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December 15, 2007

Wkd Prediction: ‘I Am Legend’ $60+M

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 4:11 pm

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Quick numbers for this weekend’s movie releases from my box office gurus: Warner Bros I Am Legend opens closer to $60 million than $50 million in 3,606 theaters demonstrating that Will Smith is the biggest stud at the box office bar none. (One bold analyst actually predicted a $65 mil opening, and that’s in Lord Of the Rings territory for a Christmas release of this genre.) The guaranteed hit movie will be badly needed life preserver for Warner Pictures’ drowning movie division. That 20th Century Fox remake of baby boomer favorite Alvin And The Chipmunks will wind up closer to $30 million than $20 million in its 3,475 venue debut. Mothers especially felt predisposed to take their kids to see The Munks. (Can anyone actually understand anything that Alvin says?) And look for the bottom to fall out of costly domestic flop The Golden Compass from New Line, which forked out $200+ million to make it, in its second weekend in release from 3,528 nearly empty runs. I hear studio topper Bob Shaye once again is blaming the director, in this case Chris Weitz, but also his own prez of production Toby Emmerich.

December 7, 2007

Western Digital network drives crippled — no serving any multimedia files

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 6:12 am

Gary sez, “This is the most extreme example I’ve seen yet of tech companies crippling data devices in order to please Hollywood: Western Digital is disabling sharing of any avi, divx, mp3, mpeg, and many other files on its network connected devices; due to unverifiable media license authentication’. Just wondering — who needs a 1 Terabyte network-connected hard drive that is prohibited from serving most media files? Perhaps somebody with 220 million pages of .txt files they need to share?”

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(Thanks, Gary!)

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December 5, 2007

The Writers Strike Aftermath

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 9:41 am

tvfuzz6.pngDue to the writers strike, I’ve been keeping a running tab at how many television episodes remain and it’s beginning to look pretty grim. Here’s a rundown of the casualties and where a few favorite television shows stand:

Season Canceled

24 was set to premier in January 2008. Fox wanted to air all 24 episodes without interruption, and since they haven’t all been filmed, there’ll be no 24 this winter.

Zero Episodes Remain

Heroes, Desperate Housewives, Big Bang Theory, Bionic Woman, The Family Guy, The Office, Reaper, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men

1 Episode Remains

Chuck, Criminal Minds, Girlfriends, Life, Pushing Daisies, Shark

2 Episodes Remain

Back to You, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, K-Ville, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Moonlight, My Name is Earl, Private Practice

3 Episodes Remain

Bones, Brothers and Sisters, CSI, Dirt, House, Journeyman, Numbers

For a complete listing of remaining shows, including air dates and information on other shows premiering in 2008, check out the frequently updated Brent Evans Geek Tonic: How Many TV Shows Remain.

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December 4, 2007

Zat’s Not Funny: TiVo Adds Picasa Albums and Photbucket

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 9:15 am

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Broadband-connected TiVo units can now access Picasa Web Albums (Google) and Photobucket images. From the press release:

“By working with these well-respected and popular photo-sharing partners TiVo enables families to share their pictures in new, fun ways. TiVo continues to show our commitment to differentiated product offerings by allowing subscribers to share their memories on the best picture frame in the house – – their television.” Photos will be displayed at the highest possible resolution on each TiVo box, meaning TiVo Series3™ and TiVo HD subscribers can see their memories in full high definition.

The original (and now dead) Yahoo Photos widget is still listed within the Music, Photos, & More menu, though it remains to be seen if it will ultimately be replaced with a Flickr stub incorporated into this new Photos and Slideshows widget. I haven’t really put the photo apps through their paces yet (I’m on the road this week), but did notice some of my pics appear as broken images (shown below) and wonder why the new HME app is buried so far down the menu. However, I do prefer the idea of accessing already-organized online photos rather than keeping a local computer running to feed the TiVo (via TiVo Desktop software).

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