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20 items from 2012


Conan May Be Back But Here’s Five Characters Arnie Should Never Revive!

26 October 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With rumours emerging that Conan may be rebooted with original star Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the role, there’s been a lot of talk over whether it’s necessarily the right idea or just a cash in on his recent availability. With that in mind, we look at five roles we don’t want The Austrian Oak to reprise at all costs.

Whatever happens, please don’t say ‘I’ll be back’ to these, Arnie.

John Kimble – Kindergarten Cop (1990)

This effort by Ivan Reitman is tonally one of Arnie’s oddest movies; a plot about drug dealers, murdered informants, and sweet school children doesn’t entirely provide a coherent framework for Schwarzenegger to do his thing as Lapd cop Kimble. It’s not his worst film, but a 21st Century sequel would inevitably be darker, gritter and have some sort of running commentary on social issues; in what would essentially »

- Nathan Rhodes-Brandon

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Microsoft’s Philosophy on Windows 8: Go Hard or Go Home!

12 October 2012 4:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

According to Forbes, Microsoft’s current CEO Steve Ballmer is looking to put all of his eggs in one basket when it comes to the release of their new operating system Windows 8, which is due to be released this month (October 26th). It’s reported that Microsoft will spend nearly $2 billion dollars (estimated between $1.5 – 1.8 billion) on their marketing campaign for the new software. In Las Vegas casino gambling terms, you would certainly define this strategy as “All in!”

Microsoft have been the veterans of personal computing for 30 years now and had always been the go-to company leading the way in technological development, however with the rapid changes in the market with companies such as Apple and Google emerging and a shift towards more tablet based computing instead of your classic PC hard drive and Monitor setup, things have certainly changed since the days of Bill Gates and Windows 95.

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- Jeffrey Winston Aidoo

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Bill Gates Talks Steve Jobs, Microsoft's Role in Entertainment, Charity at Abu Dhabi Media Summit

9 October 2012 4:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit on Tuesday lauded the contributions of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, said Microsoft is mostly looking to serve as an enabler and platform for content, except for in the most interactive fields of content, and said he prefers focusing on his humanitarian work over running for the job of U.S. president. "It is a little too early" to focus advertising only on digital and leave out a big TV ad component, even though the former will continue to increase, he also said when asked by an industry representative

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- Georg Szalai

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Ari Emanuel, Tom Freston, Bill Gates to Speak at Abu Dhabi Media Summit

20 September 2012 7:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Super-agent Ari Emanuel, YouTube content guru Robert Kyncl, Bill Gates, former MTV and Viacom boss Tom Freston and Viacom International Media Networks CEO Bob Bakish will be among the top Hollywood and tech executives scheduled to appear at next month's Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012. The annual invitation-only industry gathering in the emirate will take place with more than 400 confirmed global media executives Oct. 9-11 at the Yas Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. This year's theme is "Redefining the Digital Frontier." Microsoft founder Gates, speaking in his role as co-chair of the

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- Georg Szalai

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Armando Iannucci turns satirical eye on Silicon Valley

1 September 2012 4:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Armando Iannucci targets twentysomething titans of the internet with a pilot TV episode for the American cable company HBO

The author of The Thick of It has written a pilot episode about the world of social media for an American television company. Armando Iannucci is in discussions with HBO, the cable company that made The Wire and The Sopranos.

He tells Andrew Rawnsley, the Observer's chief political commentator, in the New Review that he is unlikely to write another series of The Thick of It and plans to focus his attention on the new centre of power in California's Silicon Valley.

The last series of The Thick of It begins on British TV this week, featuring a Conservative minister and his Liberal Democrat junior in charge of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, while the Malcolm Tucker character, allegedly based on Alastair Campbell, aids the opposition.

The series has infuriated some in government, »

- Conal Urquhart

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Bill Gates investing in futuristic toilets

15 August 2012 9:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bill Gates has invested a substantial sum of money into futuristic toilet technology to help improve the world's sanitation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation organised the Reinvent the Toilet fair, a Seattle-based event challenging inventors to develop environmentally friendly toilets that operate without running water, electricity or a septic system. Each prototype was required to run on around five cents (3p) a day, and ideally generate energy. One design used microwave power to turn human waste into electricity, while another used urine for flushing. A team from the California Institute of Technology led by professor Michael Hoffman came up with the winning design, a solar-powered loo that produces hydrogen gas and electricity. The group won a $$100,000 prize. The Gates foundation held the event with the long-term goal of improving (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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When celebrities become philanthropists

28 July 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Meet Trevor Neilson, the man who advises the stars on their good causes. But who benefits most from his help: the charities or the celebrities?

