Friday, January 16, 2015

AVATAR 2 not until 2017

Some Avatar news, but not happy news. They are making three more films, but in doing it the right way, the next one is delayed until 2017.
Cameron plans to film the highly-anticipated sequels at one time and then release the three films over consecutive years. 
The first had been due in late 2016, but he said the writing process had proved to be "very involved" and that the initial target date was probably too ambitious. 
"There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film," he said in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was helping promote the local film industry with other directors including Peter Jackson.
Cameron said the goal was to have the three scripts completed this month. He's leading the writing team. 
"We're writing three simultaneously. And we've done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We're not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that," he said. "And parallel with that, we're doing all the design. So we've designed all the creatures and the environments." 
Cameron said he thought it was important that each film linked forward to the next one in a satisfying way but also came to a resolution so that the audience wasn't left hanging.
Released in 2009, "Avatar" is the highest-grossing film in history, with a box office take of nearly $2.8 billion. It was named best drama at the Golden Globes and won Academy Awards for cinematography, visual effects and art direction. 
Cameron shot the original movie in New Zealand and is planning to shoot the sequels there. 
Producer Jon Landau, who is working with Cameron on the movies, said the team is taking greater security precautions following the recent hack against Sony: "I will only say 'yes' but will not tell you how," he joked. 
The films will be made by Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox.

Thunderbirds Are GO!

Thunderbirds Are Go! is a new remake of the classic science fiction television series featuring marionette characters. It appears this time there will be more CG mixed with live action modeling rather than the puppetry.

Thunderbirds Are Go has released the first picture of International Rescue's new look Tracy brothers. 
Standing in front of racy Island, brothers Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John appear in the new promotional image for the reboot, scheduled to air on CITV this year to mark its 50th anniversary.
The Tracy brothers will be voiced by David Menkin (Virgil and Gordon), Rasmus Hardiker (Alan and Scott) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (John) will voice the life saving team's brothers, Fonejacker's Keyvan Novak will voice Brains, while Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike is playing Lady Penelope and Parker will be voiced by original actor David Graham.
The new reboot, which has been produced using a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets has already been commissioned for a second series by ITV for broadcast across 2016 and 2017.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blink Dog

The Littlest Hobo was originally a film from 1958. A Canadian television series was produced in the mid 1980s based on the same premise. That show ran for six seasons.

The Blink Dog is a fictional magical beast from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, an intelligent dog that has a limited teleportation ability known as Blinking. The blink dog was created for D&D, and appeared in every edition from the first supplement to version 4.0. The concept has also been used in other games; however, in D&D, blink dogs are Good or Lawful, and therefore can be allies of the players. In other games, blink dogs have sometimes been designed to be opponents. In The Geeks' Guide to World Domination, Garth Sundem describes the blink dog as "one of fantasy's signature creatures".
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