DT’s weekly entertainment show, Between the Streams, is your guide to all of the hottest, most important, and (of course) dumbest new developments in streaming and entertainment, providing a handy recap of the week that was, and a preview for what’s ahead. Follow us here every Friday, or add us via RSS, iTunes, or Stitcher at the links below to take BtS on the road! Well, folks, we’ve been off for a while — what can we say, the holidays are a magical time of year for us. But we’re back this week and ready for action, with a slew of new movies to talk about, including our most-anticipated movies for 2017, as well as some intriguing turns for the television world, and much more!First on the list is your Weekend Box Office Preview, and this weekend is looking pretty impressive for an off week in the throes of wintry January. The movie that’s likely to take the crown this week as far as box office bucks … [Read more...] about Between the Streams: ‘Patriot’s Day,’ Chicken Man’s return, best movies of 2017
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We still don’t know whose face will be under the mask when Spider-Man returns to the big screen, but the identity of the upcoming reboot’s star isn’t the only question Marvel is facing right now. The project also needs a director, and a recent report suggests some interesting candidates are bring considered for the job.According to Deadline, the shortlist of potential filmmakers for the still-untitled reboot of the Spider-Man franchise in Marvel’s cinematic universe is down to six names. The directors rumored to be in the mix include Warm Bodies and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine, St. Vincent director Ted Melfi, Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, and the two-person team of Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.While the upcoming film will indeed start the franchise anew, it’s not expected to follow the typical origin story for the character, whose … [Read more...] about Here are the six directors Marvel is reportedly considering for the Spider-Man reboot
Covered by Houston’s local NBC affiliate KPRC, a UPS delivery man decided it would be a brilliant idea to steal an iPad Mini off the doorstep of a home in North Harris county. The Apple tablet had been delivered at the home of Al Alverson at 9:45 a.m. by a FedEx delivery man. Since Apple requires a signature on delivery, Alverson had left a pre-signed delivery form taped to the front of the house authorizing the driver to leave the package by the front door. Alverson had ordered the iPad Mini for his daughter as a Christmas present and wanted to make sure the tablet was delivered in time for the holiday.Just before 2:00 p.m., an unnamed UPS delivery man arrived at Alverson’s home to deliver a package. The security camera mounted above Alverson’s front door captured video of the UPS delivery man taking a closer look at the FedEx package before ringing the doorbell and walking away.After waiting a few minutes to see if anyone answered … [Read more...] about UPS delivery man steals iPad Mini after FedEx delivered it
GI Joe, Transformers, Battleship and now Masters Of The Universe. It’s like Hollywood swiped a list of treasured memories from our subconscious and is working its way down the list, checking off every property that could somehow, possibly be turned into a feature-length film.That depressing, hopefully fictional possibility has been generated by this morning’s news that Sony has reached out to director Jon M. Chu to helm an upcoming film based on Mattel’s Masters Of The Universe toy line. Assuming you’re unfamiliar with the toys, you would have likely seen the mid-80s cartoon based on the property. It starred Prince Adam and his super-powerful alter ego He-Man as they worked to defend Eternia from the forces of Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, et alia. Honestly the whole thing was just a 30-minute animated excuse to convince kids into bugging their parents for the latest Masters Of The Universe toys, but in that regard it was immensely successful. Especially if you … [Read more...] about Sony prepares for He-Man’s return to theaters
Japanese developer Comcept and Mega Man co-designer Keiji Inafune have launched a Kickstarter project to fund RED ASH, a spiritual successor title to Capcom’s long-dormant Mega Man Legends series.Comcept also announced a separate Kickstarter campaign for an anime adaptation of RED ASH produced by industry veteran Studio 4C All-Stars.Inafune notes that he hopes to create an action-RPG that “captures the feeling of freely exploring an anime world” with RED ASH. Inafune explains that a previous attempt at a similar concept “did not see the success or conclusion it deserved,” likely referring to his experience working on the Mega Man Legends series.Released for the original PlayStation in 1998, Mega Man Legends put a unique spin on Capcom’s many-sequeled Mega Man series with 3D, third-person shooter gameplay and an open-ended quest that took place across an expansive game world. A sequel, Mega Man Legends 2, launched in 2000, and the spinoff The … [Read more...] about Mega Man co-creator returns to Kickstarter with anime homage RED ASH
Late last year, a congressional committee began examining the idea of taxing property inside digital worlds such asSecond Life. If that happens, a digital Boston Tea Party should break out, perhaps making it the only place in America where a real revolution could still happen.Over the holidays, an article in Esquire magazine lamented that Americans will probably never have a revolution again. On the whole, the author argued, Americans are too fat and content to care if their taxes go up or if they are lied to about weapons of mass destruction.That may be the case in the physical world, also known as the "meat world," but perhaps it is still possible to see revolution in a digital space.Once people create something inside the game, they can sell it for "Linden dollars." Because the Linden dollar trades with the U.S. dollar, there are a number of people making a lot of money creating digital goods.In December 2006, there were more than 14 million total transactions ranging from 1 to … [Read more...] about OPINION Second Life Tax Man?
