July 30, 2012
WoW Movie: Sam Raimi is Out
First announced in 2006 the World of Warcraft Movie has been simmering away on the Blizzard radar, with recent projects such as the release of Diablo III and the impending releases of WoW and StarCraft expansions: Mists of Pandaria and heart of the swarm, you will forgive me for being a bit out of the loop and forgetting that this was even in the pipeline.
Recently however, there has been alot of talk surrounding the movie with the news that Sam Raimi was no longer in the frame for directing it. At the San Diego Comic-Con he was quoted as saying “Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore, because when I took the Oz job they had to move on to another director”, he then went on to say “They had to start making it”. With Sam Raimi going off to work on ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, this leaves the field wide-open for speculation on who will be coming in to take his place and get the movie back on track.
Blizzard haven’t said anything on this as yet… Let the speculation begin.
August 20, 2011
Warner Brothers Pulling Movies from Redbox… Blockbuster Exclusive
About a year back Warner Brothers announced that it would be releasing it’s movies for rent at blockbuster 28 days before they released them to Redbox, Netflix and others. Today, after discussing this with a couple of Blockbuster employees Warner Brothers and possibly one other studio are going to be pulling their movies from Red Box and going with Blockbuster exclusively. This is big news as this is the first time a studio, to my knowledge, has ever gone exlusively with a single delivery method for it’s movie titles outside of the Betamax vs. VHS and HDDVD vs BLU-RAY.
Exclusivity from any given movie production company could fragment the rental market and shift the balance of power over to what was considered to be a dying company. Blockbuster, who was recently purchased by dish network has gone through a series of reorganizations to make the company more profitable. They have closed numerous locations nationwide but the locations that have remained open have exhibited suprising changes. The most suprising change to me is the DVD prices. They are actually competitive against other stores and I’ve found that I can now purchase new DVD’s from there for cheaper then I could get them at Wal-Mart. I found Avatar, Blu-Ray extended edition for $14.99 new which is normally $40.00. Their rental prices have also dropped to .99$ a day much like it’s competitiors.
This suprising move may not save Blockbuster but it will keep it around another few years or until the exclusivity contract runs out.
July 22, 2011
Robert Rodriguez and AMD are Going to make Sweet, Sweet L….. er Movies Together
Robert Rodriguez announced yesterday at Comic con that his newly formed production company “Quick Draw Productions” will partner with AMD to help bring his future projects to light using the Vision Technology that AMD has developed.
“Spy Kids 4” releasing next month is the first of his films to use AMD’s new tech… I’m not going to see Spy Kids BUT he did announce a Heavy Metal series of movies and video games, remaking the classic animated “Fire and Ice” and “Sin City 2” which will all use this new tech in post in some form or another. All I have to say is bring on the pop corn baby I’ll be campin at the theater for the next year or two!
Will this propel AMD and Radeon graphics past their arch nemesis Intel and Nvidia? God I hope so! So what do you guys think? Is AMD better? I’d love to hear some opinions!