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U2 Strikes an old Chord

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 12/14/04 at 05:07 AM

U2How to dismantle a stereotype

Just when you think you have Bono and the boys pegged they go and switch things up.  ‘How to dismantle an atomic Bomb’ is very reminiscent of a band of yesteryear.  I remember U2 in the early days of ‘Boy’, ‘October’, ‘War’, etc… This album takes me back to those days with less melodic, hard driving tunes and more feeling and soul.  The spiritual roots of this band are very evident in this recording which includes tunes such as Sometimes you can’t make it on your Own and Yahweh inspired by real life experiences.  I think if I had to relate this album to any other it would be ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ released way back in 1990.  Any true U2 fan, not just a Bono lover come lately, will appreciate the soulfulness of this album and the variety offered in this one collection.  The music will intrigue you and the words will inspire you.  Not because of the iPod commercials, but for the music. Go get this one.

Polar Express Finally Chugging Along

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 12/13/04 at 09:45 PM

Polar ExpressThe future seemed dim for Warner Bros “Polar Express” when it opened 5 weeks ago against Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and was thoroughly destroyed in the box office. But word-of-mouth and a recent release in IMAX has fueled its fire.

Despite a $165 million price tag and power players Zemeckis and Hanks behind it, the computer-animated wonder became an underdog after its disappointing $23.3 million opening weekend at 3,650 venues in the wake of The Incredibles. But it has seen minimal drop-offs since, buoyed in part by its run in IMAX 3D.

The 61 IMAX theaters showing The Polar Express have contributed $14.4 million of the picture’s current $100.2 million total. They are the reason for its high-for-a-family-movie weekday numbers – this past week, IMAX ranged from 24-30% of each day’s gross – propelling it ahead of former No. 1 National Treasure on Wednesday and Thursday. On each weekend, IMAX has consistently generated over $2 million.

At its current pace, The Polar Express should come to stop at over $150 million and may become a perennial not just on home video but on IMAX as well. That’s not exactly a financial windfall, given the high cost of production and marketing, but it’s a respectable feat for a movie experimenting in new technology and telling a fanciful children’s story that on the surface lacks the “cool factor” of an Incredibles. More information on grosses, theater counts, and other stats can be found at Box Office Mojo.

‘BitTorrent’ a thorn in Hollywood’s Pocketbook.

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 12/12/04 at 03:18 PM

Brad CohenBram Cohen didn’t set out to upset Hollywood movie studios. But his innovative online file-sharing software, BitTorrent, has grown into a piracy problem the film industry is struggling to handle.

As its name suggests, the software lets computer users share large chunks of data. But unlike other popular file-sharing programs, the more people swap data on BitTorrent, the quicker it flows—and that includes such large files as feature films and computer games.

Because of its speed and effectiveness, BitTorrent steadily gained in popularity after the recording industry began cracking down last year on users of Kazaa, Morpheus, Grokster and other established file-sharing software.

The program now accounts for as much as half of all online file-sharing activity, says Andrew Parker, chief technology officer of Britain-based CacheLogic, which monitors such traffic.

“BitTorrent is more of a threat because it is probably the latest and best technological tool for transferring large files like movies,” said John Malcolm, senior vice president of anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Association of America. “It is unusual, perhaps unique, in that the moment you start downloading you are also uploading,” he added. “It’s what makes it so efficient.”

Cohen created BitTorrent in 2001 as a hobby after the dot-com crash left him unemployed. He says the aim was to enable computer users to easily distribute content online—not specifically copyrighted content.

“It seems pretty clear that a lot of people are actively interested in engaging in wanton piracy,” said Cohen, 29, who now lives in Bellevue. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re just pushing around bits, and what bits it is they’re pushing around is not really a concern of mine. There’s not much I can do about it.”

For his part, Cohen said he has received just one legal warning, over a computer game that was being distributed using BitTorrent.

“Someone else was doing something with BitTorrent that I had no knowledge of,” Cohen said. “It’s not being done on any machines I have any control over ... what do you want me to do?”

Bittorrent is a very effective way to share any type of file as this author can attest. If you would like to try it out just to see how “bad” it really is. Visit Bittorent.com to download the client. Then try out one of these sites for access to thousands of files out in the Bittorrent community.


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