Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Records? I Break Those: Harry Potter's Finale

You've heard the buzz...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 has been breaking box office records for the past FIVE DAYS now. The film currently holds the title for highest midnight gross ($43.5 million), highest single day gross ($92 million, on Friday), highest domestic opening weekend ($169.2 million), and highest global opening weekend ($478.2 million).

Totaling that up, the film has earned a remarkable $542.5 million worldwide in just four days...five if you count Thursday. *shrugs*

We're here to inform you you can add one more record to that list...Highest IMAX opening weekend! $15.2 milli from domestic IMAX showings this weekend for a sizzling $55,000 per theater average. Internationally, the film picked up another $8 million on IMAX screens, giving it $23.2 million worldwide. That puts it just ahead of fellow 3-D blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which pulled in $23.1 million from IMAX screenings worldwide. I've added my dollars to both accounts...if you need some convincing for Potter though...


Lockout?: NBA Releases 2011-2012 Schedule

To me, this is a little crazy...and kind of gasses fans up for something that might not even actually go down. But, I understand...moving forward as usual.

Among the premiere nationally televised match ups on ABC, ESPN and TNT:

•Nov. 1:
Dallas Mavericks vs. the Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.

•Nov. 2:
Miami Heat @ New York Knicks

•Dec. 8:
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat

•Dec. 25:
New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
FINALS REMATCH: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls
NOTE: The Christmas Day schedule is scaled back from five games last season.

•Feb. 24-26:
NBA All-Star weekend

•March 7/8:
Orlando Magic vs. New Jersey Nets (London)

The most nationally televised organizations this season include:
Dallas Mavericks & Boston Celtics (30)
New York Knicks & Chicago Bulls (29)
Miami Heat (28)
Los Angeles Lakers & Oklahoma City Thunder (27)

Those totals do not include "Fan Night" selections on the NBA's network...NBATV.

Even with a lockout, teams are promoting and selling regular-season ticket packages, but single-game tickets wouldn't be available until October at the earliest. The last day of the season has been declared April 18.

Sidebar: I put David Stern up there because we are not permitted to use NBA Player images either...LOL.


Trailer: The Avengers [LOW Quality]

You're going to have to excuse the quality level. In fact, I seriously debated posting this, however, the audience is calling for it...right? Who's excited to see this melting pot of blockbuster hits and childhood heroes?

Check the Teaser first...


Who's Really Winning? Google? Apple? or Microsoft?

Google Inc.'s former Chief Executive Eric Schmidt had some pretty candid terms of endearment for rival organization Apple, Inc. earlier today. At the Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, Schmidt snapped at Apple stating:

The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding. Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits. We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.

Steve Jobs is a genius. Period. However Apple, who hasn't released a new handset in over a year, is currently in the midst of taking the world's top three Android handset makers -- HTC, Motorola and Samsung straight to the bank via the courtroom. All three companies have responded back with counter suits, but already one of the companies looks to be in some serious danger.

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge found that HTC's products violated two of Apple's broad technology patents. The ruling opens the way for Apple to secure an injunction to block shipments of HTC products into the U.S. That in turn means less competition for Apple, at least within United States territory.

Google was unable to successfully spin the HTC news as a win on their behalf. The shouldn't have even attempted that to be honest. No matter how hard they try, or how they view the HTC outcome, the preliminary infringement ruling covered technology that's deeply tied to the Android operating system.

Google faces similar headaches from another rival in Microsoft. HTC has agreed to pay Microsoft a reported $5 to $10 USD per handset. It may seem like a small amount there...but at the end of the fiscal, it's a ton. Now Microsoft wants $15 per handset Samsung sells and is using the threat of a lawsuit to try to drive a deal home.

The timing of these lawsuits hardly seems coincidental. Microsoft's hopes for Windows Phone 7 have fallen flat as the OS has failed to generate any market momentum, thus far, and has only a tiny smart phone market share. Similarly Apple, is getting outsold over two-to-one by Google.

Apparently Apple and Microsoft are in violation of each others' patents. But apparently, when you share an enemy, you briefly become the best of friends. It seems to me Google goes home with the most haters... and when you have the most haters. You win.


Welcome To Sony's Virtual World

3D is the new wave. If you are not aware, you clearly live under a rock. *cue the Geico commercial* Despite the most recent #D game introduction to Sony's PS3 gaming department, the titanic company is preparing to take a step toward virtual gaming once again. Once again? Yes, again. SEE: Virtual Boy. Sony showed off a virtual reality device in a head-mounted display at the CES festival earlier this year and are moving ahead with testing. That means it should be on the shelves of your favorite -mart stores in no time.

The unit maintains a "slim and sexy" design and also features twin-OLED screens. How exciting...

Excuse me while I search Netflix for Gamer featuring Ludacris and Gerard Butler.

Word to Engadget.


Beyonce Covers Complex Magazine [Video]

Beyonce is one of GOD's most beautiful gifts...she proves that here with some help from our friends at Complex.

More pics after the jump...