Apparently, the only person who thinks actress Rose McGowan can pull off the lead in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming remake of Barbarella is Robert Rodriguez.

The NY Observer is reporting that Universal Studios has backed out of the film as a result of McGowan’s casting and Rodriguez is now forced to shop it to independent financial backers to raise the budget.

Of course, Rodriguez denies that casting his girlfriend had anything to do with Universal bailing the film and insists that they were thrilled with her screen-test. He says it’s all about the Benjamins.

I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I play videogames is because I don’t like getting hit with things in real life. Soon, though, you’ll be able to feel the virtual hittings on your body.

For only $189, you’ll be able to own a 3rd Space vest that gives you the ability to feel the bullets, body-blows and beat-ups of games through pneumatics and voodoo.

“It was originally designed as a medical device,” the vest’s designer, surgeon Mark Ombrellaro told Yahoo while letting gamers try the vest at the E for All video game exposition in Los Angeles.

J.K. Rowling might be done with the Harry Potter series of books, but that doesn’t mean that she’s done surprising us with information from the Potterverse. In a recent Q&A session, Jo revealed that one of the most beloved characters in the Potter pantheon, headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay, and was in love with rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

I think this is completely awesome. Having a prominent character such as this being a gay man, and teaching kids that it’s ok to idolize someone who lives a different lifestyle is A-OK in my book. I’m sure that the radical Christian groups who have been trying to ban the books since their inception will cry foul, but it doesn’t matter. Albus Dumbledore is gay, and there’s nothing, and we mean nothing, wrong with that.

You can argue the relative merits of the energy sword VS the Needler all you want, but the most powerful weapon in Halo 3 is, hands down, The Banhammer.

And Bungie’s about to bring that sucker down hard.

This message was posted Friday on Bungie’s official site, Re: Cheating (we guess):

Harbringer of Doom:

There are those of you doing things you shouldn’t be in Halo 3. Some of you have gotten a little too famous for your own good. This ain’t a church and there is no redemption or salvation once you have been judged. Apologies are now officially too late to save you.

The storm approaches.

Love, Bungie

Smash! We’ll see how it goes.

Today Apple announced their quarterly profits and it was pretty major. The company pulled in 67% more than they did last year.

Apple made $904 million this quarter over $542 million last year. Wow!

This is great news for Apple moving into this weekend, which will see the release of the long-awaited Leopard OS X Update.

Interestingly, the profits were mostly due to strong sales of Apple computers and iPods, not iPhones, which has been the focus of late.

P.S.: You should have bought Apple stock yesterday.

In an attempt to compete with rivals Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, AT&T is taking Napster’s entire music catalog of over 5 million songs and making it available for wireless download next month.

Songs will cost $1.99 each, or $7.49 for five a month. To launch the service, it will offer content from Grammy-winning band Matchbox 20’s new album.

Oh boy.

“It’s easy to see where the trail is headed,” Matchbox 20 Rob Thomas said. “This is going to be the way that people are going to get all their media.”

UPDATE: No point in downloading this demo and burning it to a disc anymore. The Guitar Hero 3 demo will be available tomorrow as a free download directly on XBox Live. It will have the same songs listed below.

Not only that, but, beginning November 2, 2007, gamers 13 years old or older will be able to participate in a number of activities online including a 72-hour Play & Win Sweepstakes where every hour winning axe shredders who register and play are awarded with special prize packages–prizes like a limited edition guitar faceplate signed by Slash, as well as a rare “meet your maker” achievement for those who can beat Neversoft’s rock soldiers!

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Check out this awesome hack– someone has put Leopard’s stack functionality onto the iPhone’s little dock. Very cool– if you made all four of the icons on the dock into four little stacks, you could have all of the application access, and none of the clutter.

Especially when the SDK comes out (and already, those with jailbroken iPhones are feeling the icon squeeze), we’re going to need expansion slots like this. Apple clearly borrowed lots of ideas from iTunes and the iPhone in their new OS, and with this idea, it’s time to start borrowing them back.

There is a great deal going on in the Tool camp for fans out there, so I figured I’d give an update.

Firstly, they are in the process of adding dates to their North American tour. Most recently they have announced a show on December 11th at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. Tickets for that show go on sale this Sunday (October 26th). Click here for a cool entre to the ticket sales. Other cities where tickets recently went on sale are Los Angeles @ Nokia Theatre on Dec 10th, Spokane WA @ Spokane Arena on Dec 7th and Portland OR @ Memorial Coliseum on Dec 5th.

Next up Tool has a new DVD/Video for Vicarious coming out December 18th or 19th which will include a extended cut, “lots of bonus material” and special packaging. The still above is from that video.

And finally, Maynard (lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle) has a new side band project called Puscifer which recently released an EP (now available on iTunes) and will shortly release their first full length album “V is for Vagina” which can be pre-ordered from their site here. I’ve heard the EP and some previously released Puscifer tracks from on the Underworld Soundtrack and am personally excited to hear the full album.

Over at the official Google Docs blog they’ve announced a revision of the Google Docs interface designed more mobile devices, in particular the iPhone. You can now get “mobile-optimized versions of your docs, spreadsheets, and even presentations (for iPhone only for now)” by pointing your mobile browser at http://docs.google.com/m .

Unfortunately, the revision is still read-only, allowing you to view your documents, but not to edit them. Hopefully, Google will figure out a way to bring editing to the iPhone before February. In any case, this could still come in handy if you’re a regular Google Docs user on the go.

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