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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kickstarter peek

SCYTHE - A Realistic Slasher Film, via @Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/413608676/scythe-a-realistic-slasher-film

Digital Bolex Adds 2TB D16 Model & Hints at New Mount

Digital Bolex debuts a 2TB model of their vintage-inspired 2K camera.

While most cameras rely on media cards for their recording, Digital Bolex is doubling down on offering internal recording on their 16mm Digital Bolex cameras. The internal SSD was originally intended as a buffer for the available CF slots on the camera, but the designers saw the benefits in expanding the internal drive space to accommodate other shooting conditions. A 2TB drive will hold up to 6 hours of 2K (2048x1152) 12bit CinemaDNG footage and 8 hours of HD. They also hinted at an upcoming mount which they weren't allowed to reveal explicitly, but will most likely be Canon EF. They've also revamped the white balance settings. There is a deal for $1000 off when buying a 1TB MFT Mount Digital Bolex with a Wooden Camera cage, but act fast because the sale ends today, April 30th.

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Design a Look on Set & Apply It in Post with the Streamlined Codex Production Suite

Codex has made a name for themselves by being the technology used in high-end cameras like the ARRI Alexa and Panasonic VariCam, but at NAB they gave us a preview of their new live color control software.

This software allows you to make on-set decisions about the image's color by controlling the output from their cameras, which then, once the footage has been recorded, can be applied in the Codex Production Suite. So, essentially you can decide upon a look while on set and be able to transfer those decisions via metadata to post with Codex's new software. It seems like a great tool for DITs, which is set at $1000.

Here are the key features of the Codex Production Suite:

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Become a master caster with these Google Chromecast tips and tricks

Google's Chromecast streaming stick is taking over living rooms as a budget-friendly option for cord cutters. We've put together a list of our favorite tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Google's impressive device.

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MYT Works Unveils New Camera Support Systems, Including a Super Compact Skater Dolly

MYT Works had a bunch of interesting camera support systems at their NAB booth, including skater dollies, motorized gliders, and an overhead rig.

The company set out to design the smallest, most compact skater dollies out on the market, and they just might have with the Galaxy LPVR. The rail system comes with is non-proprietary in that it only requires an Allen key to tighten the brackets. They also demoed a motor system from their Glide line that you can utilize with the Galaxy LPVR, and also added a motor to their Constellation Slider that lets you set end stops, so you'll never go past a certain point when controlling the rig with a joystick. MYT Works also introduced their iPad software that allows you to control many settings on their motorized systems, as well as your camera.

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Scythe kickstarter update

Took a peek at the page today and see 4 days left to the kickstarter campaign and only $19,000 to go to meet its goal of $50,000 to have this Realistic Slasher film  made. Go take a peek and please consider pledging. I did, so should you if you like Horror. :)

Texas Frightmare Weekend Exclusive: “BONE TOMAHAWK”, “1408” Producers Team For “PUPPET MASTER” Reboot!

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Announced only moments ago at Texas Frightmare Weekend during FANGORIA’s conversation with Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier, the iconic Full Moon franchise is getting the remake treatment! Di Bonaventura Pictures (1408) and Caliber Media (BONE TOMAHAWK) are officially partnering up to develop a brand new take on Charles Band’s cult classic horror film franchise PUPPET MASTER, […]

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5 songs you need to stream this week: Mac DeMarco, Gary Clark Jr., and more

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week are worthy of your attention. Up this week: Mac DeMarco, Gary Clark Jr. and more.

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Green Means Go: Preston's Range Finder 2 Shows You Precisely when You're in Focus

Even though Preston's Light Ranger 2 has been out for a while, we were able to get a demo while at their NAB Booth.

This infrared focus tool uses infrared to measure distances along 16 horizontally arranged detection zones to let focus pullers know exactly what's in focus and what's not via a display on their monitors. The 16 detection zones are represented by bars that light up green when objects are within the depth of field, when in manual mode. Autofocus mode allows users to select which of these bars they want their camera to autofocus to.

The Light Ranger 2 seems like a great solution for those who want to keep their eyes up on their monitors rather than down on a read-out, but seeing as its $10K for the Light Ranger kit (infrared module and graphical overlay box) and $27K for the FI+Z Three kit (HU3 hand unit, a set of Digital Motors, a Micro Force zoom control), this is a rental-only option.

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Ikan's CV600 Spectrometer Will Tell You Almost Everything About Your Light Source

Ikan shows off a new spectrometer for the discerning gaffer or cinematographer.

The CV600 is a step beyond a light meter because it can check color wavelengths along with exposure. Using this tool, a gaffer can determine the exact color temperature, as well as visualize the light spectrum being received. The CV600 can detect poor CRI lighting sources, flicker, and even calculate which filter to use based on the current source and how you want it to be. While the more experienced gaffer may be able to eyeball a light and know that it needs 1/4" CTO, this tool offers a scientifically calibrated solution for a wider audience.

