Daily Archives: March 19, 2009

Apple Adds HD Video Purchases to the iTunes Store

Apple’s flood of announcements this month continues today with the addition of high-def movie purchases to the iTunes Store. Although HD TV shows were previously available to buy, HD movies were rental only until now. HD flicks will cost you $19.99, and they’re the same H.264 compressed 720p quality. Purchases will come with both an HD file and an iPod / iPhone-ready SD file, which is a nice touch, and Apple’s also promising that HD rentals will now be on the store within 30 days of retail. It’s all going live today with exclusive pre-orders of Quantum of Solace and Twilight.



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AT&T Confirms Contract-Free $599 / $699 iPhone 3Gs

AT&T has now confirmed that commitment-free iPhones are going to happen — soon, in fact. As of next Thursday, you’ll be able to walk into the AT&T store of your choice and pick up an 8GB or 16GB unit for $599 and $699, respectively; that’s a little harder to swallow than the normal $199 / $299, granted, but in exchange, you’re free and clear without two years of your commitment.




Go Way Back to the Year One

Columbia Pictures has released the new trailer for the Harold Ramis comedy Year One, starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross and Hank Azaria.

In the film, hitting theaters on June 19, a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village and they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.



Madonna Plans New Tracks For Hits Collection

Madonna is planning to head back into the studio to record new music for an upcoming greatest hits album, tentatively due in September.

Details on the project — which will be her last album for Warner Bros. Records — have yet to be finalized, says Madonna’s longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg. However, she says that “all different options are being explored regarding packaging and content.”

One of those options perhaps includes input from Madonna’s fans on what tunes should be included on the album. Guy Oseary, the diva’s manager, has posted missives to his Twitter account, soliciting suggestions from Madonna’s devotees about what tracks “must be on” the album.

Madonna has released two previous best-ofs: 1990’s “The Immaculate Collection” and 2001’s “GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2.” She also issued the ballads collection, “Something To Remember,” in 1995. “Immaculate” is tied with Patsy Cline’s “Greatest Hits” as the top-selling hits albums ever by a solo female in the U.S. — both are certified at 10 million sold by the Recording Industry Association of America.




Green Lantern to Start Filming in September

Warner Bros. is scheduled to begin filming The Green Lantern in mid-September in Australia, reports Production Weekly.

To be directed by Martin Campbell, the comic book adaptation is targeted for a December 17, 2010 release.

The “Green Lantern” was created in 1940 by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell. Hal Jordan introduced in 1959, a second-generation test pilot, is an ordinary man who was given the power ring and battery (lantern) by a dying alien named Abin Sur. When Abin Sur’s spaceship crashed on Earth, the alien used his ring to seek out an individual to take his place as Green Lantern: someone who was “utterly honest and born without fear.”



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OXO Good Grips Salt & Pepper Grinder Set

A modern table deserves updated accouterments. OXO’s Good Grips Salt and Pepper Shaker Set ($30) are a great place to start. Features like a rotating tab to select the setting (slow, fast, pour, or close) and a flat top for easy refilling are complimented by a clear acrylic body and stainless steel accents.



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Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection

Submitted for your approval: Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection ($148). Now you can watch all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s classic science fiction masterpiece, remastered for high-definition viewing from original film transfers. Serling was a visionary years ahead of his time, and his work still shines today. The set also includes a Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, and the series’ original, unaired pilot.




Metal Gear Solid Arrives For The iPhone

Konami has released its long-awaited Metal Gear Solid Touch game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The final release version will include both halves of the game, and purchasers of the advance release edition will receive a free update to the final release, with the ability to carry over game save information. MGST is based on the Playstation 3 title Metal Gear Solid 4, and gameplay is handled via a multi-touch interface, with the ability to slide a finger for aiming, pinch gestures for zooming in and out, and taps for firing a weapon. Metal Gear Solid Touch is available now from the App Store and sells for $8.


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LEGO Builders of Tomorrow Contest

Wired.com is running a great contest in association with LEGO:



Simply take a picture of your family assembling a LEGO model and upload it to the GeekDad Flickr pool. Add a 50-100 word description of why your family enjoys building with LEGO together and use the tag buildersoftomorrow.

There will be five finalists chosen by LEGO staff. The four runners-up get a fabulous LEGO prize package to be announced later. The winning family also receives the prize package but also gets their picture on the box of the 2010 version of the LEGO Builders of Tomorrow set. All winning families will be featured on LEGOFamilyTime.com. The deadline is April 30th.



Subway Art Gallery Opening

The folks from Improv Everywhere staged an art gallery opening on the 23rd Street subway platform in Manhattan. They had all the trappings: an open bar (serving cider), a coat check attendant, a cello player for ambiance, and nicely-dressed art patrons. The “art” displayed was the signs, graffiti, and objects already found in the subway!


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