Movies: Why did B-movies vanish from theaters? The Wall Street Journal interviewed Roger Corman recently about the DVD release of a late-’70s sci-fi flick called “Star Crash,” it asked the legendary producer to explain why low-budget pictures have largely disappeared from theaters. In the ’60s and ’70s, B-movies and genre films like “Cockfighter” or “Foxy Brown” had a theatrical release, especially in drive-ins but also at indoor “hard-top” theaters. Now, it’s usually straight to DVD and obscurity. Corman, who has produced classics like “The Trip” and “The Wild Angels” and who earned the nicknamed “King of the B’s”, broke down the changing dynamics of the industry. Wall Street Journal.
Online Gaming: Sony Online Entertainment has released a fresh dozen screenshots from DC Universe Online. The screens feature several in game locations and both PvE and PvP fight screens. Locations shown off include Joker’s Fun House, Glen Morgan Square in Metropolis, the Hall of Doom, and even Circe’s Lair where players square off against Circe’s animal-mutated minions. Check them out in our DC Universe Online gallery. MMORPG.com.
Digitial Comics: HP has rebuilt its TouchSmart software for the 310 model, making it easier to organize and play back media from the touchscreen, as well as adding enhanced everyday computer applications as well. When the first TouchSmart computer debuted, its touchscreen technology was more of a novelty than anything else. Since then, gadgets like the iPad have made touch more relevant and important than ever, and have shown everyone that it can be a powerful computing tool.
Also added with the new TouchSmart announcement is a deal between HP and Disney to offer digital Marvel comics. TouchSmart users will now be able to buy and download special versions of classic comics, and then literally thumb through them with on-screen controls. More than 8,000 Marvel titles are available, which HP says is the most extensive digital collection ever offered from any content partner. TGDaily.com.