I found this short article discussing the history of the last Indiana Jones movie interesting as it answers a question I had for many years…why was Frank Darabont’s Indiana Jones script rejected? I find it extremely sad that Lucas rejected a script from the fantasic Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) for the simple reason that it had no aliens. Does Lucas have any sense that he is systematically destroying his legacy with every movie he makes? Stop making movies Lucas, stick to special effects engineering, you stopped being a good storyteller/director 30 years ago.
Wired has a great op-ed positing that game developers have the wrong idea when it comes to protecting their IP from piracy: rather than spend time and money creating fascist DRM, they should deliver better product than the pirates can.
Unsurprisingly, Valve’s viewpoint is cutting edge:
Gabe Newell, CEO of Portal 2 publisher Valve, says that publishers have it backwards. They should use the carrot, not the stick, and reward people for doing the right thing.
“The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work,” he said at the Washington Technology Industry Association’s TechNW panel last weekend, as transcribed by GeekWire. “It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.”
In other words: Focus on the game, not the DRM.
And apparently Amy Acker, Alexis Denihoff (Angel), Sean Mayer and Nathen Fillion (Firefly) are joing him. See the interview here. Apperently Joss Whedon took a month off after finishing The Avengers and decided to make a black and white, indie version of Much Ado About Nothing. I think the question everyone wants to know is whether its better then the Kenneth Branagh version with Keanu Reeves. The question everyone is afraid to ask is whether it will be better then The Avengers.
Neil Gaiman recently linked to this site on his blog, and after reading a few paragraphs of it I had to link it here: http://www.markreads.net/reviews.
Mark Reads is a blog by Mark Oshiro that is entirely dedicated to his chapter-by-chapter first readings of a variety of popular novels, usually fantasy and science fiction series. I’m usually not a huge fan of this type of commentary, which usually pops up on fan sites as “re-reads” of big series, but Mark’s singular wit makes reading his site almost as entertaining as reading the source material.
There have been a slew of travel posters inspired by fictional places from science fiction and fantasy universes popping up online lately. The first ones I remember seeing were these Middle Earth posters.
More recently, an artist named Kevin Cook created a set of posters inspired by George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which have a more modern aesthetic and are available here.
Yesterday, io9 reported the release of a trio of Dune-inspired travel posters, which may be the most stylish yet.
A golden oldie:
Kevin Pollack is one of the best impressionists I’ve ever seen, and easily does the best Kirk out there.