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Animal Collective have premiered the music video for the Danny Perez directed song, "Summertime Clothes". The track is the second single from the band's latest album 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and is set to be released on July 7 in the US.Animal Collective have premiered the music video for the Danny Perez directed song,... more
On occasion in a movie lovers life, there comes a film that stands out and makes an impression. Auditory signals hit the pinna and funnel them to the typanic membrane and vibrate the ossicles which is eventually converted to nerve impulse in the cochlea, which is then manipulated by the fluids of the middle ear to the organ of corti where all of this information is gently advanced by cilia of the temporal membrane which makes all kinds of neurons and dendrites and synapses fire -- transmitting the signals to the primary auditory cortex of the bra... bra... bra... brain.
Just about thirteen days have passed now since Mrs. French's cat Honey has gone missing. Mrs. Elaine French mentions that her cat is the sweetest pet ever and has the kindest soul. The white cat with black spots was reported missing after the French's realized that she never came back for her dinner. Honey has not missed a dinner for the past 10 years.
Flyers have been posted everywhere in the village of Pontypool. If anyone has seen a stray cat or has any information on it's whereabouts, please contact Elaine French at ElaineFrench306@firemail.com
Any information will be much appreciated.
Pontypool is being called a zombie film. It's really not... . It is brilliant and subversive. I highly recommend that you avoid all information about this movie until you see it. I am sure that there will be lovers and haters of Pontypool.
But kiss is kill.
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This page is linked to Pontypool's official website. Which does not give away any spoilers.
http://pontypoolmovie.com/On occasion in a movie lovers life, there comes a film that stands out and makes an... more
Oscar Nunez from, "The Office and the new movie, "The Proposal", Takes Over Current on Tuesday, June 16th.
On CurrentOscar Nunez from, "The Office and the new movie, "The Proposal", Takes... more
Apparently it was a triple threat weekend!
"Robert Kenner’s “Food, Inc.,” Duncan Jones’ “Moon” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” helped put a positive spin on the indie box office this weekend, according to estimates providing by Rentrak earlier this afternoon. Each film scored per-theater-averages in the $18-21,000 range, making them a rare triple threat for this underwhelming year - this is the first time in 2009 three specialty openers found $15,000+ PTAs in the same weekend."Apparently it was a triple threat weekend!
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"It Should Take Its Cues From What Happened to Newspapers
The traditional TV industry -- cable companies, networks and broadcasters -- is where the newspaper industry was about five years ago: in denial.
There are murmurings on the edges about how longstanding business models will come under pressure as internet distribution takes over. But so far, the revenue and profits are hanging in there, so the big TV companies don't really care.
Specifically, the TV industry's attitude is the same as the newspaper industry's attitude was circa 2002 to 2003: Stop calling us dinosaurs. We get digital; we're growing our digital businesses; we're investing in digital platforms; people still recall ads even when they fast-forward through them on DVRs; there's no substitute for TV ads. And traditional TV isn't going away: Just look at our revenue and profits!
After saying all this same stuff for years, the newspaper industry figured out the hard way that, eventually, reality intrudes. You can't stuff the genie back in the bottle. And in the next five to 10 years, the TV industry will figure this out, too.
Here's the problem in a nutshell:
As with print-based media, internet-based distribution generates only a tiny fraction of the revenue and profit that today's incumbent cable, broadcast, and satellite distribution models do. As internet-based distribution gains steam, therefore, most TV industry incumbents will no longer be able to support their existing cost structures.
Specifically, TV business models for the past half-century, from broadcast to cable to satellite, have been built on the following foundation:
* Not much else to do at home that's as simple and fun as TV.
* No way to get video content other than via TV.
* No options other than TV for advertisers who want to tell video stories.
* No options other than cable -- and, more recently, satellite -- to get TV.
* Tight choke points in each market through which all video content has to flow (cable company, airwaves), which creates enormous value for the owners of those gates.
And now, slowly but surely, look what's happening:
* Other simple and fun options emerging at home: internet, video games, Facebook, IM, DVDs.
* New ways to get TV content other than traditional TV companies: Hulu, YouTube, iTunes, Netflix.
* Video-story options for advertisers beginning to emerge: Hulu shows, for example (but NBC, et al., make a lot less per viewer than they do on TV).
