Conan and NMA.tv feud over knock-off Taiwanese animation

Conan O’Brien is using cheap, knock-off ‘Taiwanese animation’ on his new TBS show.

News consumers of Taiwanese animation should not be fooled. Conan relies on a press gang of American child labor to make his animated works.

NMA.tv lawyers have filed paperwork to seize Conan’s blimp as payment for the IPR violations. We will also accept as payment Andy Richter, who would make a nice addition to the Taipei Zoo.

Conan and NMA.tv feud over knock-off Taiwanese animation

Growing Up Palin: Ex-governor and family become celebrities

Guest starring Stephen Michael Brown as Gawker reporter.

Sarah Palin and her family have come a long way since Bristol got knocked up by her teenage boyfriend and Sarah was plucked from obscurity to become the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate.

Dancing With the Stars, reality TV, a new book = Sarah Palin as next US president?

… North Korea might like that.

Growing Up Palin: Ex-governor and family become celebrities

‘Ugly Betty’ actor accused of hacking mom to death

Actor Michael Brea, 31, is in custody after allegedly hacking his mother to death with a sword in their New York apartment on Tuesday. Reports said Brea snapped and nearly decapitated his mother, 55-year old Yannick Brea while holding a Bible and asking her to repent. The actor reportedly later told police he had ‘seen the devil’ in his mother.

‘Ugly Betty’ actor accused of hacking mom to death

Eva Longoria to divorce love-cheat Tony Parker

NBA sensation Tony Parker and ‘Desperate Housewife’ star Eva Longoria have been married for three years. But it seems the grass is always greener on the other side. Eva caught Tony “sexting” with Erin Barry, the wife of a former teammate.

As you enjoy this video, be sure to be on the lookout for Tony’s encounter with a French model at his wedding, Eva’s refusal to do something that might cause acne and a little cameo by MC Solaar.

You might have noticed that this video is coming to you guys a little bit later than our usual speedy delivery. We were actually on it on Thursday, but had to re-do the whole thing because the animators made Tony Parker a white dude. I guess he does look mostly white to Asians.

Eva Longoria to divorce love-cheat Tony Parker

Kim Kardashian’s “kard” aimed at kids

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has come out with her own branded pre-paid credit card. However, experts say her card is rife with hidden fees and that she is ripping off her young fans. Whatever happens, it looks like Kim will be raking it in.

Is Kim’s “kard” a scam? Or are you too busy ogling her ample booty to care?

Chinese version below:

Kim Kardashian’s “kard” aimed at kids

Prince William breaks hearts, gets engaged

Britain’s Prince William broke hearts around the world on Tuesday when he announced his engagement to Kate Middleton. Middleton is the first commoner to marry in to the Royal family in over 300 years. The wedding is set to take place sometime in 2011.

Do you think William is doing the right thing in marrying a ‘commoner’? Leave a comment below.

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Prince William breaks hearts gets engaged

Wicked Lasers defeats the dark forces of George Lucas

Wicked Lasers are some of the most powerful and coolest lasers available to consumers.

Gizmodo’s writer Kyle VanHemert once compared the Spyder III Artic to a light saber. But this comparison upset George Lucas. The creator of Star Wars owns the trademark for light sabers.

Lucas threatened Wicked Lasers, but the company fought back and George Lucas eventually backed down. For standing up to Lucas, the Jedi Church award Wicked Lasers with the title “Jediism Master”.

Wicked Lasers defeats the dark forces of George Lucas

The Passion of Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson has fallen far since winning two Academy Awards in 1996. Gibson’s fall from grace began four years ago when he was arrested for drunk driving and allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks.

Gibson allegedly assaulted ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigoriev. They are fighting for custody of their daughter. He has been ordered to pay US$60,000 in child support.

The bad publicity has affected Gibson’s career. He was recently yanked from a cameo in ‘The Hangover 2.’

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The Passion of Mel Gibson

Conan O’Brien returns to television

Conan O’Brien is returning to television. Last week, fellow comedian George Lopez welcomed Conan to cable network TBS.

Fans are excited to see what Conan has in store. Will he reprise popular skits such as the self-pleasuring bear? NBC owns the rights to the skit. Conan has said he will fight for his masturbating bear in court.

