Bad Kids of Crestview Academy #1 on Amazon

Ben Browder’s contemporary grindhouse gem, Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, starring Sean Astin, Gina Gershon, Drake Bell, and Sammi Hanratty is the #1 Featured Movie on Amazon.

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, Ben Browder’s grindhouse gem, is already the #1 featured movie on Amazon.  Movie Pilot calls it the top 10 most anticipated teen movies of 2017 and Latin Post reaffirms it as one of the top 5 young adult movies to be excited about in 2017. Watch it now on Amazon and see for yourself why it has a 99% Audience Score onRotten Tomatoes.

ABOUT GOOD KIDS/BAD KIDS
Good Kids/Bad Kids is an entertainment development company. The team leverages its members’ experience in the creative, business, and legal fields for the past 20 years to bring marketable trans-media brands to retail. Whether it is under the kid/family friendly brand “Good Kids,” or the harder/edgier brand “Bad Kids,” Good Kids/Bad Kids provides services to individuals and companies looking to explore opportunities in commercials, television, movies, video games, and more. Good Kids/Bad Kids “takes the good with the bad.” For more information on Good Kids/Bad Kids, visit www.goodandbadkids.com. For more information on Bad Kids of Crestview Academy visit the official website at www.crestview-academy.com.

Campus Jax – Newport Beach Restaurant Week – Day 2

Due to family obligations, I missed Day1 of Newport Beach Restaurant Week. I love this week because I can visit one of these fancy restaurants for an inexpensive pre-fixe menu.

Today’s restaurant adventure takes us to Campus Jax in the Airport District of Newport Beach. It’s a nice sports bar located in an industrial park. The interior boasts wooden floors and a great deal of dining space. Wooden tables, booths and chairs provide the comfort one desires and a serving staff that’s just as friendly.

Today we try Campus Jax $10 Lunch. My two choices are the Creole Deviled Eggs and the Pulled BBQ Pork Bowl. This proved to be a nice little value for $10. The Creole Deviled Eggs were your standard fair deviled eggs will a little kick of paprika. Tasty but average.

The Pulled BBQ Pork Bowl was a bowl of brown rice, coleslaw and pulled pork. Tasty, but I could have done without the coleslaw. This center layer was just a little too sweet and kind of soured the taste of the brown rice.

I would definitely come back to Campus Jax for the food, beer and sports.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Movie Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows the small crew of rebel outlaws and misfits as they attempt to steal the plans of the Empire’s new weapon—The Death Star. Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars stand-alone movies and director Gareth Edwards comes out swinging with the most intense Star Wars film.

Release Date: December 16, 2016
Writer: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

Rogue One is the story of a ragtag band of misfits, who take the ultimate step of bravery to steal the plans of the Death Star and in hopes of the saving the Republic. The movie starts on a desolate farm run by former Imperial scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelson). Erso is soon approached by the Empire’s chief architect Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) to build a super weapon, famously known as the Death Star. As Erso is taken away, his young daughter, Jyn (Felicity Jones), goes into hiding. She is soon rescued and raised by Rebel sympathizer, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) who comes from the Star Wars Clone Wars television show.

Years later, Jyn makes one last attempt to rescue her father and retrieve the plans for the super weapon. She is aided by her misfit friends and a small number of dedicated soldiers. Her band includes a morally compromised rebel soldier—Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), captured imperial pilot—Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), reprogrammed Imperial droid—K2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Jedi temple guards, Chirrut Inwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang).

It’s a different kind of Star Wars movie. Many of the filmmaking devices of Star Wars are discarded for more traditional story telling. Rogue One dispenses with the opening crawl and cinematic wipes, now reserved for the sagas. Rogue One for the most part is a war movie. What it lacks in character development, it makes up in great storytelling.

Rogue One is not perfect. A story that drags a little on the front end, where there is a great deal of revealing the large cast and talking about back story. But ultimately the movie moves quickly to the task at hand…stealing the plans of the Death Star. Star Wars fans know the ending, i.e. they steal the plans to the Death Star. Without giving away the entire story, Rogue One is the story of how far will individuals go and how much will they sacrifice for the greater good.

