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How Forest Whitaker Wants to Crowdsource Filmmaking [TCTV]

A Hollywood Agent Helps Web's Cats Claw Their Way to the Top

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Some celebrities simply cannot be pleased. Just ask Ben Lashes, a talent manager in Los Angeles. This week, he landed a major motion-picture deal for a client who nine months ago was an unknown living in Morristown, Ariz., population 227. When he told his client that she was heading to...
A Hollywood Agent Helps Web's Cats Claw Their Way to the Top

Pirate Bay and isoHunt Respond to Google Search Result Punishment

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Last week Google announced that it would lower the search engine rankings of websites that receive a high number of DMCA takedown requests, independent of whether the linked content is lawful or not. The algorithm change is being implemented this week and it should severely degrade the rankings of websites...
Pirate Bay and isoHunt Respond to Google Search Result Punishment

Google Removes Links To Documentary In Response To Invalid Takedown Requests By Hollywood Studios

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The recently released TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboad, a documentary that sympathizes with the founders of the infamous file sharing website The Pirate Bay, has become the target of fraudulent link takedown requests from major Hollywood Studios, including Viacom, Paramount, Fox... Please visit Search Engine Land...
Google Removes Links To Documentary In Response To Invalid Takedown Requests By Hollywood Studios
Warner Bros. turning John McAfee's bizarre story into a movie

Amazon's Big Hollywood Announcement: All About UltraViolet?

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Amazon is holding a press event in Los Angeles on Thursday, in which it’s likely to announce new versions of its Kindle tablets. You know, now that the Kindle Fire is all sold out. There have even been some leaks about what that product will look like, and the fact...
Amazon's Big Hollywood Announcement: All About UltraViolet?

Spider-Man and two Captain Americas in Hollywood brawl

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Following a British altercation between fans of "Doctor Who" and "Star Wars," Hollywood witnesses a superhero brawl, reportedly over sidewalk territory in front of a theater. [Read more]...
Spider-Man and two Captain Americas in Hollywood brawl
Only Hollywood Would Think That This 'Disc To Digital' Program Makes Sense

Apple objects to showing Eminem case files in separate Unive

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Apple is fighting a discovery request in a class action lawsuit brought by musicians like Rick James and Rob Zombie against Universal Music, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Specifically the plaintiffs want access to trial exhibits, expert reports, depositions, and other material from a suit by FBT Productions against UMG subsidiary...
Apple objects to showing Eminem case files in separate Unive

Aaron Sorkin Will Adapt The Steve Jobs Biography For The Big Screen

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Sony Pictures has signed on screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to adapt Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs into a movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sorkin wrote the screenplays for several popular films including The Social Network, which earned him an Oscar. “There is no writer working in Hollywood today who...
Aaron Sorkin Will Adapt The Steve Jobs Biography For The Big Screen

Google Managers Reject Agent’s Claims on Piracy

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Hollywood agent extraordinaire Ari Emanuel on Wednesday night ridiculed the idea that Google couldn't keep purveyors of pirated content out of search results, since it blocks child porn. Two Google senior vice presidents flatly rejected the comparison....
Google Managers Reject Agent’s Claims on Piracy

Reddit Debuts Original YouTube Series

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The new series is based off the popular thread "explain like I'm five." Just in case you need another reason to visit Reddit: The popular online community became the latest site to debut its own original programming on Monday, posting the first three episodes of its new web series...
Reddit Debuts Original YouTube Series

Rihanna Is Helping Katy Perry Get Over Divorce

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Over the weekend, Katy Perry made her first public appearance since Russell Brand filed for divorce, ending their 14-month marriage. However short-lived their romance might have been, Katy is still heartbroken over it – so it's a good thing she has plenty of friends to offer her proper support. Hollywood...
Rihanna Is Helping Katy Perry Get Over Divorce

USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants

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Every year around this time, the USTR puts out its increasingly laughable Special 301 Report, which merely takes the countries that IP maxmalists say are bad, and officially declares them naughty. The 2012 list has come out (pdf and embedded below) and it's as silly and pointless as usual. Canada...
USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants

J-Lo promotes 'finger break-dance' app game

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A Hollywood-backed app company partners with Jennifer Lopez for a new dancing game that's like Dance Dance Revolution for your fingers. Get ready for a ton of pop culture. Word. [Read more]...
J-Lo promotes 'finger break-dance' app game

Will one man control Star Wars and Star Trek?

