Sony is making a movie on emoji D=

Seriously, Hollywood?
Seriously, Hollywood?

As if Monopoly the movie or that Hello Kitty feature is not enough, now Sony has bought the rights to a movie that is about emoji/emoticons. Yes, the smiley in the text thing which is started in Japan and had become a worldwide phenomenon to the point that President Obama acknowledged its existence during his visit to Japan recently.

Apparently, the movie has been the bidding target of several studios and Sony emerged as the winner of the war. From what we know, it is an animated movie and a brand-friendly project quite similar to LEGO the Movie.

Eric Siegel (Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis were hired as the script writers with the later also assigned as the director of this flick. Anthony Leondis past efforts including animated short Kung Fu Panda: Secret of the Masters and B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. Michelle Raimo Kouyate will be supervising the making as the producer.

It is reported that Sony is pushing this project very aggressively. According to Deadline, the studio paid a hefty sum (around seven figures) to win the bidding and the reason as to why they rushing it because there is another project is within their sights.

We are seriously wondering if Hollywood is running out of ideas here.

via Deadline

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Check out the King of Knights from Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

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The evergreen and famous Saber from Fate franchise is ready to fight her wars in this striking new figure by Hirotoshi Nakamura, the man behind the Ikazuchi figure from Kancolle. Dubbed Kishi-ou or King of Knights, the figure exudes everything what Saber stood for: justice and the strong desire to defend the weak against evil. Her legendary blade, the Excalibur, stands ready in a resplendent manner.

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The 1:7 scale female warrior is going to cost any the aspiring buyer around 12,800 Yen (RM392) for the pre-painted version which measures in around 230mm height in total. She is set for shipping on late December 2015, right in time as a Christmas present for any fans you know.

Now Japanese retailers are ready to accept pre-orders.

via DreamNews & Kotobukiya

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Light novel ‘Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu’ receives an anime adaptation

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Cover for novel volume 1

During the Summer School Festival MF Bunko 2015 event, it was confirmed that a TV anime series adaptation of Tappei Nagatsuki’s fantasy light novel Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 or Re:Life in a different world from Zero is on the way.

The light novel was published by Media Factory with six volumes since it started in January 2014. The popularity of the series is noted when it was ranked 10th for Best New Works in Kono Light Novel Sugoi 2014 listing. It has been adapted into three manga titles; one of which is already finished and the rest are still ongoing at this time.

However, the information about the anime itself is very sparse right now. This is the official synopsis:

Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked. But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru cooperates with her to return the favor. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability “Returns by Death” and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time by dying. Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?

via Yaraon

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Purrfectly Ever After is a beautifully crafted visual novel where you get to play as a cat

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We already have two visual novels involving pigeons and even one involving a gorilla bodyguard but are you ready for this reverse harem visual novel where your character is actually a cat? Just sprinkle beautiful graphics, an interesting plot and bunch of handsome bishounen, and you have Purrfectly Ever After.

Purrfectly Ever After takes you on an adventure with Pastel, a thieving cat who is shown kindness by one of the male characters while on a mission to save her friend (while she is still a cat). Pastel sees the damage she has caused by her greedy, food stealing and on the behest of her Fairy Godfather gets turned into a human so she can earn food honestly. Now she has to find her bearings in this brave new world, with the help of her bishie of course.

As it is, the plot is already looking quite hilarious and the project promises side-splitting comedy, over the top drama and of course, heart melting romance.

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The project is produced by Studio Weeev spearheaded by Malaysian Sue Ann Chan, who wants to get the game up there with otome giants like Voltage, Otomate and Rejet. As it is, the game already looks ridiculously polished and the voice acting is quite impressive, if you would take a gander at the screenshots.

As of the moment there are five characters you can choose from, with one secret character if you get all five (or more).

It seems the way the pledging works is you are paying for individual character “stories” which will likely focus on that one individual’s path, with two possible endings. Its a little odd way of doing so but at least you can sort of control which characters you are interested in pursuing, as opposed to the usual formula.

The game will be for mobile only, with the completed title set to hit iOS and Android, but the project is currently seeking to be Greenlit on Steam so there is likely a PC port in the future. The actual game itself is expected to ship sometime in Q4 2015.

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The full list of features are as follows:

  • 5 characters to romance
  • 2 types of endings – Romance and Destiny
  • 10 possible endings
  • High replay value, approximately 40hrs+ of gameplay
  • Japanese voice acting
  • At least 5 event CGs per character route
  • Available in English and 日本語
  • Immersive soundtrack
  • Episodic content
  • Available in iOS and Android (Windows and Mac, only if Greenlit)
  • FREE iOS English demo available for download, please register here and we will send an invite to you
  • FREE epilogues for SALAD and above backers only
  • FREE hidden character for ENTRÉE and above backers only*

*Note: Currently, there are 5 characters planned. If the hidden character stretch goal is achieved, an additional character route will be added into the game, totalling to 6 characters.

**Note 2: SALAD and above backers will get exclusive early access to the game before it’s official release to public!

The project has already hit 100% funding but if you want to grab yourself a copy (or just back the project) you still have a few days left. There is also a iOS demo you can sign up for if you have any Apple devices as your disposal. You can check it out here or just watch the trailer below to get a taste of the voice acting and beautifully rendered scenes the game has to offer.

This Star Wars VR pitch would make the perfect game

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Wouldn’t you have loved to fly an X-Wing as though you were in the pilot seat? this pitch for a fan-made VR game looks like it would make that a reality for fans of the franchise.

Made with the help from the HammerheadVR studio, director Rob McLellan (known for robot horror short, ABE) VFX guy Graig Stiff and a whole bunch of talented 3D artists have produced this VR game for the Oculus Rift. The game runs completely on Unreal Engine 4, which already looks absolutely stunning to the point we’re surprised that LucasArts isn’t scrabbling to get this guy on their team.