* More options for getting video content: telcos, cable companies, wireless companies (soon).
* Fewer choke points in each market: With an internet connection anywhere in the world, you will soon be able to get to almost anything. And not just to your computer -- to your TV."Ouch.
"It Should Take Its Cues From What Happened to Newspapers
It was only a year ago when it was officially announced that Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way were developing a live-action version of the anime Akira with first-time Irish director Ruairi Robinson. So now its been 15 months and we haven't heard much - but that's because its been struggling internally at the studio. Bloody Disgusting now confirms via "two separate sources" that the project is "dead as a doornail." Robinson is apparently also off of the project. When it was announced last year, the plan was to actually have shot and ready to debut in theaters this summer.
The studio fought for the rights in a bidding war in early 2008, as they had let go of them a few years earlier. The project was being spearheaded by Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman, who previously brought 300 and Batman Begins to the studio. It was described as "Blade Runner meets City of God" which was more than enough to make me excited. Fans were in an uproar, however, because they were going to move the setting from Tokyo to what was being called "New Manhattan," a new metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago. I even heard that Zack Snyder was approached to direct (after 300) but declined.
I'm relieved and disappointed at the same time. I imagined one of my favorite movies getting crucified, but was also happy to see anime get some Hollywood lovin'
What do you think?It was only a year ago when it was officially announced that Warner Brothers and... more
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Hollywood nursed another big weekend hangover.
The Warner Bros. comedy "The Hangover" hauled in $33.4 million to remain the top box-office draw for a second-straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The tale of a Las Vegas bachelor party gone to extremes raised its total to $105.4 million after 10 days in theaters. It was the summer's first movie to finish at No. 1 for two weekends in a row.
Disney's latest Pixar Animation hit, the action comedy "Up," came in a close second again with $30.5 million. That lifts the acclaimed animated film's total to $187.2 million.
Debuting at No. 3 with $25 million was Sony's action remake "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." The thriller stars Denzel Washington as a dispatcher matching wits against John Travolta as the mastermind of a subway hijacking.
Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, said he was pleased with the results on "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and that studio executives expect it to hold up well, since it drew mainly older viewers who do not rush out to see movies over opening weekend.
"Third place and happy about it," Bruer said.
Eddie Murphy delivered a dud with the Paramount family comedy "Imagine That," which debuted at No. 6 with a lackluster $5.7 million. The movie features Murphy as a work-obsessed dad whose daughter's three imaginary friends make him a financial whiz with their smart stock-market picks...
1. "The Hangover," $33.4 million.
2. "Up," $30.5 million.
3. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $25 million.
4. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $9.6 million.
5. "Land of the Lost," $9.2 million.
6. "Imagine That," $5.7 million.
7. "Star Trek," $5.6 million.
8. "Terminator Salvation," $4.7 million.
9. "Angels & Demons," $4.2 million.
10. "Drag Me to Hell," $3.9 million.Hollywood nursed another big weekend hangover.
The Warner Bros. comedy "The... more
lol apparently everyone wants to do a vampire movie!
Michael Moore is making a new documentary that will be less of an "economics lesson" and more of a "vampire movie".
The Oscar-winning filmmaker has said......lol apparently everyone wants to do a vampire movie!
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Nearly 700,000 calls were received by a federal hotline this week from people confused about the nationwide move on Friday to drop analog TV signals and broadcast only in digital.
The Federal Communications Commission said that about 317,450 calls went into the help line, 1-888-CALL-FCC, on Friday alone, the day analog signals were cut off.
That's far below the 600,000 to 3 million callers that the FCC expected in early March would call on transition day.
The move to all-digital was delayed from Feb. 17, and ramped-up efforts at spreading the word is credited with roughly halving the number of unprepared households since then. Nielsen Co. put the number of unready homes at 2.8 million, or 2.5 percent of the total television market, as of last Sunday.
FCC Acting Chairman Michael Copps said Saturday that if it were baseball, the digital transition is now closer to home plate.
"We're safe on third right now," he said. He added that thousands of FCC staff would continue to answer phones and help people whose TVs no longer work properly, at least through June.
"We all need a bit of patience and perseverance," he said. "This is a momentous change and it'll take time to get it right."
Dozens of mostly Hispanic TV watchers visited and called the Mercy Center, a community center in the Bronx, N.Y., to get more help. A staff of three has been on hand seven days a week for the last month.
