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Deadmau5 Debuts ‘Phantoms Can’t Hang’ While Racing in Nyan Cat Ferrari

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Joel Zimmerman a.k.a. Deadmau5 performs at the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in Miami on March 29.
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It’s a game of cat and Deadmau5 at the Gumball 3000 international motor rally, where the electronic music producer is driving through Europe in a half-million dollar “Purrari” — a Nyan Cat-themed Ferrari.

Amid his vehicular antics, Deadmau5 is world premiering a new song (listen below) exclusively on Mashable on Monday, one day before it becomes available on iTunes.

This is the final album version of “Phantoms Can’t Hang” from while(1<2), which comes out June 17. Fans have previously heard snippets and rough cuts of the track because Deadmau5, born Joel Thomas Zimmerman, routinely uploads works in progress online.

People can follow Deadmau5’s Gumball 3000 live-streamed #TeamPurrari journey at live.deadmau5.com to catch a glimpse of the meme-infused car.

“I only know one dude who would do this to a half-million dollar Ferrari: me,” he told Mashable via Skype chat earlier this year before Gumball 3000 got under way. “LAWL. Suck it, world. Nyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyan.”

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Deadmau5 participates in Gumball 3000 on June 5 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Deadmau5 and his Purrari are on the European leg of the two-week, 3,000-mile trip, which includes stops in eight U.S. states and three countries in Europe.

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Curiosity Rover to Broadcast Will.i.am Song Live on Mars

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Whether or not you’re a fan of will.i.am‘s songs, his music will soon be out-of-this-world.

NASA‘s Curiosity rover is set to broadcast a new song by the Black Eyed Peas singer live from the surface of Mars on Tuesday, NASA announced. It will take place at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Called “Reach for the Stars,” the song is about will.i.am’s passion for science, technology and space exploration, NASA said. Check out the video above for more.

In addition, members of the team that successfully landed Curiosity earlier this month will describe the rover’s mission at the event. They will also explain the technology behind the song’s interplanetary transmission.

Will.i.am announced via Twitter that “Reach for the Stars” will be the first song from Earth ever to be broadcast from another planet.

He then encouraged other celebrity tweeters, including Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, to “spread the word.”

The event will be streamed on NASA’s website, and broadcast on NASA TV.

Will.i.am, through his i.am.angel Foundation has also partnered with digital-learning company Discovery Education to develop a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative featuring NASA resources, such as Curiosity.

If you could choose a song to be broadcast on Mars, what would it be? Tell us in the comments below.

Video courtesy of i.am.angel Foundation

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Katy Perry’s Victorian Dreams Go Up in Flames in ‘Unconditionally’

Katy Perry has found an era that suits her perfectly — Victorian.

The pop star went retro-chic in a visually stunning music video for power ballad “Unconditionally,” the second single from her “Prism” album. There are gowns, snow, pearls, flower petals, an owl, underwater scenes and a bed on fire — so nothing really out of the ordinary for Perry.

The singer recently told MTV that this music video would be a departure from her other videos because it “doesn’t have a complete narrative.”

“I usually have quite a big story line,” she said. “This time I wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don’t usually go for. But it’s mostly just a beautiful video that is supposed to evoke this power of love.”

Mission accomplished, Katy.

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Perry also released a lyric video for the song in October, featuring models Janell Shirtcliff and Erika Linder.

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Experience the Mars Rover Landing on Xbox

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Remember Lunar Lander, the legendary Atari game from 1979, which used vector graphics to portray a (very simple, but fun at the time) lunar landing?

Well, 33 years later NASA has teamed up with Microsoft to create the Mars Rover Landing game for Xbox, giving gamers the chance to experience the “seven minutes of terror,” a popular description of the landing of Mars rover Curiosity.

Of course, NASA’s Mars Rover Landing game is far more complex than the ancient Lunar Lander; in fact, it’s quite close to the real thing, as it simulates three stages of Curiosity’s landing with a fair amount of details.

“We’ve tried to simulate that heart-pounding, sweat-dripping seven minutes using Kinect and using users’ control of their bodies to get the landing right,” said Dave McCarthy, manager of Microsoft’s Game Studios.

