April 23, 2011 |
The big problem with 3-D TV, which has been a flop so far despite huge hype, is the glasses. Making sure everyone in the room has a pair to view a show can be expensive and impractical, not to mention socially awkward. But 3-D could be on the verge of a revolution that leaves the eyewear behind. A new generation of glasses-free 3-D gadgets have begun to roll out: •A Nintendo video game console that shows 3-D without glasses arrived in the U.S. last month and is already a hit. •Two smart phones — from LG and HTC — with non-glasses, 3-D screens are due out by the end of the year.
October 13, 2012 |
The Vizio CinemaWide is a big-screen TV set with a simple mission: to remove the annoying black bars that come with watching, as its name suggests, widescreen cinema movies. The CinemaWide is a 58-inch HD 3-D TV that stands out because its ultra-wide screen was specifically designed for watching movies, theater style. It removes black bars by displaying content at a stretched 21:9 ratio, unlike most HD TV sets, which have a 16:9 ratio. The CinemaWide also has higher resolution, -- 2,560 by 1,080 -- than the typical HD TV. The screen isn't the only big thing about this TV. The set weighs 66 pounds and is more than 4 1/2 feet wide.
November 23, 2011 |
ESPN has a new skipper. Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger on Tuesday announced he was elevating John Skipper to lead the company's sports programming juggernaut. For the last six years, the former Rolling Stone and Spin magazine executive has been in charge of programming and production across ESPN's phalanx of media platforms, including its TV channels, radio network and the Internet. Skipper, 55, will become ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, replacing George Bodenheimer, who has been running Disney's most profitable division for 13 years.
June 23, 1991 |
When John Wayne gallops off the TV screen into your living room Wednesday night, in KTLA's 3-D telecast of "Hondo," you can thank the technology he rode in on for your chance to see the rare 1953 Western. For years, Michael Wayne, the Duke's son, has been holding back four of his father's vintage films--"Hondo," "Island in the Sky," "The High and the Mighty" and "McLintock!"--allowing them to age like fine wine. They have never been released on video and only rarely shown on television.
September 4, 2012 |
A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information on a million of them on a website. AntiSec, which is short for anti-security, alleges it gained access to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs after hacking into the computer of an FBI agent. It did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to. AntiSec said it chose to release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people's attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people's Apple device details.
January 29, 2012 |
3-D or not 3-D: That is the question. Or at least it's one question ricocheting through the dance community in the aftermath of "Pina," Wim Wenders' recent 3-D film tribute to the late innovative German choreographer and Tanztheater Wuppertal company leader Pina Bausch. In one sense, it's a nonissue: Every classic dance film ever made would have infinitely more power with real dimensional space around, behind, above and in front of the dancers. Think about Fred Astaire gunning down the corps in "Top Hat" or the fantastic colors and shapes in "The Red Shoes" ballet or Baryshnikov defining male classicism for the whole century in "The Turning Point" or Patrick Swayze having the time of his life in "Dirty Dancing" or the Merce Cunningham company making modernism irresistibly seductive in "Points in Space.
October 25, 2012 |
First there was tube-TV. Then came flat-screen, followed by high-def. Now comes the latest - Ultra HD. Will it be a hit, or flop like 3-D? On Thursday, LG will begin selling an 84-inch Ultra HD TV at the Video & Audio Center in Lawndale, the first time that the next-generation TV technology will go on sale in the U.S. Ultra HD is the branding term for TV sets with roughly four times the resolution of 1080p HD TVs. Ultra HD TVs promise to bring the clarity you see on 40-inch HD TVs to sets with screens larger than 60 inches.
January 9, 2010
Las Vegas was the perfect setting for this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, because the giant manufacturers that dominate the event placed a huge collective bet on 3-D. All of the best-known consumer electronics brands -- Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba and Sharp -- announced plans to sell television sets this year that are capable of displaying three-dimensional images. Sony and Panasonic also declared that they would subsidize forthcoming 3-D TV channels from ESPN and DirecTV, respectively.
November 15, 2012 |
Viggo Mortensen tackles a Spanish-language role in the 2012 Argentine drama "Everybody Has a Plan," which opens the American Cinematheque's "Argentina New Cinema 2012" festival Friday evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Screening Saturday at the festival is "Clandestine Childhood" and "White Elephant" - there will be a pre-screening tango lesson - and scheduled for Sunday are "Chinese Take Out" and "The Last Elvis. " That program will also offer a tango lesson. The theater's "Cinema Italian Style 2012" also continues this weekend at both the Egyptian and Aero theaters with several Los Angeles premieres, including "Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood" on Saturday and "The Big Heart of Girls" on Sunday, both at the Aero.