Daily Archives: 01/24/2012

Andy Serkis snubbed by Academy, still loved by nerds…

Never mind, Andy - we still love you.

With an imperious inevitability largely calibrated on their ability to crush nerd dreams and hopes, Andy Serkis‘ excellent motion-capture performance in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was today overlooked by the halfwits by apparently comprise the acting division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as Hollywood’s shadowy nominating committees announced the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Still, Serkis’ snub isn’t the only face palm moment.   No “Drive”? Check.  Eleven nominations for a Scorsese movie that – whilst glorious – it’s target audience found eminently skippable? But, of course.  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross score for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” totally ignored?  You got it.  It’s like the Academy hates Geek Culture or some shizz?

Perhaps if he were, you know, a ratings-boosting, honest-to-goodness, proper movie star such as Brad Pitt or George Clooney (both nominated this year – what are the odds?) we might not be having the same discussions.  But as Hollywood seems utterly unable to create new stars, it’s probably understandable that they’ve chosen to nominate what they can understand and what they can market rather than performances which are too complex or too unfashionable for their delicate artistic brains to fully grasp.

Gizmodo has a piece today whose headline sums up my feelings quite nicely, thank you very much…

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Microsoft SpaceBucks To Go Bye Bye?

Eurogamer reports today that Microsoft are preparing to phase out their unloved virtual currency, Microsoft Points, by the end of 2012.

Microsoft Points - good riddance?

Moving instead to payment based on regional currency in the territories where Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace and similar MS platforms now operate, this development might well bring a song to the heart of any bleary-eyed gamer at 2:00am who can barely work out how to stand unaided let alone negotiate the confusing territory of the computing giant’s virtual money and it’s idiosyncracies.

80 points equals One British pound does it?  Not for much longer, if a report first published by Inside Mobile Apps is to be believed (I read it mostly for the riveting coverage of proactive synergies in the hand-held market space, don’t you know?).

I’m sure that this will be an entirely positive development and not just an excuse for prices to climb astronomically based on the price of the dollar against the pound and vice versa – because Microsoft wouldn’t dream of doing anything like that, of course…

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“The Crow” reboot inches forward…

More goth than Pete Murphy wearing black in a coal shed...

Well, thank goodness for that.

Film outfits Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have kissed, made up and agreed to move on in partnership on the long-gestating reboot of James O’ Barr’s goth comics classic, “The Crow”.

Last heard of as a possible Bradley Cooper vehicle – the mind fairly boggles at the idea of Cooper in fright wig and face paint being a Dark Avenger – “The Crow” is now that bit closer to being rebooted to appeal to a generation who probably weren’t even born when the first film opened in 1994.

Cogitate on that factoid for a moment – by the time that a new “Crow” movie comes out, it could be twenty years since the first (and evidently best) instalment in the series opened.   How about that for making you feel oh-so-very-old and Goth Dad-like?

No news yet on who will write, direct or star in this dark fantasy – but if I were Juan Carlos Fresnadilla, I’d keep on eye on my iPhone…

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