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      Apple TV’s Tetris biopic loses the true plot amid its ‘80s movie tropes

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 30 March, 2023 - 16:56

    You've got the brains, I've got the looks... let's make lots of money.

    Enlarge / You've got the brains, I've got the looks... let's make lots of money. (credit: Apple TV+)

    Henk Rogers, the man most directly responsible for bringing Tetris to the West, helped set expectations at an early press screening of Apple TV's Tetris movie, which premieres on the streaming service Friday. "It's not a documentary," Rogers said of a film that casts him as a fearless hero working to extract the game from the grip of a brutal, dying '80s Soviet bureaucracy. "Don't expect to see that this is exactly how it happened."

    Instead, Rogers said, expect a movie that "got the feeling across, the feeling of being in Moscow for the first time, breaking the law."

    All this is immediately apparent if you've read books like The Tetris Effect or Tetris: The Games People Play , which lay out the actual history of the game's long journey outside Russia with much more care and detail. Alternatively, you could hunt down a 2004 BBC documentary that also provides a more direct account of the real drama surrounding Tetris ' complicated Soviet-era licensing drama.

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      Apple One launches today, bundling Music, iCloud, more for $14.95 and up

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 30 October, 2020 - 18:45

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    Apple’s all-in-one subscription services bundle, Apple One, launches today, according to a confirmation given to Bloomberg by Apple CFO Luca Maestri.

    CEO Tim Cook also confirmed the bundle’s imminent launch on the company’s quarterly investor call yesterday.

    Apple One offers three plans: individual, family, and premier. Each offers some subset or combination of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, Apple News+, and soon, Apple Fitness+.

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      The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart will return in new Apple TV+ series

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 - 21:07

    Jon Stewart appears in a segment on <em>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</em> post-<em>Daily Show</em> retirement.

    Enlarge / Jon Stewart appears in a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert post- Daily Show retirement. (credit: CBS )

    Former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has signed a multiyear deal with Apple TV+ to write, star in, and produce a current affairs show that Apple and Stewart expect to run for multiple seasons, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter .

    Five years ago, comedian and commentator Jon Stewart departed his role hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show —just a year before his audience would have wanted him most, many have observed .

    Since then, he has occasionally appeared to do small and infrequent segments on his former colleague Stephen Colbert's The Late Show on CBS, he's appeared in some media interviews, he directed one film, and he did a comedy tour with fellow topical comedian Dave Chapelle . Mostly, though, he has lived the family life at his farm in New Jersey .

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      James Bond a failli être vendu à… Netflix

      Felix Gouty · news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 26 October, 2020 - 10:00 · 2 minutes

    Crédits : MGM / Universal.

    MGM n’aurait pas eu l’intention d’être patient avec Mourir peut attendre . Le studio de production Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer aurait en effet cherché à vendre le prochain film de l’agent 007 à des plateformes SVOD afin d’éviter de reporter à nouveau sa sortie en salles. Le média américain Variety rapporte qu’avant de prendre la décision de reprogrammer Mourir peut attendre au printemps 2021, MGM semble avoir proposé aux géants du streaming, notamment à Netflix et Apple TV+, de reprendre son blockbuster pour la modique somme de 600 millions de dollars . L’idée serait venue de Kevin Ulrich, le PDG de Anchorage Capital Group, multinationale dont MGM est la propriété. La vente n’aurait finalement pas été réalisée, empêchant le film – initialement pour le mois d’avril dernier – de sortir avant la fin de l’année 2020, principalement du fait du prix exorbitant demandé. À titre de comparaison, sorti en juillet dernier en streaming, USS Greyhound : La Bataille de l’Atlantique avec Tom Hanks avait été racheté – et donc « sauvé » de la fermeture des salles de cinéma, en quelque sorte – par Apple TV+ pour « seulement » 70 millions de dollars.

