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Despite attempts by Mark Cuban, Comcast, Netflix and others over the years, movie studios and big theater chains have combined to keep the "release window" in place -- until now. That window is the period of time between when a movie premieres in the theaters until you can actually buy or rent it...

July 8th 2015 at 6:32pm 0 Comments
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There's a big executive shakeup looming that could change the digital media landscape in the long run. Both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal report that Rupert Murdoch is planning to step down from the CEO role at 21st Century Fox, with his son James taking the reins. The media mogul will still...

June 11th 2015 at 3:54pm 0 Comments
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Netflix has scored some big names for its exclusive content in the past, but its latest coup is one of its largest yet. The streaming video service is teaming up with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment to produce War Machine, a satirical movie about the war in Afghanistan that will have Pitt playing...

June 8th 2015 at 11:33pm 0 Comments
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. The Agency by Adrian Chen The New York Times Magazine There's a super-sec...

June 6th 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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Anxious to see what happens next in Daredevil? In the future, you might have to endure an ad first. Netflix has confirmed to Cord Cutters News that it's publicly testing ads both before and after shows. What you see as a test subject varies in length and whether or not it's skippable, so it's not...

June 1st 2015 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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Canadian cable firms Rogers and Shaw have hogged the Shomi video service all to themselves during its testing phase, but they're loosening up now that they're nearly ready for prime time. The two have revealed that their answer to Netflix will be available to all Canadians this summer, not just th...

May 28th 2015 at 2:03am 0 Comments
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If you're a movie buff who can't get enough of Hollywood's monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to livening up aliens, apes and other creatures in big m...

May 24th 2015 at 2:02pm 0 Comments
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Mad Max: Fury Road is already one of the year's best movies, but you know what was missing in all of director George Miller's gear grinding under the desert sun? Mario Kart's banana peels and green shells. Check out the video below for a quick look at the mashup that'll almost positively never, ev...

May 22nd 2015 at 6:34pm 0 Comments
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You can already record some decent footage with a drone if you're so inclined, but "decent" isn't good enough for director James Cameron. He's lending support to C-Prize, a New Zealand competition meant to improve drone technology for the movie and TV producers. The challenge will reward those who...

May 18th 2015 at 6:17pm 0 Comments
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President Underwood is already popular in China, but it looks like Netflix is prepping to offer more of its streaming library in that locale. The Wall Street Journal reports that Reed Hastings & Co. are in talks with online broadcasters BesTV and Wasu to expand its reach outside of the US. Neg...

May 15th 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments
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Practical effects have gotten incredibly scarce in big-budget summer blockbusters, so it's pretty refreshing to learn that every ride in Mad Max: Fury Road's apocalyptic menagerie isn't CGI -- they're all functional and drivable. Production designer Colin GIbson had strict marching orders from the...

May 14th 2015 at 2:40am 0 Comments