Friday’s Funny Feature – Doctor Who: How Doomsday Should Have Ended

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) With the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special nearly here, I thought an appropriate Friday's Funny Feature would be Doctor Who: How Doomsday Should Have Ended. Have an 'alons-y' weekend! … [Read more...]

On the Eve of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, There’s a Lot of News

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When wading through all the news (and spoilers) pertaining to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it's important to remember the number one rule of traveling with a Time Lord ... The Doctor Lies.  And admittedly so does Doctor Who showrunner and head writer Steven … [Read more...]

Sony Introduces Media Cloud

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Cloud Based Creative Toolbox offers collaborative workspace By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A year into Adobe Creative Cloud, there's been a lot of innovation, and a few hiccups. But it's been largely Adobe playing in an undiscovered country, until now. Sony is getting into the Cloud production … [Read more...]

Monty Python reunion promises “comedy, pathos and ancient sex”

By Michael Roddy - LONDON (Reuters) The remaining members of British comedy troupe Monty Python announced on Thursday they would regroup for the first time since the 1980s to stage a comedy and musical show next year at one of London's biggest venues. The one-off show on July 1 will be tailored … [Read more...]

Matte Magic Makes Animation a Plug and Play Affair

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Mattes.  They let you go anywhere, and put anything into your scene.  That's been a godsend to the filmmaking community since the beginning.  Traditionally, they were done with paintings and a complicated series of black and white layers to filter out everything … [Read more...]

A Minute With: Sarah Silverman on standup success, network TV failure

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) American comedian Sarah Silverman has been called profane, offensive, a provocateur and the funniest woman alive. Silverman, 42, fond of ironic jokes that often play on race, religion and rape, will star in her own standup comedy special, "We Are Miracles," … [Read more...]

Sony studio under investor pressure, hires Bain for cost review – source

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By Ronald Grover - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Sony Entertainment, under pressure from hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb to improve the profitability of its film studio, has hired consultancy Bain & Company to help identify more than $100 million in cost cuts through layoffs and other means, according … [Read more...]

Cinemartin 4K H.265 Compression Shows Promise

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Claims ProRes 444 at 1% of file size By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Yes, you read that right.  A company that is working on developing H.265 codecs and says that they can do ultra high definition quality streams for a lot less than its original 4K size.  Like 99% less.  The company is using … [Read more...]

The Flash Set For CW Pilot

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Network CW have scrapped plans to give The Flash a 'backdoor pilot' through hit series Arrow. Instead, the character's alter ego Barry Allen will appear in Episodes 8 & 9 of Arrow as planned, but will now be given his very own standalone pilot. According to … [Read more...]

AMC Developing Preacher Pilot with Seth Rogen?

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AMC orders the Preacher pilot. By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The migration of challenging and subversive subject matter from the big to the small screen over the last 30 years, has resulted in another golden age of television. Indeed, AMC's Breaking Bad is the perfect example of a show which … [Read more...]

Nielsen to Have Ratings for YouTube

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Google Makes Deal with TV Ratings Company By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of the benefits of YouTube is that filmmakers in charge of their own destiny.  They're not going to get cancelled out of the blue because of poor viewer ratings like in Hollywood.  But that doesn't mean that ratings … [Read more...]

Super Bowl, Grammys still music’s top promotional venues – Billboard

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) The Super Bowl halftime show and a performance during the music industry's annual Grammy Awards are once again the top venues to maximize a musician's exposure to consumers, the trade publication Billboard said on Friday. The National Football League's … [Read more...]

Comcast to sell digital movies through cable boxes, website

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By Lisa Richwine - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Comcast Corp plans to start selling movies for download and streaming through the cable operator's set-top boxes and its Xfinity TV website, according to people with knowledge of the plan. The effort will offer a new path for Hollywood studios to generate … [Read more...]

Doritos’ 2014 Crash the Super Bowl Contest is Going to be Marvelous

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$1 Million price plus a gig with Marvel By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The 2014 Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is in full swing and this year has a most decidedly "marvelous" grand prize ... $1 Million cash, a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII and a gig working on the crew of Marvel's The … [Read more...]

Drew Goddard Lined Up For Daredevil Netflix Show

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Marvel's plans to dominate the world of television continue to take shape. The Wrap is reporting that Cabin in the Woods director, and Joss Whedon associate, Drew Goddard is in talks about adapting Daredevil to the small screen. Marvel have already struck a deal … [Read more...]

Guillermo del Toro Talks Justice League Dark

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that Warner Bros. are developing a Justice League movie, in a bid to claw back the precious box office ground lost to Marvel's The Avengers. However, according to director Guillermo del Toro, the studio's plans and ambitions stretch further than was … [Read more...]