How Amazon Plans to Take Over Our TV Sets

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“Amazon has a vested interest in making sure it is present at every moment of possible consumption, which is all the time. It wants to get into that television screen and start to build a relationship.” The tool: Fire TV, a new set-top box.

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Goodbye “Toy Story.” “Frozen” Is Now The Highest-Grossing Animated Film In History

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“The Disney film, which won the 2014 Oscar for best animated feature, has now earned $1.072-billion internationally, beating Toy Story 3‘s record-holding $1.063-billion and making it the highest-grossing animated feature in history. The film is also now the tenth highest grossing film in box-office history.”

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Data Don’t Support Hollywood’s Biases About Women

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“We found that the data doesn’t appear to support the persistent Hollywood belief that films featuring women do worse at the box office. Instead, we found evidence that films that feature meaningful interactions between women may in fact have a better return on investment, overall, than films that don’t.”

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Understanding the Frustration Behind #CancelColbert

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Jay Caspian Kang: “There’s a long tradition in American comedy of dumping tasteless jokes at the feet of Asians and Asian-Americans that follows the perception that we will silently weather the ridicule. .. Even when you want to be in on the joke – and you understand, intellectually, that you are not the one being […]

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Stephen Colbert Sees Off #CancelColbert As Only He Can

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“The #CancelColbert push didn’t pick up steam until last Thursday, after Stephen Colbert had taped his final show of the week. That means we had to wait for what seemed like forever for the comedian to respond. It was, of course, worth the wait.” (includes video)

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Hollywood Is Buying New Scripts On Spec Again

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In the 1990s, as studios stockpiled scripts “they were buying so much material that they didn’t make that they began to think, why are we doing this?” By the mid-2000s, the spec market was in decline — with studios rolling the dice less often on screenplay purchases, relying instead on relatively safer projects.

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A Reality TV Show Starring Birds (Real Ones)

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This is not an April Fools’ joke. It is another of Norway’s experiments with “slow TV” – starring “a short tempered nuthatch, a blue tit with the memory of a gold fish, a happy-go-lucky great tit, and a depressed bullfinch.” The title: Piip-Show.

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Cable Shows May Have The Prestige, But Networks Win On Diversity

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“This broadcast trend flies in the face of conventional ‘wisdom,’ which has for years argued that shows featuring female, black, Latino, Asian or gay leads could only muster niche audiences. It has been taken as gospel that viewers in the heartland, i.e. Americans with conservative values, just aren’t ready for anything beyond the pale of […]

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Will The BBC’s Big New Arts Initiative Gain Wide Support?

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“Will it meet with a welcoming, needy response from audiences, longing for access to the world of Glyndebourne, the Hay-on-Wye literary festival and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as, say, the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury and the Last Night of the Proms, current fixtures?”

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Report: Fewer Americans Are Going To Movie Theatres

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“The number of tickets sold fell nearly 11% between 2004 and 2013, according to the report, while box office revenue increased 17%. With home-entertainment options improving all the time— whether streamed movies and television, video games, or mobile apps—and studios releasing fewer movies, people are less likely to head to their local multiplex.”

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‘Noah’ Movie Banned in Indonesia

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“Indonesia has banned the release of the Hollywood blockbuster Noah, saying the biblical epic contradicts the teachings of the Koran and may mislead people. ‘We don’t want a film that could provoke reactions and controversies,’ said [a member of the] Film Censorship Board.”

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BBC Makes Push Into The Arts With Two Big Hires

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“Alongside the new appointments – which sees Nicholas Hytner join the BBC executive board and Vicky Featherstone become a ‘creative leader’ – director general Tony Hall has today announced a range of new arts programmes and strands which he said would put the arts at “the very heart” of what the BBC does.”

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Films, Especially Indies, May Not Be So Safe For Those Who Make Them

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“The biggest Hollywood films … are overseen by studio safety officers who check and crosscheck potentially hazardous situations, making an accident of the kind that killed Ms. Jones almost unthinkable. But smaller productions … rely heavily on the professional skills of production managers and, especially, assistant directors.”

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