On a recent afternoon in Santa Monica, Trevor Neilson met with his staff at Global Philanthropy Group, a company that guides the philanthropic activities of the very rich. Since starting the business in 2007, Neilson has had a startlingly fast rise as an adviser to celebrities, who make up about half of his roster; his clients have included Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Ben Stiller, Shakira, and Madonna. At the meeting, he was looking for strategies for using his clients' fame to raise money. A tall man of 40, Neilson was dressed in jeans, Converse and a cardigan. The offices, a few blocks from the beach, had the fashionable atmosphere of an ad agency.

Neilson opened the meeting by saying: "No idea is a bad idea, »

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Bill Gates -- iPad Photo Ops ... No Problem!!

28 July 2012 12:55 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Microsoft founder Bill Gates came face-to-face with his worst nightmare -- the almighty iPad -- and he was totally cool with it!TMZ obtained the video of every computer geek's fantasy going down down Thursday in London ... where Bill and his wife Melinda are attending the Olympics.Bill had graciously agreed to pose for a photo with a group of tourists when someone did the unspeakable -- whipping out an iPad to take the shot! »

- TMZ Staff

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Get Invite to Yacht Party - London Olympics 2012

27 July 2012 10:32 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Who wouldn't want Brangelina to help celebrate the 2012 London Olympics? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been invited to an Olympics party on a yacht. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is throwing a lavish bash on his vessel, which is moored in Canary Wharf, east London, for the duration of the games, with the Hollywood couple - who are currently based in the UK while the actress films 'Maleficent' -topping the guest list. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Paul's party is going to be amazing. ''Some big names have been invited but Brad and Ange are easily the most glamorous.'' Microsoft's Bill Gates is also expected to attend. Tonight (25.07.12), Brad and Angelina are hosting their own Olympic opening ceremony party at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Princes William and Harry have been invited to the charity fundraiser, which is being held in honour of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. »

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie invited to Olympics party on yacht

25 July 2012 3:01 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been invited to an Olympics party on a yacht. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is throwing a lavish bash on his vessel, which is moored in Canary Wharf, east London, for the duration of the games, with the Hollywood couple - who are currently based in the UK while the actress films 'Maleficent' -topping the guest list. A source told The Sun newspaper: 'Paul's party is going to be amazing. 'Some big names have been invited but Brad and Ange are easily the most glamorous.' Microsoft's Bill Gates is also expected to attend. Tonight (25.07.12), Brad and Angelina are hosting their own Olympic opening ceremony party at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Princes William and »

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Morning Meme: Trevor Donovan Will Return to "90210," The Entire Cast Will Return to "Glee," and Anderson Cooper: Day Two

3 July 2012 4:43 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I invite everyone to start off the day the way I do every morning. With a Happy Ending.

There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that Ed had his electricity restored last night, and will resume his magical Meme powers tomorrow. The bad news is that our leader Dennis is still without, and our thoughts go to him and the hundreds of thousands who are still trying to cope.

Please join me at 1:00 Pm Et for a Days Of Our Lives Liveblog. For technical reasons, we're trying something a little different today. Hopefully it won't blow up in our faces, but if it does, that could be fun, too!

A programming note: Tomorrow is a holiday in the U.S., and Ae will be shut down with the exception of a Meme and a Liveblog. Join us back on Thursday for a full schedule! Oh, »

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Noah Wyle: 'I want to play Steve Jobs again'

22 June 2012 2:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Falling Skies star Noah Wyle has said that he wants to play Steve Jobs again. Wyle portrayed the late Apple co-founder in the 1999 made-for-tv movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. The drama focused on the beginnings of Apple and Microsoft, and featured Anthony Michael Hall in the role of a young Bill Gates. Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Wyle said that he would give his "high teeth" to play Jobs a second time, and it would be his "dream job". Wyle said: "He's a fascinating individual and I had the chance to meet him. He gave me a very nice compliment about my performance. A job like the one this (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Bill Gates, Steve Jobs Rap for the Tech World Crown (Video)

14 June 2012 11:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs go head-to-head one last time in the latest edition of "Epic Rap Battles of History." "Epic Rap Battles" is a YouTube channel dedicated to pitting iconic figures against one another in a battle royale of wordsmanship. The Apple co-founder and Microsoft co-founder follow in the footsteps of Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and many more. As expected, this contest is far nerdier than most, including rhymes about operating systems and Fortune 500 companies, but these two Silicon Valley scions can still pack a punch. Jobs asks Gates »

- Lucas Shaw

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Lord Alan Sugar: 'I want Apprentice to end fast-buck culture'

13 March 2012 8:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lord Sugar called for an end to "banker-bashing" and the UK's "fast-buck culture" at today's Apprentice launch. The multi-millionaire businessman said that he hoped the eight series of the BBC One reality show would play a part in installing a "culture of enterprise". Speaking at a screening of the show's first episode, Sugar complained that modern business figures such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates had caused delusion among the nation's youth. "I'm afraid to say that there are too many youngsters who are looking up to Mr Zuckerberg, or whatever his name is, Mr Bill Gates and the late great Steve Jobs as phenomenons that they are. I'm afraid too many youngsters are waiting for the opportunity to become one of them. They don't realise that it's (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Bill Gates: Investments In Agriculture Are Best Weapons Against Hunger

24 February 2012 4:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has told the international agricultural community it had fallen short of delivering the help small farmers in developing countries need, when they need it.

