Archive for August, 2013

Telluride Film Review: ’12 Years a Slave’

August 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Based on the true story of free black American Solomon Northrup’s kidnapping and imposed bondage from 1841 to 1853, this epic account of an unbreakable soul makes even Scarlett O’Hara’s struggles seem petty by comparison.

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Venice Film Review: ‘Wolf Creek 2’

August 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Neither as striking nor as scary as its predecessor, Greg McLean's robustly crafted sequel is still quite a ride.

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‘One Direction’ Seeks No. 1 Over Labor Day As ‘Butler’ Stays Close With $18 Million

August 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Teenage girls are falling hard for One Direction’s concert movie but it’s the adult audiences’ unwavering support of Oprah’s “The Butler” that continues to impress at the U.S. box office. The White House drama should earn approximately $18 million over the Labor Day weekend, according to early ticket sales, putting the Weinstein Company pic within... Read more

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Venice Film Review: ‘Night Moves’

August 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kelly Reichardt blends her lucid observational approach with a procedural-thriller format to intelligent and engrossing effect.

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TNT, Magical Elves Probe True Crime Tales with Dick Wolf’s ‘Cold Justice’

August 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

While TNT may know drama with scripted crime shows including “Perception,” “King & Maxwell” and “Law & Order” reruns , the Turner net is only now getting to know the true crime space with the launch of “Cold Justice” from producer Dick Wolf and reality stalwarts Magical Elves. Each episode of the skein follows Kelly... Read more

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Icahn May Push for Board Seats at Nuance

August 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn said he may seek talks with speech-recognition technology maker Nuance Communications Inc. regarding the possibility of adding nominees to Nuance’s board. Mr. Icahn — known for amassing big stakes and pushing for change at underperforming companies — holds 52.4 million Nuance shares, or a 16.9 percent stake. He and his affiliates had first disclosed a 9.3 percent stake in Nuance in April, without detailing any specific intentions for the company. Mr. Icahn and his affiliates increased their stake in Nuance earlier this month. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Cutting the Apron Strings (Comic)

August 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Here’s How the Oculus Rift Will Work on Mobile

August 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Oculus Rift, the much-hyped virtual reality gaming console interface that debuted at E3 2012, is still seemingly some time off from a consumer release. But at PAX Prime , the gaming convention being held this weekend in Seattle, the Oculus VR team is showing off a new HD version and talking more about how the gadget might work on mobile devices as well as PCs. Currently, the only Rifts in the wild are $300 dev kit versions, made for game developers. The HD iteration of the hardware, currently unavailable to those developers, improves on the VR headset’s screen resolution, which is all-important for convincing the wearers that they’re physically in a virtual world. In a demo with co-founders Nate Mitchell and Palmer Luckey on Friday morning, I piloted a PC-connected HD Rift around and through a gargantuan volcano and used it to sit in a virtual movie theater (yes, really), where I watched the trailer for “Man of Steel.” But as CEO Brendan Iribe told Edge Magazine last month, the company is internally working on mobile support for the Rift. In other words, instead of requiring gamers to be tethered to a PC, Oculus wants to be able to power the virtual reality experience from a mobile device’s hardware. Luckey said that currently, the Rift only works with Android devices that have video output and can “ host ” the Rift via USB connectivity. Oculus VR co-founders Palmer Luckey, left, and Nate Mitchell, right, calibrate Oculus Rifts before a demo at PAX. “We’re about mobile gaming hardware,” Luckey said. “We don’t want to play [casual] mobile games in VR.” However, Mitchell then jumped in to say that he’d seen a Candy Crush-esque match-three game playing on the Rift, and that it worked well, even if it didn’t fully take advantage of VR’s capabilities. Mitchell added that he didn’t want to close off the potential catalog to only the games that will work in hardcore virtual reality: “I think it’s going to be lot like Steam ,” he said, in reference to the Valve-operated PC gaming store, with a mix of serious AAA titles available at prices competitive with those of console games, and simpler experiences that might be sold for as little as a few dollars. “We’ve seen vacation simulators” among developers’ early work, he said. “I dropped my father into one, and he was like, ‘This is great!’” Luckey enthused that the Rift itself could one day become an Android device, with a chip that might currently be found in one of those high-end phones embedded in the headset itself. The company chose to start with Android because of the operating system’s openness as compared to iOS, but isn’t completely ruling out the latter.

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Microsoft Reaches Deal With Activist Investor ValueAct

August 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Microsoft announced late Friday that it has reached a deal with ValueAct, a San Francisco-based investor firm that had been pushing Microsoft to make better use of its assets . Under the deal, ValueAct president Mason Morfit will meet regularly with Microsoft directors and management, and ValueAct has the option of having Morfit join Microsoft’s board. In statements, Morfit, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer and Microsoft’s lead outside director, John Thompson, all praised the move and said nice things about one another. According to a regulatory filing , ValueAct is agreeing to several conditions, including not launching a proxy fight or trying to acquire more than a specified number of shares in the company. Pressure from ValueAct was among the factors that helped persuade Steve Ballmer to retire early , according to various sources close to the company. ValueAct is one of Microsoft’s largest shareholders, owning just under 1 percent of the company’s shares.

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Level 3 to Lay Off About 700 Employees

August 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. said it will cut about 6.6 percent of its work force next month to bolster its performance, shedding nearly 700 positions out of about 10,600 across the world. The latest layoffs, reported Thursday by the Denver Post, bring the telecommunications company’s staffing down further from its peak following its 2011 acquisition of rival Global Crossing Ltd. The combined company last year employed nearly 11,000 people. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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