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MPAA Fights Piracy By Offering Search Site to Help Audiences Find Movies and TV Shows They Love Online

In yet another move in its ongoing crusade against piracy, on Wednesday the lobbying organization the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which reps six major studios launched the new website WhereToWatch.Org, in order to give audiences a "one-stop site to find legal, seamless viewing options."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2013 3:53 PM
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More: MPAA, Web/Tech

Now and Then: Why We Love GIFs, from Taylor Swift to Goats (VIDEO)

Disclaimer: this will not be your usual romance. It involves Taylor Swift, a goat, and a lemon among its cast of thousands. It has no clear "meet cute," and may not reach a happy ending. In one sense at least, it has no beginning or ending at all. But somewhere along the way we fell in love with the GIF. This is one man's attempt to explain why.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 2, 2013 3:49 PM
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'Indie Game: The Movie' Filmmakers Share Self-Distribution Wisdom in Blog Series

After taking their film "Indie Game: The Movie" to Sundance and SXSW, directors/producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky ventured into self-distribution territory. An increasingly popular question for filmmakers who first find support through crowd-funding ("Indie Game" used Kickstarter), is how to continue the momentum once you have the film? This "Indie Game" series may hold some answers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2012 4:29 PM
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Free iPad App Dives Deeper into History of Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

History buffs--want to dig deeper into Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"? There is a free iPad app available now on iTunes. Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film - Discover the Story goes behind the scenes with an interactive look at that crucial time in American history. It includes photos, art, interviews, music and a historical narrative. Take a look at these screen grabs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 2:36 AM
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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Gina McIntyre Takes Over as Editor of LAT's Hero Complex Blog

LAT deputy film editor and genre buff Gina McIntyre, editor and contributor on departing staff writer Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex, is officially taking over the blog. Boucher was lured away by EW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2012 8:18 PM
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More: Media, Web/Tech

Fandango Hires EW Vet and Oscar Expert Dave Karger as Media Front Man

As the LA Times' Geoff Boucher joins ex-USA Today writer Anthony Breznican at weekly magazine EW, 17-year EW vet Dave Karger is moving on. He is heading away from print reporting to a career as a professional video pundit and media front man. He will now grow his media profile at NBCUniversal's Fandango as the online ticketseller's first "chief correspondent." The main lure is increased visibility across NBCUniversal's media outlets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:39 PM
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Google Adds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to Search Engine

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is not just a game anymore! Google has built it into its search system. The game started in 1994 by some college students who realized you could connect every movie actor to Kevin Bacon within six associations or less. Read The Guardian's story here for all the details. The new Google feature works like this: Type in "Bacon number" followed by the name of an actor. Google will then tell you how the two are connected. We tried it with Angelina Jolie to give you an example:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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Barry Sonnenfeld's 'Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens' Debuts, Joins Web Series Trend

Yet another filmmaker heads to web series territory. Like Tom Hanks with "Electric City" and Bryan Singer with "H+ The Digital Series," Barry Sonnenfeld introduces his motion comic "Dinosaur Vs. Aliens" on Yahoo! Screen. The first episode (below) launched today. The series is created by Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") and written by comic writer Grant Morrison for digital media production house Liquid Comics.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:41 PM
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FilmFunds Brings Filmmakers & Financiers Together, Names Jason Scoggins New CEO

Following in the footsteps of online film services such as Amazon Studios and Kickstarter, filmmaker platform FilmFunds is moving to expand its reach.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 2:51 PM
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