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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Over the past couple of years there’s been a lot of reporting on how our access to television and film has been shifting from the traditional model.  Instead of films taking the typical, theater-to-home video route, more films are going straight to DVD. OnDemand viewing is another new medium and has not only become an alternative for viewers who would normally wait for a DVD release or go to the theaters, but it has become a viable distribution option for independent and foreign filmmakers.  One notable OnDemand program is IFC‘s, premiering movies OnDemand the same day they premiere in theaters. There’s redbox, which allows you to rent a movie at a dollar a day, vastly undercutting the typical video store.  Another shift, and probably the most indelible, is Netflix.  The DVD-by-mail model has undoubtedly changed our viewing experience, giving us access to an almost innumerable amount of movies and television for a nominal monthly fee.  Further compounding the benefits of this model, is the ability to watch content directly through your computer, video game console, or television.  Also, while there have been arguments that the quality of films is going down (or at least not rising), the quality of television has certainly ascended with the resurgence of dramatic serials on HBO and AMC, and some better written sitcoms like Community and the short-lived but oft praised, Party Down.  It seems to me that for once, things are weighing in favor of the viewer and consumer.  It’s becoming a buyer’s market. (more…)
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[Posted by: Alex Miller] [Via: SR]

All-New Tron: Legacy footage combined with some awesome music from Daft Punk…what’s not to love? Don’t forget to check out our review of the original Tron.

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

IESB is “reporting” that a new Star Wars trilogy is in the works:

“The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D. Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It’s not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories “fit in” with what the previous stories have told.” (more…)

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. The film starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning tells the story of a Hollywood bad-boy who gets a visit from his 11-year-old daughter. The film beat out films by Darren Aronofksy-Black Swan, Vincent Gallo-Promises on the Water, as well as entries from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski-Essential Killing, and the Japanese film by Tran Anh Hung with Norwegian Wood. The Silver Lion went to The Last Circus, by Alex da la Inglesia, who also picked up best director. The jury, headed by Quentin Tarantino gave the best actress award to Arine Labed in Attenberg, as well as best actor to Vincent Gallo in Essential Killing.

Sofia Coppola, whose previous film, Marie Antoinette, was booed off at Cannes in 2006, thanked her dad, Francis Ford Coppola, in her acceptance speech. Quentin Tarantino said that Somewhere “enchanted us from its first screening,” as it was unanimously chosen for the top award. Somewhere had been expected to compete for the main award from the outset, however it was expected that if there was to be an American winner, it was more likely to come from Aronofsky and his thriller, Black Swan.

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride are two of the most famous faces in comedy right now even if you can’t quite put names to the faces.  The two are currently working on Ruben Fleischer‘s new film 30 Minutes or Less which should end up involving a pizza or two.  While speaking with MTV on the set of the film, Danny McBride mentioned a project that he and Aziz were working on with writer Harris Wittels of The Sarah Silverman Show and Parks & Recreations fame.  The film is tentatively titled Olympic Size Asshole which is one of the best titles for a movie that I’ve heard in quite a while.  We don’t have much to report yet but what they’ve revealed of the plot is still enough to get us interested. “It’s about this Olympic athlete who comes back to his hometown and he bangs mine and Aziz’s girlfriends. So we go on this mission to destroy his Olympic life,” said Danny McBride. With Aziz and writer Matt Hubard behind the idea and Jody Hill/David Gordon Green/Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures producing, I can definitely see this film bringing on the hilarity.

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Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, has had rumours about its release date going around for months on end. It was due at Cannes…then at Venice or Toronto. None of these rumours came to be. More recently there was hope that it could be sneaked out in time for award season, however, this seems fairly unlikely now, even though distributer Fox Searchlight today announced that they have picked up the rights for the movie. Instead, it seems that The Tree of Life will not be out until late 2011, if, as expected, they are hoping it will bring in some Oscars when it is finally released.

This all comes just days after early viewings of the film compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its grand scale, with a rumoured three-hour cut doing the rounds, suggests that it is pretty much all complete anyway. This however, does mean that it could even get a showing at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the hope of a slow build up to award season, rather than the late 2011 release. This would seem to make sense, seeing how his previous work, The New World, was ignored by the Academy last time, and they may rather hope for a slow build up.

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, is a story described as a 1950s period piece, which also has been described as being completely fresh, as well as including scenes of prehistoric Earth. This although has also been claimed as being part of a companion piece filmed for a separate IMAX specific project. It seems now, that all that can be done is to wait and see.

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

According to Deadline, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Willow) will be directing the first of 3 film adaptations of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series, as well as the first season for a television show. This had been rumoured for a while but now the deal is closed with Universal/NBC taking the project on. The series is 7 books strong so there is plenty of material to be used. I actually found this story while looking into reading it, as it has been compared to Clint Eastwood meets The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome.

What makes me less excited about this project is that Akiva Goldsman is set to write the first film and first TV season. His most recent work was producing Jonah Hex . A movie so bad I couldn’t even review it since my mom always taught me – if I couldn’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. Well there was definitely nothing nice to say at all and I actually think the Producer was one of the biggest culprits. But to be fair he’s writing this project, not producing. However, he’s ruined his fair share of book adaptations too. He turned Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi masterpiece I, Robot into a silly Will Smith vehicle. He then did almost the exact same thing with Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. He’s worked with Ron Howard in the past, writing A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man a long with piss-poor adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. To me, his writing-style is boring and Ron Howard is the very definition of ‘hit or miss’. Let’s hope they decide now is the time to make their masterpiece and we all get something even close to the level of The Lord of the Rings to which this project obviously aspires to be.