Friday, August 18, 2006

Huh???? OddsnEnds Dweebing

Editor's Note: Leftovers. Get your redhot leftovers.

William Shatner to voice Kirk in video game
According to Reuters, William Shatner will lend his voice to the upcoming video game STAR TREK: LEGACY, a new video game due to hit shelves this October.

The game will let players command more than 60 starships, spanning all five of the franchise's live-action TV series, into combat against foes such as the Klingons and the Borg.

"The interest in Star Trek has waned in the last couple years," Shatner said. "It's been around a long time. It's a staple of American life, and I think we need something new and different in Star Trek."

007 novel coming in 2008
According to Reuters, a brand new James Bond novel, by a mystery author, will hit shelves in May of 2008.

The book will be released exactly a century after James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, was born. Fleming first wrote CASINO ROYALE in 1953.

The sequel to the big screen version of CASINO ROYALE is also set to be released in May, 2008.

Fox, 20th to Sell Movies, Shows Via Web
Fox Interactive Media and partner studio Twentieth Century Fox have announced a new joint initiative that will see the two companies sell both current movies and TV shows to consumers directly through Fox's network of Web properties, including MySpace and IGN.

While the scope of the deal is still to be determined, the companies say they will sell full length movies for $19.99 each and episodes of TV shows for $1.99. The TV shows will come from News Corp's stable of programming outlets, including Fox hits like 24 and Prison Break, along with yet to be named shows from FX, Fuel TV and Speed. Several shows will be available within 24 hours of broadcast.

The program will launch in October on IGN's, which currently sells video games, while eventually migrating to MySpace.

Back in May, Fox began peddling episodes of the Kiefer Sutherland-starring 24 on MySpace through a promotion with Burger King, and both Prison Break and 24 are available to purchase via iTunes.

But rather than relying soley on iTunes, Fox appears to be focusing on directly selling its own content going forward, while making it available on whatever devices consumers wish to consume it on. In what the companies say is an industry first, all shows and movies purchased through Fox Interacive Media sites will be transferable to any Windows Media-based portable device.

Our drive to deliver Twentieth Century Fox content via the most powerful online platforms is advanced substantially by this agreement,” said Peter Levinsohn, president, Digital Media, Fox Entertainment Group. “Offering Fox content in conjunction with FIM properties enables viewers to access the best movies and TV shows from multiple platforms in the Fox family.”Editor's Note: How noble of them. Always thinking of our convenience. Oh, and I'm guessing that this ALSO enables FOX to profit more directly from all of it? ( cynical)


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