(darkhorizons.com) Long after they originally announced their plans, Disney is finally eyeing a 2015 production start date for their film adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo". The project is aiming to start filming in Australia sometime next year.
There's a catch though. Early last year Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the studio would receive a $21.6 million tax incentive to shoot the film there. Since then though there has been a change in Government which has created doubt as to whether or not they will still commit to the tax credit.
In fact Disney is asking for an increased tax credit for 30% of the film's budget. The government's standard credit is 16.5%, but foes allow for higher credits on a case-by-case basis (eg. last year's "The Wolverine"). It will be a while yet before it's known if the tax offset will go through.
David Fincher had previously been attached to direct but departed to shoot "Gone Girl". It hasn't been confirmed if he will come back to the helm.
Rian Johnson Says Next 'Star Wars' Will Have Less CGI, More Practical Effects
As if videos from the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie featuring live-action alien costumes and full-scale X-Wing Fighters haven’t been enough of a clue, Rian Johnson, who will pick up the franchise after Abrams, says Star Wars: Episode VII will feature more practical, traditional effects.
“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said on the latest Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”
“I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it,” Johnson continued. “I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”
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Of his own Star Wars movie, Johnson joked that it’s “boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is, I’m just happy,” adding “I don’t have the terror I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point.”
Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in December 2015, with Johnson’s Episode VIII scheduled for a 2017 release.
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Akira Live-Action Remake Picks Up Edge of Tomorrow Screenwriter
(moviepilot.com) You might be forgiven for assuming the Akira live-action remake has crashed and burned irreparably, but it seems Warner are still attempting to kick-start the difficult production with some new life.
The live-action adaptation has been over at Warner Bros. for years. A long list of stars and filmmakers have been attached to the project, but just as soon as we hear that someone has been connected, we inevitably hear they've left for some reason or another. Currently, Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra is attached to direct, but today we've heard Edge of Tomorrow scribe, Dante Harper has been hired to write the script.
Harper provided the first spec script for Edge of Tomorrow, one of this year's standout science fiction movies. The Tom Cruise starring flick might not have done incredibly at the box office, but it did receive surprisingly strong reviews, and I can personally testify to its awesomeness. However, scripting duties were later completed by Christoper McQuarrie and others, so it's unclear how much of Harper's involvement was present in the final film. Indeed, the fact it was rewritten - although commonplace in Hollywood - does not inspire a great amount of confidence.
The last we heard, After Earth's Gary Whitta had provided a script which saw Neo-Tokyo relocated to a Manhattan Island which had been sold to the Japanese. It is still unclear if this is the story Harper will be working on or whether this concept has been scrapped. Apparently, one of the biggest issues identified by Whitta was transplanting an adult-orientated and violent manga, for the below R-rated American audience.
Collet-Serra has previously stated that he sees any live-action Akira movie as hopefully kick-starting a trilogy of movies. However, even Collet-Serra nearly backed away from the project due to concerns with the script. All of this does not particular bode well, does it?
Of course, the big issue is this: Do we really need a live-action, Americanized version of Akira? Many dedicated fans of the original might be unwilling to see the classic re-hashed into the American PG-13 action market, which isn't exactly known for delivering great remakes. Collet-Serra has said his version will not be a straight beat-for-beat remake, but will instead work off the 'spirit' of Akira. Personally, I think this is a nice way of saying their taking a highly recognizable name and making their own movie off of the back of it.
With Akira still apparently stalling at the starting gates, I do not imagine we'll he hearing much in terms of progress any time soon, although this news does at least confirm the project still has a slice of Warner's attention.
Andy Serkis' Jungle Book Continues Casting
(The Hollywood Reporter) Warner Bros. Pictures is moving ahead with its Andy Serkis-directed The Jungle Book: Origins and has cast its first voice lead - Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger Shere Khan.
The October 21, 2016 release is based on Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." The film tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. He's kidnapped by monkeys and rescued by his animal friends, including Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python.
The film will arrive more than a year after Disney's The Jungle Book (October 9, 2015), directed by Jon Favreau. In that version, Shere Khan is voiced by Idris Elba. Mowgli is played by newcomer Neel Sethi and Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito are providing voices as well.
Cumberbatch coincidentally played another Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. He's also provided his voice for "The Hobbit" trilogy and the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar.
Callie Kloves wrote the script for the Warner Bros. film. Her father, Steve Kloves ("Harry Potter" films), is producing.