No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2016 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Shutterstock, and Blackmagic Design.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Scythe update

Just checked up on the Scythe - Realistic Slasher films Kickstarter and am happy to see they are just shy of 60% . I can't wait to see this film, the premise sounds fantastic and the Kickstarter is doing great. Go have a look and consider pledging and helping this project get made!

Bragi Dash review

Loaded with sensors and smarts, the Dash barreled into the fully wireless earbud market with all the potential in the world. But their temperamental nature gives us cause to pause.

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Cyrano is an air freshener that wants to give your videos smell-o-vision

Vapo Communications launched a scented speaker called the Cyrano that emits different scents, according to the mood you choose. You use the oNotes app to pick a variety of fragrances to smell, so your nose doesn't get bored.

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Between the Streams: Netflix and the Punisher, Comcast vs. Disney, Capt. America

This week, we're talking about the crazy Comcast deal to buy DreamWorks Animation, the new Snowden trailer from Oliver Stone, Capt. America's impending box office juggernaut, a Punisher series from Netflix, and more.

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Chiller/Scream Factory’s “FENDER BENDER” gets premiere date, poster, trailer

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The long-awaited return to feature filmmaking by THE NIGHT FLIER’s Mark Pavia is now set to debut this summer, and a poster and trailer have been issued to promote it. The Chiller network and Scream Factory announced today that FENDER BENDER, written and directed by Pavia, will premiere Friday, June 3 at 9 p.m. Makenzie […]

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Logitech lets you turn down the lights and turn on a movie with just one remote

Need to turn off your lights before watching a movie? Logitech is updating its Harmony app to be compatible with Sony's Android TV, giving users the ability to control their smart home via television.

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Watch the hilarious debut music video from Daily Show character Black Trump

The Daily Show's latest creation is Roy Wood Jr.'s "Black Trump," a rapper who crafted his debut music video out of hilarious real-life Donald Trump quotes. Look for him to be a recurring character leading up to the general election in November.

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How 'The Fixer' Broke Ian Olds and Dominic Rains

Inspired by a harrowing personal tragedy, The Fixer took an emotional toll on its cast and crew.

Western journalists can't just fly into war-torn countries and waltz around with Google Translate. Fixers, or local civilians recruited to help reporters, serve as a beacon of light in foreign waters. They utilize their network to pull favors and their intimate knowledge of the area to orient the journalists. Their translation can mean the difference between life and death—say the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time and there can be no going back.

Ian Olds was making a documentary about the relationship between an Afghani fixer, Ajmal Naqshbandi, and a journalist on assignment from The Nation, Christian Parenti, when tragedy struck. While Olds was stateside raising funds to finish the film, Parenti and Naqshbandi were kidnapped by the Taliban. "[The United States] traded five Taliban prisoners for the western journalist, and he was freed," remembers Olds. "Our friend the fixer was beheaded and murdered by the Taliban. It was disgusting. Totally brutal and heartbreaking."

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Exclusive first look: Christopher Lee “DRACULA” poster from Vice Press

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UK-based Vice Press, which specializes in licensed prints and posters depicting British and European pop-culture properties, now honors one of its home country’s greatest horror stars: Christopher Lee in his iconic Dracula role. Jump past the jump for an exclusive peek at this limited-edition release. Next Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. BST, Vice releases […]

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Apple Music for Android finally received a feature it’s been missing since its launch

They're not exactly a huge point of focus for the service yet, but Apple Music has had support for music videos on iOS for some time. Now a new update is finally bringing the feature to Android.

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“SACRIFICE” (2016; Movie Review)

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The innate intelligence actress Radha Mitchell brings to her role helps maintain a modicum of interest in SACRIFICE, which is more an investigative procedural than a true horror film. Based on the highly regarded debut novel by mystery author Sharon (a.k.a. S.J.) Bolton and opening in select theaters and on VOD today, SACRIFICE does have […]

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TiVo will soon be an entirely different company

Rumors were rampant last month that Rovi was looking to acquire TiVo, and it turns out they were true. The DVR maker is being acquired for $1.1 billion, but Rovi will adopt the TiVo name.

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12 Films That Have 'Perfect' Cinematography (According to Over 60 Critics)

What makes a cinematographer's work — the shaping of light, the framing of a shot, the movement of a camera — perfect?

Is it the way a DP uses the language of cinema? Is it the way they push the medium technologically? Or is it the way they use breathtaking compositions and color to transport us into a dream that goes by 24 frames per second? In an attempt to find some kind of common thread among the films most would consider to have "great" cinematography, Fandor's Scout Tafoya personally polled over 60 film critics and cinephiles, asking them to list 10 films that "feature their version of ideal or perfect photography." This is the result: 12 films that received the most votes.

Here's the list from the video:

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Red, White & Blue: Three Filmmaking Lessons from Krzysztof Kieslowski

Krzysztof Kieslowski was one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, and his Three Colors Trilogy, consisting of the films Blue, White and Red, is one of the great achievements in modern cinema.

Kieslowski's trilogy takes its inspiration from the French flag, both in color scheme and content, i.e., the three ideals of the French Revolution, liberty, equality, and fraternity, ideas that had a titanic influence on European and American cultural thought. Regarding his choice to structure his films this way, he said, "When you deal with [the values] practically, you do not know how to live with them. Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking?” But like almost no other trilogy, these three films work together in an intricate manner that can only be comprehended by viewing the whole.

Check out these videos for three lessons, one for each film, from the master filmmaker.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Netflix and BBC’s Watership Down adaptation features John Boyega, other big stars

Netflix and the BBC's Watership Down adaptation has attracted stars from big franchises like Star Wars, X-Men, and Iron Man. The four-part miniseries will be based on Richard Adams' classic novel.

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Who was The Walking Dead’s Negan before the apocalypse?

The Walking Dead fans know Negan, the latest villain to be introduced in the post-apocalyptic world. But who was he before the infected began roaming the Earth? The answer might surprise you.

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Sign of what’s to come: 4 most popular shows for millennials are all on Netflix

Millennials love Netflix, but just how much may surprise you. New data shows that the 18-24 demo's four favorite TV shows of the fall season were all created by the Internet TV network.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lytro Change Cinematography Forever

The Lytro Cinema Camera could be the most groundbreaking development in cinematography since color motion picture film. We go "in-depth" with the entire Lytro system in this exclusive video:

Since Lytro first teased their Cinema Camera earlier this month, articles have been written. Press conferences were held. Lytro's presentation at NAB 2016 was standing room only and hundreds were turned away. Several press outlets did write-ups of the demo; we’ve been writing about the technology concept for five years. But words don't do it justice: you have to see the new Lytro cinema system in action, including its applications in post-production, to understand just how much this technology changes cinematography forever.

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Q&A: “SILENT HILL’s” Radha Mitchell Makes “THE SACRIFICE”

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Though Radha Mitchell has earned well-deserved success in high-profile cinematic offerings—FINDING NEVERLAND opposite Johnny Depp, MAN ON FIRE with Denzel Washington—the Australian-born actress continues to boldly delve into more frightful material. Her latest such jaunt is her wonderfully weird, dread-inducing portrayal of an American obstetrician engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse against rune-inspired Scottish cultists in […]

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Comcast nips at Disney’s heels with billion dollar DreamWorks Animation bid

Following reports of talks between the two companies yesterday, Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal has agreed to acquire DreamWorks Animation, home of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and others, for $3.8 billion.

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Whitney Houston documentary on the way from Oscar-winning filmmakers

A new documentary about famed vocalist Whitney Houston is on the way from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and producer Simon Chin. The film will explore her controversial life with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage.

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This Video Essay Breaks Down the Eyes of 'The Silence of the Lambs'

Through camera angles, The Silence of the Lambs asserts its powerful point of view.

Movies make voyeurs of us all; in a dark theater, we watch, spying on other people's lives. But the audience only sees what the filmmakers let them. This video essay shows how, through artful deployment of camera angles, The Silence of the Lambs establishes its POV while subverting the film's genre trappings.

Upon its release, Jonathan Demme's 1991 adaptation of Thomas Harris's novel was hailed as an instant classic. This was mostly credited to Anthony Hopkins' performance as the post-modern cinematic embodiment of evil, Hannibal Lecter. But in this video essay, Steven Benedict argues that it's because the film visualizes its themes before it verbalizes them, and in the process upends many of the tropes found in other horror films.

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“PENNY DREADFUL: Season 3, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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In the history of PENNY DREADFUL, the series has often drawn praise from viewers and critics alike for embracing Gothic Horror storytelling. The show’s narrative often required as much patience as it did violence, and organically fleshed out its character relationships in a way that would drive these literary horror icons together. Yet for the […]

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Another look at the lovely Sigourney Weaver

Another image of the Lovely Sigourney Weaver from her Q&A in Times Square for AlienDay

Sigourney Weaver at #AlienDay celebration

A nice shot of Sigourney Weaver at the Q&A in Times Square on #AlienDay after the screening of #Aliens at the Town Hall

FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE GIRLS IN THE BACK ROW” Dance With “THE LOVED ONES”!

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For their final installment in the monthlong “Dance Until You Die” series, THE GIRLS IN THE BACK ROW are tuning into one of the more twisted proms ever committed to screen. A criminally underseen film if there ever was one, Kate & Tab are playing the hopeless romantic card- emphasis on hopeless– when they watch Sean Byrne’s […]

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Want to shape the future of PlayStation Vue? Try cancelling your subscription

For a possible glimpse into the future of PlayStation Vue, and maybe even the chance to shape it, all you have to do is try to cancel your subscription and pay attention to the survey that follows.

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Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Started watching #LizzieBordenChronicles on #Netflix last night. Very entertaining tho unsure how historically accurate. Always nice to see Christina Ricci. I definitely recommend checking it out. Methinks a trip to the Borden house in near future would be fun too. The Murders of her parents that Lizzy Borden was tried for have never been solved.

