Your e-mails, your searches, your browsing, these days almost all of it done through Google. That means there’s basically nothing the giant company doesn’t know about you and the people around you. It also kind of means they know everything about everything which, according to a new study, relates directly to box office.
Google has released a study that says, by analyzing searches for movie trailers and the prevalence of a franchise on the Internet, they can predict the potential box office of any movie with up to 94% accuracy. And that’s just one of the many revelations the company has made using your data to look at Hollywood. Read More »
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Christopher Nolan‘s career has so far been all but synonymous with that of cinematographer Wally Pfister, as the latter has shot all of Nolan’s features since Memento. (Nolan shot his debut, Following, himself.) Now, with Pfister working on his own directorial debut, Nolan has to look for a new shooter to make his own new film, Interstellar. According to one interview, his choice seems to be The Fighter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even under the best of circumstances, watching films in 3D is kind of a pain. Those clunky glasses never quite sit right on anyone, and they’re hideous to boot. That goes double if you have to wear them over your normal glasses. And then on top of all that, the picture may still look off if you’re not sitting in the right part of the room.
Fortunately, the tech companies have heard your complaints and are working to remedy the situation. Dolby Laboratories, Royal Philips, and James Cameron‘s Cameron-Pace Group have announced a pact to support glasses-free 3D technology for the home. According to Dolby, the first such devices could hit stores “in the next year or two.” Hit the jump to keep reading.
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It’s no secret that parts of James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels will take place underwater. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has been open about this, as has his producer Jon Landau. It’s an environment Cameron’s comfortable with, as we’ve seen not only through Titanic, but through his IMAX documentaries and personal exploration trips.
Setting Avatar 2 underwater poses many issues, however. One big hurdle is the need for Cameron’s fully performance-captured characters to interact in that environment. Well, at a recent conference, Landau revealed they’re currently testing technology to do full performance capture underwater. This would be a huge leap ahead in technology that’s been evolving from Lord of the Rings to Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »
Collecting comic books is an expensive hobby. Each issue can cost upwards of $4, then of course you read more than one comic, each story is multiple issues and then maybe there are some crossovers. You could easily spend $100 month reading a bunch of different issues or trying to go back and fill in the blanks.
Or, with Marvel’s new app Marvel Unlimited, you can read them all for a single subscription. In theory.
The app launched this week and, for a limited time, has a $60 annual fee. 13,000 comics are currently on there but, to be fair, they are mostly back issues. So it’s not exactly as exciting as it sounds. Marvel Unlimited allows users to download up to six comics at once for offline viewing; everything else can be read online. Get more info below. Read More »
By the end of this year, many of your favorite movies won’t exist in physical form.
Movies, of course, started as reels of film and remained like that for the better part of a century. About six years ago, digital distribution began and those movies were distributed as discs or on hard drives. Now, the three biggest theater chains in the country – Regal, AMC and Cinemark - have all but assured satellite distribution will begin to take hold.
The theaters have partnered with a company called the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition to begin to being to receive films, promotional materials and more via satellite. The DCDC is currently comprised of five major studios, Lionsgate, Disney, Paramount, Warners and Universal, with Sony and Fox currently negotiating. Read More »
Think about Facebook, iPods, iTunes — all things you might use every single day. They all have seeds in the “little program that could,” called Napster. Co-created by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in the late 1990s, the file-sharing service/social network was not only ahead of its time technologically and socially, it completely changed how the public consumes media. If it wasn’t for Fanning and Parker, who knows how long it would have taken for corporations to allow you to download music on your computer or rent one of their movies without leaving your house.
All this is at the center of Downloaded, a brand-new documentary by Alex Winter. Winter (seen above with Fanning and Parker) is best known as an actor (Lost Boys, Bill and Ted) but has been directing for some time. With Downloaded, he tackles a massive topic with authority and energy, telling the story of Napster from its earliest moments through its culture peak and long term fallout. It world premieres this week at South by Southwest in Austin and will be released by VH1 Rock Docs. After that, you’ll be able to see it on demand and online.
We spoke to Winter about Downloaded and found out it was a project he’d been developing for long time before it evolved into its current state. He talked about trying to focus such a huge topic, culling together a huge wealth of media and, of course, The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted 3. Read the interview below. Read More »
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UPDATE: After posting this article, the original source changed their story and said Apple will not be having an even in March. The original article follows with update at the end.
When a company changes technology and culture more than once, with devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, insurmoutable expectations for further innovations are bound to develop. For years, rumors have suggested that the next big revolution from Apple would be some sort of interactive television. Yet every single time a new device is improved or announced, the mythic Apple television is nowhere to be found.
That might change next month. The latest reports say Apple is planning an event to reveal 42 and 55 inch TVs that’ll be out this fall. There’s more below. Read More »