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Meet Treonaut Russell Crowe: Now Playing At A Theater Near You

As Palm previewed at the official announcement of the Treo 680 in NYC a few weeks ago, the Treo smartphone is featured as the technology star in the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox film “A Good Year,” starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott.  The Treo smartphone makes its presence known with its signature ring tone and unique messaging and multimedia capabilities that compelled filmmakers to choose it over a separate cell phone, laptop and digital camera. The film premieres nationwide on Friday Nov. 10.

I was also particularly pleased to learn that this Treo placement in the movie was completely unpaid.  Apparently pre-production for the movie had already begun in the Provence region of France when there was a last minute casting call.  The production team decided to replace three existing cast members, a cell phone, laptop and digital camera with a single device that possessed capabilities of the other three cast members – a Treo smartphone which fit the script’s needs perfectly.  The filmmakers immediately saw the value in using the one device instead of three.

In the movie, London-based investment expert Max Skinner (Crowe) moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard he has inherited from his late uncle.  Max reluctantly settles into what ultimately becomes an intoxicating new chapter in his life, as he comes to realize that life is meant to be savored.

“The Palm Treo smartphone was chosen for its good looks and more. It brings deep communications capabilities, a passion for multimedia and a wide range of applications that would allow ‘Max’ to do everything from manage his business to choose a great wine,” said John Hartnett, senior vice president, global markets, Palm, Inc. “We’re delighted to see a director of Ridley Scott’s caliber recognize the Treo smartphone for its talents as a multifaceted technology star.”

Palm’s press release further notes that, “the Treo smartphone has been busy this year on the small screen as well, having made television appearances this season on “Studio 60,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: NY,” “ER,” “CSI: Miami,” “The Nine,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Boston Legal,” among others.  Because the range of roles the Treo smartphone can play is so broad and deep, Treo’s “agent” Palm does not need to pay for these supporting roles.  Rather, Treo’s commitment to the craft of acting and myriad capabilities relevant on just about any set has earned it organic, integrated roles that add to the characters’ lives it supports.”

Treonauts are always the stars

Posted by Andrew on November 10, 2006 at 04:06 PM
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by john | Nov 10, 2006 4:44:41 PM

youre a idiot..... have the day off did we?

by Kenyanaut | Nov 10, 2006 5:16:31 PM

The 680 is now on the Palm website.

by kenyanaut | Nov 10, 2006 5:32:13 PM

The 680 will be available in four colors. Arctic, Copper, Crimson and Graphite. The specs are the same as mentioned in earlier posts.

Upgrades from 650 include:
-bluetooth 1.2 supporting not just headsets, but headphones, carkits and GPS
-Biult-in DUN - no need for TP software
-64MB non-volatile flash memory available for user storage

Desired but not present:
-WiFi - Availability through TP miniSD card in the future
-Bluetooth 2.0
-Newer Palm OS - None in the works as is appears Palm might be shifting focus to all future models running on WinMobile OS

by brandon | Nov 10, 2006 5:38:58 PM

@john - andrew is far from being an idiot. any appearance by a treo in anything is more publicity for us, even if it is a russell crowe movie. and it's 'an idiot', not 'a idiot'; there's also an apostrophe in 'you're'. if you're going to verbally assault someone, use correct english and punctuation. it just makes you look bad when you don't use proper english and punctuation.

@Kenyanaut - the 680 has been on palm's website for over a week now.

by Treofrog | Nov 10, 2006 10:06:04 PM

OMG Thats my car SWEET!!!

by Todd | Nov 10, 2006 10:49:52 PM

"youre a idiot"... priceless. Could you make it any more obvious you're a troll?

by Zook | Nov 11, 2006 2:46:37 PM

I say we all e-mail "You're an idiot, John" to our new friend...


by john | Nov 11, 2006 8:28:39 PM

first of all verbal assults or "ribbing" as I like to call it do not call for correct grammar or punctuation. second of all who in their right mind would ever give russell crowe something larger than a flip phone. you all are making him even more dangerous. who would want to have a treo hurled at their head by this angry aussie? perhaps zook and brandon...???????? chalk one up for jfed

by aussiegirl | Nov 12, 2006 2:10:32 AM


John - Russell Crowe is only an Aussie when he is doing good things (like winning an Oscar). When he is throwing phones around, he is a Kiwi again. :)

by Fred | Nov 13, 2006 5:31:38 AM

Did anyone see CNN's Business Traveler for this month? Richard Quest uses a Treo! In one scene he's just using it to make a call, but in another he shows it very well as he explains how some airlines send text messages about flight status.
Nice placement, but no verbal mention. Oh well, better than nothing!

by dman | Oct 18, 2007 11:19:35 AM

where do I find "Max's" ringtone from 'A Good Year' for my motorola phone?

by Alex | Apr 22, 2008 10:54:42 PM

Could anyone please help me find "Max Skinner's ringtone from 'A Good Year'

by Alex | Apr 22, 2008 10:55:29 PM

Could anyone please help me find "Max Skinner's ringtone from 'A Good Year' from my motorola K1.

by Joe | Jun 21, 2008 4:55:46 AM

Yes, i´am looking for this ringtone, too. It would be very pleasent, when somebody could leave an URL for a download. Thanks - - -

by Jose | Sep 19, 2008 4:36:45 PM

Anyone knows how to get the ringtone from a good year? leave url or send email with specs

by Jason | Oct 3, 2008 9:54:57 AM

Please can someone send me a website where I can download Max Skinner's ringtone from "A Good Year" onto my HTC Tyth II

by wombat | Nov 7, 2008 3:37:27 AM

If the link doesn't work for some reason, go to nakko.com and search for "max skinner's ringtone".
Let me know if you have problems. I'd been searching for this ringtone for ages myself. Hopefully this will be easier for everyone else.

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