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martes, 31 de enero de 2012

BBC Enters Deal With Sky To Offer iPlayer On Sky Anytime


The BBC have announced a landmark partnership deal with Sky that will bring the BBC’s VoD service iPlayer into the homes of five million Sky customers this year.

Later this year BBC’s iPlayer will become accessible to Sky customers on their home TV sets. Using BBC’s iPlayer, viewers can catch-up on BBC programmes in the familiar iPlayer experience that they may have missed.

To access the BBC catch-up TV service, users will need a broadband connection and access to the AnyTime Plus internet TV service. Viewers will also be able to use the ITV vod service, ITV Player from today.

The BBC’s goal is to reach all viewers it can, so with Sky’s plan to bring its Anytime+ to customers regardless of who their internet provider is, is a major development in helping to bring BBC iPlayer to around 5 million new homes in 2012 and at no extra charge.

This deal builds on seeing the BBC’s iPlayer on platforms like Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, PlayStation, Wii, along with mobile phones, tablets, and Internet connected TV’s. Launching on Sky Anytime+ rounds off the picture in which BBC’s iPlayer is available on pretty much all major UK TV platforms.

The BBC Director General Mark Thompson said “Having the BBC and Sky work together to further build on the BBC iPlayer success story can only be fantastic news for audiences. Making BBC iPlayer available on all platforms is key to our commitment to universal access and this agreement takes us one step further towards that goal. I’m delighted to take this first step on a story of innovation for both organisations.”

Sky’s Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch, added “Sky Anytime+ will go from strength to strength in 2012 and we are delighted that the addition of BBC iPlayer will allow Sky customers to enjoy the best of the BBC whenever they want.”

New trailer of Aliens: Colonial Marines


Having recently announced a delay until the autumn of 2012 Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sega presents a new cinematic trailer of the game.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U is an action game in first person we will have to survive the attack of these fearsome creatures.

Gearbox, its creators, consider the game as the spiritual sequel Aliens, the second film in

Alexsandro Palombo becomes famous on characters in 'The Simpsons'


World of design icons such as Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace and Chanel Coco changed their skin tone yellow and adopted the figure of Homer and Marge Simpsons, artwork by artist Alexsandro Palombo, which is considered the "father of a satire about fashion. "

The Italian Palombo, who has a studio in New York, said that with these twelve illustrations, appeared in his blog Humor Chic, aims to create "pure art, entertainment and awaken the imagination," and that "each viewer sees in them what I want. "

The cartoons show the creatures Matt Groening Yellow transfigured into designers like Donatella Versace and daughter Allegra, Marc Jacobs, Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfed in journalists like the editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes criticism, or the Queen the "burlesque" Dita Von Teese.

"The I chose them because they are the most iconic and the most fun," said Palombo, who decided to combine fashion with cartoons of pop culture because it "is more attractive."

Palombo (Salento, 1973), known for designing knitwear with which marched on the Fashion Week in Milan and with whom dressed rock stars like Sheryl Crow, has focused since 2007 on providing insight from your blog satirical fashion.

Italian illustrator and anorexia reported, reflecting one of his drawings in the face of the late British singer Amy Winehouse with the body of a skeleton or the struggle of the U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, for better power children in this country, with a similar picture.

He has also made other provocative drawings as showing the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler wearing a jacket emblazoned Louis Vuitton and drinking Coca-Cola, the brand Fendi hunting Bambi or dressed Wintour mafia. "Society is provocative, I'm just honest," he said Palombo, who defines his blog as "a portrait Society Journal, an illustrated view of the customs, culture, fashion and celebrities," adding that, when you start drawing, you know "where to start, but not where it ends."

Palombo's work will be at the next Fashion Week in New York, but declined to reveal yet how, since it is a "surprise."

lunes, 30 de enero de 2012

Celine Dion Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction In Jamaica


The only thing worse than a wardrobe malfunction is a wardrobe malfunction... down there.

Celine Dion surprised audience members at a concert on Friday when she took to the stage in at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in a teeny gold Balmain minidress. The long-sleeve bodice of the dress stayed on, but the short hemline gave show goers sitting below a bit more than they bargained for, according to E! News.

Dion told Zappos Couture's "The Trend" that "normally when people are level the length [of the dress] is fine. But people were like this (looks up)... So it was like I didn't think of the people downstairs and me there."

Whoops. Luckily Celine's confidence wasn't shaken, as the 43-year-old mother of twins is used to braving the stage in barely-there dresses (even just five months after giving birth). She did, however, spend the rest of the Jamaican festival in longer frocks.

Shirley MacLaine To Join 'Downton Abbey' For Season 3


Lady Grantham is in for a pleasant surprise on "Downton Abbey" next season when her mother comes to Downton. Joining the British drama for Season 3 is Academy Award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine, according to an official release.

