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Best Supporting Actor - Kevin Spacey (Margin Call)

As Sam Rogers, a banker forced to ignore his own personal morals and take some harsh, preventative measures in order to salvage the firm for which he works, Spacey delivers his best performance in years and creates a character which will both anger and resonate with viewers, and will perhaps persuade them to think of the bankers embroiled in this economic disaster as people, rather than just the great big villains that they have become in our collective minds. It is not an easy feat to turn a morally corrupt banker into anything resembling a sympathetic character, but Spacey manages to do just that with his understated and powerful performance in Margin Call.

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Video: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Cast on Charlie Rose

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If You Had Invented Siri, You Would've Invented Siri

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Well, we all knew this was coming

In a sit down with Forbes’ Eric Savitz, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie talks about how Microsoft has actually been doing what Siri offers for the past year with Tellme technology on Windows Phone. He dismisses Siri’s buzz as basically just good marketing and people being “infatuated” with Apple. 

Sadly, the majority of the time a company comes out with something that excites people, a competitor will come out and yell “FIRST!”. When Apple makes the product, it tends to happen every single time. And Microsoft is the worst at this type of “us first” nonsense. They don’t seem to realize that it just makes them look pathetic — or worse, highlights their own irrelevance in the space. 

I’m reminded of a line from the Mark Zuckerberg character in The Social Network:

“If you had invented Facebook, you would’ve invented Facebook.”

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Universal remotes are by and large misnomers. They’re not truly universal. Even that remote from that dumb Adam Sandler movie couldn’t control a HTPC. Universal remotes are often just for traditional AV devices. But not the Bridge from New York-based start-up, Convergence Technologies. This remote concept is a true universal remote with the ability to control everything a HDTV from a cable box to a game system to a digital streamer. But they need your help.

Convergence Technologies is looking for $50k in funding through Kickstarter. The funds will allow the company to develop the necessary software along with building and distributing the remote. As with most Kickstarter project, there’s a bit of risk involved. The device sounds and looks great on paper — if the company can actually build the thing.

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Fourth Hobbit production blog arrives
Peter Jackson has posted a new video diary on his Facebook page, and as ever, it’s stuffed to the brim with behind the scenes tidbits on Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.This time out, Jackson is focusing on his use of 3D, and he certainly sounds like a fan of the new technology available to him. You can see the new video below.“Shooting The Hobbit in 3D is a dream come true,” says Jackson. “If I’d had the opportunity to shoot Lord Of The Rings in 3D, I certainly would have done it. 3D helps immerse you in the film.”[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON PJ OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

Fourth Hobbit production blog arrives

Peter Jackson has posted a new video diary on his Facebook page, and as ever, it’s stuffed to the brim with behind the scenes tidbits on Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.

This time out, Jackson is focusing on his use of 3D, and he certainly sounds like a fan of the new technology available to him. You can see the new video below.

“Shooting The Hobbit in 3D is a dream come true,” says Jackson. “If I’d had the opportunity to shoot Lord Of The Rings in 3D, I certainly would have done it. 3D helps immerse you in the film.”

[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON PJ OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

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