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Pavegen Turns Your Footsteps Into Electricity

Have you ever want to do something that was the exact opposite of what Michael Jackson was doing? Wait, wait. Let me reword that. Did you ever watch the video for “Billie Jean” and think that walking down a street of things that light up when you touch them, though a novel concept, is a major waste of energy. I mean, it was the Reagan era, so wasting money was kind of like breathing and eating, but still. What if there was a way to walk down a sidewalk and instead of it lighting up, it would create the power needed to light something else, like a street lamp?

Eco-genius Laurence Kemball-Cook and his team at Pavegen have done just that. The Pavegen system itself, from a layman’s point of view, is a series of ground-level platforms that build and store kinetic energy that is turned into electricity, simply from people walking on top of them. Or dancing on top of them. When this kind of “why didn’t I think of that?” idea becomes actual technology, the brainstorming seems like an endless task. Assuming the expenses are within reason, this could revolutionize our everyday lives.

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Short List of Actors To Play Drax The Destroyer In Guardians of the Galaxy

draxAlthough the role has yet to be cast, we’ve heard a lot of talk of who will get the chance to play the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord/Peter Quill. We really haven’t heard much about who will play the other members in the team of intergalactic protectors. Apparently, three actors are separately in talks to play Drax The Destroyer in the upcoming Marvel movie.

According to ComicBookMovie.com, Marvel is really close to casting the role of Drax The Destroyer/Arthur Douglas in Guardians of the Galaxy. Actors Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy), Brian Patrick Wade (The Guardian) and former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista (The Man With The Iron Fists) are all currently in negotiations with Marvel Studios for the role of the superhuman team member. Production and shooting will reportedly start very soon as we wait for the official word about casting.

The character of Arthur Douglas is a human whose family was attacked and killed by the super villain Thanos. Needing someone to defeat his grandson, Thanos, the being known as Kronos took Arthur Douglas’ soul and placed it in a new body to create Drax The Destroyer. Drax’s superpowers include enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts. According to director James Gunn, Drax The Destroyer’s back-story will be updated for the feature film in 2014.

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Japanese Cabin In The Woods Poster Gives Away The Ending

cabin_in_the_woods_ver10This is the official spoiler warning for all those who haven’t seen the film yet. Notice that the warning comes with just a hint of judgmental disappointment. The poster is at the bottom of the story, for those in the know.

Joss Whedon’s career has been escalating for years, and it’s almost to the point where if the Internet had Tourette’s Syndrome, it would just bark his name out at inopportune times. It’s a wonder that Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with director Drew Goddard, is the lump sum of his work that is hinged on surprises and twists. Sure, many of this other projects have surprise moments, but none that affect the quality of the whole quite like the last half-hour or so of Cabin in the Woods did.

Now, we all know Japanese and American tendencies, especially when it comes to film, are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but there are limits to how far off the beaten path one can go, and visually depicting the entirety of the climactic left turn the film throws viewers into. Granted, because those magnificent cubes are shown completely out of context, there’s no direct plot-spoiling happening, and it all looks like abstract art direction. But then once the film does travel beyond the cabin, it becomes bleedingly obvious how strange this advertising tactic is. It’s like having a poster for The Sixth Sense just showing Bruce Willis hanging out at a funeral home.

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There’s Movement On The Host 2, But It’s Still So Far Away

Back near the end of November, we showed you an awesome clip from the epic creature feature, The Host 2, the long-awaited follow up to one of Korea’s biggest blockbusters. At least we thought it was a clip from the movie, which has been talked about ever since the first film broke box office records in 2006.

Run for your life, or at least get ready to run for your life in 2014

Run for your life, or at least get ready to run for your life in 2014

Turns out that clip, though still super badass, is just test footage that Macrograph used to build up hype for The Host 2. It is also apparently a few years old. But given all of the buzz stirred up around the web in recent days, now there’s actual news about the film, from producer Choi Yong-bae.

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Bleak New Concept Art And Poster For Bong-Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer

Director Bong Joon-ho has churned out nothing but fantastic movies over the past decade or so. His The Host is the best giant creature feature in recent memory, and Mother and Memories of Murder are both great crime thrillers. You can bet that any film he’s working on features prominently in my list of must sees, and his upcoming Snowpiercer is no exception. The fact that it skews towards the sci-fi side of things only serves to sweeten the deal.

The Weinstein Company will release Bong’s English language debut sometime this year (possibly this summer), and though we haven’t seen anything from the film, there’s now this cool, though bleak concept art to gawk at. You get the definite impression from these pictures that things in the world of Snowpiercer are far from sunshine and lollipops.

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Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in 2031, after global climate change has iced over the planet, wiping out everything, save a handful of survivors endlessly circling on a train. Presumably that’s what we’re looking at in this picture.

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Ghost Recon Movie Being Adapted From The Game

Ghost-Recon_game-headerUbisoft may be best known as proprietors of fine videogames, but their reach will soon extend to the realm of action-based motion pictures. An adaptation of Assassin’s Creed is in the works, with Michael Fassbender set to take the lead role, and handle some of the co-producing duties as well. Elsewhere, Tom Hardy will head up a live-action Splinter Cell movie. Next up on their plate, they’ll attempt to bring Ghost Recon to silver screens everywhere.

Videogames are getting more and more cinematic, both visually and in a storytelling sense, so they’re rife with potential storylines, already established characters, expansive worlds, and come with a built in fan base. Still, something often goes wrong in translation, and we’re left with steaming piles like Max Payne, Tekken, and two Silent Hill movies. Ubisoft’s Motion Pictures unit hopes to avoid some of the pitfalls and booby traps that have befallen their predecessors.

According to the LA Times, Ubisoft, and Motion Picture unit head, Jean-Julien Baronnet, “takes a hands-on approach to translating his company’s intellectual property from interactive to linear media.” This includes heavy involvement in decisions like casting, and the scripts. They also spent years turning down offers to adapt their games so the could increase the prominence of their products, and have been willing to spend money in order to develop concepts they are happy with, rather than just churn out subpar films in order to make a quick buck.