In an unusual distribution plan, Sundance Film Festival selection Bass Ackwards will be available nationwide on multiple platforms one day after the festival closes. New Video and Zipline Entertainment will release the film via digital retailers, cable VOD and DVD on demand on Feb. 1, followed by a larger DVD release in spring 2010. Actor Linas Phillips stars in and directs the story of a man travelling cross-country after ending an affair with a married woman. Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair) is one of the film’s executive producers.
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Google released its Nexus One phone today, which runs Android 2.1 and was designed by Google and HTC. Smaller and lighter than an iPhone, the Nexus One includes a 5-megapixel camera and sports voice-enabled typing for all text fields. The phone is available now for $179 with a new T-Mobile contract, or, in an unusual official option, for $529 unlocked. It will be available with Verizon and internationally with Vodafone later this year.
ESPN and Discovery Communications will, independently, each launch 3-D networks in the near future. According to a press release, “ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match on June 11…. Other events to be produced in 3D include up to 25 2010 FIFA World Cup matches, Summer X Games, college basketball, and college football, which will include the BCS National Championship game.”
Discovery Communications will join forces with Sony and Imax to broadcast a 24/7 3-D channel starting in 2011. The company said in a statement that programming will focus on”natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children’s programming.”
Both networks are intended to “drive consumer adoption” of 3-D televisions.
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.
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.
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