Archive for August, 2013

Directed by :  Paul W. S. Anderson
Produced by :  Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody
Screenplay by :  Paul W. S. Anderson, Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Julian Fellowes, Michael Robert Johnson
Starring :  Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Jessica Lucas
Cinematography :  Glen MacPherson
Distributed by :  FilmDistrict (US and Canada), Lionsgate Films (International)
Release date :  February 21, 2014
Country :  United States
Language :  English
Budget :  $100 million (estimated)

Pompeii is an upcoming American film co-written, produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and is scheduled to be released in February 2014 ..

Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s colosseum ..

Directed by :  Noam Murro
Produced by :  Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann
Screenplay by :  Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Based on :Xerxes (unpublished) by Frank Miller
Starring :  Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro
Music by :  Tom Holkenborg
Cinematography :  Simon Duggan
Editing by :  Wyatt Smith
Distributed by :  Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date :  March 7, 2014
Country :  United States
Language :  English
MPAA Rating :  R

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a UK Trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire.”

In June 2008, producers Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Bernie Goldmann revealed that work had begun on a sequel to 300. Legendary Pictures announced that Frank Miller, who wrote the 1998 comic book limited series on which the film 300 was based, was writing a follow-up graphic novel, and Zack Snyder, co-screenwriter and director of 300, was interested in directing the adaptation, but instead chose to develop and direct the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Noam Murro has signed as the director, while Snyder is set to produce. The film will be centered on the Greek leader Themistokles, portrayed by Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton.

During pre-production, the film was titled 300: Battle of Artemisium (although this was widely misreported as “Battle of Artemisia”); the film was retitled 300: Rise of an Empire in September 2012. Filming commenced early July 2012 at the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria. On May 10, 2013, it was announced the film’s release date would be pushed back from August 2, 2013, until March 7, 2014.

The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Let “300: Rise of an Empire” hits theaters on March 7, 2014.

Mozilla will soon be marking a major milestone with Firefox. In a ‘minutes of the meeting’ document surrounding Firefox planning, Mozilla reportedly promised to merge the Metro style interface into its Aurora (pre-beta) channel on 16 September along with a Windows Aurora Firefox build, which is being publicised as the Metro Preview Release ..

The beta version of the release is slated for 28 October followed by the final Metro Firefox release to ship with Firefox 26 on 10 December ..

It, indeed is a long procedure! In March last year, Mozilla had announced that it has started working on the development of a Metro-style version of Firefox. At that time, Windows 8 was still in a preview release and Metro was till that time the official name of the Windows 8 design style ..

18 months ago, Mozilla called it a ‘very large project’ to tame down the expectations. It was also made clear by the Project Manager, Asa Dotzler that the running code was still far away. He wrote, “I do not anticipate that we will get beyond a late stage Beta before the end of 2012.” ..

ZDNET’s Ed Bott reported, “After showing off a Metro style Firefox prototype in April 2012, it was another 10 months before the Metro code made it into the Nightly channel. At the time, I praised the browser’s coders for embracing the Windows 8 interface, complete with app bar and a tabbed browsing interface that are hidden until you reveal them with a swipe motion. That’s in stark contrast to Google, which has added a Windows 8 mode to current versions of Chrome but simply replicated the desktop user interface.” ..

Having already impressed techies with the amazing support touch on their desktop browser, it is time for Mozilla developers to replicate that in the Metro version. Along with the final release, the developers will also be adding a Firefox app bar, which will keep the tab bar open at the top but can move the address field, reload button, bookmark star button and other controls on the bottom ..

This new Firefox will be the last of the three big Windows browsers to support the unique split-personality mode, which is only for browsers. Let’s wait and watch ..!