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‘Cli-fi’ movies getting own awards show, the Cliffies
August 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

cliffies nominee Into the StormHollywood has a calendar full of movie and TV awards shows, from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, and with a dozen other awards on tap as well. There's even the Razzies -- The Golden Raspberry Awards-- for the worst movies in each year's hefty bag of cinema surprises. Now a curtain is about to open on a new movie awards event, this one called ''The Cliffies'', and honoring the best climate-themed movies of the previous year. The Cli Fi Movie Awards, as the event is formally called, will shine a serious spotlight on important cli fi movies of the year....

Terms of Amazon dispute with Disney seem oddly familiar
August 12, 2014 | 6:16 am

disneypicturesA Wall Street Journal article (if it’s paywalled, Google the headline to read it) delves into the sources of the pre-order blocking matter between Amazon and Disney…and if you could summarize it with a single phrase, it would be “the shoe’s on the other foot.” It has some commonalities with the Hachette dispute, but some important differences, too. According to the familiar “person with knowledge of the matter” (he sure gets around, doesn’t he?) the dispute partly concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon’s web site (the element it has in common with the Hachette negotiation, given some of...

Amazon Prime Streaming Music is terrific for Prime subscribers
June 17, 2014 | 3:41 pm

Juli gave her review of Amazon Prime Music yesterday. Now I’ll have my say. First of all, as Slate and the Verge point out in their reviews, Amazon Prime Streaming Music is not a Pandora or Spotify killer, and it’s not meant to be. It really isn’t even a new service at all, so much as an extension of an old one. Amazon has offered cloud music storage since 2011, after all. You can already upload music to Amazon’s cloud and stream it, or stream mp3s you buy from Amazon’s mp3 store. Prime Streaming Music just lets you stream...

That’s show biz: The value propositions of bookstores and movies
April 12, 2014 | 5:35 am

Sometimes when I’m trawling through the news, I run across unrelated posts that form an interesting juxtaposition. Here’s one concerning the very similar way that technological change has affected two entirely different industries. First, Dan Meadows (not a close relation as far as I know) has an interesting pair of posts relating to bookstores, publishers, and their respective value propositions. In the first one, he talks about bookstores and publishers in general. The services these institutions offer hasn’t changed—bookstores still have about the same number of books, publishers still offer the same services—but because people suddenly have even better...

Sainsbury’s sets sail with Captain Phillips film tie-in ebook offer
February 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, already pushing itself up the ebook and digital entertainment sales leagues, has launched a new promo to link what are now two forms of digital media - films and ebooks. In a strictly limited-time promotion, Sainsbury's Entertainment is offering a free ebook copy of A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips (with Stephan Talty) for anyone who pays for a video-on-demand copy of the new Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips, its film tie-in. Sainsbury's claims this to be the world's first tie-in between video-on-demand and ebook editions of a media property, though I wouldn't be surprised to...

Wearing Google Glass to a movie theater leads to interrogation by federal agents
January 21, 2014 | 2:23 pm

google-glass-prescription-lenses-900-80Here’s an article that points out a problem that will only become more common as wearables do. A member of the Google Glass program had prescription lenses on his Glass, and wore them everywhere as his regular glasses. He didn’t have any other prescription glasses, so he wore them to a movie, with the Google Glass part turned off. He’d been to an AMC theater with the Glass three times, but this particular time (watching the new Jack Ryan movie, no less) a federal agent came in, plucked the glasses off his head, and proceeded to accuse him of...

When is the movie better than the book?
August 13, 2013 | 1:00 pm

bookvsmovieOur friends at Book Riot pose the question: "For the most part, we know that the book is usually better than the movie. However, there are a few exceptions..." I haven't seen the vast majority of the movies on their list; I am more of a TV show person when I watch these days. But I have seen a handful of movies which I thought surpassed their course material. Forrest Gump is one that comes to mind. The book was dreadful; the title character's voice comes across more profoundly in live action than written down, and...

The ‘Future’ of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995
July 21, 2013 | 8:44 pm

iTunesThis weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And ... color us disappointed. We made our selection, pressed the play button and got the following screen: 'Ready to Play in 2 hours, 7 minutes.' Um ... really? What followed was almost more entertaining than the movie turned out to be: As the Beloved kept trying to reload the screen to increasingly random predictions (ready to...

Veronica Mars Novels to Follow Kickstarted Movie
July 16, 2013 | 9:02 am

Veronica MarsThis is the kind of media circle of life I like to see: GalleyCat is reporting that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas plans to release some Veronica Mars novels as a follow-up to the upcoming Kickstarter-funded movie. From the article: "The books will contain completely new stories, and will be stand-alone novels that will appeal to fans of the show, as well as general mystery readers. The plot of the first book in the series will begin where events of the upcoming “Veronica Mars” film end, and will feature an adult Veronica Mars." I remember reading interviews with Rob Thomas during the run...

Movie Review: Disrespect for the classics in Arnon Goldfinger’s ‘The Flat’ (2011)
July 2, 2013 | 11:01 am

The Flat "The Flat" is a charming 2011 documentary I recently watched on Netflix. The film, by writer-director Arnon Goldfinger, centers around the flat (i.e., the apartment) of his late grandmother, which over the course of the film, the family empties following her death. During this process, they uncover a pile of old magazines that highlight an element of his grandparents' past that they were not expecting—it concerns their exit from Nazi Germany prior to the Holocaust. [caption id="attachment_88851" align="alignright" width="125"] Arnon Goldfinger[/caption] I won't spoil the surprise, because it's nicely done. But what made me want to share this film here on TeleRead...

Hugh Howey discusses movie deal and indie success
March 5, 2013 | 2:51 pm

Hugh HoweyBy now, the success of indie author Hugh Howey has been widely publicized, including here on TeleRead. Howey wrote Wool, a book split into five novellas set in a dystopian future. Read Joanna Cabot’s review of the Wool Omnibus here. Howey recently did a radio interview with Orla Barry of The Green Room on Newstalk, during which he discussed his deal with movie director Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Black Hawk Down), who bought the movie rights to the book. Howey also discusses the rise in popularity of Wool. Howey didn’t expect Wool to take off the way it did, gaining steam without much marketing on...

The Byook is a unique combination of graphic novel, movie and game
February 4, 2013 | 8:05 pm

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like I've been hearing about more and more companies lately—some of them new, and some that have been around for awhile—that are putting together large and (presumably) expensive teams of designers and developers to create digitally-enhanced "electronic reading experiences," as they're often called. The latest such organization I've heard of is Byook, a French company that was founded in 2009 by three friends who worked in the video game and digital entertainment industries, and they refer to their product as "a new reading experience." That might be a bit of a stretch, given the...