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Technology: Disney’s Robot Stunt Doubles (Video)

Nice! With this tech, moviemakers could very well get realistic action shots, of some pretty daring (read: potentially dangerous) stuff, without having to risk human lives.

The robot acrobats can flip through the air and stick a landing every time.
– TechCrunch

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The Jungle Book (Trailer)

Well, damn. I guess when you’re a mega media juggernaut like Disney, you can make that children’s story with “Iron Man” power to the big screen. Trailer looks dope and then some. Get ready for April 2016 movie goers.

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

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Tomorrowland (Trailer)

You wanted to see “Tomorrowland”… Well here it comes!

Yep, it’s coming alright (to the silver screen on May 22, 2015). Looks like Disney has taken all its Marvel Universe movie and TV-making powers, combined them with the adept storytelling already possessed (and learned on producing TV like ‘Once Upon A Time’) and crammed it into yet another late spring / early summer blockbuster. Whew! Combine this robot-fighting near-future set fantasy and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” dropping just weeks earlier; and you understand what a beast mode big screen juggernaut Disney is. Not hurting the effort, at all, is major major Hollywood A-list talent (George Clooney) jumping on the scale with all his weight; giving serious effort to what looks to be an epic rock’em sock’em watching experience! Dollar up for the big bucket of popcorn, extra butter, super-duper sodas and whatnot… and the iMax experience… for this one. Then strap in, as Casey (Britt Robertson) and Frank (Clooney) go all in; taking on killer robots as they take you to “Tomorrowland” (trailer above)!

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

All that, too?? Yeah, this looks goooood.

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Technology: Disney Research Scientist Creates Virtual Reality Experience That Looks & Feels Real

If ever there was such a thing as a touchy-feely techie, Ivan Poupyrev is. The 42-year-old son of a Russian mathematician, now senior research scientist at Disney Research, is leading us down a virtual reality (VR) path that could one day rival the experience of walking on a Star Trek Holo-Deck (y’all know I’m a Trekkie).

Poupyrev has already created an orchid that emits sounds when its stem is stroked… a knob that unlocks a door when it’s touched a certain way… with more good tech on the way (already 11 patents to his name).

Having been at Disney since 2009, Poupyrev has also been working on technology that turns smooth surfaces into textures. Emitting a weak electrical signal through the body via a small device placed in the heel of a shoe or in a shirt pocket (see? like a Star Trek comm-badge… told ya!), Poupyrev’s technology can make the wearer “feel” images he projects. For example, when the wearer touches an image of a ball projected onto a wall, it feels rubbery to that person. Similarly, a wearer can feel the ridges on a projected image of a mountain. “We can easily add tactile feedback to any wall and public spaces,” Poupyrev says.

Easily… did you get that? This is NOTHING to Poupyrev and Disney! Like play time…

@ojones1

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Oz: The Great and Powerful (Trailer)

Disney is pulling back the curtain on the origins of L. Frank Baum’s classic masterpiece The Wizard of Oz,” with the story of “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” After directing three Spider-Man films, Sam Raimi has turned his attention to this fantastical story of a small-town magician (played by James Franco) who is hurled by a tornado into the Land of Oz where he has a chance to be shaped into the great and powerful wizard he always aspired to be. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and indie golden boy Zach Braff also star. The film is currently slated for a global release in spring of 2013. – Zach PinaHypebeast.com

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