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Francis Ford Coppola's 'TWIXT': Director as DJ, allowing live movie editing

The trailer just came out for Francis Ford Coppola's new movie, "TWIXT":

It may look like a standard suspense/horror flick on the surface, but I saw Coppola show off what's really interesting about this movie at Comic-Con. He pulled out a tablet computer and showed the crowd that he could rearrange the scenes on the fly.

Coppola explained that, for example, if things were going well, he could go with the long version of a scene, or if he wanted to speed things up, he could go with the short version of the scene. He demonstrated this by playing an extended trailer, then making all the scenes with Val Kilmer, who was also there, a bit longer with some added footage.

Composer Dan Deacon was also there to provide variations on the film's score. Coppola and Deacon plan to tour the film to 30 cities this fall, giving live performances of the movie with 30 cities potentially getting 30 different cuts of the movie.

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Customers won't buy DVDs, won't buy digital video - yet

Movie studios are between a rock and a hard place. The DVD market continues to fall, while consumers have yet to jump on board with digital purchasing.

Most movies this holiday season are going to be sold in "combo packs," where buyers get a Blu-Ray disc and a digital file they register online allowing for online cloud storage of their movies, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Most movie companies are behind a system called UltraViolet, though Disney is using their own system, Keychest.

After Netflix recently changed their pricing plans, raising the cost of getting both streaming and DVDs in the mail, many users reacted with anger. Could this be an opportunity for the movie companies to get consumers more interested in purchasing films instead of renting online? Netflix says that angry customers are going to mean a cut in profits, and they also face negotiations with various companies to maintain and expand their supply of streaming movies and other content.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 in photos

I came, I saw, I avoided being conquered. Check out this photo gallery of San Diego Comic-Con 2011 sights from the worlds of comics, film, TV and more.

Looking forward to returning to Nerdy Gras for more next year.

(Photos: Mike Roe/KPCC)

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 preview: What you need to know

July 20 through July 24 is when geeks the world over travel to their mecca, San Diego Comic-Con. It's where fans go to see What's Next in pop culture, including movies, TV and, of course, comics. There's been talk about Hollywood pulling back from Comic-Con just a smudge, but there's still always about 5,000 things happening at once. Whether you're attending or not, here's a rundown of some of the notable events. (You can also follow along with me LIVE from Comic-Con Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24 on Twitter at @MikeRoe.)

Last year's photo gallery of the sights of Comic-Con

Thursday, July 21

10:45-11:45: Oh, You Sexy Geek!

Starting off the convention on an appropriately nerd-centric note, one of the earliest panels is taking a look at some recent furor over female geeks. There's been some debate about whether geek girls are expressing a passion for what they love or pandering to men, either for attention or for marketing. With 9 out of 10 of the panelists being women, I think you can see the point they're making, but if you want to see many of the Internet's most notable female geeks (and one male) discuss gender issues, you'll want to check this out.

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Cheat sheets to help understand Google+

Google+ is the hot ticket in town, trying to steal Facebook's lunch (and Twitter's too, if they can get it). The service is still in its early days, so confusion is likely inevitable.

Thankfully, Simon Laustsen has risen to the challenge and created some Google+ cheat sheets to make the latest in social networking a little friendlier. There's at least one typo (see if you can spot it!), but what matters is the information that he conveys.

The first cheat sheet explains text formatting, some of the basics of circles, how to send someone a private message and more.

The second tip sheet takes a closer look at circles, photo sharing, navigation and Chrome browser extensions that can be used for a better Google+ experience.

You can read more of Simon's Google+ tips and tricks on his blog.. AppStorm also has an excellent guide to Google+.

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