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While it’s not yet certain what the future of movie exhibition is going to look like, what’s more than certain is that it’s not going to continue looking the way it has for decades for very much longer. There’s currently a battle being waged over how movie fans are going to be able to watch the newest products being produced by studios, and it’s a battle that’s being fought on multiple fronts—whether by theater screen, by phone, or by set top box, the war to acquire the loyalty of our eyes and our ears is on. The two parties who have been making the most noise lately are the theater owners who have ran the various venues where we’ve spent our whole lives to this point watching the latest that Hollywood has to offer, and Netflix, whose digitally delivered, all-you-can-eat subscription model of movie consumption has already destroyed the concept of the video store and is looking to set its sights on the movie theaters next. Recently, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos has been making a lot of noise about exhibition windows, which are the agreements that let theater chains exclusively exhibit all of the new studio releases for a certain amount of months before they can hit the various home video platforms. These exclusive deals are in large part what keeps the theater system financially viable, they’re a big way that studios are able to maximize profits on each of their releases, and Sarandos believes that they’re the biggest obstacle […]

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Google Peanut Gallery

This is one of the cooler things Google has put out in a while. Using their new Peanut Gallery, you can make your own versions of silent movie scenes using your microphone and a little imagination. You talk, and it creates dialogue that gets plugged right into the movie. So far they have clips from A Trip to the Moon (which is what I chose to make intertitles for), The General, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Plan 9 From Outer Space and many, many others. Obviously there are public domain reasons for what they’re using, but I can’t wait until they get The Artist on tap as well. The talk-to-text usability isn’t exactly perfect, but it’s definitely close, and the entire program makes for a fun diversion for film geeks and for anyone who wants to rewrite a few classics. If you make one, post it up in the comments section so we can all have a look.

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Justin Bieber

Back in the 90s we didn’t have fancy time wasters like iPads and Angry Birds, so we had to occupy our time by relying on stupid things like talking to other people and using our brains. These were truly dark times, but they were made less dreary by three students at Albright College, who in 1994 made up the greatest movie geek trivia game of all time: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

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Recently, Flavorwire got a kick out of a post from Slacktory where they used that ever-present man behind the curtain called Google to see what our internet age connects with celebrities. Then, we got a kick out of Flavorwire’s answer which involved 25 famous authors and what the search engine had to say. The experiment is simple. Type a name into Google Image Search, and the program automagically suggests more words to narrow down your search. Judging from entries like “white people problems” for J.D. Salinger and “death, oven, daddy” for Sylvia Plath, it seems like Google might be kinder to famous movie directors. Some of the responses fully encapsulate the person’s artistic output while others push toward the fringe, but all are shaped by what we’re searching for. Here’s a few things Google thinks you should add to the names of some of your favorite filmmakers.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? In this bizarre work (half authored by the internet), artist and academic Sebastian Schmieg loaded a transparent image into a search engine, nabbed the top result, searched with that new image, and repeated the cycle. Almost 3,000 images later (2,951 to be exact), he created a 12 frames per second flip book that is both stunning, confusing, and somehow also banal. It’s our everyday extrapolated and turned into what might be called Found Object Short Film. Or it might just be true Found Footage filmmaking. How do you go from images of the universe, to breasts, to Rage Comics, to Google (the search engine itself), to graphs? Let the internet do the directing. Ingenious. What will it cost? Only 4 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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John August, one of the more creative screenwriting talents working today, is an avid blogger. The man hustles out his own work and then has time to help aspiring movie writers with their stream of questions that range from confidence boosters to idiosyncratic formatting for three people speaking at once while a dog is barking. Seriously. How do you format that in a screenplay? We all know that there’s a Google movie brewing out there. The garage-created mythos of the company (that so many companies share) is too big, and their presence on the planet is too huge not to look toward the big screen. The project is hunting around for writers, and apparently John August was one of them. In a culturally important blog entry, August explains briefly why he wasn’t chosen for the job and goes further into the nature of Google and evil. It might seem small (and a quick story) but it highlights perfectly what some writers go through. Sometimes, even the most talented ones just aren’t right for the job in the producer’s eyes. Even if they have a great track record, their particular view of how the film should play out doesn’t line up, and the crickets start chirping.

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The Facebook movie, aka David Fincher’s The Social Network, isn’t even out yet but others in Hollywood are already itching to jump all over the trend. Movies based on board games are so Spring 2010… the next fad on the horizon appears to be taking websites and/or online properties and giving them the full theatrical makeover. The chances of a MySpace movie have already dwindled to nil, but what about a Wikipedia film filled with obscure and completely made up facts, or a suspense thriller about a really important Ebay auction, or maybe some kind of mash-up between Baidu and PornHub for those of us who like our Asians both knowledgeable and naked? Personally, I’m looking forward to the hard R-rated Craigslist movie… Alas, it’s none of the above. Instead it seems the next web-based phenomenon to hit the silver screen is a little search engine named Google. And if that doesn’t get you excited and interested, well, that’s why we’ve included the picture to the right of the nice lady in a t-shirt.

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