Apple promoting music, movies, TV shows and books via new iTunes blog on Tumblr

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

As first noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has expanded its social presence with a brand new blog dedicated to iTunes content and hosted on Yahoo-owned Tumblr platform.

Now available at the itunes.tumblr.com URL, the blog highlights a curated selection of movies, television shows, music and books carried on the iTunes Store.

A special emphasis is given to Apple’s Best of 2014 charts that were published on iTunes last week. If memory serves me well, this is Apple’s second official blog on Tumblr following odd iPhone 5c web adds and Tumblr presence which was supposed to resonate with the blog platform’s younger audience. Read More

 

App Recap: discounts, new apps to enjoy mid-week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Welcome to Wednesday. As we prepare for an onslaught of new arrivals that will be hitting the App Store midnight, a number of apps and games have been updated with new features and we’re here to tell you what’s changed.

We also want to make sure you stay on top of recent discounts as some apps get slashed by as much as eighty percent with the others going all the way down to zero bucks.

And it wouldn’t be a roundup without taking a look at some of the forthcoming releases due later this month or sometime next year. This is App Recap, an app-focused column by iDownloadBlog. Read More

 

Natalie Portman passes on Jobs biopic, Jeff Daniels being considered for role

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2014

Natalie Portman has decided to pass on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to a new report from Variety. Portman was said to be in talks for a lead female role in the movie, either as Jobs’ daughter Lisa or former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.

Additionally, The Wrap reports today that Universal Pictures is eyeing Jeff Daniels for the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley. If he signs on to the project, Daniels would join fellow Newsroom alumni in writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin. Read More

 

App Recap: Facebook’s Graph Search launches on iPhone, MasterCard’s Apple Pay ad and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

App Recap welcomes you to Monday. Our daily column that helps make sense of the latest iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, games and media on iTunes is back with tons of goodies, discounts, software news and more.

We also feature a new Apple Pay television commercial by MasterCard featuring Gwen Stefani and a huge update to Paper by Fifty-Three while casting spotlight on a holiday-themed update to The Sims FreePlay and the latest Star Wars: Commander refresh that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Read More

 

Apple posts iTunes Best of 2014 charts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Like in years past, Apple ahead of the holidays published its list of the best and most popular apps, movies, TV shows, music and books available on iTunes. In the category of the top paid iPhone app, Heads Up! came in first. Facebook’s Messenger is Apple’s top free iPhone app and Clash of Clans emerged as the top grossing iPhone app, respectively. On the iPad side, Minecraft, YouTube and Clash of Clans have been rated as the App Store’s top paid, free and grossing apps, respectively.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of Apple’s most popular apps and media in 2014. Read More

 

App Recap: apps, games, movies, holiday tunes and more to enjoy this weekend

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

As we head into the weekend, spare a few minutes and check out what’s been making round on iTunes today. App Recap, our daily column that highlights new apps, discounts, media and entertainment, is here to help you make sense of it all so you can focus on stuff that matters.

In today’s edition, we bring you a few new apps and games that we think are worth your attention, some notable discounts on popular and lesser known apps and games, some nice Christmas tunes, low-priced iTunes movies and some of the blockbuster flicks hitting the silver screen in the coming months.

And for the first time since its inception, App Recap now features a laundry list of jailbreak tweaks and news. Read More

 

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final installment in the “Night at the Museum” movie series, is premiering later this month and an official tie-in iOS game is now available for download in the App Store.

Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures for the iPhone and iPad is a hidden object adventure game that puts you in the shoes of Larry, a night guard from the movie who gets to explore the museum’s hidden secrets, exhibits from Camelot, ancient Egypt, imperial China and more.

In his quest, Larry will team up with some of the most significant figures in human history such as Teddy Roosevelt, Atilla the Hun and Joan of Arc. If you’re a fan of the movie, this tie-in game should be a no-brainer. Read More

 

Winter is coming: Telltale’s Game of Thrones arrives in App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2014

Telltale Games last month posted a teaser trailer and a few scant details about an upcoming game based on HBO’s hugely popular, award-winning fantasy drama television series, itself adapted from of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, George R. R. Martin’s series of epic fantasy novels.

I’m pleased to report that on Thursday, the Game of Thrones interactive action adventure game officially surfaced on the App Store and is now available in an episodic format akin to Telltale’s The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us.

The narratively driven, six-episode game puts you in the shoes of different members of the Forrester household. The decisions you take have consequences and will change the story around you and determine your characters’ fate. Read More

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer hits iTunes and YouTube, watch it now

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

The official teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on Black Friday made its debut on iTunes. Lucas film yesterday tweeted that the trailer will hit iTunes after initially saying that it would only be shown in 30 movie theaters across the U.S. Disney in October 2012 acquired Lucasfilm in a transaction valued at a whopping $4 billion.

The acquisition brought Lucasfilm under Disney’s fold and gave the Mickey Mouse house rights to further develop the Star Wars franchise and film new movies in the series in co-operation with George Lucas. The trailer has also hit YouTube and we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure right after the break. Read More

 

Universal picks up Steve Jobs biopic, Michael Fassbender attached to star

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2014

It’s official, Universal Studios has adopted Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. In a late night scoop, The Hollywood Reporter says it has confirmed with a studio spokesman that a deal has been reached, less than a week after Sony put the film in turnaround.

