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The Convention Where Hollywood Woos The Theaters

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“Unlike, say, Comic-Con, movie fans are not invited. Instead, theater owners from around the world come to see everything from the latest projectors, new food items to sell alongside the popcorn, and of course, the movies themselves.”

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British Cinema Chains Yank Biopic After Major Protests By Sikhs

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“The Odeon and Cineworld cinema chains have cancelled screenings of Indian film Nanak Shah Fakir following a major sit-in protest at a branch of Cineworld in Wolverhampton. … The film, a biopic of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, was being protested because the religion prohibits any personification of the Guru, either by actors or in animated movies.”

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The End Of the 500-Channel Cable Universe

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“The days of the 500-channel universe are over,” Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, said at a corporate conference last month. “The days of the 150-channel universe in the home, while not necessarily over, are changing rapidly. There’s going to be people who are going to be slicing it and dicing it in different ways.”

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The Iffy Legacy Of Latin America’s Weirdest, Most Embarrassing, Longest-Running TV Megahit

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Sábado Gigante, which has been parodied by such esteemed American outlets as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report, is a combination of Maury, The Price Is Right, and American Idol – except a Mexican luchador with a trumpet decides whether the contestant gets fed to a lion, and Don Francisco, the show’s charismatic host, wears a lot of bizarre hats.”

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Alison Bechdel Never Expected The Bechdel Test To Become A Real Thing

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“I feel sort of funny about that whole thing because it wasn’t like I said, ‘This is the Bechdel test, and now you must follow it.’ It somehow just got attached to me. I mean, I did write down the principles in a cartoon, but this younger generation of feminists and film-watchers has adopted it in this way that I think is pretty cool.”

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A New Tate Museum Is Open – In Minecraft

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“Tate’s initiative, known as ‘Tate Worlds,’ is the result of a collaboration with a group of Minecraft artists and builders known as ‘The Common People’ in order to refashion artworks from their collection into Minecraft’s virtual universe.”

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The First Movies Shot In New York

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“These documentary films, just a minute or two long, were called actualities; they had no plots, stories or characters. They were soon supplanted by story films, Mr. Sanders wrote, especially chase scenes with police officers and criminals.”

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HBO Has Risked A Lot On Its New Streaming Service

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“The move seems risky. What if people dump their regular HBO subscriptions? What if the cable providers, who generate virtually all of HBO’s $5.4 billion in revenue, remain displeased by this run around them? What if Now, which may feature content never before seen on HBO, is less consistently excellent than the existing HBO service? And what if this pushes Netflix to become even more aggressive?”

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Movie Editing Must Have Been a Shock To The Eyes When It Was First Developed

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“Movies are, for the most part, made up of short runs of continuous action, called shots, spliced together with cuts. With a cut, a filmmaker can instantaneously replace most of what is available in your visual field with completely different stuff. This is something that never happened in the 3.5 billion years or so that it took our visual systems to develop. You might think, then, that cutting might cause something of a disturbance when it first appeared. And yet nothing in contemporary reports suggests that it did.”

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Food Has Now Become A Category Of Media Celebrity, Like Actresses

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“Celebrity profiles are infamous, at this point, for their distinctive combination of erudition and ennui. Their adjective-happy explorations of hot-lady celebrities … treat their subjects like ‘irreducible mysteries, floating so high above the mortal (male) writers that they can only be described in terms of their effects.’ … Celebritized food profiles – celebrations of, among other things, actual rump roasts – treat their own subjects with a similar mingling of mysticism and frustrated desire.”

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Hollywood Studios Scramble To Protect Themselves After Sony Cyber-attack

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A challenge is that companies can implement “the highest level of sophistication as far as firewalls and technology and compliance … but no matter how good it is there is always a people component. It is the people part of this whole situation that is very difficult. Everyone in the company has to participate in the solution.”

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