Elizabeth McGovern, who stars as Lady Cora, had previously told the U.K.'s Sun that the third season would see some of her American relatives coming to Downton, including her mother, Martha Levinson, played by MacLaine.

"Julian has written another brilliant character in Martha Levinson, who will be a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess and we are excited at the prospect of Shirley MacLaine playing her," said executive producer Gareth Neame, in a statement.

We can't wait to see what the Dowager Countess thinks of Martha Levinson. Will these two Academy Award winners go head-to-head on the Downton estate? We can only hope.

Season 2 of "Downton Abbey" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on PBS. The third season will premiere in the UK in the fall of 2012 and will then air in the US in the winter of 2013.

Complete List of SAG Award Winners 2012


Actors love other honoring actors, which is why the Screen Actors Guild Awards exist. Well, that and as yet another precursor to the Academy Awards. Who took home the actor trophies at the 18th annual SAG Awards -- and thus moved one step closer to Oscar gold? Find out below.

Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture: "The Help"
Male Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Viola Davis, "The Help"
Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series: "Boardwalk Empire"
Male Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Female Actor in a Drama Series: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"
Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"
Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"

Stunt Ensemble, Motion Picture: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
Stunt Ensemble, Television Series: "Game of Thrones"

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Tyler Moore

Viggle App Makes It Pay To Watch TV


It is the dream of every couch potato in the world, to get paid for watching the TV. Well now, thanks to the new Viggle app for iPad and iPhone, you can, kind of.

The app which runs on iPad nd iPhone works as a loyalty program, and rewards viewers for vegetating in front of the goggle box with gift cards, music downloads and movie tickets.

The way the app works is by recognising the show that the viewer is watching and credits a certain number of reward points for every minute watched.

The credits earned equate to two points per minute, and will work for live and recorded shows.

Viggle have partnered with a number of companies to offer rewards such as Burger King, Starbucks, iTunes, CVS, Best Buy, Sephora, and Fandango.

Speaking about the app, Chris Stephenson, president of Function (X) Inc.who make Viggle said, “Viggle is the first loyalty program for TV. We’re basically allowing people to get rewards for doing something they’re doing already and that they love to do.”

So how does giggle make money you ask? Well if your racking up points, it stands to reason you will watch even more TV, right? So audience numbers rise and will make more money from advertising for the TV companies, and the app will show advertising of is own.

So as Viggle makes money, it can give a percentage away to the viewer. But before you get too excited, it seems you will need to rack up a lot of points for even a small reward.

For example, you will need a mammoth 7,500 points just to get a $5 gift card to use with a participating retailer. In other words, several weeks of TV watching!

To help encourage the zombiefied viewers who wish to participate, Viggle give you 1,500 bonus points when you sign up. They also plan on offering bonus points for watching ads on the app and checking into shows like “American Idol”.

Not sure about the rights and wrongs of encouraging viewers to slob in front of the TV even more, then reward them with a burger, but the app is now available from the app store and an Android version will follow.

Only Fools Do Remakes


It seems as though TV executives at ABC could be running out of ideas at the moment, as they look across the Atlantic for the inspiration behind their latest planned sitcom, a proposal to re-make of UK classic comedy, Only Fools and Horses.

It is thought that the network have commissioned Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg (writers of Scrubs) to produce a pilot of the classic format, raiding the BBC’s archive for a show that premiered in 1981 (over 30 years ago), and lasted for 7 seasons through to 1991, showing its final episode (a Christmas specials) in 2003.

While it is currently unknown just how close the BBC One sitcom will be imitated by ABC (such as the names of main characters Del Boy and Rodney, and their company ’Trotters Independent Trading’), the basic premise is thought to be a good match, as they describe a soon to-be-produced American pilot episode as: ”…the misadventures of two streetwise brothers and their ageing grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in a bid to become millionaires”.

Only Fools and Horses will not be the first UK-made series to be given a US re-production, as proven by more recent attempts such as E4 comedy The Inbetweeners (remade for MTV), singing contest X Factor (Fox), and Ricky Gervais’ sitcom The Office (NBC). While a number of formats have tried and failed in the USA, will this one manage to find success?

It is a former star of one of the more successful remakes, Steve Carell (The Office USA) who has given his initial support to the plans, having previously stated his desire to star in a remake as lead character ‘Del Boy’, saying: “That is my dream role. The British do sitcoms better than anybody else in the world. I think with the right scriptwriters and cast we could do Only Fools and Horses justice. If anybody wants to help me do a remake, I’d love it.”

James Franco Gets Student Complaints On New Webseries


It has already happened with TV shows from Seaside Heights (USA), Newcastle (England), and will most likely continue with Liverpool (England), but the ‘party reality TV’ genre is now taking off in new directions, as Hollywood actor James Franco prepares to launch a new web-only series that could have a negative impact on the reputation of the University of Southern California (USA).

