Movie review: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

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By Ashley Bergner  
Source: Box Office Buzz

Although it may not win an Oscar for “best picture,” I think “Cowboys & Aliens” should at least get some sort of award for being the most original film concept this year. A genre-bender to end all genre-benders, this movie is a mash-up of classic sci-fi and western film elements. The idea is definitely creative: after all, it’s not often you see a posse of horse-riding cowboys and Indians up against an army of aliens with futuristic ships and weapons.

Still, filmgoers didn’t quite seem to be feeling the magic. The movie was released on DVD this week, after a somewhat disappointing run in theaters. It wasn’t an overwhelming hit with critics, either, and scored a modest 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Continue reading

DC Comics Loses Trademark Fight Against Superloans

Fly this Superman!!!by Rich Johnston, Source: Bleeding Cool.com;

Yesterday, assistant commissioner of trademarks in New Zealand, Jenny Walden, as declared that Superloans character Buck does not infringe the Superman trademark of DC Comics/Warnr Bros

The Dominion Post reports that Walden said that, “although it was clear Buck was a superhero because of his “exaggerated musculature”, fitting body suit and his ability to fly, there were clear differences between the two characters.” Continue reading

Guy who used to work for James Cameron sues for Avatar idea theft

Avitar is under fire AGAIN!!By Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com;

We made peace a while ago with the fact that James Cameron’s Avatar doesn’t exactly have the most original plot. (Remember FernGully?) But we weren’t planning on taking him to court over it. Now a guy who used to work for Cameron is suing for a piece of the highest-grossing movie of all time, claiming he had the idea (and wrote it down) more than a decade ago.

Eric Ryder, a former employee of Cameron’s company Lightstorm, filed suit in Los Angeles this week with the claim that his story, K.R.Z. 2068, is where Cameron got the idea for his little blue aliens movie. Ryder developed the story in 1999, along with treatments, character designs, 3-D images and photos.

We haven’t seen any of that stuff, but Ryder says his movie was an “environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation’s colonization and plundering of a distant moon’s lush and wondrous natural setting.” That’s pretty Avatar-y, right? But wait, there’s more. Ryder claims his movie also included a “corporation spy” and “anthropomorphic, organically created beings populating that moon.” And if that weren’t similar enough to Avatar, Ryder claims that his corporate spy would have begun a relationship with one of the beings on the moon, and would have gone on to lead a revolt against the corporation mining the moon. Continue reading

‘Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock’ game confirmed by BBC

Doctor Who Eternity Clock Is On It's WayBy Andrew Laughlin, Source: Digital Spy;

BBC Worldwide has today released the first details about Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, the first in a series of new console games featuring the Timelord.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is being developed by Supermassive Games for digital download platforms and is set for release in early 2012, initially on PlayStation 3, the new PlayStation Vita handheld and PC platforms.

This will be the first in a series of new Doctor Who video games, with two more console titles planned for release in 2012 as the BBC looks to leverage the lucrative Doctor Who brand. Continue reading

Voyager 1 becomes first man-made object to taste galactic space

Voyager 1 is boldy  going where no one has gone beforeBy Evan Ackerman, Source: Dvice.com;

The Voyager 1 space probe is currently about 11 billion miles from the sun. This is really, really far away: it’s three or four times farther away from the sun than Pluto is. Astronomers have been expecting Voyager to to make the transition between our solar system and the rest of our galaxy, and it looks like that may have just happened.

From Voyager’s distant perspective, the sun (our sun) looks like more or less any other bright star. The only way for the spacecraft to tell that it’s still (technically) within our solar system is to measure the charged particles that our sun emits, the same solar wind that causes auroras and pushes solar sails. As Voyager travels outward, the force of this wind has been slowly decreasing, and recently it’s slowed to a nearly unidentifiable trickle, signaling that Voyager is nearly beyond our sun’s influence. Continue reading