Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of June 02, 2012

1. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

3. Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
4. fun. f/ Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
5. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
6. Flo Rida f/ Sia, “Wild Ones”
7. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
8. The Wanter, “Glad You Came”
9. Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
10.Train, “Drive By”

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Wii U, sequels take another swing at E3

By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is the Wii U right for you?

At last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo captured most of the spotlight by unveiling the Wii’s successor, a high-definition console called the Wii U that utilizes a tablet-like touchscreen controller. Attention alone wasn’t enough to declare a victory. Folks weren’t, well, feeling it. Critical reaction was mixed, and the Japanese gaming giant’s stock dropped.

“Nintendo has an uphill battle this year,” said Morgan Webb, co-host of the G4 gaming show “X-Play.” ”It’s really a branding problem. I think a lot of people are still confused about the Wii U. They’re going to have a hard time convincing people that this could be a better gaming experience than the iPad.”
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Avengers assemble a private screening aboard the ISS

Putting the Hulk in a pressurized container in space isn’t a bad idea at all

Michael Gray

When The Avengers filmed scenes at NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, we knew we were seeing a marriage made in heaven. A favorite comic book franchise teaming up with our beloved NASA? It seemed like the best of both worlds. Now Marvel is making good on that collaboration by providing a private screening of The Avengers to the International Space Station hovering over two hundreds of miles above Earth.

Marvel will provide The Avengers to Mission Control in Houston, which NASA will then uplink to the International Space Station. “These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time,“ said one of NASA’s psychological support coordinators. While thoughts of all that fictional destruction might not lift spirits, Tony’s trademark jokes will certainly do so.

The current crew of the ISS is made up of six people; we can’t help but notice that’s the same number of principal heroes in the Avengers. (That’d be Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, for those following along.) We can’t wait to hear how the crew would recast themselves as the Avengers in their own ISS version. Here’s hoping nothing delays the screening!

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Google, Samsung unveil new version of Chromebook

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will try to win more converts to a computer operating system revolving around its popular Chrome Web browser with a new wave of lightweight laptops built by Samsung Electronics.

Tuesday’s release of the next-generation Chromebooks will give Google and Samsung another opportunity to persuade consumers and businesses to buy an unconventional computer instead of machines running on familiar software by industry pioneers Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.

Unlike most computers, Google’s Chromebooks don’t have a hard drive. They function like terminals dependent on an Internet connection. The laptops come with 16 gigabytes of flash memory — the kind found in smartphones, tablet computers and some iPods. Two USB ports allow external hard drives and other devices to be plugged into the machines.
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‘Moonrise’ rockets to B.O. record

Wes Anderson pic scores top per-screen average for live action

By Andrew Stewart

It was a super moon indeed for Focus Features’ first collaboration with Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom,” which opened to a per-screen average of $130,752 — a record for a live-action film — in three days over Memorial Day weekend.

Anderson’s pic opened the Cannes Film Festival to moderately favorable reviews but came away without prizes. “Moonrise” opened at four locations (two each in New York and L.A. ) and beat the previous record holder, “Dreamgirls,” which averaged $126,317 from three debut locations in 2006.”Moonrise” falls behind eight Disney toons with better per-screen averages.

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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of May 26, 2012

1. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
2. Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
3. fun. f/ Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
4. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

5. Flo Rida f/ Sia, “Wild Ones”
6. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
7. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
8. The Wanter, “Glad You Came”
9. Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
10.Train, “Drive By”

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Samsung Galaxy S3 gets head start on rival iPhone

By Miyoung Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co launches its latest Galaxy S smartphone in Europe on Tuesday, with the third generation model expected to be even more successful than its predecessor, which helped the South Korean company topple Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker.

The S3, which tracks the user’s eye movements to keep the screen from dimming or turning off while in use, hits stores in 28 European and Middle East countries, including Germany and Britain, as Samsung aims to widen the gap with Apple months ahead of its rival’s new iPhone, expected in the third quarter.
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Haneke’s “Love” wins to cheers at Cannes film festival

By Mike Collett-White and Alexandria Sage

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Austrian director Michael Haneke was the popular winner of the Cannes film festival’s top honor on Sunday with “Love” (Amour), an elegiac tale of an elderly couple facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march of death.

Haneke joins an elite group of two-time winners of the coveted Palme d’Or at the world’s biggest film festival after his “The White Ribbon” won in 2009.

The glamorous red carpet awards, held amid thunder, lightning and pouring rain on the French Riviera, brought to an end a 12-day blur of screenings, photo shoots, parties and deal making on Cannes’ giant marketplace.
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