1. Vimeo's TIFF Offer: Vimeo is putting its money where its mouth is. In partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, the direct distribution video platform is offering the Festival's world premieres a $10,000 advance for distributing via Vimeo on Demand. Filmmakers who accept Vimeo's offer must agree to give Vimeo the premiere digital window, but will be released from their online exclusivity after a period of 30 days, or as soon as Vimeo recoups the $10,000 advance. Read the full story here.
2. Homeland Pirated: No, season three of Showtime's "Homeland" has not officially premiered. There has been some confusion because hundreds of thousands of copies of the premiere have been illegally downloaded via various BitTorrent sites, according to Variety. The show does not officially debut until Sept. 29.
3. CBS Returns: Good news for millions of cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. CBS and Time Warner Cable have patched up their dispute, so that CBS and its various channels, including Showtime, are back on the box...just in time for National Football League season, which kicks off this week with key games on CBS, according to The New York Times.
4. CGI vs. Godzilla: Lifelike computer generated effects have rendered old-style rubber suits seen in movies like "Godzilla" and "Mothra" useless. The New York Times explores the lost art of “tokusatsu,” or “special filming,” which once fueled the Japanese film industry. Shinji Higuchi is among the directors trying to revive the old techniques. Read the full story here.
5. VOD Picks: It's September, which means we have a new list of "10 Indies to Watch on VOD This Month." Check out the list. How many of these films do you plan to see?
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