It might not be much but it already looks like all we could ever want from a Star Wars game. However, since its in the nature for big companies to issue Cease and Desist letters to fan-projects in the name of protecting their IPs, its hard to say if the project will get the green light from LucasArts. The team is hoping to have a playable demo or build ready for the Oculus Rift when the Rift is ready for launch next year.

In the mean time, savour the goodness of the best Star Wars VR trailer you might ever watch.

via Kotaku

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MASK is making a comeback, expect new toys soonish

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The rumours about M.A.S.K’s return have been floating about the Zeitgeist for quite awhile now and it finally looks like they’re coming true.

According to Mtrakker.com, the MASK branding has been spotted alongside some of Hasbro’s stable toy lines (My Little Pony, Playdough, Marvel and etc.) as one of the new brands they are going to reintroduce. The MASK logo is unmistakable, and it also looks like they are going to bring back classics like Micronauts, Stretch Armstrong and Action Man as well.

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M.A.S.K debuted as a cartoon to help sell the toy line, which was very common for cartoons of the 80’s era, the show only lasted for two seasons with a total of 75 episodes. The main plot of the story was that of a command force battling the evil baddies (much in the vein of G.I Joe) who wore futuristic suits and masks that gave them special abilities. Complete with transforming vehicles. Maybe Hasbro will take a modern spin on the toys but for now that’s anyone’s guess.

We don’t know when we will see the new toys coming from Hasbro but since the IPs are already set for a revival it can’t be too long now. There also have been some rumours of a M.A.S.K movie, but at the moment we cannot confirm yet if this is true so take it with a pinch of salt.

If you need to jog your memory, check out this old commercial for the M.A.S.K toys and see if the themesong doesn’t punch you in the nostalgia.

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Martin Freeman speaks up about his role in Civil War

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Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) is cast in the Avengers 2.5…we mean Captain America: Civil War which is coming next year. However we have no idea what kind of role he was going to handle up till now.

In an interview with Badtaste.it, he teases quite a bit about it . Here it is in verbatim:

He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes’ power, I suppose. So you’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another. It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white, I like the grays, because I think there’s just more fun to be had in not playing one obvious line.”

So far, we know that the entire Avengers team save for Thor will be in the movie. Besides that, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Daniel Bruhl (Baron Zemo), William Hurt (General Ross) and Emily VanCamp’s Agent 13 will show up in Civil War too.

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FIFA 16 is finally featuring women superstars on their box art

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In a blatant recognition that female soccer is gaining more and more prestige these days, EA Sports has finally decided to feature several famous female soccer stars on the cover, sharing space with the Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi.

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In the US, they featured ace striker Alex Morgan while in Canada it will be Christine Sinclair, captain of the national team and finally for the Australian market it will be defender Stephanie Catley. The later is voted by the public, chosen from a list of female players. This is great considering FIFA tended to be a video game featuring only male teams, so this is an extremely progressive step for the company.

Besides this, for first time in the franchise history, we get to play female teams in FIFA series. twelve women teams are available in the roster, ready to rock the field. Alex Morgan is noticeably excited about this, “It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA. I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”

FIFA 16 is set to kickoff on 22 September 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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TEDxKL is back for its seventh year running

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TEDxKL is back for another year to bring the people of KL together to talk Tech, Entertainment and Design. This would be the non-profit’s seventh year running, with the theme this year “Infinity and Beyond”. TEDxKL 2015 is expecting a turnout of over 3,500 people, and the event will be held on 8 August 2015 at Putra Indoor Stadium Bukit Jalil.

The event is a platform for people with bold ideas to speak to similar individuals in the same space, be they veteran personalities in the industry or budding up-and-comers which share a common goal to push the boundaries of possibilities in their chosen fields, be it though hard work, talent, genius or passion.

Of the personalities speaking at the event this year are three exceptional individuals, including actor-director-comedian-entrepreneur Afdlin Shauki, one of Malaysia’s most culturally diverse music group AkashA Malaysia, musician-guitarist Sam Triggy and established eye surgeon Dr Kenneth Fong.

Irshad Mubarak is a banker turned naturalist with over 25 years under his belt, and is the founder of Natural History Tours, a company that specialises in wildlife tours around Langkawiand nearby islands with focus on the local flora and fauna. He also trains conservationists and budding naturalists.

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim is the founder of the Sutra Foundation and is a Malaysian cultural dance icon, having performed from Chennai to Paris for over 30 years. He also is the artistic director of the Sutra Dance Theatre, having  choreographed stunning performances and nurturing some of the finest dance talents in Malaysia.

Adrian Cheok is the founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab Singapore, and is the inventor and Professor of Pervasive Computing. The lab aims to push the boundries of research into interactive new media technology, having already made technological advancements that have the potential to unlock the power of human intelligence, link minds globally, accelerate learning, and enhance creativity.

Tickets are going for RM 150 and you can purchase them at www.tedxkl.com but you can use our promo code mindblowtedxkl2015 to pick up tickets at RM 90.

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Odin Sphere is going HD, will debut as Odin Sphere Leiftrasir

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One of the most beautiful games to ever grace the PS2 is getting a HD remake. Named Odin Sphere : Leiftrasir, the sidescroller will let you revisit the game that we know and love in HD, with some extra goodies on the side.

The game will still employ the same 2D scrolling gameplay but with some tweaks and new enemies and bosses. For those who prefer the original gameplay, there will be a “Classic Mode” for the more die hard fans to enjoy.

Leiftrasir will be hitting the PS3, PS4 and the PlayStation Vita come next January in Japan. No word of whether or not there will be an international release but we really hope we get one. In the mean time, check out the trailer below!

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