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Photo Gallery: Transformers Ride Soft-Opens at Universal Studios Florida

May 31, 2013
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Photo Gallery: Transformers Ride Soft-Opens at Universal Studios Florida

Transformers The Ride 3-D isn't scheduled to officially open at Universal Studios Florida until June 20th, but between 7:15 and 8pm last night a limited number of visitors were allowed to experience the $100 million virtual-reality ride. This was the first of many anticipated “soft-open” technical rehearsals for the new attraction, which should continue...
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Photo Gallery: Universal Orlando Announces Transformers Ride for Summer 2013

November 2, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Universal Orlando Announces Transformers Ride for Summer 2013

Last night, Universal Studios Florida let the least uncertain cat since Schroedeger's out of the bag, and finally admitted that the massive structure under construction in the middle of the park is indeed the future home of Transformers: The Ride. Theme park industry insiders have been predicting for months that the rapidly advancing (but...
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Photo Gallery: 2012 Anime Festival Orlando

August 7, 2012
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Photo Gallery: 2012 Anime Festival Orlando

When I first started attending sci-fi and fantasy fan convention over 20 years ago, I could still identify almost all the Japanese animation available in the dealers' and screening rooms, and you could count the grown-ups dressed as cartoon characters on one hand. At this past weekend's 13th annual Anime Festival Orlando, I only...
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Photo Gallery: Universal’s Mysterious Soundstage 44 Project

August 2, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Universal’s Mysterious Soundstage 44 Project

A few weeks ago in Live Active Cultures, I commented on the rapid and unexpected demolition of Universal Studios Florida's long-dormant Soundstage 44 (once home to Murder, She Wrote and Hercules & Xena special effects demonstrations), and quipped that I'd lay coin on a year-round haunted house being constructed on the spot. Luckily, I...
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Universal’s Spider-Man Ride Repoens In Hi-Def

March 10, 2012
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Universal’s Spider-Man Ride Repoens In Hi-Def

When the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride debuted with the opening of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park in 1999, it instantly set a new standard for integrating 3-D imagery with motion simulation and physical effects in an an amusement attraction. Spidey (as it is known by its many fans) was widely considered the...
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Study: Movies give women laryngitis

November 22, 2011
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Study: Movies give women laryngitis

Forget those “Please don’t spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack” PSAs. The film industry has just stumbled across a great new campaign to get more beleaguered husbands and angry single guys into the theater: “The movies — where you can at least get a bitch to pipe down!” Confirming everything you’d suspected...
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Photo Gallery: Southern Pinball Festival at Maitland Civic Center

November 22, 2011
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Photo Gallery: Southern Pinball Festival at Maitland Civic Center

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the silver ball. But I ain’t seen like the Southern Pinball Festival, held last weekend inside Orlando’s Maitland Civic Center. For three days, more than five dozen pinball machines from vintage to virtual, representing the entire range of the genre, filled the mod meeting hall...
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Photo Gallery: Final Weekend of Sci-Fi Summer at Kennedy Space Center

September 6, 2011
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Photo Gallery: Final Weekend of Sci-Fi Summer at Kennedy Space Center

Thanks to budget battles battering NASA’s bottom line, the next generation may find the idea actually of sending men to the moon more unrealistic than finding giant toy robots living there. So it’s sadly fitting that NASA declared this past season, during which the space shuttle flew for the final time, the “Summer of...
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Sunday Film News Round Up — May 22nd, 2011

May 22, 2011
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Sunday Film News Round Up — May 22nd, 2011

The 64th editon of Cannes ended tonight with a fairly shocking Palme D’or winner in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, which received mixed reviews after it opened earlier in the week. And you don’t even have to wait a year to see it. It opens at the Enzian on June 17. Deadline has...
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