Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#Amazon Announces Its Own Streaming Device

from businessinsider.com: Tomorrow, Amazon will amp up its bid to take over your living room. At a media event in New York City, the company is expected to announce a new gadget — either a dongle or a box — that will let users stream video to their TVs from Amazon's video library, as well as from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The gadget will reportedly run on Android and could act as a gaming console. The streaming device market is crowded. Amazon's gadget would compete against products like Apple TV, Roku, and Google's Chromecast.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

With ‘Drone To Home’ Service, Netflix Uses Satire Against Amazon

from nytimes.com: Netflix on Tuesday released a satirical video promising “Drone to Home” delivery of DVDs to customers, taking an obvious swipe at Amazon’s plan to deliver items to consumers via small octocopters, a.k.a. drones... Barely a minute long, the video purports to show a Netflix warehouse with cute little copters flying off carrying the distinctive red Netflix DVD envelopes. “Unlike other companies trying to rush unproven technology to market, we have literally spent days working out most of the bugs,” the narrator says, as one woman tries to run away from a drone following her, and another explodes in the background.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Before You Watch the New 'House Of Cards', See the UK Original

from theatlantic.com: I'll watch anything Kevin Spacey is in, so I'll be among the early downloaders of the second installment of House of Cards, which will be out via Netflix touchingly on Valentine's Day. But now I've done something I should have done earlier, and that will put Spacey-style House of Cards 2, 3, any others in a completely different light. Recently I watched the four-episode original BBC House of Cards series from 1990. It's on Netflix too, and, seriously, if you are interested in either politics or satire, this is not to be missed.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Legendary Screen Darling Shirley Temple Dies at 85

http://static01.nyt.com/images/2013/12/07/arts/Temple-Shirley-Adv-Obit-slide-NPED/Temple-Shirley-Adv-Obit-slide-NPED-jumbo.jpgfrom nytimes.com: Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85... Mrs. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#Parody Trailer Perfectly Skewers Indie #Film Clich├ęs of #Sundance

from adweek.com: Ever get the feeling that if you've seen one piece of schlocky Sundance festival fodder, you've seen them all? If so, you're going to appreciate the many tired tropes folded into the faux trailer for "Not Another Sundance Movie." Even if you don't consider yourself an indie film aficionado, you'll quickly see the truth in this satirical clip, beginning with the opening message that the movie was created by the duo of "Film Student With a Rich Uncle & Actor Trying to Be a Director." The fake footage itself may not be all that entertaining or convincingly shot, but the snarky text overlays definitely make the nearly 3-minute video worth watching.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Netflix profits rise fivefold as streaming service hits 44 million subscribers

from theguardian.com: Online movie and TV streaming service Netflix announced it had over 44 million subscribers worldwide by the end of last year, and revealed on Wednesday that profits had risen more than fivefold.

The company, which delivers DVDs by mail as well as offering movies and TV shows online, had about 33.4 million paying subscribers in the US by the end of the fourth quarter and expects to add 2.25 million more in the current quarter.

Internationally Netflix ended the fourth quarter with more than 9.7 million paid members, adding about 1.7 million over the quarter. It expects to add another 1.6 million in the current quarter. Netflix said this year it planned to "embark on a substantial European expansion".

Friday, January 17, 2014

End of Film: Paramount First Studio to Stop Distributing Film Prints

from latimes.com: In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States. Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film. The studio’s Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” from director Martin Scorsese is the first major studio film that was released all digitally, according to theater industry executives who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak about them. The decision is significant because it is likely to encourage other studios to follow suit, accelerating the complete phase-out of film, possibly by the end of the year. That would mark the end of an era: film has been the medium for the motion picture industry for more than a century.