Sony had been shopping the project around for more than $30 million, although it’s still unclear why it decided to back out. Several high profile names are attached to the film, and it has been widely talked about by both tech and Hollywood press. Read More

 

Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic, Universal rumored to take over

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Sony Pictures has dropped the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, according to Deadline. The outlet reports tonight that Sony has put the film in turnaround—meaning that another studio can purchase the movie.

It sounds like that studio is going to be Universal. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr says he is hearing that the Comcast subsidiary is nearing an agreement, and the deal could close by tomorrow, meaning the project should lose little momentum. Read More

 

Michael Fassbender now in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony biopic

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2014

The tumultuous casting process of Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic continues, with Michael Fassbender now reportedly in talks to play the Apple co-founder. Variety reports today that following the departure of Christian Bale, the actor has begun “early talks” with director Danny Boyle and Sony execs.

Although not as well known as Bale, Fassbender has starred in a number of high profile movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor, for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. Read More

 

Disney’s Movies Anywhere out for Android, makes cross-platform movies a reality

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2014

In a somewhat ironic twist of fate, Disney is helping blur the lines between Apple’s and Google’s respective ecosystems with Tuesday’s release of its Movies Anywhere app for Android, now available free of charge in the U.S. Google Play Store. That’s right, the app now lets folks buy and enjoy Disney content on both iOS and Android devices.

The movie-curating app debuted as an iOS exclusive in February 2014 with support for free streaming of any Disney, Pixar and Marvel content previously purchased from Apple’s iTunes Store. Any of the 450 Disney movies you bought using the app would immediately register as purchased inside the iTunes Store.

Now that Disney Movies Anywhere is available for both iOS and Android, not only can you watch your Disney movies across Apple’s and Google’s platforms, but also purchase any Disney, Pixar or Marvel Universe movie on Google Play and have it available on iOS and vice versa. Read More

 

iTunes has the Dark Knight trilogy for $15 and other movie deals

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2014

Heads up movie lovers and Batman fans, the iTunes Movie Store is offering a great deal on the popular Dark Knight trilogy. For a limited time, you can get all three movies: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in HD for just $14.99.

Given that $15 is typically the standalone price tag for each of these movies, the promotion will net you a savings of $30. The three films, which star Christian Bale, come highly recommended too, with all of them rated an 85% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes. Read More

 

Christian Bale withdraws from Steve Jobs biopic deciding he wasn’t ‘right for the part’

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2014

Following the confirmation that he was going to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming Sony movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder, actor Christian Bale has reportedly changed his mind and pulled out of the upcoming project deciding he was “not right for the part,” according to a report Monday by The Hollywood Reporter.

This marks another high-profile actor who decided against portraying Apple’s mercurial co-founder after Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year passed on the Steve Jobs role after weeks of discussions with the producers.

The unexpected development arrives less than two weeks after screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang in no ambiguous terms that the British actor, 40 years old, was picked as “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin said. Read More

 

iTunes has all 7 Saw movies for $30 and other Halloween deals

By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2014

With Halloween coming up tomorrow, Apple has discounted a number of horror movies in its iTunes Store down to $9.99. It’s also added Saw: The Complete Collection to its Movie Bundles section, which includes all 7 movies from the popular franchise for just $29.99.

Given that each Saw movie typically sells for $12.99, this deal is a savings of more than $60. But if you’re not a fan of the Jigsaw killer, there are plenty of other notable movies on sale, including genre classics such as Poltergeist, The Shining, and The Blair Witch Project. Read More

 

Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2014

Seth Rogen has been tapped to play Steve Wozniak in Sony’s highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, reports Variety. The actor will star alongside Christian Bale, who has been confirmed for the role of Jobs, and possibly Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), who is being eyed for an ‘unspecified role.’

Rogen has written, produced and starred in a wide range of movies, from 50/50 to The Green Hornet, but is perhaps best known for such R-rated comedies as Pineapple Express This is the End. He will also be receiving direction from the real ‘Woz,’ who has signed on as a consultant for the film. Read More

 

Confirmed: Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2014

Christian Bale has been officially confirmed as the leading star in Sony’s upcoming movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s bestselling 2011 biography of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

The English actor, 40 years old, will play Steve Jobs, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made it clear during an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang for an upcoming edition of Studio 1.0.

Bale was chosen as “the best actor on the board in a certain age range,” Sorkin said, adding he’s ”gonna crush it” and that “there isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in”.

“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” he quipped. Read More

 

IMDb app adds box office info, movie tech specs and a couple other features

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014

Amazon-owned IMDb, the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, has a nicely done iPhone and iPad application available for free in the App Store that has just gotten a whole lot better in the latest version 4.5 release.

For starters, the software at last provides a bunch of useful technical specifications for movies such as the original aspect ratio, color, audio, runtime and what not.

Next, movie pages now include box office information giving you yet another indication of the movie’s popularity — that’s in addition to the previous data like review scores. Note that U.S. box office result data was previously available only via the app’s Popular Charts feature.

If you want to write a plot for an obscure movie that lacks descriptions, or maybe add interesting trivia to a television show, you can now do so directly in the mobile app, without visiting IMDb’s interface on the web. Read More

 

Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs in upcoming Sony biopic

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014

Christian Bale may be playing Steve Jobs in Sony’s highly anticipated biopic of the Apple co-founder, reports Variety. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says it can confirm that the Oscar-winning actor is currently in talks for the part.

Perhaps best recognized for playing Bruce Wayne in the popular Dark Knight trilogy, Bale has taken on a variety of roles over the years. He’s well known in the industry for his ability to alter both his appearance and accent to better portray characters. Read More

 
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