Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that several Hollywood studios are planning to launch a premium video streaming service without asking movie theater chains for a thumbs-up first.
In an age of falling DVD sales and lower foot traffic at the box office, major studios including Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) division Warner Bros. and Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios are discussing new streaming ideas with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the cable side of Comcast, according to the report.
It all started with a tweet. Last week, after seeing a couple of other such tweets catch fire amidst the madness of real-world news, I posed a question to the denizens of Twitter. “What are your five favorite Disney animated films?” I thought it would be fun to tally up some of the responses, and see what film takes the day in an unscientific survey. Maybe I could even pit the top few vote-getters in an actual Twitter poll. Would The Lion King be the big favorite? Maybe the first Disney feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, would take the day. Alternatively, a dark-horse contender could surprise everyone and reach the top.
The Art Directors Guild has added a new category, for excellence in production design in an animated feature film, which will debut at the 22nd annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, which are set to take place Jan. 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Jim Carrey shows a more vulnerable side in a new mini-documentary called Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. The six-minute short chronicles the famous comedian’s lesser-known past time: fine art. Carrey’s work is a range of miniature clay sculptures, colorful life-size paintings and collages comprised of words, shapes and soft colors.
Formed in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has been bringing the work of great Canadian filmmakers to the world.
They are responsible for some of the most politically incisive and socially impactive documentaries of the 20th century, their initiatives to create programs for indigenous filmmakers has helped to promote diversity in the arts, and their influence on the technology of medium is immeasurable.
A lawsuit has been brought against Sony Pictures that alleges the studio unlawfully used the T. Rex song “Debora” in Edgar Wright’s recent music-centric action movie Baby Driver, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The plaintiff, Rolan Feld, is the son of T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan, who died in 1977. In 2014, Feld successfully sued for the rights to 144 copyrights connected to the band’s catalog, including a claim to “Debora.” In the complaint, Feld states that Sony reached out to his lawyer to request a license for the song to be included on the soundtrack, but then cut off communication shortly after Feld informed the company that its use of the song in the film was unauthorized.
Billboard is bringing a music documentary series to Snapchat.
“Artist Pass” is Snapchat’s first original music programming, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at artists as they prepare for performances. The episodes, which are sponsored by Honda and are four to five minutes in length, will air biweekly starting Sunday and be available on Discover for 48 hours. Musicians Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Rae Sremmurd will be featured on the show, with more musicians to be announced.
Marvel hit Comic Con this year with guns blazing, and the studio dropped a ton of news for several of their upcoming films. In an unexpected reveal, Marvel Studios showcased Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel costume, and gave us juicy new details about the 2019 film. That info, in turn, may give us a hint about where the MCU is headed after Avengers: Infinity War.