Friday, March 17, 2006

Rapper Ice Cube in Welcome Back, Kotter

Ice Cube

Rapper/actor Ice Cube is set to produce and play the lead in a big screen version of the '70s TV series 'Welcome Back, Kotter.' The series focused on a teacher who returns to his highschool to teach a group of misfits, whose students were known as the 'Sweathogs.' According to Variety, the rapper/actor, who already executive produces the FX reality series Black, was a big fan of the show and is very excited with the deal. The show's creators, Gabe Kaplan (who played Kotter) and Alan Sacks, who were wary of selling the rights, received an offer they couldn't refuse and the production is anticipated to begin this fall.

There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I'm very excited to be able to put a new twist on it.
- said rapper Ice Cube -

Meanwhile, in other celebrity news, rapper Ice Cube, has finally given details about his upcoming album ‘Laugh now, cry later’.

Harrison Ford wants to star in 'Indiana Jones'

Harrison Ford

The Hollywood actor Harrison Ford has revealed that he plans to star in the newest addition in the Indiana Jones. Film-maker George Lucas has finally given the go ahead to a script for the long-awaited Indiana Jones sequel, and has passed it onto director Steven Spielberg for fine tuning. The actor Harrison Ford has said that he is almost ready to reprise his role in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones IV.
Steven Spielberg and I now have a script in hand that we both like. I believe that we can start with the filming soon.
- Harrison Ford said to German magazine Fit for Fun -

Thursday, March 16, 2006

George Lucas to make 3D TV series of Star Wars

George Lucas

According to the news, Star Wars creator George Lucas has agreed to write 100 one-hour 3D episodes of Star Wars for television. The series is being produced by Rick McCullum and will fill in the missing years between 2005' Revenge Of The Sith, and original film Star Wars, made in 1977. The TV series will focus on the rise of Darth Vader's dark empire and will feature original actor Anthony Daniels, who played robot C-3P0. It seems that the series will introduce "a whole bunch of new characters" and be "much more dramatic and darker"

Apple offers first full-length movie on iTunes

itunes

After offering Music Videos, Short Films and TV shows for download on their iTunes Music Store, Apple now is offering the first full-length movie through the iTunes video downloads service. The TV movie "High School Musical" is offered at $9.99, after it was briefly available for $1.99. The movie was produced by Disney, a company that has on board Apple's boss - Steve Jobs. Some users already complained about the quality of the movie (487MB), because of its limited resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Previous Week Top Ten Box Office

Failure to Launch

Previous Week Top Ten Box Office: Weekend of March 12, 2006

1. Failure to Launch - new
2. The Shaggy Dog - new
3. The Hills Have Eyes - new
4. 16 Blocks
( Weeks Released 2 - Last week on 2nd place )
5. Madea's Family Reunion
( Weeks Released 3 - Last week on 1st place )
6. Eight Below
( Weeks Released 4 - Last week on 3rd place )
7. Aquamarine
( Weeks Released 2 - Last week on 5th place )
8. Ultraviolet
( Weeks Released 2 - Last week on 4th place )
9. Pink Panther
( Weeks Released 5 - Last week on 6th place )
10. Date Movie
( Weeks Released 4 - Last week on 8th place )

Out of Top Ten Box Office of last week are:
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Curious George
  • Firewall

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Angelina Jolie in Sin City sequel?

Angelina Jolie pregnant

According to the news, actress Rosario Dawson has confirmed reports that Angelina Jolie will be signing on for the sequel to Sin City. Of course the production on the film is on hold while the Hollywood actress is pregnant. Angelina Jolie who is currently expecting a baby with Brad Pitt is reportedly eager to star in the movie. I must admit this came as a surprise to me, but it would be interesting to see Angelina Jolie in Sin City sequel.
The film's kind of been postponed because Robert (Rodriguez, the director) has been interested in Angelina Jolie for the lead. But she's very pregnant right now. So that's putting an understandable hold on the film.
- says Dawson -

Jennifer Lopez play Sue Ellen in Dallas?

J.Lo

According to Variety the Latin actress Jennifer Lopez has reportedly been offered the role of Sue Ellen in the 'Dallas' movie. Although Jennifer Lopez hasn't signed a deal yet, John Travolta has been offered the starring role of J.R., Luke Wilson is in talks to play Bobby and Shirley MacLaine could play Miss Ellie. Unfortunately, the film shooting couldn't start until Travolta makes his next movie, the big screen version of the Broadway musical "Hairspray.”

