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    Sansar Star Wars cover

    Here we are: Star Wars, The Last Jedi is finally on the screens of theaters all over the world, and its promotion now embrace also online communities of virtual worlds fans as that of Sansar, the new VR platform of Linden Lab (the Second Life developer) where December 9 opened the first exhibition of Hollywood Art Museum, a “a unique collection of Star Wars production pieces”. Sansar Star Wars exhibition

    Star Wars on Sansar, a geek dream

    This virtual exhibition includes the very first drawings made for the film franchise and never-before-seen production art from the original trilogy by Lucasfilm alum as Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, Phil Tippett, Drew Struzan, Colin Cantwell and more.

    Museum curator, director Greg Aronowitz, introduced personally the Star Wars collection at the opening, giving the chance to those present to meet him, albeit virtually. I mean, like a geek’s dream come true.

    Touring the exhibition you feel really to be inside a museum but someone didn’t like it too much, re-opening the debate, never completely finished, whether virtual worlds ought to be intended as perfect reproductions of reality or if wouldn’t be more exciting to take fully advantage of the possibilities offered by technology so to create “your world, your immagination” to remember the original Second Life’s claim. Sansar Star Wars exhibition

    Virtual worlds are too real?

    People so far shown to appreciate more the first choice, differently from what has happened for video games where in addition to real-like plots and setings were successful even totally fantastic environments (just think about World of Warcraft, rather than video games devoted to the stories of Middle Earth).

    Yet more than a voice argued in favour of greater immagination at least when you go to recreate locations tied to fantastic content: wouldn’t it have been more engaging look a the Star Wars art works on Tatooine or on Lando’s Cloud City, or inside Death Star, instead of a museum lounge (even if themed as a Star Wars movie set)?

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      If you are fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, can memorize Peter Jackson‘s movies about The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit and you love videogames, the latest San Diego Comic Con has some great news for you. From October 10th Middle-Earth: Shadow of Warwill be available, a new episode of the Middle-Earth franchisee developed by Monolith and published by Warner Bros inspired by the fantastic universe of J. R. R. Tolkien of which at the San Diego Comic Con the second trailer was shown, dedicated to Shelob, that you can see below.

      Monolith and the Middle-Earth series

      The series, available for Playstation and Xbox, started in 2012 with Guardians of Middle-Earth, a typical Moba (multiplayer online battle arena) in which up to 10 players can play divided into two team choosing between 36 different characters, including Gandalf, Radagas and Sauron.

      In 2014 followed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, playable even on pc as well as on consoles. The player impersonates Talion, a ranger who leads a handful of Gondor soldiers guard of the Black Gate of Mordor.

      Killed by the Black Hand of Sauron, while his spirit is wandering between the world of the living and the dead meets the spirit of Celebrimbor, the best elf smith, maker of power rings, killed in turn by Sauron and seeking revenge. Together the man and the spirit will seek revenge, but first they will have to contend even with Gollum, to stun the plots of Saruman and overcome a series of clashes.

      Middle Earth Shelob

      New challenges for Talion and Celebrimbor

      In this new episode Talion and Celebrimbor, who forged a new ring of power, will try to defeat Sauron and his Nazgul, but to succeed in doing so will first have to confront with opponents such as Bruz the orc and the mother of the great spiders, Shelob. The first trailer was already launched at the beginnigns of July, you can see it below.

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      Movie franchisee Transformers is one of the longest running, since the first movie of the series (the animation movie Transformers: the Animated Movie) debuted in 1986, just two years after the debut of the cartoon produced by Japanese Toei Animation and Tokyo Movie ShinSha and the American Sunbow.

      China loves Transformers

      Over the years the Transformers (whose fifth movie, The Last Knight, will be released in Italian theatres on June, 22 and in American theatres on June, 23, while two further movies are scheduled in 2018 and in 2019) grossed over 3,7 billion dollars at box office all over the world, developing a fans’ community particularly strong in China.

      It is therefore not by chance if DMG entertainment and Hasbro decided to launch now amusement centers dedicated to the Transformers, able to offer an “highly-immersive, interactive” digital simulation experiences based on the Transformers’ universe both in virtual reality (VR) both in augmented reality (AR).

      The first of these centers (the sector of virtual amusement parks seems to have great potentialities in China for some years) should open in Shanghai later this summer, then the centers will expand to other China cities regularly over the next five years. Transformers VR

      Virtual reality centers and live shows

      The Transformers used for digital simulations will have the shape of the “Generation One”, still the most loved by fans of the whole world, but with a photorealistic rendering so to increase the digital experience immersivity. As reports a press release you will fight the evil Decepticons on Cybertron alongside Optimus Prime or have a driving experience with Bumblebee.

      In the same time DMG, together S2BN, is also working on a live show, Transformers Live, a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show, featuring shape-shifting robots, aerial stunts and large-scale special effects. A custom-built theater seating 4,000 will host the live show, so the experience promises to be really “mythical”.

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        Scott Cawthon is good as his word: indie horror video game Five Nights at Freddy’s (Fnaf) creator promised some news about the movie from almost two years Warner Bros would have had to begin to produce based on his creation by end of january and january 31 he posted on Stream to point out how in 2016 there were “several delays and roadblocks, some involving problems within the movie industry as a whole” adding that as a result “the movie is back at square one”.

        News and doubts about Fnaf the movie

        Fnaf movie animatronic 2016This means that we don’t see a trailer anytime soon and that maybe Warner Bros won’t be the producer and Gil Kenan (already director of Poltergeist movie remake) won’t direct it, but at least development is ongoing so far.

        What’s more: Scott, who at the beginning seemed not interested in being involved in the movie the creative process, now stated he want that “this movie to be something that I’m excited for the fanbase to see”.

        Some specialized sites wonder nevertheless if the movie will release at all, since in these cases even recently (Uncharted, which would have had to go out in the theatres this year while has again been postponed and perhaps cancelled) it’s not unusual for Hollywood to continue to postpone a movie production up to the point not to be interested anymore to produce it, especially when it comes to titles drawn up by video games.

        Movie from video games, good record

        Gil Kenan Fnaf movie 2016Yet some movies drawn by videogames recently have shown to be able to gross well, like Warcraft, which worlwide grossed about 434 million dollars (the 17th best box office in 2016), The Angry Birds Movie, which worth about 350 million dollars, or Assassin’s Creed, which debuted a few days befor Christmas and has exceed 209 million dollars despite the strong competition of Rogue One, which debuted 5 days befor and has already grossed over a billion dollar.

        So at the end fans hope that the delay can allow Hollywood to find the right creative mix to produce a movie which preserves the original atmosphere of Fnaf series (the movie should concern the first three titles) and still be able please a worlwide audice. Because at the end, guys, are the money that makes the world go round, especially if you talk with Hollywood producers.

        What do you think about these news?

        Fnaf fan costumeWhat do you think about the news related to the movie that should be drawn by Fnaf, do you liked this article or would you have wanted to know more or other?

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          Chevrolet Lego Batmobile Cover

          The second Lego Movie (“The Lego Batman Movie”, regarding the adventures of Lego Batman) is about to debut in the theaters of the world and among the side promotions one of the most remarkable was the official presentation, at the Detroit Auto Show 2017, of a (real) Chevrolet Lego Batmobile.

          Chevrolet recreates the Speedwagon Batmobile

          Chevrolet Lego BatmobileThis car is the literal reproduction of the Speedwagon Batmobile which Lego Batman uses in the Warner Bros movie to save Gothem Cityfrom the Joker, escept in this case it is a car of 5,18 meters length and 2,11 meters high, built using 344,187 Lego bricks of 17 different color.

          To draw and project it Chevrolet technicians needed 222 hours, while to build it together Lego technicians in an hobby stor in Enfield, Connecticut, other 1,833 hours have been necessary.

          Sale price: 48 million dollars

          Chevrolet Lego Batmobile has also been included by the American manufactorer on its site among the sales pitches, at the “moderate” sale price of 48 million dollars, comprised of V100 20.000 Cv engine and 4G wi-fi connection. The car only weighs 769 kg and it has come out around an aluminum frame weighing 128 kg.

          We will be able to see its computer-animated version, in Italy, from February 9, but it has to like a lot to break the gross record of the original The Lego Movie (over 469 million dollars worldwide). In the meantime, take a look about how the Chevrolet Lego Batmobile showed at Detroit was built.

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          Despite all the wonder that VR studios can realize to wow users, at the end of the day the only way to establish an emotional contact, as already explained Ed Catmull, is always the same: create great content, able to produce the suspension of disbelief just like the best movies or novels.

