Steve Ballmer made "Gigli."
He thought it was a good idea at the time and the public decided it wasn't. And anyway, he was in love with the, um, concept.
Ben Affleck was the man responsible for Vista. He hurried it through, the people recoiled. His reputation suffered.
Oh, and then he won another Oscar.
Yes, I know I've inverted the names. But for the last few days Ballmer and Affleck, two men who have enjoyed perfectly successful careers, have been treated like related Enemies of the Twitter State.
One was vilified because he … Read more
Disney is looking to boost its digital unit, and to do so it has reportedly thrown more than $100 million toward a new project called "Disney Infinity," according to The Wall Street Journal. This comes after abysmal earnings and hundreds of layoffs over the past couple of years.
The project will feature video games from many of Disney's TV shows and major movies like "Cars," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and "The Incredibles." The games will work similarly to a choose-your-own-adventure scenario. They are designed for players to be able to create … Read more
Apple is trying to make you an offer you can't refuse.
Movie buffs now can add such hot film series as "The Godfather," "Star Trek," and "Back to the Future" to their iTunes collections at heavily discounted prices. The bundles run from $9.99 to $59.99, with some available at standard definition and many in high definition.
The first three Spider-Man films are spinning at $19.99. The "Die Hard" collection will make you shout "yippie kay yay" at a price of $39.99. All 10 "Star … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Give "Star Wars" fans this: They're nothing if not hopeful.
In the days leading up to Disney's massive D23 Expo fan-fest here this weekend, the entertainment giant tried to tamp down expectations that it would real new details about 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII."
But short of CEO Bob Iger having a press conference to declare that the company wouldn't announce anything new about the highly-anticipated next film in the series, fans came to D23 holding out hope that Disney just might still drop a hint or two about … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney hasn't become the world's most powerful media company by ignoring its fans.
On Friday, the giant media company opened the doors to its third D23 Expo, a three-day festival of all things Disney. Ranging from a three-plus-hour presentation of everything animated that will be coming from Disney in the next few years -- including three new Pixar films -- to a costume contest, an exhibition of classic artifacts from the Disney archives, and artists' re-imaginings of scenes from the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Steamboat Willie," D23 has something for everyone.
During the … Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What if the asteroid that ended the age of the dinosaurs actually missed Earth?
That's the central "what if" at the heart of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," the hit animation studio's next film, which will be released in May 2014.
At the D23 Expo, Disney's fan-fest, on Friday the entertainment giant unveiled the most details yet on "The Good Dinosaur," as well as its summer 2015 film, "The Inner Mind," and fall 2015's "Finding Dory."
If the teasers Pixar showed during the … Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Nothing quite says "tease" like reading from a mega-popular, fan-favorite comic book at the end of a movie panel.
But that's just what Henry Lennix, who played General Swanwick in this summer's Man of Steel blockbuster, did at the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H on Saturday afternoon. When he joined the film's star Henry Cavill on stage at the end of the Man of Steel panel, director Zack Snyder asked him to read something.
Snyder told the audience, "We're not adapting this thing, but it will help us … Read more
Does the actor who played the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness" make a convincing Julian Assange? Judge for yourself courtesy of the new trailer for "The Fifth Estate," an upcoming film about WikiLeaks and its controversial founder.
Popping up on YouTube on Tuesday, the lengthy trailer serves up a variety of scenes from the movie.
We see the anger from U.S. government officials over WikiLeaks' posting of classified documents. We watch the budding rapport between Assange and former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a relationship that eventually turned sour. And we catch a silhouette of … Read more
Instagram may not be quite so instant anymore now that it supports video, but that hasn't stopped the marketing juggernaut behind the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from using the platform to debut what the studio calls the world's first Instagram trailer.
The trailer is 15 seconds worth of dramatic music, slow-motion shots of Ashton Kutcher with a beard, and inspiring dialog about crazy, misfit rebels. It's pretty much like the first full theatrical trailer for the film, except shorter. There's just as much shirtless Kutcher involved, though.… Read more