Sunday, June 29, 2008
電影講述一位寂寂無名又平凡的小子韋斯里傑遜(Wesley Gibson)如何成為一位公義執行者，25歲的韋斯里 (祖韋特飾) 生活平凡，終日游手好閒，偶有工作亦常被老闆責駡，女朋友又對他視若無睹，生活對他來說沒有任何意義，直至他遇到霍詩 (安祖蓮娜祖莉飾)，一個性感又神秘的女人。霍詩邀請韋斯里加入一個神秘的刺客組織，原來他剛死去的父親是組織的殺手，韋斯里要繼承他的衣缽，組織全力訓 練韋斯里，希望喚醒他體內潛伏的強大力量，讓他可以為父親復仇。 經過組織眾多出色又帶點邪氣的高手的教導，包括謎一般的組織領袖犘根費曼(Morgan Freeman)，韋斯里開始享受他從沒想過要擁有的力量。同時慢慢地，他發覺這個神秘組織的存活是因為一套古老而又牢不可破的法規：他們順應天命，執行 死亡指令。他呢？他要聽從組織安排為父報仇？抑或善用自己強大的力量成為英雄？韋斯里將要學習沒有人教導他的事─—命運是由自己掌握！
至於原作漫畫的世界觀是更DARK，當時所有的SUPERHERO已被組織Fraternity完全剷除，世界由SUPER-VILLAIN所控制。與電影中Wesley Gibson被描寫成SUPERHERO剛好相返：他被訓練成為新一代最TOP的KILLER及SUPER-VILLAIN，進行各項的剌殺及找尋殺父仇人。他殺人如痳，在漫畫裡他的女友及好友一早被他殺了。如果跟足原著，都幾難出到街。 漫畫中Wesley的Costume造型
看時也有很多的感觸，Act 1的結構豈不就是Gatchaman的頭段? 就連那場安袓蓮娜側身翻車越過警車的動作設計，也與Gatchaman一場Joe (G2)的飛車追逐有九成相似。看見如此撞橋起初心有點酸的，但是" Damn, it works very well!" 也證明給很多否定我們的人 " This is what we had before, it should work very well !".....看過Wanted，相信更有信心把Gatrchaman那些動作設計推展得更"盡"更"激"。
導演添姆碧文比托夫曾執導俄羅斯史上最成功的科幻電影《守夜神》系列，《守夜神》系列的電影更打低《魔幻王國：獅子女巫魔衣櫥》，創下俄羅斯史上最高的票 房紀錄。添姆碧文比托夫處理科幻電影經驗老到，加上《殺神特工》製作費高出《守夜神》系列以億美元計，電腦特技更目不暇給，絕對能帶給觀眾豐富的視覺享受 及震撼的官能刺激。
Mark Millar: Wanted - From Comic to Film, 1
Mark Millar: Wanted - From Comic to Film, 2
Thursday, June 26, 2008
"When we last looked in on director Kevin Munroe, he was a week away from the release of his all-CGI version of the film Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not that he was resting on his laurels. He was in Hong Kong getting ready to work on what he thought would be his next film, a CGI version of the anime classic Gatchaman.
But a lot can happen in a year. In that time, Munroe left producer Imagi Animation and Gatchaman. Why?
“That’s the big question,” says Munroe from his home in L.A.. “It’s such a simple and complicated thing at the same time. Basically, I was a huge fan of the original series. We talked about it back then. I also don’t think you can look at the lack of success of Speed Racer and say that applies. There’s a power and universality of Gatchaman I think will work no matter what. There’s a way to reach a truly broad audience. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make it a real sci-fi action thing. But as the year went on, there came creative differences. So we parted ways.
“Am I bummed about it? Yeah. It’s one of those jobs where we tried everything and it just couldn’t work. I can’t say I absolutely know what’s good and what’s not, but I certainly knew what I wanted to do with it. Especially after the Turtles experience, where we really wanted to push the envelope and came up against a lot of obstacles. I felt Gatchaman would have been the chance I was looking to push the envelope that was started with Beowulf and Ghost in the Shell.”
Not that Munroe has much time to be bitter. Hyde Park Entertainment (Street Fighter) and Platinum Studios (Men in Black) presented him with an offer he couldn’t refuse. They asked him to direct the film Dead of Night.
