Two More Publishers Not Attending E3 2016

E3 is one of the biggest gaming events in the world, but it seems that E3 2016 isn’t going to be showing off some of the biggest names in the industry, and that’s a worrying sign for the event organizers and visitors. Following news earlier this week that EA and Activision won’t be having their own booth at all this year, it now appears that both Disney and Wargaming won’t be in attendance either.

Generally, you might think that if they haven’t got a game ready to show, what’s the point in showing up? However, these are huge studios that have always got something in the pipeline as well as many existing AAA franchises to show off. It’s not that they don’t want to, but that E3 is often a multi-million dollar investment in terms of showing off hardware, staff, promotional materials and more. More often these days, we’re seeing publishers and manufacturers hold their own, much smaller and more affordable events where they can ensure everyone is focused on what they want them to be.

“From a company perspective, we’re focusing a large majority of activities on events focused on our players and community,” said a Wargaming representative in an email to VentureBeat. “Whether it’s a small group of players or hundreds at one of our player gatherings, they’re our main priority.

So it seems that Wargaming are wanting to be more community focused, which certainly makes sense. But so too are Disney, who said they want to do “additional direct to fan engagements through the summer this year,” according a spokesperson contacted by VentureBeat.

Speaking to Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications at the Entertainment Software Association, Venturebeat tried to get the perspective of the show runners.

“Individual companies will make their own decisions in each iteration of E3,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications at the Entertainment Software Association. “Overall, E3 for the past several years as been among the best shows we have ever experienced. E3 remains a dynamic and valuable and preeminent show of its kind in the world for video games, entertainment, and innovation. It’s still the place to be. We had 27 companies showing virtual reality at E3 [2015], and we expect a similarly strong showing of that technology this year. It remains a very important place to be. We dominate social media. We dominate a lot of traditional media. It’s a launch pad without peer in this industry and entertainment across the board.”

E3 is far from going under, but it’s an interesting trend, as with such big names dropping out, attendance could be lower, causing other companies to play it safe and drop out too.

Disney Reveals First Glimpse at “Star Wars Land”

Disney has revealed the first batch of concept art for its proposed “Star Wars Land” attraction, to be built at both Disneyland and Disney World during ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 televised event. Harrison Ford – Han Solo himself – introduced the reveal over a montage of beautiful concept paintings.

“I’m so blessed that I had the opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations,” Ford said. “And soon, you will be able to do that as well, not in a galaxy far, far away, but a place close to home.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYoCoKBJRM&feature=youtu.be

The attraction was first revealed at D23 last year, during which Disney promised a Tatooine-esque Cantina, a Mos Eisley-inspired market, and a full-size recreation, inside and out, of the Millennium Falcon, plus the opportunity to live-action roleplay during some of the Star Wars Saga’s most iconic moments.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” Disney Chief Bob Iger said at the time (via /Film). “Through each new attraction and new land we create, we push the boundaries of what is possible. And as you can imagine, with Star Wars, we are taking that to a whole new level, with a whole galaxy to explore.”

Fans Remaking KOTOR in Unreal Engine 4

A website for a new fan remake of BioWare’s 2003 RPG classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) launched over the weekend, with the team involved hoping to “breathe life back into a wonderful game.” The game, under the name Apeiron – presumably named after the part of the Force that affects the physical world – is being developed by indie gaming group Poem Studios.

Poem Games describes Apeiron as “a remake and remastering of the [KOTOR] with added content, new worlds, missions, HUD, inventory, items, and compainions [sic],” built in Unreal Engine 4.

Now, on the matter of the legality of the project, Poem Games says:

“Can you make a Star Wars game? Remakes of games have been around since the 80’s and some have become very sucessful [sic]. Games like Black Mesa did it with Half Life and Renegade X rebuilt Command and Conquer in the Unreal Engine 3.

Since the game is still under intellecal [sic] property by Disney we are allowed to make the game, but we are not allowed to sell it. So the entire game will be 100% FREE!”

The studio, though, seems to be under the misconception that, just because the copyright holders Half-Life and Command and Conquer didn’t object to the fan remakes cited above (with Valve later giving its blessing for Black Mesa to become a commercial product), the two projects were entitled to exist. Had Valve or EA (which now owns the rights to Command and Conquer, following its purchase of Westwood Studios) wanted to, they could have shut either fan remake down with a cease and desist letter. Since Disney is rather trigger-happy with cease and desists over anything it thinks violates its intellectual property (just ask Deadmau5), Poem Games should expect to hear from the Mouse House very soon.

