Will Wright is a gaming god, we know this. You all know about his megalomaniacal evolution-sim Spore that’s set to come out in September. Well today it was announced that on June 17th you’ll have two sneak peaks into the world that Spore will build.

Next week’s Rock Band DLC features two Mother Hips tracks and a Smashing Pumpkins jam.

  • Mother Hips “Red Tandy”
  • Mother Hips “Time Sick Son of a Grizzly”
  • Smashing Pumpkins “Zero”

The tracks hit April 29th for the Xbox 360, and May 1st for the PLAYSTATION 3.

Price: $1.99 per track

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You’ve probably already heard that actor Wesley Snipes got sentenced to three years today by the Federal government for tax evasion, right?

But what you might not have heard, at least according to perezhilton.com, is that right before the judge handed down the sentence, Snipes cut the Feds a check for the 5 of the 15 million he owed right there in court! And they still gave him the maximum sentence of five years!

Too little, too late, I guess….

The site Steam Punk Workshop has instructions on how to make your very own.

Okay, so ya mighta heard that EMI is suing MP3tunes.

But I bet ya didn’t know why?

Turns that the music label believes that consumers aren’t allowed to store their music files online, and feels that MP3tunes is violating copyright law by providing a backup service.

Yes, despite the courts telling EMI last March it couldn’t demand that MP3tunes turn over all the music stored by customers on its servers, it is suing ‘em anyways.

So today MP3tunes’ CEO Michael Robertson sent out an email to all users of his online music backup and place-shifting service asking them to help publicize EMI’s lawsuit.


(Source: TUAW) Aaron Besson of MyTriniPhone posted this morning about a new iPhone video recorder. Unlike previous entries into this realm, this updated version from DreamCatcher records both sound and video.I download a copy and gave it a try. The interface is a little on the prototype side but it recorded without a hitch. I was able to copy the resulting mp4 video onto my Mac and play it back. It was grainy (as expected, given the low quality of the iPhone camera) but the audio was clear. Playback on the iPhone itself simply did not work for me.

Apparently this code is based on ffmpeg and there’s a lively little discussion about this over at the Hackint0sh forums, if you care to check that out. You must pay to register if you’d like to record more than 30 seconds at a time or if you simply like the program and want to support the developer. Deets are in the program. Just tap Settings > About > Buynow.

Digital Domain Inc., the Hollywood special-effects studio that had planned its initial public stock offering for this week, looks like it’s having trouble closing the deal — at least at the price it wants.

The firm’s underwriter, San Francisco investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners, says this morning that pricing of the deal is “day to day.” That usually means the underwriter still is trying to drum up enough investor interest to get the offering done.

A proposed expansion of the DreamWorks Animation campus on Flower Street in Glendale sailed through the Redevelopment Agency, paving the way for the studio to fulfill the majority of its remaining square footage allowed in a 1996 development agreement.

The 128,718-square-foot plan would add to the 331,783 square feet of existing area at 1000 Flower St. and extend the multilevel parking garage to provide an additional 265 spaces.

An ordinance that would amend the original agreement to let DreamWorks take advantage of a 2004 zoning change and construct a higher-than-previously-allowed building was introduced as part of an approved package of environmental and design items and won’t take effect until next week, when the City Council is expected to officially adopt the amendment.

G4’s Attack of the Show interviewed Star Trek director J.J. Abrams to promote the DVD release of Cloverfield. Here is an excerpt of the video interview, cortesy of TrekMovie.

Regarding the post-production of the Trek movie, Abrams said “Well we’re cutting now, we’re editing the film. And obviously its Star Trek so there are a gazillion visual effects. We’re very lucky to have ILM doing the visual effects, and they’re spectacular. And I’m just starting to see some of them now and it is mind blowing.”

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