The Mars Rover Landing is available as a free download over at Xbox Live. If you’ve tried it out, let us know what you think in the comments!

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Explore HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ at Mashable House SXSWi

Mashable and HBO are teaming up to create an immersive experience based on HBO’s new show Silicon Valley.

Located in the Mashable House, the Silicon Valley Lounge draws inspiration from Hooli, a fictional Internet giant featured in the show. The lounge will feature a juice bar with fresh juice from Daily Greens, charging stations to juice your phone, nap pods and show paraphernalia.

Silicon Valley is a satire of startup culture, by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis & Butt-Head and Office Space. The show follows a hacker named Richard who’s trying make it big in the tech world with a program he created. During his humorous journey he lives in incubators, deals with fanatical venture capitalists and navigates the Silicon Valley lifestyle.

The Mashable House will also feature a wrecking ball for selfies, Grumpy Cat, a mobile art gallery and a secret Easter egg. From one-of-a-kind photo opps to immersive experiences, the Mashable House is sure to be a hot spot at SXSWi.

Silicon Valley will air on April 6 on HBO.

Follow @MashableEvents for Mashable SXSWi updates.

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Dates: March 7-9
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‘Gravity’ Trailer Will Leave You Gasping for Air With Sandra Bullock

Take a deep breath — you’ll need it.

The official trailer for Gravity is the longest and most unnerving look at Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller, starring Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Previous trailers gave audiences a peek at Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, helplessly tumbling through the dark voids of space. The new trailer builds upon the action, using Stone’s desperate breaths to echo throughout the footage.

The trailer also adds emotional depth to the plot. Clooney’s character Matt Kowalsky asks Stone, “Is there somebody down there looking up, thinking about you?”

“I had a daughter. A little girl with brown hair. Tell her that I’m not quitting,” Stone responds.

The film arrives in theaters on Oct. 4.

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Boy Band Parody Mocks You For Still Acting Like a Teenage Girl

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A new parody of boy band One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” pokes fun at adults who fawn over things that teenagers often love.

“I know it feels pretty weird to discreetly listen to a teenage boy band at 33,” the One Direction look-alikes sing in the video. “We know it’s meant for little girls, but we can’t agree it’s OK (oh-oh), it’s OK to like this song.”

The spoof from comedy site Jest goes on to mock the video’s main character for liking Glee, Degrassi, Dreamworks and Pixar movies, Selena Gomez, Hunger Games, iCarly, Twilight and other pop culture guilty pleasures (and for trashing her bedroom after Javier won The Voice).

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But the question remains: Are you a grown-up teenage girl? If so, are you OK with that? Because I am.

5 Modern Movie Trends Peter Jackson Started

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In honor of The Hobbit‘s wrap, we found five prominent modern movie trends that can be traced to Lord of the Rings. Not all of these started with the Trilogy of our generation. However, their sudden popularity surged after Peter Jackson’s team retreated to New Zealand. Here’s a loving look at some of the things that are wrong (and some that are just alright) with the modern blockbuster as we’ve come to know it beyond the aughts.

1. (Almost) All Movies are too Long

Lord of the Rings proved a lot of things to movie producers. But beyond a shadow of a Ring-made doubt, it proved that audiences were willing to plant their butts in multiplex seats for three hours at a time.

Well, sort of.

Actually, this conclusion is a violent misconception about our patience. We were willing to sit for three hours and watch the LOTR trilogy. But Pirates of the Carribean 4, for example, may not merit that kind of attention. Rising (and rising and rising) ticket prices might make you say that you’re getting more bang for your buck, but when the average mind-numbing rom-com or action flick is as long as it takes to hike to Isengard, there’s something wrong with the editing process.

These monoliths roll into the theaters, obliterating the usual available time slots. They also take up multiple screens so theaters can offer as many showings as possible, a practice that can knock smaller films off the distribution roster.

For example, The Avengers is not such a tremendously complicated story that it should require two-and-a-half hours to watch. Similarly, upcoming box office juggernaut The Dark Knight Rises clocks in at 2:45, according to industry sources.

