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Never did being a geek look so delicious! Fresh into Movieline HQ comes photographic evidence of some Star Wars-inspired pies made by a member of our extended family. For my money, the Darth Apple one looks best, but your mileage may vary depending on what you think of apple pie. (If only Steve Jobs could invent a scratch-and-sniff computer screen; now that would be some useful technology. Anyway!) Click ahead to witness the sweetness and choose your own favorite in the comments section. »
Science-fiction fans have been waiting for two things their whole lives: lightsabers and holograms. While we're still probably pretty far away from the first one (getting the laser beam to stop without a mirror is the biggest issue), the latter is actually fairly feasible. Hell, they already kinda-sorta did it during the 2008 election. Still, the technology still needs to be perfected, and apparently it all starts with Apple trying to make glasses-less 3D. The Telegraph has learned that the Steve Jobs computing giant has gotten a patent for developing holographic TV, cinema, and computer screen technology. The screen works by having pixel-sized domes that deflect separate images to the left and right eye, creating a stereoscopic effect. Apple is also developing a system that will track the movements of multiple viewers and their eyes as to make the deflection of the image more accurate to each audience member and look »
Having torn up the stage with his comic missiles and currently trying to make it on the big screen, Vir Das will never venture into one zone - reality shows..Honestly, I am not a fan of reality shows myself as they are almost fiction and they are all scripted. I would rather prefer to watch actual fiction shows,. Das told us.Born in Dehradun, Das grew up in South Africa and then moved to Delhi to pursue his graduation from Venkateswara college. After studying for two years, he joined Knox College, Illinois, in the Us to finish his bachelors in economics. It was at Knox that he first explored stand-up comedy.The 31-year-old worked in comedy clubs in Chicago before returning to India in April 2003 and notching up over 100 shows in all the major cities..My comic acts have never been issue-based, it has always been observational. Whatever I see around me, »
When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's iPad way back in January, many people -- myself included -- thought he was, among other things, taking dead aim at Amazon's Kindle e-reader. The Kindle, I sensed, could be toast. Looks like I was wrong. Amazon is notoriously mum when it comes to releasing sales figures, but there are two signs 2010 may have been an unlikely banner year for the Kindle. First, the online retailer announced on Monday that its third-generation Kindle -- the one with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity -- is now the bestselling »
- Dylan Stableford
For most of Lost’s six seasons, the writing team of Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis played a pivotal role in plotting the adventures of Jack Shephard and castaway company as they struggled to find redemption on a mysterious, light-imbued island that roamed the grid of reality. But for the final three years of producing the now-concluded drama, the scribes were moonlighting in another luminous, down-the-rabbit-hole fantasyland, endeavoring to bring it — or rather, re-introduce it — to the masses. That ambition reached fruition last weekend when Disney’s Tron: Legacy opened in theaters and scored a solid $44 million at the box office. »
- Jeff Jensen
 On November 19th, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview the screenwriters of Tron Legacy, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Because the interview mentions a couple potential spoilers, and delves into future continuations (the Tron animated series, Tron 3) / other future projects, I've decided to run the chat the week following release. You can read the whole interview after the jump. [begins with conversation already in progress] Edward Kitsis: You've been on this ride with us, Comic-Con... Peter Sciretta: I was even on set, so it’s like… Adam Horowitz: We’re old buddies, man…[laughs] Edward Kitsis: Slashfilm is definitely one of our daily reads. Adam: You guys are just…We love how fast you are and how on top of everything. Edward: Obviously you meet with a lot of people, but, like, it’s funny, because we are fans ourselves. So we’re sitting down with sites that we read today, »
- Peter Sciretta
Are we headed into another tech crash? It's sure starting to look like it-Facebook shares traded at a $56 billion valuation Friday and Groupon recently turned down a $6 billion offer. Dan Lyons on more indications of a bubble about to burst.
1. Private Tech Startups' Stock Is Soaring Stock in private tech startups has risen 54 percent in the past six months, according to a research firm called Nyppex.
Related story on The Daily Beast: The Facebook Gaming Revolution
2. Facebook's Valuation? $56 Billion A batch of Facebook shares traded at a $56 billion valuation in a secondary market auction Friday. Two weeks ago, Facebook was valued at $35 billion. Nevertheless, some people say Facebook is still a screaming bargain. One analyst predicts Facebook will easily be worth $200 billion by 2015. Right on! And by 2020 could be the first company with a $1 zillion market value, so buy-buy-buy, everybody!
