Archives for January 2012


Things aren’t as bad as they seem: study

The tech industry association strikes back

For those of you who like to follow the whole situation with piracy and the aftermath of SOPA and PIPA, an article was just run in today's Forbes magazine following the release of a new study released in France (on the occasion of a trade show) which was commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry Association about revenues generated by the entertainment industry (including books, ... more >

Jean Dujardin wins SAG Award

But the Best Film nod goes to The Help

Out of nowhere French actor Jean Dujardin appeared and made the world's stage his. The convivial acteur has just won the Best Actor award at the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards last night in Los Angeles for his performance in The Artist (this follows the film's garnering of multiple Golden Globe awards in a recent ceremony). Though I'm not sure why, the SAG award for best film went to The Help, ... more >

Grouponing their way inside the theatre

50 percent off -- everything must go!

So really, what was the deal with that Groupon vs Marcus skirmish? The group-discounting giant (Groupon is the second most visited site) had entered into a deal with Lionsgate Studios to show the Katherine Heigl-helmed One For the Money, based on the best-selling novel by Janet Evanovich. The goal was to sell thousands of tickets at the reduced price of $ 6 each, quite a boon for consumers as that ... more >

Sundance Winners Announced

Drama stood out this year in Park City

As mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter two dramas, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The House I live In (pictured), won the top awards at the Sundance Festival which came to a close this weekend. Of note, the fact that long-time independent film producer Bingham Ray died of a stroke while attending the festival. Here's the full list of awardees: World Cinema Jury Special Prize, Documentary: ... more >

The Innkeepers

The search for Madeline O'Malley
Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis
Directed by Ti West

Director Ti West's feature debut, “The House of the Devil” (2009), was a deftly executed homage to both classic haunted house flicks and the great female-centered horror films of the sixties and seventies (particularly Rosemary's Baby, 1968). Fanatically aware of the conventions of the genre, its titles were ever lovingly rendered in a classic seventies burnt-orange which matched the nostalgia ... more >

Youtube reaches 4BN views

That's a lot of loopy kid video views

This January marks a phenomenal achievement: Youtube, the little independent company that could (which was bought by Google for the trivial sum of $ 1.5bn) has reached the 4 billion views a day threshold, which translates to one hour of video being downloaded every second. Between the fact that Youtube has successfully integrated its platform to mobile technologies, the trend for the last few ... more >


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