2. We Have Incredibly High Expectations for DVD Features

It’s hard to believe from the perspective of more than a decade later, but when the first Lord of the Rings was released for home viewing, we were still getting a handle on the whole idea of DVDs. The year 2001 was basically still the late 1990s by pop culture’s clock. Forget about Netflix Instant — plenty of homes didn’t even have a DVD player yet.

So when Peter Jackson put extra special loving care into something called the Extended Edition, we didn’t realize what was going to happen.

There was nothing to compare it to, and, to a large extent, there still isn’t. The Extended Editions, those lovely book-looking boxes that probably still have a proud place near your home viewing system of choice, set the bar very high. They contain cuts of the films that run nearer to four hours apiece. It also includes what seems like 100 hours of bonus production footage.

There are four discs for each film with packaging covered in beautiful drawings by Alan Lee and John Howe. This lavish, extensive evidence of the whole event made viewers feel even more attached, besotted and generally obsessed with what by all accounts seemed like the best filmmaking experience in the history of movie-making.

3. It Triggered the Rise of the Ensemble Cast

Before Harry Potter made good on its bid to hire every stately English actor, LOTR was stuffed to the brim with everyone else, and a few more. LOTR re-defined massive. It’s not just a matter of numbers, though the series has got that more than covered. It’s a matter of names, and largely one of chemistry.

Having a large cast of notable and semi-notable actors isn’t entirely new. It’s an old-fashioned Hollywood trick, and one our generation wasn’t particularly familiar with when LOTR played its hand. But with a Shakespearean cast to match its epic scale, and a deft directing eye to pull it all together, the old idea had new legs. Suddenly, it seemed like a much better bet to have as many main actors as possible to pull in viewers. The tired-and-true method of having a single star carry a major motion picture has lost a lot of traction in the last 10 years, but the solution, at least from Hollywood’s perspective, started right at the millennium’s turn.

While we haven’t seen the death of the single-star vehicle, if Brad Bird’s well-received fourth Mission: Impossible is anything to go by, the single-star vehicle might be getting an assist (or three), for now.

4. Motion Capture Is King

For years, the dubious technology known as mo-cap (or motion capture) had lived on the fringes of movie production. Consisting of sensors adhered on a bodysuit, referred to sometimes as “ping-pong balls,” the points covering an actor or a stuntperson would pick up their performance and send the data back to a computer. A team of engineers and animators then relate the data to CG models, translating a real performance, in real space, with real actors, into a form that could not be realized through complex prosthetics or camera trickery.

But for the longest time in the F/X world, what we now take for granted was costly, clunky and just didn’t come off well. Attempts to replicate human performance in a humanoid fabrication tumbled fast into the uncanny valley.

But the team at WETA made a better example than we’d ever seen before. Gollum, as an equal creation of CG and Andy Serkis’ memorable performance, was a big gamble. No one had attempted an extended, interactive motion-capture character at that level. WETA and Serkis did more than create an iconic character. They proved that mo-cap could be effectively used for large portions of major motion pictures.

Today actors and extras suit up in mo-co rigs at the drop of a hat. Now that we know motion capture can be done to great effect, it should become another tool in the arsenal, not a de-facto solution. CG alone is not a magic wand that can be waved to solve all your production problems. Prosthetics, animatronic builds and other physical effects still have, and deserve their place. Or, are we excited to watch the newer Star Wars movies all over again?

5. Everything Is a Trilogy

Lord of the Rings cost a lot of money. But, given what was turned out, it was comparatively cheap when you think about single movies since that have spent two-thirds as much for their one outing. Jackson managed this by shooting all three back to back. In due time, LOTR’s cumulative box office communicated something that isn’t true without the Jackson & Co. context: You can make more for less, and that audiences will always, always want that “more.”

“Trilogy” is one of those fantasy-genre casualties that brings to mind a certain importance or grandeur. What it means, theoretically, is there are three of these because there’s really that much to say. Thanks to LOTR, we shall forever have three of everything. No matter how small the chance of a sequel being made, it is now standard practice to sign actors to trilogy contracts at minimum. Combine ever-growing overseas receipts and record-busting midnight openings with the industry’s worsening scaredy-cat syndrome regarding new properties, and we’re looking down the barrel of a boring moviegoing future.

Image courtesy of The Hobbit Movie on Facebook

This article originally published at The Mary Sue
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