Movie social networking site Flixster has acquired the movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes from IGN Entertainment, Dow Jones Newswires report. The two sites will still be available as separate entities, but their combined reach will total 30 million visitors. Their merged databases will include 250,000 movies, 2.3 billion user-generated reviews, half a million critic reviews, and more than 20,000 trailers and video clips.
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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple will offer a new multimedia tablet device for sale to the public in March. Rumors have been swirling about the Apple tablet for months, but the company has so far remained silent on the subject. The Journal reports that its sources say the device will finally be unveiled later this month and will feature a 10- to 11-inch touch screen.
Twitter was hacked last night, directing users who tried to log on to a site sporting a green flag and the proclamation, “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army,” according to CNN. The website was reportedly down for nearly an hour. The company responded to the flap on its official Twitter feed, saying at about 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, “Twitter’s DNS records were temporarily compromised but have now been fixed. We will update with more information soon.”
American Idol creator Simon Fuller has announced his next big reality endeavor, If I Can Dream. The innovative program, which will debut online in early 2010, focuses on five young individuals — a musician, an actor, two actresses, and a model — as they share a Hollywood Hills house while trying to break into the entertainment industry. Viewers from around the world will be able to watch the show’s participants live 24/7 at the show’s website, while Hulu will stream a recap episode at the end of each week.
Viewers will also be able to interact with the show’s participants via MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and texting as the action unfolds in real-time. If a contestant on the show drops out for any reason, a replacement will be cast through an open audition process featured on MySpace.
Comcast will begin letting subscribers of its cable and Internet services to access and view cable TV shows and movies over the Internet effective tomorrow, the AP is reporting. The service, called Fancast Xfinity TV from On Demand Online, will include content from HBO, Cinemax, and 25 other cable networks.
In a move that is worrying publishers, bestselling author Stephen R. Covey has signed an exclusive e-book rights deal directly with Amazon.com for two of his books for one year. According to The New York Times, Covey is moving the e-rights to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership from print publisher Simon & Schuster to RosettaBooks/Amazon for one year.
Rashida Jones has joined director David Fincher’s Facebook movie. Variety reports that the Parks & Recreation actress has a role in Social Network, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about the founding of the revolutionary social networking website, starring Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg.
Studios are making plans for sequels to Zombieland and Jackass to be filmed in 3D. Variety reports that Sony intends to make use of 3D technology in its follow-up to this summer’s zombie hit, which starred Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. Paramount already has a start date for a 3D Jackass 3, Johnny Knoxville’s next knucklehead daredevil opus: Jan. 25.
Hulu, the popular web hub for online viewing of current and classic television shows, is drawing record use. According to Advertising Age, traffic on the site jumped nearly 47% in October, its largest month-to-month gain of the past year. The spike coincides with the networks’ new fall programs and with ABC’s recent decision to make their hit shows, like Lost and Desperate Housewives, available on the service. The increased traffic is reflected in the site’s booming advertising, as Hulu anticipates they’re nearly sold-out for the last quarter of the year.
Apple’s iTunes is working with Live Nation to offer downloads of concerts. The new live music section, Live Nation Studios, debuted Tuesday. The initiative will offer exclusive recorded and filmed concerts – for purchase only on iTunes – from Live Nation’s select venues. The artists on offer currently include OK Go, Jesse McCartney, Duffy, Plain White T’s, and Ziggy Marley. Hundreds of other live recordings will be added in coming months, with prices starting at $7.99. Live Nation is the world’s largest live concert producer, working with about 22,000 concerts annually.
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