More than a hundred passengers aboard a Southwest flight in the US were greeted by Nintendo's moustachioed, suspender-wearing Mario character and given free HD video game systems Tuesday as part of a special collaboration between the two brands. Until December 22, passengers waiting to board their flight at airports like Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis will be able to pass the time playing a free round of "Super Mario 3D World," among other games.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has racked up more clichés about prostitution than most countries. But in her film "Karaoke Girl", director Visra Vichit-Vadakan goes beyond the typically one-dimensional depictions of the women and lets the social message speak for itself. Born in the United States and raised in Thailand, she uses a part-reality, part-fiction style with a story based on the life of Sa Sittijun, who moved to Bangkok at age 15 and ended up working as a singer and an escort in a karaoke bar. "Karaoke Girl", Vichit-Vadakan's first feature film, won the Emerging International Filmmaker award at Britain's Open City Docs Fest in June, garnering praise for how its dream sequences and dramatized scenes are woven seamlessly with interviews with Sa and her family.
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have seen record-breaking releases with over a million sales on their respective launch days. Oh, sure, the Xbox has TV integration, accompanied with its voice commands, while the PS4 has a touchpad and motion-based interface. The ones that have been well-received are somewhat niche offerings – the Xbox's car racing simulator “Forza Motorsport 5,” for example, or the PS4's indie shoot-em-up “Resogun.” Until more quality games are released, next-gen console owners with mainstream tastes are basically playing with $500 Netflix (NFLX) machines.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gritty historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and dark comedy "Nebraska" led the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, both scoring nods in the best feature, best director and best acting categories. "12 Years a Slave," a harrowing tale of a free black man sold into slavery, landed seven nominations including British-born filmmaker Steve McQueen for best director, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for best male lead and newcomer actress Lupita Nyong'o for best supporting female. ...
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actor Idris Elba will be the first to say that he doesn't look like Nelson Mandela. But in playing the anti-apartheid leader and former president of South Africa in the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," he figured that nailing his physical presence would go a long way to portraying the man. Elba, best known for his roles in the HBO television series "The Wire" and action films such as 2012's "Prometheus," had to look past the elder statesman Mandela that everyone knows and find physical clues to the younger man, a lawyer who inspired many to join the fight against South Africa's all-white rule. The film, based on Mandela's 1994 autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom," is an independent South African production directed by Britain's Justin Chadwick and distributed by The Weinstein Co. It opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.
When playing competitive video games online, it doesn't take long to hear a slew of curse words, slurs, and other offensive rabble-rousing, often from an annoying, precocious 12-year-old. Microsoft is cracking down on swearing gamers using its new Xbox One console and suspending users who upload videos with curse words. But videos shared through Upload Studio can also be heard by Microsoft, and the company isn't liking what it's hearing. "[W]e take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously.
After tearing down both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, research firm IHS concluded that the Xbox One costs $90 more to make than the PlayStation 4, at $471 versus $381. The custom processors found in both devices are among the most costly components, as they’re basically combinations of CPUs and GPUs. The Xbox One’s AMD processor costs $110, $10 more than a similar AMD processor in the PS4. Sony’s console has more expensive GDDR5 memory chips inside that cost $88, compared to the Xbox One’s cheaper DDR3 memory that retails for $60. The Xbox One also comes with a Kinect motion-sensing peripheral, which costs at least $75, while the PS4 doesn’t have an equivalent component. Despite costing $100
Emmy-award winning actor Alec Baldwin's late-night talk show on cable TV news network MSNBC has been canceled, the network said on Tuesday. The talk show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," was suspended earlier this month after the actor apologized for comments he made to a New York photographer that a gay rights group described as homophobic. "We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC," the network and Baldwin's representative Matthew Hiltzik in a joint statement.
Microsoft is rewarding Xbox One buyers who encountered issues with the console right out of the box with a free game for their troubles, in addition to a replacement console. The news comes straight from Xbox customer care, which has notified some Xbox One owners via email that they can choose one of four titles including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycon to download for free on their Xbox One, Polygon reports. “While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch
John Cusack and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will also appear in the forthcoming mafia thriller set in Las Vegas. Jason Patric has landed the main role in "The Prince," Deadline.com reports. The actor known from "The Lost Boys" and "Speed 2" will play Paul, a retired Las Vegas mobster, who returns to Sin City to search for his kidnapped daughter. Attached to the project since September, Bruce Willis will play the antagonist, Omar, who is all too happy to come face to face with Paul after awaiting his return for several years.
According to a notable British video game site MCV, the Xbox One sold 150,000 units during the first 48 hours of availability in the United Kingdom. This would be roughly double the sales volume that the Xbox 360 had over its first two days back in 2005. But what’s even more impressive is that MCV’s sources report that in less than a week after its debut, Xbox One is pulling even with the Wii U’s lifetime sales in the U.K., which just happens to be Europe’s most important video game market. Let that sink in: The Xbox One is already close to outselling the Wii U in the U.K. after just one week of availability even though the Wii U