For those who don’t know the title, Dead of Night is based on an Italian giallo Dylan Dog. It has been one of the top selling titles in Europe since its debuted in 1986. Created by Tiziano Sclavi, it tells the tale of a former Scotland Yard detective turned paranormal investigator. Although the character is based on the actor Rupert Everett, Brandon Routh was cast to play the hard luck gumshoe.
“You know, I’m really jazzed about this project,” says Munroe. “In many ways it’s like many other projects I’ve done in the past, which is take something that’s purely fantasy and try to ground it in the real world and relate-able to an audience.
“What happened is the guys at Hyde Park and Platinum heard that I had left Gatchaman and sent me the script. After that last experience I was planning to take a vacation, but after I read the script I signed right on. It’s just really cool."....................................
Kevin, i miss you, hope you are doing well!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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全国津々浦々、老若男女に愛され続けているキャラクター「ガチャピン」と、名作アニメ『科学忍者隊ガッチャマン』のコラボレーション作品『科学忍者隊ガッ チャピン』より「ガッチャピン1号」がねんどろいどとなって颯爽と登場！地球の平和を守るため、特殊スーツに身を包み悪に立ち向かう正義のヒーロー。換装 パーツを使用すれば変身前の姿も再現可能。正義のチャレンジは続きます。
These figures set is cute too, it captured the personality of Gatchaman but more silly and cute.
Gatchapin official website
Gatchapin at FUJI TV KIDS CLUB
Thursday, June 19, 2008
hahaha, i like this Shocker product!
Every time you put some money into The Shocker ATM Bank, it will yell “YEeeee!”. The device is able to differentiate every coin between 1 and 500 Yen of value and displays what you saved up so far. Thieves have no chance to get your money since every Shocker ATM Bank comes with a security card and an individual secret number.
The Japan-only savings box can also be used as an alarm clock and calculator. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon Japan and costs $30
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
LOS ANGELES and HONG KONG, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios have entered into a global alliance whereby Summit will distribute Imagi's upcoming CG-animated motion picture ASTRO BOY worldwide except for Imagi's reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China. The announcement was made jointly by Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment and Douglas Glen, CEO of Imagi Studios.
"We are pleased to join with Imagi Studios in bringing the exceptional world of ASTRO BOY to both existing and a new generation of fans alike," said Friedman. "The team at Imagi Studios is capturing the spirit of this popular post-modern franchise by doing great things with the story, characters and animation. ASTRO BOY promises to be an excellent addition to our existing slate of family films."
Glen said, "ASTRO BOY has been one of the world's best-known and most loved superheroes for more than fifty years. We are pleased to partner with Summit to deliver ASTRO BOY's first CGI feature film to worldwide audiences on a grand scale. Imagi and Summit are a great fit, with high energy, entrepreneurial cultures and a vision of building movie-driven global brands."
Slated for worldwide theatrical release in 2009, ASTRO BOY will feature the voices of Academy Award®-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers is directing ASTRO BOY from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris, with Maryann Garger producing.
As Summit continues to build its slate of animated films, ASTRO BOY will follow the highly anticipated August 8, 2008 release of the company's 3D animation, FLY ME TO THE MOON.
Summit's Senior Vice President of Production, Geoff Shaevitz, will oversee the project for the studio. The rights to the film were negotiated on behalf of Summit by the studio's Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Andrew Matosich as well as Alan Grodin on behalf of Imagi Studios.
ABOUT SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.
"Nicolas Cage, Nathan Lane join Astro Boy"
Astro Boy Voice Cast Announced!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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雖然還沒有看 KungFu Panda (開會再開會錯過了premiere)，只看了預告片及劇照，不過我已經好肯定，DreamWorks 今次發達啦! 我估票房比得上Shrek。熊貓 + 功夫這兩原素已經 "食到應一應"，加再加上DW最撚手的密集gag，無孔不入的 Marketing promotion...頂 !!
By the way, the character is really good. Much better than last few DW animation movies...
Character design in KungFu Panda is very good. There is an interview with Kung Fu Panda Character Designer Nicolas Marlet at www.variety.com