What is next for Disney Animation?

Lately Disney Animation Studios has been on a winning streak — first with Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the studio is already hard at work at its next epic titles. Here’s some ideas on what’s coming in 2016, folks.

Concept art of Zootopia
Concept art of Zootopia

Zootopia and Moana are the two projects Disney is working on. The official synopsis of Zootopia is about “In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.” whereas Moana is about “In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

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Concept art for Moana

The team behind Moana sees the return of Mermaids and Alladin staff like Ron Clements and John Musker.

Zootopia will be helmed by the director of Tangled, Byron Howard.

Rumours are spinning around on that Moana will be done in the animation style of Paperman but nothing confirms this one yet.

Zootopia will be shown at cinemas on 4 March 2016 and Moana will be cruising in on 23 November 2016.

Via Collider

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X-Men: Apocalypse to be set in the 80s

The man himself
The man himself

New casting for next X-Men villain has been set, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis) has reached a deal to play the titular baddie in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie will be directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Valkyrie) with script written by Simon Kinberg (Big Hero 6, Star Wars Rebel).

The director emphasises that this movie will be “the most destructive in the franchise.”

“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he adds, “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allows room for that kind of spectacle.”

He also suggested that Apocalypse will be set in the 80s, which means younger versions of the characters will be the main focus.

The movie is scheduled for 27 May 2016.

Via IGN
Image credit Wikimedia

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Meet the Jolla Tablet

Sailfish 2.0
2 profiles of the Jolla Tablet
2 profiles of the Jolla Tablet

Jolla, a company staffed by former Nokia folks shows off the newest device under the brand – the Jolla Tablet. What’s unique about this tablet is that it’s crowdsourced and backers can purchase it for just US$189 (RM635).

A 7.85-inch, Full HD (2048×1536) IPS display graces its surface, also packed with an Intel 1.8GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM inside. Storage is 32GB with an optional microSD card slot that supports additional storage of up to 32GB.

It’s considerably lightweight at 384g inclusive of the 4300mAh battery that powers it.

A conventional rear 5MP shooter with 60fps 1080p recording capability and a 2MP front camera rounds up the package.

Size wise, it’s 203mm x 137mm x 8.3mm. Pretty slim for a tablet.

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Sailfish 2.0 Interface

The Jolla tablet software is the company’s own Sailfish 2.0 which can run on smartphones and tablets. The gesture-based UI is designed for bigger displays and the core ability is to do real multitasking.

The company assures that there is no backdoor for anyone to snoop on users without consent (don’t they all?).

The company managed to get enough funds through its Indiegogo pledge site to proceed with the production of the tablet – 2,000 units will be the initial batch next year May.

Source & Image: Jolla

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[Watch this] 1st teaser of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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A very well known name

The 88 second trailer that heralds the return of much the beloved science fiction franchise – Star Wars is finally here.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie is titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It includes cast from old trilogy like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Of course we’ll be seeing new faces as well including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and more established names like Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow are present in the movie too. And while the teaser doesn’t really reveal too much of the plot, we do get to see a few cool stuff including more polished looking Storm Troopers, cooler looking X-Wings, a freaking broadswoard lightsaber/cross saber and of course, the very well loved Millenium Falcon.

Of course with the teaser out we also have a date for it’s release and we can expect the Force to hit us come 18 December 2015. We can’t wait for more teasers and trailers to come out and hopefully, J.J. Abrams manages to sexify Star Wars back like he did Star Trek. We really don’t want a repeat of the last three episodes / prequels. Happy viewing!

Source: Youtube

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Basil Illwanyk: Splinter Cell movie is going to be great

Sam Fisher doing his thing
Sam Fisher doing his thing

During an interview with Collider about John Wick, producer Basil Ilwanyk (The Expendables) talked about the upcoming Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior) and directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity). The movie has been in works for sometime now.

According to Ilwanyk, “Splinter Cell will go some time next year, that’s Doug Liman and Tom Hardy. We’re getting the script right because if you have Doug Liman and Tom Hardy you want to make it great. It’s very, very active. We’re going to make it. Tom and Doug are going to make it when it’s perfect and we’re getting there. It’s not a movie you want to jam [together] quickly. We have three perfectionist. Ubisoft, who has a huge asset on their hands so they’re not going to make a movie for the sake of making a movie. We have Doug Liman, who’s Doug Liman. He’s not going to make a movie for the sake of making a movie. Tom Hardy is one of the hottest actors in the world. With that combination, we have to make it great. We all know that

The movie script will be handled by Sheldon Turner (X-Men: First Class, Up in the Air).

Via: Collider

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BenQ F5 smartphone unboxing

BenQ F5 unboxing

BenQ F5

For those not in the know, BenQ (yes the maker of those awesome gaming displays and projectors) also makes phones. And recently, the Taiwan brand introduced two smartphone products to the Malaysian market — the BenQ F5 and BenQ T3, both feature-packed Android-powered 4G LTE-enabled devices. We got our hands on a F5 review unit, so we thought we’d do a quick unboxing and give you a short rundown on our impressions of the device.

What’s in the box

  • BenQ F5 smartphone
  • Screen protector
  • USB wall charger
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Manual & Warranty Card

BenQ F5

Playing the value game

So, the F5 is somewhat of a performer and it’s jam-packed with goodies. It sports the venerable, mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip and a healthy 2GB RAM. Storage is more than decent at 16GB, with an option to expand further via microSD (up to 64GB). It’s 4G LTE-enabled, and can house a single-SIM. It boasts a 13MP BSI camera (from Sony) coupled with BenQ’s proprietary 4x Ultra Sensitive Mode that captures four times more light than conventional sensors. So expect some good photos, even in low light conditions. You’ll also get a 2MP front camera for selfies and video chats. The cameras come with Smile Detection Mode, Voice Control Shutter and a nifty HFR (High Frame Rate) mode that helps you capture action shots in slow-mo.

Design-wise, the F5 looks pretty good and although it has a plastic build, the soft resin backing makes it non-slip and very comfortable to hold.

What’s great also is that it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box, with almost a plain vanilla Android experience.

At RM699.00 it’s really hard to fault, especially with 4G LTE to boot.

Nice one, BenQ.

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Trailer for Jurassic World is here

The hero
The hero

Check out the trailer for Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy). There’s a Mososaur, yet more Raptors and a mysterious dinosaur hybrid that gives the Starlord some heebie jeebies.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and written by Derek Conolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), the cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio (Ass Backwards, The Judge). The movie story is set 22 years after events depicted in Jurassic Park at Isla Nublar.

Jurassic World is coming to cinemas on 12 June 2015 after a long, acrimonious delay.

Image credit: ScreenSlam

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Live action Attack on Titan movie character posters revealed

Haruma Miura as Eren Jaeger
Haruma Miura as Eren Jaeger

Japanese film news site Eiga and Sanspo recently posted 13 character posters for the upcoming two live action Attack on Titan movies. Its creator, Hajime Isayama was engaged as a consultant and he even created seven new characters for the new flicks. Sanspo revealed that Hiroki Hasegawa‘s character Shikishima is a key figure of the movie, deemed “humanity’s strongest man.”

Koko Mizuhara as Mikasa Ackermann
Koko Mizuhara as Mikasa Ackermann
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Kanata Hongo as Armin
Satomi Ishihara as Hanji Zoe
Satomi Ishihara as Hanji Zoe
Nanami Sakura as Sasha Blouse
Nanami Sakura as Sasha Blouse
Takahiro Miura as Jean Kirstein
Takahiro Miura as Jean Kirstein
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Pierre Taki as Souda
Pierre Taki as Souda
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Rina Takeda as Lil
Rina Takeda as Lil

The producer Yoshihiro Sato said that he did not pay too much attention if the cast looked like the original characters because he usually goes for actors who can act out the “character’s spirits.” To appease fan worries, though, he made a point that he had many discussions with the creator of the manga for the casting approach.

The director, Shinji Higuchi (Lorelei: Witch of Ocean, The Sinking of Japan) says that with the addition of seven movie unique characters, the story will be featuring new formidable enemies. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods, Gatchaman) is the writer of the script together with creator Hajime Isayama and film critic Tomohiro Machiyama. Isao Tsuge is in charge of the costumes.

The cast members had extensive conversations with the director before the filming. The director quoted, “They carried out their roles splendidly. One part would have no less than three costume meetings, camera tests, etc. Details on the 3-D gear and costumes were custom-made so that each character matched their manga counterpart.” He added, “Isayama-sensei was a bit embarrassed when he came to the set and saw the military drills for the first time with the cast in costume. He gave them his stamp of approval.”

The films are scheduled for opening next summer.

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Game of Thrones director gets a good break at Wonder Woman

The director herself
Woman Woman demands no less than an award-winning director

Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) is the director the new Warner Bros movie, Wonder Woman starring the vivacious Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6).

Talks have been going on for some time, hence the development is no surprise to many people. The producers of the comic-adapted movie are Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder .

However, no details such as the plot, setting or anything else on the movie is known. All we know is Wonder Woman will appear in the epic Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice crossover, which is scheduled for a March 2016 release. Wonder Woman will be airing in cinemas in 2017.

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Pinc: The VR headset for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The headset
The headset

Move  over, Samsung. Apple now has a similar VR trick up its own sleeve: Cordon Media has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its VR headset made for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus called Pinć.

Showing the fingers control
The ring control system

What’s notable is that the headset can also double as a phone case.

This means users can flatten down the optics portion of the Pinć so he/she can fit both sets into their pockets. Pinć also promises that users can interact with it with no physical buttons present — users only have to use a pair of rings called Pincher to interact with the system. It involves a special lens that users can attach to the camera of their iPhone.

Pricing wise, the company is taking pre-orders for the set for CAD99 (RM295) via their Indiegogo page.

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