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Wednesday
Sep052012

Bruce Willis' Wife Denies Report He'll Sue Apple

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A published report in the U.K. this week claimed that Bruce Willis is considering legal action against Apple because he wants to bequeath his digital music collection to his daughters once he dies.  As it stands now, he wouldn't be able to do that under Apple's terms and conditions that customers agree to when they purchase music.

Reportedly, the 57-year-old Expendables 2 star sought to establish a family trust as the owner of his music.

A Bruce Willis vs. Apple legal battle would have been interesting, to say the least, but it's not going to happen.  When a person on Twitter wrote to Willis' wife, Emma Heming-Willis, and mentioned the report, she replied, "It's not a true story."

Willis has three adult daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore, plus a baby girl with Heming-Willis.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May302012

Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Be Full Biography, Says Aaron Sorkin

Shahn Kermani/Liaison(LOS ANGELES) -- While Ashton Kutcher gets ready to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie, Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, is preparing another -- he plans to adapt Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs into a film.

“I am at the earliest possible stage with ‘Steve Jobs.’ What I will do is go through a long period that will not look to a casual observer like writing,” Sorkin said during an interview at the All Things D conference in Los Angeles.

Sorkin also likened writing about Jobs to writing about The Beatles.

“To be honest with you, one of the hesitations I had was that this was a little like writing about The Beatles," Sorkin said. "There are so many people out there that know him and revere him; I saw a minefield of disappointment. Hopefully, when I’m done with my research I’ll be in the same ballpark as some of the folks in here in terms of their knowledge about Jobs.”

Sorkin also discussed the challenges of turning a biography into a movie and said the movie won’t likely cover Jobs’ entire life. “When biographies are turned into movies it is hard to shake the cradle to grave. I probably instead will identify the point of friction that appeals to me and dramatize that,” he said.

Sorkin gave a nod to that other Steve Jobs movie, the one in which Ashton Kutcher is starring, and said he believes that “there is room for more than one movie.”

As for who might play Apple’s legendary founder in his film, Sorkin said he is still unsure. "I don’t know who the actor will be, but they are going to have to be smart. There are a lot of things actors can fake. Intelligence is something you cannot fake.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec092011

iTunes Announces Best-Sellers of 2011

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple has compiled its yearly Rewind list, a who's who of which content was the most downloaded from its iTunes store in 2011.

The analysis of which songs, albums, games, TV shows, and movies moved consumers enough to download them reveals some big winners, including The Social Network, which took the Top Movie (Sales and Rental) prize; Modern Family, the top finisher in the TV "half hour" category; and the sci-fi cult hit Dr. Who, which beat Modern Family and the award-winning dramas Breaking Bad and Dexter to take the Most Downloaded Season honor.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was named Best Blockbuster, while Bridesmaids (Unrated) was named Best Comedy.

Here's a closer look:

Top Movies (Sales and Rentals)

1. The Social Network
2. Limitless
3. No Strings Attached
4. Just Go With It
5. The Lincoln Lawyer
6. Bridesmaids (Unrated)
7. Source Code
8. Tangled
9. The King's Speech
10. Red

Best Blockbuster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Best Comedy: Bridesmaids (Unrated)
Best Indie: Beginners
Best Romance: Midnight in Paris

Top-Selling TV Seasons:

1. Doctor Who
2. Modern Family
3. Dexter
4. Breaking Bad
5. True Blood
6. Top Gear
7. Glee
8. Entourage
9. Archer
10. The Walking Dead

Top-Selling TV Episodes:

1. The Walking Dead - "What Lies Ahead"
2. Glee - "Original Song"
3. Breaking Bad - "Box Cutter"
4. Sons of Anarchy - "Out"
5. Gossip Girl - "The Kids Are Not Alright"
6. Instinct - "Terra Nova"
7. Modern Family - "Our Children, Ourselves"
8. Two and a Half Men - "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
9. Victorious - "Ice Cream for Ke$ha"
10. Smallville - "Finale, Pts. 1&2"

Best Half-Hour: Modern Family
Best Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Discovery: Downton Abbey
Best Comedy: Parks and Recreation

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov232011

Aaron Sorkin's Next Project: Steve Jobs, the Movie?

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote the screenplays for The Social Network and Moneyball, may pen a film on the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"Sony has asked me to write the movie and it's something I'm strongly considering," he tells E! Online.

The project would be based on the recently released biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.

