Over the weekend I flew Frontier Airlines home from Orlando, Florida. It was my first time flying this discount airline, and while I had heard some bad things about the company, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The experience was eye-opening and I fear that this model could be adopted by many other industries — like say for instance, the movie theater business. So while I sat in the very uncomfortable vinyl-covered thin plastic shell that Frontier somehow calls a “seat,” I wondered what movie theaters would be like if they were run like Frontier Airlines.
I’ve always been fascinated with visiting the real life locations shown in my favorite movies. However, with my childhood favorites, it is almost always a depressing experience. Times change, renovations happen, and the locations barely look like they did in the movies. Scouting New York visited Rye Playland, an 82-year old waterfront amusement park which was the location of the famous Zoltar machine from the Tom Hanks movie Big. Of course, the location has been renovated, repainted, and a Pepsi machine sits in the spot where the famous fortune teller machine was in the film.
During Steve Jobs keynote at the WWDC earlier today, it was announced that Netflix is developing an app for the iPhone which would allow customers to stream movies on their iPhone.
Following the announcement of the Netflix iPhone app, Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Roger Eberttweeted that he “will never, ever, watch a movie on my iPhone.” Ebert’s comment made me wonder — how many of you have, or would ever, watch a movie on an iPhone (or iPhone sized device)?
Personally, I would have loved to have had such an app in my years taking the Muni across town in San Francisco, but others seem strongly opposed to watching movies on a small media device. It’s not like this is anything new, people buy/rent movies throughiTunes and watch them on their phone every day. I’ve never watched a movie, but I have watched television episodes on the device.
Derrick Comedy member and star of NBC’s Community Donald Glover has started a campaign on twitter to get an audition for the role of Peter Parker in Marc Webb‘s 3D Spider-Man Reboot. The comic actor is encouraging fans/followers to retweet the hash tag #donald4spiderman.
I’ll admit, even if Sony or Webb are listening, I find it doubtful they would consider such a radically fresh new direction for this superhero franchise. But since the suggestion is gaining so much traction on the social web, I thought I’d throw the question out to the /Film readers: Would you like to see Don Glover play the new Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot? Leave your thoughts in the comments below
Back in December, Empire Magazine wrote something along the lines of “In a perfect world, every movie would be made by the Coen brothers.” This prompted a discussion between /Film reader Angel Diaz and her friends about who the Coens would cast in their version of Star Wars.
A few hours and a photoshop session later, we came up with the attached picture. We love reading your blog and thought you guys might want to post it and spawn some more discussion.
Check out the full photo cast list after the jump.
The Guardian published an article over the weekend, asking the question “Why are there so few female filmmakers?”It’s something that most film writers/bloggers have wondered for a while now. And it has come up again just in time for the Academy Awards, where many believe that Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow will have a fighting chance to become the first female director to take home an Oscar.
On Saturday, Bigelowbecame the first woman to win the DGA award for Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film. And only 6 times in 60 years has the DGA winner NOT won the Oscar for Best Picture, and in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner went on to win the Oscar for best director. Sofia Coppola was the firstthird woman to ever be nominated for the best director Academy Award, for Lost in Translation in 2003, but of course, she lost to Peter Jackson.
But back to the question at hand: why are there so few female filmmakers? The Guardian says that it was once blamed on the small amount of female applicants entering film school, which is no longer the case. It has often been blamed on a chauvinist culture, or the fact that a lack of female filmmakers means fewer role models and mentors. Coppola’s nomination didn’t inspire a surge of female filmmakers (as far as I can tell), would/can a Best Director win by Bigelow change anything? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Earlier this week it was reported that Universal was in final talks to acquire the rights to 152-book series Sweet Valley High for Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to adapt to the big screen. At the time, I wasn’t at all excited about the potential project as the source material just doesn’t appeal to me (and probably shouldn’t since it never was meant to target my demo). But in the last 24 hours I’ve somewhat rethought my stance on the project, and Cody has spoken up to clear the air about some concerns about the adaptation, which I thought was worth sharing.
Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 by David Chen
There’s one thing that this summer has proven: People still love going to the movies. Movie grosses are actually up this year from last year, to $4.25 billion from $4.2 billion last year. And while studio executives are probably pleased with this development, one thing that hasn’t been as encouraging is the DVD market. While DVDs used to account for a huge percentage of a film’s revenue, that percentage already plateaued and is being supplanted by a number of other competing forces. The format itself is under attack, as Video-on-Demand and DVRs continue to take hold in American households.
One of the signs of the times has been the struggle of brick-and-mortar stores to stay competitive. With Netflix and Redbox offering consumers a cheap and easy way to get movies, it’s difficult for companies who are paying massive overhead renting physical space to continue to operate profitably. Last week we reported on how Blockbuster might be closing 960 of its stores, which comprise 20% of its 4,400 outlets. Anecdotally, I’ve seen three separate Hollywood Videos close in my area, which was actually kind of sad, as I used to enjoy browsing through the endless aisles of DVDs/Blu-Rays and chatting with the occasionally knowledgeable staff member. While video rental stores may never entirely go away, we are certainly witnessing an industry in the midst of a sea change, and in 5-10 years, the video rental store landscape will probably look completely different than it does today. Would you be sad if video rental stores vanished?