    « Le film n’est pas à vendre , déclare aujourd’hui MGM à la presse américaine. La date de sortie du film a été repoussée jusqu’en avril 2021 pour préserver l’expérience cinématographique en salle pour les spectateurs. » Si MGM nie donc en bloc, la rumeur d’une telle vente n’est pas infondée. Variety indique que le film a coûté 250 millions de dollars à produire et aurait déjà fait perdre entre 30 et 50 millions supplémentaires à MGM depuis son report initial. Le studio doit donc trouver un moyen de se rembourser et de rentabiliser au mieux ce vingt-cinquième opus de la saga culte. Quant au montant proposé aux plateformes, celui-ci serait lié aux nombreuses compensations que MGM aurait été forcé de délivrer si jamais Netflix, par exemple, s’en serait contenté. Si le film ne sort pas en salles, le studio devra rembourser les dépenses éventuelles d’Universal, chargé de distribuer le long-métrage à l’international, mais aussi le manque à gagner de sponsors tels que Land Rover, la marque de montres Omega et Heineken. De plus, comme le souligne Variety , ces derniers auraient même dû donner leurs accords pour que la vente se réalise. La vente par Paramount du film Coming 2 America avec Eddie Murphy, qui sortira sur Amazon Prime Video en décembre, avait dû être validée par McDonald et la marque de whisky Crown Royal. Pour rappel, 007 James Bond : Mourir peut attendre sortira au cinéma – sauf contre-ordre futur – le 31 mars 2021 en France.

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      Introducing Apple One, Apple’s subscription bundle answer to Amazon Prime

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 - 17:47

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    After months of rumors that it was right around the corner, Apple's subscription bundle has finally been announced. Dubbed Apple One, the service combines multiple Apple services like Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple News+ into one subscription—a page from Amazon's book, to be sure.

    Apple One will offer three tiers. The lowest-priced one, at $14.95/mo, includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for a single user. The next one up, "Family," offers those same services to multiple family users for $19.95/mo. The highest-priced "Premier" tier, at $24.95/mo, includes bundled magazine subscription service Apple News+ and Fitness+, as well, along with a bump to 2GB of iCloud storage.

    Apple says these plans will roll out "this fall," with a 30-day free trial for all new users to determine which tier is best for them.

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      Apple bundles CBS and Showtime with Apple TV+, announces new Music radio stations

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 - 16:50

    As iPhone sales have slowed, Apple has leaned on services like the App Store, Apple Music, and Apple TV+ to make up some of the difference. And while the first of those is currently gripped in public controversy , Apple today announced new developments for Music and TV+.

    First off, Apple says Apple TV+ subscribers will be able to subscribe to a bundle that includes both CBS All Access and Showtime (both owned by ViacomCBS) for $9.99 per month after a 7-day trial, integrated with Apple features like the TV app, Siri, and Family Sharing.

    Subscribers to the bundle will be able to access programming from both services in online streaming and offline download formats, and this bundle includes the ad-free version of CBS All Access. Since Apple TV+ costs $4.99, that means the trio of services will come in at just under $15—about the same price all together as HBO Max on its own.

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      Apple updates its App Store policies to combat abuse, spam, and misinformation

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 6 March, 2020 - 20:55

    The front of the 2019 iPad Air

    Enlarge / The front of the 2019 iPad Air. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    Earlier this week, Apple notified app developers of a revised set of App Store review guidelines—the rules by which Apple curates its iOS/iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS App Stores.

    Among many other things, the revised rules expand the definition of what constitutes a spam app and also clarify that developers are able to use push notifications to serve ads to users (provided users have explicitly opt in to them) and limit submissions of certain types apps to trusted organizations in regulated or sensitive industries.

    The most controversial of these changes has been the clear statement that developers can serve ads to users via push notifications. At one point in the past, Apple's guidelines stated that push notifications "should not be used for advertising, promotions, or direct marketing purposes or to send sensitive personal or confidential information." Now the guidelines state:

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