12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 4:39pm 5/07/14 4:39pm

For folks who miss the colorful 3D world of giant blue people and/or want to see more Dances with Wolves movies, Avatar 2, 3 and 4 will come out in December 2016, 2017 and 2018. [Deadline] » 8/01/13 10:33pm 8/01/13 10:33pm

Here's Everything Wrong with Avatar

Do you remember watching Avatar? It was a pretty long time ago! And though it looked amazing in 3D IMAX (and not so amazing on sad old DVD) there were definitely things wrong with the movie. Like how it was Pocahontas or Dancing With The Wolves with a giant blue man group. Or how it was only fun when you watched it… » 1/23/13 11:00pm 1/23/13 11:00pm

Mind-Controlled Robots Bring Us One Step Closer To Our Avatar Future

It's been speculated—in big budget movies, no less—that one day mankind will never leave its computers, and will instead explore the world through virtual reality and robots. And here's the cutting-edge research that will make that nightmarish future possible. » 11/13/12 2:40pm 11/13/12 2:40pm

Let's Think About This for a Couple Minutes Now

Right after Curiosity landed on Mars, someone—it may have been Adam Steltzner, I can't remember exactly now—mentioned that this amazing two-year mission's total cost was the price of one movie ticket to every citizen in America. » 8/28/12 3:59pm 8/28/12 3:59pm

This Is Why People Pirate

Do you know why people hate movie studios? Why, increasingly, they're driven to download content illegally, even though they're perfectly willing to pay for it? Because of crap like this: » 8/14/12 11:40am 8/14/12 11:40am

Crazy Shoulder Robot Turns Your Friends Into Jiminy Cricket

Have you ever been talking to a friend on the phone and lamented the fact they were so far away? That's exactly the problem this bizarre shoulder-mounted MH-2, or 'miniature humanoid', seeks to solve. By turning them into a Jiminy Cricket sitting on your shoulder, minus the good advice. » 5/29/12 9:40am 5/29/12 9:40am

Augmented Reality Avatar James May Is Your New Museum Buddy

Unlike Tupac, BBC host James May doesn't have to be dead before we get an augmented reality version of him. Granted, this is not quite as thrilling as having a Hologram Tupac Shakur perform as if still living, but as far as museum guides go, an augmented reality miniature man is a pretty sweet deal. » 4/28/12 12:20am 4/28/12 12:20am

This Avatar Android Will Perform Life-Threatening Work on the ISS

There are certain areas of the International Space Station that most astronauts would rather not visit—like the exterior. But sometimes, somebody has to clamber around out there, looking for hull cracks. That's when the ISS calls on Russia's SAR-400 telepresence assist-droid. » 4/25/12 11:30am 4/25/12 11:30am

A Mouse Made Just For You Will Be Your Medical Avatar

When you check in to a hospital in the future, along with checking your vitals and ordering a blood panel, your doctors may assign you a personal mouse. The immune-deficient creature will receive a transplant of your tissue, which will allow it to mimic your immune system, or maybe your specific type of cancer. Then… » 3/22/12 5:00pm 3/22/12 5:00pm

Russian Mogul Plans to Plant Our Brains in Robots and Keep Them Alive…

The Pentagon's new Avatar project, unveiled by Danger Room a few weeks back, sounds freaky enough: Soldiers practically inhabiting the bodies of robots, who'd act as "surrogates" for their human overlords in battle. » 2/29/12 5:20pm 2/29/12 5:20pm

Pentagon's Project 'Avatar': Same as the Movie, but With Robots Instead…

Soldiers practically inhabiting the mechanical bodies of androids, who will take the humans' place on the battlefield. Or sophisticated tech that spots a powerful laser ray, then stops it from obliterating its target. » 2/19/12 1:52pm 2/19/12 1:52pm

Avatar Brings Actual Special Features to iTunes Special Features

The special features you get with iTunes' movies aren't really that special. Well, if anyone is going to do something about it, it's James Cameron. Say what you want about the guy, he's always pushing the technological envelope. » 12/16/11 6:00am 12/16/11 6:00am

2D Versions of Films Are Out-Performing Their Pricey 3D Counterparts

Roger Ebert was right. Not about video games not being art, that was pure bullshit. He was right about 3D being a waste of movie-goers' money—and apparently more and more people are agreeing with him. » 9/16/11 7:40pm 9/16/11 7:40pm

A Peek Behind Avatar Kinect's Wireframe Curtain: How Xbox Turns You…

Avatar Kinect, your not-quite-creepy smirking, winking virtual self, is launching today in Kinect Fun Labs. It tracks your eyebrows, mouth, and other points on your face to translate your real-world expressions into their polygonal equivalent. This is how it works. » 7/25/11 12:00pm 7/25/11 12:00pm

5% of Twitter Employees Still Use That Silly Egg Avatar

According to AllTwitter, 5% of Twitter's 500 employees haven't picked an avatar yet. C'mon, guys! Why so shy? Embrace the one bit of visual originality your company's service allows you! » 5/25/11 9:09am 5/25/11 9:09am

James Cameron Just Added 50 RED EPIC-M Cameras to His Shopping Trolley

How's this for high-profile clientele, eh? RED has sold 50 of their EPIC-M pro-cams to James Cameron—at $58,000 each, that's a cool $2.9 million he just forked out. Now, I've heard of shopping-based envy before, but Cameron's taking his to a new level after no-doubt hearing Peter Jackson ordered 30 for The Hobbit, and » 4/25/11 3:40am 4/25/11 3:40am

3D Porno Tops Avatar's Single-Day Box Office Record In Hong Kong

For the last several years, the single-day box office king in Hong Kong has been Avatar. People love giant blue cat-people! But not, apparently, as much as they love full frontal nudity. Because after grossing $340,000 US on 73 screens, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy has taken Hong Kong's single-day box office crown. » 4/21/11 9:40am 4/21/11 9:40am

James Cameron's Next Plan To Reinvent Cinema

First it was digital projection. Then, 3D. And now James Cameron has set his sites on a more subtle—but possibly more important—innovation in film: frame rates. While the industry has been stuck at 24fps since the Roaring 20s, Cameron believes that by bumping that up to 48fps, or even 60fps, Hollywood can… » 4/01/11 10:40am 4/01/11 10:40am

I Can't Resist Having My Own Mini-Me Sculpted Figure

I'm glad I can at least be like Steve and satisfy my planetary-sized ego ordering my own mini-me figurine: 3D-printing company Sculpteo can now use your frontal and profile photo to make a full 3D-printed, hand painted figurine. » 3/10/11 8:20pm 3/10/11 8:20pm