Already revealed is the return, not only of Darth Vader, but of Grand Moff Tarken and another surprise character. Technology we’ve seen in Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, which created a young looking Michael Douglas and teenage Robert Downey Jr. In Rogue One, LucasFilm brings a character from the past into a fully realized actor with the exact facial features of the late Peter Cushing. While the likeness and performance of this CGI character was amazing, its imperfections are noticeable. We’re close, but will we ever be able to bring an actor back to life?

In the end, I left Rogue One feeling like my heart was ripped out. It’s a story of heroism and the price of freedom. The movie will leave you inspired and grateful that the Star Wars franchise has been left in capable hands.

3D Face Scanner From Your Mobile Device – Bellus3D CES Preview

Meet the Bellus3d Face Scanner. Bellus3D Face Camera is an easy-to-use, high-quality, and affordable 3D face scanning camera for mobile devices. The Face Camera is designed for self-scanning. Simply attach the Face Camera to a smartphone or a tablet, turn your head from left to right, and start creating amazing 3D face models in seconds. You are ready to share your virtual self with others, be a star in your favorite games, or get an accurate 3D print of your head.

Bellus3D Face Camera combines two proprietary state-of-the-art technologies that measure 500,000 3D points on your face to create a high-resolution and accurate face model in seconds. The scanned model can further be used to fit a statistical face model for face recognition, analysis, and animation.

DepthShape™ reconstructs 3D shape using an infrared structured-light sensor designed for close range scanning at up to 0.4mm resolution.

PhotoShape™ leverages mobile device’s high-resolution front-facing camera to capture face details such as skin pores and wrinkles. An optional LED ring light ensures your face is captured with perfect lighting and color every time.

The scans can also be printed creating a lifelike face mask.

Bellus3D

The Face Camera and its Android SDK will be available in limited quantity to third-party developers to create their own applications in Q1, 2017.

Bellus3D Face Camera combines two proprietary and patent-pending technologies that measure up to 500K 3D face points to create a high-resolution and accurate face model. DepthShape™ reconstructs 3D shape using dual infrared structured-light sensors designed for close range scanning at sub-millimeter resolution. PhotoShape™ leverages mobile device’s high-resolution front-facing camera to capture face details such as skin pores and wrinkles. In comparison, most existing mobile 3D scanners measure only about 50K face points and cannot capture face details.

“Many mobile applications require an easy and inexpensive way to capture high-quality 3D face models,” said Eric Chen, co-founder & CEO at Bellus3D Inc. “Existing 3D scanners on the market are either too expensive or not designed for high-quality face scanning. Bellus3D Face Camera will be a game changer that allows many new 3D face applications to emerge.”

One of the first applications to be built on the Bellus3D Face Camera platform allows users to scan their own face and then digitally apply makeup, allowing them to determine which ‘look’ suits them best, without the time and mess associated with normal trial-and-error.

Segerstrom Center’s Off Center Festival 2017 Announced – January 12 – 28, 2017

Segerstrom Center’s annual Off Center Festival returns January 12 – 28, 2017 with an acclaimed line-up of creative, contemporary and sometimes controversial artists and shows. The festival will present Keith A. Wallace in THE BITTER GAME, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Marga Gomez in Latin Standards, Belarus Free Theatre in Time of Women, Choir! Choir! Choir! and Justin Vivian Bond in Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up. The Off Center Lounge in Leatherby’s Café Rouge will be open again with a special low-cost post-performance menu and the opportunity to mix and mingle with festival artists.

Buy more, save more! Single tickets are $25 and are on sale now. If you buy two productions, tickets are $20. If you buy three or more productions, tickets are just $15. (Choir! Choir! Choir! is free but a ticket is required to reserve a spot. Reservations accepted beginning January 8.) Tickets can be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

Reporting From CES 2017

The Geek Lab is living the life in Las Vegas this week as we attend the Consumer Electronics Show this week. We have pictures, interviews, and reports that we’ll bring you over the next several weeks. Join us on Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm at KTST fm Anaheim for part one of our report.