(Source: TUAW) TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington is reporting that rumors beginning to float around the blogosphere are stating that Apple is interested in purchasing Twitter for US$700 million in cash. Twitter, in case you’ve been off of the planet for the last two years, is the magical “social networking” tool that has you answer the question “What am I doing right now?” in 140 characters or less.

Twitter currently has more than 25 million users, and it is rumored that growth has been exploding since Oprah blessed the service with her presence in mid-April. However, despite the size and growth potential of Twitter, there’s simply no compelling reason for Apple to spend part of its huge cash reserves to purchase the company.

(Source: PostMagazine.com) After some 43 years of intergalactic action, there are a lot of things you could have named this movie for Paramount’s “reboot” of the franchise, but director/producer J.J. Abrams stuck with the two basic Gene Roddenberry-inspired syllables that say it all.

Abrams, famed for creating blockbuster television such as Lost and Fringe, favors character-and-story over spectacle and gritty verisimilitude over sleekness. We’ll trust Abrams with Star Trek’s character development and focus on his choice for much of the film’s look — ILM, the lead effects house, created about 789 VFX shots out of around 1,000 total, or about one hour of Star Trek screen time. (Other houses that contributed work include Digital Domain, Svengali and Lola VFX.)

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends.Will Clark is set to direct “Pride and Predator,” which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about.

Shooting will begin in London later this year. John exec produces, and his Rocket partners Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing.

Clark, who directed award-winning short “The Amazing Trousers,” wrote the script with Andrew Kemble and John Pape.

(Source: (my.spill.com)  Action Synthese is a French animation studio that is planning on doing a full-length computer generated movie of The Wizard Of Oz which is set for release U.S. theatres in summer of 2010. The film is being directed by John Boorman, who also did Excalibur and Deliverance. The script is being handled by Jim McClain and Ron Mita whose work includes RobotsS.W.A.T, and Sniper 2. The movie will be a direct adaptation of the original L. Frank Baum novel, and not the 1930s live-action musical.
Action Synthese will handle the production for the upcoming animated movie. They also did the animation for Dougal and Stupid Invaders.

(Source: news.toonzone.net) It is a condition of movie criticism these days—and pay attention: movie criticism, not film criticism—that digitally created special effects will be received with a certain mild disdain. Whether the critic in question is a longtime cineaste writing for a slick weekly magazine or a fanboy blogging alone, it’s mandatory to look down one’s nose at high-gloss computer graphics, so well varnished with glinting sunlight, rippling fur and the occasional lens flare for simulated authenticity. To some degree, this is appropriate. Special effects may now be the product of thousands of person-hours (and still more personless computer-hours, with digital rendering processors churning on while film crews sleep), but in terms of weight, mystery and cinematic life force, the high-water mark was achieved somewhere around the release of the first Jurassic Park.

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