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Uber's revolting sexism, the movie

The blog post that lifted the lid on Uber's uber-sexist culture and led to the demise of founder Travis Kalanick might become a movie. Deadline Hollywood reports that a movie concept titled “Disruptors”, based on Susan Fowler's "On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber" has been hawked around Tinseltown and landed at production …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017

Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

You may want to sit down for this. Did you know that movie files downloaded for free from the internet may contain malware? You did? Well it was news to US trade watchdog the FTC's assistant director Will Maxson, who published a whole blog post about this shocking revelation on Thursday. Will was also shocked to discover it …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Apr 2017
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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

The CEO of AMC Theaters says his company will consider allowing people to text during movies. In an interview with showbiz mag Variety, Adam Aron said that it wasn't tablets and streaming video services that were keeping millennials out of movie theaters (or for our younger readers, "the place where your parents go to watch …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2016

Hollywood could learn a lot from software devs, says GitLab founder

Hollywood will be turning to the worlds of DevOps and Continuous Delivery to make movies in the future - at least they will if GitLab is right about where developer collaboration tools are heading. Sytse Sijbrandij, co-founder and CEO at GitLab, emphasised the product’s Continuous Integration and collaboration features when …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Ice cold: How hard man of storage made Everest climb look easy

Feature It’s terrifyingly real, so true to life you are convinced the climbers are there, actually crossing the aluminium ladder bridge, poised above the terrifying drop of a Khumbu Glacier’s ice-fall crevasse in Everest’s Western Cwm. Yet the actors actually clambered across a ladder bridge poised above rubber matting in the UK’s …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2015

Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

Another US movie studio has filed suit against users alleged to have illegally viewed movies with the Popcorn Time app. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed in the Portland US District Court, the production company behind the 2015 film Survivor accuses 16 unnamed users of pirating its film. According to Survivor Productions Inc., the 16 …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Sep 2015
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

The Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed and Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs movie has emerged with a release date and teaser trailer. The film, titled Steve Jobs, will see the light of day on 9 October. The sparse teaser trailer, below, gives us a look at Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley …
Team Register, 18 May 2015
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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

BONKERS The insane vehicles of Mad Max Fury Road cruised past Vulture South When the Vulture South team popped out for lunch today, members of the local constabulary directed us away from our usual haunts. The reason? A promo for the new flick Mad Max: Fury Road had rolled into the nearby Sydney Opera House. Roads were blocked …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2015
The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance

Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

Feature It’s 100 years to the day since Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was released – the movie that, more than any other, projected silent comedy to new artistic and commercial heights. The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance The Tramp: Chaplin's character is momentarily tempted to steal money from the farm girl (Edna …
Phil Strongman, 11 Apr 2015

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Our piece earlier this week on a study which proved The Wizard of Oz is the "most significant" movie ever – by dint of being the flick most referenced in subsequent works – provoked some interesting comments from our ever-lively readers. It goes without saying that a lot of your output centred on the researchers' possibly …
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2015

Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

In a shining example of how high culture* will always defeat the jackboot tactics of oppressive states like North Korea, the Seth Rogen/James Franco film The Interview is now available for viewing via multiple online streaming services. Google and Microsoft both announced that the flick – which surely cannot be any more …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2014
Pirate Flag

Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) is once again looking to rat out known piracy hotbeds to the US government, both online and in real life – and Canada's largest urban center remains high on its list. The MPAA said on Monday that it had provided the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) with a list of markets …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014

Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

Pub trivia fans take note: in the near future you might be asked to explain the link between President Josiah Bartlett, Batman, Steve Jobs, Trainspotting, Facebook and the London Olympics opening ceremony. Start your answer with actor Christian Bale, who played Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy. According to Variety, Bale's in …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014
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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

The US aviation authority has taken the first step on the road to the (potential) over-run of the skies with commercial drones – granting six video and photo production firms an exemption to fly drones for movie-making and picture snapping. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also said that it was considering 40 other …

James Bond producers sign on for Edward Snowden movie

Sony Pictures has announced it has optioned No place to hide, the tome penned by Edward Snowden's amanuensis, to turn it into a movie. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson of EON Productions, the production company behind James Bond films, have the job of getting the book onto the screen. The pair co-produced on Skyfall, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014
Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of film studio DreamWorks, has suggested that Hollywood should move to a new pay-per-screen-inch pricing model as movie downloads become more popular. Speaking at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles, Katzenberg said that in the next ten years he would like to see the movie industry move to the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014
Empire of the Bs - Robot Jox

Empire of The 'B’s: The Mad Movie World of Charles Band

Book review There’s definitely a buzz around B movies these days, with the genre seemingly, er, healthier than ever. Take Sharknado, which aired on SyFy and became a Twitter sensation. I think the only thing I managed to tweet last year was “My feed is full of Sharknado". This low budget movie has now clocked up millions of viewings and …
Lucy Orr, 11 Feb 2014
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Disney finds new way to give movies depth

Disney Research in Zürich is working on ways to improve how 2D composite images can be turned into 3D models. The basic techniques are well known, but – according to the research the group presented at the recent SIGGRAPH conference – there are limitations. Lasers can capture data to present a 3D surface, but are blocked by …

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