Items tagged with Hollywood

Over the past 20 years, special effects houses (typically known as VFX studios) have risen from an occasional tool used in science fiction or fantasy movies to a mainstay of the entire industry. The term "VFX" refers to more than the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) -- it also references live-action shots or green screen uses where actors are overlaid with real scenery or backgrounds that are filmed in different locations. Thus, even a movie that takes place in "real life" can rely heavily on VFX. Given that most Hollywood movies now rely so heavily on VFX, you'd think that VFX studios would... Read more...
The stock slump that followed Nintendo's Wii U announcement shows no signs of abating; the company's share price is down more than ten percent as of this writing. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed surprise over the reaction. "Honestly speaking, the reaction to (Tuesday's) presentation and what I heard from people I met and the mood of the convention did not chime at all with what happened in the stock market," Iwata said in an interview at the E3 games show in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "It's very strange." Iwata went on to note that the investors' reactions remind him of the uncertainty... Read more...
Rumors regarding Nintendo's second-generation Wii have been circulating following news that the console would be demo'd at this year's E3. Unlike the Playstation or XBox 360, the Wii has never been significantly updated, which is part of why fans and gamers are curious to see what Nintendo has come up with. Although Nintendo has yet to formally announced anything, Kotaku has proven a reliable source of information in the past. According to current info, the Wii's successor (Wii 2?) will contain: 8GB of internal flash-based storage 25GB optical discs (Nintendo has not stated what types of discs... Read more...
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google and YouTube are looking to add widely sought-after films from major studios to its service. Unlike other content on YouTube, however, most of these videos will cost money and will only be available to rent. If Google and major movie studios can reach an agreement, both sides would stand to benefit. Google would have the opportunity to test whether it can persuade millions of its users to pay for premium content on YouTube, while Hollywood studios may be able to offset dwindling DVD sales with online revenue. Certainly YouTube’s broad audience—it had... Read more...
While AMD's dedicated chip sales may be sagging, the company has still found reason to celebrate. With the success of the Wii comes the inevitable success of AMD, at least in small part. Today, Advanced Micro Devices proudly announced that the 50 millionth ATI 'Hollywood' graphics processor has shipped from Nintendo today, and if you're having difficulty piecing this all together, 'Hollywood' is the GPU housed with the Wii gaming console. With this milestone shipment, 'Hollywood' has become the most successful AMD game console chip in the history of AMD game console chips. Genyo Takeda, general... Read more...
One of our favorite uses for all this hardware, gaming, is starting to generate titles large enough to effect other parts of the entertainment industry.  No longer are A-list games only competing with each other for sales, but now it seems that the latest movie releases are being factored into the equation.  Of course, whatever effects the studios also has an impact on their bottom line:"We anticipate the video game release of GTA IV on April 29 could dampen the potential from Iron Man’s theatrical release on May 2," (Janco Partners analyst Mike) Hickey said in a Wednesday note regarding... Read more...
The Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has struck out at pirates yet again, and we're not talking about the Jack Sparrow variety of pirates here.  We're talking about the kind that put expensive movies on the 'net for all to view for no price.Perhaps the most interesting piece of news in this story is that the MPAA not only filed suit against a site here in the states, but also one on the other side of the world:“The domain search also indicated cinematube.net's servers are located in Malaysia. The site averages more than 24,000 unique users each day who view more than 85,000 pages of... Read more...
AT&T recently announced that when it comes to piracy it plans to do what other high-speed internet providers have fought to keep from doing; work hand-in-hand with Hollywood. While the details are still rough, AT&T and Hollywood studios hope to work in unison to stop offshore pirates from distributing pirated files across AT&T's network. According to AT&T's senior executive James W. Cicconi a new technology would be developed "to address the legal issues that flow out of using such technology." Cicconi insists that he does not want AT&T to become a member of the internet police,... Read more...