Oz VFX House Readies 3D Chinese Animated Features
(if.com.au) Australia’s Vue Group is completing the VFX work for the Chinese and international versions of two 3D animated features in a co-venture with production company Shanghai Hippo Animation Design.
The linguistic experts at SBS have been hired to ensure the dialogue is idiomatic on the first, Kung Fu Style, and the next step will be engage actors to voice the English-language versions.
“We will most probably use Australians but not all of them are here, so it’s a big job to co-ordinate,” Vue Group MD Alan Lindsay tells IF. He is excited by quality of the 3D animation, describing it as “extremely imaginative.”
Kung Fu Style, a comedy-adventure directed by Kerr Xu, the Shanghai Hippo Animation Design CEO, scripted by Kerr, Gu Xiao and Cao Yingjie, will be released in China on at least 9,000 screens before the end of the year.
The plot follows Kung Fu kid Dodo Lee, who dreams of being a star at Oscar Lei’s movie studio but is stuck as a puppeteer in his never satisfied father’s show. When Dodo encounters superstar Kitty Mo, dreams and reality clash and the pair find themselves in a fight between good and evil orchestrated by the power-crazed Oscar.
Lindsay said spectacular chase sequences occupy about one-third of the film, with train wrecks, cars flying through the air and thugs in gorilla masks.
Farm House II - Perfect Friends, also directed by Kerr Xu, will open in China in early 2015. The sequel to Farm House 81 sees Cluck Norris ruling the roost as a soldier with unique superpowers. Enemy spy Annie infiltrates Farm House 81 to learn the secret of Cluck's power and uses this knowledge to steal the moon's energy and to morph into the monster Anka, who is intent on destroying Farm House 81.
Among the sequences handled by Vue’s VFX team in Bunbury WA were the last 18 minutes of the film, replete with lots of shattering effects and lightning, as an alien with angel wings flies towards the moon.
Lindsay says both projects have already recouped their budgets, helped by worldwide distribution deals, excluding Australia/New Zealand, with a US company which will be unveiled next month.
The producer retained Australian/NZ rights and is negotiating with distributors. Production on a third co-venture with Shanghai Hippo Animation is due to start in eight weeks.
While Lindsay is delighted with the relationship with the Shanghai studio, he is frustrated with the tardy and cumbersome process for approving official Australian-Chinese co-productions and isn’t using that treaty.
“We will have made three films this year,” he says. “The process of getting approval under the treaty can take almost two years for one film, if you are lucky.”
When the co-venture was unveiled at SPA's Screen Forever last year, Kerr told IF the Chinese partners will fund 80% of the projects with the balance from Australia. The total production budget for the three films to be co-produced by the Vue Group and Hippo would exceed $57 million.
Ridley Scott’s New Sci-fi Movie Not Prometheus 2
(airherald.com) When word first broke in March that Ridley Scott is working on a new undisclosed movie for 2016, it was quickly believed that this would be Prometheus 2, however the film in question has been brought forward to November 25, 2015, and with that comes the title.
It’s not Prometheus 2 – rather an adaptation The Martian by Andy Weir, and Matt Damon is tipped for the lead role.
With filming set to begin in just a few months, Prometheus 2 will not be happening any time soon. At the earliest we could say 2016, though 2017 is more likely. The slot that the Martian has been brought forward from is now being filled by Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, another book adaptation.
As for The Martian, that brings its own excitement that will keep at least some of the Prometheus fans happy. The story follows a US astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must adapt and survive very much in the vein of a spacey Cast Away.
“Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”
On the Prometheus 2 front, not much is known about the plot, but it was written by Michael Green, and will see Michael Fassbender reprise his role as David.
VFX Event Film 'London Has Fallen' Has Found Its Director
(latino-review.com) I was pleasantly surprised by 2013's Olympus Has Fallen. I guess going in with low expectations pays off sometimes. While it didn't break any box office records, the film did make a tidy little profit and producers decided to move ahead with a sequel.
The new film is titled London has Falllen and sees the return of Olympus' three main characters.
This time around Secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself in London once again protecting President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while they attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. At some point the shit hits the fan and it's time for Banning to go into John McClane mode.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has signed on to direct the sequel.
London Has Fallen is set to hit theatres on October 2, 2015.
Realistic Computer Graphics Technology Vastly Speeds Process
(scientificcomputing.com) With their new method, computer scientists from Saarland University are able, for the first time, to compute all illumination effects in a simpler and more efficient way. Courtesy of AG Slusallek/Saar-UniCreating a realistic computer simulation of how light suffuses a room is crucial not just for animated movies like Toy Story or Cars, but also in industry. Special computing methods should ensure this, but require great effort. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a novel approach that turned out to be so promising, it was adopted by companies such as Pixar, which is well-known in the movie industry for its computer animation, in record time.
