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June 17, 2013
3D Movies Seem To Be Losing Their Allure
"On the big family films there seems to be a lower proportion of people opting to choose 3D. There were very successful films like Madagascar 3 and Brave, and only about a third of their total revenue came from 3D ticket sales."
Gamers Rally Against Microsoft "Innovation"
"Microsoft is promising new experiences with the Xbox One, which will require a constant Internet connection, because hundreds of thousands of machines in the cloud will enhance an individual console's computational power. But players seem to be hearing only what is being taken away by Microsoft's online monitoring of their gaming: the ability to resell or give away your games to whomever you choose, whenever you choose."
The New York Times 06/15/13
PBS' NewsHour Struggles To Survive
"A deep financing crisis forcing layoffs and other cutbacks this week, some public television employees believe that format -- and a general unwillingness to embrace the digital realities facing journalism -- may be jeopardizing the program's future."
The New York Times 06/15/13
June 16, 2013
Secret Power Struggles Fill Back Rooms Of The Academy
The new Oscars prez will be in place "to finish a $300 million movie museum whose 200 or so employees will line up with an existing academy staff about 260; to sort out contract renewals for two top executives; and to wrestle anew with perennial questions about the sustainability of the academy's crown jewel and primary source of income, the annual Oscar ceremony."
The New York Times 06/16/13
The Guardian (UK) 06/16/13
Los Angeles Times 06/14/13
Yep, Hollywood Is Totally Broken (And You Know Why: Technology)
"There was none of the extra cash that fueled competitive commerce, gut calls, or real movies, the extra spec script purchase, the pitch culture, the grease that fueled the Old Abnormal: the way things had always been done. We were running on empty, searching for sources of new revenue."
June 14, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter 06/13/13
June 13, 2013
New Statesman 06/07/13
The Stage 06/11/13
Greece's Public Broadcaster Will Be Back Soon, Say Officials
"The government promised to relaunch ERT within weeks, saying it was taken off air so suddenly only due to fears that workers would damage state equipment. ... Many Greeks have little love for ERT journalists and the state broadcaster is often cited as an example of inefficiency, overspending and jobs given in return for political favors. ... About 2,000 of its 2,600 employees are non-journalists."
Pay Your Interns, Judge Orders Hollywood Studio
"A Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and New York state minimum wage laws by not paying production interns who, Judge William H. Pauley III said, were effectively regular employees on the set of Black Swan
Trauma Queens: Women Who Love Law & Order: SVU
Emily Nussbaum: "The audience was two-thirds female, young women, for the most part - the same demographic that drives fan fiction, romance novels, and vampire stories. 'Oh, you enjoy this, do you?' an angry john says, in the SVU
pilot. 'Is this how you get your rocks off?' He's talking to some detectives, but he might as well have been addressing viewers, for whom the show's pulp appeal was simultaneously addictive and faintly shameful."
The New Yorker 06/10/13
June 12, 2013
Chicago Reader 06/11/13
Greece Shuts Down Its Public Broadcaster For Reorganization
"The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a 'haven of waste'. ... While all 2,500 employees would be sacked, [said a government spokesman,] they would be paid compensation and would be able to apply for work when the corporation relaunches as a smaller, independent public broadcaster."
June 11, 2013
Why Does Hollywood Kill Off Its Gay Characters?
"Since Philadelphia there have been, by my count, 257 Academy Award-nominated portrayals of heterosexual characters, and 23 of gay, bisexual or transsexual characters. Of the heterosexual characters, 16.5% (59) die. Of the LGBT characters, 56.5% (13) die. Of the 10 LGBT characters who live, only four get happy endings. That's four characters in 19 years."
The Guardian (UK) 06/11/13
The Hollywood Reporter 06/07/13
June 10, 2013
XBox Takes A Swing At Classical Music
"The game aims to put players into that oversized starry blue hat of Mickey Mouse's, letting them conduct a virtual orchestra with their hands in front of the Xbox camera, changing the feel of the music to fit their whims."
Huffington Post 06/06/013
June 9, 2013
Los Angeles Times 06/09/13
Stuck in 'Women's Work' Roles In Canadian Film
"In an industry that's so dependent on women in front of the camera - hello, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Paré, Kim Cattrall - the situation for Canadian women behind the camera is a bit of a horror movie."
