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Netflix to the UK?
In what would be a crippling blow to the list of reasons why none of us have tried moving to England, paidContent asks if its only a matter of time before Netflix makes the jump to the UK. The question has new life after Vevo, the online music video website owned by UMG, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, went live in the UK over night. Robert Andrews looks at what impact the arrival of Netflix could have in the UK digital media scene.
Tribeca: “Roadie” interview
Movieline’s Christopher Rosen sits down with the makers of “Roadie,” a film about a Blue Oyster Cult roadie who returns home to Queens after being fired by the band. Actor Ron Eldard comes out swinging early on in the interview, showing some mild contempt from what he sees as a Sundance snub, “I love Sundance; my very first film won Sundance. But, I was frankly disturbed and disappointed when Sundance did not [take the film]. This to me is the kind of film that I thought Sundance — and film festivals in general, but particularly that kind of film festival — is supposed to be about. This is not a film with a bunch of people who failed at having a real career, and now are re-auditioning; or people who blew it, and now are re-auditioning.”
The Church of Scientology continues its Hollywood expansion
Scientology and the entertainment industry seem to have a connection, one which seems to be continuously expanding after The Guardian reported that the Church has just purchased a historic 4.5 acre studio facility on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Tribeca: “Trollhunter” U.S. trailer
“Trollhunter” has been gathering accolades since its successful Sundance run. Now there’s a U.S. trailer out to coincide with its participation at the Tribeca Film Festival. /Film takes a look at the new trailer and compares it to the international one that has been floating around the internet.
YouTube goes VOD
The Wrap reports that Youtube will be the latest company to move into the VOD arena, launching a digital rental service for feature films. According to the article, a number of companies like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Universal, Lionsgate and Kino Lorber are all licensing content for this new venture. Paramount and Disney are reportedly the only big names who haven’t committed to the new project.