After months of rumor and speculation, Variety confirms that 20th Century Fox plans to keep the "Alien" franchise alive with a prequel film that will be directed by original helmer Ridley Scott. (...) Screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to write the prequel after the studio was impressed by his work on two space thrillers, both for Keanu Reeves, called Passengers and Shadow 19. (via comingsoon.net)
If barely legal girls wired into some VR mainframe security hardlines had their own fashion niche, P.A.S.S. with her Christmas morning smile would be their idol. However, she ends up as a chibi tamagotchi for cyberpunk otakus with rooms not much bigger than claustrophy-rich dorm toilets lined up with shelves of manga, tinted with colors of scattered Skittles and bukkake beige.
N.U.D.E.@'s been the sleeping hit for 2003 and apart from Gamespot, a few minor sites (such as The Armchair Empire) and a FAQ compiled by a few dedicated players, nobody remembers it anymore, the game sinking with the original XBOX platform, us in despair. But still, if you had your own Japanese-speaking gal who would gladly operate your laptop and sing sad birthday songs to you, would you care?
Go watch Condition:Human instead.
Todd of Jawbone.TV just informed me about some updates concerning one of the most imaginative, pure, drug- and neonlight-laden interactive comics art project that's ever come to the Net called NAWLZ. (Hungarian readers might remember, I very briefly covered it last December.) So, this is hard work and global collaboration sparked and fueled by nineties cyberpunk anime and thrives to show how designer culture might look like if we were 50 years into the future. Check nawlz.com to see how you, if you're an artist or someone to rip them off, could form a new platform of content distribution. Sutu mentions in the interview that he'd love to publish his comics - count me in for one happy customer monkey. If you're interested in the work process - and you know you are - check the remaining two videos here on jawbone.tv.
Amikor cirka tizennyolc hónappal ezelőtt az Apollo 440 tagjaival beszélgettem, arra a kérdésre, hogy mégis mi az egyetlen dolog, ami igazán inspirálja őket a stúdiómunkában, gondolkodás nélkül (vagy hosszú évek gyakorlásának eredményeként) harsogták unisono, hogy a foci, a portugál Blasted Mechanism esetében viszont sziszegnivalóan hosszú a lista. Keverjétek egy koponyányi peyotlba a Power Rangers és a tokusatsu-filmek összes rossz útra tért uniformisfétisét a Predatorok törzsi szemléletével, esztétikájával és dreadlockjaival, az inka panteon világvégehozó jókedvével meg a sarki new age boltból hozott, hónalj alá szorítható idegenekkel: az eredmény a portugál zenei élet egyik legegyedibb, frenetikus koncertélményt garantáló csapata meg a kép, hogy ilyenek a modernkori inka istenek, amikor éppen guitarheróznak azon, amit mi valóságként ismerünk. Einstandolták a neont, a Juno Reactor hiányzik már csak belőlük. Tényleg. Ha ezek hozzák el a világvégét 2012-ben, kérem magamnak a teljes első sort, tartsd meg az aprót is magadnak.
Brian Taylor describes the game's dynamic as "much like the adult industry", with people being paid to enter into various sexual situations, some willingly, and some less willingly. Regardless, within gameplay these human sex dolls must surrender completely to the gamer's control. Despite the game's vibrant candy colors and glittery aesthetic, Taylor confesses "it's a very dark place." (via io9)
Denzel Washington goes Fallout in The Book of Eli, a 2010-scheduled post-apocalyptic extravaganza. Kotaku's already drawing parallels with the Fallout universe which is as obvious as anything, so really, get over it. Apart from Washington, the cast includes, first and foremost, Tom Waits himself as an Engineer (you could only top that with Ron Perlman as the Engineer's evil twin brother. But I'll include his dark swamp cabaret vaudeville here just in case), Mila Kunis (her Max Payne appearance hopefully forecasts annihilating mutant hordes with attitude and a leather-covered ass) and Michael Gambon. (UPDATE: And yes, Gary Oldman himself is there as well - who just managed to blurt out there's a new Batman movie in the works including him in the cast.)
Work it out for yourselves. (Originally from boingboing, and yes, it really is a game over screen.)
