Nine Inch Nails will not be performing at the MTV Music Awards as previously announced. We were set to perform "The Hand That Feeds" with an unmolested straightforward image of George W Bush as the backdrop. Apparently the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America.
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As always happens on the eve of a three-day weekend, it's been a slow 24 hours for news...except for Trent Reznor. As an encore to his pullout from the MTV Movie Awards (see below), the Nine Inch Nails auteur Reznor today won a resounding victory over former manager and Nothing partner John Malm in a New York Federal court. The jury awarded Reznor on every single claim in his suit, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, adding up to $3 million, but interest calculations could potentially double the amount, leaving Malm looking at the possibility of bankruptcy. Reznor also regains 100% control ofhis trademarks.
Post by voiceofgod on May 28, 2005 10:05:41 GMT -5
[i/]As always happens on the eve of a three-day weekend, it's been a slow 24 hours for news...except for Trent Reznor. As an encore to his pullout from the MTV Movie Awards (see below), the Nine Inch Nails auteur Reznor today won a resounding victory over former manager and Nothing partner John Malm in a New York Federal court. The jury awarded Reznor on every single claim in his suit, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, adding up to $3 million, but interest calculations could potentially double the amount, leaving Malm looking at the possibility of bankruptcy. Reznor also regains 100% control ofhis trademarks.
As previously reported, Reznor on Friday (May 27) won a resounding victory over former manager and Nothing partner John Malm in a New York Federal court. The jury awarded Reznor on every single claim in his suit, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, adding up to $3 million, but interest calculations could potentially double the amount, leaving Malm looking at the possibility of bankruptcy. Reznor also regains 100 percent control of his trademarks.
In May of 2004, Reznor filed suit against Malm, and his business manager/accountant Richard Szekelyi, for several million dollars he said they owed him. Malm had countered that Reznor owed him more than $2 million in unpaid commissions.
NINE INCH NAILS' new album, "With Teeth", debuted at Number One on The Billboard 200 chart in its first week of release.
Post by Bastardometer on Jul 29, 2005 22:50:30 GMT -5
The idea had been swimming in the back of David Fincher's ("Fight Club", "Panic Room") mind for a number of years. On many occasions the Anonymous Content director discussed it with his longtime collaborators at digital production studio Digital Domain, Venice, Calif.
"David and I talked about a scene that takes place entirely in the confines of an executive's workspace," explained Ed Ulbrich, Digital Domain's senior VP, general manager. "He envisioned the objects in the office coming to life under the right circumstances. The difficulty was finding the right project."
When the opportunity to direct the latest NINE INCH NAILS video arose, Fincher recognized the possibilities: The band's new single "Only" drives to a crushing crescendo, which was ideal for the timing of the visuals. And from a technical standpoint, both Fincher and Ulbrich knew that bleeding edge special effects software and hardware could now deliver Fincher's project just as he imagined it.
"The visuals we created for 'Only' represent some of the best photoreal imagery to come out of this studio," said Ulbrich. "Even though we'd been discussing this project for years, it could not have been done quite how we wanted until now. We tested some next-generation technologies on this project. This means new rendering technologies and new advances in CG were all used for this video."
The spot opens with an overhead shot of a pristine workspace. A man's hands move into the scene to tap the keyboard and start the song playing through the computer's speakers (these brief shots represent the only live action photography in the entire video). The camera surveys the office accessories — a computer, a desk lamp, a white porcelain cup filled with coffee, and two executive desk toys that play central roles in the video. The first, known as a "Newton's Cradle", is a well-known executive toy consisting of five silver balls suspended from a frame by strings that knock into each other rhythmically. The second, sometimes called a "pin block," is a collection of unsharpened pins secured in a frame. Pressing a hand against the pins creates an impression and holds the shape.
Objects on the desk begin to react to the NINE INCH NAILS song playing through the computer's speakers. First, we see ripples in the coffee. Then, small vibrations pass through the silver balls of the Newton's Cradle. When lead singer Trent Reznor's vocals kick in, his face appears in the pin art. The pins, gradually growing more frenzied with the music, show an impression of Reznor as he sings and moves with the track. The camera takes impossible pathways around the scene — passing through the computer screen to circle the pin art, and flying through the speaker grating for a close up of the speaker's tweeters.
Digital Domain worked with Fincher to build the virtual space, create realistic lighting, and model and animate the objects. Eric Barba, Digital Domain's visual effects supervisor explained how he and his team built the space in a virtual world. "We first used 'pan and tile' technology to establish the scene," he said. "This is a robot camera used to take pictures in every direction. Later, we assemble those pictures in the computer to create a 3D space."
