Inception and The Dark Knight Have Become Apps, and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

inception_rev_1.jpgAlso in this Wednesday edition of The Broadsheet: The Nazis really loved 3-D... Megan Ellison is saving culture one film at a time... some news about another possible Terminator movie... and more ahead.

· Because society dictates that you can't take one step without a piece of technology strapped to your body like a 21st century form of life support, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has announced that both Inception and The Dark Knight are now available in App Editions. Does this mean you can turn your iPad into a really cool DVD player? Sorta. The App Editions provide a "fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content [...] the entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase." Because of the global nature of Apple products, the films will be available in 30 territories to over 100 million people, a benefit which president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Thomas Gewecke says will make the viewing experience a true "social activity." Look for more Warner Bros. films to come to an App Store near you later this year. [Press Release]

· Count Joseph Goebbels and The Third Reich among the early adopters of 3-D. Director Philippe Mora has unearthed two 30-minute black and white Nazi propaganda films that were shot in 3-D, nearly a decade before Hollywood caught three dimensional fever. "They were made by an independent studio for Goebbels' propaganda ministry and referred to as 'raum film' -- or space film -- which may be why no one ever realized since that they were 3-D," said Mora. The two films -- one which features an up close look at bratwurst -- will be incorporated into Mora's documentary How the Third Reich Was Recorded. [Variety]

· Remember when it was reported that billionairess Megan Ellison was ready to finance those two awesome Paul Thomas Anderson films stuck in financial hell? Well now she's in final negotiations to bring the Wong Kar-wai film The Grandmasters to North America. [THR]

· Does anyone actually want another Terminator movie? I'm actually asking. If the answer is yes, here's some good news for you: Universal is interested in reviving the franchise. [Deadline]

· Development round-up time! Ready? Ice Cube has joined Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. [Deadline]

· Meanwhile! Warner Bros. is talking to Guy Ritchie about directing Xerxes, the sequel to 300. [Vulture]

· And! Laura Prepon has been cast as a 20-something version of Chelsea Handler in the NBC pilot for Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. [Deadline]



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