More Matrix II Goodies

More cool news on The Matrix Reloaded from viaDark Horizons.

A crew member dropped this recent bit about the car chase shooting that happened in San Fran a few months back: “In certain parts, the cars are completely digital. What this means is that the camera is able to move through them without slowing down”.

Not only are they going to be able to do fly by and bullet time of the actors, but I could see a camera following a bullet’s route through the car. Very sweet.

Pong Anyone?

Nothing like a BIG ol’ game of Pong.

I’ve read about this being done with Tetris, but Pong is a nice change. You apparently call a number with your cell phone in order to play. You can also program it to display a message to your significant other as well.

Webslinger

If you get a chance, I would highly recommend getting thee to the Spider-Man movie website. They have just released the new trailer and it’s looking pretty good.

As with any movie about superheroes, it does look a bit cheesy in spots, but the whole package is looking very good.

I really like the Superman comment at the end, the Batman like introduction of his name, and the rain. You’ll know what I’m talking about 🙂

Sharkslayer To Follow Shrek

More movie goodness from Dark Horizons. This time they say that USA Today is reporting that Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Renee Zellweger will be starring in DreamWorks’ next CG animated movie “Sharkslayer”. Yes, that is the same company that Shrek came out of.

The movie is referred to as a “underwater mob movie”, making me wonder if they might be pulling a 1920s mobster theme set at the bottom of the ocean. Interesting concept…

Matrix Sequels Bump Potter 3

A little Matrix info on Dark Horizons today. It seems that Variety is reporting that Time Warner is thinking of releasing the Matrix films in May and November of 2003. That’s good for Matrix fans, but bad for Potter fans. If they do that, then a Winter 2003 release for the third Harry Potter movie will probably be pushed back to 2004.

This is all rumor and speculation, but definitely possible.

Chan Bits

A few Jackie Chan bits up on Dark Horizons.

A report in the Calgary Times has Wilson and Chan chasing down Jack the Ripper in 1890 for the sequel to Shanghai Noon, creatively titled Shanghai Knights. Not quite sure how all the details are going to work in that one, considering the two are supposed to be cowboys, but if they were looking for something interesting for the duo to work on at night, that would be a good one.

Also, an article in the Hollywood Reporter states that Columbia Pictures have picked up US rights to The Highbinders, starring Jackie Chan and Lee Evans, known to US audiences as the somewhat slow brother in Mouse Hunt.

The story is set in present days, and the term Highbinder refers to a character in the Irish mythology that is immortal and can accomplish impossible feat through superhuman powers (Ireland’s answer to the Highlanders?). In the film both Jackie (Eddie) and Lee (Watson) play two cops in Hong Kong, who are good friends and the occasional odd couple. After the handover of Hong Kong to China, Watson was transferred to Interpol, while Eddie was assigned the task of international human smuggling. After many incidents and deaths in the smuggling trade, both Interpol and HK police sent Eddie and Watson to investigate the leader of the smuggling empire, SnakeHead. The two cops rendezvous in Ireland and begin their investigation, but are quickly killed while on duty under mysterious circumstances. But through some miraculous events, both of them come back and become the HighBinders. Further sleuthing reveals that Snakehead intentionally kills the smuggled people for insurance money. Thus the battle between Good and Evil commences.

Although the producers are Chinese, the film will be shot in English and target a mainstream American audience.

That along with Chan’s upcoming film, The Tuxedo, co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, means that 2002 should be Jackie filled!

Jackie Chan Projects

A few Jackie Chan bits up on Dark Horizons.

A report in the Calgary Times has Wilson and Chan chasing down Jack the Ripper in 1890 for the sequel to Shanghai Noon, creatively titled Shanghai Knights. Not quite sure how all the details are going to work in that one, considering the two are supposed to be cowboys, but if they were looking for something interesting for the duo to work on at night, that would be a good one.

Also, an article in the Hollywood Reporter states that Columbia Pictures have picked up US rights to The Highbinders, starring Jackie Chan and Lee Evans, known to US audiences as the somewhat slow brother in Mouse Hunt.

The story is set in present days, and the term Highbinder refers to a character in the Irish mythology that is immortal and can accomplish impossible feat through superhuman powers (Ireland’s answer to the Highlanders?). In the film both Jackie (Eddie) and Lee (Watson) play two cops in Hong Kong, who are good friends and the occasional odd couple. After the handover of Hong Kong to China, Watson was transferred to Interpol, while Eddie was assigned the task of international human smuggling. After many incidents and deaths in the smuggling trade, both Interpol and HK police sent Eddie and Watson to investigate the leader of the smuggling empire, SnakeHead. The two cops rendezvous in Ireland and begin their investigation, but are quickly killed while on duty under mysterious circumstances. But through some miraculous events, both of them come back and become the HighBinders. Further sleuthing reveals that Snakehead intentionally kills the smuggled people for insurance money. Thus the battle between Good and Evil commences.

Although the producers are Chinese, the film will be shot in English and target a mainstream American audience.

That along with Chan’s upcoming film, The Tuxedo, co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, means that 2002 should be Jackie filled!

RIP: NEXT Gen Magazine

Crap. First FGN, now this.

One of my favorite 2 magazines has bit the dust. Gamers.com is reporting that Imagine Media is pulling the plug on Next Generation Magazine. Aiming above the kiddie magazine crowd, NG has been a great magazine for the mature gamer. I still remember stumbing across a shiny new magazine in the gaming section of a local bookstore. Don’t believe me? The first issue featured Virtua Fighter on the cover with a shiny silver sticker on it.

I guess I will have to rely on EGM for my paper gaming news. I was a Gamer’s Republic subscriber, but they seemed to have just disappeared…