Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday Odds & Ends: Avatar, Ponyo and James May on the Moon

+ Director James Cameron unveiled 24-minutes of his upcoming 3-D flick "Avatar" at the Amsterdam Cinema Expo yesterday. By all accounts, the film looks amazing and might well be the first to make proper use of new 3-D technologies. A full account of the screening is available at the link above.

+ Former co-Nerd Man of the Month James May has made two specials for the BBC in connection with the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing. At least in space, it doesn't matter if you drive slow.

+ Animation icon Hayao Miyazaki has a new film called "Ponyo" coming out on August 14. Sadly, it's been dubbed by American actors. On the plus side, one of those actors is Tina Fey. Here's the preview, which sadly has a lame commercial in front of it:

+ Speaking of movies, Aaron Sorkin's film about the founding of Facebook is moving along and now there are reports that David Fincher might direct it...which I hope means the movie ends in a panic room inside a fight club while Brad Pitt ages backwards. Fingers crossed!

+ Is anyone else excited about Sci-Fi's new "Warehouse 13" show? It starts July 7 and I've allowed myself to have high hopes for it. It seems like a bit of an "X-Files" rip-off which I'm actually okay with because it also seems like it might be funny. Here's a preview:


Shan said...

Yeah, I'm actually looking forward to Warehouse 13. Seems like it might be a light, enjoyable summer diversion, along the lines of Eureka. And Doctor Who returns (only this time on BBCA) Saturday!

Liz said...

I'd totally forgotten "Who" comes back this weekend. Thanks for the reminder, Shan!

Kimberly said...

Warehouse 13 actually seems like more of a The Librarian rip off, which really bothers me. So, nope. Not watching it :\

tali said...

I may or may not have been able to access an early sneak preview of Ponyo from across the ocean (subtitled as opposed to dubbed) and it's incredibly incredible. While I'm not the biggest fan of dubbing, I think that it will work great for this flick and I really can't wait to see the movie again on a big screen rather than a 15" laptop.