The TRON Legacy trailer surfaced on the net a good 12 hours ago - unfortunately, YouTube has made all Legacy trailers non-embeddable (this is how I managed to not via CPC's post) - help comes from Hungarian blogger Aeon Flux. Sit back, hit fullscreen, enjoy. (And embed, while you still can. Embed disable for a movie trailer in 2009? Disney, eat fuck.) (via aeon flux)
That's a good day to be an IO9 reader now. According to them, Shinya Tsukamoto revealed his newest project at the Comic Con: Tetsuo the Bullet Man will be his new sequel to one of the most authentic cyberpunk monogatari so far. The English-speaking movie (to be released in 2010) is about Anthony, a guy working in Tokyo who transforms into Tetsuo after his son is called after the encounter of the "evil driver", a character who's basically creating Tetsuos in the first two movies. Join the Tetsuo Project here.
Lovers of the post-apocalypse, save up your precious new yen. Both iD's new mutant basher FPS Rage and the new Diabloesque first person role-playing shooter Borderlands are out with new trailers. Borderlands debuts Oct 20th in the US, 23rd everywhere else - as for Rage, there's no rock solid dates, still.
IO9 reports from Comic Con: apparently the sequel to the first Disney cyberpunk TRON is no longer called TR2N but Tron Legacy and apart from the brief lightcycle run we've seen in the first trailer, we find out that Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is living inside glowing vectorland and after 20 years his son gets a hunch and goes out to find him. (via io9) This is supplemented by a new site called Flynn Lives that apparently serves as a perfect basis for future augmented reality games. According to IMDB, Tron 2.0 - as they call it - is scheduled for the big screen in 2011.
This pretty well-hiden piece comes from Chile, 2007. A subtle Battle Angel Alita infusion into the post-apocalyptic barren wastelands of the Fallout universe comes out as RESIDUOS (translates as waste), more like a 3D portfolio practice than anything and that's really without a story whatsoever - still a decent 80 seconds while you hose your bowels with ristrettos.
Hours spent on YouTube, following links after links into depths you wouldn't have imagined you could go to during your working hours. Our gorgeous intelligence finds us neat but meaningless cyberpunkish, post-apocalyptic, grey-tinted hard eyecandies for us to devour, the first being VOIDEN. It was meant to be a Poser series, but no sequels have been posted since December 28, 2007. Think kindly of the dead and deceased.
An oppressed people struggle to rid themselves of the reign of terror imposed on them by Voiden with the help of a small group of mercenaries lead by Novan, the last of the Hybridtrons, a military cyborg race now permanently banned from Voiden. This is a Saga rooted in the tradition of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or even Star Trek or Blade Runner, more episodes are coming, so sit and enjoy!
Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield was something we'd have called a radio shack afficionado back in the days, only he did it to brains. If you ever wondered who found out the 0day vulnerability on the brain not feeling any pain directly, Penfield was surely one neurogeek to exploit that. According to what Michael Talbot wrote in The Holographic Universe,
While operating on the brains of epileptics, he would electrically stimulate various areas of their brain cells. To his amazement he found that when he stimulated the temporal lobes (the region of the brain behind the temples) of one of his fully conscious patients, they reexperienced memories of past episodes from their lives in vivid detail. One man suddenly relived a conversation he had had with friends in South Africa; a boy heard his mother talking on the telephone and after several touches from Penfield's electrode was able to repeat her entire conversation; a woman found herself in her kitchen and could hear her son playing outside.
This will serve as a gorgeous intro to YouTube user brainmove's "Repressed adolescent web-series in da house... ", PENFIELD'S ELECTRODE. Smooth Japanese narrative with low angle shots, heavy dose of after-effects and some shots of a mutating mental patient that reminds me of Metalosis Maligna. Tune in when we manage to find out more about this small jewel!
It might not actually come to you as a surprise (to me it did anyways), but Headscan's Pattern Recognition lyrics are available on their site.
Is there anything you guys actually buy on paper instead of reading online? That was one of the key thoughts I asked myself when I killed off The Dose PDFs and I just might have completely missed the point. Coilhouse is one example of the Quality Paper Mag and the very milestone of The Critical Third Issue looks like it's just been stormed by gloriously: features on Kowloon Walled City, Boing Boing mind diva Xeni Jardin or Marina Bychkova's doll art are just one of the few. Grab the mag while you still can. I own them all.
Ben Hansford's Tron comedy series is back with another 40 seconds. Top-notch visuals are seriously degraded by the lack of storyline and the comedy aspect of it all. Sad, sad.
