Batman franchise has been in live production for a long time. It starts with Adam West in the original 60s television series, then moves to the big screen with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Most recently, the darker version of The Dark Knight has been played by Christian Bale. The next entry in the series, The Dark Knight Rises may have a bit of surprise in store.
According to reports, Adam West has been seen on the set for the next film and it is suggested that he will be playing a role in the new film. Most likely a cameo of sorts. In fact,
Floss magazine's Twitter feed published,
Hollywood big wigs confirmed actor Adam West (Batman on the TV series) will make a cameo on The Dark Knight Rises set to open July 20, 2012
My hopes for the cameo are that Batman somehow interacts with Quahog, RI and it is Mayor Adam West we will be seeing. Probably not, though.
A Zenga Initial Purchase Offering (IPO) has been a long time coming and with all the recent Internet company IPOs like LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora, the timing seems to be appropriate. Not to mention that Zynga makes all of them, including Facebook, look very shaky as far a business models and profitability is concerned. On July 1st of this year they official filed and are moving forward quickly. A $91 million net income for last year is a huge difference from a loss of $53 million in 2009 and their growth is still increasing. They are well poised for a successful IPO that could increase their valuation to as much as $20 billion. However, Zynga isn't looking at this through rose-colored glasses.
Hit the break to see how Zynga plans to move forward and address their concerns.
With Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams largely out of the picture, CEO Dick Costolo is looking to expand their current ad platform to start bringing in some more money as they look to raise another round of investor capital. Who and how much are still unanswered questions but in the past Twitter has averaged around $200-$300 million per round so we could probably expect to see a similar amount this time as well. The reason for the new capital is simple, they need to buy time so they can actually try to find a way to legitimize their service. This is a problem that goes back well before
March of last year when Biz Stone announced they really weren't sure how to make money and also weren't really worried about it, at all.
What does Costolo have in mind to help try and put this issue to bed? Hit the break to read on and find out.
In the wake of
myspace's sale last week, Google has decided that it needs to fill the power vacuum by filling the position vacated by myspace. There are, apparently not enough second-tier, poorly thought out social networking sites, so Google is stepping in with Google+, since second-tier and poorly thought out are right in their wheel house. Google+ is both of these.
Some of our regular readers might have thought I changed teams last week when I wrote about
Google's Pride shirts and their HTML5 creator, Swiffy, but I assure you I am still here to tell you the truth. In this case, the truth is, Google+ is exactly what I expected.
What does that mean? Hit the break to find out.
Facebook, in an attempt to mitigate the damage done by
Google+, made a big integration announcement this week. Starting now, if you install Skype version 5.0 for Windows, you will be able to use Skype from within Facebook.
Most of the "usefulness" is hokum, such as being able to read your news feed from within the Skype client, but there are some legitimate features as well. The integration of video chatting into Facebook is something that is needed, if for no other reason than Google Chat already includes video, and Google Chat is integrated into Google+.
What else has Facebook got planned for new features? Hit the break to find out.
We know Xbox LIVE has been very much into the video scene. No matter where you live and what you like to stream, there's options for you. You have Netflix, Hulu Plus, AT&T U-Verse and even Sky Player for my people in UK, and that's just the third-party stuff. There's a whole catalog of video goodness within LIVE's Video Marketplace, too. However, if you are like most people, we blow by the Video Marketplace on our way to Netflix or Hulu Plus, knowing our options are a little more extensive over there. There's that, and the fact that we've already paid a monthly subscription for one if not both of those services and don't want to shell out another 400-800 Microsoft Points to rent out an HD movie.
Wouldn't it be nice if just like the beloved and awesome Zune Music Pass there was a Zune Video Pass that allowed an all-you-can-stream package for a low monthly option? I know I would be onboard for that, and Microsoft knows that people have been asking for it. So this week, rumors have been flying around about a video streaming service to launch, complete with Zune branding. It makes sense, too, as they'd make more money if they kept the video streaming inside their own services and didn't have to link out to a third-party. Don't fret, though, I'm sure Microsoft will keep all of their external options on LIVE, too, as they do still want the Xbox to be the
center of all of your entertainment, no matter where you may want it to come from.
We have more on what this package might be after the break.