sabato 30 giugno 2007

Heroes: Tim Kring Interview

At last week's press conference, Tim Kring, creator, writer and executive producer of NBC's "Heroes" announced the cast would go on a world tour to celebrate the widespread popularity of the hit show. Afterwards, he talked to us as openly and as in-depth as he could about the current cast members as well as the process and pressure of going into the second season.

Q: Since the press tour is in August, could this disrupt your shooting schedule?
Tim Kring: We are going to shut down basically. There are a couple of characters, a couple of actors who will not be going. Some of the newer characters and we're trying to carve out enough production to keep the production trickling along for that week. But the idea was always to build in this week as a week that we shut down production.

Q: Is everyone coming back for Season Two?
Kring: Well, I don't want to spoil that for the fans. Clearly we left things up in the air with several of the characters and we want to make sure that the fans don't know what's going to happen so that it doesn't spoil their [enjoyment].

Q: You said 24 episodes. Does that mean no one really died?
Kring: Again, you really just have to wait.

Q: But you're keeping them available so you can bring them back?
Kring: Exactly, they're all on retainer just in case they're needed. [joking]

Q: You have at least eight new or recurring characters. How has it been integrating them in the writing?
Kring: A lot of it was planned for and felt fairly natural. So it's a big cast. One of the things that we are doing this year, because we're not asking the audience to start absolutely from scratch, we're not so concerned about every episode having every single character in it. So we're able to sort of pull back in the ebb and flow and let certain characters come to the surface for an episode and sit out an episode.

Q: Are you talking more about episodes like "Company Man" where it's focused on one story?
Kring: Yes, exactly. The idea of being able to focus on a couple of characters is something that we really learned last year as a very valuable thing to do, but you had to have earned enough interest in those characters to be able to then focus on them.

Q: How are you creating feudal Japan in modern day Los Angeles?
Kring: Well, as we know, Los Angeles has doubled for many, many things. On this show it's doubled for a lot of things. So it's a fairly, I will say, rural view of feudal Japan which allows us to use a lot of the outlying areas like the Santa Monica Mountains and north of here.

Q: How massive can those armies get on a TV budget?
Kring: That's a very valid question. Obviously not huge. We're doing some stuff with CGI and designing the stories so that they're not completely dependent on anything that has to look like a $200 million feature. That's always been our dilemma on a show like this. It's that circles in the same world as a lot of the big giant budget movies, but it has to come at things from a different way so that we can actually produce it every week.

Q: Are the purse strings opened a little bit more this time around?
Kring: [Laughs] One would think that that would happen, but this is a very large company with a bottom line. So there is a natural bump in every budget every year because of contracts and cost of living and all of that kind of stuff and so we've been held to the standards. The good news about a second season is that you learn a tremendous amount from the mistakes. You learn how to get more efficient and how to move faster. For us, the number of days shooting has always been our big issue and that usually centers around how quickly we can work, how many pages we can do. That has to do with efficiency. With a show like "Heroes," you have to remember, that the visual look of the show, in every scene or every other scene there is usually an angle or a shot that you don't usually see on television. It's a completely different odd angle – maybe a super wide angle or a very low angle. You always see a lot of ceilings on our show which with most shows you don't see ceilings and so we have to build sets with ceilings and things like that which are just more complicated. So in order to do that one angle we have to set up that one angle, we have an entire setup for that one shot which usually takes about forty five minutes, setting up a shot, and if you multiply that by three scenes a day you can see how at the end of the week you're a day behind the normal schedule. So that's always our issue.

Q: Are you going to do anything this season for fans who didn't watch last season to be able to jump in and understand what's happening?
Kring: Yes, that is a big part of what we're doing. I mean, one of the things that I sort of learned in the first season was that we called season one Volume One and it was entitled "Genesis." It just happened to be twenty three episodes long. Volume II is entitled "Generations" and it by no means has to be an entire season long. I wouldn't expect it to be an entire season long. In fact we're looking at that volume to end in the middle of the season which allows us to wrap up certain stories and allows us to have new stories begin. So you don't get a sense that if you jump on the train that you're aggressively being pushed off of the train because you don't know what's going on. That's a big concern with us.

