Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you’re the kind of person who constantly exhausts your friends and family by spouting fun facts any time a movie comes up in conversation — and if you’re reading this site, there’s a decent chance you are — IMDb’s got a new product just for you. The movie reference website has just launched a free game for iPhone and iPod Touch that asks players to answer trivia questions about films, television, and celebrities from the past several decades. More details after the jump.
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Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There’s simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that’s why we created /Film LA. Here’s what we’ve got.
- The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it’ll be in 70mm.
- My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application.
- Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride.
- In case you missed it, Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly Cinema in March including a premiere run of Kill Bill: The Whole Blood Affair.
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For those of you who will be in Austin Texas in late-September for Fantastic Fest, I thought I’d let you know that they have released an iPhone app for the 2010 Festival. Created by Slated as part of the IFP Festival Genius line (the guys who acquired B-Side Entertainment), this app allows you to discover films, plan your festival and interact with other festival-goers.
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According to a new piece at The LA Times, Warner Bros. are currently looking to push ahead with one of their two, long-in-development takes on the Wonderful Wizard of Oz story; meanwhile, Collider are reporting that no movement has been made on either project in over a year and that the Times piece is simply repackaging old information with no real reason to be doing so right now. In fact, they even call it ‘hit whoring’.
Who’s right? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any action in the next few weeks or so, but I personally wouldn’t be surprised to find Warners chasing after Alice in Wonderland‘s big box office with the nearest thing in reach.
The two projects supposedly in contention are the Josh Olson version, and another one from Darren Lemke, writer on the upcoming fourth Shrek as well as Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and a New Line take on The Nutcracker.
Meanwhile, Universal have their Wicked film (based on the Oz-related musical of the same name) somewhere along the pipe, and there’s also a John Boorman-directed CG version of Oz that hasn’t been heard of for a while, though is still said to be progressing, if slowly. The future is looking more than a little Baumy.
Your iPhone 3g might allow you to shoot video, but unless you’re a one-shot Scorsese, you still need iMovie to create a presentable phone shot film… But a new app has been released which might change everything. ReelDirector gives users the ability to stitch videos together, add titles, transitions and other effects. Watch a video demonstration after the jump to see the app and all of its powers.
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Last week, I got to attend Fox Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray press summit and interview several of the creators behind such films as Wolverine, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Fight Club. Perhaps the highlight, however, was seeing the Fox team’s presentations on the future of the Blu-Ray medium and how they’re brewing up some tasty new functions and features for future releases. I’ll detail it all after the break, from iPod touch and iPhone connectivity to Real-D style 3D for the home, and more in between.
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Rumor has it that Netflix might be releasing an official iPhone app. Yeah, yeah, we know… there are already a bunch of iPhone applications which allow you to manage your netflix queue (some of which we wrote about in iPhone Apps For Movie Geeks). But I’m not talking about managing your rental queue (although, I’m sure it will be able to do that). According Multichannel News, an industry executive claims that Netflix will release an iPhone app will allow you to stream movies in your instant queue via Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service.
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Most everyone I know owns an iPhone, and most everyone I associate with is some form of movie geek. Every time I’m out with friends there seems to be an exchange of an iPhone app tip. What do you use to access IMDb? Netflix? Twitter? Which got me thinking — why hasn’t anyone put together a good listing of iPhone apps for movie geeks? So here goes my first attempt and compiling a listing of good iPhone apps that every movie geek should know about.
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Peter Boctor has created a free Rotten Tomatoes Application for the Apple iPhone called Tomatoes, which is now available on the Apple App Store. Tomatoes lets you quickly search for any movie using Rotten Tomatoes, without having to load the full webpage.
“Tomatoes is an iPhone and iPod Touch application that makes it easy and fast to search RottenTomatoes.com’s vast movie database. You swipe through your search results and see key information about each found movie including the movie photo, when it was released, it’s rating, who’s in it, a consensus about the movie and the Rotten Tomatoes score. Whether you’re at the movie theater, wandering through the video store or channel surfing, with Tomatoes on your iPhone or iPod Touch you are only moments away from finding out if a movie is the right one for you.”
Check out the demo video below.
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Now if only someone would make an iPhone app for the Internet Movie Database…