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Focus Features' Film "9" Trailer Similar to PS3's LittleBigPlanet

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299w ago - The first trailer and footage for Focus Features' mysterious film 9 has hit the Web (video linked above) with some striking similarities to a recently released PS3 game.

9 is a story developed and directed by Shane Acker with stylish film vets Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov producing. Like Terminator Salvation, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by machines - only this world is devoid of humans.

You see 9 looks like a sack puppet only he's a living being. He quickly discovers others like him and sets off to discover what wiped out the humans and how he and his companions might be the planet's last hope for survival.

The crew over at Media Molecule must be applauding this trailer right about now. You see, their new PS3 exclusive game LittleBigPlanet also features a protagonist stitched together from a sack held in place with a zipper. Seeing 9 and his buddies in action is eerily reminiscent of the style and aesthetics of playing LittleBigPlanet. The similarities are surely coincidental but cool to note nonetheless.

9 stars the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover and will be in theaters on 09-09-2009.
 

Shoot! Finest Emerging Film Talent to Premiere on PS3 and PSP

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306w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a new initiative called Shoot!.

Shoot! will deliver series of short films that will be free to download from 13th November via PlayStation®Network for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) or PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable), allowing owners to watch cutting-edge film from up-and-coming directors and experience this unique content.

The films will also be screened across Europe on ShortsTV from January 2009.

Press Release: Six of Hollywood's award winning filmmakers Armendariz, Bruckheimer, Kounen, Rothermund, Vinterberg, Winterbottom have chosen an emerging film director from their own country to mentor for the project. The emerging directors then created a short film, shot in High Definition, based on an open brief, shaped only by one of a number of words that capture the essence of PlayStation: Play, Create, Share, Connect, Discover and Challenge.

The emerging directors will showcase their movies in Berlin alongside the internationally recognized Film Festival in February 2009 and the project will culminate with an award ceremony for the best short film.

"As well as delivering a world-class entertainment experience for film lovers and the fast-growing PlayStation community, Shoot! is a real example of how PlayStation brings...
 

Prince Of Persia - The Film: First Pictures

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315w ago - Prince of Persia, the film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer returns once more with six new photographs.

Thanks to a member of the Korben site (linked above), who was on holiday in Morocco, that these photographs were made available.

It was written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the play. The action will proceed at the time of Persia medieval. A king and his son the Prince, having made undergo a cuisante demolished with a Maharajah, kidnaps his daughter.

Plundering and ransacking throughout their passage, they discover a strange sand glass, as well as a special dagger. What our famous Prince does not know, it is that these two objects are actually powerful artifacts able to make one immortal and also allowing the holder to control time. In summary, the Prince will have to save his people before they all become demons.

Side casting, in the role of the Prince de Perse, is Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac) which will give life to one of the most famous heroes of gaming culture history.

The film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, initially was planned for 2009 but has been pushed back, and as a result should hit big screens in 2010.

More pics can be seen at the link at the top of this story!
 

Street Fighter to Debut on Consoles Alongside Film Release

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317w ago - While Street Fighter IV has seen a limited release in arcades across North America, many of us are waiting for the home console version, which is still without a firm launch date.

We do have an idea of when it'll launch though, as Street Fighter movie producer Patrick Aiello has confirmed in a recent interview that IV will release day and date with the film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

To quote: Capcom is releasing Street Fighter IV in 2009, which is the 20th anniversary of the game. The film and game release dates will coincide, but I'm not certain how much of the game will coincide with the story because ours is a very partitioned off origin story of the Street Fighter universe. So the release dates will coincide, elements between the two will coincide, but in terms of them relating to each other perfectly, I don't believe that's the case.

Fairly sure that the only relation is the characters. Aside from that, totally separate initiatives. At any rate, releasing the game on the day of the film's debut makes sense. Just a little surprised though, considering Resident Evil 5 is also due out in March.
 

Six Films That Should Be Games

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327w ago - A few weeks ago, we scolded the video game industry for its abusive treatment of cinematic masterpieces. How, we wondered, could game makers turn such fantastic films into such digital disasters?

Then it dawned on us: maybe they were choosing the wrong movies! Just because a flick is brilliantly written or superbly acted doesn't mean it has any business being turned into a video game. Other films, however, are screaming for the game conversion, and we're here to lend our voice to the chorus. Game developers, get cracking on:

Children of Men

One moment you're walking down the sidewalk minding your own business, the next, a bomb has exploded, your ears are ringing and a fascist police battalion is trying to turn you into a skid mark. Such sudden bursts of incidental action turned Alfonso Cuaron's riveting sci-fi film into something of a survival horror masterpiece, and we're simply flabbergasted that it's yet to be turned into a game (though Valve's Half-Life 2 comes pretty close).

The setting alone -- a dystopian future in which women are incapable of reproducing -- is worth a digital treatment, but dig deeper and you'll find the makings of a bona fide hit: unlikely hero, smart pacing, tight action, big explosions, and, best of all, no kids in sight to ruin all the fun.
 
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