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Pixels gives Pac-Man creator his moment of fame

Pac-Man is NOT a bad guy, says the Professor. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Pac-Man is NOT a bad guy, says the Professor. Photo: Columbia Pictures

Sure, it’s an Adam Sandler/Kevin James summer blockbuster with a ridiculous premise: the Earth is besieged by huge video game characters bent on destroying everything by turning stuff into pixels.

While Peter Dinklage and Jane Krakowski might elevate this potentially awful movie, Pixels, to something more cult status than forgettable popcorn fodder, it’s the nostalgic use of Pac-Man himself that made us watch the trailer in the first place.

First up, we’ve got the Mini Coopers all painted up to look like the iconic Pac-Man ghosts, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde, which is all kinds of awesome. However, it’s the lovely tribute to Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, portrayed by Denis Akiyama (Johnny Mnemonic, Dead Ringers) at about 1:52 in.

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Serious or funny — what kind of film will Citizen George become?

Without fame and fortune, how might the prequels have turned out? Photo: JR Ralls

Without fame and fortune, how might the prequels have turned out? Photo: JR Ralls

Citizen George is slated to be a full-length independent film about a director who creates a hugely popular space opera film trilogy (read, George Lucas and Star Wars), only to end up releasing disappointing film prequels 20 years later.

So far, so basic, right? The catch here is that you have to choose the type of movie this fan film will end up being. Want a dramatic story about a serious film auteur and the perils of fame and fortune, like Citizen Kane? Drop some cash into the Drama tip jar. Want a wacky, time-travel comedy like Austin Powers? Slide your money into the Comedy tip jar.

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District 9’s Neil Blomkamp will direct the next Alien movie!

Neil Blomkamp will be officially directing the next Alien film. Photo: Neil Blomkamp

Neil Blomkamp will direct the next Alien film. Photo: Neil Blomkamp

Despite attracting the absolute best talent, the Aliens franchise has been on a bit of a rough patch for the last, oh, 30 years or so.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prequel? It sucked. Alien: Resurrection, a joint written by Joss Whedon and filmed by the director of City of Lost Children? It blew. Alien 3, directed by multiple Academy Award winner David Fincher? Well, I’ve personally always thought it got a bum rap, but the general consensus is: It’s terrible.

Now Neil Blomkamp, the talented South African director behind District 9 and the upcoming Chappie, has been hired to film the next Alien movie. And thanks to Blomkamp, we have a pretty good idea what the movie will be about.

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It’s cats vs. dogs in Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark

"I'll get you, yet, Indiana Bones!" Photo: FinalCutKing

“I’ll get you yet, Indiana Bones!” Photo: FinalCutKing

What’s cuter than a boxer puppy named Indiana Bones fighting the forces of evil (cats)? Not much, for sure.

Directors Zach King and Jadon Gauthier have created a five-minute “remake” of Indiana Jones, and it’s completely adorable. Take a look below.

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See four minutes of jaw-dropping space travel in this sci-fi short

A group of people await the arrival of a few dirigibles at the edge of the Victoria Crater on Mars in Erik Werquist's short film "Wanderers."

People await the arrival of dirigibles at the edge of Mars’ Victoria Crater in Erik Werquist’s short film Wanderers.

You can wait until the 2030s when NASA hopes to land astronauts on Mars. Or, if you have four minutes to spare right now, you can see what it is like to stand on the edge of the red planet’s Victoria Crater or catch a Martian sunset.

Erik Wernquist will even throw in a side of rings — Saturn’s that is — for watching his awe-inducing short film, Wanderers, which is embedded below.

“I am always inspired by reading about astronomy, and planetary astronomy in particular,” Wernquist told Cult of Mac. “And when I read about, or see pictures from places, I often fantasize about what it would … feel like to actually be there.”

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VII crazy rumors about the new Star Wars film

NSFW: First porn shot with aerial drone

Porn typically leads the way in the tech world. Photo: Ghost+Cow films

Porn typically leads the way in the tech world. Photo: Ghost+Cow films

Shot on location in San Francisco, this film shows the more human side of drone technology: taking to the skies and filming beautiful people having sex.

Porn has always driven the adoption of new technologies, including VHS, Blue-Ray, and the internet itself. Online payment systems, streaming technologies, and even broadband technology has been driven by our endless need to see other people doing the nasty.

When there’s a new technology on offer, the adult entertainment business is the first to adopt and exploit it. Drones are no different: what better way to engage our inner voyeur than with footage of the sexual act.

The below video has an atmospheric soundtrack and — yes — people engaging in the oldest human activity on earth. While it’s tastefully done (there are no close ups of the action), the nakedness is clearly visible and is, as such, not safe for any environment like work or the subway. With that warning firmly in hand, head on through to see the video.

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Meet the Marvel unknowns before they become blockbusters

Lesser known characters join the lineup of Marvel movie madness. Photo: Marvel Studios

Lesser known characters join the lineup of Marvel movie madness. Photo: Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige took to the stage at a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday to talk about the next slate of blockbuster films the company is planning to release over the next few years. The full docket, with projected dates, is as follows:

· 5/1/15 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
· 7/17/15 – Ant-Man
· 5/6/16 – Captain America: Civil War
· 11/4/16 – Doctor Strange
· 5/5/17 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
· 7/28/17 – Thor: Ragnarok
· 11/3/17 – Black Panther
· 5/4/18 – Avengers: Infinity War Part I
· 7/6/18 – Captain Marvel
· 11/2/18 – Inhumans
· 5/3/19 – Avengers: Infinity War Part II

While most of us are clear on who The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are, there are some lesser-known characters getting the full movie spotlight that you may not be aware of. Here’s how they fit into the larger Marvel cinematic universe.

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Christian Bale in talks to step into Jobs this spring

Batman goes legit. Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Bale is the front-runner for the role. Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Entertainment insiders are saying that Oscar-winner Christian Bale will start filming Jobs this Spring as Apple’s late CEO and wonder-boy, Steve Jobs.

According to Variety, Bale is in talks to star as the mercurial tech leader in the movie based on the biography by Walter Issacson and a script written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network).

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8-bit Miyazaki tribute film will fill you with nostalgia

It's rainy out there for neighbors. Screengrab: Pablo Fernandez Eyre

It’s rainy out there for neighbors. Screengrab: Pablo Fernandez Eyre

My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle. Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Chances are you’re thinking of these lovely, peaceful, wonderful animated films right now.

And these are just a few of the fantastic and bewitching animated films that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have made together over the past couple of decades. Now, however, Miyazaki has retired after making one final, autobiographical film, The Wind Rises. Studio Ghibli has put its film-making on hold, as well, citing restructuring.

Independent filmmaker Pablo Fernandez Eyre was a little sad when he heard the news.

“I decided to make a tribute to show my love for movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away,” he told Cult of Mac in an email. Check out his moving 8-bit piece below.

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