7.31.2008

watchmen: 4 new photos from empire mag






via the british movie magazine empire

the August Movie: a history of shit




August is a barren studio dumping ground, the kind of month in which movies like The Brothers Grimm and Stardust are sent off to die. According to nymagazine's scientific analysis, the studios have put out 169 lousy movies in the past fifteen Augusts, and merely 26 halfway-decent ones. That's 11.2 movies per August that make you want to claw your eyes out. It's not like every other month features dozens of excellent movies, but August is unique in offering so many bad ones, and so many that are sooooo bad.

I just grabbed a few highlights from the nymagazine story. its worth checking out for the rest. NYMag August Awfulness.

August 1995
Halfway-decent movies (1) Lousy movies (11)
Babe Something to Talk About, Virtuosity, Bushwhacked, Dangerous Minds, A Walk in the Clouds, A Kid in King Arthur's Court, Mortal Kombat, The Babysitters' Club, Desperado, Lord of Illusions, The Amazing Panda Adventure

August 1998
Halfway-decent movies (0) Lousy movies (11)
Bad year. Snake Eyes, Halloween: H20, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Avengers, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, Blade, Dead Man on Campus, Dance With Me, Wrongfully Accused, 54, Why Do Fools Fall in Love

August 1999
Halfway-decent movies (5) Lousy movies (11)
The Sixth Sense, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Iron Giant, Dick, Bowfinger Brokedown Palace, Mystery Men, Detroit Rock City, Mickey Blue Eyes, Universal Soldier: The Return, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, The 13th Warrior, In Too Deep, The Astronaut's Wife, The Muse, Dudley Do-Right

August 2001
Halfway-decent movies (1) Lousy movies (15)
The Others Rush Hour 2, The Princess Diaries, Original Sin, American Pie 2, Osmosis Jones, Rat Race, Captain Correlli's Mandolin, American Outlaws, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Summer Catch, John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Bubble Boy, Jeepers Creepers, O

August 2005
Halfway-decent movies (2) Lousy movies (7)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Red Eye The Dukes of Hazzard, Four Brothers, Skeleton Key, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Valiant, The Brothers Grimm, The Cave

August 2007
Halfway-decent movies (2) Lousy movies (9)
The Bourne Ultimatum, Superbad Underdog, Hot Rod, Rush Hour 3, Stardust, The Invasion, War, Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Nanny Diaries, Halloween

7.29.2008

elizabeth Banks: is hot & unfortunately married



Ms Banks has starred in some great films such as 40 year old virgin, Wet hot American summer and according to imdb, Spiderman 1 & 2 but I really can't remember seeing her in either. At least she had the good fortune to steer clear of the dancing debacle that was Spidermeh 3. Her career is about to be given a major blast with the upcoming release of 2 high buzz flicks, Oliver Stone's Bush Biopic, W., and Kevin smith's Zach & Miri Make a Porno. Both flicks are coming out in October (W. on the 17th and ZAMMAP on the 31st).

Banks is an executive producer on the 2009 bruce Willis vehicle The Surrogates. Ving Rhames will also be starring as a character named "the Prophet". This will be the 1st time they've been on screen together since the classic Pulp Fiction Zed's Dead, gimp slicing scene.
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.
click on the links to see trailers for each via traileraddict; W. and ZAMMAP. <- I've gotta be the 1st to reference this film via acronym.

7.27.2008

watchmen: 7 new movie posters


6 new watchmen posters from the brazillian site omelete + 1 from ign.comics


7.25.2008

TRON 2 is TR2N: You better strap the fuck in

There have been a number of rumblings in the film news world about another Tron film being released by Disney, including word that it would be in 3D, and even that Jeff Bridges was going to be hearing a pitch about a sequel. No actual information had been confirmed though.

Until now.

TR2N!!!!!


7.23.2008

Ecobay, Estonia's new sustainable masterplan



the schmidt hammer lassen architects firm is currently designing the masterplan of ECOBAY, a new town situated on the Paljassaare peninsula near the Estonian capital Tallinn.

With its vast vistas out over the Baltic Sea, the site has huge potential, given its proximity to the city centre and the Nature 2000 nature reserve.

The intention is to create a modern, multifunctional, mixed use development with all the possibilities and services required of a diverse and vibrant community, including housing, schools, local shops, businesses and daycare centres.

Sustainable living

Sustainability is the driving force behind ECOBAY for the team of architects, urban planners and consulting engineers working on this ambitious masterplan.

“We are convinced that we must find solutions to the challenges we have in our society – both social and environmental challenges. How do we for instance create a sustainable masterplan? How do we ensure a diverse city with an appropriate social mix – and a city which is active around the clock? And how do we create buildings that are essentially open to the outside world? These are some of the challenges we have been working to solve in ECOBAY,” says Morten Holm, partner in schmidt hammer lassen architects.

This sustainability agenda has led to a number of concrete initiatives. For instance, a multiple mix of many different functions within the community dramatically minimizes the need for transportation – most key destinations are just a walk or bike ride away. Also geothermal energy (i.e. earth’s heat), wind energy from small scale wind farms and surplus energy from nearby wastewater facility will all be utilised in ECOBAY.

In addition, the masterplan will address transport infrastructure in detail, specifically looking at the possibility of providing a new tramline.

An organically shaped masterplan

Another factor which will ensure low energy consumption is the careful spacing of buildings, maximising solar gain and at the same time minimising heat loss due to overshadowing. This has created a masterplan with buildings of varying heights. In other words, climatic studies of sun and wind have been taken in to account from the very start to ensure a sustainable basis for the new community.

Though the masterplan seems organic and almost romantic in shape, it is actually quite rational in the way it deals with the harsh winds blowing in from the Baltic Sea. Instead of a rigid urbangrid, a system of “dunes” spreads across the entire site.

The actual housing in ECOBAY will have different degrees of energy-saving features – some houses will achieve as much as 70% energy reduction.

City of the future

The overall aim at ECOBAY is to collaborate with all relevant decision makers to set new standards for future sustainable urban development.

The developer, ECOBAY OÜ, is planning a full scale development of the 481.000 sq meters masterplan within a period of the next 15-20 years. The scheme will accommodate up to 6.000 people, living and working in ECOBAY.

The ECOBAY masterplan is developed by schmidt hammer lassen architects in close collaboration with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and Møller & Grønborg.

Still, such idealized modern developments are hardly new, and even le Corbusier designs such as these have been subject to controversy. The presentation of an organized and efficient vision of modernity has staunch critics (most notably the late Jane Jacobs) raising concerns that they may limit the organic self-organizing capacity of a city when left to grow on its own accord. Since these super-funded cities are currently in the process of creation, it has yet to be seen how their communities will grow and develop.

Above pics credited to Bustler. Except for the maps, those two were all me and MS Paint.

7.21.2008

watchmen trailer


For HD click here.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen?


7.15.2008

dope hats

hats that are dope

so Baron (Clipshow) Davis was sporting this hat during a Charity Soccer game in Chinatown, NYC. Steve Nash and Tierry Henry hosted the game with Nike. Check out the vid. I've never seen a MLB logo flipped like that and was under the impression that it wasn't done for retail. BDiddy obviously has a connect.


and then I saw these caps from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. but I can't for the life of me find a retailer in the US, or even a site that's in english. and since I can't read japanese I'm kinda shit out of luck. the Bs hat is for the Orix Buffaloes and the Sh is for the Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks. Clean hats.