1. Xbox Gets Original: Xbox Entertainment has greenlit its first original program, a series of nonfiction films about the digital revolution, from Lightbox, a new multi-platform media company just
launched by Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for
Sugar Man,” “Man on Wire”) and Emmy Award winning producer Jonathan
Chinn (“American High,” “30 Days”). The first film in the series
will investigate the events surrounding the “great video game burial of
1983” when Atari Corporation, confronting negative responses to “E.T. the
Video Game” reportedly buried millions of unsold game cartridges in New
Mexico. Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers”) will direct the first film. Read the full story here.
2. Vine Vanity URLs: If you’ve got a verified Twitter account, as soon as tomorrow, you can get a vanity URL for your Vine profile, Twitter announced and Mashable reports. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a few days until December 23rd when non-verified tweeters can get their own vanity URL. But it’s not just about vanity, it’s about branding, so it might be worth considering getting your own name brand URL.
3. Netflix in 4K: Netflix will begin experimenting with offering streaming content in 4K Ultra HD on select Internet TVs, beginning with the second season of “House of Cards,” Variety reports.
4. iTunes 2013 Indie Hits: Though iTunes doesn’t separate out indie films from its overall ranking of top movies of 2013, they have an editorially driven selection of their favorite indies of the year available in the iTunes store, including “The Way, Way Back,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Blackfish,” “Before Midnight” and “Stories We Tell.” Check out iTunes’ entire list of Indie Hits of 2013.
5. “Nostalghia:” Kino Classics will release Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Nostalghia” (1983) on Blu-ray and DVD in a new HD transfer from archival 35mm film elements on January 21, 2014. Watch the trailer below: