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Dutch Thriller 'APP' Will Be First Film to Necessitate Smartphones in Theaters with Interactive Storyline

The Dutch are giving the highly contentious texting-in-theaters issue a whole new spin. Shooting began this week for the new thriller "APP," which will be the first film in the world to synchronize a parallel storyline via app content to be accessed while in the movie theater.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 2:12 PM
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YouTube's Choice: Funding 30-40% of Original Channels for Second Round

After YouTube socked nearly $100 million into original content channels last year, the company now has to choose which of its most successful partners will receive further investment. Reportedly only 30-40% of the original recipients will see an additional round of funding, but this time YouTube partners could glean a total of some $200 million.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:13 PM
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'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the higher frame rate screenings will happen in or near most major and mid-sized cities.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increasing trend of companies (in this case Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Entertainment) starting to reveal heretofore hidden pay-per-view sales figures, as VOD becomes more relevant to independent film profit and distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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'Clouds Over Cuba' Interactive Doc Launches on 50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis; JFK Live Tweets

American history nuts, take note: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum launched interactive multimedia documentary "Clouds Over Cuba" today, the exact day Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba 50 years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2012 1:40 PM
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Filmmaker's Nightmare: NYFF Screening of De Palma's 'Passion' Hits a Digital Snafu

With technological evolution comes hiccups. Though not widely reported, the September 29 NYFF premiere of Brian De Palma's "Passion" apparently hit a disappointing snafu when the DCP (digital cinema package) of the film refused to play.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 1:16 PM
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'Keep Indie Visible' Campaign Launches To Help Keep Art House Cinemas Alive

The "Keep Indie Visible" program is launching a new campaign to help independent theaters successfully transition to (read: survive) the industry-wide move to digital projection. By the end of 2013, Hollywood will only distribute films in specific digital formats -- but the staggering cost for state-of-the-art digital projectors...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 12:25 PM
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Hulu Ups the Game with BBC-Partnered Original Content 'The Wrong Mans;' Current-Season Nickelodeon Programming

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia, the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 4:40 PM
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Amazon Studios Options First Novel, Self-Published Southern Gothic 'SEED'

Amazon's original content branch Amazon Studios has optioned the rights for author Ania Ahlborn's "SEED," a self-published Southern Gothic horror novel centering on a man whose malignant supernatural past catches up with him following a car accident. This is the first novel option for the studio, which has heretofore optioned only movie scripts and episodic series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:26 PM
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MPAA Head Chris Dodd's Anti-Piracy Plea: Hollywood and Online Tech "not adversaries, we're partners"

CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 2:25 PM
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