Mark Millar, Alan Moore Comics Hitting The Screen Soon

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Fans of the movies KICK-ASS and KINGSMAN will be excited to hear that two more of Mark Millar’s bloody comic book properties might be coming to a theater near you! That’s right: both AMERICAN JESUS and SUPERCROOKS have recently been optioned by Wayward Studios. It seems that Millar will be involved with both of the […]

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'Don't Pander to Genre': How 'Lavender' Became a Character-Driven Horror Movie

One of the scariest films at Tribeca this year wasn't your typical horror movie.

According to Director Ed Gass-Donnelly, there are scary movies, and then there are "horror films with a capital H." His film, Lavender, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, is of the former variety. Even though it capitalizes on all the tropes—jumps, terrifying little-kid ghosts, and even its own variety of the hedge maze—Lavender is a bona fide psychological thriller.

The film ventures deep into the mind of Jane (Abbie Cornish), a young mother whose repressed memories of her family's brutal murder literally come back to haunt her. Taut with tension and striking visuals, Lavender is a thoroughly satisfying twister that manages to avoid the pitfalls that beleaguer other films with similar stories.

No Film School caught up with Gass-Donnelly and producer Dave Valleau to talk about avoiding cheap scares and how to stick to your guns while remaining adaptable.

"We wanted it to be a terrifying experience, but it was much more driven by theme and character."

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Meet the People Who Capture Entire Lives in 800 Words: Vanessa Gould on 'Obit'

Documentaries about the media industry are familiar territory, but you’ve never seen one like Obit before.

A profile of the Obituaries section at the New York Times, Vanessa Gould’s film follows the reporting team as they work on tight deadlines to research the deaths of influential figures. Along the way, they muse about getting one shot to capture the essence of a life while pondering their own mortality and place in the world. The film edits archival footage of the obituary subjects in a poetic fashion, often narrated by words from the obituaries themselves, to create a moving portrait of reckoning with life and death.

Ahead of Obit’s April 17 world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, No Film School spoke with Gould about the similarities between documentaries and obituaries, the film’s “pointillist” philosophy and bugging the New York Times newsroom.

NFS: The writers talk about their work not being about death at all, but about celebrating the lives of their subjects. Was that your original perception of this film, or did talking to them change your perspective?

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Meet Triby, a kid-friendly fridge speaker with Alexa inside (but no Amazon badge)

Alexa comes out to play in the first non-Amazon device, the Triby. The speaker is kid-friendly but audiophiles may not love it.

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Is Tribeca the New Premiere Destination for American Movies? [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we recap the unruly teenager that is Tribeca Film Festival.

The 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival just wrapped up, leaving us to ponder how they managed to sell out nearly every screening in a city as competitive for audience attention as New York. In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Managing Editor Emily Buder and Multimedia Producer Jon Fusco join No Film School founder Ryan Koo and Editor-in-Chief Liz Nord to discuss the possibility that Tribeca has become the new destination for domestic premieres—second to Sundance, of course.

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The Yamaha R-S202 updates its popular entry-level receiver with Bluetooth

Yamaha's R-S202 is an update to last year's R-S201, keeping the same price point and audio quality while introduction a key feature that was missing from the original model: Bluetooth connectivity.

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Shots Always Blurry? You Might Have to Calibrate Your Lens (& Here's How)

Do your images come out blurry every time you shoot? Don't worry, your camera isn't broken. The problem might simply be that your lens just isn't properly calibrated.

"Uh — what do you mean calibrated?" Well, to put it (very) simply, when a DSLR's auto focus software isn't adjusted correctly for the specific lens you're working with, you end up with shots that are out of focus. But guess what — Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens walks you through how to calibrate your lens step-by-step in this tutorial:

It might feel like kind of a rip-off to drop a ton of money on a lens that won't focus every time, but consider the alternative — dropping several more tons of money on a lens that will focus every time. According to professional camera repair technician Wes Kauffman, camera and lens manufacturers essentially build imperfect camera/lens calibration into their products on purpose. Here's why:

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hush on Netflix

Just saw the film #Hush on #Netflix . excellent film overall, good writing good acting love the premise. My only complaint, the writers are unlikely to have seen how devastating the effects of being shot with a crossbow are. Other than that its a fantastic film.

Netflix goes back to camp with Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Netflix wants more of the Camp Firewood gang: The Internet TV network has ordered Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The sequel series will look at the counselor group a decade after their crazy summer.

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Scythe update

Wooooooo looks like the Scythe kick starter has passed the halfway mark on funding. Looks like a great project, I've pledged you should too. Scythe the realistic slasher film on kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/413608676/scythe-a-realistic-slasher-film

Why You Need To Know about Alma Har'el and Her Cosmic Doc 'Lovetrue'

Every once in a while, an artist comes along who changes the way we think about film. Alma Har'el is one of those.