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 06/08/13
The New York Times 06/09/13
The Metafunding Of A Documentary About Kickstarter
"The film, 'Kickstarted,' is to chronicle the rise of this revolutionary form of financing creative projects by focusing on the people behind some of the most high-profile campaigns." You can help fund the film on Kickstarter, of course.
Los Angeles Times 06/07/13
June 7, 2013
How A Turkish Game Show Undermined Censorship Of The Protests
"The country's three main television networks (including CNN Turkey) have almost completely ignored the demonstrations ... That's because government censors are allowed to restrict news media when 'public health and morals, national security, public order, public safety, and the unity of the land are at stake.' But that didn't stop one wily show from finding its way around the media blackout."
The Atlantic 06/06/13
Hollywood's Over-40 Actresses Are Refusing To Fade Away
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy "are but two of the over-40 actresses whose careers aren't just thriving but dominating big castings in Hollywood. For decades, middle-aged actresses largely were relegated to the sidelines in studio films, fighting for supporting roles." No more.
The Hollywood Reporter 06/05/13
The Atlantic 06/06/13
June 6, 2013
Sign Of The Times - Pix Of Movie A-Listers No Longer Move Magazines
"Even a few years ago, the prize for a magazine editor was in luring an A-list Hollywood star onto the cover. But just as much critical attention has shifted to television from theatrical releases, readers are now more likely to pick up a magazine featuring a television actor, reality star or musician."
The New York Times 06/05/13
David Carradine's Last Movie Was Funded By Tax Fraud
"Richard Driscoll's Eldorado
was pegged to become a cult classic - the first British film shot in 3D set to be released posthumously as the last ever movie starring David Carradine. But after it was funded with £1.5 million taken from the taxpayer it never saw the light of day."
The Telegraph (UK) 06/05/13
June 5, 2013
We're Spending Trillions On Entertainment (And It's Getting Bigger)
"Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted that global spending for media and entertainment will reach $2.2 trillion in 2017, compared with $1.6 trillion in 2012. The U.S. is expected to remain the largest media market, with spending increasing 4.8% annually to reach $632 billion in 2017, up from the nearly $500 billion spent last year."
Los Angeles Times 06/04/13
Writers Guild Poll Names Best-Written TV Series Ever
Members of the Writers Guild of America "evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101." Leading the pack was a certain New Jersey family.
TV Guide 06/03/13
Scientific Research Publishing Meets Online Video
, the Journal of Visualized Experiments
, the first peer-reviewed scientific journal published in video, "the experimental portions of technical scientific papers, instead of being laid out in a couple of dense paragraphs, [are] videotaped and [move] from a necessary if clumsy part of the narrative to center stage."
Pacific Standard 06/04/13
June 4, 2013
Are Video Games Looking More Like Art?
"Recently, a number of museums, including the Smithsonian and the MOMA, staged exhibitions featuring video games as art, throwing the topic into focus again."
Pacific Standard 06/03/13
Class War On The Multiplex Screen
Andrew O'Hehir looks at a spate of new releases wherein Hollywood cinema (by no means for the first time) becomes "the space where the angry and confrontational politics of class conflict - which are almost entirely absent in the realm of, y'know, actual politics
- can play out as dream or wish fulfillment, with no real-world consequences."
Is This The Point Where M. Night Shyamalan Went Awry?
"Ten years ago, [he] was on top of the world, touted as 'the next Spielberg' by Newsweek
." These days audiences are known to boo when they see his name in a movie trailer. Kyle Buchanan suggests that the turning point can be found in a weird little 2004 cable TV "pseudo-documentary".
New York Magazine 06/01/13
What It's Like To Act For Lars Von Trier
Paul Bettany: "As an actor, I have questions. I want to know what I'm doing. And he simply wouldn't talk to me. You're not allowed to talk about the film and there is no rehearsal. ... He just stands there and says [mimics Danish accent]: 'Louder! Louder! Do it louder!' That's the extent of your collaboration. You know what it's like? It's like he's Jackson Pollock and you're on the sidelines, mixing his colours."
The Guardian (UK) 05/30/13
June 3, 2013
Pakistan Attempts To Revive Film Industry
"Given the problems, it is remarkable that any feature films are being made at all. But a recent spate of ambitious productions has raised hopes that the moribund movie industry may be on the verge of a renaissance."
The Guardian (UK) 06/02/13
June 2, 2013
The New York Times 06/02/13