3. iPod Nano Wristband Producer Gets $1 Million in Venture Funding A »
- Dan Lyons
This year brought a new kind of hero as Kick-Ass and The Social Network proved it's the geeks who shall inherit the Earth
In the immediate wake of Tuesday's Golden Globe nominations, I had awards season filed as a straight run off between the old and the new; inherited wealth versus the dotcom billions. The King's Speech stars Colin Firth as stuttering George VI, who finds his voice on the eve of war. The Social Network casts Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who conjured up friends for everyone but himself. Both, at the time of writing, look set to be run close by David O Russell's boxing drama The Fighter. Even so, I'm betting the lion's share of Oscars get divvied up between the king and the nerd.
So far, so scripted. Except the more I think about it, the less distinct these frontrunners become. Doesn't constricted old »
- Xan Brooks
27 years have passed since the summer of 1982 and the arrival of Tron. Much has been written about the film's most important historical point, that being the first true use of computer generated (CG) imagery for special effects. Today, CG has become commonplace in movies and even television shows. Tron's digital 1982 world may look as dated as an original Apple II computer does to an iPhone but its core idea -- a world existing inside the computer where beings lived and died fighting in gladiatorial video game arenas -- still has a strong attraction to a lot of us.
Director Joseph Kosinski and his creative team hold homage to the original Tron to the extent that they have reassembled all of what's fondly remembered from that imperfect '82 Disney movie. But don't think of Tron Legacy so much as a direct sequel. Instead, this is very much a reboot of »
- Patrick Sauriol
Apple teased its upcoming App Store plans for Mac computers back in October. The new wing of their service that already sells and distributes apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad will bring a simplified one-stop online store to MacBook and iMac users and could be an interesting place to watch for games as well.
"The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. "We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can't wait to get started on January 6."
Apple's iDevices have taken their brand into a lot of new households in recent years, and I'm sure they're hoping to see some of those customers open up to their Mac product line as well. As for the developers making the apps, Apple will be offering them the »
- Brian Warmoth
Time's choice of Mark Zuckerberg as Person of the Year is proving controversial, but Meghan McCain defends the pick and says he's the Henry Ford of our day.
Wednesday's announcement that Facebook co-founder, CEO and pop culture phenomenon, Mark Zuckerberg, was named Time magazine's illustrious Person of the Year has led to many in the media crying that the choice blasphemes the church that is the hallowed Person of the Year legacy. I was one of the people on Time's panel to nominate and argue over who was most deserving of the title. My two choices were the Tea Party and Mark Zuckerberg. The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google's Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Jobs to be considered for Person of the Year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan. Everyone chose both interesting and poignant candidates. »
- Meghan McCain
The guy with more friends than anybody has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg, the controversial, 26-year-old founder of Facebook, the newsweekly announced Wednesday morning. Winning the honor over such short-listed names as WikiLeak's Julian Assange (the favorite in a readers' poll), the Tea Party, the Chilean Miners, Apple's Steve Jobs and Afghanistan leader Hamid Karzai, Zuckerberg on his own Facebook page describes his personal interests as "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism." As Time tagged Zuckerberg's on the Web site of the Today show »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Note - Ed is buried under tons of snow, so I'm filling in for today's abbreviated Meme.
Let's start with another blast from the past. Above you can see ten of my favorite 80's TV shows. How many can you name? If no one gets all of them, I'll reveal the answers in today's Briefs.
Entertainment Weekly has a handy schedule of the mid-season cable TV premieres. Here are a few of note for next month: January 2 - My Fair Wedding with David Tutera (We TV), January 3 - Greek (ABC Family), January 4 - Southland (TNT), January 9 - Shameless (Showtime), January 16 - Big Love (HBO), January 17 - Skins (MTV), Being Human (SyFy), January 19 - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land), January 21 - Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz).
The Warhol Foundation has sent a letter to The Smithsonian threatening to cut funding unless they reconsider caving in to asshats.