Anyway, it looks quite nice.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Starts Shooting – New Cast Members Confirmed

Following hot on the heels of the global event that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has confirmed that the sequel, currently operating under the name Star Wars: Episode VIII, has started shooting. The latest major entry in the Star Wars saga – not including the forthcoming Anthology movies, with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One hitting cinemas this December – is written and directed by Rian Johnson, best known for time travel caper Looper and high school film noir Brick.

To celebrate filming commencement, Disney has released a short production teaser:

Disney also announced the film’s cast, both returning actors and new additions, confirming the previously-rumoured involvement of Benicio Del Toro. On the official website, the video was accompanied by the following announcement:

“Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.”

Star Wars: Episode VIII is released in cinemas on 15th December, 2017.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Causes Avatar 2 Delay

It’s a tough time to be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, although it for those who followed the release of the first movie in the series, it’s always been somewhat of a bumpy road anyway. The movie was first revealed as a project from James Cameron back in 1996, and it wasn’t until 2009 when we first got to see it; 13 years is a very long time, even in the world of movie development. Avatar 2 was originally planned for a Christmas 2017 release, so we’ve already been waiting quite a few years anyway, but there’s obviously hope that it won’t be pushed back by 13 years.

So what’s causing the delay? Star Wars: Episode VIII! It seems the studios don’t want to take on what would be an epic big screen battle for viewers, not only because it could hurt the profits of either, but it would likely limit each to a certain number of IMAX screens around the world, something neither studio would want. Disney would be mad to get locked into a competition with this movie too, given that they even have a planned Avatar installment coming to their park around the time of the movies release.

So with Star Wars taking the December spot for a major release for the next few years, it looks like 20th Century Fox will take Avatar into a summer release window for 2018. With Cameron wanting to wait till all three of the new Avatar movies are done before pushing them to market, allowing him to release each one just a year after the other, so expect to see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and if rumours are to be believed, Sigourney Weaver, throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It’s a bit of a long wait, but with Cameron pulling out all the stops for one of his biggest blockbusters yet, the end result is likely going to be a spectacular cinematic treat.

Can’t wait all that time for the new movies? Takes a step back and enjoy the original trailer on more time.

Disney Hacks a Smart-Watch and Your Body!

In everyday life, we come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands of items. Some we knowingly touch such as our phones or our computer peripherals, but what about that spoon that we compulsively pick up every time we go into the kitchen, no just me?

Most of the items we touch are insulated, but most give off a small electromagnetic ‘noise’ which our bodies can pick up because we are pretty impressive conductors. Disney has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University and has hacked together a proof-of-concept that can pick up the noise that travels through our bodies in real-time and displays the object on the display. The group calls this innovation “EM-Sense”.

Ars Technica reports the device has been created by essentially hacking a Samsung Galaxy Gear with a host of bulky tech such as a “software-defined radio receiver” to allow the watch to more accurately determine what is being used, with a current accuracy rating of just over 96%.

If you want to try your hand at this yourself, the researchers say that the setup is something “hobbyists can replication” and will cost “under $10” (assuming you already own a Galaxy Gear).

Personally I really like this idea, but this sort of technology could be manipulated and abused. In the future, the information stored could be sold/ used by the device manufacturer to display ad’s for products, or what if the device could be hacked and it knows when you go to an ATM and determine what buttons you press on the keypad for your pin number.

Do you think this technology would be too intrusive? Let us know in the comments.

Harrison Ford Originally Wanted Han Solo to be Killed Off

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is tantalizingly close and only 49 days until it’s finally seen by record audiences across the world. As a huge fan of the original trilogy, I’m intrigued by the complete lack of information regarding the main story. This means, the plot is a complete mystery and has the potential to blow people away! While Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist, many feel more connected to Han Solo. One could argue, Harrison Ford’s career progressed much faster than Mark Hamill thanks to Star Wars.

In an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Harrison Ford discussed his desire to make the writers kill off Han Solo:

“I asked him to ask the writers to kill me off, because I thought that it would be good that the character who appeared to have not so much of a complex interweaving with the theme of the Force and all that good stuff…”

“I thought it would be good that the character, if he sacrificed himself in some noble way.”