"Up to now, it's been people wanting the equipment," said Judith Criado, the director of education at the center. "Today, everyone who has called has the equipment but they just don't know how to actually see the channels."
About a third of Friday's calls to the FCC were still about federal coupons to pay for digital converter boxes, an indication that at least 100,000 people still didn't have the right equipment to receive digital signals.
Another third of the calls were handled by live agents, and 30 percent of those were about how to operate the converter boxes. The FCC said most of the converter box questions were resolved when callers were told to re-scan the airwaves for digital frequencies.
Over 20 percent of the live calls were about reception issues. Antennas can be fickle, because digital signals travel differently than analog ones.
A weakly received analog channel might be viewable through some static, but channels broadcast in the digital language of ones and zeros are generally all or nothing.
"People just needed to upgrade their antenna or return the lower quality one for stronger antennas," said Debbie Byrd, an FCC staffer who only had three visitors to her Saturday help session at a library in the south-central Los Angeles area.
A majority of the 100 million U.S. households with TV sets were not affected by the drop of analog signals, because they receive them through their cable or satellite company.
As of Saturday, the FCC said 20 TV stations that had been on the air went dark because they had not set up their digital broadcast equipment yet.
The largest volume of calls to the FCC on Friday came from the Chicago area, followed by Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
With 4,000 staffers manning the phones Friday, the average wait time per call was 4.6 minutes.
The FCC said its hotline was on track to receive another 150,000 calls on Saturday.
The National Association of Broadcasters said that 278 stations it surveyed nationwide received 35,500 calls on Friday, and the vast majority were resolved by re-scanning.
Any set hooked up to cable or a satellite dish is unaffected by the end of analog broadcasts, but around 17 million U.S. households rely on antennas. Nielsen Co. said poor and minority households were less likely to be prepared for Friday's analog shutdown, as were households consisting of people younger than 35...Nearly 700,000 calls were received by a federal hotline this week from people confused... more
Warner Brothers has finally debuted the long-awaited trailer for The Time Traveler's Wife on Yahoo today. This is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana), a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. As I expected, this is much more of a romance movie than sci-fi or anything else, but that doesn't mean it doesn't look wonderful anyway. McAdams is always great in these roles (need I mention The Notebook?) and it looks like she'll steal our hearts once again. I'll definitely be watching this once it hits!Warner Brothers has finally debuted the long-awaited trailer for The Time... more
The retrial of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota woman who was ordered to pay six record companies $222,000 in damages for music piracy, is set to begin Monday in federal district court in Duluth.
As with the first trial, the new one is shaping to be a contentious battle, with Thomas' new attorney challenging some fundamental assertions made by the music labels and the latter spiritedly defending them in a flurry of pre-trial motions by both sides.
Thomas-Rasset was found guilty of copyright infringement by a jury in October 2007 and ordered to pay $9,250 for each of 24 songs that the music companies said she illegally downloaded and shared with others on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.
In their lawsuit, the six music companies claimed that Thomas-Rasset had illegally distributed 1,702 copyrighted songs, though they chose to focus only on a representative sample of 24.The retrial of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota woman who was ordered to pay six... more
TV stations across the United States started cutting their analog signals yesterday morning, marking the final signoff for a 60-year-old technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.
The Federal Communications Commission put 4,000 operators on standby for calls from confused viewers and set up demonstration centers in several cities. Volunteer groups and local government agencies were helping elderly people set up digital converter boxes that keep older TVs functioning. Any set hooked up to cable or a satellite dish is unaffected.
“When you’re alone like me, that’s my partner,” Patricia Bruchalski, 82, a pianist and former opera singer in Brooklyn Park, Md., said about her TV.
Around 15 percent of U.S. households don’t have satellite or cable, and they tend to be poorer. Nielsen Co. said minority households were less likely to be prepared for yesterday’s analog shutdown, as were households consisting of people younger than 35...TV stations across the United States started cutting their analog signals yesterday... more
British actor and star of over 250 films and tv productions Christopher Lee, best known for his roles as Count Dracula and Francisco Scaramanga, was yesterday knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The 87-year-old actor was included in the list with former poet laureate Andrew Motion, who is also knighted.