Q: Do you see the second season as being two big arch's or do you not know yet about the second half?
Kring: Well, it's designed to be three. We'll see how that works out.

Q: So will there be some kind of recap for people who didn't see last season?
Kring: Only slightly because the actual episode itself, it's an episode entitled "Four Months Later" and so we pick up the stories four months after we left off at the end of the season. There is tremendous mystery in what happened during those four months and that's part of why you're watching these first few episodes. They're revealing what actually happened. So the recap, in a way, is sort of built into the story.

Q: How do you feel about the mixed fan reaction to the finale?
Kring: I didn't really experience the mixed fan reaction. I heard anecdotally that people loved it and clearly on a show like this, again this is one of the problems with a big serialized show which is that by the time you get to twenty three episodes in you're dragging a tremendous amount of story behind you. So when people wait that long for answers it gets very hard to satisfy people. This is another reason why I think these volumes are really the way to go because it allows us to not have people build up expectations for so long as to how things are going to be resolved. When you build up for a whole year with a show like this it has an addictive quality to it and so it has to really pay off. Sometimes those expectations are too high for a mere television show.

Q: Are you keeping a lot of that in your head as you prepare for the second season? I mean, NBC has obviously put a lot of hope on the show filling out the schedule and reflecting your style of show. Do you feel that creative pressure going into a second season where it's easy for fans to go, "Oh, well, we've seen this before."
Kring: Yes, exactly. Oh, yeah. The cautionary tale of this is is that the fans are very fickle and they're always looking for what's shiny and new and you just hope that you can keep them interested when you're competing with all of these new forms of entertainment. So there is tremendous pressure, absolutely.

Q: How is producing this different from "Crossing Jordan" or other shows you've done?
Kring: The actual job of being a producer on the show, it's a very similar job actually, in a lot of ways. Where it's different is in the writing of the show and the breaking of stories. "Crossing Jordan" had continuing storylines built into it, but at it's crux it was a standalone procedural show and so you could send writers up ahead to break stories and to write scripts and on a show like this you really can't do that. You're really married to the previous episode, and so any thread can unravel any other story. That's really the hardest part. Then logistically a show like "Crossing Jordan" had a main standing set where you could shoot at least four days out of your shooting schedule. On a show like "Heroes" we don't have standing set. So the logistics are much different.

Q: Is that a challenge that you embrace?
Kring: Yeah. It's one that we live with and deal with on a daily basis and it's sort of the crux of our job, how to squeeze the square peg of making a show in eight to ten days into the round hole of this giant and ambitious production.

Q: Now that "Heroes" has become a pretty big phenomenon, does that give a little more confidence a little more leeway to start planning arch's far ahead?
Kring: Yeah, to some extent, but I have to tell you that the amount of work, the volume of work, I mean we chewed up a tremendous amount of story in one year and any time that you plan for a story it's almost a given that you will get there much faster than you think you will because this monster just eats constantly. So the best laid plans are always, "Oh, it's great. By mid season we'll be here –" and then sure enough we'll get into the writer's room and you're there by episode six. That's just the nature of the storytelling.

Q: How do far do you think you are at this point?
Kring: Well, we're obviously taking it one season at a time and I have some big ideas of what the sort of big tent pole ideas of each season, what those are, but this season we started we knew where we were going in terms of the themes and the ideas behind it, but it's ten writers in a room for ten thousand hours talking to each other. That's basically what it comes down to.

Q: Will Tim Sayle be involved in Season Two?
Kring: Yes, Tim will be staying involved. So, the idea of the paintings is going to have a clever sort of reentry into the show.

Q: When you say four months later does that mean that Hiro will have been in feudal Japan for four months?
Kring: No. Hiro's story is the only one that picks up exactly where we meet him. So he's existing on a timeframe outside of the rest of the story.

Q: Will we be seeing more of George Takei?
Kring: Yes, we will see more of George Takei.

Q: Expanding on the "Generations" title, will we see more of the story with the Petrelli's mother and sort of this history?
Kring: The idea of "Generations," last year we set up this sort of sense that there was this other generation represented by the Linderman character and then Petrelli's mom and George Takei and Richard Roundtree's character. All of these characters set up the idea that there was another generation that had secrets of their own and this season one of those themes that we're going to talk about are the sins of the parents being visited upon the children. That's one of the themes, this idea of how generationally we are left with problems that we have to fix.

