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Digital projection is meaning cleaner and more stable pictures on the big screen.
Have you noticed anything different in the past few years of visiting your local multiplex? No more Harry Potter films every year mainly, but more fundamentally than that – does the screen look cleaner and more stable than usual? None of the scratches and jitter that you always used to see?
You’re witnessing the results of cinema's digital switchover, just another step our lives have taken from the analogue into the digital world. It’s maybe something many haven’t thought about too much, as they sit back, munch popcorn and drink gallons of Fanta while watching dozens of blockbusters.
But considering how many people are affected by it and its impact on how cinemas are run, maybe we should be asking: what’s wrong with this picture?
Since the film-digital debate is kind of technical, just »
CBS has put in development Side by Side, a single-camera comedy based on the Norwegian series of the same name (Side om Side). Veteran comedy writer-producer Donick Cary (Parks and Recreation, New Girl) will write the adaptation, which is being produced by CBS TV Studios. Side by Side centers on a young couple that buys their dream home and gets caught between two feuding families. Created by Terje Solli, the original series premiered on Norway’s NRK1 in 2013. It has… »
In a further step toward the conquest of the Chinese TV market, Brazilian TV giant Globo has just licensed period telenovela “Side by Side,” winner of a 2013 Intl. Emmy Award, to China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s leading state-owned network group.
Deal marks a significant move, given the notorious difficulty of market penetration in China for foreign TV productions. It also strengthens Globo’s close relationship with CCTV, which previously acquired further Globo programming such as classic telenovela “Isaura-Slave Girl” and mini-series “Seven Women.”
“Side by Side” is expected to debut in August, dubbed in Chinese, reaching China, Hong Kong and Macao.
“Re-investing in a Globo’s drama, CCTV recognizes the high quality of our production and its ability to reach different cultures around the world,” said Raphael Correa Netto, Globo executive director of International Business.
“This new licensing in China proves that Globo continues to grow on Asia. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Read More: Exclusive: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "Side by Side," Keanu Reeves' 2012 documentary, chronicled the steady move away from film to digital through interviews with experts in the field. Now, three years later, Reeves has released extended interviews that didn't make it into the original film. Directed by Christopher Kenneally of the original documentary and produced by Reeves, "Side by Side Extra" Volumes 1-5 has been released by Reeves as a DVD compilation. The five volumes are a fascinating exploration of the transition from film to digital, and the transition's effects on the industry and production, from a variety of nuanced perspectives. In Volume 3, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") gives his perspective on the way we are moving from analog to digital. In a clip from his interview, Murch compares our old nature of »
- Meredith Mattlin
We can always count on Martin Scorsese to support film stock. He was among the big-name directors to rally Kodak to keep film stock alive. At the time, he said, "Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film." In the exclusive clip from "Side by Side Extra" above, Scorsese talks about the pros and cons of shifting to digital -- what is lost and what is gained. Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age Scorsese is just one of the many luminaries featured in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive »
- Paula Bernstein
Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age "I saw a kid in a stroller watching an iPad last week and I was like, 'This is kind of fucked,'" said Dunham in this clip from "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." "I think that everybody I know has some version of attention deficit disorder," said Dunham as she waxes nostalgic for the old days when we watched movies on big screens rather than on our phones. Dunham is just one of the people included in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original "Side by Side," and produced by Keanu Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side »
- Paula Bernstein
Read More: Review: Keanu Reeves Kicks Ass to Avenge His Dead Dog in Satisfying 'John Wick' To some, the name Keanu Reeves conjures up images from "The Matrix," "Speed" or even "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but for true cineastes, Reeves' most significant role yet may be as the producer of "Side by Side," the 2012 documentary about the transition from photochemical film to digital production. Now, Reeves has produced the follow-up, "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side by Side Extra" is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. In an interview with Indiewire, Reeves conjectured why we feel so sentimental »
- Paula Bernstein
They were startled to receive a distress signal from a supposedly decimated planet, but it was getting shot down by something on the surface of Dispater that really rattled the eclectic crew in the first issue of Roche Limit: Clandestiny. Taking place 75 years after the events of the five-issue Roche Limit series, this sequel storyline features new characters and fresh situations, but still retains the fantastic storytelling and gorgeous artwork of its predecessor. With Roche Limit: Clandestiny hitting comic shop shelves early next month, we caught up with writer Michael Moreci and artist Kyle Charles to discuss creating scares in space, returning to Dispater, the presence of androids, the possibility of a sixth issue in the Clandestiny story arc, and much more.
Your new comic book series, Roche Limit: Clandestiny, features a mind-bending mystery taking place 75 years after the events of the first Roche Limit story arc that wrapped up in February. »
- Derek Anderson
If only sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs roam this Earth as Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) father informs him early on in American Sniper, then Clint Eastwood’s film represents the cross-breed of the hound and sheep – a creation perplexed as to who it is, its identity betwixt and between the protector that it wants to be and the ram that it truly is. At conflict with itself in scenes of both home and war, the tottering ideological stances of the film accentuate more than just cinematic gaucherie; Eastwood here has made a film about a war that he does not believe in, forcing his gaze onto the sole character in the film that does.
In this sense, American Sniper is far from a patriotic film, though patriotism unquestionably plays its part throughout the narrative. No more is it nationalistic than it is rueful, and it is the china shop hesitation »
- Morad Moazami
The sequel to Divergent is coming on out on March 20. The Divergent Series: Insurgent will see Robert Schwente (Red) take over as director, as the saga continues. The first film came out last March, and made $288,747,895 on an $85 million budget.
Lionsgate as released a new featurette, via Yahoo:
Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris' family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and -- ultimately -- the future of their world.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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