Cybertainment: Video site Crackle launches two original series

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Online video site Crackle has a new original series -- "Playing It Forward" -- which features street performances by well-known musicians.

The show's executive producers are Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan. The idea for "Playing It Forward" came from Mr. Downey's wish to find ways to generate funding for public school music programs and ensure that students continue to have access to them in the future.

The first episode features singer/songwriter John Legend, who performs in Los Angeles and talks about his background in the 22-minute video.

For each episode, $100,000 will be donated to the performer's music/arts education charity of choice.


Crackle is also launching the second season of its original thriller "Chosen."

Milo Ventimiglia stars as Ian Mitchell, a lawyer whose life is upended when a wooden box containing a gun, a photo and orders to kill is left at his house. He and his family are caught in a deadly game masterminded by a sinister group called The Watchers. In Season 2, Ian and his family are fleeing into hiding and a new character, played by Chad Michael Murray, receives the deadly box and gun.

There will be six half-hour episodes: The first is online now.

Viewers can catch up on Season 1, which is archived online.


The new "Godzilla" movie won't hit the theaters until May, but this week Web surfers could already hear the faint rumbling of those big footsteps with the release of a trailer and viral campaign.

There's a companion website -- a fake classified M.U.TO. Research site -- which is designed to look like the old-style terminal displays of the early days of computing, and uses written BASIC text commands. Visitors can pretend to hack their way in to the site and watch the trailer.


Warner Bros. launched a new app for its video On Demand subscription plan this week, allowing Warner Archive Instant subscribers to watch their selections on iPads.

Warner Archive Instant, which debuted in April, offers a choice of hundreds of classic Warner movie and TV titles.Subscriptions are $9.99 a month, and the new iPad app is free in the iTunes store. It works with iPads that run on iOS 6 and 7.

Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.

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