Q: Will we find out that George Takei has powers and what they are?
Kring: Yes, eventually.

Q: Are there any other big themes that you've already got planned for this new season?
Kring: Yes. One of the things that we wanted to do and this is getting back to the idea of how can you come back to a second season and get people to start over again or how do you stay on the farm after you've gone out and had these amazing adventures. A lot of these stories are resetting at the beginning. We're getting to sort of come back to the touchstone of what it's like to try and live a normal life while having these issues going on with you as opposed to the first season where it go so cranked up with the plot that that idea sort of fell by the wayside.

Q: How did you decide to reveal HRG's name within the first season and was that the name that you originally had for the pilot?
Kring: We actually talked about what the name was all year long. So I would be lying if I said that I knew what his name was, and we just felt that in the spirit of answering questions, one of the things that I've talked about with probably many of you is this feeling that this show is a show that has committed itself to the idea of answering questions along the way so that we didn't build up a frustration level of, "Why aren't they telling us what's really going on and why aren't they giving us the answers." So we decided that that was one question that was nagging people, on their minds.

Q: Do you have any hopes or expectations for Emmy nominations?
Kring: Well, yeah, obviously I harbor hopes of that.

Q: Is it hard with an ensemble cast seeing that someone might get left out of the mix?
Kring: Yeah, clearly. This kind of show is a hard show for the Emmy voters to wrap their brain around. It has some sci-fi elements which traditionally isn't the most praised by the Emmy voters, but clearly when you set out to do something bold and from your heart you hope that people appreciate it.

Q: Is there a sense of vindication because when the show started out the press referred to it as a comic book show, and now of course it's enormous?
Kring: No, just satisfaction. I guess that I'm a glass half full kind of guy. I never really paid a whole lot of attention to the negative stuff. We also, you have to remember – when you're making a television show you're living in a bubble that's very different than the rest of the world because you're often ten, twelve, fifteen weeks ahead of where everyone is. So when people have certain concerns and complaints you've often moved way past those and you've already answered them in your own mind, and so you have a tendency to be slightly disconnected from the negative press.

Q: So you've answered the nagging questions of Season One. Have you come up with some new nagging questions for Season Two?
Kring: Oh, yeah. The questions are inherent in the storytelling and hopefully they'll be just as intriguing as they were this season.

Q: Where will Greg Grunberg/Matt go?
Kring: Well again, I really am not going to say. It did not look good for Matt at the end of the season. Clearly, he's a very popular character and those kind of things are taken into consideration when you decide what you want to do with a character's fate.

Q: If it's four months, he's either been in the hospital forever or it's the world's longest open casket funeral.
Kring: Exactly. As was spilled today, he is filming today, so there is some element of his presence that will show up in the first season.

Q: Did you always plan to have Linderman die so quickly?
Kring: Yeah. That was another thing I said. I really felt like we wanted to, again, this is all part of jumping on board in the second season, knowing that there were new villains and new bad guys. I looked at Linderman as almost like a Bond villain. The Bond movies always have somebody new and interesting, so Linderman was our first. He was our Goldfinger, our Dr. No.

Q: Where's Ando right now?
Kring: Ando is pining away for his friend to return.

Q: Will James Kyson Lee get a regular status?
Kring: We're in discussions about that.

Q: Will Christopher Eccleston be back?
Kring: We love Christopher Eccleston. He's a very busy working actor and we absolutely would love to have him back and it's really about finding the time to work him in.

Q: What advice would you give other producers after this experience?
Kring: I gotta tell you, when they say that something can't be done in terms of size and scale and scope, there's a lot of ways to skin the cat if you really think about it. Now we had going for us a production that was born out of an existing show with "Crossing Jordan," people that we'd worked with and a shorthand. It's very hard to just grab an entire crew from startup and come out as fully formed as we did. But my advice again, dare to be different, dare to be bold and dare to find something that you feel is going to connect in an emotional and heartfelt way with the audience.

Q: What's your thought of "Incidental Heroes" on YouTube and MySpace?
Kring: I haven't really heard about it. I will look into it and hope my phone doesn't ring in the middle of the night sometime.

