Theatrical Releases at Home

Back in April of 2011, some of Hollywood’s major movie studios were in talks with Time Warner Cable to offer movies at home on demand 30 days after they debuted in theaters. However, movie theater chains were not happy with that possibility, and the opportunity was never made available to the consumer. But that might change if a new start-up being backed by Napster and Facebook’s Sean Parker takes off.

The man who was played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network is working on launching The Screening Room, which would offer major theatrical releases on demand at home the same day they hit the big screen. Find out more below. Read More »

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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 »