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The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:05
These days, nearly all of the films from all of the major studios are shot and edited digitally. Like Lubezki, filmmakers have switched to digital because it allows a far greater range of special effects, filming conditions, and editing techniques. Directors no longer have to wait for film stock to be chemically processed in order to view it, and digital can substantially bring down costs compared with traditional film.

A guy trained a machine to "watch" Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi.

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:59
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Last week, Warner Bros. issued a DMCA takedown notice to the video streaming website Vimeo...Warner had just DMCA'd an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn't distinguish between the simulation and the real thing.

http://www.vox.com/2016/6/1/11787262/blade-runner-neural-network-encodi…

High Treason (1929), movie preservation success story

Submitted by stevejzoo on Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:47

In 2005, Kevin Tripp, executive director and archivist for the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association, responded to a caller in Washington State who had inherited a box of old motion picture films. The films included the sound version of the 1929 sf thriller High Treason, long thought lost. Tripp arranged for the nitrate film to be transferred to the Library of Congress for restoration. The British Film Institute premiered the restored version in 2014.

The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:00
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Because there are extreme cases where book-lover rage is justifiable. Which cases? I pulled the Metacritic critic ratings of the top 500 movies on IMDb tagged with the “based on novel” keyword.1 I then2 found the average user rating of the source novel for each film on Goodreads, a book rating and review site.3 In the end, there was complete data for 382 films and source novels.

Here’s what each film’s Metacritic rating looks like plotted against its source material’s Goodreads rating

The Book Is Better Than The Movie 96 Percent Of The Time

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:43
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Literary lovers everywhere, today is your day: You were right, the book is almost always better than the movie!

Vocativ analyzed Goodreads and IMDb ratings from 800 books and their movie adaptations ranging from “Harry Potter” to “Hannibal” and discovered that the book had a higher rating 96 percent of the time. In fact, books are considered “much better” than their movie adaptations in 51.8 percent of cases.

Jerry Lewis career archive enters the Library of Congress

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:22

An extensive archive from comedian Jerry Lewis' career, including rarely seen films, long-lost TV recordings and home videos, will have a new home at the Library of Congress, curators announced Monday.

The collection includes thousands of documents and recordings. Lewis is donating some items, while others are being purchased by the library from his personal archive. Some materials will be available immediately to researchers in Washington.

Idris Elba is developing a supernatural story that features Edgar Allan Poe as an unlikely hero

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:35
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The story, published in 1978, is set in New York City in the 1840s, with Edgar Allan Poe fighting demonic forces and his personal demons while teaming with a renowned fighter pursuing a sorcerer who murdered the fighter%u2019s wife. The sorcerer is seeking the Throne of Solomon, which will grant him immortality and control over Lucifer.

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/idris-elba-developing-thriller-poe-mu…