Tuesday, November 29, 2011
CNN.com has posted a Hot Holiday list and the new Robotech Box Set from A&E Home Video has made the cut.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 4:21 PM
New Generation™ presents the era of the Third Robotech War on Earth, starting with the resistance fighters' struggle to rid their world of the Invid invaders:
- Rules for using mecha, power armor and technology from all four eras of Robotech.
- Kit-bashed mecha and rules for jury-rigging and combining parts from different generations of mecha.
- Freedom Fighter O.C.C.s and resistance organizations.
- Rogues and misfits from the three Robotech Wars.
- New weapons, vehicles, mecha and more.
- Villains, traitors, bandits, Invid henchmen, adventure and adventure ideas galore.
- Written by Kevin Siembieda and Irvin Jackson.
- A standard, 8 1/2 x 11 sourcebook.
- 96 pages - Cat. No. 554. Final page count and price may be subject to change.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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From the New York Times
The star of Saturday’s press briefing was Masao Yoshida, the manager of the plant and a man now revered for his stamina over months of grueling, and often dispiriting, work.
During the briefing, he mainly stuck to the message that Tepco was hoping to deliver: “I have no doubt the reactors have been stabilized,” he said. But in an echo of the plainspokenness that won the admiration of Naoto Kan, the prime minister at the peak of the crisis, he added a note of caution: “There is still danger.”
That view is shared by many nuclear experts, who say serious challenges remain.
The biggest is the fact that the company does not know the exact condition of the fuel within the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors, whose cores appear to have melted through the inner containment vessels.
“Cold shutdown is an indication that the accident phase is over,” said Akira Tokuhiro, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Idaho in Idaho Falls, “but the next phase of cleaning up will take more than 20 years.”
During the plant tour, the bus kept moving at the most contaminated areas near the base of the reactors to limit the time there and, thus, the radiation exposure. As it did, a radiation detector on the bus jumped to 300 microsieverts per hour — high enough to reach the annual recommended maximum dosage in just over three hours.
The only humans visible in the plant were groups of workers in white hazmat suits and red or yellow hard hats. They appeared oddly out of place among the quiet pine forests over much of the plant’s grounds, populated still by dragonflies.
One worker, Hiroyuki Shida, 57, said conditions in the plant had greatly improved with new comforts like a workers’ lounge and a place to eat.
“The mood inside Fukushima Daiichi is totally different now,” said Mr. Shida, who monitors contaminated waste. “Now, radiation levels aren’t so high outside the buildings. But they are still high within the reactor buildings. And there are hot spots, so we have to be careful.”
That caution was on full display at the only building within the plant where protective clothing is not needed. Visiting journalists passed through a series of rooms where teams of workers systematically cut off the layers of protective clothing with scissors. The discarding is done in stages to limit contamination; booties come off in one room, the full body suit in another.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 9:31 PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
For our Latin American fans: some alternate bonus scenes from the new Spanish-language DVD of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, now on sale from AVH in Argentina (and coming to Mexico in December from En Pantalla / On Screen Films).
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 6:00 AM
Monday, November 7, 2011
Two more contests for the Robotech DVD box set from A&E Home Entertainment are online.
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Posted by Kevin McKeever at 2:43 PM
Kevin Siembieda takes to the Megaverse forums to update fans on the Robotech: The New Generation RPG.
We have two books in full swing, final production.
Rifts® Path of the Storm – One writer’s vision of the Rifts® Movie is almost done. It is going into layout phase this weekend. ALL we are waiting for is the cover and final art. It should go to the printer next week. This is really a fun product that is a good read, provides behind the scenes info at Palladium Books as well as the creative process, and presents game stats for key characters and ideas for adventure. I think people are going to love this book. 96 pages and only $12.95 retail.
Robotech® New Generation Sourcebook should see final layout and go to the printer by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week. Approvals have been coming in from Harmony Gold all day. We’re not certain if we’ll really see ALL approvals by tonight as promised, but they are coming in at a good clip and we are hopeful.
It is very exciting to have two books get so close to being sent to the printer.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:31 PM
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Sunset 5 Theater in Fall of 2006
Five years ago in the fall of 2006, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles screened at the Lammle Sunset 5 as part of the LA Korean Film Festival. The theatre has long been king of the LA indie film scene and often the competiion to get films booked into the theater was fierce. Five years later the LA Times is reporting that a 20 year reign is ending.
It's the end of an era for a West Hollywood movie house that has been a mainstay of the independent cinema scene for the last 20 years.
Laemmle Theatres will stop operating the Sunset 5 at the end of the month after being unable to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease.
Fans line up for the screening of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles in the fall of 2006.Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas will take over the five-screen complex Dec. 1 and will temporarily close it for renovations, with plans to reopen in late spring. This marks the entry of Westlake Village-based exhibitor into the Los Angeles area. Sundance Cinemas operates theaters in Madison, Wis., San Francisco and Houston.
Although the Sunset 5 will remain operational, the loss of Laemmle as its programmer marks a significant shift for the independent film business in the Los Angeles area. Filmmakers such as Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen"), Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects") and Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters") had their films premiere at the movie house on Sunset Boulevard near Crescent Heights.
Robotech fans pack the inside one of the theatres!"I've seen so many inspiring films at the Sunset 5 -- movies you couldn't see anywhere else," Hardwicke said. "Then I got lucky and my directorial debut, 'Thirteen,' screened there. It was a real honor to do a Q&A in this iconic indie theatre. I even had a heckler in a fake beard and mustache and a stalker chick that made her own fliers for the screening. I'll miss the Laemmle vibe, but I'm glad to hear that the theater will reopen in the spring."
Over the years, the programming for the theater became more of a challenge as first-rate art house titles were attracted to higher-end cinemas in the area, specifically Pacific Theatres at the Grove, which took over the location in late 2002; the Arclight Hollywood, which opened in 2003; and the Landmark Theatres on Pico Boulevard, which launched in 2007.
“Ever since the Arclight and the Grove opened, we lost some attendance,"
While its a good thing Sundance is taking over it is a downer to see this era end. At least we can say Robotech was part of this great era of indie film in Los Angeles!said Greg Laemmle, president of Laemmle Theatres. “We still had hit films such as ‘Monster’ [starring Charlize Theron] and ‘Half Nelson’ [starring Ryan Gosling] along the way. But we started seeing fewer and fewer of them. Distributors were under pressure to get into the Arclight.”
A whole bunch of new reviews have come in for the new Robotech DVD Box Set from A&E Home
Entertainment. Here they are!
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 10:06 AM
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Coming November 11th! The Pacific Media Expo's groundbreaking Anime Nightclub program to host a roast of Robotech’s Richard Epcar with a special discount for Robotech.com members!
ROBOTECH.com fans can get an additional $5 off per person by entering the coupon code Q6TD6 at the start of registration, so $11/person is possible with both discounts.
For more information, go to http://PacificMediaExpo.com/info/nightclub.html
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 10:35 AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Here is a excerpt of a must read review.
Macross isn’t anymore adult than Robotech is. If you believe that Macross is, then your deluding yourself. The same loss of life, love relationships occur in both series. As a watcher of Robotech and Macross, I wouldn’t say Robotech or Macross is more mature then the other. That would be silly. I do say that Macross isn’t as deep as Robotech is. Carl Macek took three series ranging from good to just OK and made them deeper by linking them together on the common element of Protoculture. Macross would have probably flopped here in America if it was released in 1984.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 4:00 PM