In Eastbound and Down, Kenny Powers has stood atop the worlds of baseball and pure assholery. (If that wasn’t a word, it is now.) His latest achievement is to land as king of the hill in the business of sports apparel. Kenny Powers is now the CEO of K-Swiss, and he’s going to destroy the world of product marketing and branding, the better to rebuild it in his own image. His approach to business is explained in a video after the break. It is laden with guest appearances, including Michael Bay. And, as anyone familiar with Eastbound and Down would likely assume, this is some NSFW shit. Read More »

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Mark Cuban Negotiating for 3-D Without the Glasses!?

3D TheaterOne of the main problems with the concept of 3D is people don’t like wearing those annoying glasses. Sure, they have improved over the years. I remember seeing one of the early MAX 3D films with this big hunking plastic helmet (something larger than Darth Vader would ever wear) which cramped my neck. Real D and IMAX now offer low weight plastic glasses, but I’ve still heard complaints of eye strain (although I’ve never ever suffered such). I’ve always said the future of 3D is a glass-less solution. A few years ago at E3 I saw some early versions of televisions which offered 3D without glasses, and while the prototypes were early at best, I knew then this is where we’d be heading.

MarketSaw is reporting that billionaire maverick Mark Cuban and Ed Meyer of Digital3-D.com have been negotiating with a glass-less 3-D for Cuban’s Landmark Theater chain. The site claims there “may be an announcement soon.” I’m not sure the accuracy of this report (for now let’s classify this as rumor), as I’m still under the belief that we’re a few years off. But it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of technology is needed for such a solution. And how good will it look compared to the normal glass-wearing solution we’re all use to.

Would you see more 3D movies if you didn’t have to wear glasses?

RealD has inked a deal to expand it’s Digital 3-D experience to an additional 200 screens (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and more). Disney’s March 30th release of Meet the Robinsons will use the technology.

A heavyweight annual human rights report issued by the State Department lists Borat as a victim of censorship. The report cited Borat’s loss of his Kazakh webpage www.borat.kz in late 2005 alongside court cases and limits on free speech faced by the few domestic media critical of Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kevin Smith’s London Q&A sold out so quickly that they’ve added a second show on Thursday April 5th.

Charlie’s Angels co-stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz are considering working together again on a remake of the classic 1940s Betty Davis film, Old Acquaintance.

Latest MPAA Ratings
: Goya’s Ghosts is Rated R For violence, disturbing images, some sexual content and nudity. Mr. Brooks is Rated R For strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language. The Nanny Diaries is Rated PG-13 For language. Skinwalkers is Rated R For violent content throughout and language. TMNT is Rated PG For animated action violence, some scary cartoon images and mild language.

Last September, Microsoft announced a collaboration with director Peter Jackson on several videogame projects, including one related to Halo. Microsoft executive Shane Kim revealed Jackson’s project would be one of two episodic series they’re working on, while speaking at Game Developers Conference: “Our deal with Peter is not about a film guy who wants to make video games. We’re in the design phase now. The first series will be set in the Halo universe. In addition to this deal, Jackson continues to executive produce the currently on hiatus Halo feature film.”

The brown hooded cloak worn by Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars film, sold for $104,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder on March 6 in a London auction. Someday I will have disposable income.

Magnolia Pictures has served Google (ie YouTube) with a subpoena requesting the identities of users who uploaded copyright-infringing content: “We’ve had a real problem with it,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Our films ‘The Host’ and ‘Jesus Camp’ have been up there many times. There’s software that can find pornography — that they seem to be able to take down.” Mark Cuban fails to realize that copyright infringement is much less damaging to our youth than hardcore pornography. I kid, I kid.

The Departed bumped Flushed Away from the top spot on the national DVD sales charts. I know I bought a copy.

Daniel Craig has told film bosses to cover him up in the next James Bond movie. A source tells the Daily Express, “Daniel was a little uncomfortable at the amount of nudity he had to do.” “He appreciated that a lot of it was to win over the female fans but it’s not something he wants to make a habit of, no matter how good he looks in his trunks.”

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