Q: What's going on with Jessica/Nikki?
Kring: Well, as you saw, that character was integrated at the end of the season so it leaves us with a sort of new beginning for that character.

Q: Does it eliminate her power or redefine it?
Kring: That you'll have to see. It will be redefined.

Q: Make things easier for DL maybe?
Kring: Again, you'll have to wait and see.

Q: Were there characters where the performances dictated what you did with the character?
Kring: Absolutely. That just happens all the time. Again, this is something I've talked about from day one that this is an organic process. You let the show speak to you as much as you speak to it. In a very specific way, I've used this example before, Jack Coleman had six lines of dialogue in the pilot and grew to such an extent that we devoted an entire episode to him. That was in large part because of the power of Jack's presence on screen and his ability to play these competing and conflicting roles of the loving father and the ruthless killer.

Q: During hiatus, was there any thought to arcing out tentpoles of the season, and did you change anything along the way?
Kring: Absolutely, things change constantly. I will come in with an idea that I've had from day one about where we're going to go by Season Three, and I think it's the greatest idea in the world and after four days of people talking about it, it's the stupidest thing that everybody ever heard. The writer's room is a kind of giant democratic messy free for all. Ideas get changed and morph constantly in there. That's not to say that there are certain things that we've stuck to and certain ideas we've kept all the way along.

Q: Did you bring in any new writers this season?
Kring: It's almost exclusively the same staff. We lost Brian Fuller to his own pilot and we brought in two new, a writing team, the Blake sisters. And J.J. Philpin has joined us as well so we've filled out a little bit.

Q: You brought the ensemble together. Are you splitting them up again?
Kring: Yes. We start with them apart again. That's always been the fun, I felt, of the show and some of the secret of the show is the guessing and the predicting and the discussion about how these disparate characters are going to find their way back to each other's lives. I think that's a big chunk of what the show's success is.

Q: Will we see any characters like Claire's mom come back?
Kring: Oh yes, absolutely. The smaller characters that were met along the way, some have greater significance in the second season.

Q: What was the theme of Season 1 and what's 2 and what's the difference?
Kring: The theme of season one was just this idea of interconnectivity, that somehow these disparate characters were all interconnected and this idea of people coming together, ordinary people coming together to do something great. And there were the themes of hope and regeneration of the world that I think connect with people. Again, the themes of the second season are still some of those themes because they're inherent in the premise of the show. But in a more specific way, as I said, the theme of the second season is about the idea of generations, the idea of having to clean up the mess that was left behind which I think is a very important theme right now in terms of globally, in terms of environmentally. There are some environmental themes that we're going to deal with and we will not be blowing up any cities, or attempting to blow up.

Q: Is there any way to work Comic-Con into the show, film something there?
Kring: [Thinks about it] Interesting. We hadn't really thought about that. For us, filming someplace else is a big logistical nightmare. There are all sorts of legal things and zonal issues with unions and all that kind of stuff. We have a zone in LA and when we go out of that zone, there has to be all sorts of things kick in.

Q: Would you like to if you could?
Kring: Yeah, it's a cool idea. I hadn't really thought about filming at the Comic-Con convention. Again, the logistical issue with crowd control and all of that that I'm sure you'd have to deal with.

Q: The fans would support you.
Kring: I bet they would. I gotta tell you, that's an interesting idea.

Q: Would you like to do bigger swordfights after Hiro's training?
Kring: Oh yeah. All that training and all the sword discussions were part of trying to build a basis of knowledge for him so that he can enter into those kind of scenes. And Masi himself is really quite good with a sword.

Q: Where is Feudal Japan, where are you filming?
Kring: Feudal Japan is within 50 miles of here and various locations in Northern... Santa Monica Mountains, some north valley. As I said, we're keeping it a very rural story. We're not trying to depict a city in Feudal Japan.

Q: Three volumes potentially, are you working in three finales?
Kring: The idea is actually to do smaller finales so that we don't have to carry the burden of having every single character come together to do this great thing. We'll build to certain mysteries that feel like they need to be solved and things will be solved and other ones will kind of straggle along, as with many volumes of books and comic books.

Q: Could one volume focus on certain characters while others focus on others?
Kring: That's right.

