- Nobody knows more about deep-sea robotic technology than filmmaker/tech head James Cameron, who has taken submersibles and his own robotic cameras down to the ocean floor to shoot documentaries on the Titanic and Bismarck. So it makes sense that he was part of a brainstorming session with U.S. officials, scientists and academics who are trying to come up with a solution to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since BP's efforts have failed, the Federal government is opening its ears to a wider knowledge database. The Huffington Post lists other parties involved in the session: the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Oceanographic Institute at Harbor Branch, Florida Atlantic University; University of California at Santa Barbara; Nuytco Research Limited; World Wildlife Fund; and the University of California at Berkeley. Cameron likes nothing better than hanging with scientist brainiacs.
On the other hand, asks the WSJ, can celebs like Robert Redford and Kevin Costner really help? UPDATE: Cameron talks to Reuters about BP refusing his help early on. And Forbes quotes Cameron from the Dow Jones D8 conference.
- Disney is the first studio to create an application - Disney Tickets Together - that allows Facebook users to purchase movie tickets and promote the film, all without leaving the site and harnessing the social power of Facebook to boost marketing and sales, reports the NYT. The film is Toy Story 3, and the film's Facebook page, which has 732,000+ followers, is serving as the test tube for this new service. If successful, Disney will deploy it for other Disney films. Oliver Luckett, the SVP of DigiSynd (Disney's subsidiary that manages its social networking) says the whole idea behind Disney Tickets Together is "no friend gets left behind."
-Paramount put out a casting call for 13 to 14-year-old mid-western teenagers for a remake of the 1980 teen-comedy Little Darlings. In the original, Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol play two camp girls who compete to lose their virginity. The casting call is seeking unknowns with good energy and sense of humor, reports The Playlist, which speculates, along with many others, that this film is a "facade" for J. J. Abrams' secret project Super 8.