Director will call Middle-Earth home

Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro will spend four years in New Zealand making two films based on The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, it was confirmed today.

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(Source: TheFeed) We have a feeling we’ll be writing hundreds of stories that are variations of the following, so we’ll present today’s in the form of a MadLib:

___________, has issued a stern warning to _________ about the dangers of Grand Theft Auto IV.

According to _______,The M-rated game ____________. Rockstar games, the company behind GTA 4 ____________. Parents were advised to ____________________.

In this case:

1) California Sen. Leland Yee

2) Parents

3) Yee,

4) glorifies violence.

4) Deceives the public about the content in their games.

Steven Spielberg’s first foray into gaming, Boom Blox, might be coming to other platforms after its initial launch on the Wii May 9th. In addition, the physics are being trumpeted, albeit by the people who made the game, as the best of any game ever made. We don’t know about that, but they seem to be pretty proud of themselves, which is nice.

As we mentioned, the game comes out in Europe on May 9th, and features over 300 levels and a ton of characters, in what appears to be a beefed-up puzzle game. Still, they’re awfully proud, so there’s a chance that this might be pretty decent. Worth a look, at least.

The Xbox division was one of the only bright spots in Micrsoft’s earnings report this quarter.

While profits overall declines 11% for the year, Xbox video-game unit was rockin’. Sales growth was almost double some forecasts. The business posted its third straight quarterly profit and revenue rose 68 percent to $1.58 billion. Microsoft predicted growth of 25 percent to 35 percent.

Exclusive titles like “Halo 3” and “Mass Effect” were the key, analysts think.

It was “an outstanding Xbox quarter,” said Canaccord Adams Inc. analyst Peter Misek in Toronto. “It’s just amazing that a company this size is being driven by video games.”

Bootcamp 2.1 has just been released in three Windowslicious flavors: Windows XP, Vista 32 bit, and Vista 64 bit. All three updates ‘address issues and improve compatibility,’ which is always a welcome thing.

Bootcamp, in case you aren’t in the know, is Apple’s utility that allows you to dual boot your Mac: one partition boots OS X and another boots Windows (it is a little creepy, but very cool).

Windows XP users take note: Bootcamp 2.1 should be installed before you apply Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo of America President, had a chat with Wired Magazine recently, no doubt for a feature article that will appear in the newsstand version of the venerable tech magazine soon.

They didn’t give away too much on the article, but they did let us know about how Reggie is trying his darn-hardest to get more Wiis available for the U.S. market which is constantly in a state of high demand. He says a Wii will spend an average of 1 hour on the shelf before being sold and that he has passionately pleaded with Japanese leadership in the Nintendo home offices for more than the usual North American allotment of 1.8 million consoles per month, to no avail.

Are you tired of hearing about how well Nintendo is doing? Well too bad. They’re doing very, very well, and they want you to know all about it:

Nintendo posted sales of more than 1.67 trillion yen for fiscal year ending March 31, 2008.an increase of 73 percent over the prior year.

Nintendo also reported FY08 operating profits of more than 487 billion yen, a year-over-year increase of 115.6 percent.

During the 12 months ending March 31, 2008, Nintendo shipped 18.61 million Wii consoles to its distributors and retail customers globally, bringing the worldwide total to 24.45 million since its debut in November 2006.

In a corporate-spying lawsuit brought against News Corp’s NDS Group by rival satellite television service DISH Network Corp., mild-mannered hacker Christopher Tarnovsky testified in court this week that a News Corp unit hired him to develop pirating software for them.

Though he denied using it to penetrate DISH’s security system, it is being implied that that is exactly why he was hired to develop the software.

After an introduction as one of the “two best hackers in the world,” Tarnovsky told the court that he was paid on a regular basis by Harper Collins, a publishing arm of News Corp, for 10 years, and that his first payment was $20,000 in cash hidden in electronic devices mailed from Canada.

New information of Caprica, Ron Moore and David Eick’s much-anticipated prequel series to Battlestar Galactica, is hitting the web, and TheFeed is ready to pass along the info!

Here’s what TV Addict is reporting:

(WARNING SPOILERS!)

Underworld, the dark vampire fantasy, came to the screen in 2003.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and more, this movie was a hit as soon as it arrived in theaters. A story of forbidden love, hidden pasts and the undead – along with your average bloody scenes to top it all off – this movie allows the imagination to soar into the world of warring werewolves and vampires.

The story continues in Underworld: Evolution almost immediately where the first leaves off. The long-awaited movie hit the screens in 2006. Danger lurked everywhere, and it was up to Selene (Beckinsale) to basically save the day.

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