Part 1 of this two-part series discusses the importance of choosing the right partner when considering whether to outsource social media tasks. Part 2 focuses on vendors, risks and outcomes.Social media outsourcing will be the next big business opportunity for India after business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), contends Gaurav Mishra, Yahoo fellow in residence at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (and serious social media blogger at www.gauravonomics.com/blog)."Some functions are best handled by a local U.S., agency while some others like social media monitoring and B2C (business to consumer) community management are best outsourced to a low-cost country like India," Mishra told the E-Commerce Times."Local, domestic U.S. expertise and relationships will continue to be important for consulting and parts of insight delivery like client interaction and solution delivery -- design and B2B (business to business) community … [Read more...] about Social Media Outsourcing, Part 2: Weighing Risks and Rewards
In his new book, "The Cult of the Amateur," Andrew Keen publicly and pugnaciously says many of the things people were quietly thinking about Web 2.0. He refers to bloggers as a "pajama army" wreaking cultural havoc from their parents' basements.Let me provide a few highlights:"(Web 2.0) democratization, despite its lofty idealization, is undermining truth, souring civic discourse, and belittling expertise, experience and talent ... it is threatening the very future of our cultural institutions.""The Web 2.0 revolution has peddled the promise of bringing more truth to more people -- more depth of information, more global perspective, more unbiased opinion from dispassionate observers. But this is all a smokescreen. What the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment.""... millions and millions of exuberant monkeys -- many with no more talent in the creative arts than … [Read more...] about OPINION Web 2.0: Democracy or Anarchy?
NASA and America Makes have challenged innovators in the additive construction market to design a habitat for deep space exploration for the first stage of the competition and to fabricate such facilities in the second phase.The organizations will award a $50,000 prize and a pair of US$1.1 million purses for the winners of the multistage challenge. Registration opened for phase one on Saturday, and the second stage will launch on September 27.Entrants have been challenged to design a 3D-printable habitat for the first phase of the competition, and the team that wins that level will be awarded $50,000.The second stage of the contest challenges teams to a) develop fabrication technologies; and b) build a 3D-printed habitat, using "indigenous" material with or without recycled materials. The winners of the two levels each will be awarded $1.1 million.NASA has encouraged entrants to "think outside the box," so the organization expects the teams to get creative in approaches and to leverage … [Read more...] about NASA’s $2.25M Challenge: 3D-Print a Space Base
There's something to be said for consistency. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn hit over .300 19 years in a row. The swallows have returned to Mission San Juan Capistrano every year since 1812 (although the numbers have fallen in recent years). Richard Belzer played Detective John Munch in nine different television series over 23 years.Doing things well for a long time should earn you some attention for your efforts. This year, the Top 10 CRM blogs are all repeat visitors from last year's list. Positions have changed, but the players remain consistent.In an era when the blog is a form of communication that's being challenged by other formats -- social media posts, Twitter, and even visual channels like Pinterest -- these experts have taken the time to present longer, more reasoned and more logical takes on CRM than is possible in a tweet or pin. That takes time -- and it's time that should be appreciated by all CRM practitioners, vendors, and others who study and apply the … [Read more...] about OPINION Top CRM Blogs of 2016: Countdown, Part 2