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Robert Rodriguez to put book covers on film as Sony inks Frank Frazetta movie deal
December 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

Fans of fighting fantasy can look forward to a fun few years ahead, as according to an exclusive report on Deadline Hollywood, Sony has agreed a deal for Robert Rodriguez to direct a live action version of Fire and Ice, the 1983 animated movie co-created by Ralph Bakshi (he of the animated version of The Lord of the Rings), and famous fantasy figure Frank Frazetta. And without too much sniggering up sleeves and evocations of Spın̈al Tap, this looks set to be simply some massive fun. This is a project that has been in gestation since at least 2009, when Rodriguez first...

Book review: Leytonstone by Stephen Volk, Spectral Press
December 22, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Stephen Volk has been in the writing game a very long time. He has also been working on films for an equally long time, with screenwriting credits going back as far as Ken Russell's Gothic in 1986 and some notable efforts such as 1988's The Kiss, which makes him better equipped than most any other writer to tackle the early life of Alfred Hitchcock. Leytonstone, his deep dive into a very Hitchcockian childhood, is in fact a novella, initially due for release as a limited signed and numbered hardback, with only 125 copies to be printed, as well as an unlimited...

Screenplay infographic shows how to take it visual
November 19, 2014 | 4:25 pm

the-science-of-the-movie-screenplay   UK printer supplies company Cartridge Discount seems to be developing quite a sideline in useful infographics for writers, and one of the latest is this one, distilling the craft of creating a screenplay into visual form, with a range of sources listed at the end of the graphic. And of course, you would be well advised to go and consult those sources before you start seriously working on the screenplay of your dreams, but at least this is a useful, and fun, jumping-off point....

Morning Links: Kobo resolves download issue. Kindle Voyage review
October 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboHow Far Companies Will Go to Protect You from Copyright Bullies (Gizmodo) When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. *** Kobo Resolves Download Issue (The Digital Reader) It’s been just over a month since Kobo’s perennial problem with blocking downloads of purchased ebooks came to a head, and it looks like that problem has been resolved. *** Amazon Kindle Voyage Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has been making e-readers since 2007 and over the years they have refined their hardware technology constantly. The new...

‘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...