Archive for October, 2011

De Niro, Travolta set for ‘Killing Season’

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesps to star in actioner from Millennium, Corsan -- Millennium Films and Corsan Pictures have set Robert De Niro and John Travolta to star in the actioner "Killing Season."

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Schweitzman upped at Vendome

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Former creative exec named VP of production and development -- Vendome Pictures has promoted creative exec Sarah Schweitzman to VP of production and development.

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Hewlett-Packard: One Messy Piece of Business Cleared Up, Many to Go

October 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“Glad that long national nightmare is over.” That was the comment — paraphrased from Gerald Ford’s inaugural address upon the close of the Nixon presidency — that I received in an email from an industry source on Friday. The quote was sent in reference to the now-concluded business surrounding Hewlett-Packard’s exploration of “strategic options” concerning its Personal Systems Group. Now that HP CEO Meg Whitman has concluded that the company is stronger with PCs than without them , there remains a fair bit of unfinished business from the dog’s breakfast of changes announced on Aug. 18 . First and foremost are the questions about the future — or lack thereof — of HP’s webOS business. The only thing we know for certain is that HP is out of the business of hardware that runs the operating system it picked up in last year’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm . HP killed that business after sales of its TouchPad tablet device proved initially disappointing , only to see reduced prices spark a surge in interest from buyers. During a conference call with analysts earlier this week, Whitman conceded that HP “needs to be in the tablet business” — and that it intends to participate in that business using Microsoft’s tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system. She also said a long-term decision regarding the webOS software business is forthcoming within the “next couple of months.” HP has already carried out a round of layoffs in that division. Another not very encouraging sign amid the ongoing uncertainty is the departure of Richard Kerris — who had headed up HP’s webOS developer outreach efforts — for a similar Windows-related job at Nokia . And related to that is the fate of Jon Rubinstein, the former CEO of Palm and former head of Apple’s iPod business unit. Once the public face of webOS — and of Palm before that, as its final CEO — he has not been visible at all during any of HP’s recent upheavals. That said, rumors have been almost nonexistent about Rubinstein seeking or being recruited for a job elsewhere. It’s not like he needs the work, but his apparent future is about as cloudy as that of the webOS itself. Currently he’s a product guy without a product; his role at HP is unclear. In July, he was bumped from his title as general manager of the webOS unit and moved into an iffy “product innovation role” within PSG. One thing is true: Rubinstein has a close relationship with Todd Bradley, who leads the PSG unit. At least Bradley’s fate is cleared up: The high-profile exec has been the subject of numerous reports and rumors, including a March report in The Wall Street Journal that said he had been recruited by chipmaker Intel . Since then, Bradley has been regularly asked about his future plans. It was an open secret in Silicon Valley that Bradley feuded with HP’s prior CEO, Léo Apotheker, and was not consulted about the PSG spinoff plan before it was floated to the public.

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China Supercomputer Uses Homegrown Chips

October 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

China has for the first time unveiled a supercomputer using domestically developed microprocessor chips, the latest in a series of developments showing the country’s new competitiveness in a field long dominated by U.S. technology. Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203554104577004431379648156.html#ixzz1cCm52l28 Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Broadcaster Jimmy Savile dies at 84

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Eccentric British figure was host of two long-running programs -- Veteran British broadcaster Jimmy Savile, a famously eccentric culture figure, has died at his home in northern England. He was 84.

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‘Come As You Are’ tops Valladolid

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Festivals: Guediguian, Holland, Yimou also win awards -- Belgian Geoffrey Enthoven's crowdpleaser "Come As You Are" topped the 56th Valladolid Festival, one of Spain's main art pic showcases, on Saturday.

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‘Puss’ claws to top of Friday B.O.

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Par wins, places and shows at domestic B.O; 'Shrek' spinoff laps up $9.6 mil -- Paramount took top honors Friday as three of its films lead the domestic B.O., including the DreamWorks animated "Puss in Boots," which bested with $9.6 million.

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World Series hits it out of park

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Finale attracts 23 million in early estimates -- The first Game 7 of the World Series since 2002 drew 23.2 million viewers to Fox during primetime Friday according to preliminary Nielsens, making it the most watched baseball game in seven years.

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Studios fret over online crack in cable window

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Weekly: Increased web exposure could cost billions -- The majors have been worrying for a long time about flat domestic box office and plummeting DVD sales, but there's a newer area of big concern: the coin from the lucrative basic cable window.

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UTA plucks pair from ICM

October 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Berman, Hornstock named partners -- UTA has lured a pair of ICM television-literary agents and made them partners.

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