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5 Daily Tech Stories that Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Need to Read: ‘Carrie’ Buckets of Blood App, Top iTunes Movies and More

5 Daily Tech Stories that Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Need to Read: 'Carrie' Buckets of Blood App, Top iTunes Movies and More

1. iTunes: Each
Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of
Top 10 (Indie) Movies in iTunes (this list combines rentals and
purchases). The big addition to this week’s list is “Concussion,” which we included on our “11 Indies to Watch on VOD” list. “The Bling Ring” and “The Kings of Summer” topped the list. See the full list here.

2. Tugg: Tugg, the theatrical-on-demand web platform, is an ideal partner for films like “Blood Brother,” which will likely not make it to the mall cineplex near you anytime soon. The documentary, which won the Audience Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, will open in New York on October 18, in Los Angeles on October
24 and in select cities nationwide after. Now, through Tugg, people
around the country have the chance to see “Blood Brother” in their
communities. Read about how you can screen “Blood Brother” in your community and help children in need.

3. DVRs: Although only half of Americans have DVRs, DVRs and other on-demand viewing platforms are changing the TV ratings game. Dramas have the highest proportion of long-delayed viewing, according to Jonathan Steuer, chief research officer for TiVo, while comedies have far less, reports The New York Times. IFC’s “Portlandia,” BBC America’s “Copper,” and FX’s “The Bridge” have seen their ratings increase dramatically in the seven-day data, which includes not just the live viewing numbers, but seven days of DVR playback. 

4. Social Viewing: Speaking of TV ratings, Nielsen and Twitter have released their first rankings of TV shows, Variety reports. The ratings are intended to show the reach of TV-related chatter on Twitter. Interestingly, what shows people talk about on Twitter bears very little relationship to watch shows do well in traditional Nielsen ratings. As Variety writes, “the divergence between the top shows Americans actually watch on TV
and what they talk about on Twitter illustrates that there is not a
strong correlation, today, between the two mediums. Only one show, two
airings of NBC’s “The Voice,” appear in both top 10 rankings.”

5. Carrie App: Ever wanted to see what it would look like if you were playing Carrie right when buckets of pigs’ blood gets dumped on your head? Didn’t think so. Now, to promote the upcoming adaptation of “Carrie” by director Kimberly Peirce, there’s a new “Carrie Buckets of Blood” iPhone app which lets you create your own Carrie prom scene. Just take a series of photos of yourself and create your own animated GIF. It’s freaky and it’s free. Check it out here.

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