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    Cinematography in the Digital Age at The Academy, May 24: Navarro, Semler, Deakins, Pfister

    On May 24, the Academy will host "Cinematography in the Digital Age" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, with host (and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor) Bill Kroyer. Onstage discussions with cinematographers and other industry pros will look at the opportunities and challenges with technological advancements, from visual effects and motion capture to animation. Among those participating are Oscar-winning cinematographers Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006) and Dean Semler (Dances With Wolves, 1990) as well as How to Train Your Dragon directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (who will talk about working with cinematographer ...

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    Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?

    What motivates a groggy, jet-lagged scribe to crawl out of bed for an 8:30 AM press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean? Schadenfreude. The word on the Croisette was that the fourth Pirates installment was lousy. Safe to say I wasn't expecting to have a good time. (I didn't even see Number Three, ...

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    ShortsHD Launches on DIRECTV: Like A Mini Short Film Festival Each Night

    Shorts fans and filmmakers rejoice. Shorts International now boasts ShortsHD on DIRECTV. Their HD Extra Pack subscribers can now check out channel 568; a selection of the most popular titles will also be on VOD channel 1568. ShortsHD offers a library of titles from Oscar and international festival c...

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    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Buys Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes

    Marking another major studio move into the digital entertainment space, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired movie discovery and recommendation site Flixster, which owns film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Warners insists--repeatedly, given that a studio is owning a review si...

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    IndiePix Goes Unlimited with Indie Film Streaming

    IndiePix invites you to subscribe starting on April 19 to its new online indie VOD streaming site, IndiePix Unlimited. 200 indie titles will be available at first, growing fast. The LA Times is a presenting sponsor; affiliate sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine and thirteen indie film sites and blog...

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    Live from Wellywood: WETA Digital Hosts Rise of the Planet of the Apes Livestream

    Peter Jackson has long been ahead of the curve where doling out info directly to fans is concerned. Thus, live from Wellywood, New Zealand, Jackson's VFX house WETA Digital (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9, Tintin) will reveal cool stuff from Rise of the Planet of the Apes via Fox's Facebook fan page for James Cameron's Avatar, which has 14.2 million followers. This is basically a maneuver to grab those fans and lure them to also follow this movie via a five-second preview of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5, 2011) on its official Facebook page. What will they see on April 13 at 2:30 PM Pacific time (player is below)? WETA's...

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    Gabriel Sunday Talks My Suicide, Starring Late David Carradine, Opens in May Via Distrib Big Air

    It's been two years since David Lee Miller's My Suicide played the 2009 fest circuit, from Berlin (where it won The Crystal Bear) and Gen Art (best picture and actor, Gabriel Sunday), to SXSW, San Francisco and Seattle. The movie, which deploys cinema verite techniques to document a teen's quest to do himself in, kept distribution hope alive via an active Facebook page. Miller worked closely with his son Jason and his videographer star Sunday, who plays Archie, the film's "isolated, narcissistic blob,"as he describes it. They constantly raised coin for the film, which Sunday often shot himself, using multiple video cameras. It took three year...

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    FilmBuff To Release The Wild Hunt & Zonad on VOD Before DVD

    FilmBuff is releasing two films on VOD platforms before their DVD release. Both Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller The Wild Hunt (which premiered at Toronto in 2009) will be available April 19 on Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu (and more), whereas the DVD...

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    Will Tribeca's Future of Film Blog Catch On?

    I commend the Tribeca Film Festival for trying to explore the edges of how to mount a truly interactive film festival. Now the Fest has launched "The Future of Film Blog," a great idea if they know where to take it from here. Blogs don't work unless they have an authentic mission, a strong recogniza...

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    CinemaCon: Real Stuff Hits the Fan as Theater Owners Protest Studio VOD Plans

    All is not sweetness and light these days between the Hollywood studios and theater owners. So it's no shock that the exhibs reacted badly when news broke--intentionally, to grab prime media coverage--during their Las Vegas confab of four studios' move to VOD.

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