The project, entitled Undergrads, has been created in an effort by the 127 Hours star to portray a no-holds-barred, yet ‘honest’ view of student life at USC, but ahead of the first episode on Thursday (airing on jamesfrancotv.com), members of the university have been complaining that it is not an accurate portrayal of life at the school.

In what a news reporter described as ‘Jersey Shore on steroids’, the series, which will be run over a number of weekly episodes, will feature the ongoing stories of several featured undergraduate students (filmed in 2010) as they live their lives away from the lecture halls.

While the online-only production is unlikely to reach anywhere near the popularity of MTV’s hit, Undergrads could have the potential to end up producing a new breed of minor celebrities that get famous with no talent, which would be a notable breakthrough for the world of online TV, and a plausible one with the backing of a big-name actor in charge of the show. 33-year-old Franco is believed to be hoping to then sell the series on to TV networks such as HBO or FX, should the web run prove successful.

Travis Newhouse, a USC student studying ‘junior cinematic arts’ said of the preview episode that he watched: ”I can’t help but laugh and be disgusted at the same time. It’s irresponsible.”

Controversies from the first episode are said to include a featured student listing ‘play Twister on the quad’ on his personal ‘bucket list’, and a group of party-goers that refuse to invite a number of girls with them for being ‘too fat’, both allegedly highlighting an ‘inaccurate’ shallowness of the student population.

Some students at USC are currently leading campaigns for members of the school to boycott the series until it can be ‘shut down’ by the university’s officials, but that is an outcome very unlikely to occur, due to the fact that the content was filmed off-campus and of individuals.

James Franco’s manager Miles Levy, who is a co-producer for Undergrads, defended the format, stating: “What we wanted to have happen was to try to do a show about what really happens in college, and not Melrose Place [or] 90210.”

With the ‘controversy’ story probably giving the series a well-timed publicity boost just before its first broadcast, will the Undergrads soon have reason to celebrate with big online ratings?

New Remote App Makes Controlling Hotel TV A Breeze


Apple And Android travellers can now make use of a new TV remote app to control the TV set in over 500,000 hotel rooms in the US. LodgeNet who provide interactive media services to hotels, have released an app called the LodgeNet Mobile App.

The app runs on the iPad, iPhone and android devices. Besides turning into a TV remote, the app also controls on-demand content and pay-per-view movies (which can be paid direct from the phone). The app will also give hotel and local information, directions and other useful information.

You may ask, why would anyone want an app when the hotel has a perfectly good TV remote? Well apart from hygene purposes and dead batteries, the app does extra stuff and even lets you turn off the TV whilst out of the room.

Speaking about the app in a press release, Derek S. White, President of Interactive & Media Networks for LodgeNet said, “With 75% of travelers carrying smartphones today, mobile devices have significantly changed how travelers behave and what they expect from hotels, airlines and every supplier within the travel eco-system.”

He continued, “The LodgeNet Mobile App was developed to be fun, fast and very easy to use so that travelers can customize their hotel and travel experience in everything from the movies they watch, to the restaurants they dine in, to the hotel services and local entertainment options they choose – all managed and controlled through their own mobile device.”

Currently around 2,000 hotels around the US can make use of the app, and to keep it family friendly, it will not carry any adult content. So users will still have a need for the hotel remote then.

Kinect could join a new generation of laptops with Windows 8.


Microsoft could have authorized the use of motion recognition technology to suit Kinect a new generation of laptops with Windows 8.

Specifically, two prototypes of Asus Kinect would have already integrated webcam instead of traditional.

The success of Kinect Microsoft has made big players in this technology. Private developments encouraged the company to develop the system to open their computers and development worldwide.

The result of this openness and Microsoft's work in the past CES already announced the launch of Kinect for PC.

Knowing the system's potential, the question is what the next step of the company in the development of Kinect. In addition to refining some aspects such as the optimum distance for recognition, it seems that Microsoft's intention is to continue increasing Kinect compatible devices.

According to The Daily, the next step is to introduce Kinect on laptops. Thus, "The Daily" has ensured that in the past CES had access to two prototypes of Asus laptop built Kinect count.
Part of the computer

Kinect would go from being a peripheral to be part of the laptop. Until now it was common for laptops integrate a webcam at the top of the screen.

The idea is to replace traditional Kinect camera, so that the laptop have the recognition of movements without any device more. Sources confirmed that Microsoft seem to have existed and that the prototypes were of the Asus brand.

These prototypes, which is not confirmed to be generated, you would have Windows 8, Microsoft's next operating system.

The truth is that the idea of ​​laptops with Windows 8 and Kinect fits Microsoft's strategy, which in the new operating system to facilitate opted for touch control. If the laptop does not have touch screens, they might fill the gap using Kinect as a system of controls

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