The next Hollywood-produced blockbuster: A start-up

As hollywoodtechnology and entertainment become more closely aligned, more big names in the film and television industries are launching Silicon Valley-like accelerators—short-term programs that include mentorship and education for start-ups—to get early looks at up-and-coming businesses.

Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros., along with Disney, have launched accelerators in the past few years, and more are on the way, giving entrepreneurs who focus on the entertainment space a potential head start as their businesses begin to gain traction.


Get over here! New Mortal Kombat coming in 2015

Now Mortal Kombat Xthat his stint overseeing weather conditions in the Northeast is over, Sub-Zero is getting back to what he does best: kicking butt.

After weeks of winks, whispers and hints, Warner Bros. Interactive and developer NetherRealm Studios have officially announced Mortal Kombat X, the latest in the long-running fighting game series. It’s due to land on the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in 2015.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

New Mortal Kombat movie on the way

It’s been 14 years since Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Raiden were in theaters, but in 2013, they’ll be back.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Interactive are partnering to bring Mortal Kombat back to the big screen — and they may just be able to redeem the franchise’s long tarnished cinematic legacy.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Why Hollywood needs to focus more on Facebook

Facebook’s a great way to waste 10-15 minutes. You can catch up with friends. You can let everyone know about the mundane details of your day. And you can learn more about your favorite brands and entertainment content.

Unfortunately, that 10-15 minutes often ends up being a lot longer per day – and, as a result, social media has grown into a viable threat to entertainment companies who are alredy fighting for viewers’ attention.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Warner buys Flixster

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is expanding its digital rollout, today announcing an agreement to buy the popular Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes websites.

The deal, which encompasses both sites, is part of Warner’s ongoing studio-agnostic initiative to grow digital content ownership. Both sites will continue to operate independently.


Telltale’s Connors: Licensing Isn’t Dead – Nowhere Close

Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris talks to Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors about the addition of the Law & Order series to the company’s game catalog, and how licensed content is helping Telltale grow rapidly.

While other video game CEOs are running away from licensed content these days, Dan Connors is rushing towards it.

Instead of pursuing original content to grow Telltale Games, the company is relying on the universes created by some of Hollywood’s biggest companies. But instead of eking by with a portfolio of shovelware, Telltale is growing – and gaining critical praise.

Read more at Gamsutra

App review: Tapper World Tour

Its bar setting might give some parents pause, but those who don’t mind that will find Tapper World Tour to be a loving remake of one of the first time management simulation games. The gameplay is simple, though ultimately quite frenetic. But it’s the art that truly makes this game stand out. Hand-animated by Don Bluth and his team (who are responsible for the Dragon’s Lair arcade game and films such as An American Tail and All Dogs Go to Heaven), the characters have personality and aren’t the lifeless drones that appear in so many other games. While alcohol is not specifically called out, the drinks shown in the game (and earned as you progress) look like beer or adult cocktails (many of which you’d get at a tropical resort), which could be a concern to some. The game itself, though, is wonderful.

Read more at Common Sense Media