Machines

A few years ago MGM announced that they were remaking Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic RoboCop. Darren Aronofsky even signed on to direct to film. Eventually, he left the project due to differing opinions, and given MGM’s recent financial hiccups, the whole thing found it’s way to the scarp yard. But, it was salvaged. MGM hired writer Josh Zetumer to pen the script and brought on Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) to direct the sci-fi actioner, on a budget of 80 million dollars.

If I may digress here for a second and say that I am really starting to lose it. It’s as if someone found a list of every movie that ever meant anything to me and decided to “update” it. I can’t understand re-making a movie you can’t make any better. Robocop is a perfect example. The story is great, satire spot on, well acted and the graphics are fine too. It holds up! I’m sure modern cinematic technology and special effects will make for some fantastic action, but this remake will undoubtedly be a commercial, mainstream studio action movie. A cash grab on brand recognition, nothing more.

Anyway, latest word is that Star Trek‘s Chris Pine is MGM’s top pick for the cop who gets shot to pieces and then put back together in a robot body. This news come from Twitch:

Twitch has learned that the Star Trek actor is the studio’s top choice to take the lead in the upcoming reboot of the scifi franchise. There is no word as to whether director Jose Padilha agrees with the selection and the offer has not yet gone out but we’re told Pine currently tops the MGM casting list.

I got nothing against Chris Pine. I think he’s an excellent actor. Still, his physique and voice are a cause for concern. He’s not slender/tall enough to be Robocop. Furthermore, his voice just doesn’t feel right for that role.

As long as they don’t take away from the social commentary behind Robocop and make it all about blood and gore and something to appeal to female fans (which is why Chris Pine is so obviously their choice), I may give it a chance. Maybe.

Oh, for those of you who haven’t seen the original…here’s the plot summarized in a ten minute rap.

Terminator 5

So who would’ve thought that despite the futuristic nature of it’s content that we’d still be hearing and talking about the Terminator franchise??  It just goes to show ya…nothing really ever dies in Hollywood. So with this said, it’s no surprise that there are talks of making more Terminator films.

Megan Ellison‘s company Annapurna Pictures has won the rights to make “at least two more films” as was recently announced.  They are now going to be the producers behind Justin Lin and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s potential Terminator sequels.

Now, knowing that the Terminator franchise has always been independently owned adds another interesting element to this news with Ellison’s company beating out bigger competition from the likes of Lionsgate. The independent company is responsible for films such as The Wettest County in the World, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, and Kathryn Bigelow’s tentatively-titled Kill Bin Laden.

So how are you guys feeling about this news??  Are you ready for more Terminator or should this be left as a thing of the past? Personally, I think the first film really covered everything worth covering with the concept, and everything else just feels redundant.

Source: Deadline

Sometimes there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking (god bless you Derek Zoolander). And, I think actor Antonio Banderas has finally figured that out. The fucker will always be a sexy, suave spaniard (he is Spanish, right? I never paid attention) and I’ll always be really, really, ridiculously jealous of that, but I gotta give the Latin fury some credit for being in rare form and involving himself in one of the more unusual sounding films I’ve ever heard.

The film is The Skin I Live In by director Pedro Almodovar. It’s centered around a mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his obsession with creating an indestructible epidermis, no matter what pain he inflicts on his test subject.

“Your epidermis is showing!” What?

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has released a brief but twisted scene from the film. It depicts Banderas’ character demonstrating his power over his helpless patient.

It’s perhaps a little too artsy fartsy and the subtitles don’t help (I got ADD) , but it’s got a lot going for it. Mad scientist. Skin. Torture and Tits. At least I assume there will be some tits. Can’t have a skin flick with out tits.

Here’s the official synopsis released by Cannes:

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

Speaking of tits. Are you ready for Boobs, Balls and Barbarians? Actually, the tag is “Babes, Balls and Muscles”, but shiiiiiiiiiiit, the makers of Ronal The Barbarian sure now how to market their little “runt of the litter saves the day” CG film. Any movie that has all that, plus a a skull belting out Europe’s “Final Countdown.” is enough for me to shout a Ric Flair “WOOOO”.

HIT THE JUMP for the trailer and while your down there check out some other upcoming Nerd Approved Cannes Films. *special thanks to i09 for doing all the work in rounding these up.

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Do you feel that everything that needed to be said about the robot apocalypse was addressed in Terminator 1 and 2? Man invents machine. Machines become self aware. Machines rebel. Naked people travel through time. Some guy named John Connor is Jesus. Really, what more needs to be said? Obviously a lot, because Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Salvation happened.  If we’ve learned anything from Terminator it’s that Linda Hamilton is perhaps the ugliest woman (Incidentally, she starred in televisions Beauty and the Beast. She played Beast) in the world and that history is doomed to repeat itself.

More shape-shifting robots and Arnold Schwarzenegger bare ass is on it’s way. Well, at least if Arnold, director Justin Lin and screen writer Chris Morgan have anything to say about it.

Since ruining California wasn’t enough Arnie is getting back into acting. To be fair, he did say “I’ll Be Back”! With ‘the governator’ on the prowl deadline is throwing out reports that the hollywood machine is once again going back for sloppy seconds (well sloppy 5ths) in the Terminator franchise. In some kind of asshole name drawing contest Universal, apparently, wants Fast Five director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan to tap into the world James Cameron started, which McG later ruined.

Deadline’s story really doesn’t have much else on the subject. There’s no guarantee that Schwarzenegger would return, Lin has a commitment to Summit to direct the new Highlander and the franchise doesn’t even have a deal in place with a distributor. So this is all hollywood hootenanny.

If a film were to happen, it might be draw from the treatments by co-founder of Terminator, William Wishe that McG had in the pipeline if Salvation, ya know… not tanked, Here’s how Deadline describes those treatments:

His version continued the post-apocalyptic battleground scenario from Terminator Salvation, but added in the element of time travel. There was a reunion for Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese beyond their brief encounter in the original, and a role for Schwarzenegger in the finale. There were also plenty of hi-tech killers, including a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line in Wisher’s version are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything seen in previous Terminator installments. The blueprint also set out a resolution in mankind’s struggle with Skynet.

The world does not need another Terminator film. Besides, every company that has produced a Terminator film has gone bankrupt. Won’t they learn? Personally, my vote for an 80’s revival should go to Red Heat and Kindergarten Cop.

source: Deadline’s

jeopardy-watson

(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Would You Like to Play a Game?

The rise of the machines is here! Starting Monday, Jeopardy is debuting their first robotic contestant, the IBM Watson Supercomputer. First we taught robots how to deceive, now we’re teaching them to understand our everyday language. Humanity’s chances of winning trivia-based game shows are doomed.

In order to compete on Jeopardy Watson needs to understand, “questions posed in everyday English, including all the riddles, irony and word play typical of a Jeopardy game.” Thanks to some brainy IBM programmers with a knack for analytics Watson is, “a computer system that can understand natural language and deliver a single, precise answer.”

It will be facing off against Jeopardy legends Ken Jennings, known for his record setting 74 game winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the Jeopardy winner who scored the most cash ever, $3,255,102. And how will this computer fair against two of Jeopardy’s top competitors? Watson’s already proven itself during its 50 training games by beating two thirds of Tournament of Champions contestants, and it has Jennings a little concerned,

“I think, would I win two thirds of all games against Tournament of Champions players? I don’t know if I would, that’s not something I’ve ever had to do. I don’t think I’ve ever been the underdog on Jeopardy, but I think I am this time.”

Check out the video below for what to expect from Watson and the upcoming Jeopardy tournament or visit ibmwatson.com to learn the secrets of its creation. And be ready to bend the knee to our new leader, all hail Watson, heir to the WOPR, and supercomputer of the age!

We’re Screwed: SKYNET Now Exists

Start re-watching all those old Terminator movies and it’s spin-off series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’re going to need all the information you can get. While the villainous program ‘Skynet’ was only a figment of the imagination it looks like it could actually be just around the corner. Those scientists should known better, you’d think they would have at least watched I,Robot at least once. First we create the programs that serve us and it looks like we could be creating our own real to life “Judgement day” thanks to things meant to make our lives simpler. With 2012 being the year known as the end of the world could we be seeing the first glimpse of the human race kissing shiny metal ass?

We got Skynet by the balls now, don’t we?

“RoboEarth is an attempt at creating a sort of Google Earth/Internet for robots, a place where standardized navigation and object information can be uploaded, stored, and then downloaded by a bot that needs it.”

“Scientists and researchers from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Philips & the universities of Stuttgart, München, Zaragoza & Zurich have just made a huge breakthrough with RoboEarth. They have managed to get the TechUnited AMIGO robot (pictured above) to download all the information it needs for a specific task and then carry out this task. The task seems simple, the robot had to pick up and serve a bottle of water to a person. The AMIGO was successful in doing this autonomously”

First we’re teaching these robots to serve us beer, the next thing we know they’re robbing us with a broken beer bottle. Sure they don’t look like T-800’s (and who decided the music) yet wait a few months and scientists will be developing this stuff for military applications. As long as your name isn’t John Connor the most you should be worrying about right now is if you have enough ammo in your basement.

Via: Geekologie


RobotArm

Remember watching Terminator 2, seeing that cybernetic arm in the glass case and knowing that’s what starts the robot uprising? Just seeing that arm was something that was far ahead of it’s time, even if it would one day become Arnold Schwarzenegger and his one-liners. Sure, companies like Cyberdyne and Skynet don’t exist, but that doesn’t mean people are not creating what we see in movies. If those self-tying Nike’s from Back To The Future are being made then why not start building you own T-800, one part at a time.

First an arm, next a head.

Constructed in a German robotics lab, its a bit unnerving to say the least. Not because of the Whole back history of Germany, but the fact that this thing is downright pants filling terror. Capable of all the complex movements of the human hand it can mimic the complexity of a doctor’s steady hand to the simple high five. It’s only a matter of time before these things are beating us at rock, paper, scissors. Start polishing your ass kissing boots now because by 2012 we could be polishing robot ass.

Via: You bent my Wookie

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OH DISASTER!!! The Sakakibara Kikai company of Japan, churning out insane products since god knows when!!! And producing these $21,000 ‘Kid Walker’s mechas? Because what isn’t a great idea about letting a spoiled, ill tempered child with little to no hand-eye coordination control a giant robotic suit? A suit that could tear you limb from limb just because your child didn’t get that video game they wanted at the store that day. (more…)

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Ok, we ALL know we have tried to master the Rubik’s cube. This think toy has gotten the better of 345 million, and I’m sure caused many suicides. Simple design 6 sides with 9 squares on each sides, but it still makes me want to throw it through the FUCKING wall. Created in 1974 by Erno Rubiks, a hungarian professor and architect. No wonder we can’t finish this damn thing, it was made for college professors not 8 year old kids, WTF? But the Lego Mindstorms based in Billund, Denmark, has made a machine called the Cubestormer. Clever name don’t you think? This beast , ass machine  can solve any randomly mixed up 3×3×3 cube in under 12 seconds. That’s just as long as it takes you to finsh thinking about playing with your cube, that or creaming your pants watching this thing in work.  The thing that is most sexy about this thing………….is………..it is mainly made of LEGOS!!!