The realistic depiction of light transport in a room is important within the production of computer-generated movies. If it does not work, the three-dimensional impression is rapidly lost. Hence, the movie industry’s digital light experts use special computing methods, requiring enormous computational power and, therefore, raising production costs.
Companies invest to make lighting conditions for computer-generated images as realistic as possible, not only in the film industry, but also in the automobile industry. During the development process, entire computing centers are used to compute and display realistic pictures of the complex car models in real time. Only in this way, can designers and engineers evaluate the design and the product features in an early stage and optimize it during the planning phase.
“They build hardly any real prototypes. Hence, the designers want to make sure that the car body on the screen looks exactly as the real vehicle will appear later,” explains Philipp Slusallek, professor of computer graphics at Saarland University, Scientific Director at the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Director of Research at the Intel Visual Computing Institute at Saarland University.
With current computing methods, it has not been possible to compute all illumination effects in an efficient way. Monte Carlo Path Tracing could depict the direct light incidence on surfaces and the indirect illumination by reflecting light from surfaces in a room very well. But, it does not work well for illumination around transparent objects, like semi-transparent shadows from glass objects, or illumination by specular surfaces (so-called caustics). This, on the other hand, is the advantage of photon mapping. However, this method leads to disappointing results for direct lighting of surfaces. Since these two approaches are mathematically incompatible (Monte Carlo integration versus density estimation), it was not possible to merge them. Therefore, it was necessary to compute them separately from each other for the particular images. This raised the computation costs for computer-animated movies like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where up to 48 pictures per second have to be computed — for a movie whose “normal” version is 169 minutes long.
In cooperation with Ilyan Georgiev, Ph.D. student at the Graduate School for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Jaroslav Krivanek from the Charles University in Prague and Thomas Davidovic from the Intel Visual Computing Institute at Saarland University, Slusallek developed a mathematical approach in 2012 that combines both methods in a clever way. They reformulated photon mapping as a Monte Carlo process. Hence, they could integrate it directly into the Monte Carlo Path Tracing method. For every pixel of the image, the new algorithm decides automatically, via so-called multiple importance sampling, which is the best suited of the two strategies to compute the illumination at that spot.
The researchers from Saarbrücken also supplied mathematical proof that the results of the new computing method comply with those of the two former methods. “Our new method vastly simplifies and speeds up the whole calculating process,” says Slusallek.
The method “Vertex Connection and Merging‚” abbreviated as VCM, was not only accepted at SIGGRAPH in 2012, but was also very well-received by industry.
“We know of four different companies that partially integrated VCM in their commercial products only a few months after the scientific publication. The most recent example is the new version of the software Renderman developed by the company Pixar. For decades, this has been the most important tool in the movie industry. We are very proud of this achievement,” Slusallek says.
The company Pixar, famous for movies like Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. is part of the Walt Disney Company. Pixar originally got its name from Apple founder Steve Jobs. Up to now, Pixar has received 12 Oscars for its movies.
Slusallek and his research group are presenting a new scientific paper at the Siggraph conference, which is being held in Vancouver this year. They are demonstrating that the new VCM method can be implemented on highly parallel graphics processing units very efficiently. As this research has been funded by the American semiconductor producer Intel, among others, the researchers will be presenting their results at Intel’s Siggraph booth.
Warners Has Big Plans For Comic Book 'Deranged Female Killer'
(darkhorizons.com) The show runners on The CW's "Arrow" are fairly free to use what elements of DC Comics lore they like for their series, though some parts have been declared off limits due to the studio wanting to use them for their upcoming Cinematic Universe.
One element that got teased last season was The Joker's offsider Harley Quinn. The character appeared only as a shadow and spoke one line in an episode focusing on the Suicide Squad. Unfortunately she won't be back according to producer Andrew Kreisberg who tells CBM:
"There are very few things we've asked DC Comics for that we haven't gotten. That [Quinn's appearance] was something you asked for, and what you saw is a compromise that Geoff Johns and I came up with. To even get that much was a thrill for us.
I know that they may have other plans for her, but it was certainly an Easter egg that thrilled us. But the Suicide Squad will definitely be back. Whether we see the 'deranged female killer' we saw before, we'll have to wait and see."
