3D DIVIDES THEATERS INTO HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS
Movie theaters that are not equipped with 3D digital projectors are experiencing lighter ticket sales as patrons seek out theaters that have installed the new technology, the Associated Press reported today (Wednesday). Many theater owners have been unable to obtain loans to purchase the new equipment -- which can cost as much as $100,000. But Patrick Corcoran of the National Association of Theatre Owners told the wire service that he expects the number of 3D theaters to increase as financing becomes available later in the summer. NATO said that there are currently only about 2,385 theaters across the country that have a 3D screen -- out of a total of 38,853 screens.
DELETED SLUMDOG SCENE POSTED ON INTERNET
Britain's Guardian newspaper has posted a deleted scene from Slumdog Millionaire on its website and has proposed that it be restored to the recently released DVD version. Since the Guardian identifies the 1.5-minute clip as an "exclusive," it presumably does not appear as an "extra" on the DVD. The newspaper does not disclose how it received the clip. Commented Guardian film critic and media writer Xan Brooks: "We find ourselves looking on it as a missing piece of the jigsaw, if not a tantalizing glimpse of the Film That Might Have Been." The scene shows the main character, played by Dev Patel, awaking in his Mumbai slum and daydreaming before rising and heading to work at a call center. "I think Slumdog Millionaire would have been a marginally (stress: marginally) better film had it been included," Brooks writes of the scene, noting that it provides a glimpse of the character's humdrum existence at the time.
COMCAST EXTENDS VIDEO-ON-DEMAND SERVICE TO TWO DAYS
Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have agreed to allow customers of Comcast's video-on-demand service to have two days, instead of one, to view the movies they have rented on cable. Video Business said that Warner is calling the move a test, while Disney says it is prepared to extend the two-day period permanently. However, each of the studios said that it will not extend the two-day viewing to online sites, like iTunes and Amazon Video.
BITTORENT SITE MININOVA GOES TO COURT
Netherlands-based Mininova, regarded as the largest BitTorrent website, defended itself Tuesday from charges by the anti-piracy group Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (Entertainment Industry Rights Protection of the Netherlands) or BREIN that it has failed to remove torrents linked to copyrighted material. As reported by the website TorrentFreak, an attorney for BREIN claimed in court on Tuesday that 92 percent of the Mininova torrents are linked to illegal content. Nevertheless, an attorney for Mininova maintained that the operators of the site have no knowledge of the content tracked by the torrents and that indeed Mininova has partnerships with some copyright owners to distribute their work.
BRITISH MEDIA CHIEF WANTS TO MEET WITH U.S. COUNTERPART
British Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said today (Wednesday) that the government wants to seek an agreement with the U.S. to curb illegal downloads of movies, music and other digital content. At a news conference Burnham said, "it's my aim that we develop an international consensus on illegal downloading." He has said that the government wants to reduce illegal downloads by 70-80 percent in the U.K. and is looking for support for the government's plans from European and U.S. partners. Burnham made it clear that he is aiming to crack down on those uploading content, not those downloading it. "I don't want to criminalize young people," he said.