In a speech delivered at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad), Gates asked the Un bodies responsible for fighting hunger and poverty to unite around a common global target for sustainable productivity growth to guide and measure their efforts.

“If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture,” said Gates. “Investments in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of people. The international agriculture community needs to be more innovative, coordinated, and focused to help poor farmers grow more. If we can do that, we can dramatically reduce suffering and build self-sufficiency.”

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Facebook float to create new network of millionaires

2 February 2012 4:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Facebook's flotation on the stock market is to make a new network of millionaires and billionaires, including a graffiti artist who accepted stock for painting the walls of the firm's California headquarters and Mark Zuckerberg's college roommate. The world's largest social network yesterday announced its initial public offering, which will aim to raise $$5 billion (£3.1bn). The company started in Zuckerberg's university dorm room is expected to be worth between $$75 billion (£47bn) and $$100 billion (£63bn) when shares start trading later in the year. Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old chief executive of Facebook, holds 533.8m shares, which would be worth $$28.4 billion based at the top end valuation of $$100bn. He owns 28.4% of the company and has 57% of the voting rights. This compares to Bill Gates's 49.2% controlling stake in Microsoft (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Bill Gates Publishes Annual Letter Covering Health And Education

26 January 2012 5:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Bill Gates has released his annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in which he speaks candidly about his work at the foundation and outlines what needs to be done in terms of global health and education.

“Throughout my careers in software and philanthropy—and in each of my annual letters—a recurring theme has been that innovation is the key to improving the world,” he writes. "When innovators work on urgent problems and deliver solutions to people in need, the results can be magical.

“The G20 conference itself was a microcosm of the challenges that leaders face, with the Eurozone crisis taking a lot of their time. I was impressed that the leaders took 90 minutes to discuss my report and related issues, and I hope they will set aside time for development when they meet in Mexico for next year’s summit.

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Microsoft's Bill Gates: 'I don't pay enough tax'

26 January 2012 3:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said that he should "pay more" tax, adding that Us President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the amount paid by America's super wealthy is "just justice". Gates, worth an estimated $$60bn (£38bn), agreed with his friend and fellow billionaire Warren Buffet that drastic measures are required to help the struggling Us economy. Speaking on BBC World News about his charity work, Gates said: "The United States has a huge budget deficit so taxes are going to have to go up. "I certainly agree that they should go up more on the rich than everyone else, that's just justice." In his final State of the Union speech before the Us presidential election, Obama argued for a strengthening of the tax code to force millionaires and billionaires to contribute a larger share of their (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Drake lights up Park City, eventually (Aziz Ansari, not so much)

22 January 2012 11:37 AM, PST | Sundance Channel | See recent Sundance Channel news »

Two years ago, Microsoft’s search engine Bing occupied the basement of Cisero’s off of bustling Main Street, where it played host to the after party of the Sundance hit Waiting For Superman—a documentary about the failings of the U.S. public education system. In the restaurant’s cramped, caliginous basement, John Legend, the film’s co-producer, teamed up with The Roots to perform an intimate show for about one hundred-plus people. To the right of the stage, behind a VIP rope flanked by three colossal security guards, stood a bespectacled middle-aged white guy in a fleece, cradling a beer and doing the Macarena. It was Bill Gates. “We love the spirit of independence at Sundance, encouraging up-and-coming filmmakers, and the indie nature around it,” said Bing director Lisa Gurry. “Our first year at Sundance, we had such a great reception from the Sundance community that we decided »

- Marlow Stern

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates follows Apple's Steve Jobs into comics world

20 January 2012 6:29 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

A Comic charting the life and career of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will hit shelves in March.

Bluewater Productions' 32-page book, titled Bill Gates: Co-Founder of Microsoft, follows its Steve Jobs biography comic which arrived in stores earlier this month.

According to Bluewater, the impetus to publish the Jobs biography was based on the success of Bluewater's spotlight on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The Gates title is a further extension of the interest in industry's top innovators.

CW Cooke, who wrote the Jobs comic, said: "There are definitely similarities between Zuckerberg, Jobs and Gates. It takes a certain kind of drive and genius to move society the way they have. The idea is to show the person behind the personality and that it is never what you'd expect."

The Gates biography was written by journalist Martin Pierro and illustrated by Zach Bassett.

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