Q: Is anyone complaining they don't have any work?
Kring: No, no, no. Everybody still gets woven in. It's just that the cliffhanger aspect or the finale aspect may not involve them as much as some of the other people.

Q: Is there something we should be asking you that we're not?
Kring: No, I think these are all exactly the right questions. We left so many mysteries, we solved lots of things and resolved lots of things. We left people's fates up in the air and those are questions that I fully expect and fully cannot commit to.

Q: Casting a Japanese pop star?
Kring: Well, she auditioned and she was terrific so it was really not about chasing that actress. It was about her becoming available and auditioning.

Q: There will be a lot of fans not getting into your Comic-Con panel. Will you do something for them online?
Kring: We're obviously going to have to. I can't stress enough what a soft spot we have for these fans and how much it means to us to go down there. So if there is a heads up that there is going to be an issue, we need to figure out how to deal with that.

Q: Maybe monitors in the hall.
Kring: I will take this to heart because there are several people right now logistically looking, who are very involved with the Comic-Con presentation. The last thing we want to come out of there with is any sort of dark cloud that we didn't please people.

Q: If you show clips, can you put it on
Kring: They're going to have to figure out how to make this presentation available to people in some way, shape or form I'd imagine.

Q: In Japan, etc. are they downloading from
Kring: I don't believe they can download from I think there is a filter block. It is not available on if you're not in the United States. People who are downloading it are downloading it from websites, bit torrents. That's where they're getting it but not from

Q: Is there a way to address that and get some revenue?
Kring: I think NBC is looking into all of that. Clearly, that's a concern. The piracy of any material is a big concern for a company like NBC and there is obviously a double-edged sword to this because while it does eat into the revenue, it also creates tremendous buzz with people to be able to find the show. It's this kind of double-edged sword.

venerdì 29 giugno 2007

MAME 32 PLUS PLUS 0.116U3 BUILD 29.06.2007 + KAILLERA

Mame32 Plus Plus 0.116u3 GCCコンパイル(2007.06.29) + KAILLERA

leave a msg for problems :)


"CPS3 Emulator Preview 3 Test version Posted by ElSemi 28/06/07

This is a preview version of my CPS3 emulator. Here you
can see the current work-in-progress state of the emulation.

New features emulated:
Palette fadein/out
Sean stage special tile compression
Proper sprite/tilemap alignment
Proper priority handling

The CPS3 emulation is almost complete. Only the shadow/blending
emulation is missing. There is a preliminary emulation for it
that works partially with the shadows, but is not correct in some
other places (warzard sword effects for example).

I've added savestates support. To make a savestate, first select
the slot with CTRL+number (in the main keyboard, not in the keypad)
then press F11 twice (it's done that way so you don't accidentally
delete a working state). To load a savestate, select the slot and
then press F10.

I've added an option to set a custom fullscreen resolution in the
.ini file (FullScreenWidth,FullScreenHeight). You must enable
it setting Video->Fullscreen Resolution->Custom. Using a resolution
that is not supported by your video card will cause the emulator to

  • CPS3 Emulator Test Version 3. I'm not including the MultiCPU version as it causes some graphics glitches and if you have a dual core CPU,
    then you have enough power to run the standard version. "

mercoledì 27 giugno 2007

Heroes: Novel 39

Chapter 39 - BETTY PART ONE

In silence she waits for the time to strike.

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martedì 26 giugno 2007


Latest Mame++ 32 Working on kaillera (25 june build) with Haze's driver, almost 100% graphic bug free ;)

Leave a Comment for problems or if you want to play on net ;)

venerdì 22 giugno 2007

Emulazione CPS3 : ci siamo!

Ebbene si!!!
Dopo anni e anni di pazienza , CPS3 E' STATO DECRIPTATO, ed e' possibile giocare molto bene gia' ora :D
Aspettavo questo giorno da tantissimo tempo, non ho parole.

Ovviamente l'emulazione non e' ARCADE Perfect: c'e' qualche problema negli sprite, nei suoni
ma, mi sbilancio, il gameplay e' gia' abbastanza onesto

Bisogna aspettare le release delle prossime settimane, ma la cosa importante e' che da ora la strada e' totalmente in discesa ;)

Che fra un mese o due sara' possibile farli girare PERFETTAMENTE senza Desynchs su Kaillera?
non vedo l'ora!

