Friday, August 29, 2008

Claus von Stauffenberg Photo Doctored to Resemble Tom Cruise but the German Officer Does Resemble the Actor

It's funny how Hollywood movie marketing people like to tweak the visuals of actors and actresses to make them look larger than life (or at least make a few physical assets bigger). But in the case of the publicity photo for the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie, it was the photo of the historical character the actor plays (Claus von Stauffenberg; at left) that was retouched.

The side-by-side profile photos of Cruise and Stauffenberg created a stir when the original photo of the Nazi officer was released and it wasn't the same as the one used in the publicity layout. See how the three compare below. The one on the left is the original archival photo; the middle one is the one used for the movie publicity; and of course that's Cruise on the right.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Antigravity Movie Is for Charity

You might think that the Australian movie Antigravity is all about profits - especially since it's a labor of love by the production team led by Director Ian James Colmer- who has spent 18 months of previsualization and art conceptualization.

But it really has a soft spot for charity. For those not aware, it has an Antigravity Film Fund, wherein the developers have chosen to donate 20 percent of their personal profits from the film to help children in need all over the world.

In the official site, they have this to say: "It is our intention to set up systems whereby clean water, food, shelter, and energy can be provided to areas where children are in need around the world, and it is our pleasure to be able to announce this film fund."

Antigravity is based on the true life story of UFO/Antigravity expert Bruce L. Cathie and experiments by Nikola Tesla (a favorite of science-fiction writers). Its soundtrack, by George Kallis, makes the movie-watching experience even more real. This one should be an intriguing watch and the charity angle makes it even worth watching even if you're not a science-fiction enthusiast.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Quarantine Movie Experience in a Game

The movie Quarantine is your Blair Witch Project inside an apartment building. The plot isn't really important.

What you do get is a pretty reporter - played by Jennifer Carpenter - and her cameraman trapped inside a residential building that's been quarantined due to some virus - which of course, changes the occupants inside into bloodthirsty monsters.

It's the perfect scenario for a first person shooter game with the firepower, freaks, and creeps. In fact, producers have provided the means for you to experience the movie in a game in the official Quarantine movie site. It's the kind of marketing movie makers do these days.

You wouldn't want to play the game at night while alone in your room wearing surround headphones. It's an immersive and scary game that's really a movie preview that works together with the trailer. Don't play it if you value your sanity.

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