Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
It took Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell several years to get as far as a Kickstarter campaign for the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie sequel, and fans less than twelve hours to scrape together the necessary $2 million budget. Now, just as promised, Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the movie. All that’s left for us at this point is the waiting. By Thomas’ own estimates, Veronica Mars won’t hit theaters for another year or so.
On the plus side, though, that means there’s plenty of time to revisit the original series before picking back up with the Neptune crowd. Hit the jump to find out where you can stream it online for free. Plus, learn more about how exactly Warner Bros. plans to make the movie.
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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.
The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »
Streaming services have re-mapped the media landscape. The Netflix streaming service grew in just a few years to become one of the dominant means of accessing film and TV content, and its first forays into original content have been a great success. House of Cards, the first show to premiere exclusively on Netflix, has reportedly done very well, though the company hasn’t released official numbers to publicly tally the show’s viewership.
Netflix already has other new programming in the can, such as the fourth season of Arrested Development, and the Eli Roth-produced show Hemlock Grove. It is developing more shows, but being first doesn’t mean that Netflix will be able to remain the only streaming service with original content for long. Amazon is developing its own material, and now the Verizon/Redbox streaming venture and Xbox Live are both reportedly pursuing their own original content. Read More »
Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by a conversation with David Fincher. I had already watched the entire series on Netflix, but it was great to see the show on a huge screen. Unlike other shows I’ve seen in special theater broadcasts, House of Cards felt more like a movie in the large format. Elvis Mitchell hosted the conversation at LACMA as part of Film Independent. While I usually like Mitchell’s Q & A’s, this one was a bit subpar as Mitchell tried to focus on his interpretations of characters and moments in the series, and Fincher wasn’t willing to consider those ideas as his own. But I did learn 11 interesting tidbits about Fincher and the series. Read them now after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Arrested Development fans, get ready to taste the sad all over again. In fall 2011, Netflix made a million comedy fans’ dreams come true when they announced plans to revive the beloved comedy for a fourth season to begin streaming in 2013. Those new episodes haven’t hit yet, but when they do you’ll want to enjoy them because they’ll likely be the last.
At a conference today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has revealed that Arrested Development won’t return to the service for another season after this one. Hit the jump for more details.
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Briefly: Take any plans you have this weekend and flush them down the toilet. All of the Criterion Collection titles currently available on Hulu will be free to watch all weekend.
Available films include Seven Samurai, Breathless, Cronos, The Hidden Fortress, Wings of Desire, The Blob, Modern Times, City Lights, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows. Eraserhead, The Most Dangerous Game, Jules and Jim, Tokyo Story and many more. (Some of these are films that haven’t yet been issued on disc by the company, such as Eraserhead. Others are Criterion or Janus holdings that may never get a release under the Criterion banner.)
All free. Just click here.
Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Arrested Development Season 4 will be available solely through Netflix when it debuts this May, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck on the streaming service forever. Fox, not Netflix, owns the rights to the series, and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media conference this week that the comedy could hit DVD or iTunes once Netflix’s license runs out.
Still, serious Arrested addicts should probably just bite the bullet and shell out for a Netflix subscription. While Sarandos wouldn’t reveal just how long Netflix’s exclusive deal was, he confirmed that it was “longer than the typical license.” It’ll probably still be some time, then, before we can watch the Bluths’ exploits without a WiFi connection. [Mashable]
After the jump, HBO Go enables AirPlay and casts an eye toward Apple TV, but still has no plans to split off as a standalone service.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
DreamWorks’ Turbo won’t even be in theaters for another five months, but the super-speedy snail at its center is already racing ahead to Netflix. The streaming service has just announced Turbo: F.A.S.T., a new series based on the upcoming feature. The program is part of Netflix’s overall efforts to push into original programming, and will be the first Netflix-exclusive series aimed at children. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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