          Baobab Studios raises $25 million in new funding round

          Baobab Studios InvasionThat’s why is so interestng that Baobab Studios, a 360 degree and VR video producer, after the first $6 million raised from Samsung and Htc, closed $25 million Series B funding round led by Horizons Ventures and Twentieth Century Fox along with Evolution Media Partners, Shanghai Media Group, Youku Global Media Fund and LDV Partners.

          Baobab Studios whishes to develop characters that everyone can love (or hate) thanks to the wealth of experience and interactions that VR technology can offer.

          Baobab Studios last month announced that its 6 minutes VR short movie, “Invasion”, directed by Eric Darnell, already Madagascar franchise director and screenwriter, and narrated by Ethan Hawke, was going to be converted into an animated movie by Hollywood studios Roth Kirschenbaum Films (whose founders produced very popular movies like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman).

          Invasion, a cheerful 360 degree alien invasion

          Invasion shows the arrival of a spaceship from wich two blue aliens land willing to conquer the Earth and how a couple of funny bunnies, one of whom is the viewer himself, managet to prevent this and to drive them away.

          So far the 360 degrees video on Youtube (wich you can see below) scored about 1.5 million views and has been used as demo during the worldwide launch of Sony’s PlaystationVR at the beginning of October (besides being one of the most popular apps for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift).

          Following Invasion Baobab Studios will launch Asteroids!

          Waiting to see Invasion converted into a feature film, Baobab Studios, which hired about 20 workers and which is recruiting a management team to growth further, among whom the new Cto Larry Cutler, ex Pixar/Dreamworks, and the director and Within (Virtual Reality) founder, Chris Milk, who joined the Baobab Studios board of directors, has already claimed that the second installment in the Invasion! series will be “Asteroids!”, in 2017.

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          Star Trek is turning 50 years: the iconic sci-fi tv series debuted September 8, 1966 on Nbc, just to be cancelled after three seasons because of low ratings.

          Star Trek Beyond in the theatres

          star trek 50 yearsIt was a “false start” but it did not prevent through the years to become a cult series, so much that in 1973 there was a cartoon series and since 1979 a dozen of movie, the latest, Star Trek Beyond, debuted, July 22 in American theatres (in Italy debuted the 21st).

          There are a lot of events surrounding such an important anniversary, from the exhibition “Star Trek: 50 artists, 50 years” since July 24 at San Diego, California, ComiCon (it will be in Las Vegas from 3 to 7 August for the 15th annual official Star Trek convention, in Toronto fro 19 August to 5 September, in New York from 16 to 25 September and in Birmingham from 7 to 9 October), to live concerts and meetings with original cast members, up to a Caribbean cruise from 9 to 15 January 2017.

          A new television spin-off is coming

          Star Trek 50 trioThrough the years adventures of the original team of Enterprise spaceship of 23rd century have given way to five television spin-offs: Star Trek: The Next Generation (STNG) which descrive adventures of the crew of a new Enterprise a century after the original one, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) and Star Trek: Voyager set contemporary to STNG, Star Trek: Enterprise, wich instead is set 100 years before the original series and Star Trek: Voyager, set in 2370 on board of the Voyager spaceship.

          If this was not enough, from January 2017 Cbs, which owns the rights of the lucky franchisee, will broadcast a new Star Trek series which will introduce new characters in the wide fantastic universe of the series (just to let you know, untill now tv series and movies introduced 62 different Star Fleet spaceship classes). But in the hearts of all the fans even after 50 years the three icons are still them: captain James Tiberius Kirk, Vulcan Spock and doctor Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy.

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            There is a time when a boy goes from playing reassuring video games like Super Mario to something darker like the indie video game Five Nights at Freddy’s (Fnaf) and tells you that not only there are already four chapters (the latest being distributed from August 8 2015), playable on PC and smartphone / tablet iOS and Android of this survival-horror game developed by Scott Cawthon and published for the first time on Dasura August 8, 2014, but also that Warner Bros has picked up the rights for a movie adaptation which will be produced by Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

            five nights at freddys Fnaf movie set

            Fnaf will be a Warner Bros movie

            The news about the movie actually dates back to early April this year, but so far there were a few more informations. First of all, Gil Kenan (who previously directed “Monster House”, produced in 2006 by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and the less lucky “City of Ember” in 2008), who is busy these months also filming the remake of “Poltergeist”, has been chosen as director.

            five nights at freddys (Fnaf)  movie animatronics
            It would seem that Kenan wants to use as little as possible the CGI animation and collaborate with Cawthon to create a film that Seth Grahame-Smith would like to be “insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable”, suitable for everyone and not only to fans of the horror genre.

