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What Would The Netflix Movie Theaters Be Like?

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It’s 2018, yet the film industry still thinks that movies we see on our couch in our underwear aren’t really worthy of respect. Despite producing critically acclaimed films like The Meyerowitz Stories and Mudbound, Netflix is struggling to grab the attention of the film award circuit, mostly because they can’t generate the necessary “theatrical buzz” by releasing their movies online simultaneously with whatever limited release they put into the meatworld. This approach even got them kicked out of Cannes this year, which banned their movies because they didn’t “play in competition” in France and haughty French cinephiles get a rash when they watch a film on anything else than an old smoke-stained projection screen.

Yet despite putting on a brave face and stating they didn’t even want to hang out in the French Riviera with Sofia Coppola, it was revealed that Netflix has been considering expanding into the movie theater biz. Sources claim the company was recently set on acquiring theaters in both L.A. and New York, but backed off because the price was a few seasons of Friends too costly. Clearly, not being allowed to sit at the Hollywood grown-ups table is getting to Netflix, and with that announcement that it’ll be releasing 80 films just this year alone, it seems logical to start stacking bricks in order to start stacking golden statues.

wellesenterprises/iStock“We’ll start our own movie theater! With Orange Is The New Black! And hookers!”

  • Offering 24-hour passes for people who know they were kidding themselves about getting anything else done today (includes wake-up service after every third movie).
  • Escorting out anyone who isn’t on their phone.
  • Dedicating screens exclusively to obscure Netflix genres, like “Scandinavian women solving rural murders” or “Movies about teenagers contemplating death while on hot balloon rides”
  • Separating the seating areas into a “Netflix” section and a “Chill” section where the armrests have been taken off for maximum ergonomical canoodling.

You’re welcome, Netflix!

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_25545_what-would-netflix-movie-theaters-be-like.html

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Plex plans to offer ad-supported movies and more premium subscriptions

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“Media software maker Plex is preparing to take on The Roku Channel and Amazon Prime Video Channels, possibly as soon as this year. The company is in discussions with rights holders and content providers, with a focus on bringing free, ad-supported movies to the Plex platform – similar to how The Roku Channel got its start. It’s also talking to premium networks and content providers about offering their programming and subscriptions through Plex.

The talks follow the company’s recent partnership with music service TIDAL.

By working with TIDAL to sell bundled subscriptions to its streaming music service along with the Plex Pass subscription, Plex had to build certain transactional capabilities into its platform that it didn’t have before. That has paved the way for Plex to expand its subscription offerings to include new partners in the future.

“Now we have the ability to sell other services and bundles,” noted Plex co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Scott Olechowski, in a discussion this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re bundling a Plex Pass with TIDAL. That took a little bit of backend work,” he continued. “You can imagine a bunch of different premium [content] that comes together in a single or multiple bundles, potentially.”

In Plex, content is organized not by source but by type – like music, movies, TV, etc. So when Plex rolls out premium content and subscriptions, it would show its users what sort of movies they have access to based on their subscriptions within the app’s movies tab. The same goes for TV and so on………………………………………………………..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/plex-plans-to-offer-ad-supported-movies-and-more-premium-subscriptions/

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Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams are making a limited series for Apple

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“More than a decade after the end of “Alias,” J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner are teaming up on a new limited series for Apple.

The show, titled “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends,” will be based on the Amy Silverstein memoir of the same name, about how Silverstein’s friends supported her as she waited for her second heart transplant.

As reported in Variety and elsewhere, the series will be produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Karen Croner will write and executive produce (she previously wrote “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” which Garner starred in last year), Garner will serve as both star and executive producer and Abrams will also be an executive producer.

“Alias” first aired in 2001 — Abrams created, wrote and directed, while Garner starred as double agent Sydney Bristow. The show helped make Garner a star, while also landing Abrams his first gig as a feature film director, “Mission Impossible III.”

Garner recently returned to television on the HBO series “Camping.” Abrams, meanwhile, has remained involved in TV despite his commitments to Star Wars, but usually just as an executive producer. Earlier this year, Apple was reportedly bidding for “Demimonde,” the first series that Abrams co-created since “Fringe,” but it lost out to HBO.”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/13/jennifer-garner-and-j-j-abrams-are-making-a-limited-series-for-apple/

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This very moving Christmas film is going massively viral on Facebook

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“If you thought the John Lewis Christmas adverts were emotional, then you’d better brace yourself —  the short film above, made by videographer Phil Beastall in 2014 and shared on Facebook last week, is a real tearjerker.

“It’s a short film about a man counting down the days to Christmas so he can continue his yearly tradition sparked by a tragic moment from the past,” Beastall wrote in the video’s Facebook description. “I hope you enjoy it.”

The two-and-a-half minute film, titled “Love is a Gift”, has since been viewed nearly 9.5 million times.

The movie cost a grand total of £50 ($64), per Sky News.

“I wanted people to watch it and although initially they might feel sad, I wanted them to reflect on it and perhaps turn to a loved one and give them a cuddle or say ‘I love you’ and reflect on life itself and appreciate just how lucky we are to be here,” Beastall told them.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/christmas-viral-emotional-short-film/

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