Kreisberg wouldn't elaborate on those "other plans" for the character, but considering the show is able to use a major Batman villain like Ra's al Ghul, it indicates someone at Warners/DC has something in mind.
Weta Workshop's GODZILLA Concept Art
(comicbookmovie.com) To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Weta Workshop, the official site has been re-designed, featuring an archive of images from their design department for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. Check out the concept art of the iconic monster after the jump.
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How ‘World of Warcraft’ Will Fight to Stay Relevant Before ‘Warcraft’ Movie in 2016
(variety.com) When Legendary Entertainment in 2006 announced plans to produce a movie based on Blizzard Entertainment’s “Warcraft,” the fantasy videogame franchise had completed a successful platform shift to the massively multiplayer online “World of Warcraft,” introduced in 2004, from its 1994 PC-based origins. “Warcraft” became one of the most popular and profitable role-playing games in history.
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A decade later, Blizzard has been watching millions of players turn to other properties, many of them recently to free-to-play titles on mobile devices. At its peak in 2010, “World of Warcraft” had 12 million subscribers paying $15 a month. That’s been falling ever since, to 6.8 million at the end of June. And millions more could leave for so-called fremium mobile games before Legendary’s film — directed by Duncan Jones, and with a cast that includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton — is released by Universal Pictures on March 11, 2016.
Blizzard and its parent, Activision, expected to lose subscribers; a decade is a long time to commit to one game, let alone two. But they believe a film could help attract new gamers to the franchise, which revolves around a human faction known as the Alliance battling the Horde, an army of orcs, in the world of Azeroth.
Until then, however, they’re relying on new expansion packs, like this fall’s “Warlords of Draenor,” the game’s fifth, to stop the hemorrhaging. (Watch the cinematic trailer for “Draenor,” revealed Aug. 14, above).
The first expansion was “The Burning Crusade,” in 2007, followed by “Wrath of the Lich King” (2008), “Cataclysm” (2010), and “Mists of Pandaria” (2012).
For the “Warcraft” movie to succeed, Legendary knows it will have to make the film attractive to more than just the game’s core fans. While the title has become well known over the past decade, raking in more than $10 billion, the characters are still largely unknown to most moviegoers, putting Legendary and Universal in the same position New Line was in when it promoted Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Audiences’ familiarity with those successful films, as well with Jackson’s “The Hobbit” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” could help Legendary in its quest for box office dollars, and perhaps seed the start of a new film franchise.
Legendary has presented footage for the film at two Comic-Cons in San Diego, in an effort to entice “Warcraft’s” loyal fans. With more than a year still to go before the film’s release, Legendary and Universal will have to start doing some heavy lifting to introduce it to a wider base — especially those who never considered themselves hardcore fantasy gamers.
The “Warcraft” franchise is healthy, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said this month, with the game’s revenue actually increasing over the past year, despite having fewer players. The company said that 1.5 million subscribers have already pre-ordered “Draenor,” a franchise first. The expansion pack becomes available Nov. 13.
At a press event on Aug. 14, Blizzard also debuted a new animated series, “Lords of War,” that delves deeper into the “Warcraft” series and lore. Watch the first episode below.
“The numbers ebb and flow,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who has avoided film adaptations but supports Legendary’s “Warcraft,” on which Blizzard is closely collaborating. “We will continue to see enthusiasm around each new game release.”
Doraemon 3D CG Film Tops Box Office With 988 Million Yen
(animenewsnetwork.com) Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3D CG film starring the anime robot cat Doraemon, debuted at #1 at the Japanese box office this past weekend. It sold 554,911 tickets for 767,248,000 yen (about US$7.50 million) on 319 screens from Saturday to Sunday.
The movie opened on Friday during the current summer break, even though most films open on Saturday. Over its first three days, it sold 726,739 tickets for 988,257,700 yen (US$9.66 million).
According to a web survey, 88.4% of the respondent cried during the film. The audience demographics was 47% male, 21.5% in their 20s, 20.4% in their 30s, 20.4% in their 40s, and 20.4% in elementary school age or younger.
The #2 film was Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, while the #3 film was Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The manga creator duo Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko) created Doraemon in 1969. In the story, the robotic cat was sent by a boy in the future to the present day to help the boy's hapless grandfather, Nobita. Doraemon, Nobita, and other children deal with everyday childhood issues, solve (and cause) problems with the gadgets in Doraemon's fourth-dimensional pocket, and embark on escapades through time and space.
