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Orange To Bring Sharp 3D Android Phone To Asia And Europe


Is this finally the beginning of Japanese Android phones being made available outside their home market? Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomoyesterday announced it has inked a deal with French telco Orange to bring a Sharp Android handset to Asia and Europe.

The handset in question is a pretty nice one, the AQUOS PHONE SH80F (pictured), that Sharp introduced (together with Docomo) in Japan back in May.

In Japan, the device is called “AQUOS PHONE SH-12C” and comes with Android 2.3, two 8MP CMOS cameras, 3D video recording in 720×1280 resolution, a 4.2-inch naked-eye 3D display with 960×540 resolution, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and an HDMI connection.

I’m assuming that for the European version, Sharp will axe the infrared connection, e-wallet function, and digital TV tuner (no details yet).

Orange says they will introduce the AQUOS PHONE SH80F in France as early as October 6, before rolling it out in “Asia and Europe”. The company has over 200 million customers worldwide.

Sharp, the market leader in Japan’s mobile market (over 25% share), has been talking about exporting its handsets for years.

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3D Feature Film release schedule


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3D Feature release schedule (see the original list here.)

Title (click to view) Studio Release Date
The Three Musketeers (2011) Sum. 10/21/11
Puss in Boots P/DW 11/4/11
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas WB (NL) 11/4/11
Immortals Rela. 11/11/11
Happy Feet Two WB 11/18/11
Arthur Christmas (in 3D) Sony 11/23/11
Hugo Par. 11/23/11
Piranha 3DD W/Dim. 11/23/11
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Fox 12/16/11
The Adventures of Tintin Par. 12/21/11
The Darkest Hour Sum. 12/25/11
Stretch Armstrong Uni. 2012
Underworld Awakening SGem 1/20/12
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB 2/10/12
Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Sony 2/17/12
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni. 3/2/12
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Par. 3/2/12
John Carter BV 3/9/12
Wrath of the Titans WB 3/30/12
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D) Sony 3/30/12
The Avengers (2012) BV 5/4/12
MIB 3 (in 3-D) Sony 5/25/12
Madagascar 3 P/DW 6/8/12
Prometheus Fox 6/8/12
Jack the Giant Killer WB (NL) 6/15/12
Brave BV 6/22/12
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Fox 6/22/12
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony 7/3/12
Ice Age: Continental Drift (in 3-D) (tentative title) Fox 7/13/12
Step Up 4 Sum. 8/10/12
ParaNorman Focus 8/17/12
Resident Evil 5 SGem 9/14/12
Hotel Transylvania (in 3D) Sony 9/21/12
Dredd LGF 9/21/12
Frankenweenie BV 10/5/12
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D LGF 10/5/12
Halloween 3D W/Dim. 10/26/12
Wreck-It Ralph BV 11/2/12
Rise of the Guardians P/DW 11/21/12
47 Ronin Uni. 11/21/12
Gravity WB 11/21/12
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB 12/14/12
Life of Pi Fox 12/21/12
Planet B-Boy (3D) SGem 1/25/13
Oz: The Great and Powerful BV 3/8/13
The Croods P/DW 3/22/13
Leafmen Fox 5/24/13
Monsters University BV 6/21/13
Pacific Rim WB 7/12/13
The Smurfs 2 Sony 8/2/13
Untitled Henry Selick Film BV 10/4/13
The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs BV 11/27/13
The Hobbit: There and Back Again WB 12/13/13
Walking with Dinosaurs Fox 12/20/13
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (3D) Sony 5/2/14
The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind BV 5/30/14
Truckers (working title) P/DW TBD
Super Secret Ghost Project (untitled as of yet) P/DW TBD
Friday the 13th Part 2 in 3D WB TBD

Data & Analytics Project

The Storytelling Cipher: Mapping Precise Story and Character Mechanics to Box Office Returns

Our Data & Analytics Project held “The Storytelling Cipher: Mapping Stories & Characters to Box Office Revenue” Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

This study leverages the Dramatic taxonomy of film narrative to infer which scene-level character and story attributes generate more box office returns, by genre. We are extending this study to ads and movie trailers.

The project researchers used machine learning to map 70+ story attributes for 300 films to their box office returns to extract which story mechanics or character features in film generated the most revenue. This was the first time granular story and character mechanics have been used to predict box office returns, which opens up many avenues to make more data-driven creative and development decisions throughout the industry.

What’s a good story? The question has been hanging without a scientific answer since the dawn of man. It seems that a story’s lack of clear mathematical structure and universal taxonomy would relegate such classification of stories to the qualitative – and highly subjective- empire of critics and … people.

Until now.

The event presented results from the research, discussed applications for the development and creative process, and outlined next steps.

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