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MPAA Shoot themselves in the foot again

MPAA Shoot themselves in the foot again

The Motion Picture Ass. of America has shot itself in the foot by issuing a copyright takedown notice against a corner of Reddit – and promptly turned a virtually unused subredit into a popular forum.

The discussion board, /r/FullLengthFilms, is a place for Redditors to post links to films available for streaming or download, and typically scores about 2,500 unique visitors a day. While some of the linked films could be legally downloaded, there’s also a contingent of movies that can be streamed or downloaded illegally.

Some bright spark at the MPAA got wind of this and issued a takedown notice – obtained by Torrentfreak – against the subreddit after a link appeared to a copy of the 2010 film Edge of Darkness, which was adapted from the British TV series of the same name.

Reddit is one of the planet’s largest and more vigorous online communities and when news of the takedown broke, users went a little nuts – as did the traffic to /r/FullLengthFilms. Its moderator reports that site traffic nearly quadrupled in a day and the number of people subscribing to the site skyrocketed.

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This could be the greatest thing ever in movies in a long time

This could be the greatest thing ever in movies in a long time

In case you missed it last week, Toby Froud, the baby in the striped PJs from the movie Labyrinth, grew up, moved to Portland for a job at LAIKA, and premiered his own fantasy puppet film on Saturday in collaboration with Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather. He might not have been raised by Goblin King Jareth (a.k.a. David Bowie in an explosion of lace and locks) and his goblin hordes in real life, but he came as close to it as possible, growing up the son of Brian and Wendy Froud, the reigning artistic royalty behind The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and an entire illustrated world of faeries and goblins with an international following.

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300: The Malice of Hollywood

300: The Malice of Hollywood

Plutarch preserves the ancient proverb, “who will praise a father, except unhappy sons?” so that we may quieten those who hide behind their forefather’s glory. Which proverb, though, may be used to silence Hollywood? Modern movies draw content from the rich waters of human history, but Hollywood goes further than those unhappy sons of Plutarch. Rather than simply disguise a mediocre production with a glorious tale, Hollywood actively distorts the historical narrative and grossly misrepresents our common ancestors. It is fitting that such a practice be opposed by a nation that takes the time to solemnly commemorate and remember those who came before us.

The most prominent example of this in 2014 is the movie 300: Rise of an Empire. Based on an unreleased comic book, the movie is set in Ancient Greece during the Greco-Persian Wars. Yet, this is not the Ancient Greece related to us in the Classics or revealed in archeological studies. The legends are stripped of countless characters and events, the political and social views are altered to depict modern, Hollywood values, and the tale is told in a manner that would deeply offend those who actually lived it. For our part, those who cherish history are shocked, and those who apply themselves to other fields of study are left deceived.

Hard-hitting journalism that asks the big questions about Hollywood and its inaccurate depictions of history. Clink link to see it all, or just discuss it here, whatever.

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Two awesome looking Aussie movies

Two awesome looking Aussie movies

Two trailers for two apocalyptic Australian movies.

The Rover

In a dangerous near-future in the Australian desert, Eric (Pearce) has left everything behind, but when his last possession is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off on a hunt to find them. Along the journey he enlists the help of Rey (Pattinson), a naïve and injured member of the gang, who was left behind.

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These Final Hours

Filmed over five weeks in Western Australia, the apocalyptic thriller won the coveted The Age Critic’s award for best Australian Feature at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film asks the hard hitting question “What would you do on the last day on Earth?”

These Final Hours tells the story of a self-obsessed young man (Nathan Phillips) as he makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth

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Star Wars VII, the bitching begins

Star Wars VII, the bitching begins

At least there’s no Jar Jar and George lucas…

Where the wimmin folk at?

This morning we all delighted in the casting announcement for Star Wars VII. And then the reality set in: There is only one new female character being added to what is arguably the world’s most beloved mythic series. It’s as if 51 percent of the population cried out in pain, and was suddenly silenced.

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Expanded universe thrown out

In an attempt to end months of fan speculation, discussion and concern, Lucasfilm has released a statement about the position of the “Expanded Universe” of the Star Warsfranchise in relation to the new movie trilogy.

For those unfamiliar with the term, the Expanded Universe is the official designation for all Star Warsmaterial that has not been produced directly by Lucasfilm, whether it be comic books, novels, video games or any other project.

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The cast of Star Wars VII announced

The cast of Star Wars VII announced

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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Christopher Walken + Dancin’

Christopher Walken + Dancin’

Before his transition to acting, Christopher Walken’s theater training focused on dance. Even though he moved on to be the thespian superstar we know him as, he didn’t leave his roots behind. In most his films, he seems to find a way to work at least a move or two into his role, scripted or not. And here we have over 50 of these scenes all edited together into one big mashup.
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Hollywood Derp’s Again

Hollywood Derp’s Again

For a brief moment, watching movies via BitTorrent was just as easy as watching something on your Netflix queue.

The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free app, find a movie, and wait for the stream (often in HD quality) to start.

Of course, Popcorn Time was just as illegal as downloading torrents manually. It simply added an elegant veneer to the dirty world of movie piracy. So it wasn’t too surprising when the developers behind the app announced yesterday that it was shutting down.

But while Popcorn Time’s creators may be walking away, it seems the app may live again: The torrent site YTS is taking on the project, reports TorrentFreak.

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Bruce Campbell returning as Ash for Army of Darkness 2

Bruce Campbell returning as Ash for Army of Darkness 2

If writer, producer and director Sam Raimi’s future schedule seems to be looking a big sparse at the moment, it might have something to do with the fact that he’s currently working to fulfil the dreams of horror fans by working on the script for a sequel to his 1992 comedic fantasy-horror Army of Darkness, which could well be his next directing project.

Featuring a great blend of slapstick comedy, an army of deadites and some endlessly quotable one-liners, Army of Darkness was the third film starring Bruce Campbell as Ashley “Ash” J. Williams, and was also the last in the Evil Dead franchise up until this year, when Raimi produced a remake of the original movie in the series, The Evil Dead, which was directed by Fede Alvarez.

Speaking at Wondercon earlier this year, Alvarez confirmed that Raimi is working on Army of Darkness 2, and also revealed that current plans include a seventh film that will take place after Army of Darkness 2 and the rebooted Evil Dead 2, reuniting both the original series and the reboot in a crossover. Obviously, all that will be quite a long way down the line, but ComicBook.com now reports that Campbell has confirmed his decision to return as Ash in Army of Darkness 2.

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