COMING SOON: 3D MOVIES ON YOUR PHONE
Glasses-free 3D viewing is likely to come to mobile handsets before it reaches the TV set, thanks to a new display developed by 3M. The Field Sequential 3D Display Film would replace the standard screen on a mobile device and employ a directional backlight that focuses an image to the viewer's right and left eyes sequentially. 3M's products, most of which are distributed under the Scotch brand, include numerous lines of magnetic and film goods but it is not a known player in mobile applications. While the technology can be applied to screens as large as nine inches, the company says that it is only applicable to single-user operation. Brightness and resolution are said to be comparable with 2D screens. CNET News quoted one 3M executive as saying that the screen could turn up on some handsets in the U.S. by the holiday season.
MECHANIC, SHANKMAN TO PRODUCE NEXT YEAR'S OSCARS
Former 20th Century Fox and Disney chief Bill Mechanic and choreographer and Hairspray director Adam Shankman have been tapped to produce the live Academy Awards show next March 7, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday. In a statement, Shankman observed, "The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor." Mechanic said that he and Shankman hope to "build upon the best traditions from the great shows of the past while helping pave the way to the future."
TOKYO FILM FEST BOWS TO PRESSURE OVER DOLPHIN DOCUMENTARY
Following an outpouring of criticism by environmentalists and filmmakers, the Tokyo Film Festival has reversed itself and included the award-winning documentary The Cove in tonight's (Wednesday) screenings, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported today. The film includes horrifying scenes of dolphins being slaughtered by fishermen near the town of Taiji. The Cove, by the American director Louie Psihoyos, was originally rejected by the festival, despite the fact that it had received numerous awards at other film festivals throughout the world. Residents of Taiji had raised a continuous battle to keep it from being shown in the country, claiming it is defamatory and that the producers filmed them without their permission. Only a week ago Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada urged critics of the dolphin hunt to respect his country's cultural traditions. "People in different countries eat all kinds of things, depending on their culture," he said. Those attending tonight's screening voiced mixed reactions, the Associated Press reported. "Westerners say it's OK to kill and eat cows, but not dolphins," Hiroshi Hatajima, a 42-year-old office worker, told the wire service. "That kind of special treatment isn't going to register with a lot of Japanese.
RE-ENTER THE DRAGON
Golden Harvest, once one of the world's leading film studios, famed for such kung fu films as Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon in 1979 and later its Hollywood production of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is being revived. Now called Orange Sky Golden Harvest following its merger with Orange Sky Entertainment Group in 2007, the company said today (Wednesday) that it plans to release five movies a year and expand its theater chain from 12 to 600 venues over the next three years. At a news conference in Hong Kong, General Manager Chen Guowei said, "I hope we can become the most influential movie company in China that combines production, distribution and movie theaters in three years." The company has not produced a film since 2003. In a related development, Viacom siblings Paramount and Nickelodeon announced that they had obtained the rights to produce a new Ninja Turtles movie from current rights owners The Mirage Group and
Entertainment, Inc. for $60 million.