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Mark Cuban: Netflix hits YouTube where it hurts
Mark Cuban has a lot on his mind. In a piece titled “How Netflix is Hurting Youtube,” Cuban says: “Youtube is the counter-balance to Netflix and Traditional TV. Youtube is where you know 99pct of what is on the site is pure junk that has no relevance to you. It’s like walking through the bargain bin at Walmart hoping to find something that might interest you, knowing the price is right. Youtube is Community Access Television for the world.” A gracious businessman, Mr. Cuban concludes by offering YouTube his consulting services .
Have the networks lost control of Hulu?
A similar story from the LA Times, where Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James report on the unexpected growth of another popular streaming media site. “Once hailed as the networks’ solution in taming the Internet, Hulu’s stunning success is now undermining the very system it was designed to protect, forcing the site’s owners to reconsider what Hulu should be,” write Chmielewski and James. A likely candidate to feature in that change? Paying for content. How that happens exactly remains to be seen, but Hulu may want to note that at the New York Times, traffic has dipped 15% since the paywall was installed.
25 Stills from Malick’s “Tree of Life”
Terrence Malick takes his time. Sometimes, he takes a 20-year hiatus. Others, he pulls a film from distribution, recuts it before sending it back and then takes five years to work on his follow-up project. And while we might not all be able to fly to Cannes to watch the premiere of his upcoming “Tree of Life,” we can check out 25 beautiful production stills over at Rope of Silicon to hold us over until its U.S. release.
Can Cinecittà go back to its former glory? Can it at least get anywhere close to it?
Italy’s historic Cinecittà studio has been stuck in an economic crisis for years. But much like Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s tumultuous political career, you can never count the aging giant out. Michael Kimmelman from the New York Times reports on the state of Italy’s cornerstone of film production and emblem of national film culture.
Who is Serge Bozon?
Hundreds of NYU freshmen will tell you they are a Film-critic/Actor/DJ/Filmmaker. However, while Serge Bozon isn’t a 19-year-old trying to impress you in an East Village dorm room, he actually is a professional and accomplished Film-critic/Actor/DJ/Filmmaker. Former indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez writes an introductory profile on Bozon, part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s special program, “Free Radicals: Serge Bozon and the New French Cinema,” running April 13-18.
Dead venues, RIP
Over at Buzzfeed, a haunting and beautiful collection of 75 abandoned theaters across the United States. Sad to see such venues rotting away; maybe there will be a similar collection of abandoned Blockbuster franchises? Look through the album to check to see if you recognize any of the theaters featured.