CNETNews.com reported that Twitter's application for the trademark "tweet" has been preliminarily rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the reason given being that third-party Twitter services TweetMarks, Cotweet and Tweetphoto have already filed applications to trademark the word.
Twitter originally filed for the trademark on April 16. In the application, the company expressed its desire to use tweet "through the applicant's related company or licensee the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods and/or services." It seemed like a standard application that, once reviewed, would make "tweet" one of Twitter's registered trademarks.
But after reviewing Twitter's application and sifting through its listing of pending applications, the Patent Office found that three companies had already applied for trademarks that contained "tweet" in their names. They were simply too close to the trademark Twitter wanted.
The Patent Office attached applications sent by those three companies--TweetMarks, Cotweet, and Tweetphoto--with Twitter's rejection notice. In that notice dated July 1, the Patent Office explained that each of those trademark applications were filed with its office before Twitter's application
Scifiwire.com is reporting that Disney and Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.
The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format.
The film is expected to have a 2012 release date.
MTV Splashpagehas an interview with director James McTeigue (The Invasion and V For Vendetta), where he discusses what he would do with the Superman franchise if he could do a Superman movie. McTiegue is rumored to be one of the leading candidates to take the reigns on a Warner Bros.' Superman movie. Of course, the recent decision in the superman suit, may but a movie on hold.
Earlier this month, McTeigue offered a vague, somewhat cryptic response when asked whether the rumors were true—so we couldn't help putting the question to him again when he dropped by Splash Page HQ today. Fresh off wrapping things up with the much-anticipated, action-packed "Ninja Assassin," McTeigue would "neither confirm nor deny" his attachment to a new "Superman" movie... but he did tell us where he'd like to go with DC's Man of Steel if—and that's a big if—he was in the director's chair.
I already mentioned the Twilight New Moon and Avatar previews
Be sure to check out new trailers for The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving and directed by Joe Johnston (Rocketeer, Hidalgo, Jurassic park III, and October Sky).
I am happy to report that Syfy said Thursday it has renewed its hit U.S. series Warehouse 13 for a second season, ordering an additional 13 episodes of the science fiction show. Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly play two Secret Service agents who collect fantastic artifacts and place them in Warehouse 13.
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti will return next season.
The first-season finale airs at 9 p.m. on Sept. 22. The entire press release can be found at TV by the Numbers.
Is Bryan Singer going to remake Excalibur? Scifirewire thinks so.
Comic Book Resources have the November Solicits for Image/Top Cow. Domino 5 appears to still be on hiatus.
G4 has Batman: Arkham Asylum Trailer: Learn The Dark Past Of Arkham Asylum This trailer has many elements from the Grant Morrison Arkham Asylum graphic novel.
Julian Lytle has a new Ants strip up.
Levar Burton talks about playing Black Lightning in Superman/Batman Public enemies over at Comics Continuum. The DVD and Blu Ray releases September 29.
Remember those fake trailers in Grindhouse. They may not be fake much longer as as Robert Rodriguez is working on a full production of Machete, and now Eli Roth, who shot the trailer for Thanksgiving, confirms that he has plans to make a full feature film as well. Scifiwire has the story.
Mike McMillian, who plays reverend Steve Newlin--head of the anti-vampire Fellowship of the Sun church on True Blood, joins the many stars that will give me competition as he launches a comic book series called Lucid (described as "Indiana Jones meets HG Wells and James Bond"). Newsarama broke the story, but I saw it here.
James Marsters (Buffy, Smallville) is joing the BSG spin off Caprica. Here is the story.