This is an interesting piece of information and makes me ponder about the series continuing without Han Solo. If he was killed off in Episode 4, or 5, it would have been such a major shock. In my opinion, I feel George Lucas and the writing staff made the correct decision. Perhaps, they wanted to focus on Han’s relationship with Leia instead.

Which is your favorite character from Star Wars?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Latest Trailer is Here!

Disney has just released the official trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is scheduled for release on December 18th. The future of Star Wars seemed rather bleak considering the prequels’ poor reception by critics. It was a surprising revelation when George Lucas handed over the iconic series to Disney and allowed them to continue the story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer doesn’t contain any spoilers and the plot is a complete mystery. Although, the main character appears to be a Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. People have speculated that she is Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter. The new antagonist is called Kylo Ren and is seen with Darth Vader’s disfigured mask. From the initial footage, it looks like there is a huge amount of fan service throughout the movie.

The trailer’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive according to social media and I cannot wait to see the full release. As a huge Star Wars fan, I find the trailer quite exciting and I’m fascinated to see how the film ties-in to the original trilogy. It’s hard to believe the original cast have returned and modern technology should help set everything on such a grand scale.

There are some negative comments from a select few regarding the choice of actors and CGI effects.

What do you think of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?

Star Wars Ticket Release Date Confirmed

If you want to be one of the first to see the new star wars trailer, be sat at your computer on Monday night around 8PM EST. Theatres around the country have been contacted by Disney to prepare for self-advanced tickets for the eagerly awaited new film. Tickets are expected to be on sale for 8:30PM EST.

When tickets do go on sale they’ll be for the screening of the film that starts at 7pm on December the 17th through to Jan the 3rd. In addition to this you’ll be able to get tickets for a movie marathon, where you can watch all seven Star Wars movies from The Phantom Menace through to The Force awakens. The marathon will start at 4am and continue to a 7pm screening of the new film.

Tickets should be on sale at most major ticket stores once released, so be quick to snap your tickets!

For those who haven’t seen it, here are the first two teasers of the new film.

Both trailers look pretty damn awesome in my opinion. I am really looking forward to seeing the new film. It’s been eagerly awaited by a lot of fans across the globe. Hopefully, it’ll be as good as the hype suggests.

HP and Disney Create a Star Wars Themed Laptop Like No Other

When it comes to fandoms, then the Star Wars fans will probably be one of the biggest groups around and also one where the ages span from very young to very old. With a new Star Wars movie just around the corner, the merchandise deals begin to roll in and we get all sorts of Star Wars branded items. One of them comes from HP that teamed up with Disney to produce this special edition version of their 15.6-inch Pavilion laptop.

The special edition Star Wars laptop is wrapped in a special Empire skin and the trackpad got the X-Wing targeting computer pattern. The LED lit keyboard looks really sweet and gives a nice contrast to the grey laptop. The customized theme comes with the Aurebesh font and a best of all, your trashcan is now a Death star while sounds such as R2D2 and lightsaber swooshes provide the right sound ambiance.

If the Star Wars laptop isn’t enough for you, then you’ll also be able to get a Star Wars themed wireless mouse and a laptop sleeve that will cost you an extra £26 each.

The Star Wars goodies don’t stop here and HP also loaded it with the Star Wars Command Center that will allow users to browse through behind the scenes photos, storyboards, artwork, classic photos, and design documents. A grand total of over 1100 images from the past 40 years of Star Wars.

The hardware in itself isn’t bad, but it isn’t spectacular either. You get a Full-HD 1080p display, an Intel i5 or i7 CPU, up to 12GB RAM, and up to 2TB storage. The basic model will cost you £461 over the £362 that it would cost without the Star Wars theming which is quite a bit more. You do however get a one-year membership for Fandor included, with access to a library of indie movies.

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Disney Is Devising a 3D Augmented Reality Colouring Book

I don’t know, children today in developed countries have it all in terms of tech, where tablet computers and Smartphone’s are the norm and internet access is available 24/7 to assist with homework, yep, let’s assume it’s for school work and not for social networks. Now, Disney has incorporated augmented reality into a colouring book which allows your child the ability to colour in a character from an art book in 3D.

