Film Industry Go Boom

George Lucas echoed Spielberg's sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.  Also of note, Lincoln came this close to being and HBO movie, instead of a theatrical release.

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Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry
George Lucas echoed Spielberg’s sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.

Film Industry Go Boom

George Lucas echoed Spielberg's sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store. Also of note, Lincoln came this close to being and HBO movie, instead of a theatrical release.

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Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry
George Lucas echoed Spielberg’s sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.

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Where Have I Seen That Actor Before?

If you’ve ever watched a TV show or movie and wondered where you might have seen the actor before, or if you’re curious what that song is playing in the end credits, these info cards save the day.#tv   #movies

Interactive Google Play app dishes up actor details
A new interactive feature gives users at-a-glance information about their favorite actors and related content. Read this article by Scott Webster on CNET.

Fighting The Internet. Sigh

Hollywood Killed The Video Star

Hey movie industry, come on in, the bits are fine. I completely agree with the argument in this article, and worry one of America's great industries is committing suicide. It is crazy that I can't rent any 2011 blockbuster on-line in August of 2012. If I didn't stream old movies on Netflix, I wouldn't watch much at all. The DVD is dead; I haven't bought or rented one in over 20 months.

In my case, I'm not pushed to piracy, but I do read more than I have in years.

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How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy: Scientific American
The death of the DVD is pushing users to piracy

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Cloud Atlas

Sometimes you read a great book, and you hear they are making the film, and you cringe.  You wonder who could pull it off, and how it could get through the Hollywood process without being torn asunder.  

Sometimes it works out, and the movie is okay.  Sometimes it falls into the right hands, and you get something brilliant (i.e., The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Zhivago).

After seeing this trailer, my hopes are up for Cloud Atlas, which won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award back in 2004.

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Comcast vs Level 3: The Imminent End of the Internet As We Know It (or not) – Oh, and Movie Q

There was a great deal written about the Level 3 and Comcast fight today.  Basically, it sounds to me like Comcast is pulling a Level 3 on Level 3.  Level 3 seems upset that someone would think of their traffic as CDN traffic, which is odd (or not), as that is exactly the product they sold to Netflix. 

Gigaom on the fracas. (The link to Vijay’s post on peering policies is a good read, btw, for those of you with questions about this concept).

Level 3’s Statement
Comcast’s Counter-Statement
Level 3 – Netflix Press Release
Level 3’s CDN Product Page

Netflix’s page on their streaming product

Netflix streaming is working very well at my house, by the way.  I’ve probably stopped renting DVDs, though my wife says she will still pick them up at Movie Q (which has killed our RedBox habit). 

Movie Q only has 3 store front locations, but one is down the street from our place.  Basically, it is a combination of Blockbuster and Redbox.  Or, an unmanned ‘laundromat’ for DVD rentals, if you will, with the left 1/3 of the store being a giant ‘RedBox-like Robot’, with 9 renting kiosks, and a large single vending machine behind the wall.  They display empty DVD cases on the other wall, in a bit of ‘Blockbuster’ marketing, to make it feel like an old line video store. This ‘Giant Redbot’ houses an entire BlockBuster type inventory, not just current releases; also, there is an onscreen quicktime preview of every movie in the machine.  They charge $1 a night for a DVD, and $1.50 for Blu-Ray.  Prices on games vary, depending on freshness, but are in that same range.

Of course, you can browse the store on-line, and they will email you receipts, etc.  Oh, and they have traditional vending machines for soda, candy’s and microwave popcorn.  I am hoping to get a look ‘behind the curtain’ some day, to see the inner workings of the vending bot.

The last time I was there, there was even an associate in the back, looking bored.