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- April 16, 2001
AI has been under a veil of secrecy ever since filming started last summer. Few know, for example, that AI has over 500 FX shots in it and will be one of the biggest FX-filled movies of the summer. The FX are said to be so incredible that AI will be a shoe-in for a Best Visual Effects nomination for next year's Academy Awards. To bring the effects to life, Spielberg called upon Dennis Muren. Muren's work is well known as he was the Visual Effects Supervisor for Star Wars: Episode 1, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Terminator 2, The Abyss and Return of the Jedi to name a few. Industrial Light & Magic (which is completing work on Pearl Harbor) is the effects company behind the A.I. scenes.
Based on a treatment by Stanley Kubrick, AI was written and directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie deals with the human races need for artificial intelligence in order to maintain a regular lifestyle. However, one particular artificial intelligent robot, a boy, yearns to be something more. AI follows this boy's journey. While the film is said to have small touches of Pinocchio, Bicentennial Man, Terminator 2, ID4, and Waterworld, advanced word is that the movie completely stands on its own in the area of originality, sci-fi, and the ability to advance the film-making medium.
So how realistic is artificial intelligence in the near future? According to the U.K.'s Ananova, "Russian scientists claim to have developed the first artificial brain with the same intellectual potential as a human. The neuro-computer is based on the workings of the human brain cell and can out perform previous brain models. It uses pioneering findings in neurophysiology and neuromorphology to produce a truly thinking machine."
AI has not yet been rated, but is expected to be rated by early May. It is narrated by Robin Williams and scored by John Williams.
Here are two pictures from AI:
There is no current update as to when Warner Bros. plans to release a full trailer for AI However, Warner Bros. next two upcoming films, which it could be attached to, are Driven (April 27) and Angel Eyes (May 18). In the meantime, you can view the two teasers from the dFX Movie Trailers section.
Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
Star Wars Weekends
at Disney MGM Studios
News Link of the
Day - Microsoft's 'Clippy' Headed for the Trash
"Another victim bites the dust in the technology tailspin, but few will mourn the passing of 'Clippy.'
The pesky paper clip,
complete with bug eyes and Groucho Marx brows, made his animated debut
on Microsoft Office 97. A default feature of the program, he appears uninvited
with annoyingly obvious comments like, 'It looks like you are writing
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