circuit_3Dimension Films has signed Steve Carr to direct Short Circuit, the remake of the 1986 sci-fi pic according to Variety.

Carr is coming off the Kevin James hit “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

Scripted by Dan Milano (“Robot Chicken”), the remake is a robot reboot that brings the iconic Johnny 5 into the 21st century. Built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon, Johnny 5 develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning. He befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family.

Instead of the comedy hi-jinks of Steve Guttenberg and a high tech robot, they’ve turned the story into a Lassie kind of thing.

They also mention that Johnny 5 is iconic so I take that to mean he will look like he did in the original films.

Anyone else thinking that this may be a bad idea?

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Hugh Jackman has Real Steel in robot boxing film

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

hugh-jackmanCalm down ladies and lovers of Musical Theatre. Hugh Jackman, who just opened on Broadway in A Steady Rain with Daniel Craig, is in talks to star onscreen in the Shawn Levy-directed Real Steel for DreamWorks according to Variety.

The film is about a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxing becomes obsolete, replaced by 2000 pound human-like robots. Jackman is negotiating to play the ex-fighter, who becomes a Robot Boxing promoter, but whose chances of success are hampered by his access to sub-standard robot parts. That is until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

The premise is based on a short story by Richard Matheson. It’s a reunion between Matheson and Spielberg. Matheson wrote Spielberg’s directing debut, “Duel,” and he was story editor on Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.”

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Cool V.I.N.CENT figure from The Black Hole

Posted by LiveFor on September 5, 2009

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MINDstyle‘s 8 inch V.I.N.CENT is just so cool. It was a super limited edition of 300 pieces that went for $130 each at the recent San Diego Comic Con. How I wish I could have got one.

However, due out this month is the D-23 exclusive “Tron” inspired colorway in ‘metallic’ blue (see below)

The D-23-exclusive V.I.N.CENT will be made available for orders during the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center from September 10–13, 2009 – lots of Disney stuff will be there according to Toys R Evil. The event is open to the public with an admissions fee.
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Source: Toys R Evil

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Jerry Bruckheimer to bring us World War Robot

Posted by LiveFor on July 31, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer has snapped up feature rights to the graphic novel World War Robot from IDW Publishing.

The story is by Ashley Wood and recounted in war-diary form by participants on both sides, centers on a small band of humans and robots facing off in a battle on Earth, the moon and Mars.

The deal for the rights closed during Comic-Con last week in San Diego. Bruckheimer, as usual, hasn’t commented on the pact.

Ten-year-old IDW is home to such titles as “30 Days of Night,” “Popbot” and “Dark Days” along with licensed titles such as “24,” “Angel,” “CSI” and the Transformers toy line.

IDW has been eager to set up its books as film properties around town in order to generate more coin for the publishers. It’s currently the third-largest behind Marvel and DC.

The adaptation of the company’s “30 Days of Night,” released by Sony in 2007, grossed $40 million domestically.

Source: Variety

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The Black Hole’s V.I.N.CENT is 30 and heading our way

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

It is the 30th Anniversary of Disney’s The Black Hole.

The Black Hole is Disney’s 1979 science fiction film about a group of space travelers who come across a long missing spaceship teetering on the edge of a black hole, and their discoveries within the ship and beyond… the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown or gets smooshed to nothing in the intense gravitational field.

V.I.N.CENT (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized and voiced by Roddy McDowall) was one of the cool robots from the film – the other being the sinister Maximilian, who is one of the all time evil robots.

“The Black Hole” was the Walt Disney Company’s first PG-rated production. Directed by Gary Nelson and starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, and last but not least, Ernest Borgnine the motion picture has found a loyal fan base.

To honour the anniversary of the film MINDstyle are working on this new action figure and it looks lovely. Still early days as you can see from the concept work, but it looks like they’ve started putting them together. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Source: ToysREvil

The ending of The Black Hole always freaked me out when I was a kid.

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Samurai Princess – Trailer for a rather mad looking film. It features breast grenades and flying chainsaws

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2009

Erotic-grotesque action film from Japan to the worldwide viewers! Produced by Yoshihiro Nishimura, a world-famous special effects director!

The story takes place sometime, somewhere in a world during the Samurai era, where people live together with highly developed mechanical dolls. However, excessively developed mechanical dolls start causing harm to the human society, leading to ghastly bloodsheds happening all over the place.

Under the circumstances, Kyoraku, a mad scientist, creates a female ninja mechanical doll. Equipped with 11 types of built-in weapons, the ninja doll, who will not die even if she is slashed by a sword or shot by a gun, is virtually indestructible.

Source: Twitch

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