14 items from 2014
HBO has shaken up the media biz with its plan to launch a standalone over-the-top service next year, making the pay-tv titan the first major cable programmer to be marketed to consumers who do not pay for a traditional Mvpd (multichannel video-program distribution) subscription.
Details about HBO’s plans were scant. Between Plepler’s comments and discussions with industry insiders, here’s what we know so far:
The new offering is likely to resemble the existing HBO Go authenticated service in offering a broad on-demand menu of new and vintage HBO and Cinemax programming. It is not expected to emulate the extensive channel cluster that linear subscribers receive. HBO aims to work with cable operators in marketing the service »
- Cynthia Littleton and Todd Spangler
CBS‘ Under the Dome Go Now TV Show Review. Under the Dome: Season 2, Episode 13: ‘Go Now’ lived up to its title in ways I’m certain the showrunners hadn’t intended. Stay tuned for the post-review rant. With the Dome still contracting, and Magical Melanie (Grace Victoria Cox) having [...]
- Sam Joseph
[This is a review of Under the Dome season 2, episode 13. There will be Spoilers.]
Much like the mysterious sphere encircling the town of Chester’s Mill, Under the Dome is an aberrant manifestation whose continued existence is understood by no one. It is the sort of series whose most apparent quality is how easily the audience can relate to the characters – in that everyone watching also feels trapped against their will and desperate to get away.
And that sentiment is more evident than ever in the season 2 finale, ‘Go Now.’
Over the course of season 2, the issues of quality and consistency that have plagued the series ...
Click to continue reading ‘Under the Dome’ Season 2 Finale Review
- Kevin Yeoman
This review contains spoilers.
2.13 Go Now
Farewell Big Jim, hello Big Bad Jim. Those fit-to-burst shirts of Dean Norris’ have been anticipating a Hulk-style eruption for two seasons now, and this week, it finally happened.
Pauline’s assisted-death sent Jim Rennie over the edge in the season two finale, which saw him have the last word in his and Rebeca’s ongoing faith vs. science debate via the blunt end of a hammer. “Rationalise that, science lady”, Dean Norris’ furious eyes seemed to say. At least Rebecca died doing what she loved – being a paper-thin avatar for the single, ultimately quashed, challenge to Under The Dome’s dominant theism.
From there, Jim went on to set fire to Pauline’s corpse, put a bullet in the head of food-hoarding bit-player Andrea and attempt »
TV show trailer for CBS‘ Under the Dome episode Go Now. Another week, another hole has opened up in the lives of the Dome-estics. Ah, but this hole may be yet another way out of Chester’s Mill, where mysterious holes tend to appear for just that purpose. The Great Dome God [...]
- Sam Joseph
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Under The Dome" season finale episode 13 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Go Now," and it sounds like things will get quite intriguing and intense as a possible escape from the dome is revealed just in the nick of time, and more! In the new,13th episode press release: A potential exit from the dome is going to get revealed just as the lives of those trapped in Chester's Mill face imminent danger. Press release number 2: A potential exit from the Dome will get revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill. Guest stars will feature: Estes Tarver (Tom Tilden), Bryant Prince (Aidan Tilden), Eugene H. Russell IV (Townsperson) and Max Ehrich (Hunter). The episode was written by Caitlin Parrish and Cathryn Humphris, and it was directed by Executive Producer Jack Bender. »
The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.
The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.
Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).
At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »
- Pete Hammond
Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment is giving Arabic and Bollywood distributors a chance to have their movies reach larger audiences thanks to a new deal making it an iTunes aggregator. The Apple service is the only platform in the Middle East that offers simultaneous releases in eight countries: UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait. Front Row has already made some of its titles available including A Long Way Down, Rush, Diana and Where Do We Go Now? The company says it will aggressively pursue the premium VOD window, making titles available in eight territories across the Middle East including day-and-date theatrical releases in Saudi Arabia, where there are no movie theaters. “With free television not acquiring independent titles, the DVD market dying and Pay TV being extremely selective, I’m sure that local film distributors will finally find common grounds and encourage the VOD medium even more, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Venice – Prominent Dubai-based independent Middle East film distributor, Front Row Filmed Entertainment has sealed a deal with iTunes under which it will act as an aggregator for independent Arabic and Bollywood distribution companies who aim to make their titles available across the Middle East and also worldwide.
The agreement is particularly significant because Arab nations have one of the world’s largest populations of digital-savvy consumers and are heavily underscreened. In entertainment hungry Saudi Arabia, movie theatres are banned by conservative clerics.
In Saudi, Front Row will looking to provide windows on iTunes so audiences can watch films playing in Middle East theatres day-and-date at a premium.
iTunes is the only platform in the Middle East that offers simultaneous releases in eight countries: UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait.
Front Row is considered a pioneer in the Middle Eastern VOD market after introducing the “Premium VOD Window »
- Nick Vivarelli
Deal covers United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.
Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has struck a deal with iTunes to act as an aggregator for any independent, Arabic and Bollywood distribution companies who would like to make their titles available across the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Front Row has already launched several of its own titles on iTunes in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. The films are being offered in a ranges of languages and subtitles.
Front Row is already known for working in the ‘premium VOD window’ in the Middle East with titles such as The Resident, Let Me In and Ides of March.
The company said it will “aggressively pursue the premium VOD window making titles available in eight »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The first Rio, I Love You trailers have gone online. The movie is the latest in the "Cities of Love" series, which includes Paris, je tamie and New York, I Love You. This latest anthology includes short segments from directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo). Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, Harvey Keitel, and more appear in the segments. Hit the jump to check out the Rio, I Love You trailer. The movie opens in Brazil on September 11th, and while it doesn't have a U.S. release date, I'm sure it will open here eventually. I also wouldn't be surprised to see it pop up during the fall festivals. »
- Matt Goldberg
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
The lovely Brockman kids are older now. They're not as funny and Karen isn't as scary – but it was great while it lasted
So after seven years and five series we must say farewell to Outnumbered (BBC1), which has at last been outmanoeuvred by Mother Nature and the pulsating endocrine systems of its now only semi-juvenile leads. Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche) and Karen (Ramona Marquez) were 11, eight and six respectively when the sitcom about life in the overscheduled, underdisciplined Brockman household began in 2007. Now Karen looks like a 25-year-old model, Jake is a tangle of gangling limbs and Ben – well, Ben still looks like Ben, but galumphs stolidly now rather than pinballs round the house, more usually mortified these days than gratified by the havoc he creates.
In the beginning, most of the art and all of the craft went into assembling the children's semi-improvised performances into workable narrative wholes. »
- Lucy Mangan
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