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James Cameron to Shoot 'Avatar' Sequels at Higher Frame Rates, Aiming for 'Reality'

During an address at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, James Cameron introduced what he considers to be the next frontier in filmmaking: faster film projection rates. It may not sound quite as sexy as some other cinematic techniques that Cameron has pioneered, but, according to the 'Avatar' director, faster frame rates could dramatically enhance image quality across all film genres. Today,...

Warner Bros. Expands Its Facebook Movie Rentals With 'Harry Potter'

Warner Bros. has announced that five new movies are now available to rent on Facebook, as part of a service that the studio launched earlier this month. In addition to 'The Dark Knight,' users will now be able to rent 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' 'Inception,' 'Life as We Know It' and 'Yogi Bear.' Each film can be rented for 48 hours using...

Film Buff Uses Google Maps to Display Set Locations of 2,000 Movies

Edmund Helmer used to spend a lot his time on IMDB, where he would look up the exact filming locations of his favorite movies. One day, though, he decided to cut out the middle man, and created his own custom Google Map, showing more geographical movie information than anyone could ever desire. Using Google's Fusion Tables data management tool, Helmer created a map showing the precise set...

Sci-Fi Movie Interfaces: Why Transparent Screens Are Miserable to Use

Yesterday, we sat in on the excellent 'Made it So (Interface Makers in Movies)' panel at SXSW with Chris Noessel, Mike Fink, Mark Coleran and David Lewandowski, some of the designers behind the on-screen interfaces in movies ranging from '80s classics 'Blade Runner' and 'WarGames' to modern day blockbusters 'Avatar' and 'Tron: Legacy.' The panel followed a simple question and answer format,...

Warner Bros. Launches Facebook Movie Rental Program

Fans of 'The Dark Knight' can now rent the film on Facebook through a new program that Warner Bros. began testing today. Users who "like" the film's page can rent it for 30 Facebook credits ($3), giving them a 48-hour window to stream it. During that rental period, fans can leave comments on the movie, or pause and resume it as many times as they like, simply by logging into Facebook. Warner...

Criterion Collection Hits Hulu Plus, Film Geeks Rejoice

The Criterion Collection, known for its exhaustively detailed and tastefully packaged classic and art house releases, was launched this morning on Hulu Plus with 150 classic films, ranging from Kurosawa and Antonioni to Godard and Truffaut. Even heavy hitters like Chaplin and Bergman probably won't inspire many non-subscribers to throw down the monthly $7.99 fee, but you'll be able to get a taste...

Roger Ebert Says the Web Has Spawned a 'Golden Age of Film Criticism'

With newspapers shedding film critics left and right, and amateur movie blogs gaining steam, many old-school academics and film journalists are blaming the Internet for what they call the 'Death of Film Criticism.' On the Web, literally everybody is a critic -- and that, some argue, threatens the very art of film criticism, itself. Roger Ebert, however, begs to differ. In a recent essay for...

'Oldboy' Director Shoots New Fantasy-Horror Film With iPhone 4

Given his stellar filmography, it's safe to assume that Park Chan-wook's next movie will be just as viscerally powerful as 'Oldboy,' 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,' or 'Thirst.' Unlike the Korean director's previous works, though, his most recent project was shot with a distinctly unique cinematic medium: the iPhone. Titled 'Paranmanjang,' Park's new, 30-minute horror film was shot on a budget...

'The Social Network' Begins Its Awards Sweep, Bags Best Picture From NSFC

Big 'ol surprise: 'The Social Network' just bagged four National Society of Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Actor (to Eisenberg, natch). Look forward to the 'The Social Network' taking home every trophy thrown at it. Did anyone even see 'I Am Love'? Or 'True Grit'? Or 'Winter's Bone,' or 'The King's Speech,' or 'Animal Kingdom'.......

Famed Directors Reveal First Glimpse of Crowd-Sourced 'Life in a Day'

Last July, renowned directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald implored the public to submit personal videos for a YouTube crowd-sourcing project titled, 'Life in a Day.' According to The Next Web, 1,125 submissions -- which were all captured on July 24th of 2010 -- eventually made the final cut. The finished product will reportedly debut January 27th at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, but...

James Cameron to Produce 'Avatar' Trilogy

James Cameron enjoyed making 'Avatar' so much, he's decided to do it again. And again. According to Deadline, the director has just inked a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce two brand new 'Avatar' films over the next five years. Cameron says the second and third installments will be "self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc," and that they'll be jam-packed with the...

Kodak Portra 400 Film Made Exclusively for Scanning -- Not Printing

Share We always thought that the rise of digital photography would, at one point or another, render film obsolete. According to Kodak, however, we (and virtually everyone else) were all wrong. As Wired reports, the iconic film company is enjoying something of a counterintuitive renaissance in this digital age, as sales of color film remain strong, and black-and-white film sales are actually...

George Lucas to Release 'Star Wars' in 3-D, Beginning in 2012

Fans eagerly awaiting the release of the 'Star Wars' saga on Blu-Ray now have a major big screen event to look forward to, as well. Sources close to George Lucas tell the Hollywood Reporter that the director is planning to release all six 'Star Wars' movies in 3-D, beginning in 2012. The new releases, logically enough, will begin with Episode I, 'The Phantom Menace,' which is reportedly slated...

Computer Interfaces in Film, Google New Documents Google

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The Access Main Computer File tumblr site takes you on a tour of computer interfaces as they're portrayed in the movies, from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' to 'Jurassic Park.' [From: Access Main Computer File, via: Engadget] Keep tabs on Google's flood of announcements with Google...

Harkins Theatres Launches 'No Texting During Movie' Campaign

At the risk of sounding cranky and old, we'll go ahead and say it: there's no reason to text during a movie. If you must, just step out to the lobby instead of ruining our $12 experience. According to The Arizona Republic, Harkins Theatres has launched a campaign encouraging moviegoers to refrain from texting during movies. Through Christmas, posters reading, 'No Texting During Movie' will be hung...