Dropping Science: How Deep are the Deepest Oceans?

Randall Munroe has produced several scientific illustrations that aim to help tiny human brains cope with mega concepts. This time he’s tackled the concept of depth by producing this gorgeous chart of the world’s oceans (and associated deep things).

The chart allows you to see a) Just how little we know about the oceans, b) Just how awesome whales are compared to submarines and c) Just how devious James Cameron is.

You can view a full size version of the chart HERE.

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On the web-line: Characters, power changes and plot reveal for Spider-man 4

The aptly named Marc Webb (director of 500 Days of Summer) has confirmed that the new film featuring Andrew Garfield as everyone’s favourite web slinger is to be the Amazing Spider-man, after the original series. This compounds his insistence that the storyline of the movie will follow the continuity of the original series with Parker firmly fixed at school for the duration of the movies and presumably for any following film for the foreseeable.

But also, and most notably is the evidence the new image offers of the new Spider-man. While Raimi’s version gained the ability to fire web lines from his wrists biologically Webb’s incarnation has taken things into his own hands (kinda literally), returning the web line fluid to artificially created web slingers on his wrists. James Cameron got rid of the Web Shooter idea while developing the first films and Sam Raimi upheld the decision even after extensive alterations to the rest of the film.

This is all part of Webb’s plan to stick firmly to the Stan Lee Spider-man vision. Fans had been in uproar that the web shooters had been removed as it didn’t ‘reflect Peter Parker’s scientific ability’ so presumably by the end of ‘Spectacular Spider-man’ as the next one should be called based on the name of this one, Parker will have ditched the tights and been offered a lucrative contract with Americas Industrial-military complex as a physicist and chemical engineer and that’ll be the end of that. Only that ain’t how Stan Lee wrote it. And the story hinges on a kid absorbing the powers of a radioactive spider so probably best not to look too closely. Next step – Hellboy can’t walk because his right hand drags on the ground, Catwoman wears joggers and Cyclops blows his own face off while shaving. It doesn’t bear thinking about…

Another heads up that the Stan Lee storyline’s are being stringently stuck to is the lack of an MJ Watson, instead starting, as the original comic books did with Gwen Stacey. Whether Webb’ll take the plot line to its logical conclusion (certainly unlikely in this first installment) and actually send her off the same way as the comic book equivilent is obviously unconfirmed. But Webb wants Parker in the class room and struggling with the dual problems of being a science-geek nobody and a globally notorious superhero at the same time.

As yet no word on the Villain but you’ll hear it here when they tell us.

Shot, like everything should be, in glorious 3D, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be released next summer.

The Matrix: Reinstalled?

–UPDATE–

Looks like this is just a fan made hoax. Playlist recently posted that they’ve spoken to Reeves representatives and Mr Neo wasn’t even at the London School of Performing arts that day. It should be said that it’s a pretty good hoax to manage to get reported by as many sites as it did, but such is the nature of web journalism. Of course this doesn’t mean that new Matrix films aren’t being developed somewhere secretive (it’s not like the Wachowski’s are getting a buttload of work elsewhere) but it’s far from definite. You may all breath a collective sigh of relief and go back to pretending that the second two films don’t exist.

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For those who missed Revolutions and Reloaded or fans of heavy lifting gear with even heavier artillery and cyber-fu airborne gun battles this may be good news as Keanu Reeves, Neo in the original trilogy revealed plans are underway for two more sequels to the original ‘Matrix.’

Pizza Delivery in the Matrix. Tricky.

In an age where reboots and revisions of potentially lucrative franchises the actor hinted he and the writers of the franchise, Andy and Larry Wachowski, have discussed the possibility of shooting the two new movies in 3D and are reportedly referring to 3d Impressario and ‘Avatar’ creator James Cameron.

Hearing Keanu commenting during a key note speech at the London School of Performing Arts, a reporter for Ain’t It Cool News blogged up “They have completed work on a two picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of ‘The Matrix’ as Neo.

“Keanu says the brothers have met with Jim Cameron to discuss the pros and cons of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again. He stated that he still has an obligation to the fans to deliver a movie worthy of the title ‘The Matrix’ and he swears this time that the treatment will truly transform the action genre like the first movie.”

According to the report, the Wachowskis are looking to complete their current project ‘Cloud Atlas’ before discussing the possibility of adding the Matrix sequels so time to discuss the liklihood of a return of Neo to the world of the Matrix.

Whether the end result will be a return to form for the Wachowski’s who primarily built their success on technological advancements in Cinema is yet to be seen and clearly will not be seen for a great long time to come. Whether a return to the rather bitter memories of ‘The Matrix’ is a good idea or not will not be clear; the prospect of two filmmakers as adept with adapting new technology as the Wachowskis will likely generate a project worth talking about.

Still something to watch out for. You heard it here first (otherwise why’d you bother reading the same thing again?).