Wednesday. The middle of the week. "Hump day" as some may call it. I know I don't.
If you're a Robots and Spacemen fan (go to the site already!!!), you know that my colleague and mate Jason is taking the week off on R+S, so that he can, well, breathe and lead a normal life. When I last heard from him, he was preparing to enjoy some controlled falling into hopefully soft powdery white stuff. First time skier. We wish him well. Fear not, there will be a Friday edition of CXM here and waiting for you.
As I reported the Oscar nominations last week, I thought I'd provide you with my review of Cast Away, for which Tom Hanks has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. I originally wrote the review a couple days after I saw it, which was back in December, but I think I updated it to reflect any changes. The prediction of his nomination was, however, made at the time of writing. Go me!
Got any thoughts on the Oscars? Head to our forums. While I'm on the topic, one of our frequent forum posters has suggested the addition of a Music forum. I want to know if such a thing would be of interest to our forum reader/posters. Lemme know by dropping me an email.
As long as we're on the subject of film, I'll let you in on a few details I've picked up. FilmForce is the big shot today, picking up a couple of really awesome scoops. Number one is a picture of the Mystery Machine in the forthcoming Scooby-Doo feature film (the Mystery Machine, in case you've forgotten, is the awesomely psychadelic van in which the Scooby gang travelled). Looks like a pretty faithful rendition to me. This movie should be...interesting to say the least. Second, and far more hysterical, is a test done by a special effects house called Foundation Imaging. They were experimenting with doing photorealistic faces and facial expressions. For their test, they decided to use everybody's favorite Vulcan. It's really damn funny (and impressive), so go watch it! Check out the report here, along with the excellent footage (though, as it warns in the article, it is material of a mature nature).
AICN reported a rumored title for Episode 2, but I agree with Harry in that we have to take it with a large heaping spoonful of salt. We're still pretty early on in development here. It will be interesting to see if the titles for the new trilogy begin to move more towards the feeling of the original trilogy's titles.
Also, as a sidenote, I was corrected by Andria (a friend of the illustrious Jason and an acquaintence of the apparently not-so-illustrious Kai, Tony and myself) that the term "Single Awareness Day" did not in fact originate with Jason, but derived, in fact from a friend of hers (who is not a CXM reader! Shame on her!). My apologies for the mistake; in the future I will endeavor to be more careful in verifying my facts.
See you Friday!
Dan Moren wants a Scooby snack.
Quote of the Day: "Because it's a killer snot-monster from outer space. I did not just say that."
-Rupert Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer