Fox Home Entertainment teamed up with Snapchat on a unique way to tie in the home video release of Bohemian Rhapsody with Super Bowl LIII.“A lot will happen around the Super Bowl from a marketing point of view,” Fox Home Entertainment executive vice president and co-head of marketing James Finn said.“We wanted to do something distinct.Snap is a great partner of ours, and we work with them often.”Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of iconic rock band Queen, and Finn pointed out, “Sports and Queen will always be connected,” noting the frequency of songs like We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions and Another One Bites the Dust being heard at sporting events.Snap Inc. head of entertainment business solutions Amber Buhl concurred, saying, “It doesn’t hurt to have three extremely popular songs that fit perfectly with the Super Bowl on Sunday.”
Taco Tuesday may have left Bricksville an apocalyptic wasteland, with cutesy hyper-intelligent aliens threatening to destroy anything left — but at least they’ve got Frappuccinos!The first trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is here, and it’s definitely awesome.The Lego Movie 2 takes place five years after the events of the first film.Bricksville has become a Mad Max: Fury Road-style wasteland, but Emmet (Chris Pratt) can’t help but smile.In pops an alien, who takes Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and some of her friends to a far-off land, including a galaxy where everything is a musical.It’s up to Emmet and his slowly dying houseplant to save them.
The Queen saw the funny side of being shown an exhibition of paintings collected by Charles I – as many of the works were from the Royal Collection.When the monarch was reminded by Royal Academy of Arts (RA) president Christopher Le Brun it was effectively her artworks on display, she laughed.The Queen’s tour came when she opened a major redevelopment at the institution, based at Burlington House in central London, which has expanded into Burlington Gardens, a property behind it.The paintings are part of the RA exhibition Charles I: King And Collector which reunites 140 items acquired and commissioned during his reign for the first time since the 17th century.After viewing the new redevelopment created by architect Sir David Chipperfield, Mr Le Brun made the monarch laugh when he told invited guests: “I’ve just had rather a unique experience, Her Majesty came to see the Charles I exhibition, I was effectively ma’am showing you your own paintings – it does look really wonderful.”The president gave his speech from a room in the new re-development, the former headquarters of the University of London which is now linked to its neighbour and will provide extra space for exhibitions and displays.
NGO Project Nanhi Kali and WATConsult, part of Dentsu Aegis Network India, launched a campaign titled ‘Powerless Queen’ to raise awareness about the game of chess.The campaign features Tania Sachdev, an Indian chess player who holds The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE, also known as World Chess Federation) title of The International Master and The Woman Grandmaster.She is seen delivering the campaign message through a video where she speaks about how the 'Queen’ is the most powerful piece in the game of chess.The idea is to show that the two-player strategy board game once originated in India in the 6th Century but still those very ‘Queens’ stand powerless and violated in 21st century India.Sheetal Mehta, trustee and executive director, Project Nanhi Kali and K. C. Mahindra Education Trust, said: "We support campaigns that give out a message about the importance of ensuring equality for women and it is a win-win situation given our objective is to educate and empower girls.”Tania Sachdev is also challenging people to play the digital version of the Chess game on the microsite by taking the ‘Powerless Queen Challenge’.
One of the most iconic musicians of the modern era, Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury will be the focal point of the upcoming band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, with Mr.Robot star Rami Malek portraying the multifaceted singer, songwriter, and producer widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.Set to be directed by X-Men franchise veteran Bryan Singer from a script penned by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), Bohemian Rhapsody will chronicle the period between the band’s formation in the 1970s and Mercury’s tragic death in 1991, with Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as producers on the film.With Bohemian Rhapsody now scheduled to hit theaters December 25, 2018, here’s everything we know about the film so far.The first photo of Malek as Freddie Mercury was released in September 2017, on what would have been Mercury’s 71st birthday.The photo was posted by Entertainment Weekly, and Malek indicated that achieving a visual similarity to the famously recognizable singer went a long way toward giving him the confidence to portray Mercury on the screen.
It s likely that a majority of us associate Queen s Bohemian Rhapsody with the classic 1992 hit movie Wayne s World.Whether or not that might make late lead singer Freddie Mercury turn in his grave, a new Queen-backed interpretation gives fans a new way to experience and remember the song.Yes, you heard that right: it s a virtual reality representation of the song, and is being dubbed as a journey through frontman Freddie Mercury s subconscious mind.Guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May appears to have spearheaded the project on the band s side, and he recently demoed a prototype of the game at Google I/O.Because even 40 years later — or whatever it is — it still sounds innovative.But the framework is Freddie s incredible imagination.
Today, September 5, 2016, would have been Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury s 70th birthday.In honour of this, his bandmate Brian May has announced an asteroid is being named after the rockstar.Asteroid 17473, discovered in 1991 – the same year that Mercury died – will now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury, to recognise Freddie s influence in the world.The asteroid is in the main belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is around 3.5km across.When viewed from the Earth it is more than 10,000 times fainter than you can see by eye.The certificate of adoption was issued by the International Astronomical Union IAU and the Minor Planet Centre.
Today marks the 70th birthday of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and to celebrate, an asteroid nearly half a billion kilometers away has been named after the late singer—quite the gift for the man who once sang of himself as "a shooting star leaping through the sky."Queen guitar hero/astrophysicist Brian May, backed by the International Astronomical Union, announced that asteroid 17473—a 3.5km-wide ball of rubble currently located in the main Asteroid Belt between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars—will now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury, in honour of "Freddie's outstanding influence in the world."Discovered in 1991 by Belgian astronomer Henri Debehogne, the Freddiemercury asteroid loops around the sun at 20km per second.Its elliptical orbit never comes closer than 350 million kilometers to Earth, while its surface only reflects about 30 percent of the light that falls on it, making it difficult to see without the aid of a powerful telescope."It's just a dot of light," said May in a YouTube video, "but it's a very special dot of light."Queen's Brian May introduces the Freddie Mercury asteroid.
The tracker of UK record sales has released data covering the country's entire history of album numbers, revealing that Queen, Abba and the Beatles are unsurprisingly what most people buy and listen to all the time.Adele's the youngest upcomer, with her 21 earning the fourth place in the UK's all time album sales listings.It's cheating a bit to have Queen at 1 and Abba at 2 as they're both sales achieved by hit compilations rather than actual albums.It's the Beatles in 3rd position that take the best lifetime sales for a standalone record, with their going-all-serious epic Sgt.Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band selling 5.1m copies to pick up third place.Queen's Greatest Hits sold 6.1m copies, with Abba Gold on 5.2m.
The tracker of UK record sales has released data covering the country's entire history of album numbers, revealing that Queen, Abba and the Beatles are unsurprisingly what most people buy and listen to all the time.Adele's the youngest upcomer, with her 21 earning the fourth place in the UK's all time album sales listings.It's cheating a bit to have Queen at 1 and Abba at 2 as they're both sales achieved by hit compilations rather than actual albums.It's the Beatles in 3rd position that take the best lifetime sales for a standalone record, with their going-all-serious epic Sgt.Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band selling 5.1m copies to pick up third place.Queen's Greatest Hits sold 6.1m copies, with Abba Gold on 5.2m.
Image: Copyright London Stereoscopic CompanyQueen guitarist Brian May is an enthusiast for stereo imagery, the Victorian-era 3D craze for viewing photos through a stereoscope in order to be awed by the illusion of depth in static images.May's put his money where his eyes are, operating the London Stereoscopic Company to promote the technology.As the video below shows, May's OWL Virtual Reality Kit looks an awful lot like a Google Cardboard, but done in plastic with better handles and without even a hint of a head strap.For those of us who don't seek out such content, Google Cardboard viewers are now regularly popping up as trade show freebies.For what it is worth, your correspondent recently used a branded Cardboard to watch Bill Gates chat with Neal Stephenson to discuss his latest novel, Seveneves.The experience left me feeling decidedly odd for an hour or two and wishing I had a virtual nose.