49-year-old Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato) and 48-year-old Ryûichi Yagi (Pénélope tête en l'air line director, Moyashimon 3D CG director) helmed this 36th Doraemon film after collaborating on Japan's first feature-length 3D CG anime film, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki. Yamazaki also wrote the screenplay.
Is 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Preparing to Trade Louisiana for Australia?
(nola.com) Is "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" preparing to shoot Down Under? That's the question many are asking after reports have surfaced that Disney is reportedly lobbying the government of Australia to boost its tax inducements for an unnamed tentpole-type film that is considering setting up shop there (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Disney isn't revealing the title of that film but, coming on the heels of the announcement of a new 2017 release date for its "Pirates of the Caribbean 5," the news has prompted speculation that the high-seas sequel -- which at one time had been planning a New Orleans shoot -- might be the film in question (via Deadline). That story tops this morning's Popcorn Breakfast, my regular three-minute(ish) movie-headlines roundup.
Find out the details on all of those items in today's Popcorn Breakfast, in the embedded video above.
Creative Arts Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Third-Consecutive VFX Emmy
(hollywoodreporter.com) HBO’s Game of Thrones won its third-consecutive Emmy for outstanding special and visual effects.
It topped a slate of nominees that included Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Almost Human, The 100 and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
The team that won Emmys for Game of Thrones were JoeBauer, lead VFX supervisor; Joern Grosshans, VFX supervisor; Steve Kullback, lead VFX producer; Adam Chazen ,VFX coordinator; Eric Carney, previs lead; Sabrina Gerhardt, VFX animation producer; Matthew Rouleau, CG supervisor; Thomas H. Schelesny, CG sequence supervisor; and Robert Simon, concept designer.
Black Sails won the Emmy for supporting special and visual effects.
Pixar's "Good Dinosaur" Gets Re-Tooled
(darkhorizons.com) This marks the first year in nearly a decade that hasn't seen the release of a Pixar animated feature. A big reason for that was due to the eighteen month delay of their proposed 2014 film "The Good Dinosaur".
At the time of the delay, the film's director Bob Peterson left the project and since then things have been dead quiet regarding the film. That is until today.
Actor John Lithgow did some voice work on the film a while back. In a new interview with Collider he confirms that due to the project being completely retooled, he will go in to record new dialogue some time in the next few weeks:
"I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I'm gonna record again on it within the next month. Don't worry. It's coming and it's gonna be better than I ever imagined... But me and Frannie McDormand, we're still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur"
It's unknown how many of the other previously-confirmed voice cast such as Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader and John Ratzenberger will return to re-record their dialogue.
Doh! Homer Simpson Hologram Slapped With Lawsuit
(tvmix.com) His Fox unit has just been slapped with a lawsuit by Hologram USA, and another billionaire, Alki David, for patent theft. And with Homer Simpson at the heart of it, its sure to catch the public’s attention. (And the irony that the man behind legal actions over “copyright’ that have slowed advancements in television is now strung up in his own net over thievery won’t be lost on consumers).
At this year’s Comic-Con, Fox held an enormously buzzed about panel for the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. Fox and James Brooks‘ Gracie Films trotted out the show’s creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean and others and had them interact with a three dimensional projection of Homer Simpson. The hologram used patented technology for which Hologram USA and its partner Musion, own the exlusive rights to. Groening and the organizers of the Comic-Con event even had the audacity to make joking reference Tupac Shakur’s hologram appearance at Coachella in 2012—the most well known example of recent holography and one which paid the appropriate license fees.
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Over a thousand people are thought to have witnessed the panel at Comic-Con, and nearly a million have viewed video clips of the Homer Simpson hologram via YouTube—clips, the suit points out, that have Fox advertising embedded in them. Fox and Gracie Films have reportedly recently struck a $1 billion dollar deal that will create an online archive of all Simpsons episodes and has unleashed a flood of merchandising products from Legos and make-up to baseball jackets by cult Japanese clothing designer A Bathing Ape.
“Again Fox Television displays magnificent hypocrisy,” David said in a statement to Tv Mix. “Most producers and content owners in the TV business will tell you that companies like Fox are nothing but thieving hypocrites who hide behind their own self made rules and manipulation of the law. Not this time Rupert.”
This is not the first major lawsuit Hologram USA has filed to protect its rights to the patent. In May, Pulse Entertainment—the company run by John Textor who famously ran Digital Domain into the grave—used the patented technology to show a Michael Jackson hologram at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Textor has lots of legal problems—most notably a suit by the State of Florida which wants to recover almost $100 million dollars it says Textor obtained via fraud. Read more about that here.)
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