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From the Big Stage to the Big Screen: Live Events at a Theater Near You

Simon Russell Beale, one of the UK's most renowned stage actors, is currently bowing each night at the National Theatre in London's South Bank as the title character in Sam Mendes's production of "King Lear." For those of us on this side of the pond, it's a disappointment that the Atlantic is between us and a seat in the theater. Lucky for us, there's National Theatre Live.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 1:47 PM
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A Studio Insider Gives His Take on Piracy and Hollywood's Refusal to Change

In my recent article on the movie studios wearing blinders to piracy and the digital future, one very smart comment came in an email from a highly placed executive within the movie and television business. He has allowed me to quote him as long as I do not reveal his identity.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • May 27, 2014 11:33 AM
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Why the Movie Studios Wear Blinders on Piracy and the Digital Future

When a bull enters the ring, the matador pulls out a red cape and waves it in front of his eyes. Predictably the bull goes mad and charges toward the cape. He leaves all his better instincts behind. We all know how the bullfight ends. Not well for the bull.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • May 21, 2014 2:44 PM
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Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of 'Oklahoma!' Opening TCM Festival

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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Indie Filmmakers: Why Building Your Audience Is More Valuable Than Promoting Your Film

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same. How do I get my work discovered?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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How Most Indie Filmmakers Are Stunting the Growth of Their Own Films

It is almost a cliché it is so true. The Internet changes every part of the media world. There are no exceptions. I have come to the conclusion that there are two groups of people within the media world. Those who deny the change and those who acknowledge it. (Sort of like the climate.) Yes, it is that simple and that stark.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 28, 2014 3:16 PM
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How Netflix Is Setting the New Norm in TV Watching: The Viewer Is In Control

Netflix released the second season of "House of Cards" on Friday February 14, 2014. All thirteen episodes were immediately available. My wife and I viewed 5 of them in one afternoon. We plan to complete the season within the next week (or not). Like other Netflix subscribers we choose how and when we watch the new season.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 19, 2014 1:21 PM
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Tribeca Launches First-Ever Innovation Week, with Aaron Sorkin Kicking Off Future of Film Panel

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is launching its first-ever “Tribeca Innovation Week.” Running April 21-26, the Innovation Week will be a place for coders, screenwriters, hackers, futurists, gamers, directors, engineers, venture capitalists, film financiers, techno radicals, the generally curious and anyone who has a story to tell, to explore convergence in media.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 12:58 PM
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Debate Continues Over Use of A.O. Scott's Modified 'Llewyn Davis' Tweet; He Said No to Publicity Team When Approached UPDATED

UPDATE: It seems that when A.O. Scott was approached over email by "Inside Llewyn Davis" publicist Cynthia Swartz about using his tweet in a full-page NYT ad for the film, he gave her a pretty clear "No." Per the Times, he responded to Swartz via email:
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 12:08 PM
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Viewster Launches Online Film Festival with $100K in Prize Money

Streaming site Viewster has launched a new Online Film Festival, slated for March 2014, with $100,000 in prize money to be award to the fest’s winning films. The online festival is now accepting submissions through March for original films with the theme “When Life Gives You Lemons.”
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2013 2:49 PM
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