Lee stated, "I feel very touched and gratified because these things are quite seldom given to poets, compared to other sections of the arts community"British actor and star of over 250 films and tv productions Christopher Lee, best... more
The latest on the controversial Lars von Trier film...
"Censorship board declares no 'harm risk to adults'
LONDON -- It might contain scenes of sex, bloody violence and female self-mutilation, but the British Board of Film Classification said Friday that Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" is OK by them.
The British censor hasn't dusted off its scissors, allowing British distributor Artificial Eye to release the movie uncut with an "18" certificate.
The movie, which stirred controversy after screening In Competition during this year's Festival de Cannes, will go out to British audiences over the age of 18 unscathed.
BBFC director David Cooke said: "The film does not contain material which breaches the law or poses a significant harm risk to adults. The sexual imagery, while strong, is relatively brief, and the Board has since 1990 passed a number of works containing such images.' "
Cooke and company shied away from cuts, saying that the censor's lack of intervention on the movie "reflects the principle, strongly endorsed in a number of public consultations, that adults should be free to decide for themselves what to watch or what not to watch, provided it is neither illegal nor harmful."
The BBFC Guidelines for "18" rated works state that the more explicit images of sexual activity will not be allowed unless they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a "sex work" whose primary purpose is sexual arousal.
Said the BBFC: "For these purposes Antichrist is very clearly not a 'sex work.' "
And while the film also includes a scene of genital mutilation, the BBFC Board "knows of no research evidence which suggests that the viewing of this scene would raise a significant risk of harm to adult viewers or to society, or which would otherwise justify intervention."
Curzon Artificial Eye CEO Philip Knatchbull said: "There is no doubt that 'Antichrist' is a controversial film, but it's our duty as a distributor to present the works of talented directors such as Lars von Trier in their original form exactly as the director intended. We fully support the BBFC's decision to allow people to make up their own minds about this film." "The latest on the controversial Lars von Trier film...
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While the MPAA sees BitTorrent as enemy number one, many filmmakers dream of getting their work into the top 100 download list on The Pirate Bay. Filmmaker Tommy Pallotta is one of them. His previous film was already immensely popular on BitTorrent, and he hopes to repeat this success with his latest work.While the MPAA sees BitTorrent as enemy number one, many filmmakers dream of getting... more
Music masterminds Conor Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward collaborate to make beautiful music together? My birthday wishes have come true.
Check out their mysterious website with the link provided.
9.22.09Music masterminds Conor Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward collaborate to make beautiful... more
Susan Boyle silenced all of her critics when she appeared in the Britain’s Got Talent’s Concert Tour on Friday night in Birmingham, UK. Following a day of doubts as to whether Susan would actually appear to perform, she took to the stage belting out the hits “I Dreamed A Dream” and “Memory.”
The 48-year-old, who had stayed at The Priory to recover from exhaustion after finishing second in the talent show, had a rapturous greeting. Showing off a new hair color and style, Susan beamed at the audience during her opening number. During her performance, she blew a kiss to her adoring fans as they screamed and whistled. Winners Diversity may have opened the first night of the 29-venue tour, but it was definitely Susan Boyle who commanded the show.
Includes a number of great color photographs and three (HQ) music videos.Susan Boyle silenced all of her critics when she appeared in the Britain’s Got... more
A concert promoter has sued entertainer Michael Jackson for $40 million for allegedly breaching a contract to play a reunion concert with other family members.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, Allgood Entertainment claims it made a deal with Jackson's then-manager to produce a reunion concert with the Jackson family this summer.
The deal called for Jackson not to perform elsewhere before the event or for at least three months after it. The lawsuit says Jackson, manager Frank DiLeo and event promoter AEG broke the contract by signing to do a series of concerts in London this summer, which may also include a pay-per-view event.A concert promoter has sued entertainer Michael Jackson for $40 million for allegedly... more
Less than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss California crown, Carrie Prejean is being fired, Foxnews.com has learned exclusively.
K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant, under license from Miss Universe, cites continued breach of contract issues as the reason for Prejean's firing. The decision is revealed in documents obtained by FOXNews.com.
"This was a business decision, based solely on contract violations," Keith Lewis, executive director of K2 Productions, said in the documents. "After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship. However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie has no desire to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together.”Less than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss... more
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