1. Top Indies in iTunes: Fueled by Oscar buzz, in second first week on iTunes, Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club" maintains its #1 spot on the list of top 10 indies in the iTunes store, followed by "All is Lost." See the full list here. How many have you seen?
2. Most Pirated Movies: TorrentFreak reports on the top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent this week. "Thor: The Dark World" tops the chart for the third week in a row, followed by "Gravity" and "Homefront." See the full list here.
3. APP: Usually moviegoers are instructed to turn off their smartphones while watching a film, but with "App," the new Dutch thriller directed by Bobby Boermans, viewers are encouraged to keep their phones on in order to experience the second-screen content. As the first film made with the intentional inclusion of content on a second, mobile screen, "App" relies on an app, IRIS, which is equipped with sonic technology that triggers additional content during the movie. Though it's not required for viewing the movie, using the second screen adds layers to the big-screen narrative. Read more about it here.
4. Sci-Tech Awards: Over the weekend, the Academy's Scientific & Technical Awards were handed out honoring the technicians behind the scenes who make movie magic happen. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan was on hand to accept the Merit Award on behalf of "all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry." Check out his speech at The Playlist.
5. Phedon Papamichael: The Academy Award nominated cinematographer Phedom Papamichael talks to Indiewire about shooting "Nebraska" and "The Monuments Men" and on the shift from film to digital. "If Cassavetes was working today, he would
shoot with a small digital camera and the movie would be just as good," Papamichael said. Read the full interview here.