In Germany, nothing says fun for all ages like an abandoned nuclear power plant cooling tower! That's the sentiment behind Wunderland Kalkar amusement park--formerly known as the Schneller Bruter cooperative energy project--where you're more likely to encounter cotton candy and motion sickness than Geiger counters and radiation poisoning.
Before you let those fashionably hip Cold War-meets-Steampunk visions in your head take hold, I should note that the nuclear facility was, for political reasons, never completed, so there's actually no danger of coming in contact with any radiation while taking a ride on the mechanical swings that have … Read more
They always seem to find the sorts of pain solutions that require you to spend the rest of your life visiting a chiropractor.
In fact, if you walked into many a chiropractor's office and said you were suffering at the hands of a redneck, they surely wouldn't think twice before laying you down and twisting your neck toward Texas and then back.
I am not surprised, therefore, that the chiropractic profession has come up with a brand-new ailment: text neck.
This is, apparently, caused by stretching your neck unreasonably in order to send … Read more
Who would you pick to play Steve Jobs in a feature-length fimic biography of the tech titan?
You can bet that question is being pondered mightily by producer Mark Gordon and his production entity MG360, who, along with Sony Pictures, may eventually bring such a biopic to the screen. (And you can bet an actor or three is howling at his agent to "Get me that part!")
We're wondering if Noah Wyle is possibly in the running. As you may recall, the "E.R." star played Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV flick "Pirates of … Read more
Do you know high-minded, self-absorbed characters who are deeply committed to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"? (Do they ever get to keep up?)
Do you happen to live with someone whose very being is rocked every time a Real Housewife or a Situation invades your TV screen?
If you happen to be one of these purgatorial souls, I bring supreme tidings. For it appears that Bravo, perhaps the greatest of the reality show cable channels, is casting a new show about Silicon Valley.
How can I possibly know this? Well, it seems that a nice lady at GigaOm … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Big-budget sci-fi movies and computer-generated visual-effects are inseparable and probably will be for years to come. That doesn't mean there isn't still something magical about using engineering and craftsmanship to make lifelike, "in the flesh" versions of the other-worldly or futuristic characters these movies bring us onscreen.
That's part of the reason director Shawn Levy decided to build huge, gadget-rich "puppet" versions of the boxing robots from the new Hugh Jackman action movie "Real Steel," which opened in theaters yesterday. The Dreamworks film takes place in the near future when human fighters have been replaced by mechanized pugilists.
There are plenty of CG shots of the automaton ring warriors training and going at it round by round. But Levy had Legacy Effects construct working "real life" versions of the creatures via animatronics to interact with Jackson and the other actors on-set.
During a recent press event for the flick, Levy said he was amazed at how well the robots worked and how easily his cast rubbed elbows with them. … Read more
Fleming says the film's producer will be Mark Gordon, who produced "Saving Private Ryan," among many other projects.
Sony, the studio behind last year's hit Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg flick "The Social Network," would not comment, Fleming says.
The biography by former Time magazine Managing Editor Issacson includes two years' worth of interviews with Jobs and his family members and colleagues, and is now set to be released October 24. The original date was November 21, which was moved up from the "early 2012" time frame the publisher originally announced.
Though there have been other biographies about Apple's iconic co-founder, who died this week, Isaacson's has been billed as the first published with Jobs' participation.… Read more
An electric bike, created by the Palo Alto, Calif., design consultancy Ideo and Santa Cruz, Calif., bike maker Rock Lobster Custom Cycles, has won the competition for creating the best urban utility bike in the Oregon Manifest creative collaboration challenge.
The bike, which combines classic styling with an electric motor, beat out the creations of the pairing of Portland, Ore., design firm Ziba with bike builder Signal Cycles, and the tandem of San Francisco design consultancy Fuseproject with Santa Rosa, Calif., SyCip Designs.
Back in 2009 From Software's Demon's Souls made numerous game-of-the-year lists because of its innovative crowdsourced hinting system, but at the same time honoring the tough-as-nails mentality that seems to have been lost in modern gaming.
Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls. It doesn't continue any sort of linear story, but most of the mechanics remain in tact, including the unforgiving difficulty of the game.
But in a landscape where regenerative health and multiple save points are the norm, can Dark Souls find a place amongst the mainstream?
Jeff: Part of the difficulty that inherently lies in games journalism is remaining indifferent even when a given product isn't something you'd normally want to play. A perfect example of this was my experience with 2009's Demon's Souls. Forcing myself to play such a difficult title wound up making me appreciate so much about what I didn't know. I became immersed in the universe the game was able to convincingly create, even though I had died a thousand deaths exploring the world.
Of course I knew what I was getting myself into with From Software's follow-up, Dark Souls, and the game's tagline of "Prepare to Die" isn't really an attempt to be something it isn't.
Dark Souls can be infuriatingly difficult, and for the gamer who thinks he or she can just march right in with a sword and shield drawn is in for a world of hurt. Not only does the game punish those who play nonchalantly, it basically offers no real explanation of the various items, powers, and hollowing abilities that are at a player's disposal. This lack of hand-holding will be jarring for those not hardened by the "good-old days" of gaming, but Dark Souls is a crash course for the inexperienced.… Read more
Netflix has expanded its partnership with AMC Networks to bring many more shows to its streaming service.
The companies today announced that they have inked a multiyear agreement that delivers AMC hit "The Walking Dead" to Netflix. In addition, content from AMC's other networks, including IFC and the Sundance Channel, are also available on Netflix, thanks to the deal.
However, as with other deals Netflix has signed with television networks, there are some stipulations in this latest agreement. According to the companies, new seasons of "The Walking Dead," as well as "certain future AMC … Read more
YouTube users in the U.K. can now rent feature films on the video service.
The movie-rental service boasts more than 1,000 films from both Hollywood and British studios, YouTube said in a blog post today announcing the launch, including "The Dark Knight" and "Reservoir Dogs," as well as Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life."