Below is a video which shows the concept, as you can see, it utilizes an augmented reality app that Disney have developed with the aim of tracking and capturing real-time images from a mobile device camera. It then maps them onto any 3D deformable surface. The end result is a moving 3D character which can be coloured in within real-time.

The app is still very much at the development stage, but it certainly shows the possibilities which could exist within toys of the future.  Below is a screenshot to convey the idea, the user views the 3D character via a phone or tablet camera while using the app, they can then colour in the figure within the 2D colouring book which is then translated onto the character.

This concept is certainly fantastic and shows what could be achieved if you transfer this principle onto a more advanced model. Imagine if this technique was perfected and allowed you to colour in a Star Wars vehicle before it flew around the room or a historical building or landmark.  It will be a while yet before it hits the shops, but when it does, expect children to clamber for it.

A fantastic concept for tech lovers, and imagine working for a company called “Disney Research” certainly eye-catching on a CV.

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Stormtrooper Chargers Were Rolling The Streets of New York

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is probably the highest anticipated motion picture of the year, even tho it barely makes it in with a launch date set for December 18th. With such a high-profile movie coming out, the advertising and PR departments are turning and coming up with ideas to promote the movie and its associated merchandise even more. Dodge provided eight Chargers, including a Hellcat, for a Hot Wheels promotion with Uber on Friday in New York that coincided with the toy car maker’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.

The Dodge Chargers take on the look of the Hot Wheels Stormtrooper cruiser and were a perfect fit for the event. In return that meant that meant that Uber users were able to ride in the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Chargers for free by using the promotional code HOTWHEELSFF. Riders in the Chargers also received an official Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hot Wheels diecast car.

“The Dodge Charger embodies the look and feel of the Hot Wheels Stormtrooper diecast car and is sure to turn heads when traversing on the streets of NYC on Force Friday”, said a Hot Wheels official while a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson said that it was a one-time promotion independent from the companies recently announced promotional partnership with Lucasfilm.

It is no real surprise that the event was held on Friday as it was the official day where Walt Disney Co. started to roll out the merchandise for the new movie on a global scale.

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Watch Disney Animator Glen Keane Work and Talk About VR

Disney’s animators have always been considered some of the best in the world and now one of them, Glen Keane, is showing us how to embrace the future in form of Virtual Reality for that kind of work. It was Glen Keane that brought The Little Mermaid Ariel to the big screens over 25 years ago and the possible tools to create such a thing have changed a lot in that time.

Keane is using an HTC Vive virtual reality headset and Tilt Brush, a VR drawing and animation tool that got acquired by Google earlier this year, as he takes us on a little trip into his world. This isn’t the first time that Glen Keane ventures into the virtual world that lets us experience everything in 360 degrees, he has previously created an animated short film called Duet which plays on a 360-degree stage.

The new video doesn’t just show the technical aspect as so many VR videos do, Keane also shares his thought on the whole deal as well as what drawing means to him. It isn’t so much about the drawing itself, it’s about entering a whole new world where he becomes the thing that he creates. You can watch the 5-minute long video below, it’s well worth it.

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Sony Teases Limited Edition Star Wars Darth Vader PS4

In sync with the release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0, Sony is partnering with Disney to release two limited edition Darth Vader PS4s console bundles. Each of the bundles come with a special Darth Vader lid, a special DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller inspired by Darth Vader’s control panel and other Star Wars related games and items.

Set to coincide with the release of Star Wars Battlefront in November, the first bundle is not surprisingly, with a copy of Star Wars Battlefront, and the second is with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is a Walmart exclusive for some reason which probably means some regions won’t get it as well. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition also gets a Rise Against the Empire Play Set Pack (featuring Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa figures, as well the Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece), and the Boba Fett figure.

Both bundles also get 4 additional titles, with remastered versions of classics like Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter. All 4 titles also feature improved trophy support for those that are into collecting them. For those that are interested in these 4 classics and the PS4 bundle, but no Battlefront or Disney Infinity 3.0, there is a separate bundle with just the Darth Vader PS4 set and the 4 classic titles available. There is no word yet on pricing and you can watch the reveal trailer below.

Star Wars Lands Coming Soon

I cannot quite believe the concept artwork for the proposed announcement by Disney that it is planning to build two huge Star Wars themed attractions at its Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort theme parks.

