Derek Zoolander, Ben Stiller’s dimwitted model from the 2001 movie, will be reborn as a cartoon on the Internet. The actor told the New York Times that he’ll voice the character in a series of animated digital shorts, and that he hopes actors from the original film, like Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, will also be involved.
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Facebook co-founder Sean Parker has donated $100,000 to support Proposition 19, a California ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, reports the Associated Press. Parker’s contribution was reported in campaign finance filings that were made available this week. Another Facebook founder, Dustin Moskovitz, has donated $70,000 to Proposition 19, which includes $50,000 last month. Parker and Moskovitz no longer work at Facebook, although they retain ownership stakes in the social networking site.
Another day, another “iPhone is going to Verizon” story. This time, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year.” In June, a similar report surfaced, but the legend of the Verizon iPhone goes back even further.
An Apple rep declined to comment for this story. [WJS]
It’s become the go-to site for watching short video clips. Now YouTube is considering streaming entire feature films. Citing a Financial Times story, The Hollywood Reporter says that representatives from the site have been meeting with Hollywood studios to discuss arrangements for running full-length movies at around $5 each to compete with the likes of Hulu and Apple.
HBO is unlikely to partner with Netflix for streaming over the Internet and will instead focus on offering subscribers an online viewing option via HBO GO, Bloomberg reports. Eric Kessler, co-president of HBO (which, like EW, is part of Time Warner), told Bloomberg that HBO GO will be available to paying subscribers at no additional cost through all major cable systems, on Apple Inc.’s iPad, and on mobile devices in six months. Right now, HBO GO is available for customers of Comcast and Verizon FiOS.
Netflix announced a deal Tuesday that will allow the online subscription service to stream movies from Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM, according to The New York Times. In a deal that Wall Street analysts estimate will cost Netflix $900 million over the course of five years, the company purchased the streaming rights to the three studios’ output from the premium TV network Epix. The deal, which begins Sept. 1, will allow Netflix to add such movies as Iron Man and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to its “Watch Instantly” library of online titles.
Office star Rainn Wilson has filed a countersuit against Think Brilliant, a Portland, Ore., company that helped him develop his website, SoulPancake. According to The Oregonian, Wilson is seeking at least $400,000 in damages for fraud and breach of trust. Think Brilliant filed a suit earlier this month claiming Wilson did not properly compensate it for its work and hacked into its database. The company is asking for as much as $11.3 million.
Apple Inc. will hold a press conference at its Silicon Valley headquarters this morning to make an announcement about its latest iPhone model, the iPhone 4, according to the Associated Press. No details about what exactly will be said have been released, but it’s generally understood that the company will respond to the ribbing it has taken after complaints of problems with the smart phone’s antenna have flooded in since the device’s release.
It’s not yet known what actions to company will take to fix the problem or offer compensation to consumers for the issue. Most prominently, Consumer Reports issued a review of the device, saying it couldn’t recommend it because of the problems with reception. “When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,” the publication stated. Apple has yet to comment on the report.
Google has invested over $100 million in the social gaming site Zynga, anonymous sources told TechCrunch and Variety. Zynga, which created FarmVille, FrontierVille, MafiaWars, and other popular Facebook and social networking games, could become a cornerstone of Google Games, a yet-unofficial project. Neither company would comment on the possible investment.
A New York judge ruled yesterday that YouTube and its corporate parent, Google, didn’t infringe Viacom’s copyright when clips from Viacom-owned TV shows were posted on the website, according to BusinessWeek. Last April, Viacom filed a complaint against Google, seeking $1 billion in damages for unlawful use of protected content. But U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton said that, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, YouTube promptly removed the clips after receiving a notice from Viacom. Under the act, service providers aren’t liable for copyright infringement if they take down the offending content when notified.
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