It seems not only did 300 set the record for biggest march opening and is now ranked number three for biggest R rated opening ever, it may have set a totally different type of record. According to the folks at Ain ‘t It Cool News, 300 might actually be the first movie ever to owe the majority of its success to Internet advertising. Movies are usually the domain of television, but in this case, most viewers reported hearing about it on the Internet first.

In Warner’s Top Secret polls – 60% chose the Internet as what brought them to the theater.

And at IMAX – that number grew to 68%.

These numbers show a HUGE growth in the Internet’s growing pull for where people decide to see their weekend movies. Of course – the traditional commercials are MySpaced and YouTubed into Viral attacks. The exposure on AICN and CHUD and DARKHORIZONS and SUPERHEROHYPE, etc… have continued to grow. All your personal bloggings have really begun to affect why 300 has done so well.

Looks like another blow for the old machine!

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Aviv Raff, an independent researcher from Israeli, found a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer that could let someone “easily conduct phishing attacks”. Phishing is a technique in which criminals try to trick people into disclosing sensitive information such as online banking names and passwords and is often conducted through e-mails.

Raff publicly disclosed the vulnerability in a post on his blog on Wednesday.

When a person going to a web page cancels that navigation, its URL (universal resource locator) or address is passed on to a so-called browser resource page on the computer called “navcancl.htm.”

That resource creates a link so the user can reload or refresh the page of the site they were trying to visit. It is possible for an attacker to “inject” a script into the generated “refresh the page” link, which would be executed when the user clicks on it, Raff wrote.

“To perform a phishing attack, an attacker can create a specially crafted navcancl.htm local resource link with a script that will display a fake content of a trusted site,” Raff wrote.

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Google has been slapped with yet another lawsuit! This time it comes from the multimedia giant Viacom at the tune of $1 billion US. Viacom claims that there is approximately 160,000 unauthorized clips of its programming that has been viewed 1.5 billion times.

“YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google,” Viacom said in a release.

“Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws,” the New York-based company said.

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Even though the film is essentially one big joke at the expense of the nation, Kazakh citizens have been flooding into stores to buy the DVD. While Kazakh officials have decried Sacha Baron Cohen’s anti-Semitic, sexist, and brutish character, citizens (who apparently have much more of a sense of humor) have applauded Cohen for bringing attention to the often forgotten former Soviet Republic. I wonder when the Kazakh citizens actually sit down and watch the film, if they will still have the same feelings about Cohen’s efforts. Would be kind of ironic to support him with DVD sales only to despise his work when you watch it. Great Success!

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According to MPAA chairman Dan Glickman, the feature film ratings system everyone is used to may be receiving an overhaul in the coming months. There are two major problems they feel need to be addressed. First, the R rating is too broad in its current categorization of films.

[…] the R rating is too broad, encompassing everything from a few swear words or brief flashes of nudity to repeated scenes of stomach-churning mutilation and disembowelments.

Secondly, the current top end rating, NC-17, has a negative association and most film makers will make drastic changes to their work to avoid the rating. This is mostly due to the fact that traditionally, NC-17 films have had a hard time finding theatres to show them, which hurts everyone right where it counts…the pocketbooks.

The goal is to find a category for some films that are now informally called “hard R’s” — i.e., content so graphic that no one under the age of 17 should be allowed to see it at all in theaters. The new generation of horror pics, namely, the “Saw” and “Hostel” franchises, are pushing the limits of the “hard R” category.

Is there a need for new categorization like this? What is your opinion?

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Well, you take it of course. That’s exactly what a man in Germany did after losing half his house to his wife in a divorce settlement. A trained mason, the man cut directly down the middle of his home, chainsawing through the wooden roof and walls. After finishing the job, the man took his half away in a forklift. Guess that brings new meaning to the term, split…

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It seems like Wikipedia may finally be getting sick of all the spamming and false information being posted on their highly popular online encyclopedia. According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a new policy is under consideration that may require contributors to confirm credentials before adding to the site. This comes on the heels of the recent EssJay scandal.

The user, who went under the pseudonym “essjay,” described himself in an online profile as a “tenured professor of theology” and said he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the subject. He also said he held a bachelor of arts in religious studies, a master of arts in religion, doctorate in philosophy in theology and a doctorate in canon law. But it wasn’t true.  Essjay was actually Ryan Jordan, a 24 year-old from Kentucky, who revealed his true identity when he joined Wikia Inc., the for-profit company run by Wales that seeks to use the community content model to make money.

An interesting move by the company to say the least, but at the end of the day, even a beginner web user could find the proof they need to pass these tests, is this added layer going to help anything?

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After a very long 25 years of disussion Tintin will finally be brought to the silver screen again! Thanks to the help of Steven Spielberg and his company DreamWorks who have agreed to procuding at least one Tintin movie. A completed movie could show up in theatres by 2009 or 2010, Nick Rodwell told a press conference. Nick Rodwell is head of HergĂ©’s Moulinsart Studios, which holds the rights to Tintin.

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