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Sunday, February 28, 2010

MEGAN FOX Speedpainting... The Transformers Live Action Movie Blog posted this cool video of Megan Fox’s famous car-hood scene from the first Transformers film being re-created digitally by artist Nico Di Mattia. I thought that the video capture below was a screenshot from the 2007 flick... Nope, that’s the final product by Mr. Di Mattia. Awesome work.



As for Transformers 3 news, the third movie is still in the middle of pre-production as work continues to gear up for the start of principal photography...which was rumored to start next month but should most likely begin in May or June (just like Revenge of the Fallen). In terms of rumors, the TF Movie Blog also mentions that TF3 will film in Moscow and Chicago, and that Bay might release the movie in 3-D. I’m just hoping that TF3 will be good as the first flick. Is that asking too much? Later.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Leonardo DiCaprio hugs his dead wife (Michelle Williams) in SHUTTER ISLAND.

SHUTTER ISLAND... I saw the flick last Saturday, and despite some editing issues that were also present in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie, The Departed, Shutter Island is one awesome mindf**k of a film. That’s definitely a compliment. It really is pretty odd that Paramount Pictures would release this flick during the s**t month of February (it was originally suppose to have been released last November). For karmic purposes (haha), they should’ve waited till like, May to roll out Shutter Island...since Gladiator and Crash came out in May of 2000 and 2005, respectively, and went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards the following years. Oh well. Hopefully the Academy will have a good memory and remember this movie come Oscar season this Fall. Later.

What's in the lighthouse?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Darth Vader's TIE Fighter from STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY... Last night, STS-130 astronauts finally unveiled the long-awaited observation deck known as the "Cupola" onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The seven-windowed Cupola will be used to take high-resolution photography of the Earth as well as view incoming spacecraft as they approach and dock with the ISS. Just thought I’d share some exterior and interior pics of the Cupola below.

The International Space Station's new Cupola, with its seven window shutters open.

Oh, and you can probably guess why I included an image of a TIE Fighter (Technically, it's a TIE Advanced if you’re a die-hard Star Wars geek) at the top of this post. The Millennium Falcon would also apply. George Lucas must be proud right now...

Spacewalking astronauts Robert Behnken (top) and Nicholas Patrick prepare to 'unwrap' the Cupola onboard the International Space Station.

Astronaut Nicholas Patrick works on the newly-unveiled Cupola.

The coast of Algeria as viewed from inside the Cupola.

The Sahara Desert as viewed from inside the Cupola.

Space station crewmembers Jeffrey Williams and Soichi Noguchi pose inside the Cupola.

Nicholas Patrick hangs out inside the Cupola.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. & NASA

Monday, February 15, 2010



DEAL OR NO DEAL... Today, I watched yet another 2007 rerun of the NBC game show (this episode was titled "Summer in December"), and was absolutely not surprised at the end result. The contestant, Demetres B., had a chance at winning $110,000 but ended up only getting $1,000 because she wanted to "go all the way". Way to go, Demetres...you definitely are your own "individual". I hope your frat sisters didn’t kick you out of the sorority ‘cause you f**ked up BIG TIME.

However, that’s the beauty of this show: Watching stupid people, who think they're "gutsy", get extremely greedy and lose it all. But you would already know that if you watch Deal or No Deal. And read my previous Blog...

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

AMERICAN IDOL logo.

HOWARD STERN to replace Simon Cowell as host on American Idol? Hmm... Click here for more details. I might actually start watching this show (that is, when it’s not the season finale and one of the finalists isn’t a gorgeous babe like Carrie Underwood or Katharine McPhee) if the shock jock does indeed replace Idol’s lead host. Have Artie Lange replace Randy Jackson, and Stuttering John replace Ryan Seacrest, and I’m sold.

Carrie Underwood.

Oh, and feature an audition segment where female contestants (and *cough-Kara-DioGuardi-cough*) have to take a ride on the Sybian. I kid.


Artie Lange and Howard Stern.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Space shuttle Endeavour stands poised for liftoff at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2010.
NASA / Troy Cryder

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, I flew down to central Florida to visit Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the first time. What would’ve made today even sweeter would’ve been the launch of Endeavour on the first flight of this final year in the space shuttle program. Endeavour’s first launch attempt was scrubbed early this morning due to bad weather...and is making a second liftoff attempt a couple of hours from now (though the weather may be problematic yet again tonight). Will I visit KSC again, you ask? Well, I was planning to just so I could see in person an Ares I rocket on its launch pad, but Obama ruined everything last Monday. Oh well.

Posing in front of space shuttle Discovery on its pad at LC-39A, on February 8, 2009.

UPDATE (7:30 PM, PST): As for Super Bowl XLIV, I was rooting for the Indianapolis Colts...so y’all excuse me if I don’t say anything about the New Orleans Saints here. Who dat? SCREW dat.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The prawns' mothership looms high above the alien exosuit manned by Wikus Van De Merwe in DISTRICT 9.

82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS... Avatar, The Hurt Locker (both unsurprisingly) and District 9 all received Oscar nominations for Best Picture this morning. Nice. Good to see that the Academy didn't drop the ball this time around. Actually, I take that back. Star Trek should've gotten a nom as well. Sorry Trekkies.

And glad to see that Hans Zimmer got a Best Original Score nomination for Sherlock Holmes. I was surprised to see that it was Zimmer who did the fantastic music (since the score sounded very un-Zimmerish) for the Robert Downey Jr. film when I watched the end credits. Word.

Jake Sully and Neytiri in AVATAR.

An explosive device is detonated as U.S. soldiers look on in THE HURT LOCKER.