1. Amazon: In advance of the second season of FX’s “The Americans,” which returns on February 26, Fox Broadcasting Company has signed a deal with Amazon for past episodes of the spy drama to become available to Amazon Prime subscribers. “How I Met Your Mother,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League” and “Archer” were also part of the Fox deal and will become available to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video in March. Separately, yesterday, Amazon Studios unveiled its second round of original pilots, which our TV editor Alison Willmore reviews here.
2. Twitter Film Festival: The Chicago-based film website, F This Movie
is hosting its third annual “F This Movie Fest,” which they bill as the world’s
only all-Twitter film festival. The event starts Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at noon (CST).
3. Laudville: Need help figuring out what to watch and where to watch it? Check out Laudville, a new platform which recommends new films, music and books. Laudville calls itself a social entertainment network and has recently partnered with leading online content providers,
including Amazon, YouTube, iTunes and Hulu.
4. Cereal Prize: Actor Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show” has launched Cereal Prize, a pop culture website which Grace will curate and edit, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The site will feature re-edited movie pilots, unaired pilots and other pop culture tidbits. It debuted this morning with “’70s Show spin-offs that blow my mind,” a video compilation.
5. Panasonic 4K Camera: Good news and bad news about Panasonic’s new 4K camera. First, the good news: Panasonic’s new mirrorless Lumix DMC-GH4 is as handy as a still camera and is the largest-sensored 4K video-capture device for consumers we’ve seen. The bad news? Over at Mashable, Stewart Wolpin highlights the drawbacks of the camera, including the fact that the GH4 has its limitations. Though it can record full 4K, Wolpin points out that it’s “only” in 30p while full 4K is actually 60p. So the jury is still out.