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NBC considering 'The Office' spin-off, Rainn Wilson to headline the show

Dwight Shrute is one of the best characters on TV, in the show 'The Office." NBC is now "giving consideration" to a spin-off show of The Office, starring current Office star, Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, according to a report at Entertainment Weekly.

 

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This would see Dwight returning to his faithful farm, where he runs a family beet farm and a bed & breakfast. It's said that a backdoor pilot would air later this season and take place at the Schrute Farms. If the series is picked up, the show would air as part of NBC's midseason lineup for 2013.

 

A source told Deadline:

 

Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.

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Resident Evil - Retribution trailer, Sony is the new T Virus of advertisement spam

As a fan of the Resident Evil movies, this news is not too surprising. But the new Milla Jovovich arse-kicking movie, Resident Evil: Retribution features well, a product showcase of Sony branded products at the beginning of its new trailer.

 

 

It's not the usual product placement where a camera is zoomed into a smartphone or TV and you can clearly see some weird UI that doesn't exist in the real world, yet features a perfectly showcased product. This is more like the first thirty seconds of the movie is an in-your-face non-subliminal message of Sony products. Watch the below trailer to see what I mean.

 

After that, we're introduced to the new Resident Evil movie, and after that advertising, I thought I'd post it here to see what our readers thought. Then, I thought, well, as long as I get cliched, fun, popcorn action movies like Resident Evil, I'm prepared to put up with a bit of Sony advertisement being thrown at my eye balls. These movies need funding from somewhere, right? Or is it a bit too much? Thoughts?

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BitTorrent demos BitTorrentPlus client at CES - transcoding and home streaming

CES 2012 - One of my final meetings at CES was with the folks at BitTorrent in their suite at the Hilton hotel. We were given an introduction to some of the new features inside the latest version of the BitTorrentPlus client.

 

 

Brad from BitTorrent started by giving us a demo of "Disconnected" on the BitTorrentPlus client and its ability to transcode files that have been received through the BitTorrent network. He downloaded a torrent file (a .3gp file) from a mobile phone and while it's playable on a PC, it's not playable on other devices such as media players.

 

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It's really a simple and quick process to convert the file, copy to a USB drive and then plug into a BT certified device (in this case a Blu-ray player) and playback the file which was converted from a .3gp file to a .mkv file which is supported by a vast amount of media players. No longer are you required to use third party tools which can be complex to convert files. It's all done within the BitTorrentPlus client.

 

Next up we got a demo of "PC Connected" which allows you to very easily stream your downloaded torrents from your PC to your TV using a BitTorrent enabled device. In the video above you can see a prototype Broadcom box which allows streaming of your torrent content over the network.

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The Simpsons make a joke about Steve Jobs

I don't know how this can be found offensive, maybe it should be taken the other way: as a tribute. Steve Jobs was such a huge influence on society itself through the gadgets he saw released, that he makes it into one of the most iconic TV shows in history: The Simpsons.

 

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In this weeks episode, titled "Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson", Homer is being interviewed on TV, where along the bottom, the news ticker reads "Steve Jobs unveils iGhost".

 

In this episode, Homer becomes a Glenn Beck type, after Bart uploads a video of him having an Alec Baldwin-ish aeroplane meltdown moment. During an interview on Fox News, the news ticker flows and shows up some funny, but fake headlines: "Europe puts Greece on eBay", "Congress postpones end of world to 2013", "Satan tweets support for Santorum", and the big one, "Steve Jobs unveils iGHOST".

 

Do you think they took it too far? Or some people just can't take a joke?

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Netflix jumps the pond, announces UK, Ireland launch

Netflix is enjoyed by quite a lot of people and now it has launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland, officially. Streaming the Netflix catalog of entertainment costs just 5.99 pounds or 6.99 euros per month.

 

Residents can queue for a one month free trial on the website right now and when it launches, it won't just work on PCs, but a bunch of gaming consoles, Blu-ray players from LG, Samsung Smart TV, iOS and Android-based phones as well as smart TV adaptors from Philips, Western Digital and Roku.

 

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Content wise, it sources from a slew of companies such as All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4's 4oD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks.

 

It also includes Open Graph Facebook tie-ins that are featured in the Latin America service, but held back in the US due to regulatory concerns. So, if you're based in the UK or Ireland, hit up the Netflix site, now!

Paranormal Activity 4 will haunt you soon

I fondly remember the first Paranormal Activity, I followed it for a while and had an early viewing of it and loved it. It wasn't the best horror movie, but it did what it was made to do: be super cheap on budget, be a decent movie and compared to Avatar, made a crap tonne of money-to-budget ratio.

 

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According to a Paramount press release, there's a fourth Paranormal Activity coming out this year. Now, the second one (to me) was the peak of the series, I have a newborn at home now and those scenes are just... powerful. I mean, what would you do? If it were you? The third one, while good in explaining the back story, just didn't have enough scares.

 

A fourth one, I'd love to know what direction it would take. Here's the press release from Paramount:

 

In 2012, Paramount's release slate highlights include "World War Z," a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and "The Dictator," starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind "Borat."

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Prometheus trailer, a kind of prequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott

Most people I know haven't even heard of 'Prometheus', so if you haven't, then check out the trailer below. The movie works two ways, by itself as a stand-alone Ridley Scott-directed movie, and secondly, a sort-of prequel to Ridley Scott's awesome 'Alien'.

 

 

Alien really changed things up in the genre when it came out, and paved the way for James Cameron's awesome Aliens. Prometheus looks much more epic in scale than what I thought it did, so for those of you who have (like me) watched the constant trickle of leaked screenshots, teasers and real lack of info, the trailer will really blow you away.

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Did you enjoy the 5th Fast and Furious movie, Fast Five? Well, start your engines, F&F 6 is coming, oh and F&F 7, too

Fast Five was a fairly big hit for Universal, considering it was the fifth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise. It pushed the franchise beyond just car racing and car-based set pieces, to action-adventure crime films. The fifth movie also sported a decently large cast consisting of series regulars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, as well as bringing back favorites such as Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Eva Mendes.

 

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There's now rumors floating around that there's a sixth movie in the works, and it could even be shot back-to-back with a seventh. They might even be one big interconnected story. Vin Diesel has gone as far as talking of the sixth movie, where he's been quoted:

 

With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn't have enough space...We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages.

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