WTF: Overstock Launching its Own Streaming Service

Overstock streaming service

Overstock.com probably isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to movies. (Though the online store does occasionally have some pretty great blu-ray deals.) But in a move predicted by The Onion two years ago, Overstock, which claims to be one of the biggest online retailers, thinks it can compete with Amazon and other big streaming media players. The site is launching a VOD initiative this year, and even plans to create original content. A few more details on the new Overstock streaming service plan are below. Read More »

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‘The Strain’ Season Two Teaser: Fight or Die

Strain S2 teaser

The first teaser for The Strain season 2 premiered on television recently, and is now online. This top-down flyover of New York City ravaged by vampiric infected and damaged by fires could be for a video game as easily as for a TV show. The Strain just went back into production in November, and is evidently saving a real new footage reveal for later in its promotional cycle. But the show, created by Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse based on the books by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, looks like it is aiming for a bit more spectacle this time out; hopefully there will be more satisfying character explorations to go along with it. Check out The Strain S2 teaser below. Read More »

hobbit fan edit

For some fans, interaction with films they love (or want to love) has become a full-on interactive thing. For various reasons — love, hate, curiosity, education — we see fans cutting their own versions of films more and more often. Even Steven Soderbergh is getting into the act of recutting favorite films.

One obvious candidate for active reappraisal is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy. One new Hobbit fan edit has shorn the series of hours of footage, leaving a roughly four-hour story that omits many of Jackson’s inventions and digressions in an attempt to get closer to the heart of the novel. It this legit? Not at all. It is, however, inevitable, and potentially a good illustration of how some of the films’ meandering added little to the adaption. Read More »

The Turning trailer

There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo WeavingMiranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that US audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). But the anthology structure and long running time mean that has mostly been on the festival circuit for a while. Check out a trailer for The Turning below. Read More »

new Thunderbirds teaser

The Thunderbirds TV series that captured imaginations in the ’60s is about to get a new revival. The 50th Anniversary of the original show will be celebrated in part with a new series from ITV called Thunderbirds Are Go!, with effects from WETA. A new Thunderbirds teaser is now available, and though it doesn’t show off very much, it might be enough for fans who have been excited about the new show.

Update: Previously, we had seen only an image of the backs of the new Thunderbirds team design. Now we’ve got the reverse of that shot, showing off the faces of the puppet-based CG designs. Check it out in full below.

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All the Wilderness trailer

In All the Wilderness, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays a young guy who isn’t dealing well with the loss of his father. His shrink (Danny DeVito) isn’t making much headway with the kid’s problems, but McPhee’s character meets a group of isolated kids, which leads him into a new life. The film looks gorgeous, and there are some good moments in this first trailer. Watch the All the Wilderness trailer after the break.

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‘Minority Report’ Pilot Gets a Director

Minority Report pilot

Fox’s planned Minority Report pilot has taken a step forward, as the network has announced a director for the show. Mark Mylod (Once Upon a Time, The Affair) will now helm the debut outing for the show based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie. Read More »

Amazon Studios movies

Amazon Studios has quickly distinguished itself through a “pilot season program” that sees the company generating ten to twelve pilots a year, then polling viewers to help decide which ones to push to series. Transparent, from the second pilot season, is the first real breakout success from Amazon, but the studio’s output, pilots aside, is still primarily restricted to those who pay Amazon’s $99/year Prime membership fee. In addition to TV series there are also Amazon Studios movies in the works. But now Amazon is planning to expand, by producing and/or acquiring films which it will release in theaters, then make available to stream on Prime four to eight weeks after the theatrical debut. Read More »

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