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December 5, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter 12/04/13
Hotfile Shuts Down After $80M MPAA Piracy Settlement
"Hotfile's file-sharing service went offline just hours after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the website to shut down unless it implemented copyright-filtering technologies to prevent piracy. The court also awarded MPAA $80 million in damages."
Imgur - Little Photo Sharing Site Begins Morphing Into Mega-Social Network
"Imgur is shifting: from image host to user community to public destination. In that sense, it's following the opposite trajectory of a Facebook or a Twitter or a similar sites - networks that are trying to become platforms. Imgur is a platform that is trying to become a social network." (It's pronounced "imager", by the way.)
The Atlantic 12/04/13
December 4, 2013
The Smart Set 11/29/13
December 3, 2013
Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of This Picture
Taking off from a newly-revealed incident on the Life of Pi
, in which the tiger nearly drowned, The Hollywood Reporter
presents an in-depth investigation of treatment of animals in the U.S. movie industry.
The Hollywood Reporter 11/25/13
Slate 12/02/13 (includes video)
December 2, 2013
TV Show Tweets Out Its Script To Build Fans
Beginning Monday morning, the script of the first episode, written by the show's creator, Frank Darabont, who developed "The Walking Dead" for AMC, will be released in a stream of Twitter messages in its entirety -- except for the surprise ending.
The New York Times 12/01/13
December 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times 12/01/13
How To Redefine Your Acting Career: Hire Yourself
When British actor Steve Coogan ("Tristram Shandy," "The Trip") felt pigeonholed in both the UK and the US, he just bought a story and co-wrote the screenplay, including a dramatic part for himself.
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/29/13
The Observer (UK) 11/30/13
The Smart Set 11/29/13
The Observer (UK) 11/30/13
Walt Disney Had Some (Possibly Surprising) Opinions On Women Working In Animation
The currently hot "Frozen" is the first feature film from Disney Animation with a woman director, but perhaps not because of Walt (in 1941): "The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could."
Los Angeles Times 11/29/13
November 29, 2013
The 3D Camera That Could Change Entertainment?
"If you could capture a photorealistic 3-D model of just about anything, what you do with it? The xxArray makes 3-D imaging about as simple as entering a photo booth and pushing a button. And the implications for digital media forms are tantalizing to say the least.What do you think?"
Fast Company 11/27/13
Hollywood Pushes Obama On Anti-Piracy Laws
"During the meeting, the president encouraged the entertainment executives to search for common ground with the technology industry and offered the assistance of his administration to help bridge a still sizable divide between the two."
The Wall Street Journal 11/29/13
November 27, 2013
Two Oscar Favorites Lead Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
leads the field with seven nominations, followed by Alexander Payne's Nebraska
with six. The two films face each other in the best feature, director, lead actor, and supporting male and female actor categories.
The Hollywood Reporter 11/26/13
The New Yorker 11/26/13
November 26, 2013
Hollywood's China Strategy
"Like every other gigantic business, Hollywood wants to sell its products in China. But selling movies in China is different from selling bubble gum or Coke. The country's official gatekeeper, the China Film Group, allows in only 34 foreign films per year, a number recently raised from only 20."
America's Least-Favorite City Is Now American Television's Favorite Subject
So when we look at our wealthy capital city and see a group of people getting everything wrong, sometimes lying, and generally turning into that mean pimp, we want someone to show us why this is happening. We want a story that will impose some explanatory order on Washington's horribleness. Each new show about Washington - one after the other after the other after the other - does that."
The New Republic 11/25/13
Fort McMoney: Documentary Meets Video Game In The Alberta Tar Sands
"An online documentary about Fort McMurray, Alta., lets viewers visit the city at the heart of Canada's oilsands by taking part in a hybrid film-game project. Fort McMoney
lets players explore the city and surrounding areas in the frame of economic simulator and point-and-click adventure games."
CBC 11/25/13 (includes video)
November 25, 2013
The TV Business Is Having A Very Bad Year
"Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research."
Business Insider 11/23/13
November 24, 2013
Going Deep In The World Of The Drug Cartels - And Their Songwriters
"My guys sing to Sinaloa--they're Chapo people. They have to be very careful. They don't book shows in other peoples' territories. When they go on the mic, they say, 'Hello to Culiacan!' but they'll never say hello to Reynosa, because that's controlled by a different cartel. You have to stay with your team."
The New York Times 11/24/13
Why Can't Hollywood Just Celebrate The Ordinary In Life?
Director Alexander Payne: "We see the hegemony of commercial U.S. cinema trying to crush that around the world, at least in terms of distribution. ... I want to see American films about Americans like we used to have, not American films which are all cartoons intended to be digested easily the world over."
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/22/13
The New York Times 11/22/13
Los Angeles Times 11/23/13
November 22, 2013
How A 24-Hour Interactive Video Was Made
"The proposal was insanely ambitious--real people, alone or in groups, dance to the song, essentially creating an entire day's worth of music videos--and therefore riddled with creative challenges."
Fast Company 11/22/13
Mandela's Long Walk To The Screen
What did it take to get Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
made? "English movie stars and a producer willing to wait out some 30-plus screenplay drafts" - not to mention, of course, the blessing of the man himself.
The Wall Street Journal 11/21/13 (includes film clip and slide show)
Watching Nelson Mandela's Story Unfold From In Front Of The Cameras
"He has been Nelson Mandela's confidant in prison and his main protector as president. He has watched the liberation leader go from a womanizing gallivant to a statesman who stitched together a torn nation. Tony Kgoroge has seen this history unfold like a movie. Well, actually, two movies."
The Wall Street Journal 11/21/13
November 21, 2013
Predicting A Viral Hit Is Difficult
"So we know that scalable distribution results in a winner-takes-all phenomenon where a few players take an overwhelming share of the rewards in their market, leaving very little for the median players. The question is, can we predict or create these hits with any consistency?"
November 20, 2013
The New York Times 11/20/13
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/20/13
Self-Destructing Toronto Mayor's TV Show Cancelled After One Episode Ford Nation
, a one-hour news-talk show hosted by embattled Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, city councilman Doug Ford, has been cancelled by the conservative cable network Sun News less than 24 hours after the initial episode aired - despite the fact that it was the most-watched program in the network's history.
The Huffington Post 11/19/13
Terry Gilliam To Make 7th Attempt At Ill-Starred Don Quixote Project
"It is the film project that refuses to die in the face of freak storms, wholesale cast changes and struggles with Hollywood financiers. Terry Gilliam has once again vowed to bring his long-awaited, regularly abandoned" script The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
"to the big screen almost a decade and a half after it was supposed to wrap."
The Guardian (UK) 11/19/13
Spanish Filmmaker-Turned-Gambler Returns To Spotlight
"Before turning to gambling, [Gonzalo] García Pelayo was a prolific director during the key period of Spain's transition to democracy, and onward into the 1980s. ... But then his film career withered. Now, the [Vienna Film Festival's] organizers are hoping to renew interest in a body of work that is unknown internationally (and less known in Spain than [his] gambling exploits)."
The New York Times 11/20/13
November 19, 2013
Hollywood's Studios See Major Upheavals At The Top
"Even as the movie awards season accelerates here, studio chiefs and major producers have been fretting less about Oscars than about job security. A rolling realignment has knocked out top executives, broken apart old alliances and shattered assumptions about corporate loyalties and the industry's pecking order."
The New York Times 11/19/13