The first time I saw Alma Har'el, I knew she was a force of nature. She swept into the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 in a shock of red curls and described to the audience how funders laughed at her when she approached them with her festival film Bombay Beach. She ended up having the last laugh when the film won that year's Best Documentary award with its wildly inventive approach, breaking up the traditional doc structure with improvised dance scenes featuring non-dancer subjects.

This year, she was back at Tribeca with a new—and I use the term loosely—documentary, LoveTrue. Har'el is reluctant to have her work confined to a label. Because nothing is typical of her, we sat down in a candlelit bar instead of a press room during the festival, where she told me, "I don't think there are any rules in cinema. I don't like that binary divide between documentary and fiction. I don't even understand it."

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TiVo aims for cord-cutters with new subscription-free Roamio OTA 1TB

TiVo’s Roamio OTA was already the best DVR out there for cord-cutters who didn’t want to ditch TV altogether, and now it’s even better with 500GB extra storage for a total of 1TB and no subscription fees.

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From D’Angelo to Springsteen: Here are our favorite Prince tributes

It's almost been a week since legendary songwriter Prince passed away, here are four of the best musical tributes we could find to the Purple One, plus one show-stopping tribute by the man himself.

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And the 2016 Webby Award Winners Are...

The winners for the 2016 Webby Awards were announced yesterday!

For the uninitiated, The Webby Awards recognize the best and brightest websites, advertising, and mobile sites that the internet has to offer. But we're here to give you the rundown on the winners from the Online Film and Video category, from mashup hits like Earl Sinclair from Dinosaurs performing The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" to gripping political pieces about the journey Syrian refugees have been forced to take on-foot.

Animation
  • Webby Winner: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles (Warner Bros. Television)

  • People's Voice: The Sea is Blue (1stAveMachine)

Animation (Branded)
  • Webby Winner: Dream On (Goodby Silverstein & Partners)

  • People's Voice: Rick & Morty: Thickburger Invasion (72andSunny)

Art & Experimental
  • Webby Winner: The World's Slowest Rube Goldberg (1stAveMachine)

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Dissolve's Liftoff Team Will Do the Post-Production Work For You

Dissolve, a stock footage and photo site, talks about its new Liftoff program for exclusive contributors.

Dissolve aims to do all the tedious post-production work and licensing so their contributors only have to send them raw footage. The company started when their founder was getting into stock media and found the process of stock editing and licensing too time-consuming, and now with Dissolve's Liftoff program, the legwork has been taken out of handling licensing and editing for approved contributors. In their current profit plan, contributors get 30% for non-exclusive content, but exclusive contributors get a higher rate along with a variety of perks and deeper involvement with the company.

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FANGORIA Podcast Network: “SPLAT CHAT” Feels “SOME KIND OF HATE” with Adam Egypt Mortimer!

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Are you an aspiring horror filmmaker? Mesmerized by the tales of independent, microbudget fright flicks? Wondering how to stretch your dollar when it comes to creating your own chilling content? Well never fear, horrorheads: SPLAT CHAT is here to help! Hosted by YouTube personality and WAKING NIGHTMARE filmmaker “Cineman” Steve Craig, SPLAT CHAT provides listeners with […]

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“THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL” Team’s “AMERICAN MURDER SONG” EP Available for Pre-Order!

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Having witnessed the live roadshow myself, it’s fair to say that there aren’t many fright fans quite like those who worship THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL. With extensive, complex operas of various stylings and executions (figuratively and literally), the team of Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman continue to grow their Gothic Musical audience with each passing project, and […]

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Motorized Precision's KIRA Gives You Easy Motion Control from an Xbox Controller

The high speed, 6-axis camera robot KIRA is the first product to be released by RED partner Motorized Precision.

Motorized Precision have made a splashy entrance into the gear world with their new motorized control system for cameras, KIRA. The brand new company has partnered with the camera company RED to develop the KIRA as an ultra fast, high speed, 6-axis cinema robot that runs on MP Studio motion control. Now, when we say fast, we mean fast. This baby can fly at 2 meter/second moves, or 4 meter/second moves when on a track.

Motorized Precision set out to make the system as intuitive for users as possible. The robot is controlled by an Xbox Elite controller, which can be used to pan, tilt, roll or move the camera up and down. You'll start to see the product in rental houses this August where they'll be available to rent for an estimated $4,000 per 12-hour day.

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Deadliest Catch gives fans a chance to experience life as a crab in VR

Deadliest Catch fans who have always wanted a closer look at what life is like aboard a fishing vessel now have their chance, thanks to a new VR experience. The only catch: you're seeing through the eyes of a crab.

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Toys of Terror #100

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Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further… […]

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Spotify’s latest acquisition is the concert photo aggregator CrowdAlbum

Following other acquisitions earlier this year, Spotify announced today that it has acquired the photo and video aggregator startup CrowdAlbum, saying the company will help artists “understand, activate, and monetize their audiences.”

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These New Interchangeable Mounts and Lenses from SLR Magic Are Definitely Not an Illusion

These two new cine prime lenses and titanium EF mount adapters are the real deal.

