Steve Jobs finally unveiled his latest brainchild, the much-anticipated
iPad, at an Apple event in San Francisco just this morning. The
technophile rumor mill has been grinding away at top speed over the
past few months, as those both in the know, and not so much, have
traded speculations over just what Apple's tablet might have to offer.
This week in the Phoenix, you will find a condensed version of an interview I recently conducted with one Michael Emerson, the Emmy-award-winning actor who plays Ben Linus, the villainous leader of The Others, on Lost. For print purposes, I focused mostly on what he had to say about the new season - which, as you might expect, was not very much explicitly, although I'm sure fans will find plenty to chew on regardless.
The weekend before last, Arisia came to town, and sci-fi and fantasy fans of all ages let their hair down and donned custom-made corsets and kilts.
At the top of this post, you’ll find footage I filmed of my favorite event of the con: the Belly Dance Show (we’ve also uploaded a full playlist of all the performances).
American fans of the BBC's Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, will now be able to watch new episodes on their TVs instead of the internet: Fox has a US version of the show in development.
Before you gasp in horror, read on: this "remake" rests in the capable hands of BBC Worldwide Productions' US branch. American Torchwood star John Barrowman is the only confirmed Yank on staff - although his presence is more "maybe" than "yes" right now.
The rake scene in "Cape Feare"
In marking the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons (which Fox marked last night with a documentary retrospective special assembled by Morgan Spurlock and featuring glowing testimonials from the beneficiaries of the show's trailblazing like Mike Judge, Trey Parker, and Seth MacFarlane), I could do a few different things.
Nintendo has announced they will release a new Wii Legend of Zelda title in 2010. Yay?I mean, look: I am a fan of the franchise's past work. Link to the Past is almost certainly one of the best SNES titles out there. Ocarina of Time is, in spite of some flaws, engrossing and memorable with its open world (which seemed so huge back then) and then-impressive artistic touches.
Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter from Parrot.The
normal two-rotor remote-control helicopters currently on the market
will break your heart (and your windows) because they're just
impossible to steer. But with its self-stabilizing four-rotor design,
the AR.Drone can hover motionless in the air, ready to strike. It has
two built-in cameras that transmit live color video, so it can spy on
really unobservant people. You control it over wifi with an iPhone or
Phoenix video-game reviewer Mitch Krpata writes on his blog about the new Borderlands DLC, "Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot." Personally, I'm more excited about the other DLC, "The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned," and plan to buy both in short order. Borderlands has been my favorite Christmas present, hands down. I have even started having dreams about completing quests, and while that may be unhealthy, I can't get myself to care.
ESPN reports that EA Sports has acquired the rights to bring back the NBA Jam franchise to the Wii in the not-to-distant future. The new version will, presumably, retain the original's two-on-two format and - let's hope - will also bring back the bells and whistles from the arcade and console classic, like the way players gain superpowers when they make three consecutive baskets ("he's on fire!") or the faux-Marv Albert commentary ("Jams it in!").
David Tennant inspired tears when he abandoned his post as Doctor Who's 10th Doctor this past weekend. Teresa Jusino pens him a sad and spoiler-ific goodbye over at Tor.com. Despite Who's positive reincarnation themes, it's still depressing to see the doctors die -- even though all of Tennant's fans (both fictional and real) knew the end had arrived.
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