Apple has patented a new technology that blocks the iPhone’s camera feature, which would reportedly allow venues like concert venues to use an infrared beam to disable a mobile phone’s camera, preventing its users from taking videos and photos. According to the Telegraph, Apple’s patent says that the phone would display a “recording disabled” message when users take photographs or videos. Apple has not officially announced this feature so it’s unclear if and when it will roll out.
But who’s to say that movie theaters wouldn’t also be able to take advantage of this new technology when it’s released? And maybe this is just a first step towards something I theorized about five years ago.
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I check Kickstarter every day. I often back projects in the tabletop and tech areas, but I also will check to see what projects are popular on the site each week. The other day I came across a project called MovieSwap, which has already met its funding goal on the crowdfunding website. So what is it?
The French company that is developing the service claims that “MovieSwap is the first universal movie library, totally powered by the crowd, to watch and swap films without constraints.”
What if you had an unlimited access to the LARGEST ONLINE MOVIE LIBRARY EVER? A community based library, where you could watch any movie online. A library where you could swap films with contributors all over the world and discover an infinite number of stories. This is the revolutionary idea behind MovieSwap.
But how can a service that allows subscribers to watch any movie online be legal? Is it legal?
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With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.
News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »
Virtual reality is about to take off in a big way. Just recently we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing new Star Wars stories, directed and written by big name filmmakers and screenwriters, for virtual reality, to connect with the upcoming films. Plus, VR showcases such as The Martian VR Experience from Ridley Scott have been getting quite the buzz and we’re a bit bummed we couldn’t check it out while it was at Sundance last month. Now another heavy-hitting filmmaker looks to be making the journey to VR as well.
Steven Spielberg previously signed on to be an advisor to Virtual Reality Company (VRC), and now he’s reportedly working with them on a project that is solely for VR. Find out more about the Steven Spielberg VR collaboration below. Read More »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on 35mm (with one sequence shot on 70mm IMAX film), but most of the over 4,000 screens showing the film this weekend will be presenting the movie via digital projection. So where can you go to see the movie projected on real 35mm film? There is only one theater in Los Angeles that you can see the film on the same format it was shot on.
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Woody Allen has directed around 50 movies. Manhattan, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even his most recent efforts have all been shot on film. For the first time in his career, the writer/director isn’t shooting on celluloid. Read more about the first Woody Allen digital movie after the jump.
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Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of The Martian sees Matt Damon playing a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in a story of survival and hopeful escape from the deadly planet. This week NASA revealed new findings that reveals that potentially life-giving water still flows across the planet’s ancient surface. How does this discovery change what you will see on the big screen? How might The Martian be different now that NASA has released this new confirmation? What if there was water in The Martian? Find out, after the jump.
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Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history.
The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but I wanted to highlight a few quotes from Pulp Fiction/Django Unchained filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Requiem for a Dream/Noah director Darren Aronofsky talking about their relationships with streaming services like Netflix and the process of editing a film to be watched on an iPhone. Hit the jump to read the Quentin Tarantino Netflix comments and more.
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Just recently we learned that Epix would not be renewing their content deal with Netflix and would instead be heading to Hulu. But that’s not the only big change for the entertainment network.
Epix has just announced that subscribers will now have the ability to take advantage of offline playback, allowing users to download any of the movies in the Epix library for playback without needing to be connected to the internet. Read More »