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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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LA's Classic Film Series 'Last Remaining Seats' Faces the Digital Steamroller

“Last Remaining Seats” is the title of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s yearly classic film series. This year, as the series begins on Saturday (June 1) with a sold-out screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief,” the title is more than a little ironic.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 31, 2013 11:30 AM
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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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Watch 'Upstream Color,' 'Sleepwalk with Me' and More Via Sundance Institute's Digital Debut Platform

The Sundance Institute has announced that 12 independent films will make their digital debuts this spring through a variety of platforms to rent, download or stream, via the Institute's Artist Services Program. Included in the list of titles are Shane Carruth's gorgeous head-scratcher and fest favorite "Upstream Color" (which he is self-releasing to theaters April 5), Mike Birbiglia-starrer "Sleepwalk with Me" (a theatrical hit via IFC) and "Unfinished Spaces," a PBS documentary on the groundbreaking design of the National Arts Schools, which was released as an educational film on DVD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 2:01 PM
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