No matter what your feelings may be about the battle between physical media and streaming, numbers suggest that physical media is losing the fight. And in the entertainment business, when money is the bottom line, that suggests a dire future for disc media. A new study says that while box office and digital revenue are expected to climb through 2019, sales and rentals of DVD and other disc media will fall sharply.
The study predicts that revenue from streaming media will overtake that of disc media, and that physical media can expect to suffer a 20% drop in revenue by 2018. Read More »
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Maybe you don’t know too much about the acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. But chances are you’ve seen some of Arrested Development. In that case, you’ll probably recognize the cute opening credits from the latter show, in which Ron Howard narrated the basic premise, accompanied by a quick slideshow and quirky ukelele tune. Now, to promote the imminent arrival of the second season of Orange is the New Black, Netflix, which also brought us the latest season of Arrested Development, has created a riff on the AD opening as a promo for Orange. And it’s a great way to push the show to an audience that might have ignored it so far. Read More »
Here’s the trailer for the first Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman. The show features Will Arnett as the voice of the title character, a horse and former sitcom star who is now washed up and dealing with the downside of fame. OK, mild fame. BoJack is drinking himself into a pit to escape his problems, and trying to deal with human friend Todd (Aaron Paul), feline agent and Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris), and his human girlfriend (or perhaps ex-girlfriend) voiced by Alison Brie.
The show debuts on August 22; watch the BoJack Horseman trailer here now. Read More »
A great many people watch Community via Hulu — it’s one of the streaming service’s most popular offerings — and now Hulu may be the home for the near-mythical sixth season of the show. When the show was canceled by NBC there was some talk that a place like Hulu could be the home for one last season. And while comments from the show’s creator Dan Harmon made that seem like a pretty distant possibility, conversations are taking place.
At this point that’s all it seems to be — like Hulu buying Sony TV a drink and slyly being all “so, you think you might wanna make a sixth season together?” But that’s better than nothing. Read More »
UPDATE: This story has now been confirmed by Variety. Minor changes have been made to reflect that fact.
The man without fear has a new persona. Marvel’s Daredevil, coming to Netflix in 2015, recently switched showrunners from Drew Goddard to Steven S. DeKnight. The latter’s first big decision is who will play the title character and he’s chosen another TV veteran. Charlie Cox, who played the lead in Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, and an Irish badass on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, is set to play the role. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over twenty years after his death, River Phoenix‘s final film is finally getting a release. Dark Blood, directed by George Sluizer, has just been scooped up by Lionsgate for VOD distribution in the near future.
The thriller follows Boy (Phoenix), who leads an isolated life in the desert. When a vacationing couple (Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) come asking for help after their car breaks down near his home, Boy develops an unhealthy relationship with the wife. Watch the Dark Blood trailer after the jump.
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Another major Marvel departure is breaking over the Memorial Day weekend. Drew Goddard, the director of The Cabin in the Woods and writer of Cloverfield, has reportedly left the Marvel’s Netflix TV show, Daredevil.
Update: Goddard’s exit is confirmed, and a new showrunner has been named. Original story, with an addendum, follows.
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Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
David Gordon Green is looking to play ball again with Eastbound & Down‘s Don Johnson. Only this time, they’ll be teaming up for a college football drama instead of a baseball comedy.
Titled Score, the new streaming project has Green attached to direct from a script by Johnson. It’s unclear right now whether it’s a TV series or a movie, but either way it has our attention. Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about it.
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