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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

The legendary sci-fi novel Dune is going to be turned into a movie again – and, thanks to director Denis Villeneuve, it may not suck. As the largest-selling sci-fi book of all time, Dune, written by Frank Herbert, is revered for its epic scale as much as for its insights into the human psyche. Despite its seemingly cinematic …
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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

This year’s Razzie nominations - celebrating the worst that Hollywood has to offer - are in, with Zoolander No. 2 and Batman v Superman leading the pack with the most nominations. The crop of cinematic crap that make up the candidates for the 37th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards also features Dirty Grandpa, Gods of …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2017

Filmmaker Werner Herzog interviews Elon Musk for internet doco

Uncompromising filmmaker Werner Herzog has made a documentary film about the internet. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World features interviews with PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, roboticist Sebastian Thrun, and UCLA professor and co-creator of ARPANET (the precursor to the Internet) Leonard Kleinrock, among …
John Leyden, 9 Sep 2016

Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

In long-overdue news, it's been announced that 2018 will see the release of a full-blown animated Playmobil movie, the first of a planned trilogy. The $75m cinematic celebration of our fave figurines will be helmed by Lino Di Salvo, the former Disney Animation chap who headed animation on Frozen. His other credits include …
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2016

Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

The Register can exclusively reveal today that a top Hollywood studio has optioned a sequel to Paint Drying - the 607-minute minimalist masterpiece designed to try the patience of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). A Tinsel Town source close to the project confirmed yesterday that Paint Drying director Charlie …
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2016
Meta35 film camera accessory

Roll up, roll up, for the Meta35: The hybrid snapper's data dumpster

Review For many people, digital photography is a no-brainer. You can shoot as much as you like, there's no need to worry about running out of film, and you don't need to carry a notebook with you to record all the details of every shot. At the very least, your digital camera will record exposure details such as shutter speed and …
Nigel Whitfield, 19 Jul 2015

Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

Film Review We were invited by Dolby to see a screening of Ant-Man at its custom-built screening room in San Francisco the other night. And so, of course, we went along. The film is sound-mixed with Dolby's "Atmos" technology, which the high-end cinemas have and which basically allows you to place sounds in a theatre rather than have to …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2015
Buzz Lightyear

Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

Worstall on Wednesday An interesting read popped up on Motherboard recently: if all and every movie now uses ever more visual effects, then why the heck are all the visual effects (VFX) studios going bust? The answer given was apparently that Avatar didn't win the right Oscars. This is both amusing and wrong. The actual answer is that this is how …
Tim Worstall, 27 May 2015
Pocket Kodak

Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

Feature Digital cameras are cheap and convenient. But some people feel they also lack soul, or encourage us all to often to experience life through an LCD screen, firing off hundreds of shots we'll probably never look at, rather than absorbing our surroundings. Film, on the other hand, according to some, can lend itself to a more …
Nigel Whitfield, 22 Mar 2015
Jupiter Ascending

BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

Vid The Slooh Observatory is holding a one-hour event, beginning at 7pm UTC (11am PST) today, to discuss Jupiter in opposition – using telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa. On Friday, February 6, Jupiter will be in opposition to the Earth, making it the brightest natural object …
Iain Thomson, 2 Feb 2015

Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

Researchers have used an interesting yardstick to determine that The Wizard of Oz is the most "significant" US movie ever, pipping Star Wars and Psycho into second and third spots in the significance league table. Forget the critics' opinion, audience figures or box office take: what really sets a film apart is the number of …
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2015
Hemsworth in Blackhat

Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

A lot of exciting things are happening online right now. Eye-boggling blocks of code are presently being distilled into art, pornography and weapons of war, and making that distillation look exciting on film would be a challenge for film-makers who thoroughly understood the world of IT. And, if we’ve learned anything from the …
Michael Moran, 15 Jan 2015

Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

Film Review The internet has fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another - but at the same time it, like, hasn't. That seems to be the message behind the cringey and contrived Men, Women and Children. Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Judy Greer and Rosemarie DeWitt among others, this film is the latest " …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2014
Tetris on all platforms? It must be true as there's even a version for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

A US film studio has confirmed it is planning to make a movie based on the video game Tetris. Threshold Entertainment has been named as the developer for the feature length film, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company said that the film would not actually be about arranging blocks to form lines, but rather …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Oct 2014

Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

Interview For those readers with a tendency to get teary-eyed over the golden age of film, and the days before digital swept physical photographic media into the cutting room bin of history, we're delighted to take a trip down memory lane today with professional photographer Phil Houghton. Portrait of Phil Houghton holding mighty Nikon …
Lester Haines, 10 Dec 2013
Computer Chess

Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

Film Review Surely no normal person would ever want to spend an hour and a half, let alone a whole weekend, in the company of beardy-weirdy 1970s computer nerds as they challenge their chess programs to beat all comers – and maybe, one day, even a human too? Director Andrew Bujalski must be rather keen to do so, because it’s the subject …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness

Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

You reboot a popular science fiction series, but you cleverly restart the series’ timeline too, to give you not only a fresh, clean page on which to begin writing a brand new mythology, but also a fan-friendly way to tie it all in to the established continuity. That’s the trick director JJ Abrams - he of Lost fame - and …
Tony Smith, 6 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

Twitter users can now add six-second looping videos to their daily 140-character vignettes using technology the company bought from the developer start-up Vine. "Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2013

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