It seemed like yesterday actually when I covered the launch Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) some seven years ago, but time (or for that matter technology) waits for no one, as the Playstation Vita (PS Vita) is the latest handheld console to hit the market.
Since its February 22nd release in North America, Latin America, and Europe, the PS Vita has sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. “PS Vita was designed to deliver the ultimate portable entertainment experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the reaction we’re seeing from consumers and the pace at which the PS Vita is selling,” says Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President and Group CEO Andrew House. “The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.”
As an urbanite who’s always on the go, my main complaint was the sheer size of the PSP. But that argument, for me, now goes the way of the dodo bird, since I’m actually looking for an immersive gaming experience. With a high definition OLED multi-touch screen, quad core process, and dual analog sticks, the PS Vita is definitely on my to-purchase list. Plus, over 25 titles are available with Vita’s launch, which is also a selling point.
Any Vita fans (or detractors) out there? Tell me what you think, since (like most things), perspective would do me good.
Arriving today on DVD and Blu-ray is HUGO, a 3D family film from MARTIN SCORSESE. Based on BRIAN SELZNICK’S novel THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, the story centers on an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station who has adventures with an eccentric girl and a mysteriously stoic toy shop owner. The screenplay was written by JOHN LOGAN and the cast includes ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, BEN KINGSLEY, SACHA BARON COHEN, JUDE LAW and CHRISTOPHER LEE.In part, an homage to the early days of filmmaking, the film is a valentine from SCORSESE to the world of cinema. At the press conference to promote the theatrical release ofthe film, MORETZ confessed that keeping up with SCORSESE’S encyclopedic knowledge of all things “movie” was no easy task. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Michael Fassbender, star of last year’s A Dangerous Method, Shame, and X-Men: First Class, will serve as a juror for Your Film Festival, a worldwide competition which invites artists and storytellers to enter a 15 minute video (covering any genre) to Youtube.com/yourfilmfestival. Ten finalists will have their work screened at the Venice International Film Festival, with the winner receiving a $500,000 YouTube Original Production Grant to work alongside director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company (Fassbender stars in Scott’s upcoming feature Prometheus).
“I was delighted to join this partnership alongside Ridley, YouTube, Venice and Emirates,” says Fassbender, who will also executive produce the winner’s next project. “I’ve worked with incredible storytellers before and am excited to help find the next great one through Your Film Festival.”
Fassbender’s passion for exploring emotionally complex characters is evident in such films as Hunger and Fish Tank, and during last year’s press conference for A Dangerous Method he elaborated on his love for “conflict” and “heightened reality” in drama (he references Fish Tank in the clip):
Opening in theaters next month, 21 JUMP STREET is a big screen adaptation of the popular ’80s television drama that centered on a team of young (-ish) looking adult cops working undercover in an urban high school. Created (and often written) by iconic TV producer STEVEN J. CANNELL, the show made household names of such stars as JOHNNY DEPP, HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE, PETER DeLUISE and RICHARD GRIECO.
A long-time fan of the show, Oscar nominated JONAH HILL came up with a reboot idea and, with CANNELL’S blessing, collaborated with actor/screenwriter MICHAEL BACALL to hammer out a script that has Hill teaming up with CHANNING TATUM to bring JUMP STREET back to life.
Even though HILL’S Academy Award nomination was for acting, it was always his hope to be a writer and he tells us that he only got involved in acting as a way to improve his writing. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
One would think filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris would have capitalized on the success of their 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine and released another project by at least 2009.
Well, it’s six years, and maybe they just needed a little time to let their latest story breathe; before The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s last feature was 2004’s Sideways.
Paul Dano, who starred in Little Miss Sunshine, reunites with Dayton and Faris for the He Loves Me, a movie he describes as “sort of a romantic comedy.” During the press day for Being Flynn, Dano talked about his character (he plays a writer in the picture) in He Loves Me (the film’s moniker is reportedly in the process of being changed). It’s a really cool premise for the movie, so take a listen to the following clip:
Being Flynn, co-starring Robert De Niro, is based on the Nick Flynn memoir Another Bulls**t Night In Suck City, and it opens in limited release Friday. The film formerly called He Loves Me has no set release date, but it’s scheduled to come out later this year.