Ecco la lista dei titoli CPS3:

Street Fighter III 3rd Strike : Fight for the Future
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike : Fight for the Future
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike : Fight for the Future
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike : Fight for the Future
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike : Fight for the Future

Warzard / Red Earth
Warzard / Red Earth
Warzard / Red Earth
Warzard / Red Earth

JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken Miraie no Isan / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken Miraie no Isan / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken Miraie no Isan / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken / JoJo's Venture
JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken / JoJo's Venture
JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken / JoJo's Venture

Mancano ovviamente i primi 2 Street Fighter III, ma con il 3rd strike e' inutile citarli ;)

Per informazioni e discussione su COME e DOVE , usate i commenti :) vi rispondero'.

giovedì 21 giugno 2007

Heroes: Novel 38


Memories hidden like jewels in the field.

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Heroes: Exclusive News

From to Herc's story
“Heroes” will not air during May sweeps next year. It will conclude its second season in mid-April, series mastermind Tim Kring said at a Thursday-morning press conference in Hollywood.

The six-episode miniseries spinoff “Heroes: Origins” will air over six consecutive weeks in late April and May - after “Heroes” airs its second-season finale, explained Kring.

Kring also confirmed that “Origins” – which will be set in the "Heroes" universe and deal with a new superpowered individual every week - will be an anthology series, a rarity in modern broadcast network television.

Kring said scripting on "Origins" had not yet begun, and that he did not yet know which, if any, of the "Heroes" regulars would appear in the spinoff.

NBC last month ordered 24 second-season episodes of “Heroes.” Kring said the series would not air a new episode every week this season, but its breaks would be far shorter than the big break that split season one down the middle.

“Heroes” started shooting its second season two days ago, but Kring claimed the presence at the press conference of Santiago Cabrera (Isaac Mendez), Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins), Zachary Quinto (Gabriel “Sylar” Grey), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) did not mean any of their characters would necessarily survive into season two.

Grunberg did, however, let slip that he was already back at work on the show.

The Thursday press conference was designed to announce a series of late-summer promotional events being billed as “The Heroes World Tour.”

“The Heroes World Tour,” underwritten by Nissan (which also sponsored NBC’s original airing of the series’ pilot and provided a memorable piece of product placement in season one), will take members of the cast to at least seven cities in seven countries – Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Munich, Paris, London and New York – to promote the release of the series’ first season on DVD and HD-DVD. The week-long tour will kick off Aug. 28, the day the season-one sets hit shelves.

During the conference’s Q&A, Kring said Hiro Nakamura will remain in ancient Japan for “a handful of episodes.”

Not everyone has yet shot scenes for season two, but the actors who play the Petrelli brothers sported at the conference different looks than fans will remember from season one.

Ventimiglia’s hair is now extremely short, shorn of Peter’s trademark bangs, and Pasdar has grown a full beard. Hayden Panettiere, who plays cheerleader Claire Bennet, looks skinnier than she did last season.

Kring said every installment after episode nine on the season-one set will feature an audio commentary.

Not every cast member is expected to travel to every city on the whirlwind tour. Fans will be able to follow the tour’s progress via photos, videos and blogs linked to

From Kristin:
They're baaack!

The Heroes are back on set as of today to start work on the new fall season, and yours truly (along with about 50 other reporters) is on the set for a special announcement.

Stand by.

The entire cast is here. (Woo!) Tim Kring is here. (Double woo!) Kring announces that the Heroes DVD box set will hit stores Aug. 28, and castmembers wil embark on a "Heroes World Tour," with appearances in at least seven cities in seven countries around the world. Fans can follow their worldwide adventures on, which will include photos and blogs. Good times.

Says Kring: "The central message of Heroes always has been one of hope—the idea that people from all around the world could come together and do great things. And this project is based on those ideals."

Wait a minute...D.L. (Leonard Roberts) is not here. Ruh-roh.

Now, time for reporter Q's. "We're well into breaking the middle of the season," Kring tells us when asked what's going on in the writers' room. "We started production two days ago on the new season." He also says he might show some of the footage at Comic-Con next month.

