Archive for February, 2011

Idleness (Ocio)

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: Argentinean low-budget drama "Idleness" lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing.

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First Oscar goes to ‘Alice’

February 27, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Stromberg wins for art direction, production design; Karen O'Hara for set decoration -- "Alice in Wonderland" has won the Oscar for art direction for Robert Stromberg for production design and Karen O'Hara for set decoration.

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Studio braces for Sheen theatrics

February 27, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Warner Bros. prepares for possible appearance by thesp -- Warner Bros.' security force is girding for possible theatrics outside the studio gates on Monday if Charlie Sheen makes good on his vow to show up for work on the shuttered "Two and Half Men."

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Author, TV writer Max Wilk dies at 90

February 27, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Obituary: Wrote books on Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood -- Author, playwright and film and TV writer Max Wilk, who penned mostly comedy, died Feb. 19 in Westport, Conn.

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The Oregon Trail Still in Its Prime at 40 (Plus a Slideshow of All Its Versions!) [Voices]

February 27, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Erik Silk | Intern, All Things Digital, Intern, All Things Digital You have dysentery. If you continue to hunt in this area, game will become scarce. You may attempt to ford the river or caulk the wagon and float it across. You aren’t alone if those frontier warnings elicit a little nostalgia. After all, odds are, if you were born sometime between 1980 and 2000, you’ve crossed The Oregon Trail, in the classic computer game of the same name. Now, in an era where the most popular game on Facebook involves building and tending to a cartoony city and the top seller on Apple’s iPhone involves shooting cartoony birds at cartoony pigs, the historical westward journey has actually found cartoony success of its own on both platforms. What’s interesting is that the game turns 40 later this year and has been played on almost every generation of PCs. Selling well over 65 million copies, it taken immeasurably more players along the road from Independence, Missouri to destinations in the American West than in real life.

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Stanford Entrepreneurship Week: Little Fish, But in Big Pond [Voices]

February 27, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Joe Ciolli | Intern, All Things Digital, Intern, All Things Digital The opening day of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Week–E-Week, for short–concluded on Wednesday with a presentation from Idealab founder Bill Gross. In front of a crowded auditorium and a glowing overhead screen, Gross discussed his business incubator, which has given rise to such successful companies as Picasa, Overture and Citysearch. While such famous guest speakers and panels make up a considerable portion of the E-Week schedule, which runs through Wednesday, March 2, Gross’ lecture-style presentation isn’t necessarily par for the course. E-Week also serves as a launching pad for student start-ups to get their ideas out into the open, at the university that has spawned some of the most important tech companies in Silicon Valley. Heard of Google? The week-long, campus-wide event series is ultimately designed to encourage interaction between student entrepreneurs and potential investors, and to burnish Stanford’s credentials as a hub of tech and business innovation. And while start-up conferences are a dime a dozen in Silicon Valley, with seemingly endless companies trotted out as can’t-miss targets for investors, E-Week organizers hope their event has one key differentiator: Early access to Stanford brainpower. The event’s organizers believe that this alone is enough to attract high-profile investors hungry for that first piece of the action. “There’s no shortage of companies or firms here in the Valley that would love to get on the inside and make contacts with students coming out of Stanford engineering, business or any other department,” explained Matt Harvey of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the event’s main organizer. “So many students go on to make major impacts in their fields–there’s a great deal of interest in what they’re up to.” Perhaps the most notable event has been VC3, which took place Friday, giving students three minutes to pitch an idea to venture capitalists, after which they received three minutes of feedback. But don’t expect a handful of Stanford students to walk away from VC3 with freshly cut checks in hand. Harvey noted that the event is geared more towards critiquing the early plans of start-ups and making initial introductions to investors.

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Booyah Announces Upcoming GPS-Based DJ-ing Game [Voices]

February 27, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Drake Martinet and Erik Silk Booyah Games recently announced their latest upcoming game for the Apple iOS platform: Nightclub City DJ Rivals. The game will involve battling other DJs both within the game and played by other users, to stake claims in the real and virtual worlds. In an interview, founder and CEO Keith Lee called it “the first rhythm-based role-playing game for mobile devices.” Lee confirmed that the game has been submitted to Apple for approval, but could not say when the game would actually be live in the app store. Booyah is no stranger to location-base gaming: Their most popular game, MyTown, involves buying and owning real-life locations in a virtual world. It has 3.3 million players. DJ Rivals marks the San Francisco-based company’s first new release since becoming Google’s first partner in the “Places Web Service” of the Google Maps API, last year. While this won’t be the first DJ-ing game released on the iPhone, it certainly will be the only one to use location and check-in technology for would-be scratchers. The character that you build in the single-player mode can be used to challenge other DJs for a given real-world territory. “The coolest part about it is that only one person can be king of the hill,” said Lee. “The more that people are fighting for that location, the value of that location will go up, and that means if you’re the king of that location, you can earn more money for your character.” The game’s subject matter may have something to do with Lee’s hobby–moonlighting as a house DJ. DJ Rivals is a spinoff of Booyah’s Nightclub City, a popular Facebook game released last spring. That game has featured the music of Grammy-winning artists such as Keith Urban and Miri Ben-Ari, and actually served as an interface for the musicians to interact with their fans. DJ Rivals will likely work in a similar capacity. “Our priority is to focus on the story-driven mode, but we do plan to insert and add real artists and DJs, Lee said. Below is the latest preview of the game:

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Motorola Sues TiVo [Voices]

February 27, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Joan E. Solsman, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. filed a suit against TiVo Inc. in Texas Friday claiming infringement of its patents for digital video recorders. In the complaint, Motorola says it owns multiple patents related to DVRs, including some from the mid-1990s by a group of engineers whose company was later purchased by a Motorola subsidiary. It claimed TiVo willfully infringed those patents, which were filed more than two years before TiVo’s founding. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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‘Black Swan’ wins big at Spirit Awards

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Award Central: Ballet thriller wins best pic, director, actress; Franco wins actor -- "Black Swan" dominated the Spirit Awards, winning best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and best director Darren Aronofksy.

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Tambor exits ‘La Cage’

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Thesp leaves production due to complications from surgery

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