Jobs died early October at the age of 56, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Monday
Oct102011

Steve Jobs' Life to Be Made into a Movie

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A movie based on the Steve Jobs’ biography written by former CNN chairman and Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson is reportedly already in the works.

According to Metro, Sony Pictures is negotiating for the movie rights to Isaacson's Steve Jobs, a book about the life and work of the late co-founder of Apple.

Isaacson’s book was originally set to be released on Nov. 21, but due to Jobs’ death the release date was moved to Oct. 24.  The biography features interviews with family and friends, as well as former colleagues and with Jobs himself.

There has been no word yet on casting for the movie.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb182011

Lady Gaga Has Fastest-Selling Single in iTunes History

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way," sold more in its first few days of availability than any other song by a female artist, and now it's broken yet another record.  The track, the first one released from Gaga's album of the same name, is officially the fastest-selling single ever in the iTunes store -- it's now shifted over a million tracks in just five days.  It's also topped the charts of the iTunes stores in 23 countries.

Gaga's song is now well on its way to becoming one of the biggest selling digital downloads of all time.  The number to beat is six million -- that's how many copies the most-downloaded song ever, "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas, has sold.

The album Born This Way is due May 23.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov222010

Oprah Gifts New Car to 'Favorite Things' Audience

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications(CHICAGO) -- From diamond earrings, an iPad, and a brand new car, Oprah Winfrey succeeded for the last time at sending unexpecting audience members into hysterics during part two of her legendary "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode.

On the heels of last week's first installment of the popular Oprah Winfrey Show segment, Winfrey shocked yet another group of guests with another round of gift giving in which hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goodies were doled out.

The first gift bestowed -- an Apple iPad -- came down from the ceiling flanked by angel wings as Winfrey explained that it is her "Number One favorite thing ever."

But the screams of the audience only escalated, peaking when Winfrey unveiled the never-before-seen 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the keys to which were given to each guest in the studio.

Winfrey also gave the audience several items of clothing, including a cashmere sweater and matching leggings from Magaschoni, as well as Ugg boots covered in sequins and a patent-leather Coach bag that cost nearly $400.

She presented each guest with two $500 gift certificates to Nordstrom's lingerie department.

A custom set of Le Creuset cast iron pots and pans, plus its new line of stainless steel cookware, was also distributed to the audience -- carrying a price tag of nearly $600 per set.

A ballerina presented Oprah's audience with the Sophie Jewelry Box from Pottery Barn, which when opened displayed a pair of diamond Jessica Leigh earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs. Each pair has more than 100 diamonds.

Performances by some of Winfrey's favorite singers, Johnny Mathis and Josh Groban, helped finish the show, and audience members went home with each performer's new CD.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov182010

George Harrison Song Leads Beatles' Tracks on iTunes Charts

Photo Courtesy - Apple Corps Ltd./ Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Now that the Beatles are on iTunes, the songwriting genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney can finally be digitally downloaded.  But they're going to have to get in line behind the songwriting genius of George Harrison.

According to Billboard, after one full day of iTunes availability, the Beatles have placed 52 songs in the Top 200 downloads, but the highest-ranked one is "Here Comes the Sun" -- a George Harrison composition -- at number 16.  That's followed by a Lennon/McCartney number, "Let It Be," at number 20.  The next highest-ranked Beatles downloads are "In My Life" at number 22, "Blackbird" at number 32, "Come Together" at number 35 and "Hey Jude" at number 44.

On the album side, Billboard reports that the band's Abbey Road is the best-seller of their catalog, ranking at number seven on iTunes top albums chart, followed by The Beatles -- which everyone calls "The White album" -- at number eight.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is number nine, and the Beatles Box Set, which includes all 13 of their studio albums, is ranked number 11.  The least popular Beatles album so far is Yellow Submarine, in at number 49.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov162010

Revolution for Apple: Beatles Come to iTunes

Photo Courtesy - Bruce McBroom/Apple Corps Ltd.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- It's been a "Long and Winding Road" but The Beatles and Apple have finally "Come Together." 

Capitol Records announced Tuesday morning that the Beatles' catalog is now available on Apple's iTunes music store after years of legal wrangling.  Starting Tuesday, 13 Beatles studio albums, the classic Red and Blue hits compilations and the two-volume Past Masters compilation are all available for download.  A digital Beatles box set is also available -- in addition to all the albums, it also features an exclusive concert film called Live at Washington Coliseum 1964

"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."

Ringo Starr added, "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes."

Each single album will cost $12.99.  Doubles are $19.99 and individual songs are $1.29.

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