Film

Presto nel vostro iPad sotto casa

Warner Bros ha deciso di lanciare app dei suoi film di successo anche per essere presente nei 23 mercati dove non si possono scaricare film da iTunes. Si parte con Christopher Nolan: sono pronti, infatti, Dark Knight e Inception (magari nella app si vede come va a finire la storia della trottola e si capisce da che lato Marion Cotillard si lancia nel vuoto).

The studio on Wednesday is launching "app editions" of its Christopher Nolan-directed pictures "Inception" and "The Dark Knight." Consumers with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can at no charge download the app, which includes the first five minutes of the movie along with tie-in games, trivia, and other material. Users will then be able to access the full movie within the app for the standard iTunes price, $9.99 for "Dark Knight" and $11.99 for "Inception" in the U.S.

Company Town (Los Angeles Times)


Cainano

Non andrà in onda stasera a Parla con me, il programma di Rai Tre condotto da Serena Dandini, la sequenza finale del film Il caimano di Nanni Moretti. La decisione – a quanto si apprende – è stata presa dalla direzione di rete, d’accordo con il regista, dopo che il vice direttore generale della Rai, Antonio Marano, ha chiesto di "tagliare" la scena, riducendola da sette a tre minuti: un’indicazione con la quale Moretti non si è trovato d’accordo.

Ansa


The Producer's Speech

Se - come sembra - The King's Speech vincerà un fracco di Oscar, probabilmente il merito non sarà della pellicola - che è circa 18 volte più noiosa di The English Patient (ma non hanno stuprato Pienza  durante le riprese) - ma del produttore Harvey Weinstein che spera con la pioggia di premi di rimettere a galla la sua malandata compagnia e per questo sta lottando come un indemoniato. David Carr ne fa un ritrattino niente male  sul New York Times.

Remember the benevolent Bruce Willis character in “The Sixth Sense” who wandered through the whole movie not knowing he was dead? That was Harvey Weinstein, except for the benevolent part.

New York Times


Charlie Wilson's War (la storia vista dall'FBI)

Quelli di TPM sono riusciti a ottenere - grazie al Freedom of Information Act - le carte dell'FBI su Charlie Wilson. Morale: il personaggio creato da Aaron Sorkin è molto più interessante.

One of the most memorable scenes in "Charlie Wilson's War" features Hanks' Wilson in a hot tub in Las Vegas in the summer of 1980 with two showgirls wearing only high heels. The movie and the book it was based on claim that federal prosecutors spend weeks trying to reconstruct what the congressman did in the Fantasy Suite of Caesar's Palace that night and whether or not any white powder ended up in Wilson's nasal cavity. The criminal probe into drug use on Capitol Hill was led by then-federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani. "The Feds spent a million bucks trying to figure out whether, when those fingernails passed under my nose, did I inhale or exhale and I ain't telling," Wilson recalled in the book. But according to FBI records, Giuliani didn't bring the bureau into the loop: there's no record of such a probe in Wilson's FBI file. There's also nothing in the FBI's file about Wilson's work with the CIA to supply the resistance in Afghanistan. Before his death, Wilson said that President Barack Obama was in a "very tough situation" in Afghanistan and recommended he "make a calculated withdrawal."

TPM


E se poi credono davvero a quello che dice Moore?

Secondo un cable della United States interest Section dell'Avana - che lavora sotto l'ombrello dell'ambasciata svizzera perché USA e Cuba non hanno relazioni diplomatiche formali - il governo di Fidel Castro bandì dall'isola Sicko, il documentario di Michael Moore sulle storture del sistema sanitario Usa, perché dava una versione troppo positiva degli ospedali cubani e avrebbe potuto far scoppiare una vera e propria rivolta tra i cubani che conoscono per dolorosa esperienza personale un  sistema sanitario molto meno efficiente.

Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a "mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a "popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana.

Guardian


Secondo me era Assange che li copiava tutti

Quelli di Hollywood si sono accorti che gli screener vengono piratati e messi su internet con gran successo, visto che la qualità delle immagini è ottima. Quindi qualcuno propone di  farne a meno.

“It’s something we have to get away from,” said Kaye Cooper Mead, executive vice president of worldwide distribution services at Summit, the indie studio behind The Hurt Locker, which won multiple Oscars including the award for best picture, and the Twilight franchise. “Those screeners are a source of leaks, and when they leak, it’s a very serious leak because it’s a much better copy than the pirated ones.”

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The Social Network is the revenge on the revenge of the nerds

A Jeff Jarvis The Social Network non è piaciuto. A me sembra una critica brillante come sempre, ma non particolarmente appuntita, tenuto conto che un film non è un saggio e che deve essere giudicato nel suo essere narrativamente e emotivamente efficace.

I met Saverin once, in a panel put on by an ad network, which Saverin patronized on Facebook’s behalf and which served just the kinds of tacky ads Zuckerberg didn’t want for his company because he knew the value of cool and he had a much bigger vision than Saverin had. That’s likely why Saverin had to go; whether The Social Network knows it or not, it makes that clear. It’s just business. And as for the Winklevii, they didn’t invent crap. Ideas, especially obvious ones, are worthless; every entrepreneur and geek knows that execution is everything. Zuckerberg’s fellow Harvard drop-out Bill Gates didn’t invent crap, either, but he did execute. That’s business. The Social Network doesn’t understand entrepreneurs and geeks, or at least not the one here. So it turns him into an other. It makes him weird. It portrays Zuckerberg as—let’s be blunt—Aspergery: blinkless, humorless, heartless, incapable of being *cough* social or of having *cough* friends. I’ve met Zuckerberg four or five times, most lately interviewing him for Public Parts. I don’t know him. Maybe nobody does. But I can testify at least that he has charm. He does smile. He tells jokes. And he has a vision.

What Would Google Do?


Damage control

Questa sera Mark Zuckerberg, il fondatore di Facebook, va da Oprah a annunciare all'universo mondo che donerà 100 milioni di dollari alle scuole di Newark (che magari così salta fuori un nuovo Philip Roth). Questa sera c'è la première di The Social Network, il film di David Fincher (con sceneggiatura di Aaron Sorkin) sul fondatore di Facebook. Tutto assolutamente casuale, naturalmente.

The film — which premieres Friday night and will be widely released Oct. 1 by Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures — takes as its narrative framework two lawsuits over the company's origins. Facebook later settled the cases. On Friday, Mr. Zuckerberg will announce on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that he is donating $100 million to the public schools in Newark, N.J.— his first major act of philanthropy. According to a person familiar with the matter, Facebook didn't time Mr. Zuckerberg's gift for the film's premiere.

Wall Street Journal