The tablet is expected to be a multimedia device that will let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Internet and read electronic books and newspapers. People briefed by Apple also say that the company believes it could redefine the way consumers interact with a variety of content. Textbooks and newspapers, for example, could be presented differently through color screens, a touch interface, and the integration of live up-to-the-minute information from multiple sources.
Ex-LAT online editor Richard Rushfield is leaving Gawker Media after four months to go to another site, Deca, otherwise known as the Entertainment Gateway of America. (Sounds like something Lew Wasserman would create.) Actually the two-year-old site is chock full video and having established some traffic for such video series as Momversation, Parents Ask and Good Bite, Deca's now reaching out to bloggers with expertise to build blogs around them. (Yes, yet another entertainment-related site appears to be in the offing. Just what we need! Isn't the online entertainment space feeling very crowded? Or am I following too many people on Twitter?) And, for those of you who follow American Idol, @richardrushfield threatens to start indulging his obsession on Twitter soon.
For those of you who can't get anough of James Cameron, he talked to Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, who as far as I'm concerned has the world's best job. Avatar "was a big Rubik's cube," Cameron told him. Bonus: Anderson also talks to 2000-year-old men Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
Steve Pond tracks down news on who the Academy music branch deems eligible for the Oscar for best original score. Karen O. and Carter Burwell's Where the Wild Things Are score, for example, is out. The Academy has strict rules about originality which dive-bombed Jonny Greenwood's 2007 score for There Will Be Blood. Awards Daily has already posted an Oscar ballot you can start to fill out.
Wired reports on Asylum, home of cheap and schlocky blockbuster rip-offs from Sherlock Holmes to Snakes on a Train.
A list of must-to-avoid words and phrases for the new year, including bromance, tweet, using "friend" as a verb, and "in these economic times."
Screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) confirms that once upon a time he did pitch a Return to Oz, concept, which has been titillating people on the internet. That doesn't mean it's anywhere near happening.