Kring says they haven't started scripting Origins (the episodes revolving around new characters), but it is fair to describe it as an anthology series. Right now, he is not expecting any of this cast to take part. "This is our chance to tell stories about other people out there."

And how nutty is this? Kring says that Heroes will run contiguously through April, and then the Origins episodes will air in May.

When asked if anyone has done anything like this tour before, Grunberg says: "Well, The Brady Bunch went to the Grand Canyon." Awesome.

Kring says Hiro will remain in the past for "at least a few episodes." The first episode is very Claire-centric. Grunberg hasn't worked yet, but he will.

Ooh! Money Q. A reporter (who wants each actor to identify him- or herself) asks whether Nathan will survive. Says Adrian: "I'm Adrian Pasdar. I, played?... Nathan Petrelli. On this show, anything can happen. I'm very happy to be up here today, but we'll have to wait and see." Wah wah. No real answer.

The DVD will have 50 deleted scenes, commentary and the unaired 73-minute pilot.

Huge globe cake is rolled out. Looks yummy. As do (you know what's coming next, right?) Adrian (still bearded) and Milo (now with short, clean-cut hair!). And sorry, but you also can't help but notice Ali Larter, who looks as if she's done nothing all summer but exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize while doing Pilates.

Again, all the cast is here (including Santiago!), but Leonard Roberts is nowhere to be found. Poop.

They're cutting the ice cream cake, and...Gotta run and do interviews! Look for them this Monday in a Vine show near you.

From TV Squad:
The tour is focusing on season one, and also the upcoming August 28th release of the DVD box set, which includes 50 deleted scenes, commentaries, and the full 73 minute premiere episode. Cast members jetting around the world will be: Greg Grunberg, Santiago Cabrera (Isaac), Jack Coleman (Horn-Rimmed Glasses/Noah), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah, what a lucky kid!), Ali Larter (Niki/Jessica), James Kyson Lee (Ando), Masi Oka (Hiro), Hayden Panettiere (Claire), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan), and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter). Not all of the cast members will be going to each city, so maybe they're drawing straws to figure it all out. Although I'm sure you can bet on Ando and Hiro being in Tokyo.

After it was said and done, they wheeled out an enormous cake shaped like the globe, with cookies stuck in the seven cities they'll be visiting. Tim Kring chopped it up with Hiro's sword, and secured himself a good photo-op in the process in case he goes for global domination of the non-pastry type.

There were scant few tidbits and hints dropped for season two, which began filming two days ago, but we managed to get a few breadcrumbs from Tim and some of the cast members. If you don't want any spoilers, read no further!

  • According to Greg Grunberg, he begins filming today. After realizing that he'd sort of let the cat out of the bag, he said "Well, I could be on a hospital bed ... or in a coffin." Hayden joked that the entire cast would be standing around, lowering him into the ground. So, it's a pretty safe bet that he'll survive those four bullets to the chest.
  • Sylar is back as well, although c'mon ... did you doubt he would be?
  • The end of season one, with Hiro in Japan wasn't really the ending ... it was a teaser of the first scene from the first episode of season two. Hiro will be in feudal Japan for "a handful of episodes," according to Kring
  • Tim Kring envisions season two as consisting of three big story arcs.
  • Heroes: Origins is an "anthology show," which we knew. But it's not a midseason show; it will air after the season two finale, and not during sweeps. They have not yet begun writing or filming it.
  • Adrian Pasdar was sporting a full beard, and Milo Ventimiglia had an extremely short haircut. When asked if they'd be in next season, Adrian said "I played ... er ... play Nathan Petrelli." So, hrm ... very clever. Still leaves us wondering.

domenica 17 giugno 2007

Heroes: Spoilers Villain Season 2

Yes Zachary Quinto fans, Sylar will be returning to Heroes in season two. We still don’t know why there is a little cockroach crawling around when ever Sylar is at his low points though, or do we? Rumors persist that Sylar’s return will include a mentor with a few things in common with Heroes’ brain gobbling baddie.

Access Hollywood confirmed with a rep for Zach Quinto that the actor would be returning next season to reprise his role as bad guy “Sylar.” This shouldn’t come as twoo much of a surprise, however; while Sylar’s hope for becoming the leader of a post-apocalyptic world may have been run through with Hiro’s katana, the ominous villain no doubt has not lost his lust for power.