That story that »
Apple's Game Center launch back in September left iPads out in the cold. A lot of fun Game Center-compatible titles showed up that were playable on iPad as well, but it took Apple's long awaited iOS 4.2 update today for the iPad to actually allow those games to feed into Game Center's leaderboards and achievements while they're being played in tablet mode.
Apple, meanwhile, is hoping that enhanced gaming functionality, together with iOS multitasking, iTunes TV show rentals, free Find My iPhone use, AirPlay and AirPrint will turn their device into a more compelling sell for the holidays.
"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. "Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit."
Of course, you »
- Brian Warmoth
The Beatles’ long and winding road to selling their music digitally on iTunes finally came to an end this week. It took years to sort through the complications and dissolve the bad blood between the Beatles’ Apples Corps and Steve Jobs’ Apple, but in the end, they decided the love you make is equal to the love you take. The result? One day after hitting the store, 16 of the Beatles’ 17 offered albums are in the top 35. New Emi CEO Roger Faxon looks brilliant as the main driver of the deal, along with Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones. 1) Beatles »
Brits hogged all the headlines in today's trending Twitter Report topics. Steve Jobs and Apple got things rolling by announcing that they finally reached a deal to sell Beatles tracks and albums via iTunes, and the comics world's reaction seemed to be pretty in sync with the rest of the Internet. Elsewhere, Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton has been showing up all over the place, including the posts of Andy Diggle and Jock.
Check out how the news affected those two guys after the jump, where you can also find Phil Hester's advice for new "Firebreather" readers and a picture of what it looks like to paint with Guinness.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter Report for November 16, 2010.
iTunes pt. 1: @KodyChamberlain I refuse to believe there are die-hard Beatles fans out there with no Beatles on their iPod because Apple hasn't added it to the store yet. »
- Brian Warmoth
The four mop-top kids from Liverpool are finally coming to iTunes. You knew it was only a matter of time after they released the Lennon/McCartney songbook to "American Idol," right?
Apple announced Tuesday (Nov. 16) that iTunes will start selling music from the Beatles, in agreement with Emi, the Beatles recording label. As of the announcement, iTunes has 13 remastered Beatles studio albums, the two-volume "Past Masters" set and the classic "Red Album" and "Blue Album" collections.
Most of the albums are retailing for $12.99, with the "Red" and "Blue" albums at $19.99 and the box set collection at $149.99, which includes a 41-minute movie of the first U.S. concert the Beatles gave, a 1964 performance at the Washington Coliseum. Individual songs are $1.29 each.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs says in a statement, "It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and Emi, we are now realizing a »
It’s official: The Beatles catalog is now finally available on iTunes, as rumored yesterday. “It has been a long and winding road to get here,” Steve Jobs said in a statement. Oh, that Steve Jobs! He’s a hoot.
The Beatles’ 13 studio albums are available individually for $12.99 (and $19.99 for double albums), or in a $149 “box set” that includes Past Masters and the concert film from the Washington Coliseum in 1964. If you just want to watch the movie, though, Apple is streaming it free through the end of the year.
On the one hand, yay! Finally! On the other … er, »
- Margaret Lyons
The Beatles are on iTunes. Apple made the announcement, as expected, at 10:00 a.m. Et, with an oversized image of George, Paul, John and Ringo (right) greeting visitors to its homepage. The image is linked to a Beatles landing page that links to the legendary band's singles and all 13 studio albums -- filling a nagging void in the collection of the world's largest online retailer. Of course, a few critical gaps in the rock-n-roll canon remain for Steve Jobs, like AC/DC, for instance. See Also: iTunes Has the Beatles, But It Doesn't Have »
- Dylan Stableford
What better way to publicize that hot new underground technology, the MP3? By signing that hot new underground band, The Beatles, of course! After nearly ten years of legal dispute that kept the biggest band of all time’s music off one of the world’s biggest downloading services (and provided instant justification for illegal downloaders everywhere), the Beatles catalogue finally came to iTunes today. Call us old-fashioned, but the end of the longstanding feud between Steve Jobs’ Apple and the Beatles’ Apple Records just wouldn’t feel right without at least one awkward pun – which Jobs has graciously taken care of for us: “It has been a long and winding road to get here,” he said. Zing! Now that the songs are finally available for on the iTunes store, time will tell [...] »
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