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The Movie Is Over When The Credits Roll

The Movie Is Over When The Credits Roll

Now, I’m mad. At first, it was funny. I definitely didn’t stay to the very end of the movie when I saw “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the theaters, but when I saw the movie at home, I saw the bonus scene at the end. The “stinger,” as it’s sometimes called. Roger Ebert called this the “Monk’s Reward,” because you need to have the patience of a monk to sit through the final credits for the payoff. But if you managed to make it through the scroll of names at the end of Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick appears on screen and tells the audience to go home. The movie’s over. Go home.

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The Amazing Spider-Man movie: our first look

The Amazing Spider-Man movie: our first look

This month we had a chance to take a look at an early screening of the upcoming blockbuster action film The Amazing Spider-Man, and what little we can tell you at the moment includes this: the visual effects here take the cake. While the refresh of the Spider-Man movie series has a story that is thrilling in its relative newness, it's the mise en scene that will strike you hardest. If The Avengers proved to us that its prime time to bring the Marvel Universe to the big screen in a massive way, Spider-Man is the knife that cuts all the sweetest bits of this delicious visual cake and serves them up with the friendly neighborhood kid this superhero was always supposed to be.

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OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

This week we've gotten the opportunity to see in a very basic way how powerful the next generation of Texas Instruments device processors will be. Graphics are the name of the game here, Texas Instruments' Curt Moore showing off how an OMAP 5-toting developer platform tablet works with Android - which, incidentally, is running a bit of software called SBP Shell 3D (see our hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewphone 4S smartphone to see more SPB action). This software displays an array of homescreens all at once, allowing you access to each as they spin on a carousel: prime real-estate for showing off graphics power on OMAP 5 architecture.

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Nintendo announces Wii U launch titles

Nintendo announces Wii U launch titles

Nintendo hasn’t yet announced when you’ll be able to sit a Wii U beneath your television, and pricing is still a mystery too, but the company has gone into detail regarding its launch lineup at E3. There are a handful of Nintendo properties, as expected, but there are some interesting third-party titles that will be available on the console too, including some fan favourites.

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Star Wars 1313 is LucasArts next big visual powerhouse

Star Wars 1313 is LucasArts next big visual powerhouse

This time around, it's personal, Star Wars fans - with no less than input from LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd., and Skywalker Sound, "1313" is set to be a video game of epic preportions. This game is set to be revealed next week in earnest at E3 while today LucasArts lets us know that it's about to go big. Star Wars 1313 will bring you in to a third person cinematic action adventure like you've never experienced before, complete with bounty hunters, the Coruscant underworld, and next-level media from all directions.

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Paramount panics pushing G.I. Joe: Retaliation to 2013

Paramount panics pushing G.I. Joe: Retaliation to 2013

Motion picture studio Paramount Pictures has lost their nerve in the face of the success that The Avengers is had in theaters. With Battleship debuting in the number two spot behind The Avengers, which is still rolling strong at the box office, Paramount has decided to take one of the films that many geeks are looking forward to this summer and delay it until 2013. What a bunch of weenuses.

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Battleship Movie Review

Battleship Movie Review

While this summer has no lack of action adventure movies going for it, what with the likes of The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises on deck, Battleship is prepared to be the cleanest selection of the group. The blockbuster category requires that a movie be spectacularly large in its on-screen scope, and the movie Battleship does this - and little else. Like each of the interviews you may have heard thus far on the film, including our most recent interview on Battleship with Industrial Light and Magic, this movie is definitely a "popcorn" flick - that means you should come prepared to quite simply sit back and be entertained, and entertained well.

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ILM speaks on Battleship: “the bar has been raised” for visual effects

ILM speaks on Battleship: “the bar has been raised” for visual effects

Expanding on what we learned earlier this week from NVIDIA's talk with effects group ILM, Visual Effect Supervisor Pablo Helman let us know that their work on the film Battleship's effects and production took place on a global scale. With technologies like what we saw this week from NVIDIA with their cloud-ready GPU power with Kepler, the teams at Industrial Light and Magic and the extended Battleship film crew were able to work from not just one set location, but many at the same time. ILM artists and crew worked from different parts of the Earth all at once - this dramatically decreasing the amount of time it took to create such a giant vision as this blockbuster film, Helmen letting us know that the film industry world in recent years has certainly "become a lot smaller" in many ways.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 16, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 16, 2012

It's basically NVIDIA week here as the GPU conference hits the airwaves and NVIDIA sits pretty with its CUDA, Tesla, and Kepler news galore. The Samsung Galaxy S III has had an early unboxing for those of you looking to get in on the next generation of Samsung Android power. Multi-monitor support will be improved with Windows 8, so says Microsoft. Facebook may be finding itself devoid of advertising bucks as they edge closer and closer to their summer IPO - so says analysts.

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NVIDIA brings Industrial Light and Magic in to show off Kepler

NVIDIA brings Industrial Light and Magic in to show off Kepler

At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke on the innovations they'd been pushing with their next-level Kepler GPU architecture, in their last show of power bringing in the big guns from the film industry with ILM. The folks at Industrial Light & Magic are responsible for some of the greatest film triumphs in our modern movie world, and the guest NVIDIA had on stage this week, Visual Effects Supervisor Grady Cofer, has worked on such hits as Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Avengers.

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