ROGER CORMAN & WILLIAM SHATNER ON A PANEL MODERATED BYKEVIN SMITH | JULY 14th
William Shatner’s Get a Life! | Premiering July 28 at 8pm EST on EPIX
Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.
‘William Shatner’s Get a Life!’ @ Comic-Con
Shatner will introduce the EPIX Original Documentary at a screening directly following the panel on July 14th at Comic-Con. The screening is at 7:00PM @ Reading Cinemas.
Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader in 3D| Premiering August 25 at 10pm EST on EPIX
In an update to the great genre pictures of the ‘50s, Roger Corman’s first ever 3D film Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader follows a college coed who uses an experimental drug to transform herself into a popular beauty – but at a huge price. Produced by Corman along with his producing partner/wife Julie Corman, the movie stars Jena Sims (The Vampire Diaries), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Treat Williams (Hair, Prince of the City, Everwood), Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars), A.J. Lamas (Leave it to Lamas), Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), with cameo appearances by Corman himself and director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Acclaimed visual effects artist Kevin O’Neill (Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Blade and Piranha 3D) directs.
Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader’@ Comic-Con
Corman will introduce the EPIX Original Movie at 3D screening following the panel on July 14th at Comic-Con. The screening is at 12AM @ Reading Cinemas.
Looking to catch The Avengers on May 4th but you’re not entirely up to date? Have an entire day to take off prior to the midnight showing? You’re in luck as Marvel and AMC are partnering to deliver a May 3 marathon of movies bringing everyone current and showing off The Avengers at 12:01AM. The entry cost? $40 but if you’ve missed out on all those films you might want to play catch up anyway before seeing the big show.
May 3rd @ 11:30AM
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor (presented in RealD 3D)
Captain America: The First Avenger (presented in RealD 3D)
Marvel’s The Avengers (presented in RealD 3D)
Order your tickets now and check out the collectible gear you get as well. – AMC (as of posting there’s about 6 minutes until the window opens)
It’s been mentioned a million times already but Nintendo finally has their system update available now. There are a few new features rolling out but the biggest is 3D video recording, stop-motion recording, the upgraded eShop and the StreetPass Mii Plaza.
For those wondering about Hulu Plus. No sign of it yet in the update notes the shop or on Hulu itself, what was one of the most anticipated updates is still missing from the 3DS.
Here are a few special notes on the upgrade:
3D Video is limited to 10 minute bursts, most likely a buffer limitation
The eShop now supports credit to add the funds required
Download now or Download later are available for purchases on the fly
Download queues are now able to work while the system is in sleep mode
Find Mii and Puzzle swap see new upgrades in StreetPass Mii Plaza
Nintendo Zone support is expanded to over 29,000 3DS Hotspots
Netflix requires a subscription still ($7.99 base)
There’s a lot of functionality here but I think most of the attention will be toward Hulu Plus missing the boat again on the 3DS. Only time will tell is Nintendo is content with just Netflix on board and their internal video service or if they’ll make that leap finally.
While everyone is running out to see the latest movie in crisp 3D, others are tinkering trying to figure out how to reproduce that clarity in their own space. Instead of using two cameras on a handmade switch, consumers can now pick from a series of new Cyber-shot cameras packing 3D results with a single lens.
For those eager to know how the camera does this, the camera uses a high speed capture design to take multiple shots and sew them together. The images can then be viewed in 2D or in 3D with the right hardware. For those curious to know their results before they shoot, the DSC-TX9 and WX5 both allow for 3D previews to be viewed before pushing the trigger. For those looking for intense 3D, both cameras also feature depth of field simulation and a revamped auto mode which searches for the lowest ISO noise possible.
The new models pack other features such as HD recording for video and additional modes. For the consumer looking to have extra fun with the camera the TX9 / T99 or WX5 should suit that desire perfectly. If we do catch Sony for a hands-on piece we’ll be sure to include pictures and details about how they handled.