Legendary Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May launches his own VR smartphone viewer - the Owl VR Kit.Unveiled on 24 May at Dolby's European headquarters in London, the Owl Virtual Reality Kit is designed by his London Stereoscopic Company which sells modern versions of the Victorian era's stereographic viewers.The Owl viewer features a fully collapsible high-grade polypropylene frame that snaps into shape and includes a pair of optical lenses on one end, a magnetic strip on the other and an adjustable focus.Although the viewer's open stage does not shut out surrounding light to allow for a more immersive VR experience, the London Stereoscopic Company says it gives viewers full access to the smartphone's controls and the headphone socket.May said the experience he would most like to share with the world via VR is the "Buckingham Palace" event when he played God Save the Queen on the palace rooftop during the Queen's Golden Jubilee concert in 2002."You'll feel like you can touch and hear and interact with them.
Brian May is many things: lead guitarist of Queen, lover of badgers, and astrophysicist.The new polypropylene-formed device is actually an update to a device that s existed since 2008, but that one used static cards that the viewer could peer at through a pair of lenses.The new version of the Owl Stereoscope unfolds to place a pair of lenses at one end, and a magnetic panel at the other.A magnetic strip attaches to your phone, allowing the device to hold it in place.First, it has adjustable focus, which you can make use of by simply sliding the panel holding the phone back and forth, which will come in handy if your eyes don t quite match up with the device.That means you can interact with your phone while using it as a VR viewer, but does means that it s rather less immersive as you see ambient light, too.
If you are a fan of the rock band Queen, you will recognize the name Brian May as the guitarist for the band.Being a rock star isn t all that May is up to, he is also an astrophysicist and owns a company called the London Stereoscopic Company that makes something called the Owl Stereo Viewer.May and his company have now rolled out a new product called the Owl VR Smartphone Kit that turns the existing Owl Stereo Viewer into a smartphone holding VR headset.The adapter allows the viewer to hold a smartphone and the works is made from polypropylene with a design that allows it to collapse down to a thin profile for storage and portability.The Owl VR Smartphone Kit also has optical lenses and fully adjustable focus so every user can arrange the device for ideal viewing of side-by-side 3D images.Plus, with the apps that are available for smartphones, it s now possible to take your own 3-D images and enjoy them instantly using this simple OWL Kit."
Queen lead guitarist, astrophysicist and lifelong stereoscopics obsessive Brian May has released his own virtual reality device – a handheld, smartphone-based VR headset called the Owl VR.May is the founder of the London Stereoscopic Company, a business venture selling modernised Victorian-era stereoscopes and viewing cards.There's a certain quirk factor about the Owl beyond its inventor, though.It doesn't surround the eyes, meaning that while ambient light can spoil the view the lights were turned off during the demonstration to optimise the experience – a 3D, cartoon music video of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody , viewers can still access their phones controls without fiddling around with openings and flaps.What looks like a large fridge magnet holds the phone in place but this simple solution has a long-term drawback – the adhesive will wear out easily if transferred between phones.The Owl will cost £25 when it launches next month, although compared to the £15 Cardboard, it's pretty flamboyant.
The OWL stereo viewer was launched by May's London Stereoscopic society in 2009 and uses the Victorian technology of stereoscopy simply combining two images shot from different angles to create one image with the illusion of depth to allow users to view 3D images printed on cards.May explained why virtual reality was an obvious next step for his OWL project: " Virtual reality just came out of the woodwork.As May would explain, the £25 viewer is about comfort as much as anything else.Asked whether he saw a dark side to the emerging tech, he explained: "I think there is a darkness to it.There's a darkness to lots of things though."You could perhaps be with your loved ones, maybe they died years ago and you can still be with them and among them.
Brian May is many things: Lead guitarist of Queen, lover of badgers, and astrophysicist.The new polypropylene device is actually an update to a device that s existed since 2008, but that one used static cards that the viewer could peer at through a pair of lenses.The new version of the Owl Stereoscope unfolds to place a pair of lenses at one end and a magnetic panel at the other.A magnetic strip attaches to your phone, allowing the device to hold it in place.First, it has adjustable focus, which you can make use of by simply sliding the panel holding the phone back and forth—handy if your eyes don t quite match up with the device.That means you can interact with your phone whilst using it as a VR viewer, but does means that it s rather less immersive as you see ambient light, too.
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