Archive for May, 2010

Video: Trailer for SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD!

Posted in Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , on May 31, 2010 by ghostradioworld

We hate the word “awesome”.  Deep, vicious, hair-pulling hate.  Yet we went through five different thesauruses (theasuari?) searching for a better word to describe this trailer, and we couldn’t find one.

So watch this trailer it’s … (this is very hard for us) … awesome!

Del Toro Off the Hobbit Movies!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by ghostradioworld

In an exclusive on The One Ring, it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro will not be directing the two planned “Hobbit” films.  Here’s Guillermo’s explanation:

In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life … After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.

Okay, but what’s the really story?  We’ll grant that devoted six years to such a project might put a crimp in Guillermo’s filmmaking output.  But these are virtually guaranteed hits.  And as talented as Guillermo is, he hasn’t had many hits.   So we feel that there’s more going on here than just the time issue.

What do you think?

And, while we’re asking question, do you think this makes it increasingly likely that these films will never be made?

Video: International Trailer for Joe Dante’s THE HOLE

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , on May 31, 2010 by ghostradioworld

We love Joe Dante’s movies.  So we can’t get enough of the promotional material for his first film in seven years … The Hole.   Like the cool Italian one sheet above.

This looks like classic Dante territory.  And we bet Dante, the connoisseur of fifties genre pix, understands the proper use of 3D better than anyone working today.  With all that in mind, check out the new international trailer:

New Young Adult Novel Blurs the Line Between Comic Books and Prose

Posted in Books, Comics, Ghosts, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown’s Picture the Dead,  a supernatural mystery set during the Civil War,  attempts to blur the line between graphic novel and novel with its profuse use of illustration.  These illustrations have a significant impact on the reading experience because this young adult novel deals with the main character’s creation of a scrapbook to help her understand the mystery she’s investigating.

For a taste of what this novel’s attempting to achieve visit the official website here.

PRINCE OF PERSIA Didn’t Reign At Box Office!

Posted in Games, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , on May 30, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Jake Gyllenhaal looks stunned in the photo above.  That’s not surprising.  His latest feature Prince of Persia, based on the popular video game, failed to find an audience in its opening weekend with an estimated take of only $30.2 million.  This is a big disappointment for Disney which was hoping to launch a new franchise with this movie.  And it again shows that video games, even popular ones, don’t attract audiences to the multiplex.  Persia was beat by Shrek Forever After and Sex and the City 2 which took in $43.3 million and $32.1 million respectively.

Fish with Hands!

Posted in Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , on May 29, 2010 by ghostradioworld

The pink handfish (what a creative name!) which uses its fins to walk on the ocean rather than swim was discovered in the nineties, but only recently has it official been identified as a unique species.

This is now officially our favorite fish.  How long before it becomes the star of an animated feature?  The plot almost writes itself.

Video: Ghost Caught on CCTV in Scottish Hotel

Posted in Games, Video with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by ghostradioworld

The following video comes from a CCTV camera in the New Lanark Mill Hotel in Lanarkshire, Scotland.   The general manager of the hotel, John Stirrat, found the video compelling, and it caused him to change his view on ghosts:

Originally I was sceptical about ghosts but now, after reviewing the footage again and again, I’m not so sure.

Watch it for yourself and see if it has a similar effect on your views:

Gamers Can Control Their Dreams!

Posted in Games, Psychic Phenomena, Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by ghostradioworld

A several studies have found that playing video games prior to sleep increases your awareness and control of your dreams.  One of these studies reported:

that people who frequently played video games were more likely to report lucid dreams, observer dreams where they viewed themselves from outside their bodies, and dream control that allowed people to actively influence or change their dream worlds – qualities suggestive of watching or controlling the action of a video-game character.

While another study discovered some interesting correlation between gaming and lucid dreaming:

It found that lucid dreams were common, but that the gamers never had dream control over anything beyond their dream selves.

The gamers also frequently flipped between a first person view from within the body and a third person view of themselves from outside, except never with the calm detachment of a distant witness.

A third study found that gamers reacted the threat simulation in nightmares differently from non-gamers:

gamers experienced less or even reversed threat simulation (in which the dreamer became the threatening presence), with fewer aggression dreams overall.

In other words, a scary nightmare scenario turned into something “fun” for a gamer.

Hmmm … these findings give a whole new series of reasons for playing games.  And scientists have even begun looking at gaming as tool for dealing with people who suffer from frequent and severe nightmares.

Source.

“Lost” Mystery Solved: Credit Images Not Part of Final Story

Posted in Ghosts, Psychic Phenomena, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Weird Science with tags , , , , on May 26, 2010 by ghostradioworld

The ending of “Lost” on Sunday left many puzzled as they sought to find the true meaning of the story.  But, for many Lost fans, one thing clouded that interpretation:  A series of images of the crashed wreckage of Flight 815, the plane which originally brought the series characters to the island, shown over the closing credits.  These photos showed the wreckage, some bodies, but no apparent survivors.  Some fans took this to mean that all the characters had died on impact.  And the entire series had played out in some type of afterlife.

But today the Los Angeles Times reported on a statement from ABC clarifying these images.  The statement, which the paper received from an ABC spokesman via email on Tuesday,  reads:

The images shown during the end credits of the ‘Lost’ finale, which included shots of Oceanic 815 on a deserted beach, were not part of the final story but were a visual aid to allow the viewer to decompress before heading into the news.

So that ends that part of the mystery.  Now fans need only look at the finale and the previous six years of episodes in their quest for answers.

Video: Darlton Comments on “Lost” Finale and More

Posted in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Video with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Here’s some more “Lost” goodies.  First up Damon Lindelof  and Carlton Cuse’s comments on the “Lost” finale on GMA:

And second the “Lost Untangled” episode about the finale which offers the true meaning of the finale:

Didn’t figure out what the finale was all about?  Click here.

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