            For now on Kenan’s Twitter and Instagram account (in July and August) appeared the first pictures of the props and the set of the Five Nights at Freddy’s pizza (that you see reproduced in this article) and a little more.

            Cawthon at work on the fifth chapter of Fnaf

            Kenan has however assured fans that the film will be faithful to the game (although it is unclear whether all four chapters of the franchisee will be cited or if the plot will revolve around only one of them) while not yet known nor the actors or more trailers.

            five nights at freddys movie location - Fnaf
            In return Cawthon is already working on the fifth installment of the video game that will be released in 2016 and apparently will be quite different from the previous ones, so far with the scary animatronic that they will look nice passing by a “point and click” mechanism to a role playing game.

            Since we still aren’t able to offer you a teaser of the movie, we think of doing something pleasing to show the trailer of the fifth installment of the video game, called “Sister Location”.

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            Warcraft Anduin LotharThe waiting is over, but the countdown has just begun. Legendary Pictures has indeed spread on his YouTube channel the Warcraft – The Beginningtrailer, fantasy movie base on World of Warcraft, the famous Mmorpg (Massive multiplayer online role-playing game) developed by Blizzard Entertainment, which since 2008 is controlled by Activision Blizzard (which in turn has just bought for 5,9 billion dollars King Digital Entertainment, producer of the social game Candy Crush) and it was an immediate success with over 8.5 million views in a few days.

            The movie (this is the official website: www.warcraftmovie.com), made with a budget of $ 100 million in part thanks to CGI computer animation and in part live action, directed by Duncan Jones (son of the Brithis singer David Bowie, already director of the sci-fi thriller “Moon, in 2008, and of “Source Code, in 2011) between January and May 2014, will be distribuited by Universal Picture from June 10, 2016, all over the world, since December 18, 2015, the date initially scheduled, would coincide with the theatrical release ofStar wars: the force awakens”.

            Warcraft DurotanThe plot revolves around the first war between the Alliance (humans, dwarves and elves) and the Horde (orcs) but for now we know little more than that the story will tell the standpoint of the Alliance and in particular of a human who will be the protagonist of the story. In the main cast are among others Travis Fimmel (Anduin Lothar, “il Leone di Azeroth”, comandante supremo dell’Alleanza), Toby Kebbell (Durotan, leader of the clan of the White Wolves, one of the main commanders of the Horde), Paula Patton (Garona Halforcer, half human, half-ogre, in the game under the mind control of Gul’dan) and Daniel Wu (the wizard Gul’Dan, leader of the Shadow Council).

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            7d hologram - womanHolography, i.e. the technology who bring us holograms, was developed since the Forties of the Twentieth century by the Hungarian scientist Dennis Gabor based on the registration of a web of very fine interference fringes by use of laser lights to recreate three-dimensional representations (technically speaking effect of parallax of the image) of the subject photographed.

            The development of the laser since the sixties of the last century made it possible to make huge advances in this technology, so much so that some years holographic avatars are used to animate the windows of some clothing stores, as Mondivirtuali.it already told you.

            7D hologram to create movies

            Originally fixed, the holographic images (“holograms”) now are also movies more and more realistic because recently a team of Japanese scientists led by Professor Yoichi Ochiai develop holograms safe to touch, that can be touched without causing burns through the use of laser-fast combination of cameras and mirrors arriving at a resolution up to 200,000 points, or “voxels” (volumetric pixels) per second.

            The latest applications of 7D holograms are in 7D movies, i.e. three-dimensional films to which are added more special effects such as weather conditions and approach the objects (or “gliding walk”). If you want an example of the degree of realism obtained by 7D holograms and movies, watch this video, made in 2014 in a shopping mall in Dubai.

            Compared to viewers 3D virtual reality viewers do not have to adopt any device and therefore this technology is ideal for virtual themed parks or interactive movies.

            7D movies even on tv?

            Hologram F4 Phantom JetAccording to some in a few years even the normal televisions may be made so as to be able to project 7D movies, allowing you to watch three-dimensional shows while sitting in your living room.

            A fascinating perspective, but some fear that such technology could be used (or has already been used) in a distorted manner, for example for military purposes or to achieve conspiracies, staging fake accidents that could lead to more or less wide conflicts.

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