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Reports from Hollywood suggest J.J. Abrams may direct the forthcoming Star Wars film, and he's already got the next Star Trek coming out this fall. This is like crossing the sci-fi streams. [Read more]...
Will one man control Star Wars and Star Trek?

Google Knows What Movie You're Seeing a Month Before You Do

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(Photo: Wikipedia) Google can now predict a movie’s box office success a month before its release with 94-percent accuracy – although 48 percent of moviegoers don’t decide what they’ll be watching until the day they make the trip to the cinema. Google analyzes search patterns to forecast opening weekend box office...
Google Knows What Movie You're Seeing a Month Before You Do

Hollywood Lawyers Threaten ‘Hobbit’ Pub

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Hollywood Lawyers Threaten ‘Hobbit’ Pub
BitTorrent piracy has no impact on U.S. box office sales, study finds

What Normal People Really Think Of Kickstarter

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that's popular amongst entrepreneurs and independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists. Basically, you can pitch a project or product on Kickstarter, and anyone can donate money to your campaign. The website has generated an unprecedented amount of funding for some projects, like the Pebble Watch, and even Hollywood...
What Normal People Really Think Of Kickstarter
The 3 Best Places To Legally Watch Free Movies Online

Peter Jackson's 48 fps version of The Hobbit said to be a 'limited release' only

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All told, we can't deny Peter Jackson's caused some madness since announcing the scheme to shoot his upcoming Hobbit film at a high frame-rate, rather than sticking with the more common 24 fps, Hollywood-style method. Regardless, rumor now has it Warner Bros. is supposedly planning a "limited release" of...
Peter Jackson's 48 fps version of The Hobbit said to be a 'limited release' only

Hulu's Fork in the Road

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As Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. battle it out for dominance in online video, owners of the much smaller Hulu LLC, Hollywood’s own online video service, are under pressure to decide which direction to go. Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu, has asked the site’s owners — Walt Disney Co.,...
Hulu's Fork in the Road

Viacom chief hints at online video deal next week

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman hinted in a discussion of fiscal results that his company was about to sign a significant digital content deal. The agreement was cast as for an online, subscription-based video on demand service and could be made public next week, The Hollywood Reporter understood. Which service, and...
Viacom chief hints at online video deal next week

Ed Burns To Make A New Short Film Each Month In 2013, With Help From Twitter Followers

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We're always interested in neat experiments concerning creativity. We've written about filmmaker Ed Burns, who has plenty of "big" Hollywood credits to his name, but last year went "micro" with a $9,000 budget film. It appears he's still continuing down that inexpensive indie route. His latest plan, as announced on...
Ed Burns To Make A New Short Film Each Month In 2013, With Help From Twitter Followers

Report: Hollywood bigshot Peter Chernin set to join Twitter's board

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Chernin, who was a top exec at News Corp, and who helped found Hulu, would bring a Tinseltown perspective to discussions of Twitter's future direction. [Read more]...
Report: Hollywood bigshot Peter Chernin set to join Twitter's board

Another Failed Paywall Bites The Dust; Daily Variety Goes Free

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Two and a half years ago, Daily Variety, the big Hollywood trade magazine, basically ceded the entire online world to its main competitor, The Hollywood Reporter, by putting up a paywall. At the time, it bizarrely claimed that doing so would mean it wouldn't have to cover "gossip, half-truths and...
Another Failed Paywall Bites The Dust; Daily Variety Goes Free

Milyoni gets $11 million to put movies on Facebook

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Milyoni Inc., a startup that among other things streams Hollywood movies to Facebook pages, has raised $11 million led by Oak Investment Partners . Founded in 2009, Pleasanton-based Milyoni started as a merchandising platform on Facebook, but changed direction to focus on distribution of video and films on the social...
Milyoni gets $11 million to put movies on Facebook
This Survey Says Tumblr Is a Ghost Town For Brands (YHOO)

Apple: We Sold 5 Million iPhone 5s

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Like a Hollywood studio Apple just released weekend “box office” numbers: “more than 5 million” iPhone 5s sold. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster had expected a larger number, roughly eight million. Given those expectations this performance may be seen as something of a... Please visit Marketing Land for the full...
Apple: We Sold 5 Million iPhone 5s
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