The papers we read and the TV we watch, the internet we browse and the products we consume. An almost-manifesto of the zeitgeist that's founded upon geographic data visualization, however ugly and uncool it sounds. I had the honor of meeting Carlo Ratti back in Brussels a few months ago where he held a presentation on his project Senseable City Lab - if you check out the videos on YouTube, you'll basically come across the wet dreams of the 80's geeks - how does a city's information sea ripple when an event causes people to communicate?
Spacebook is a project to design an interactive house whose walls gradfually change in transparency with changes in local environmental conditions and the presence or absence of people inside and outside the space. The project uses a new type of glass that was recently patented at the SENSEable City Lab. (spacebook @ mit.edu)
Watch the video. It is like Anonymous meeting Byron frock intelligentsiya with a smirk. We build glass walls, not spaces. Spacebook is our first real glassbox, all surfaces in every direction molded from transparent glass with uninhibitive 360 degrees views. It allows us to see everything. Or nothing. We can choose.
It was six months ago that I wrote about Black Nail Cabaret - a dark candy cabaret musical project of two friends, founders of the (now thankfully defunct) Hungarian horror performance group Art Macabre. Emke and Soffy started with their cover song of Rihanna's Umbrella (below) and now their MySpace has undergone something of a revamp - new pictures (courtesy of Balazs Kassai) and a few demo songs. Remember what Zoog said to newcomer bands? Never, never release a demo. Remember what else he said? Don't give up.
A valós élet és az elképzelhetetlenül szilárd animehajú, éjszakai multiplayer meccsekben brillírozott reflexű, ötezer dolláros baszadékhangú narrátorokkal figyelmesre élhajtott játékok közös halmaza a headshot: viszlát a fánkszagú ing mögé szíjazott kevlárnak meg a szív fölé rejtett, háborút megjárt, dohányszagú nagyapától örökölt cigarettásdoboznak, ha fejbelőnek, százharmincöt fokban megcsúszik a világ, lekapcsolják a villanyt, albumborító marad a vérfoltból utánad az aszfalton.
Ilyen headshotot sikerült bekapnom egy klasszikus gyerekverstől, hogyaztmondja Oravecz Imre majdnemhaikuja (7-8-9), gyűjtöttem a bélyeget, apa hozott három kilót, azóta nem gyűjtök bélyeget, most meg nézz fel a Google Trends grafikonra és értelmezd a lényeget, ez történt a cyberpunkkal is, neonegestül-esőbenhackerestül, ahogy kell. Most huszonöt éves a Neurománc, a sci-fi portálok egymás után robbantják a cikkeket, hogy naprakész-e még a múlt évszázad legjelentősebb víziója és ha körbenézel, naprakész annyiból, hogy jelen lett belőle. (UPDATE 1: Marvin - róla a cikk következő részében lesz szó - azt mondja, Siv Wideberg svédgyermekversíró követte ezt el, nem Oravecz. Boldog vagyok, hogy a svédek is írnak haikukat. Thx, Marvin!)
A Trends hevült szemű szomorúnosztalgia helyett bemondja a frankót: három éve stagnál a cyberpunk, gyakorlatilag döglött, bármi is legyen az, az ébrentartó érdeklődés egyik fókuszpontja pedig Magyarország, elvégre is mi pipáltuk ki a világ jó dolgait hologramoktól a telefonközponton és a tévén keresztül a művérig, üljön le, elégtelen.
Don't get too overexcited on the new Tron series. Tron Reboot basically equals comedy humour with classic Tron design and a whiff of commedia dell'arte bad. Expect new episode (previous was 93 seconds, barely enough for a gag reflex) on the 14th of July. If you're in for the more serious stuff, expect TR2N media launched on the new Comic-Con. (via cpc)
Óvatosan meglépett, cukormázas addendumnak ígérkezik a japán cyberpunk halódó lajstromában Masamune Shirow új, egyébként tavalyi, kevesek által ismert animéje, a Real Drive (RD 潜脳調査室 RD Sennō Chōsashitsu). Nyolcvanon túli főhőssel indítani olyan volt, mint Bruce Sterling Holy Fire-jét kézhezkapni és kétszer olvasni el az első fejezeteket, hogy bevésődjön: új lapra írt történetről van szó, nincs katedrálisban triplaszaltózó amorózó óriásmecha meg luxuspavilonok előtt instant agymosott lakosság. (original RD page in Japanese)