Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.

If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.

So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »

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Looking for something to check out on your computer as you enjoy the last lazy days of summer? Hit the jump to learn about new additions to Amazon Prime and Netflix catalogs, plus info on Hammer Films’ new streaming channel and YouTube’s plans to edit its original content offerings.

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All Of YouTube’s 1080p Videos Are Going 3D

Even here on Slashfilm, the ease of shooting video has made things more visual. Interviews are regularly being shot with our iPhones instead of simply recording and transcribing because the visual element, hopefully, makes you feel like you’re part of the conversation. YouTube sees this immersion going even further, though, as they’ve begun to roll out an option that’ll turn any video uploaded in 1080p into 3D. One click, pop on some glasses, and you can see any 1080p YouTube video in 3D. How does this work and what does it look like? Read more after the jump. Read More »

Disney Films Coming Soon To YouTube

Have a late night craving to watch Pirates of the Caribbean but neither the DVD or hard drive space to do so? YouTube is partnering with Disney to put hundreds of titles on its semi-new rental service, YouTube.com/movies. Though Warner Bros., Sony and Universal were on board with the service when it launched in May, Disney’s addition is the first major once since and means a massive amount of affordable family films just appeared at your fingertips. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Things are heating up in the streaming video space. All the major companies with a stake in digital content streaming are trying to find new revenue streams, and new ways to compete for audiences as Netflix voraciously increases the amount of content it offers, especially with respect to television series.

Three of the major streaming players — Netflix, Hulu and YouTube — have made new deals to provide content to users, and a fourth company, Redbox, is raising prices after testing an increase in limited markets, but is also planning to launch a streaming service by the end of the year. Read More »

Remember the news about Life in a Day, the YouTube movie that Ridley Scott is producing with director Kevin Macdonald? (Not to be confused with Bruce McDonald, who also crowd-sourced footage for his Broken Social Scene project This Film is Broken.)

Well, the movie is already into post-production, but that’s just because all the normal production work was done by people who submitted clips from footage shot on July 24, the day the film is designed to encapsulate. How many clips? Eighty thousand, in 45 languages from 197 different countries. How do you assemble that? Read More »

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We’ve got a pair of vaguely conjoined stories about trouble in movie sales. Just as Blockbuster is looking at options to keep its business viable and thriving, another movie rental chain is dying: Movie Gallery will close all stores in the US and liquidate all holdings. Meanwhile, over on the Internet, YouTube launched a movie rental service, and no one seems to have noticed. Read More »

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edgeofdarknessposterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the art of the new Wall Street teaser, reflect on the business of indie cinema, and offer some of their favorite films and disappointments from Sundance 2010. Special guest Steve Weintraub (AKA Frosty) from Collider joins us this evening.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review From Paris with Love.

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