On the rumor side of things, David Anders of Alias fame is all but confirmed to play the part of next season’s central villain Kane. Kane is apparently over a thousand years old and has a lust for power that is a little more elegant than Sylar. If you believe the word on the streets, the little cockroaches that we see whenever Sylar is in trouble, well they’ve been a little more helpful than we would have ever imagines.

An anonymous source is telling BuddyTV to pay careful attention to the bugs first appearance. Sylar was successfully subdued at the Primatech facility when we first saw a cockroach scamper by, then he wasn’t. In the finale, he was run through and bleeding out and what did we see crawling near the man hold cover where he apparently made his escape? A cockroach. Hmmm. Cause for the suspicion of course.

Aside from the alleged ability to control hordes of insects, a suitably biblical power for a villain named Kane, not much is known about the new character. The good thing is, unlike LOST fans, we’ll only have to wait a few more months to find out.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer

martedì 12 giugno 2007

Heroes: Miss Universo nel Cast?

..magari !

Riyo Mori , l'attuale (bellissima) Miss Universo, spera di avere un
ruolo nell' hit-show Heroes e, a quanto pare, e' piu' di una sua speranza!
Chi scommette che la vedremo nei panni di una principessa nel giappone feudale dove Hiro e' capitato ? e magari sara' il suo "love interest" ? o magari sara' quello di Ando...
ad ogni modo : beati loro


Heroes: Novel 37


Amends for the cursed.

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mercoledì 6 giugno 2007

Heroes: Novel 36

Chapter 36

Victims are the weak.

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martedì 5 giugno 2007

Mugen. Hokuto No Ken

Dovete sapere che una mia grande passione sono i "picchiaduro", credo di aver giocato ad ogni picchiaduro 2D in circolazione e buona parte dei 3D, ovviamente i leggendari King of Fighters e Street Fighter sono i miei preferiti XD
Una cosa che ho sempre apprezzato di KOF e' che fu un enorme "Crossover" alla sua nascita:
personaggi da Fatal Fury (i leggendari fratelli Bogard, Joe Higashi... e Mai Shiranui ovviamente :sbav: o_o!) da Art of Fighting (Kyukugen karate rules! ) e, addirittura, da giochi "non picchiaduro" (Ikari Warriors , Athena...) che combattevano uno contro l'altro in un torneo per stabilire chi fosse il migliore (o per meglio dire, la squadra migliore :))
...mi ero sempre chiesto chi avrebbe vinto tra Ryu e Kyo Kusanagi o ancora tra Terry Bogard e Ken...
Beh, i piu' sanno che queste domande hanno risposta, e la risposta e' MUGEN.

MUGEN e' una piattaforma per creare picchiaduro che andava tanto qualche anno fa.
Al tempo il web era ancora poco "popolato" (si fa per dire...) e, a parte piccoli progetti, non c'era nulla di notevole per le cose cambiarono nel corso del tempo e il MUGEN, nonostante la chiusura della Electabyte (societa' che lo sviluppò), creebbe solo con i lavori degli appassionati che addirittura svilupparono una conversione per WINDOWS (che funziona anche con VISTA, per la cronaca) e la gente ebbe la possibilita' di far scontrare i propri personaggi preferiti tra loro o addirittura di crearne di nuovi e originali.

Tutto questo preambolo per mostrare una cosa che aspettavo da tempo: i personaggi del "nuovo" gioco di Hokuto No Ken ( Fist of the North Star) uscito per PS2 (In verita' era uscito per Atomis Wave nelle sale giochi da tempo...) sul MUGEN

gli Sprite sono rippati perfettamente dalla versione PS2, le mosse sono complete, il gameplay e' abbastanza fedele (per quanto MUGEN permetta)
tuttora possiedo i 4 guerrieri di Hokuto (Ken , Toki, Raoh e Jagi), non vedo l'ora di usare Rei e Shin ;)

Anyway, ecco il video test che ho fatto prima, ovvio e' solo un test non stavo giocando bene ;) ( e' pure in pratice mode lol)
non perdetevi la mossa finale nel secondo round! UATTAAAA!