Want to see why this might be too good to be true? Below are three images which have been tagged “Artist Concept Only”  I believe these parks will be built, but I am not quite sure they will look as amazing as these illustrations.  Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at the D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.  This project will be giant in scale as the attractions will be spread and created at 14-acres each, this will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions.

These authentic attractions or lands as Disney is coining them, will have two signature attractions, these will include the ability to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Other information to be noted from this announcement includes that the park will apparently be staffed and occupied by local inhabitants, which sounds authentic.

Disney have yet to clarify as to when this park will actually open, my guess is it will be a while considering the size of the construction project. If these concept artwork are genuinely accurate then even I, who has never watched Star Wars, pause for castigation, will want to attend. Disney’s grand notion of being “The Most Magical Place on Earth” if this park turns out the same as the concepts, then the FBI will want to know where they found that magic from.

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EU Antitrust Probe Could Put an End to Geo-Blocking

The European Union (EU) has started an antitrust investigation into a number of Hollywood film studios and the UK satellite programming provider Sky. The European Commission (EC), which is investigating the companies on behalf of the EU, has the ultimate aim of abolishing geo-blocked film and television content, and has made its objections to geographical restrictions clear to six major studios, including Warner Bros., Disney, and Paramount.

TV and movie content is often region-locked and only available for a limited period due to complex and exploitative licensing agreements that favour the studios over the content provider, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, a practice the EC intends to put an end to.

The EU has US studios Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros, plus SKY UK, in its crosshairs, sending a statement of objections to all seven before launching its antitrust probe.

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, says of the antitrust investigation, “European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU.”

“Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today, also because licensing agreements between the major film studios and Sky UK do not allow consumers in other EU countries to access Sky’s UK and Irish pay-TV services, via satellite or online,” she added.

The EC has outlined its intent “to end unjustified geo-blocking,” a practice it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons.”

The gist of the EU’s ire is, if content is available in one European member state, it should be available to all other member states equally. The EU is a community of countries and, as such, one member should not have any rights or privileges that another does not or cannot enjoy. We’re all equal, or something. Bloody hippies.

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Disney Fabric 3D Printer – Creations You’ll Want to Cuddle

3D printing isn’t known for creating soft toys that you would want to pick up and hug, nor that you would want to put into the hands of young children. They’re often made from hard plastics that can be quite brittle and they’re certainly not suitable for all kinds of toys. With that in mind, Disney have been working to create something a little more soft and play time friendly with a 3D printer that uses layers of felt.

The Disney researchers working at Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University created the felt 3D printer. It takes a 3D model of an object, much like any other 3D printer, then creates the object by slicing layers of felt into the required shape and then does the same with a layer of adhesive fabric, allowing them to effectively bond together to make a single soft object.

The stacking process is repeated, cutting and stacking and bonding the layers. The technique isn’t perfect yet, as it’s a little rough around the edges, but the concept is sound and one they’re keen to develop further.

I wouldn’t expect to see 3D printed felt toys at your local Disney store just yet, but who knows what they’ll come up with in the next few years.

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New Tomorrowland Teaser Brings Back Memories

The brand new teaser for the Tomorrowland movie is sure to stir up some old memories and emotions if you grew up watching the Disney Channel or classic Disney programming. The short video features George Clooney and some of the people behind the movie discussing the history of Tomorrowland, the classic Disney attraction.

The quick exploration of the history behind Tomorrowland and Walt Disney’s visions of the future give a quick foundation on what the new movie is being based on. There is no doubt that the attraction is a great basis for a movie as it is part of the childhoods of many generations of kids and adults who have visited the attraction or watched Disney programming. The glimpses of what the visions of the future were back in the 1955 when the attraction first opened at Disneyland. There are now five different Tomorrowland attractions at Disney Parks around the world, with a sixth being built at Shanghai Disneyland Park.

Having grown up watching classic Disney programming on the Disney Channel in the late ’80s and early ’90s it stirs up a lot of great memories. It is surprising that I am looking forward to a PG-rated movie, but I am sure there are many adults doing the same. They even will be using their children as an excuse to go see the movie, an excuse that I can’t use unfortunately.

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Brad Bird Starts Writing The Incredibles 2

Writer/director Brad Bird has revealed that he has recently started work on the script for Disney-Pixar’s sequel to 2004’s animated action comedy The Incredibles. Bird told NPR’s Ask Me Another, “It’s percolating. I mean, I’m just starting to write it, so we’ll see what happens.”

