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Audiences in China will be treated to a special Chinese version of Marvel’s Iron Man the studio announced today. This special version will include a special appearance by China’s top actress Fan Bingbing as well as bonus features specially created for Chinese audiences. Both versions of the film will star renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi as well as footage filmed in Beijing last December. According to insiders, these bonus scenes will likely appear on the Blu-ray and DVD release of Iron Man 3 in the future. DMG will release the film in China.
Directed by Shane Black, the third installment in the Marvel superhero’s adventures stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 will open in most territories on 3 May 3. The film features vfx by Cinesite, Digital Domain, Framestore, Fuel, Luma Pictures, Method Studios and Weta Digital, among others.
Here’s the film’ s official synopsis:
“Marvel and DMG’s Iron Man 3 pits Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”
Valencia, Calif,-based California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has partnered with online course platform Coursera to offer a variety of free massive open online courses (MOOC) to students all over the world. Three CalArts’ classes will launch in Fall 2013: Introduction to Programming for Digital Artists, taught by Ajay Kapur, Ph.D, Director: Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design (MTIID) at CalArts; Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works, led by Dean of CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Stephan Koplowitz; and Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers, with CalArts’ Provost and Faculty in the School of Art Jeannene Przyblyski, Ph.D.
“It is our goal at Coursera to offer our students a rich variety of academic opportunities,” said Coursera co-founder, Andrew Ng. “As an institution focused solely on the arts, CalArts provides a unique roster of rigorous arts-based courses that are now accessible to students globally.”
“We are deeply gratified to be the first arts institution included in Coursera’s selection of top universities,” said CalArts president Steven Lavine. “As an internationally renowned school of the visual and performing arts, developing the creativity of individual students is a key to the CalArts education—and Coursera, the premiere innovator in its field, is the ideal partner for extending our reach to students around the globe. Creativity is a key to success in today’s world and we can now offer students far beyond our campus the ability to hone and develop their own creative problem-framing and problem-solving skills.”
Those who successfully complete CalArts’ Coursera offerings will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. Coursera classes are open to all students and free of charge. Students can now register for classes at www.coursera.org.
TUESDAY Feb. 12, 2013 — A frisky 9-month old Labrador-beagle mix named Klondike could hold the secret to how to preserve endangered species of foxes or wolves.
That’s because Klondike is the first canid pup born from a frozen embryo in the Western Hemisphere, according to researchers at Cornell University. Canids encompass species such as dogs, foxes and wolves.
In the study, researchers from Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, artificially inseminated a beagle using sperm from a Labrador. The resulting embryos were frozen and implanted into another beagle.
Nine months ago, the surrogate mother gave birth to Klondike, the first puppy born from a frozen embryo in the Western Hemisphere.
The researchers pointed out that timing the transfer of frozen canine embryos is particularly difficult since dogs are able to sustain a pregnancy only once or twice a year.
“Reproduction in dogs is remarkably different than in other mammals,” explained Alex Travis, Baker faculty member and director of Cornell’s campus-wide Center for Wildlife Conservation, in a Cornell news release.
This type of frozen embryo technology may someday help protect endangered canids, such as the red wolf, he added.
Cryopreservation, the process of freezing materials such as fertilized eggs, could help scientists repopulate these animals before they become extinct
“We’re working to understand these differences so we can tackle issues ranging from developing contraceptives to preserving the genetic diversity of endangered animals through assisted reproduction,” Travis explained.
The research was funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Cornell’s Baker Institute and the Smithsonian Institution.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on assisted reproductive technologies.
Posted: February 2013
Leningrad Cowboys together with Anima Vitae, one of the leading animation studios in Nordic countries have released an animated holiday short film titled Dog’Y’Dog Christmas. This short centers on the busy days leading to Christmas Eve and how Christmas spirit is best found by working together with others.
“It felt natural to base the story in New York,” says Sakke Järvenpää, the lead singer of the Leningrad Cowboys. “The hectic, Christmassy Metropolis contrasted with the serenity and tranquility of the Holiday Season created a fascinating setting for the film.”
The band has fond memories of the city, including performances at MTV USA Video Music Awards in Radio City Music Hall and at the legendary CBGB club, as well as filming scenes for their movie Leningrad Cowboys Go America.
The short film Dog’Y’Dog Christmas introduces a new animation and game character Dog’Y’Dog, a young and curious dog hurling around Manhattan in an effort to create himself a cozy Christmas Eve. Leningrad Cowboys’ version of Christmas in Hollis plays a major role in the film.
“I wanted to use this short and fun film to remind people about how joyful it is to begin a shared Christmas celebration even while working hard for creating the Christmas Eve experience for yourself and your family,” adds the director of the film, Luca Bruno of Anima Vitae, the studio behind the movies Niko: The Flight Before Christmas and Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble.
Leningrad Cowboys became world known from the 1989 Aki Kaurismäki movie Leningrad Cowboys Go America. This cult band famous for their outrageous vintage hairpieces and long, pointy shoes, has toured over 60 countries and performed over thousand gigs. Their latest feat is the album Buena Vodka Social Club from 2011 www.leningradcowboys.fi.
Check out the holiday short: