Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"We concluded that a swift decision would be best," Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told reporters at his company's Tokyo offices.
The move would make Blu-ray backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago.
Nishida said last month's decision by Warner Bros. Entertainment to release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format made the move inevitable.
"That had tremendous impact," he said. "If we had continued, that would have created problems for consumers, and we simply had no chance to win."
Warner joined Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Co. and News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox in that move.
1 million own defunct players
Nishida said his company had confidence in HD DVD as a technology and tried to assure the estimated 1 million people, including some 600,000 people in North America, who already bought HD DVD machines by promising that Toshiba will continue to provide product support for the technology.
Both HD DVD and Blu-ray deliver crisp, clear high-definition pictures and sound, which are more detailed and vivid than existing video technology. They are incompatible with each other, and neither plays on older DVD players. But both formats play on high-definition TVs.
HD DVD was touted as being cheaper because it was more similar to previous video technology, while Blu-ray boasted bigger recording capacity.
Only one video format has been expected to emerge as the victor, much like VHS trumped Sony's Betamax in the video format battle of the 1980s.
Nishida said it was still uncertain what will happen with the Hollywood studios that signed to produce HD DVD movies, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.
Posted by Ace at 6:56 PM
This is one of those songs that just grabs me the first time I hear it. Great groove, nice melody, unique vocals. The kind of chune that'l get stuck in yer head after one listen.
Estelle is from The UK. She released a full length album back in 2004 on V2 Records titled "18th Day". The album is quite good actually, but although she received a few music awards in The UK, the album didn't break through here, similar to Ms. Dynamite's album. Why didn't it? Because in my humble opinion, as ridiculous as it may sound, the American record-buying public does NOT like their R&B/Hip-Hop artists to have an English accent. (Floetry/Ms. Dynamite/Lily Allen, etc)
Posted by Ace at 3:02 AM
|from pittsburghlive.com - by Regis Behe|
Pine record collector selling 'history of music'
Posted by Ace at 12:48 AM
LOS ANGELES Lindsay Lohan takes it all off to play a naked Marilyn Monroe in the new spring fashion issue of New York magazine.
Recreating Monroe's legendary 1962 final photo shoot for Bert Stern with the veteran photographer himself, Lohan posed for the spread on Feb. 5 at the Hotel Bel-Air.
When it came to being nude before the camera, "I was comfortable with it," says Lohan, 21 (Monroe was 36 in 1962, the year she died) though she does confess to having done "250 crunches" the night before the shoot.
Lohan also compares Monroe's death from an accidental overdose of prescription medicines to Heath Ledger's.
"They are both prime examples of what this industry can do to someone," she says, adding, "I'm not them. I sure as hell wouldn't let it happen to me."
Lohan was arrested twice last year on DUI charges and pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine charges.
Posted by Ace at 12:18 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Oh yeah, and there's even some stuff about fitness and exercising or something too... - Ace:)
Posted by Ace at 2:49 AM
The video is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men Last Stand), and co-stars 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer in what appears to be a Napoleon Dynamite'esque role.
While I have been a fan of Mariah's since day one, I'm not too into "Touch My Body". That said, it still we prove to be good enough for millions of tweens/teens to illegally download it off the internet. - Ace:)
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Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson puckered up for the press on the red carpet at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, the Daily Mail reported.
"The Other Boleyn Girl" co-stars kissed each other's lips at the premiere of the film while posing for pictures.
The two have become close friends since working together on the film, in which they play sisters, and Portman recently told W magazine she thinks she is boring, the Daily Mail reported.
"The only thing that's a little bit annoying is that I feel that I come off kind of boring sometimes."
Posted by Ace at 12:58 AM