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Sept. 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

DC offers digital editions of graphic novels

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. publisher DC Entertainment says it is releasing digital versions of 100 of its graphic novels, including Watchmen, Batman and Superman titles.

The comic-book giant said it has worked with Amazon to bring many of its original graphic novels to the online store's newly announced Kindle Fire, which is described as "a beautiful full-color Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, Web browsing and more." The wireless device costs $199.

"We're thrilled to work with the leader in digital books to bring many of the world's most beloved and best-selling graphic novels to Kindle readers," Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Entertainment, said in a statement Thursday. "We've learned from the success of DC Comics -- The New 52 that making our graphic novels available whenever and wherever our readers want is critical to the future growth and health of our publishing businesses -- both in print and digital format."

"We're excited that DC Entertainment has made 100 of their graphic novels available for customers to read exclusively on our just-announced Kindle Fire," added Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content. "Some of these graphic novels, including 'Watchmen,' the bestselling -- and considered by many to be the greatest -- graphic novel of all time, have never been available before in digital format, and we think customers will love them."


Osbourne and Stelly get engaged

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- British director, producer and TV personality Jack Osbourne is engaged to aspiring actress Lisa Stelly, UsMagazine.com said.

Thursday's report did not say when and how they got engaged, how long they have been a couple or whether they have set a wedding date.

Jack Osbourne is the son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and TV star Sharon Osbourne. The family, along with Jack's sister Kelly, appeared on the popular reality series "The Osbournes," which ran from 2002 to 2005.

Jack has since directed Ozzy's music video "Life Won't Wait" and produced the documentary "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne."


'Bridesmaids' tops DVD sales, rental lists

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The raunchy, female-powered comedy "Bridesmaids" is No. 1 on the DVD sales and rental charts in the United States, Rentrak reported.

Coming in at No. 2 on the sales roster for the week ending Sept. 25 is "Spooky Buddies," followed by "Dumbo" at No. 3, "Thor" at No. 4 and "X-Men: First Class" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are "Modern Family: The Complete Second Season" at No. 6, "Barbie: Princess Charm School" at No. 7, "Hanna" at No. 8, "The Office: Season 7" at No. 9 and "Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season" at No. 10.

The No. 2 DVD rental for the week ended Sept. 24 is "Thor."

"X-Men: First Class" is No. 3, "Hanna" is No. 4, "Set Up" is No. 5, "Everything Must Go" is No. 6, "Paul" is No. 7, "Something Borrowed" is No. 8, "Rio" is No. 9 and "Limitless" is No. 10.


Kandi Burruss to star in TV special

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Bravo says it has ordered a TV special called "The Kandi Factory," starring songwriter and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Kandi Burruss.

In the program, Burruss will give two proteges the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pop music success in Atlanta. She has identified three factors that have to fit perfectly together to create a pop sensation -- the song, the look and the performance.

Burruss and her team of experts at "The Kandi Factory" will work with the two contestants to try to turn them into music superstars, the network said in a news release.

"With her breakout personality and straightforward attitude, Bravo fans have grown to love Kandi on 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,'" Eli Lehrer, Bravo's vice president of development, said in a statement Thursday. "'The Kandi Factory' will capture a unique look at her successful music career as Kandi transforms two music hopefuls into the next big pop star."

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