SLR Magic has introduced two new cine prime lenses, the 25 T 2.1 and 85 T2.1. Slated for release in Q3 this year, the 25 and 85 will each cost $2,500. They also showed off a very attractive titanium-built ring adapter that will allow you to change the mount out for any camera, even if it features a full frame sensor.

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Curses , foiled again

I just got all excited after picking up bread in #Astoria , I saw a ad for a local screening of a movie I've not seen in years. Blacula , no its not a GREAT movie but is one I remember from my early years as a wee Horror fan. Alas it was not to be, the screening at Queens Comfort was back in October 2015.

To quote Dick Dastardly "Drat drat and double drat!"

“THE STUFF” (Blu-ray Review)

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It’s not entirely unimaginable that a college student could write a brilliant paper about THE STUFF for any number of elective courses necessary to earn a Communications degree. Sociology, advertising… But for all the very real American problems writer/director Larry Cohen addresses in the 1985 film—as he had done before and would continue to do […]

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Fraunhofer Alliance's New Software Should Take Care of Your Nasty DCP Issues

From Fraunhofer Alliance comes easyDCP, a software that enables you to create professional Digital Cinema Packages.

Most filmmakers who have gone to screen can attest that creating the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) is a nightmarish process best not left until the last minute. DCP is a very strict standard, and many have run into issues getting their movies to screen properly without a professional finishing house. While anything less than a professional DCP is not always recommended, sometimes you need a solution that won't cost a few thousand dollars. EasyDCP provides a set of tools that will allow a professional colorist to finish a DCP out of Resolve or to use a standalone package to not only create DCPs, but evaluate the fidelity of DCPs received from other sources. Fraunhofer Alliance declined to discuss their prices on camera, but they are available here.

The pricing is prohibitive to someone looking to simply make one DCP, but the software could be a good investment for a professional colorist or small post-house looking to consistently work with DCPs.

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Exclusive behind-the-scenes clip: Teddy scare in “KRAMPUS”

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Among the evil-toy minions of the anti-Claus in KRAMPUS, one of the most memorable is the monstrous teddy bear, and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the movie’s disc release revealing how it was created. In KRAMPUS, just out on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the teddy is one of a sack […]

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Acer Predator Z1 priced to allow all of us to have big, curved displays

Forget spending $600 on an Oculus Rift, or $800 on an HTC Vive -- that's what Acer wants you to decide at least. It has priced its new lineup of curved displays, at various sizes and resolutions, at around that price mark.

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Alien day in Times Square

This evening was a wonderful capper to #Alienday here in #NYC. The Town Hall in Times Square along with the folks from Alamo Draft House and Buzzfeed put together a screening of the film Aliens. As if seeing this film on the big screen wasn't good enough they also had a Q&A session with the films star, the lovelyvand talented Sigourney Weaver. Lots of photos were shot and I'll try to share some soon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hands on: Vizio M-Series

Thanks to Vizio's unconventional new-model release schedule, its well-reviewed 2015 M-series 4K Ultra HD TVs are available at huge screen sizes with relatively tiny prices.

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“THE STRANGERS” creator to produce “SEE NO EVIL” remake

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No, they’re not already reduxing the slasher flick starring the wrestler Kane. This is a revisiting of the classic 1971 chiller starring Mia Farrow. Deadline reports that Screen Gems and Unbroken Pictures are teaming on an update of SEE NO EVIL, which was directed by Richard Fleischer and casts Farrow as a blind woman terrorized […]

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Calling up a trailer, poster and release info for Stephen King film “CELL”

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We’ve been on hold waiting for specific release info and promo material for the Stephen King adaptation CELL, and now there’s a trailer, poster and debut dates to share at last. Lionsgate and Saban Pictures have announced that CELL will premiere June 10 on Ultra VOD, then hit theaters and other VOD July 8. John […]

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FANGORIA Musick Announces Exclusive Texas Frightmare Weekend Merch!

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With only two days before the wicked festivities of Texas Frightmare Weekend kick off at the Hyatt Regency DFW in Dallas, FANGORIA is getting ready to offer up some macabre merchandise at the FANGORIA booth (while supplies last). But while FANGORIA will be importing some demented collectibles from FANGO HQ (as well as posters from […]

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Why Shooting Reality-Fiction Blur 'Actor Martinez' was 'Like Being on LSD'

When you're making a movie about a movie about someone's real life, it's hard to keep truth out of the way.

Not even the filmmakers behind Actor Martinez can fully explain what's fact and what's fiction. The film-within-a-film stars Arthur Martinez, a frumpy computer salesman in Denver who dreams of making it big as an actor. Martinez plays himself as a film crew, helmed by indie directors Nathan Silver (Stinking Heaven) and Mike Ott (Lake Los Angeles), follows him around, poking and prodding and rearranging his mundane life to make art—while they, too, play themselves.

