Winston in Feast

We’re always wondering what’s next for the movies. Since film’s inception as a storytelling form we’ve seen the addition of sound, color, bigger screens, third and fourth dimensions, and more. Now we’re at a point where the physical theater has become the major constraint. Some filmmakers are looking smaller for the next big thing.

Google has begun making short films called Spotlight Stories. These are movies you experience in 360 degrees on your smartphone using an app. Not only has Justin Lin made a movie for the series, Google has just signed Aardman Animations, as well as Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s short film Feast. His movie will be called Pearl. You can read more about it, and Google Spotlight Stories, below. Read More »

Google Patents Social Media Spoiler Software

google spoilers software

There are few things more frustrating than the speed with which the Internet posts spoilers. The second a character dies on TV, there are hundreds of online articles about it, and thousands of tweets. If there’s a surprise in a movie? Good luck holding that for the opening. The second something is seen, avoiding the spoiler is like navigating a mine field. Your Twitter, Facebook, and daily conversations all become potential places to be spoiled.

Now, in their continuing bid for world domination, Google has created a software to protect you from that. It learns what shows, books and movies you watch and then will blur out social media spoilers until you are ready to read them. Find out more about the Google spoiler software below. Read More »

Google Oscar commercial features Andrew Stanton

The Google Oscar commercial was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. The one-minute clip featured young filmmakers learning about movies and storytelling, accompanied by audio from Oscar-winning director of Wall-E, Finding Nemo and John Carter Andrew Stanton speaking at the TED conference. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »

Google Search

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 »

Saul Bass Google Doodle

Almost every day, Google changes their homepage in celebration of some occasion taking place on that day. The Google Doodles celebrate events such as holidays, anniversaries, and famous birthdays. The one for today, Wednesday May 8, is possibly the best ever.

May 8, 2013 would have been the 93rd birthday of Saul Bass, one of the most influential graphic designers in history. An Oscar-winning filmmaker in his own right, Bass is best known for designing iconic movie posters for the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and John Struges as well as the credits sequences for films as varied as Psycho, West Side Story, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Goodfellas.

Below, check out the Google Doodle tribute to Bass and read about another Bass tribute happening today. Read More »

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Now Built Into Google

Briefly: File this under pointless but awesome. Google has upgraded their already impressive search engine to now figure out Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Yes, the game that surmises any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less (because Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies and worked with so many people) is now more than a conversational time-killer. Just go to Google, type in an actor’s name and the phrase “Bacon number” and let the fun begin.

If you head to the Hollywood Reporter or New York Magazine you can read more about how it works. But doesn’t this kind of take the fun out of the game?

As much as we’re all fans of the theatrical experience, Hollywood is always fighting off its rivals. Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about premium video on demand, a service that allows viewers to see movies in their homes only two months after they’re released in theaters, but that’s simply the latest contender for the throne. Piracy is always a big worry, though some studios have found innovative ways to try and use that data. Random streaming sites pop up online too but now, new Google data suggests the biggest competitor for your home entertainment dollar remains the tried and true Netflix. Searches for “Netflix” have been rising exponentially in the past few months while other terms have steadily decreased or plateaued. See the infographic and more after the break. Read More »

Google Releases 2008 Zeitgeist Rankings

Google recently released their 2008 Zeitgeist rankings, an amalgamation of billions of search queries that may or may not collectively define what captured the world’s spirit this year. From their “Top of Mind” section, they have a listing of “Fond Farewells,” those that passed away who were most searched for and many of whom are names we recognize:

1. Heath Ledger
2. Bernie Mac
3. Tim Russert
4. Isaac Hayes
5. George Carlin
6. Brad Renfro
7. Randy Pausch
8. Paul Newman
9. Boyd Coddington
10. Michael Crichton

Their Showbiz section also features the graph above and a listing of the most searched for movie trailers:

1. Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. Hulk
4. Star Wars
5. Indiana Jones
6. Twilight
7. Spiderman
8. Superman
9. Terminator
10. Harry Potter.

Finally, you can see the graph above for some of the most popular movies of the year. I’m heartened to see Del Toro’s Hellboy on the list and discouraged that Hancock was as popular on Google as it was in theaters (still dreading that sequel). Check out their main website for a full listing of all the rankings.