Americans now watch more online movies than DVDs



U.S. movie buffs will pay to watch more movies online in 2012 than they will on physical video formats like DVD. That historic first marks a tipping point for Hollywood -- and its business model...

http://money.cnn.com/2012/03/22/technology/streaming-movie-sales/index.htm

Posted on 23 Mar 2012, 19:24 - Category: Movies
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Bike lets you change gears with your mind



In 2011, Toyota commissioned the high-tech marketing firm Deeplocal to create an unusual Prius campaign. The firm came up with a mind-controlled bike...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46694425/ns/technology_and_science-innovation/t/bike-lets-you-change-gears-your-mind-if-you-concentrate/#.T1436TGPVfY

Posted on 12 Mar 2012, 9:53 - Category: MindScans
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Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate



A British ethics group has launched a debate on the ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies that tap into the brain and could bring super-human strength, highly enhanced concentration or thought-controlled weaponry...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/01/us-brain-neurotechnology-ethics-idUSTRE82000F20120301

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 12:47 - Category: MindScans
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Why books and movies are better the second time

New research reveals why people like to reread books, re-watch movies and generally repeat the same experiences over and over again. It’s not addictive or ritualistic behavior, but rather a conscious effort to probe deeper layers of significance in the revisited material, while also reflecting on one's own growth through the lens of the familiar book, movie or place...

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/17/10437789-why-books-and-movies-are-better-the-second-time

Posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:46 - Category: Movies
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White House: China to Allow More U.S. Films



The announcement is applauded by the MPAA, which says it will "return a much better share of the box office revenues to U.S studios."

China has agreed to allow "significantly more job-supporting US film exports" in an effort to provide fairer compensation to Hollywood film producers, the White House announced Friday evening...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/white-house-china-films-joe-biden-xi-jinping-mpaa-292500

Posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:45 - Category: Movies
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Netflix gives new customers DVD-only option again



Despite its commitment to streaming movies and TV, Netflix is offering its DVD-only service option to new customers again, but will it tempt those who have converted to Redbox?...

http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/17/10435389-netflix-gives-new-customers-dvd-only-option-again



Posted on 17 Feb 2012, 23:43 - Category: Movies
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The average movie ticket in the U.S. cost $7.93 last year, topping the previous high of $7.89 in 2010.



Going to the movies has never been more expensive.

Ticket prices in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2011, according to numbers released Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter by the National Association of Theatre Owners. The price of admission rose last year to $7.93 from $7.89 in 2010.

The high comes despite the average price for a ticket dropping slightly, to $7.83, in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to NATO. The lower fourth-quarter average is believed to reflect a slower pace of business, especially for 3D movies, which carry a higher price....

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/movie-ticket-prices-increase-2011-288569

Posted on 9 Feb 2012, 19:08 - Category: Movies
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Mind Reading a Reality in Five Years, IBM Says



Within five years, IBM believes we'll begin to see early applications of mind reading technology that up to now have been little more than science fiction fantasies. The geeks in blue are, at this very moment, researching ways to link your brain to electronic devices so, for example, you could simply think about calling someone on your smartphone and it would happen. And looking longer term, IBM believes brain control will take over manual typing...

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/mind_reading_reality_five_years_ibm_says

Posted on 7 Feb 2012, 14:23 - Category: MindScans
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Pic reunites Monty Python members



Members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are reteaming for "Absolutely Anything," a sci-fi farce combining CGI and live action, with Terry Jones to direct and Mike Medavoy to produce.
Plans are for filming to begin in the U.K. this spring, with the Pythons voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do "absolutely anything" to see what a mess he'll make of things -- which is precisely what happens. There's also a talking dog named Dennis who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Robin Williams will voice the character...

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118049265

Posted on 31 Jan 2012, 10:28 - Category: Movies
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SAG-AFTRA Merger Means Tougher Admissions, Potentially Costlier Membership



The changes in entrance rules and initiation fees will be of great interest to current and prospective members of both unions and close off a key route to a SAG card.

AFTRA’s open door policy – which allows anyone to join the union online by paying the initiation fee – will end if SAG and AFTRA merge...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-merger-dual-membership-cost-284453

Posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:26 - Category: Movies
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