Writers be damned!

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will return to air on January 7 without their respective writing staffs after being on hiatus since the Writer Strike started last month.

“We would like to return to work with our writers,” said Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in a joint statement. “If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”

Meanwhile, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson will all be returning to air on January 2 without their writers.

FYI, my head writer left years ago…

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Christmas is approaching, and what better way to wile away a minute or two than with a virtual snow globe? The kind folks at Pop Art created this iPhone Snow Globe that one ’shakes’ by changing the orientation of the iPhone. You’ll need to enter this URL in the Safari browser on your iPhone, so here it is to enter manually:

http://www.popart.com/iphone%2Dsnow%2Dglobe/

 

It’ll amuse you for a moment, and it is free so why not? That’s what the holiday season is all about, right?

Being a celebrity has its perks, not the least of which is pulling in a ton of cash on a regular basis. You do your job, you get paid, and your bank account grows steadily larger. But sometimes celebrities have extra-special paydays where their net worth increases dramatically from one day to the next. Not taking into account taxes and any future payouts, Forbes has crunched the numbers and figured out which celebrities had the biggest paydays in 2007 and what they did to earn all that money.

DreamWorks Animation, the makers of those cute and heart-tugging films like Shrek, Antz and Shark Tale, will soon be getting some of its brilliant animation work done from Bangalore. The Steven Spielberg-promoted studio signed a strategic alliance with Technicolor Servcies, a division of Thomson, the e6 billion media and entertainment group to develop “world animation abilities in India.

The deal allows Thomson to leverage its acquisition of Bangalore-based Paprikaas Studios, an animation and game content provider that the company bought for an undisclosed amount in February this year. Content services, of which animation is a part, contributed $500-600 million to the company’s turnover last year.

The Governator is eyeing a return to the big screen (Yep, we may just get see the old rusty T-800 in “Terminator Salvation” after all – doubtful though, me thinks).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ageing Mr. Freeze has been inspired by buddies and fellow 80s action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis’s recent reign at the box office to whack his junk back up there on the white screen behind the red curtains.

According to the article, Schwarzenegger would possibly return to work in 2011.

Hollywood A-list Actors Turn To Game Projects

(gamesindustry.biz)            “There is no uncanny valley any more,” declares French developer

French developer Quantic Dream has told GamesIndustry.biz that it intends to secure some of the biggest names in Hollywood for its upcoming PlayStation 3 title, currently known as Heavy Rain.

With a new in-house motion capture studio, the Fahrenheit developer believes that it can successfully portray actor’s emotions – not just physical movement – with actors now interested in the script and story behind the game rather than worrying about the technology.

    
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