Martinez wants the film to launch his career as a genre star, but Silver and Ott have other plans: they're after some ineluctable truth that exists in the space between life and making movies. To jumpstart the action, they recruit Lindsay Burdge, an indie actress, to play both herself and (somehow) Arthur's new girlfriend. When Burdge arrives on set, she has no idea what the movie is, nor what her role entails—and as she soon finds out, neither do the directors. And that's the point.

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Small size, sweet sound: Here are 11 awesome in-ears for any occasion

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones with a model for every budget.

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FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE HORROR SHOW” is invaded by “KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE”!

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While horror fans high and low will sing the praises of the genre’s most essential films- JAWS, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING-, each fright fan has their own assembly of guilty pleasures as well. Whether it’s otherwise maligned scare fare or a campy oddity that you’ll defend tooth-and-nail, our taste as horrorheads inform our […]

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Tom Savini, Marko Zaror & More Join “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES”!

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While FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES has given Robert Rodriguez and his El Rey Network compadres the chance to expand and build upon the original film’s mythology, the program has also offered Rodriguez a chance to cast fantastic seasoned character actors in colorful, often-crazy roles. From Don Johnson to Esai Morales to William Sadler […]

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Canadians who can’t watch Netflix content via VPN are turning to piracy

With Canadian Netflix users not being able to access content outside of their own country, they’re increasingly turning to piracy, which could be a major problem for Netflix considering the country’s number of cord-cutters.

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Exclusive Entertainment Earth Giveaway: Celebrate Alien Day with An “ALIENS” Power Loader Replica!

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Game of Thrones season 6 recap, episode one: The Red Woman sets the pieces in play

The new season of Game of Thrones has started, and there are quite a few stories to follow. Touching on multiple characters on several continents, the show seemed to touch base with everyone. But what exactly happened?

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5 Groundbreaking Ways to Tell Stories in VR and the Future of Filmmaking

Creators from Tribeca 2016's interactive showcases offer insights from the edge of modern storytelling.

No matter how you feel about it, virtual reality filmmaking is happening. And it's getting better and better. No longer just a gimmick, filmmakers are using the technology to serve the story instead of the other way around.

One of the best places to experience the latest VR and other immersive storytelling offerings is the thoughtfully curated interactive lineup at the Tribeca Film Festival's Hub, which boasted a Virtual Arcade of 15+ VR films to its Storyscapes and Interactive Day programming this year. The highlighted projects were wildly diverse in subject and execution, ranging from 6x9, a visceral documentary about solitary confinement; to Hard World for Small Things, a dramatic narrative as experienced from the backseat of a convertible in Los Angeles; to Allumette, a tear-jerker animated film that lets viewers waltz through the clouds.

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“CONJURING” up a new title, art for Dan Walton’s “BIND”

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It’s been a long road through development and production for Dan Walton’s Canadian horror feature BIND, but now it’s finally slated for North American release—under a different, rather opportunistic title, with new key art you can see past the jump. Green Apple Entertainment, which picked up the domestic release rights to the movie, has rechristened […]

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Turner’s FilmStruck streaming service should have film buffs buttering their popcorn

Turner has announced a new streaming service, FilmStruck, coming this fall, that will combine the Turner Classic Movies and Criterion Collection catalogs into the ideal spot for film buffs and arthouse lovers.

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“TWIN PEAKS” Revival Offers Massive, Star-Studded Full Cast Announcement!

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In the past two years since the TWIN PEAKS revival was announced (as well as its rocky road to development), the few bits of casting speculation floating around the trades posited that Showtime’s third season would be somewhat of a career retrospective for David Lynch, with cast members from BLUE VELVET, WILD AT HEART, LOST […]

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How to Pull Off the 'Invisible Man' Effect (The 'Predator' One, Not the Kevin Bacon One)

Invisible men. No, not like the one in Hollow Man, though Kevin Bacon has never terrified us more than in that movie. I'm talking about the one you saw (or didn't) in Predator.

Technically, Predators aren't men, they're trophy-hunting extraterrestrial species with bomb ass dreads. At any rate, the guys over at Film Riot have shared a tutorial that shows you how to create this "indivisible man" effect in After Effects. Check it out.

This tutorial isn't too complicated, though it probably does require you to know at least a little bit about keying and masking in After Effects (or your program of choice). But hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. You're going to have to green/blue screen this sucker.

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Scythe - The Realistic Slasher Film latest update

Apr 25 2016
 

DOING GREAT!!! 41% Raised, Ask A FRIEND & PERISCOPE TOMORROW!

SUCCESS!! We past 40% over the weekend & 41%!

We are closing the gap! While we still have a long way to go, only 9 days to do it in ( I grant you it is a BIG HILL to climb), other campaigns have been a lot worse off than ours and still make it. Plus, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve to close the gap. The big run up happens the last 7 days, which is 2 days away, AND the last day when we are close where people really help out. A friend of mine's campaign was at $21,000 of his $30,000 and added $13,000 the last day! So it is very possible! 

