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Up: Film Review

Review by Matthew Pattinson, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, on 06-Aug-2010When it comes to cinema, buzzwords such as ‘breathtaking’ and ‘genius’ are batted around all too freely. Oscar buzz, awards nominations, and sequels just seem to be part of the course for films that are favourably received or turn a profit.
In the case of Pixar’s latest offering Up, all the above catchphrases apply.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Pixar is infallible. Cars proved to be little more that a formula driven vehicle and while the opening of Wall-E was sensational, things went downhill from there.
Yet with its latest film, Pixar reaches new heights and taps into the charm and beauty of golden-era Disney animation.
So what’s it all about….?
Up opens with a stunning dialogue-free sequence that traces the progression of Carl and Ellie from childhood to old age.
Laughter, sorrow, and moments of breathtaking beauty ensue as we see the trappings of life thwart the couple’s dream of exploring the legendary Paradise Falls.
After the passing of his wife, Carl resolves to honour her memory by tying thousands of multi-coloured balloons to the...

US CO2: A BP-Size Leak Every 3 Hours

Editor's Note: This post reveals a new way of visualizing the problem of CO2 emissions in the United States by comparing them to the more-talked-about BP Gulf oil spill. For more on the systemic ramifications of, and solutions to, the oil spill, see Alex Steffen's "Seeing Past the BP Spill."

Official estimates are in for BP's Gulf oil spill: it's pegged at about five million barrels of oil total. That's a mind-bending amount of fossil fuel.

And yet it's not much. Or, at least it's not much compared to what the United States emits in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, our carbon pollution is so huge that it's like taking that five million barrels of oil, burning every drop of it, and then doing the same thing again every 2 hours and 41 minutes. We do it without stopping. We do it almost 9 times a day; 61 times a week; more than 3,000 times a year.

Fortunately, BP finally put a cap on the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf. But the US Senate, by contrast...

Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series gets All-Star Creative Team

The upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD is getting a creative upgrade. Marvel TV big wig Jeph Loeb announced that Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost) will be joining the creative team as well as Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comic series). Dini has been tapped to write the series’ pilot, while Bendis will serve as Consulting Producer. Marvel Entertainment will be partnering with Man of Action Studios (creators of hit series Ben 10 and Generator Rex), comprised of lauded creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, on the project.
“When we first sat down to discuss Ultimate Spider-Man, we put together a wish list of the most exciting talent working in animation who would bring the best voice and creative direction to the show — and I’m proud to say we got them all,” said Jeph Loeb. “We want Ultimate Spider-Man to be a showcase for Marvel Animation and Spider-Man is the perfect character to give fans just what they want.”

Working in the Marvel Universe for the first time, Dini explained, “As a lifelong fan of the Marvel Universe, I’m excited to tackle these characters in such a bold new series. Ultimate ...

Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series gets All-Star Creative Team

The upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD is getting a creative upgrade. Marvel TV big wig Jeph Loeb announced that Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost) will be joining the creative team as well as Brian Michael Bendis (visionary behind Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comic series). Dini has been tapped to write the series’ pilot, while Bendis will serve as Consulting Producer. Marvel Entertainment will be partnering with Man of Action Studios (creators of hit series Ben 10 and Generator Rex), comprised of lauded creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, on the project.
“When we first sat down to discuss Ultimate Spider-Man, we put together a wish list of the most exciting talent working in animation who would bring the best voice and creative direction to the show — and I’m proud to say we got them all,” said Jeph Loeb. “We want Ultimate Spider-Man to be a showcase for Marvel Animation and Spider-Man is the perfect character to give fans just what they want.”

Working in the Marvel Universe for the first time, Dini explained, “As a lifelong fan of the Marvel Universe, I’m excited to tackle these characters in such a bold new series. Ultimate...

UNICEF To Sign Priyanka Chopra As Brand Ambassador


August 7, 2010: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has chosen Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra as one of their brand ambassadors.
In a statement, Karin Hulshof,.

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Unstoppable Trailer

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson, Unstoppable is about a train that can’t slow down and it’s up to a veteran and rookie conductor to stop the train before its freight of hazardous chemicals collides with a town and kills all the innocent people. Directed by Tony Scott, Unstoppable has a schedule release of November 12, 2010.

I don’t know about this one. The trailer is nothing “wow”. The plot is pretty simple and ridiculous. I think this could pass as Speed 3, right? Hopefully there’s more to the film than what we’re just seeing in the trailer. And hopefully, the Washington-Pine duo can improve it. Still, from the look of the trailer, this doesn’t look promising. Is it me, or Washington has a train fetish going on?
You looking forward to this? What do you think of the plot? And what about the cast?

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Unstoppable Trailer Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine

After directing last year's remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Tony Scott is back riding the rails again with a new action thriller called Unstoppable. The concept seems pretty similar to the Keanu Reeves classic Speed, except that there is no Dennis Hopper masterminding the whole operation. In this case, we have a train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals that accidentally goes out of control, heading straight for a city. The story is supposedly inspired by true events.

Tony Scott has once again chosen to team up with Denzel Washington, playing a heroic working class engineer who takes matters into his own hands. Chris Pine is a young conductor who reluctantly tags along, while Rosario Dawson plays a dispatch operator of some sort. I'm not quite sure how this idea will stretch out over 90 minutes without getting dull, but I certainly trust Tony Scott to smash up a lot of stuff along the way. Unstoppable hits theatres on November 12; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Update: The Stabbing in Hall H

Ah, social media. Sometimes news spreads before the facts are aligned.
The “stabbing in Hall H” might turn out to be a scuffle between two friends that wound up with one of the men going to the hospital with a “scratch” over his eye.
We’ll keep our eye on the developments; in the meantime, remember: pens are for writing, not stabbing.

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Unstoppable Movie Trailer


Below we have the first trailer for the upcoming movie, Unstoppable.
Synopsis: A 20th Century Fox drama about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals, pits an engineer and his conductor in a race against time. They’re chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town.


The film, stars Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Elizabeth Mathis, Jessy Schram, Kevin Dunn, Kevin Chapman and Jeff Wincott, is directed by Tony Scott with the script provided by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Deception, Race to Witch Mountain). Mimi Rogers, Julie Yorn and Tony Scott join forces to produce the upcoming film....

Undertow, review

Dir: Javier Fuentes-León; Starring: Cristian Mercado; Tatiana Astengo; Rating:
* * *

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