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May 22nd, 2005, 09:19 PM
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Posted 5/22/2005 10:11 PM

Handheld movies are hot

By Thomas K. Arnold, Special for USA TODAY

Frederick Green likes his DVD. But after watching Spider-Man 2 on his new PlayStation Portable (PSP), he's eager to watch more movies on the little handheld game player. "The graphics are great," says the 37-year-old Fairlawn, Ohio, resident.

Green's enthusiasm may be spreading. Though the handheld PSP, launched in March, is considered primarily a gaming device, Hollywood studios are aggressively releasing movies on the PSP's proprietary Universal Media Disc (UMD), a 21/4-inch disc encased in a protective plastic shell.

Five of the six major studios are on board. The latest to click in: Paramount and MGM. Only Warner Bros. continues to sit out.

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Thomas Lesinski, president of worldwide home entertainment for Paramount Pictures, says the titles were chosen to fit the "key demographics for PSP," which is teens and young-adult males.

MGM, now partly owned by Sony, will release its first batch of four titles Sept. 13: Beauty Shop, Be Cool, Stargate: Atlantis and Bulletproof Monk.

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