Thanks to Adam Sandler, Armond White is back in the news. The former New York Press film critic who notoriously loves almost universally panned movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Jonah Hex while hating, and often being the sole voice of opposition against, beloved films like Inception and Toy Story 3, last week published a rave review for Jack & Jill, Sandler’s latest film which has gotten some of the worst reviews of his career. That film currently stands at a putrid 3% on Rotten Tomatoes but White’s review has not been included. In fact, he hasn’t been featured on the site for a few months. Has Rotten Tomatoes finally kicked off Armond White for being controversially contrary? It depends on who you ask. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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It’s hard to hide from domain registration. In today’s Internet culture, URLs, Twitter handles and Facebook pages are a huge part of a film’s marketing strategy and it is paramount that studios acquire them before an official title is released. This way they won’t be squatted, or hilariously spammed, which happened to Sony this weekend.
Sometimes studios register domains on the off chance a project gets made. In other cases, domain registration can reveal a project’s title or existence way before it’s ready for public knowledge. For example, the title of the new James Bond film Skyfall was revealed a month before the official announcement and Marvel has domains for movies like Doctor Strange and Ant-Man years before those projects are likely to be made.
There’s your context, here’s your news. Lucasfilm has registered several domains revealing a project called Star Wars: Identities and Paramount just registered a few for something called Phantoms. What could these projects be? Explore the options after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: We will know a lot of real, reliable details about Bond 23 within the next twelve hours. Today James Bond joined Facebook, and tomorrow morning the spy even gets his own Twitter account. (Username @007, naturally.) Use of social media may not be the best way to go about investigating global criminal acts (no “@Blofeld is one Persian away from crazy cat lady,” please) but it is one of the best ways to deliver info about a new movie. Read More »
Earlier this month, a Tumblr called Mouth Taped Shut launched for David Fincher‘s upcoming remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Up until now, if you weren’t paying attention, you weren’t really missing much. An odd video here, a weird photo there. But recently the Twitter account @MouthTapedShut has started tweeting locations in cities. At these locations are packages from the film placed in the wild, up for grabs to whoever wants it. From the looks of one discovered package, these seem to be authentic, one-of-a-kind items from the film itself just like (if not the exact) pieces in the above photo.
It goes without saying, this is a viral you want start paying attention to. We’ll give more details, a bunch of photos and links after the jump. Read More »
A new website has popped online with a useful, but lofty, goal: catalog as many filming locations for as many movies as possible so fans have the information at their fingertips. It sounds impossible, and most likely is, but the Where Was It Filmed Database is making a run at it anyway.
It’s a user generated site, such as the IMDB or Wikipedia, so in addition to just browsing around, users can head over to www.wwifdb.com and add in filming locations either from their favorite movies, movies shot near your hometown or whatever you can contribute. That info then gets put in the general database and hopefully, over time, most of the movies people might search will have a helpful map of filming locations.
Things are kind of sparse over there right now, but the set up is really nice, it’s very user friendly and contributors are adding more and more locations every day. Head over there to check it out.
Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
The Internet may offer endless opportunities for up-and-coming artists to promote themselves in theory, but when’s the last time you actually took a chance on a title, filmmaker, or star you’d never heard of? Outside of a few tech-savvy cinephiles, consumers are still reluctant to devote their time and energy to movies they haven’t so much as seen a TV spot for — and that’s a problem that a new website called Prescreen is trying to fix.
Founded by former Groupon exec Shawn Bercuson, the start-up will aim to bring Groupon-style marketing to feature film distribution by helping people find and watch high-quality full-length movies online. More after the jump.
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Netflix, LoveFilm, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon are at the top of the video on demand mountain but Janus Friis, one of the co-founders of Skype and KaZaA, seems to think there’s room for one more. He’ll soon launch VDIO (pronounced Vee-Dee-Oh), a streaming video service for movies and television. Not much is known about it just yet, but its official site is currently rotating images of Rebel Without a Cause, The Shining, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Ghostbusters, Paprika, The Karate Kid, Justified, Tudors, A Few Good Men and others. That’s a pretty solid and revealing line up. Read more after the break. Read More »
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Domain registration is such a wonderful source of information. Titles of films are revealed months ahead of schedule because studios need to make sure they own the URL’s for their upcoming films and all the information is out there for the taking. In the last week alone, we’ve gotten hints at the titles of the new James Bond film as well as a possible Doctor Strange movie because Sony and Disney were caught registering a bunch of domains.
Sony’s at it again, registering over twenty Zorro themed URL’s presumably in anticipation of their recently announced origin story, an adaptation of the 2005 novel Zorro by Isabel Allende with a screenplay Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia. If the URL’s are true, the studio is deciding between different iterations of three different titles: The Forging of Zorro, Zorro Begins or Zorro: The Legend Begins. Read more after the jump. Read More »