For years, motion capture technology has helped video games and movies create better similuations of professional sports. Now the process is being inverted, as real pro athletes turn to computer generated avatars to help them perfect their form and avoid injury.
The New York Times highlights this trend, beginning with a quote from Read More
Cats and Dogs
Avatar is returning to movie theaters next week in the hopes of reversing a disturbing trend in Hollywood: 3-D is fading at the multiplex. After some big hits like Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3, recent 3-D offerings including Cats and Dogs and Step Up 3D have withered.
But perhaps a bigger question Read More
If you’ve been following the tribulations of the Iroquois lacrosse team, one element of the story may have seemed slightly surprising: James Cameron’s $50,000 donation to assuage the debt from their travel troubles. It’s a good amount of money, and given for a very specific cause.
We reached out to Read More
When Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed at the Arthur Murray Dance Party in December 1957, Holly wore a tuxedo, a bowtie, and massive horn-rimmed glasses. He was, in short, a star disguised as a nerd.
In modern-day Williamsburg—or Bushwick, or Fort Greene—current nerds and future stars are indistinguishable. Every other kid just off Read More
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Like everyone else, Rupert Murdoch apparently thought Avatar might bomb.
Rather than bankroll the entire $300 million production, Mr. Murdoch hedged his bet and farmed out 60 percent of the funding. So now, according to Bloomberg, he’s only going to get between $350 and $400 million dollars of the estimated $1 billion Read More
Forget Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker, the big winners over the weekend were Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Alice in Wonderland, the tandem’s seventh collaboration, crushed the competition with a ridiculous $116.3 million opening. For reference, that was roughly $50 million more than the other nine movies in the top-ten grossed combined. As we Read More
Well, so that happened! Was it just us or were these just the most tediously boring Oscars in ages? And who should we blame? Maybe we should start with the very strange stage design, which we’re guessing was intended to be a nod to old Hollywood glamour, but felt more like an early-’70s Read More
The Academy Awards may belong to Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that The Observer and fellow New Yorkers can’t boldly declare what Ought To Be. We give you Oscar picks by coastal sensibilities–and who’s got the edge in the end.
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Not even the prospect of Tracy Morgan dressed as a cellular phone could stop the Martin Scorsese fever dream that is Shutter Island. For a second consecutive weekend the rain-soaked thriller landed on top of the box office, holding off furious pushes from new releases Cop Out and The Crazies. As we do Read More