Fox 2000 Steps Into “Deep Water”

Fox 2000 confirms that screenwriter Zach Helm (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”) will adapt author Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 suspense thriller “Deep Water” into a feature, to be produced by Steve Zaillian, Guymon Casady and Mike Nichols :
“…set in the small town of ‘Little Wesley’, ‘Vic Meller’ and ‘Melinda Meller’ have a loveless marriage held together only by a precarious arrangement, To avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as planned…..”
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Facebook will introduce apps based on its new Open Graph and Gestures

Facebook will introduce apps based on its new Open Graph and Gesturesplatforms at an event Wednesday in San Francisco, according to a report.The apps will let users “frictionlessly” share based on actions other than “like,” “read” or “watch,” according to AllThingsD, which cites “sources” in the report.

Reps from Facebook could not be reached for comment.

Facebook announced the upgrade to Open Graph at the f8 conference in San Francisco in September. The move was prompted by Facebook’s assertion that the Like button constrained sharing because it was an implicit endorsement of content. Facebook wants users to share everything they are doing, whether it’s watching a show or hiking a trail, so the company decided to create a way to “express lightweight activity.”

Since then, apps from Hulu, Spotify and The Washington Post have been based on the “read” and “watch” buttons. Now, Facebook plans to unveil a group of apps that use Gestures beyond those, according to the report.


The New Open Graph


Facebook’s introduction of the new Open Graph in September did more than just expand the range of Gestures available to app developers. The new platform is also different in three major ways compared to the old Open Graph, including:

  • Apps no longer have to ask for permission to post content to Facebook over and over again. Instead, a new Facebook permissions screen explains exactly what type of stories will be shared the first time you give an app permission to post to your Facebook. Once completed, it will no longer have to ask for permission.
  • Updates through the new Open Graph appear in the ticker automatically, but do not appear in the News Feed unless it’s an important event. This makes it easy to discover new content from your friends in real time.
  • Users can share experiences, such as listening to music, through the new Facebook Open Graph and the ticker.

So, whatever happened to L.A. Noire, the brillant Video Game from 2011?

 

Rockstar and the now defunct Team Bondi’s brilliant L.A. Noire was troubled since the beginning, resulting in an agonizingly long seven year development cycle that promptly ended the bright developer’s business upon its release.  Still, if a developer is going to release its final game, it might as well be as good as the absolutely sublime L.A. Noire.  It spoke directly to the love of the detective genre with its investigations into heinous crimes and really impressed with its disturbingly life-like facial animations, resulting in an unforgettable experience that is begging for the franchise treatment.  Let’s really hope that Rockstar gets it together to give this incredible framework the treatment it deserves before it becomes the gaming equivalent of the one that got away.  Get on it, guys!

Lantronix Debuts Solution for Printing from iPad, iOS Devices

Apple’s AirPrint technology in the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad makes it easy to send photos and documents stored on those devices directly to nearby printers via a local Wi- Fi network, eliminating the need to send these files to a computer first. But it won’t work with printers that aren’t specifically labeled AirPrint-compatible, which practically limits its utility; if you’ve wanted to use AirPrint, you’ve probably had to buy a new printer.

Last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, however, Lantronix, Inc., debuted a better option: a small device named xPrintServer-Network Edition ($149.95) that plugs into a home network router and makes almost any old printer compatible with the direct printing capability built into Apple’s iOS devices––as long as that printer is also connected to the same router, either by a cable or wirelessly. No other installation steps are required (there are no additional applications, software downloads or printer drivers requires), and the xPrintServer will automatically discoverall the compatible networked printers in the vicinity.

But the xPrintServer will run only on iOS version 4.2 or later, and it won’t work with every printer ever made. Right now, the xPrintServer is compatible with “thousands of printer models” from HP, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Lexmark and Xerox, Lantronix says, although downloadable updates to the device expected later will add even more printers. The xPrintServer is slated to be available in the first quarter of this year at Amazon.com, NewEgg.com, Buy.com, and MacMall.com. In addition, pre-orders can be placed now at the company’s website.

Watch the Lantronix xPrintServer launch video to learn more.

Pileggi Adapting “Goodfellas” Series For AMC

AMC is developing a “Goodfellas” TV series, set before the events of director Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film of the same name.

