Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.
UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.
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Walt Disney Studios has announced a new cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This new service is available in app form on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and also on the Web. The service is set to allow consumers to watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel at home and on the go. Right now the service features Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles and will grow over time. This is good news for consumers because anything has to be better than UltraViolet.
The unveiling coincides with the digital release of Disney’s Frozen.Disney is hoping to get you to join the service by offering you a free digital copy of The Incredibles. This limited time offer is available to Disney Movies Anywhere users who activate and connect their Disney Movies Anywhere account to their iTunes account. And some more good news, the Disney Movies Anywhere digital service includes some bonus features, so The Incredibles comes with two Pixar shorts, some behind the scenes featurettes and more. Not everything from the Blu-ray release, but still something. Read the full press release after the jump.
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A new Star Wars trailer for the “lost episodes” of the Clone Wars headlines this jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.
- Watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions coming soon to Netflix.
- Harrison Ford is rumored to be part of a TV miniseries being shot during the Star Wars Episode VII filming schedule.
- Star Wars merchandise is now being sold in Disney stores in person and online.
- Artist Eric Tan makes his first Star Wars poster.
- The female Star Wars Rebels character toys will debut at San Diego Comic-Con.
- Sign a petition to name a stage at Pinewood Studios after late Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand.
- The sound mixer for Star Wars Episode VII is excited.
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Netflix dropped the entire 13-episode second season of House of Cards February 14 and immediately the race began. That’s the race to once again become engrossed in the world of Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood; the race to avoid spoilers; and the race to see how fast you can finish. It turns out about 668,000 people – myself NOT included – finished the entire second season before the end of the first weekend. Now their long wait begins until the recently announced third season while the rest of us play catch-up.
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One of the simple truths of home movie watching is you never want to watch the movies that are right at your fingertips. If you own hundreds, even thousands of DVDs, you never want to watch a single one. Instead, we’re always pining over something not in the collection. The same can be said for Netflix. The service offers innumerable films on DVD or streaming, yet many of us can never decide what to watch. (In that way, Netflix does replicate the old video store experience!)
The Onion understands and has a report on Netflix’s new $5/month “Browse Endlessly” plan, which would offer users the ability to browse all Netflix’s titles, but not watch them. Check out the hilarious spoof below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
As you recover from this weekend’s House of Cards marathon, it’s time to look ahead to your next Netflix-enabled binge. The streaming service has revealed that the second season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere June 6, 2014. As is typical for Netflix, all 13 episodes will hit on the same date.
The announcement was slipped in as an ad at the end of House of Cards‘ second season finale. Watch the intense first teaser for Orange Is the New Black Season 2 after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
At 3:01 AM Eastern time this morning, Netflix debuted thirteen new episodes of House of Cards. Fans are binging their way through Season 2 as we speak so if you’ve notice a suspicious proportion of your office has gone missing today, there’s a good chance Frank Underwood is to blame.
But not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off to spend 13 consecutive hours on the couch. Some folks have more pressing matters to attend to — like running the country. Yesterday evening, President Barack Obama spoke for TV lovers on both sides of the aisle when he called for binge-watchers to refrain from spoiling the show for the rest of us. Hit the jump to see his comment.
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February 2013 was a bittersweet month for the visual effects house Rhythm & Hues. Due to the increased cost of effects-based work in Hollywood and the competitive nature of the business, they were forced to declare bankruptcy, fire hundreds of people and close up shop. Two weeks later, the company was given the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for their work in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The closing spawned tons of protests around Hollywood. How could the best visual effects house not be making any money?
That question has become a fundamental issue within Hollywood, and Rhythm & Hues employees used the unique and upsetting occasion to make a short documentary called Life After Pi. The trailer is out now and the full length short will be released online February 25. Eventually, it’ll be used in a feature length documentary called Hollywood Ending which explores “why the movie capital of the world is forcing filmmakers to leave.” Read More »
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