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Sony 3D TVs to arrive in June

The battle for 3D in the home is officially on.

In home 3D Television

On Tuesday, the same day Samsung unveiled the pricing and availability of its new lineup of 3D TVs for the U.S., Sony revealed that its 3D sets will arrive June 10, at first in Japan and soon after in other regions. Rival Panasonic’s first 3D TVs begin selling Wednesday in Best Buy stores in the U.S. LG’s 3D lineup arrives in May, while Vizio’s is set for August.

Sony’s first model will have a 46-inch screen for 350,000 yen or $3,875. That’s steep compared to the non-3D equivalent TV Sony already sells for $2,100, but it is new technology. Each set will come with two pairs of 3D glasses.

All three manufacturers have been trying to ride the hype and growing popularity of 3D movies in the theater. “Avatar 3D,” the highest grossing movie ever, and the recently opened “Alice in Wonderland 3D,” which had an impressive first-weekend box office take, show that people are interested in 3D movies. But the test will be if they want it in their homes.

Besides the fact that the sets are relatively expensive, there are currently limited options for watching 3D content at home. More 3D movies are arriving, along with 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc players, but broadcast and cable content are still in transition to 3D. Earlier this year, Sony announced partnerships with Discovery for a 3D TV network, and ESPN has plans to add a channel of 3D content sometime this year.

In the meantime, Sony is counting on video games to drive initial sales of 3D TVs. The company hopes its 3D-capable PlayStation 3, along with 3D titles, will prompt gamers to lay out some extra cash for an extra dimension to their games.

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2010: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures) (2010)

2010 Movies: Alice in Wonderland

19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. |

The Wonderland that Burton imagines rekindles our cherished recollections of Alice’s adventures while landscaping it in the rich, patented Goth look the filmmaker treasures. The dark tone makes the film’s target audience more along the lines of the “Twilight” and college-age set than the SpongeBob sort as it’s likely to freak out little ones.

The plot toys with the two Carroll classics, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Late in the film we learn that we should start calling Alice’s secret habitat Underland, not Wonderland, because a younger Alice mangled the pronunciation during her first rabbit hole plunge.

This revelation is one sign that this “Alice” isn’t interested in being a mirror image of Carroll’s fables, an approach that works most of the time while still retaining the wonderment of the first Alice book, published in 1865.

Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”) present us with an older, more feminist-minded Alice (newcomer Mia Wasikowska, who stands tall here in every way). The 19-year-old Alice doesn’t fit into tightly buttoned English society, especially when she discovers at a tea party that she’s likely to become the betrothed of an ugly snob. Our heroine interrupts the proposal by making a mad dash after the forever-late rabbit and, well, you know where she’s headed.

Alice discovers she’s the key component in ending the feud between squabbling sisters the Red Queen and the White Queen. This gives Burton a chance to really play with effects in a climactic […]

The Marriage Ref

Calling Foul on ‘The Marriage Ref’: Top 5 Complaints

The Marriage Ref

Even without a replay, the consensus call on Jerry Seinfeld’s new “Marriage Ref” so far is, “Yer out.” That’s not what struggling NBC wants to hear about the long-awaited new Seinfeld project on which it spent its most valuable promotion slot, the half-hour after the Olympics Sunday.

But then, “The Marriage Ref” didn’t give NBC much to hang its hype on. It turned out to be a flimsy “reality” show in which celebrities milk a silly videotaped argument between a civilian couple for way more jokes than it deserves and then pick a “winner.” As a projected anchor for NBC’s resurrected 10 p.m. lineup, this team didn’t come anywhere near the goal line.

Time called it “the most God-awful mishmash of a comedy-variety show.” Long-time Hartford Courant critic Roger Catlin said “absolutely nothing funny happened.” Greg Evans of the Huffington Post said Seinfeld “owes us nothing and delivered in spades.” Linda Holmes of NPR called it “painfully unfunny.” David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun went for “kind of pathetic.” Not everyone hated it. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly said it was more fun than “American Idol” has become, which is sort of a compliment.

“Marriage Ref” also drew about 14.5 million viewers, which is a healthy number even if many of them were hoping for a final peek at Lindsey Vonn.

Less encouraging, that’s half a million fewer fans than CBS’s “Undercover Boss,” with no celebrities and no Olympic lead-in. What “Undercover Boss” did have was characters the viewer could care about, which leads to the immediate question about “Marriage Ref,” which is whether it can be saved. Or why it should.

The fact that question is in play before the show even has […]

Pierce Brosnan, made one great Jamesbond!

Pierce Brosnan Still Wants to Be Bond

James Bond

Pierce Brosnan would prefer if you still called him Bond – James Bond.

He’s still wondering why he got booted from the Bond franchise in 2004. Brosnan played the international man of mystery in “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.”

Starting in 1965 with the DB5 in “Goldfinger,” Aston Martin has been linked at the tuxedoed hip with James Bond; gadget-packed Astons have been driven by Connery, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig.

Pierce Brosnan would prefer if you still called him Bond – James Bond

Divorce Looms for ‘Athlete of the Decade’

Tiger Woods: Divorce Looms for ‘Athlete of the Decade’