Conan left NBC after Jeff Zucker tried to force Conan and his Tonight Show out of the 11:30pm time slot. [WATCH ANIMATION HERE].

Viewers in Taiwan are unable to watch Conan on TV because TBS isn’t generally available here. However, they will be able to watch Conan on his website.

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Conan OBrien returns to television

Do you belieber Justin Bieber?

Guest starring Dana Grooms as ‘Test Examiner’.

A 12-year-old boy has accused teen pop sensation Justin Bieber of assault during a fierce game of laser tag.

The Canadian singer has denied the allegations, saying he was the victim of gay taunts.

But do you believe Justin Bieber? According to our recent poll, the majority of respondents prefer to believe Justin’s accuser.

Do you belieber Justin Bieber?

Paris Hilton avoids stint in jail

Earlier today, American socialite Paris Hilton appeared in a Las Vegas court to plead guilty for two misdemeanors after being caught with cocaine last month. She received one year of probation, a $2,000 fine and 200 hours of community service. She will be put away for a year if she violated her probation.

The 29-year-old has a knack of getting out of trouble, as she also has a history of blaming others. During the World Cup in South Africa, Hilton was arrested for marijuana possession but blamed her friend Jennifer Rovero. In Corsica, France, Hilton was caught with less than a gram of marijuana and was let go. In 2007, Hilton served 23 out of her 45-day sentence for reckless driving.

What kind of community service do you think Paris should do?

Paris Hilton avoids stint in jail

HK model Rosemary in strife over crash, drugs

Hong Kong model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is in hot water after being busted twice in two days while on vacation in the US. She joins the lines of beautiful people getting into trouble in Nevada. First, Rosemary was booked for possession of a controlled substance while attending the Burning Man Festival. Then, the next day she drove her rented RV in the Reno Arch. She was bailed again on three misdemeanor charges. If convicted on the possession charges she faces up to four years on probation.

Rosemary was born in the south of France in 1982. Her father is of French-Russian origin while her mother is Chinese. She has been a model on the Hong Kong scene since being discovered as a 14-year old. She also has a singing career.

Here’s an interview with Rosemary. But before you go and read up on juicy gossip, leave a comment and tell us about your experiences at Burning Man, or that last time you ran into a landmark in Reno.

Rosemary HK model Rosemary in strife over crash, drugs

Internet turns on Justin Bieber

The Internet may have made Justin Bieber, but there are millions of people out there who want to knock him down just as quickly as his rise to fame. See Justin survive a car crash, visit an STD clinic, dance with Kim Jong Il and get beaten up by the Jonas Brothers.

biebercut Internet turns on Justin Bieber

Asian pop star gets a facial (scan) at NMA

Singapore-born pop star JJ Lin (林俊傑) stopped by Next Media Animation’s studio in Taipei last week to get a full facial scan using the newest Light Stage X system. Lin, who speaks Mandarin, English, Hokkien and Cantonese, has fans in all regions of the Chinese-speaking world, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Based in Taipei, he was here to prepare videos for his upcoming world tour.

Light Stage X at the NMA studio is one of a kind. Developed by the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at University of Southern California (USC), the system is the newest model designed to capture facial scans and render them for characterization in animations. Previous models, which vary in size and capabilities, have been used to film the movies Spiderman, King Kong, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar and more.

The system includes a computer set connected to a sphere that measures 2.5-meter wide and tall. There are 331 light units connected to the computer, each composed of 12 LED light sources. That’s 3,972 LED lights. 4 sets of scans are recorded during each session. Each set of scan consists of 4 seconds of sitting very still, while 2 cameras take 15 consecutive scans of the face. Characterization models that result from this can look so realistic it’s difficult to tell the difference.

“JJ Lin is the world’s first Chinese-speaker to use Light Stage,” he proudly proclaimed, speaking about himself in the third-person.

Read about our other cool gadget, facial motion capture, here.

lightstage Asian pop star gets a facial (scan) at NMA

The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe

How did Marilyn Monroe overdose on barbiturates? Naked, who was she trying to call? Monroe’s friend Buddy Greco was with her the Saturday before she passed away. She was in a low spirit. She had much to drink. She said she was a piece of meat tossed around between Robert and John. She wanted to go public. This animation shows the last days of her life.