Afterwards, Barba explained, a digital still camera was used to photograph the scene's objects — the lamp, the computer, etc. — as references for modeling, skinning and texturing CG versions. The last major step before animation was to create perfect computer-generated lighting. This process, according to Barba, is remarkably similar to real world lighting. "After establishing the placement and intensity of the lights in the room, we would line up a shot," Barba explained. "If it needed softer light, we set up a virtual bounce card just the same way it happens on a set. Just as it would happen in real life, we make adjustments as we go."
Finally, Reznor was captured on video as a reference for animators creating his image in the pin block. Throughout the video, Reznor moves toward and away from the camera and sometimes slams his hand against the screen — all excellent fodder for compelling animation using the pins.
"Everyone was pleased with the final product," explained Ulbrich. "'Only' turned out to be the ideal convergence of the right idea, the right project and the right technology."
Post by Bastardometer on Aug 6, 2005 15:56:28 GMT -5
NINE INCH NAILS has launched a special ticketing program for its upcoming run of U.S. tour dates. A two-tiered effort to combat ticket scalping has been put in place to help ensure that true fans have the maximum opportunity to obtain premium seating for NINE INCH NAILS concerts. Through the band's fan club ticketing and online auction program, NINE INCH NAILS is helping prevent scalpers from its selling tickets at inflated unauthorized prices and, in true Robin Hood fashion, NINE INCH NAILS will donate to charity, what would have been the scalper's proceeds.
Phase one of the program established a unique NINE INCH NAILS fan club, to enable members to exclusively obtain the very best tickets for the tour. In an effort to reduce scalper access no other advance ticket programs through venues, radio stations, e-mail lists or sponsors were offered. Members who purchase tickets through the NIN fan club program will be directed to pick up their tickets 30 minutes before doors open in each city and will be immediately escorted into the venue. Tickets will not be distributed to buyers in advance.
NIN's Trent Reznor explained: "We've put extra effort into developing this program as an effective way to ensure that NINE INCH NAILS fans get into the show with the best possible tickets. The only complaints will be from scalpers and those who want to put our true fans at a disadvantage."
The second phase of the ticketing program includes a series of online auctions conducted through Ticketmaster. Beginning, Monday, August 8 at noon local time, fans may log on to www.ticketmaster.com to bid on premium concert tickets for NIN shows at 19 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Auctions for additional shows will go live on August 22.
Ticketmaster's David Goldberg explains: "These auctions give NINE INCH NAILS the ability to take money that might otherwise go into scalpers' pockets, and put it in the hands of a deserving organization."
Proceeds from the online auctions will be directed to the non-profit organization The Innocence Project, which provides post-conviction DNA testing which yield conclusive proof of innocence. Reznor notes, "We know we cannot stop all ticket reselling but if we can redirect some of that unauthorized margin to a good cause like the Innocence Project, it makes me feel like we have done something worthwhile."
Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld created the Innocence Project in 1992. It was set up as and remains a non-profit legal clinic. This Project only handles cases where post conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. All Innocence Project clients go through an extensive screening process to determine whether or not DNA testing of evidence could prove their claims of innocence. Peter Neufeld comments, "The Innocence Project is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the band's generosity. The wave of post-conviction DNA exonerations sends a message to all of us that the criminal justice system is broken and desperately needs to be fixed. Thank you NINE INCH NAILS for joining us in the quest for meaningful justice."
NINE INCH NAILS' fourth album, "With Teeth", was released on May 3 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Before their U.S. arena tour, the band will embark on a tour of Japan and Australia. Concert dates with auction info listed: www.nin.com/tour/index.html
Post by Demonic) 66Ty6 (Darkness on Aug 22, 2005 3:44:29 GMT -5
I HATE MY DAD!
I HATE MY SCHOOL
I HATE THE WAY THAT THIS HAS UNFOLDED!
NIN STARTS IN a few hours and im stuck at home.
no words could describe the infinite sadness and brutal angar i feel. i was in the car driving and Gave up came on and they were talking about tonight I hit about 140 in a 70km zone and then screeched to a stop and just screamed out the lyrics till i was in tears. i fucking wanted to go so badly so many times i had contimplated buying tickets and just fucken going but i dont have the balls because my dad is a fuckwitt and a irashinal cunt i hate him.