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  1. Entertainment

    Hollywood Thinks You Will Literally Watch Anything, So Now You’re Getting A Medieval Times Movie

    Hey, Game of Thrones fans! You like swords and feasting, right? Have we got a film experience for you! Medieval Times, the nine venue-strong entertainment chain that brings all the best parts of the Middle Ages like jousts and the plague funny hats to live audiences across the country may soon be coming to a theater near you, and it's bringing metric tons of cross-promotion potential with it.

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  2. Entertainment

    Could Kickstarter One Day Completely Oust Hollywood? [Video]

    There's been something of an uproar lately about Kickstarter. Specifically, folks have been questioning the meaning of the immensely successful Veronica Mars movie campaign. Does this mean we can use Kickstarter to fund whatever we want? Can we cut out Hollywood entirely? On the negative side of things, people have asked whether this is a good road to go down at all. In essence, Hollywood could hold franchises hostage until people give them enough money. The latest video from PBS Idea Channel explores this and more.

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  3. Entertainment

    Hollywood Is Testing Out $30 “Premium” Video Rental, Because Of Course It Is

    Hollywood may play hardball when Netflix tries to get new movies to its customers for cheap, but never fear. Next month, major studios including Warner Bros., Sony, Universal, and 20th Century Fox will team up with DirecTV to launch something called Home Premiere, which will allow consumers to view films on-demand that had stopped playing in theaters just two months beforehand. For the privilege of seeing such films as Unknown and Just Go With It from the comfort of their own homes, viewers will be charged a mere $30 for a two- to three-day rental. This scheme may sound insanely greedy, but Hollywood thinks it could make sense to "audiences who aren't making the trip to the megaplex because of the size of their families or the expense to hire babysitters or pay for food and other concessions." Hopefully, this will all prove to be a step towards a future with shorter windows between theatrical and video-on-demand release and much lower rental fees, but then, Hollywood seems to relish taking very, very small steps towards any such new ventures. (Variety via All Things D)

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  4. Weird

    Rejection Letter from Hollywood’s Good Old Days

    Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, a silent film studio best known for helping launch the career of a young comedic talent named Charlie Chaplin, sent this letter to screenwriters whose submissions failed on one of the following 17 points, from "weak plot" and "idea has been done before" to "not humorous" and "improbable." Restriction #17 would have admittedly stopped a lot of good movies from being made, but can you imagine a Hollywood that still played it this tough?

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  5. Entertainment

    Your Fears About Hollywood Overreacting to Scott Pilgrim‘s Bad Box Office May Be Justified

    With a weekend box office of $10.5 million, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which cost about $60 million to make, had the alarmingly bad opening that fans feared it would. While a few (generally older) critics slammed it, it was really a stellar movie, and one needn't have read the graphic novels it's based on (I didn't) to appreciate it.

    There are plenty of theories as to why such a buzzed-about, well-marketed, solid movie performed as weakly at the box office as it did: CinemaBlend surmises that it existed in a no-man's land, with people above 30 not 'getting' it, but people too far below 30 not 'getting' the retro gaming references either; it being a geek movie that most geeks don't actually relate to ("This is a movie about a slacker musician whose biggest problem is choosing which of the two hot girls he's dating he most wants to sleep with"); and, lastly, the 'everyone hates Michael Cera' hypothesis, which I don't entirely buy, but which is widespread enough that it has to be based on some reality.

    In some respects, it doesn't matter why; what matters is the aftermath. Hollywood's backlash against 'geek' properties without a hit-you-over-the-head mainstream hook could be just as bad as we fear.

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  6. Entertainment

    Hollywood Won’t Let Actors Read Full Geek Movies Scripts for Fear of Leaks

    Well-connected entertainment industry blog Deadline reports on an emerging trend in Hollywood which is meant to cut down on leaks, but which forces many actors to jump into movies they don't know much about: Refusing to let actors read scripts for movies they're auditioning for, instead giving them vague descriptions. The culprit? Geeks obsessed with picking apart leaked scripts from their favorite franchise films.

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  7. Entertainment

    How Hollywood Fakes Locations: A Map

    It's no great revelation that a lot of exotic scenes in Hollywood movies aren't actually shot on location, but this fascinating map, produced by Paramount Studios in 1927 to reassure film financiers that they were capable of doing things on the cheap, shows just how California-centric the film industry can be. They even shot New England scenes in NorCal!

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  8. Tech

    An Actual Use for Twitter: It May be a Great Box Office Predictor

    Here's a factoid for all of the gripers out there who say that Twitter is useless: It turns out that it may have an uncanny power to predict how well movies do at the box office -- even better than Hollywood Stock Exchange, which is the leading market-based stock market performance predictor.

    HP Labs' Social Computing Lab crunched the numbers, and found that by measuring in the volume of tweets about a given movie and factoring in sentiment, using the anonymous workhorses of Mechanical Turk to crunch the numbers. The result is quite striking:

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