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The battle over VOD
The VOD battle is just starting to heat up according to a New York Times article that follows-up on the open-letter sent out by NATO last week. No, it’s not the NATO you’re thinking of. In what has to be one of the most unfortunate examples of overlapping acronyms since the establishment of the Female Body Inspectors, NATO stands for the National Association of Theatre Owners – and they are not happy. Michael Cieply reports on what might size-up to be a sticky mess in an era where film distribution and exhibition are going through big changes.
How long can Netflix stay on top?
A dominant player in the home-viewing market, Netflix has had a tremendous influence on the film industry. After revolutionizing the business model for rental stores in the United States, Netflix continued its expansion by becoming one of the most successful and significant pioneers of streaming feature films online. Ben Fritz considers the company’s strengths and weaknesses, asking if Netflix can be unseated as the go-to place for online content in the days to come.
Jodie Foster talks about “Beaver”
“There was only one distributor that said yes to two things,” Foster told Rebecca Keegan from the L.A. Times in a recent
interview. “Yes [to the film’s strong violent scene], and yes it’s Mel Gibson.” Foster talks about her new film starring her headline-stealing friend and colleague in a conversation that covers her SXSW-premiering film that’s been garnering media attention over what seems like everything but the movie itself.
Tribeca Spotlight: Alma Har’el on “Bombay Beach”
If you’re at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival chances are you’ve heard people talking about Alma Har’el’s “Bombay Beach.” The Israeli director has an in-depth
discussionabout her debut feature with Hammer to Nail’s Pamela Cohn. The film will have three more screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this Tuesday (4/26), Wednesday (4/27) and Saturday (4/30).
Hetherington and Hondros remembered on The New York Times
David Carr remembers the late Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in a New York Times piece that emphasizes the writer’s personal connection with the two photographers. Carr writes, “Tim and Chris were very different men who died because they had something in common: each thought it important to bear witness, to make images that communicated human suffering and send them out to the world.”