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Video: THUNDERCATS Test Footage!

Posted in Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Video with tags , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by ghostradioworld

This is a CGI test for a proposed Thundercats movie.   This has been on the net for a few days and has already received the usual critical drubbing.  However, some of that has been a bit out of control.  Like this comment on Youtube:

Thank god this was stopped dead in it’s tracks. I mean really, is it so much to ask for a more adult story AND impressive visuals out of Hollywood? Why do we have to pick one or the other and sometimes get neither?

Um, an “an adult story” for Thundercats?  Thundercats?!?  Do you remember Thundercats?  Hell, you don’t even have to remember it:  It’s a show called Thundercats!

But if you don’t remember Thundercats watch a bit of it after the jump.

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New CONAN Film Won’t Rely on CGI!

Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Sean Hood, screenwriter of the new Conan film,  says the film won’t rely on action gimmicks or CGI:

the stunts, the fighting, and the visual effects were done, whenever possible, IN CAMERA.

I think that audiences are hungry for this kind of action film. In this Conan the Barbarian, people don’t flip backwards through the air in gravity defying bullet time or leap across chasms as if playing Nintendo. Swords are heavy, armor is cumbersome, and when people break bones or crack skulls, the audience winces. The action feels visceral and authentic.

That sounds very good.

He also feels the approach to 3D will be different:

The 3D elements in Conan are meant to enhance this concrete and naturalistic style. In scenes of warfare, you feel trapped between spearmen and archers. In scenes in ancient ruins you feel dizzy with vertigo. In this movie, 3D is used to enhance the effects of a barbaric world and to push the story forward. It’s more about immersing the audience in the environment than “jumping out in your face.”

All sounds good.  Either this film is being done right, or Hood just knows how to talk to Conan fans.  If the former?  Great!  If the latter?  Job done.


Update: More about THUNDERBIRDS Reboot!

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by ghostradioworld

The web was a buzz this week when Gerry Anderson announced there will be a new Thunderbirds television show.  Now, in an article written exclusively for the Sun newspaper, he’s telling more.

First up, here’s the big bit he reveals:

The new version will be made with CGI, on computer.

Small weep.  We were hoping for puppets.

So will this be a reboot or a continuation?  Anderson answers that as well:

[T]here is a lot of spade work to do because the original programme is very old.

It was made nearly 50 years ago and the world has changed.

It won’t look like the old Thunderbirds. Not at all.

Take something like Thunderbird 2, which seemed to be the favourite with the fans – that would have to be updated.

But we would be careful that there would be something about the design that they felt they know.

So a reboot.  Clearly.

What does Anderson think is the key to a successful Thunderbirds series?

Thunderbirds remains popular because the scripts were written on the basis that the audience would get to know the characters in the first part of the show.

Then we would put them in an impossible situation, so the audience would follow every word because they felt the character was a friend who needed assistance.

We created characters who would please pretty much everybody. My favourite was probably Parker, because he was a bit of a boy and working for a titled woman and was very experienced at cracking safes.

Nice.  Love the fact that Anderson’s a Parker fan.

Finally, who will the show be aimed at?  Will it exclusively be for kids or will it have more of a family appeal?

I have never believed in children’s programming, and the show is watched by people of all ages.

I’m a child at heart, so I wrote things that appealed to me and it followed that it would appeal to children as well.

That’s a great approach.  We’re kids at heart too.  And we don’t wanna feel left out of a new Thunderbirds show.

So although we’re not that crazy about the CGI approach everything else he says has us quite excited.  How about you?  Offer your thoughts in the comments section!

Gerry Anderson Announces New THUNDERBIRDS Television Series!

Posted in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by ghostradioworld

This morning the following announcement appeared on the Fanderson (Gerry Anderson Fan Club) website:

Gerry Anderson has today confirmed to Fanderson that he has finalised a deal to to make a new series of Thunderbirds.

We do not know anymore at this time but will communicate further details as they become known.

He also announced this on interviews he was doing with BBC radio dealing with the release of  postage stamps (pictured above) commemorating “Thunderbirds” and several of his other Supermarionation shows  .  However, he didn’t elaborate beyond this basic announcement.

We don’t know if it will be live action, puppet, CGI or something else.  But here’s a test done some years ago for a new puppet version of the series.  We’d love it to be something like this:

See a detailed video about the Gerry Anderson Royal Mail stamps after the jump …

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Video: GREEN LANTERN Trailer!

Posted in Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by ghostradioworld

One can quibble with the casting, the tone, or an effect here or there.  But our biggest problem is when Hal says, “The one thing a Green Lantern is supposed to be is fearless.  That isn’t me.”

This runs counter to the Jordan character from the comics who was chosen out of all mankind to become a Green Lantern because of his fearlessness.


Posted in Art, Books, Comics, Movies, Photos, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by ghostradioworld

At long last, stills have been releases from the Spielberg and Peter Jackson CGI adaptation of Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn.

More images after the jump ….

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