The “Goodfellas” TV series will focus on the early years of the characters growing up in the 1960’s, written by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, writer of the original film and author of the 1986 non-fiction book “Wiseguy” that the film was based on.
Pileggi will also produce the series with Jorge Zamacona and the original film’s producer Irwin Winkler.
Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” followed the rise and fall of ‘Lucchese’ crime family associates ‘Henry Hill’ and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Characters include ‘Jimmy Conway’, ‘Tommy DeVito’, ‘Paulie Cicero’, ‘Frankie Carbone’, ‘Sonny Bunz’, ‘Billy Batts’ and ‘Morrie Kessler’.

The author of Wiseguy and Casino, Nick Pileggi the man who brought you Joe Pesci’s famous “How am I funny?” scene in Goodfellas. He’s also the husband of fellow screenwriter Nora Ephron.

‘AVATAR’ SEQUEL PROBABLY WON’T ARRIVE UNTIL 2016

Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier

Back in 2009, a movie arrived in theaters that transported audiences to a lush, unpolluted alien world without acknowledging the irony of sitting in an air-conditioned theater for its nearly three-hour runtime.  SinceAvatar became the biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation), the world has patiently waited for the sequels that James Cameron, in his beneficence, has promised.  The second and third Avatar movies have been consistently pegged for 2014 and 2015, but it looks like we might have to wait an additional two years before Avatar 2 brings Pandora back to Earth.

With Cameron’s Titanic getting a 3D rerelease in a few months, producer Jon Landau recently spoke at a screening of the previous biggest movie ever.  According to Entertainmentwise, Landau casually dropped a new timetable for the science fiction trilogy, saying, “We are excitedly working on it as we speak and it will be four or so years before it will be out.”

 

To bust some basic arithmetic, that means we wouldn’t be seeing Avatar 2 until 2016.  Given that Cameron’s plan has been to shoot both films simultaneously and release them a year apart, Avatar 3 would presumably arrive in 2017.

This makes a bagful of sense.  Though the 2014 date has been bandied about plenty, star Sam Worthington revealed this week that he’s not sure Cameron’s even written the first sequel yet, and the actor was fairly in the dark about just when production would get underway.  Besides, Cameron has never been a filmmaker overly concerned with meeting a release date, not at the expense of properly mind-melting spectacle.

Landau, being a producer, continued waxing enthusiastic and confirmed that design work on the sequels is indeed well underway.  “We are excited,” he said.  “And we have a lot of the same team working with us, some great design and ideas and some great themes hopefully.”

Sony introduces “Bloggie Live” at CES

By Steve Morgenstern

Just because Flip left the pocket camcorder business doesn’t mean people don’t want small handheld recorders that shoot high-def video. Sony adds a new twist to the concept with the Bloggie Live model introduced at CES; it has built-in Wi-Fi and allows users to broadcast their video live over the Internet.

Bloggie Live weighs a perfectly portable 5 ounces, sporting a 3-inch touch-screen display. It records full 1080p video along with 12.8 megapixel stills. With 8 megabytes of built-in memory, you can store 75 minutes of high-def video before off-loading to your computer. There’s also a built-in LED light for shooting in low light, and a stereo microphone. Using the Bloggie is point-and-shoot simple – no manual controls to fiddle with, and automatic face detection to keep your subject in focus.

The major missing feature is an optical zoom lens – you can use 4x digital zoom, but that always hurts image quality.

The design and construction are first-rate. The curved back feels good in your hand, and there’s a flat bottom that lets you stand the camera up on a table for hands-free shooting.

The major departure from previous Bloggie models is the addition of Wi-Fi, allowing wireless uploading direct to Facebook and YouTube. If you set up an account with Qik Video (a Skype service), you can even stream live video to friends and family. Streaming video is limited to VGA resolution, but the camcorder stores a full-res copy in memory for uploading later if you choose. Invited viewers can even comment on the video while you stream, and their comments will appear on the Bloggie screen.

The Wi-Fi connection also lets you download video files from the Bloggie to your PC or Mac without hunting for a cable (there’s also a flip-out USB connection if that’s more convenient).

Bloggie Live is not a cheap purchase at $250, but the convenience and spontaneity of a Wi-Fi connection is certainly an appealing option for sharing your travels with friends and family.