A lot of you are doing wonderful in reposting on FB and Twitter. And we are seeing some pledges that way. In fact, I got $500 from someone who had his friend's friend's friend share it. So the reach is out there. Thank you very much for that! Here is where else you can help us out: Ask a friend for $5. 

We currently have 160 backers on our campaign. If each person would ask 5 friends to throw in $5, technically, we would instantly add $4,000. It's pretty easy and I have seen other campaigns do it in the past. It's actually amazing how well it works as most people don't mind throwing in $5. 

All of you have been very generous in helping us out and you believe in this project. If you ALL simply ask a few friends for $5, you'd be surprised how fast pledges roll in. So, give it a shot!

Tomorrow, we will be doing 2 PERISCOPE shows. The tag is still ScytheJim. During the show, we will talk about the project, answer questions from fans, make special EXCLUSIVE deals to anyone who tunes in and have HAND DRAWN ART to auction/pledge off about halfway through each show. I will be on at 4pm with Andrea and at 7pm with Jose and Robert. So it should be fun!

Keep the faith everyone! We'll make it!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cooke Shows Off The Most Expensive Pair of Anamorphic Lens We've Seen Yet

Cooke's 300mm true front anamorphic lens along with the 35-140mm and 45-405mm zoom lenses are very cool and very expensive.

Andy Zou stopped by the Cooke booth at NAB 2016 for a tantalizing peek at some of their beautiful optics. First, we get a look at their latest 300mm true anamorphic lens, with a T-stop of 3.5. It is the only true anamorphic with that kind of range on the market. We're betting on renting it over buying, since its priced at $36,000. Speaking of expensive glass, we also got to check out their 35-140mm zoom lens with a T-stop of 3.1. That one will set you back a cool $60K.

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HBO’s strategy for streaming domination just had a monster weekend

HBO has been steadily transitioning from a top-tier premium network to a serious contender in the new streaming wars. With three major season premieres, Beyonce’s new album, and a weekend of free trials, was last weekend its best ever?

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Drake and Future together again for blockbuster Summer Sixteen tour

Canadian rapper Drake and Souther rapper Future are teaming up to go on the road once again, this time for a string of dates they are calling the Summer Sixteen Tour, in support of Drake's new album.

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Game of Thrones season six kicks off with HBO streaming outages and piracy

It wouldn't be a Game of Thrones premiere if there wasn't a huge swell of excitement. Season 6 was met with a record HBO Now usage -- unfortunately including outages -- and a surge in piracy.

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Kodak and Kickstarter Want to Help You Shoot on Film

Think you're too low-budget to shoot on film? Think again.

Kickstarter and the Eastman Kodak Company are launching an initiative to help cinematographers bring their vision to life utilizing 35mm or super-16mm film.

Four directors have already been announced as the premiere participants and will launch Kickstarter campaigns this spring: Derek Ahonen (The Transcendents), Antonio Ferrera (Nomad of Art), Daniel Levin (Bagatelle) and R. Paul Wilson (DarkFall).

Once future program participants are selected, Kodak will provide either 35mm or s16mm film (negative, intermediate, or print stock) of the filmmaker’s choice:

● 20% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price 35mm (Not to exceed $20,000)

● 15% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price s16mm (Not to exceed $15,000)

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Onkyo brings 3D surround to the home theater in a box

Onkyo announced two new home theater in a box systems today, and while one is similar to what we normally expect out of such systems, the other offers built-in Dolby Atmos and, soon, DTS:X.

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Videoblocks Launches VR Stock Footage and Grows Marketplace for Filmmakers

Got some HQ video footage lying around? Upload it to Videoblocks and get paid for it.

The stock footage site Videoblocks first came onto our radar at last year's NAB show where they launched their marketplace, enabling filmmakers to add material to the Videoblocks library—and get paid for every sale. In a year's time the marketplace has now aggregated 1.6 million videos. Those contributors have been rewarded with about $2 million worth of payouts, the first million coming within the first eight months, and the next million coming in the following four (presumably you can't average out the funds on a per-contributor basis; as with any marketplace, there are likely a small number of contributors with high quality content that are doing well). Videoblocks differs from other stock sites in two ways: one, it offers filmmakers 100% of the purchase price of a clip, and two (related), you are required to be a member to purchase video. The annual fee for members is $99 (which is presumably how they can afford to give filmmakers a 100% royalty!), but it's free to submit content.

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Strange Spotify activity? Possible breach reportedly affects hundreds of users

If you're a Spotify user, you may want to check your activity on the streaming service. The service may recently have suffered a breach, according to a new report, with hundreds of users' credentials being posted online.

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The Dreadful Ten: 10 Horror Films for Science Fans!

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One common misconception about the horror genre is that, due to their reliance on emotional response, they’re somehow intellectually weaker than standard dramatic cinema. Though that could be attributed to the amount of scare fare out there, having outproduced almost every comparative genre in the industry, there are certainly a good amount of horror films […]

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