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Add the Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters to the list of locations where you're not allowed to wear Google Glass. According to reports, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League made it the company's official policy to ban the wearable device once the lights go down and the previews begin to ensure that no illegal recording is taking place. The ban comes before Glass graduates from a prototype device to a consumer product, though that's really splitting hairs. Even though the Glass design isn't completely finalized, Google has been making the wearable device more widely available to consumers lately.... Read more...
Over the past 20 years, special effects houses (typically known as VFX studios) have risen from an occasional tool used in science fiction or fantasy movies to a mainstay of the entire industry. The term "VFX" refers to more than the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) -- it also references live-action shots or green screen uses where actors are overlaid with real scenery or backgrounds that are filmed in different locations. Thus, even a movie that takes place in "real life" can rely heavily on VFX. Given that most Hollywood movies now rely so heavily on VFX, you'd think that VFX studios would... Read more...
In just a few days, Netflix will reportedly purge around 90 movies and TV shows from its streaming library. Without a time machine, it would be impossible to watch all of them between now and then, though there are some notable flicks worth queuing up while you still have the chance. James Cameron's 1997 movie "Titanic" is one them. "Titanic" is the second-highest grossing film of all time behind "Avatar," and fourth-highest if adjusted for inflation ("Gone with the Wind" takes top honors in the latter category). It grossed over $2.18 billion at the box office and claimed the top spot in ticket... Read more...
Many years ago, I helped run a local mom-and-pop video rental store. Business was okay, but not great. By the time I came onto the scene, chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video had started putting the squeeze on independently owned stores by inking revenue sharing deals with movie studios. While we analyzed metrics to see how many copies of a new release we could afford to buy and still turn a profit in our modest space, these big chains would receive shelves full of new flicks and share revenue with the studios. It was tough to compete with that (we weren't afforded the same or even similar... Read more...
The onset of digital downlaods has drastically changed the way Hollywood thinks about its future revenues, and while the tried-and-true cinema release is still making boatloads of money for the top-tier movies, the MPAA realizes that habits are changing. Consumers simply expect more content, faster, and in ways that they're comfortable consuming. Couple that with upstarts like Gogo, and you've got a match made in heaven. Gogo, the company responsible for hooking thousands of planes across the U.S. up with in-flight Wi-Fi, has just announced a new partnership that could place major motion pictures... Read more...
There will always be people who pirate content, that's just the way it is. We don't condone illegally downloading movies and TV shows, nor are we being pessimistic, but unlike big media companies, we're willing to look at the situation realistically. Perhaps so is Comcast, which is said to be developing a new method to fight piracy that doesn't involve lawsuits. According to Variety, Comcast is in early talks with film and TV studios, as well as other leading Internet service providers (ISPs), about a technology that would give would-be pirates an opportunity to access legal versions of illegal... Read more...
Chin up kids, it's time to wipe away those tears for the loss of Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, and all the rest of Viacom's entities that skipped ship over to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service. There's still plenty of kid-friendly content on Netflix, especially now that the big daddy of streaming media inked a multi-year deal with DreamWorks, a partnership that's been in the works for several years now. The agreement marks the largest deal for original first-run content in Netflix history, and is also the first time DreamWorks Animation's characters will be introduced into the television market... Read more...
Pirates flocked to BitTorrent in record numbers to download the season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones. Within an hour of the first torrent being uploaded, there were 163,088 people sharing the single file, breaking the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever. That's according to TorrentFreak, which notes that the previous record was held by the season premier of Heroes with 144,663 peers. Game of Thrones blew past that mark, and if you count all the different releases, it's estimated that the season opener has been downloaded over a million times already. Despite all this, HBO doesn't seem... Read more...
Open Road Films has decided to delay the release of Jobs, a movie that was originally scheduled to land in theaters on April 19, 2013. Not by accident, that date marks the 37th anniversary of the Apple Computer. As poetic as that might have been, Open Road Films ultimately wanted more time to market the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jobs is a biographical film featuring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen on the hit show Two and a Half Men, may have beat out some big names for the role, as both George Clooney and Noah Wyle were both reportedly in the running... Read more...
The last Tomb Raider movie -- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life -- grossed just $67 million domestically and $157 million worldwide when it debuted in 2003. Those kind of figures don't inspire subsequent attempts to capitalize on a franchise, but with Tomb Raider recently getting a reboot, Hollywood may once again give Lara Croft a shot on the silver screen. According to a report in Variety, Crystal Dynamics is working closely with GK Films on another Tomb Raider movie, a rare move when game makers typically just hand off film licensing rights and hope for the best. GK Films, by the way,... Read more...
It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since the first Jurassic Park film debuted in movie theaters. Even more remarkable is how well the special effects in the Stephen Spielberg-directed flick have held up over time. To celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing the first three films individually to Blu-ray on March 26, 2013. Each film will come in the form of a combo pack with a DVD, Digital Copy, and an UltraViolet digital copy of the film included. In addition, there will be lots of bonus material added to each film. The titles are available... Read more...
Fair warning to any company that's still interested in trying to acquire Hulu, the price may have just gone up. The streaming service had a heck of a year, ending 2012 with more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers contributing to approximately $695 million in revenue, the company announced in a blog post. That's an addition of more than 1 million paying subscribers since April of this year. Hulu's revenue growth is nothing short of staggering. The streaming service exited private beta and officially launched in 2010, at which point it was already making hundreds of millions of dollars.... Read more...
Vimeo has earned a reputation for hosting quality videos from amateurs and professionals alike. For now, it’s relying on ads and memberships for revenue and lets visitors view the videos free, but the YouTube competitor is also working on pay-per-view options. Today, Vimeo is previewing the pay-per-view system with six hand-picked, full-length movies. The service will be completely available to members in early 2013.   These full-length titles are available now as part of Vimeo's pay-per-view service preview. The addition of pay-per-view seems natural to us: some of the movies... Read more...
These days, retail companies are moving in all sorts of interesting new directions in a bid to remain interesting. Just look at Toys R Us, which is not only offering a tablet this holiday season, but will also be launching a new family-friendly digital entertainment service. The program is called Toys R Us Movies, which will be accessible at Toysrusmovies.com. All told, it will feature over 4,000 titles, specially selected to supply hours of entertainment and fun for parents and children. In addition, the service is equipped with customizable parental controls to help moms and dads choose the most... Read more...
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