Pixar Animation Studios, an innovator in the field of CGI rendering since its inception as a spin-off from George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic special effects department, revolutionised animated films with the release of Toy Story in 1995, the world’s first fully CGI movie. Since then, CGI animation has become the standard, influencing the successful Shrek and Ice Age franchises, and even bleeding through to television, with traditionally animated sitcoms The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park adopting computer animation in recent years.

However, despite Pixar changing the landscape of animation, since its purchase by Disney it has become locked into a cycle of releasing sequels, rather than risk new intellectual properties, with Toy Story 4, Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, and Cars 3 joining The Incredibles 2 on the follow-up list.

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Pixar Releases New Trailer for ‘Inside Out’

Pixar are preparing to dazzle us once again with their upcoming movie Inside Out. While we’ve known about this film for some time now, details have been fairly limited. The latest trailer gives us a much more in-depth look at the story, setting, animation and cast for the movie and it looks fantastic!

The story focuses on a girl named Riley, with the bulk of the cast being the little voices in her head. You’ll find Amy Poehler as Joy, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and Lewis Black as Anger.

Inside Out will hit the big screen on June 19th.

Rumors Point to Star Wars 1313 Ressurection

Star Wars 1313 was first announced back in 2012 and was cancelled a year later. The game was intended to be an open-world adventure set in Level 1313, an underground den found in Coruscant, having confirmed after the cancellation that the lead character was indeed Boba Fett.

Star Wars 1313 will feature epic action adventure game play including exotic weaponry and gadgets that bounty hunters depend on for survival. In addition, the game will feature a combination of agile cover-based combat, epic platforming and seamless playable cinematic game play. Players will experience awe-inspiring and action-packed cinematic sequences, constantly staying engaged through the threat, pressure and tension of this criminal underworld.

StarWarsHQ and GameInformer state that Amy Henning, the lead writer of the Uncharted series, is currently working on a new Star Wars game, which they believe is actually Star Wars 1313. It would make sense since a large buzz was made when the game was first announced in 2012.

Disney and EA could profit a lot out of this, given the fact that the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be released this Christmas as well. However, rumours could turn out to be just rumors too; let’s hope that they’re true!

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Disney Builds Autonomous Robot to Draw on Sand

We’ve all drawn or written in the sand. For most of us our tool of choice is a stick, but for Disney it’s an autonomous robot that uses lasers.

As part of a collaboration between Disney Research and Swiss Engineering school ETH Zurich, the ‘Beachbot’ has been created with the intention of turning beaches into giant canvases. The turtle-shaped machine automatically circumvents a beach using special telemetry data.

Quite like robotic vacuums and lawn mowers, the device measures its distance from four poles placed in the sand to determine the area in which it can draw. It carries a small rake that then grazes the sand as it moves along its path.

You might be wondering why Disney is involved with this, but for the last few years the company has been operating its own ‘Disney Research’ group to develop new technologies which may eventually be utilised in its parks, resorts and in the production of its movies.

Source: The Verge Image: Disney

Samsung, Disney, and Netflix Join Alliance For 4K Standardisation

A medium-spanning coalition of businesses has united to form the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance with the aim of setting the standard for 4K and UHD content, terminology, and delivery. Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp represent the TV industry, while Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, and DirecTV cover content delivery, and Dolby and Technicolor as ambassadors of content creation.

H.S. Kim, executive for Samsung displays, said of the alliance, “This is a game changer. Most importantly, for consumers,” asserting that their goal is to establish a “healthy UHD ecosystem.”

For starters, the alliance wants to differentiate between the terms ‘4K’ and ‘UHD’, which, though used synonymously, refer to differing resolutions.

“Nothing but good can come from it,” said Lee. “It’s just a great opportunity for the industry to rally around UHD.”

Source: The Verge

What is the Most Intagramed Place on Earth?

Why it’s “the happiest place on earth” – Disneyland of course! Yes, the original of Disney’s massively successful theme parks – Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is the most Instagramed place on earth.

The company released a list of places with the most images attributed to them in 2014 and the famous theme park took the top spot. The rest of the list, included bellow, gives some surprising locations, places you probably wouldn’t associate with Instagram, while there are others that are just plain obvious.

