1. VOD Releases: To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a
list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this November, including James Franco's "As I Lay Dying." Read the full list here.
2. Another Netflix Doc: A day after Netflix announced the acquisition of (and possibly entered the Academy Awards race with) its first original documentary "The Square," the company announced the second addition to its new doc slate -- "The Short Game," Josh Greenbaum's 2013 film about eight competitive golfers under the age of seven who train for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf. The film, which won the Audience Award at SXSW in March, received an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release through Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films in September. Read the full story here.
3. Crowdfunding for Women: There is already a glut of crowdfunding start-ups trying to lay claim to their piece of the crowdfunding pie. Plum Alley, which launched last month, is hoping there's room for another -- one that's devoted to women creators. But, is there room for a niche crowdfunding site? Do women need their own crowdfunding site? We posed these questions to Plum Alley founder and CEO Deborah Jackson. Read her answers here.
4. Sarandos Backtracks: Just a week or so ago, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos riled the industry with his contentious Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum in which he criticized theater owners for their resistance to the idea of day-and-date releasing of films on Netflix and threw down the gauntlet saying that theaters are going to "kill movies." After getting some flak, he presented a more subdued keynote today at "The Business of Entertainment," an event in Los Angeles sponsored by Bloomberg and the Tribeca Film Festival. Read his latest comments here.
5. iTunes Specials: 'Frances Ha" continues to be an iTunes exclusive for another week and both "How I Live Now" and "A Case of You" will be available on iTunes on Friday, the same day that the films are being released theatrically. See this week's top 10 indies in iTunes.