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Microsoft Unveils Project Origami

Microsoft Unveils Project Origami

The Ultra-Mobile tablet PC that uses Microsoft’s new Origami technology was unveiled recently by Samsung at CeBIt in Germany. The new UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) will sell for less than $1,000 and weighs just 779gm with a 7in touch screen. It also has a 40GB hard drive, 512MB of Ram and Bluetooth 2.

It supports only 11b Wifi, not the faster 11g, and it uses a Celeron processor. The gadget, a small computer that runs a full version of the Windows XP operating system, has no keyboard. The battery power averages about 2.5 to three hours, and it will have up to a 60GB hard drive.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Video Games for Family Guy

Family Guy

According to news, television series currently showing on BBC2 - Family Guy is going to be turned into a series of video games. 2K Games yesterday announced its plans to develop and publish a series of Family Guy (DVDs) video games starting with a current-generation game being released in Autumn of this year. 2K Games will work closely with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane on series of video games, which will feature all your favourite characters plus locations seen in the TV show.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

TiVo new pricing structure, no more lifetime subscription!

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The maker of the popular set-top digital video recorder, TiVo Inc., announced new, simplified pricing plans and eliminated lifetime subscription - not affecting TiVo's current base of subscriptions. The changes to the pricing structure and service-only options will launch next week. TiVo will be offering three pricing plans that will include both the TiVo service and an 80-hour TiVo box. The worst part is that the subscriptions are basically like cell phone contracts, but without the credit check. You have to choose a one, two, or three-year commitment, for example:
  • One year: $19.95 a month or $224 prepaid
  • Two years: $18.95 a month or $369 prepaid
  • Three years: $16.95 a month or $469 prepaid

iTunes Multi-Pass 'Subscriptions' for TV Shows

Comedy Central logo

Thanks to a partnership between iTunes and Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central Network, Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes online music and video store has launched a new service called Multi-Pass that lets users buy downloads of television shows like "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report". Fans will be able to buy the next month's series of 16 new episodes via Multi-Pass for $9.99, or to pay $1.99 per episode.

What makes it different from other online music subscription services like Napster or Real Networks' Rhapsody, is that consumers will not lose their music if they unsubscribe.

Monday, March 06, 2006

PlayStation 3 in delay!

PlayStation

Variety posted an article this week detailing Sony CEO Howard Stringer reports about an official release date for the PlayStation 3, as well as the company's plans to introduce BluRay. Accoding to the information we won't see PlayStation 3 this spring, the much-anticipated console will arrive until fall.
Sony's new PlayStation 3 was widely expected to be introduced this spring, but will be delayed as the company fine-tunes the chips that are crucial to the success of the console's Blu-ray function.
- says Sony CEO Howard Stringer -

George Clooney takes home first Oscar

George Clooney Oscar

Hollywood superstar George Clooney won his first-ever Oscar Sunday, picking up the best supporting actor prize for his role in the political drama "Syriana". Clooney, who also produced "Syriana", in which he plays an overweight former CIA agent at the centre of political intrigue in the movie, paid tribute to his fellow nominees and said that the movie world had brought the problems of AIDS, civil rights and other issues to national attention.

I'm proud to be part of this academy and proud to be part of this community and proud to be out of touch.
- said George Clooney -

Here’s a list of the winners at the 78th annual Academy Awards

[from thecelebrityblog.com]

3 Oscars for Crash and Brokeback Mountain

Crash Best Pictures

Crash and Brokeback Mountain each took home three Oscars on Sunday, but it was Crash that scored top prize of the night, Best Picture, at the 78th annual Academy Awards. The other two Oscars for Crash were also for Original Screenplay and Film Editing. Meanwhile, Brokeback Mountain, which went into the night with a leading eight nominations, won for Best Director for Ang Lee, Adapted Screenplay and Original Score.

In his speech, Lee thanked Annie Proulx, who wrote the short story that the movie was based on, and said he made the film for his father, who passed away shortly before Lee starting filming Brokeback Mountain.

[from thecelebrityblog.com]