Finally, a Vampire Movie I Can Get Behind – Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

This new trailer for Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (really needs to pick one title or the other) has given me hope the the genre isn’t dead. Why? It’s a vampire comedy! It may sound like a lame idea, but watch the trailer and tell me it doesn’t look good. As tired as I’ve grown of John C. Reilly, I think he’s great here and Salma Hayek as the Bearded Lady and Ken Wantanabe as the circus ringmaster help out as well.

It comes out this October, and looks to be a nice compliment to this years other horror comedy, Zombieland.

Its Happening : Sam Raimi to Direct World of Warcraft Movie

World of Warcraft

Sam Raimi, director of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, the Spider-Man films, has signed on to direct a big screen adaptation of World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The scoop was first reported by AICN and later confirmed by Variety, who also reports that The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven is also on board. The current plan is for Raimi to supervise the development of the movie and to begin production after Spider-Man 4.

“At its core, ‘Warcraft’ is a fantastic, action-packed story,” Raimi said in a statement.

The game was first introduced in 1994, and now has more than 11.5 million monthly subscribers. Legendary Pictures has been developing the film project for a few years now. 300 producer Thomas Tull revealed at BlizzCon 2007 that the film would have a budget of over $100 million and was to be set one year before the events of WOW.

“We’re going to be looking for someone of Zak Snyder (300) or Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight, Batman Beings) calibre,” said Tull who revealed that the company is aiming for a PG-13 rating. “I can tell you that this is the one thing about running a studio and making these things that’s hard. You want to not compromise and have the right level of intensity. The story and the director’s vision is what’s ultimately going to dictate that. Personally one of my favorite movies of all time is Lord of the Rings, which has a PG-13 rating.”

At the time WOW players balked at the mention of a PG-13 rating, but this was before The Dark Knight broke that mold. I’m not sure how much of this is still relevant to the project considering Tull was also touting a 2009 release, and that obviously never came to pass.

I’ve never played World of Warcraft, and I have never quite understood the obsession with the game. I can tell you that I have lost friends to the fiction online world of fantasy, so it must be good. Having Raimi on board as fdirector certainly makes me a lot more interested about the film adaptation. We all know how the movie would have looked with Uwe Boll in the director’s chair — probably something not even as good as Dungeons and Dragons.

How powerful was the Apollo 11 computer?

With all the buzz about the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing I got to thinking, how powerful were the computers that “took us to the Moon?” It turns out, they were nothing short of amazing. If you’ve never had a nerdy bone in your body, feel free to skip this post. But, if you ever laid on your back under the stars and thought about Mercury, Gemini, Apollo or the Space Shuttle, read on and see if you’re as geek-struck as I was researching this.

Comparing the Apollo Guidance Computer to an IBM PC XT

My first thought was how did the Apollo computer compare to the iPhone? It turns out that’s a really tough comparison to make. The iPhone is so advanced compared to the computer used in Apollo’s guidance system that it’s hard to believe they both came from the same planet — at roughly the same period in time when viewed in contrast to man’s time line on Earth. To really make a comparison that makes much sense it’s much easier to look at the home computers of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Take Intel’s venerable 8086 for example — you might know it better as “x86”. Released in 1979, just a decade after Apollo 11’s trip to the Moon, the 8086’s cousin, the 8088, formed the basis for the IBM PC we all know and love. When the IBM PC “XT” was released in 1981, the lowest end configuration had 8 times more memory than Apollo’s Guidance Computer — 16k, vs the Apollo’s 2k. The read-only storage of the AGC was 32k,
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Harry Potter Vs. Voldemort Rap Battle

With the new Harry Potter Movie released last night, and due in Amman this Thursday, I thought we needed a little recap about what happened, so to make it fun what about a Harry Potter rap battle? Indy Mogul brings us a rap battle between “the chosen one” Harry Potter and the evil dark lord Voldermort. And the best part is that it ends just like it would in the real Potter-verse

Do enjoy