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January 03, 2009

Matt Smith named as new Dr. Who

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | New Doctor actor is youngest ever

Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who - making him the youngest actor to take on the role.

At 26, Smith is three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981.

Smith will first appear on TV screens as the 11th Doctor in 2010.

January 02, 2009

Fed funding for TV converters exhausted

ABC News: Digital TV Subsidy Program Running out of Money
The Feb. 17 transition from analog to digital television broadcasts looms and as many as 8 million households are still unprepared, but the government program that subsidizes crucial TV converter boxes is about to run out of money. People who still rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air signals — whether it is through rabbit-ear aerials on TVs or antennas on the roof — will see their screens go dark when the changeover happens. To avoid that, those people have to switch to cable or satellite TV, buy a television set with a digital tuner or buy a converter box that can translate digital signals from the airwaves into analog. To subsidize the converter boxes, most of which cost between $40 and $80 and can be purchased without coupons, the government has been letting consumers request up to two $40 coupons per home. But any day now, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the arm of the Commerce Department in charge of administering the coupon program, expects to hit a $1.34 billion funding ceiling set by Congress.

January 01, 2009

Animal Crackers -- The Marx Bros. (1930)

I spent the first hour-and-a-half of 2009 following an old family tradition. Watching Marx Bros. movies. Animal Crackers part 1 Animal Crackers part 2 Animal Crackers part 3 Animal Crackers part 4 Animal Crackers part 5 Animal Crackers part 6 Animal Crackers part 7 Animal Crackers part 8 Animal Crackers part 9 Animal Crackers part 10 Animal Crackers part 11 Animal Crackers part 12 Animal Crackers part 13 Animal Crackers part 14

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December 29, 2008

"The Rule" from Dykes To Watch Out For

The updated cinematic version of Will Eisner's The Spirit -- directed by Frank Miller [WHORES WHORES WHORES] -- had a dismal holiday opening weekend, earning $6.6 million from 2,508 screens. dykestowatchoutfor.com | Blog Archive | The Rule
"I only go to a movie if it satisfies three basic requirements. One, it has to have at least two women in it... who, two, talk to one another about ... three, about something besides a man."
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December 27, 2008

Last distributor gives up on VHS

Long, winding road hits a dead end at last for VHS -- chicagotribune.com
Pop culture is hitting the eject button on the VHS tape, the once ubiquitous home video format that will finish this month as a creaky ghost of Christmas past. After three decades of steady if unspectacular service, the spinning wheels of the home entertainment stalwart are slowing to a halt at retail outlets. On a crisp Friday morning in October, the final truckload of VHS tapes rolled out of a Palm Harbor, Fla., warehouse run by Ryan Kugler, the last major supplier of the tapes. "It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt," said Kugler, 34, a Southern California businessman. "I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I'm done. Anything left in warehouse we'll just give away or throw away."

December 26, 2008

Judge to rule that Fox owns Watchmen copyright

Judge Says Fox Owns Rights to ‘Watchmen,’ Made by Warner Brothers - NYTimes.com

Does this mean the Watchmen film is dead?

LOS ANGELES — In a surprise ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles said he intended to grant 20th Century Fox’s claim that it owns a copyright interest in the “Watchmen,” a movie shot by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and set for release in March.

The decision was disclosed in a five-page written order issued on Wednesday. Gary A. Feess, a judge in the United States District Court for Central California, said he would provide a more detailed order soon.

Fox has been seeking to prevent Warner from releasing the film. The superhero adventure, based on the “Watchmen” graphic novel, is being directed by Zack Snyder (who also directed “300”) and has shaped up as one of most eagerly anticipated releases for next year.