Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not an exaggeration to say that movie ticket prices cost more than ever nowadays. The average cost of admission hit an all-time high of $8.38 in 2013, up from $7.96 a year ago. And that’s just the national average, mind you. In New York, where I live, a ticket to an IMAX 3D film costs over $20 a person.
Meanwhile, our at-home options have been getting better and better. Not only is the technology itself improving, the selection is getting wider and more varied as well. Where it was once unthinkable for a DVD to hit just a few weeks after the film’s theatrical opening, it’s not uncommon in 2013 to see smaller films released on VOD before they make their way to the cinema.
Studios have taken note of this shift in movie viewing patterns, and are increasingly trying to run with it. Paramount Pictures, for one, is stocking up on indies that can hit theaters and VOD simultaneously. Their first day-and-date release will be Adore, the romantic drama previously titled Two Mothers. More after the jump.
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One way or another, the Bluths will be back.
The creator of Arrested Development, Mitchell Hurwitz, is currently in Montreal for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. The topic of a potential continuation for Arrested Development came up and Hurwitz said he “definitely” felt they’d be back. He then turned to Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix, and said “I don’t want to get into a whole negotiation right now… but I’ve got a family to feed.” Hurwitz also talked about how exactly he wants to do the following season. Read that below. Read More »
Indie Game: The Movie was one of the ten best films I saw last year. Currently available on Netflix, the documentary directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows the development of three independent video games. You can read my full review here for more details.
This week, the filmmakers are doing something truly awesome and fitting. Since it’s a movie about video games, they’re offering exclusive downloadable content. Paramount among the new offerings are almost two hours of new short films and epilogues following the people in the film. But there’s also new commentaries and Steam exclusives such as achievements, online trading cards and more. The whole thing is now available for instant download.
Check out the trailer for Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
It took seven years for us to get a fourth season of Arrested Development, but thankfully the wait may be much shorter for a fifth. Producer Brian Grazer confirms that Netflix is now in talks for a new season of the cult comedy series. And while nothing’s confirmed yet, apparently the prognosis is apparently quite good. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Combine Siri and Hal 9000, and what do you get? A virtual cinephile with the personality of a game show host, according to Netflix.
The company has just introduced Max, a new program that helps users decide what to watch. While Netflix already offers tailored recommendations based on their sophisticated algorithms, Max helps narrow down those options by asking viewers what they’re in the mood for right now. Learn more about Max and see him (it?) in action after the jump.
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The highly anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development hasn’t even been in the world for two weeks and already fans have made it their own. We’re quoting it, meming it, creating merchandise based on it and now… completely altering it.
Creator Mitchell Hurwitz created a complex, labyrinthine story for the fourth season. It is told largely out of order to keep the audience guessing, and because he could rarely get his full cast together at the same time. Personally, I applauded the slow burn season as something truly special, but others found the new structure off-putting.
And so the Internet edited the fourth season of Arrested Development in chronological order. This is sure to be controversial, much like The Godfather Saga and later The Godfather Trilogy: 1901–1980, in which Francis Ford Coppola’s films were cut into one chronological run, or the Memento DVD edit, which reversed the film to remove all the surprises. And those were official, while this is not.
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The fourth season of Arrested Development was never meant to be the end. From its earliest conception, creator Mitchell Hurwitz said the fourth season was just a long recap and preamble to a movie. Now that the fourth season is out there, it’s no spoiler to say there are more than enough stories to populate not only a movie, but maybe even additional seasons.
Exactly what the future of Arrested Development will be after its fourth season debut is still unclear, but one of its major champions is on board to continue. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said though the company is currently contracted for only one season, he’d love to buy another season of the show if the talent is willing to come back. Read More »
Arrested Development has never done things by the book. From its very first episode on November 2, 2003, creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his cast made it clear they wanted to push the boundaries of comedy. Jokes were layered, complex and topical. Each character was daring in their own unique way. Every time you rewatched an episode, something new was revealed. The show was so smart, unconventional and groundbreaking that it was almost totally ignored, and Fox cancelled it after three seasons. Like most great art, it was under-appreciated in its time.
Seven years have passed since the third season of Arrested Development finished on February 10, 2006. Since then, the fanbase has grown by leaps and bounds. People continue to discover the show through word of mouth, home media, and through the increasing fame of its stars. On May 26, 2013, the unusually long hiatus ended when the cast and crew unveiled a highly anticipated fourth season on Netflix. Fifteen episodes were released all at once, totaling almost eight hours of brand-new content to continue the story of the family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice to keep them all together.
Keeping with the tone of the series, nothing about this fourth season is traditional. There’s a new structure, a new delivery system and a new spin on comedy. The jokes are sharp as always, but as the season unfolds the idea of consistent laughs becomes less important. The true pleasure in this latest season of Arrested Development is letting the labyrinthian narrative unspool in surprising ways. In comedy, it’s rare to be this hypnotized by a story. Read More »
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