  1. Disneyland — Anaheim, Calif.
  2. Dodger Stadium — Los Angeles, Calif.
  3. Times Square — New York, NY
  4. Siam Paragon (shopping mall) — Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Gorky Park (amusement park) — Moscow, Russia
  6. Musée du Louvre — Paris, France
  7. Red Square — Moscow, Russia
  8. Madison Square Garden — New York, NY
  9. Yankee Stadium — New York, NY
  10. The Dubai Mall — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Source: Re/code

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Become No-Fly Zones

Ever wondered why there aren’t many aerial photos of Disney’s theme parks around? Gizmodo has just complied information that they’ve become highly protected no-fly zones quite some time ago. These prohibited air spaces are said to come around for other reasons than general terror threat.

Flash back to 2003, Disney had successfully talked Congress into declaring the airspace around its theme parks as a no-fly zone. This reportedly came at a good time due to Congress passing big spending bills all centered around the war in Iraq, meaning Disney were able to sneak in their bill which had been on the table for a long time. The space in question actually includes a three mile radius around Disneyland and Walt Disney World, not just the buildings themselves.

According to reports, the main reason they wanted this passed wasn’t due to threat of bombing, photography or bird poop – it’s due to aerial advertisements. We further learned that other theme parks don’t get no-fly zone privileges, even if a terror thread is possible. A Disney spokeswoman, Leslie Goodman, announced at the time of the bill passing:

 “The sole and exclusive motivation for seeking these restrictions is for the safety and enjoyment of our guests”

She went on to explain that this restriction was targeted at things such as “banner ads from trial lawyers” and pilots “buzzing the parks.”

Due to this ruling, there was over 100 aerial advertising companies that were effectively shut down from operations, seeing them lose business until breaking point. However, you’re not plastered with advertisements while you’re trying to enjoy your triple priced hot dog and find your lost third son in the crowd.

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Toy Story 4 Coming in 2017

The Toy Story franchise may already be a well-rounded trilogy, but given that Toy Story 3 grossed over a billion dollars on its own, Pixar would be crazy to not make another. Fortunately for fans of Buzz, Woody, Andy and more, Pixar have already started work on their next installment.

Disney head Bob Iger officially announced the production of the fourth Toy Story movie, but don’t hold your breath while waiting for it as it’s not going to be out until some time in 2017. Making a movie is a long process and this one is in the very early development stages.

Nothing has been confirmed about the plot of Toy Story 4. We don’t know if it will feature our favourite toys from the previous movies, or if Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will be returning to voice Woody and Buzz, although I hope they do. No doubt Pixar will blow us all away once again with a heartwarming story and incredible CGI technology.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Disney Renders Its New CGI Film on a 55,000-Core Supercomputer.

Prepare your CPU’s – the new bad boy in computer animation processing has arrived at Disney’s studio – a 55,000-core monster supercomputer, and it’s pumping out over 400,000 high level computations per day. What’s it currently at work at you ask? Disney’s new animated film Big Hero: 6. The film tells the tale of a young boy and his soft robot and is said to be a mishmash of varying super powers (think Marvel or DC Comics) crossed with a technology infused fantasy city called “San Fransokyo”.

The visual workings of the film are staggering, the movie’s been created from the ground up using Disney’s new software engine known as Hyperion. Hyperion accurately analyses and calculates lighting from multiple sources of indirect lighting – allowing artists and graphic designers to create scenes with more realistic and creative atmospheres digitally than ever before. Disney’s offered a few looks into the scenes and lighting that’s being rendered – and we have to say that it’s absolutely stunning. To put the power of Hyperion into perspective Disney’s Animation CTO Andy Hendrickson said that Hyperion “could render Tangled from scratch every 10 days.” The fantasy city of San Fransokyo will feature over 260,000 individually rendered trees, 83,000 buildings, 215,000 streetlights and over 100,000 vehicles. This is on top of literally thousands of crowd extras that have been poured into the animation through a special generational tool called Denizen.

The funny thing about it all is that the extreme envelope pushing technology isn’t the kind of stuff that will ever excite your typical moviegoer. The incredible details and calculations Hyperion deliver are just your typical norms that people associate with the moving pace of technological advancements – however, with that said, the hardware and software powering them is just as staggering and mind blowing as always. With the backbone of the film being rendered via a 55,000-core supercomputer, Hendrickson estimates that most of the fancy effects that will be seen on screen will be taken for granted by most audiences.

Thanks to Engadget for providing us with this information.