USC Viterbi: AI Tool May Predict Movies’ Future Ratings

USC Viterbi: AI Tool May Predict Movies’ Future Ratings. “Movie ratings can determine a movie’s appeal to consumers and the size of its potential audience. Thus, they have an impact on a film’s bottom line. Typically, humans do the tedious task of manually rating a movie based on viewing the movie and making decisions on the presence of violence, drug abuse and sexual content. Now, researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, armed with artificial intelligence tools, can rate a movie’s content in a matter of seconds, based on the movie script and before a single scene is shot.”

CNET: Universal blockbuster movies will stay longer in theaters than smaller flicks before renting online

CNET: Universal blockbuster movies will stay longer in theaters than smaller flicks before renting online. “Universal’s new deal with a theater chain — Cinemark, this time — will let the film studio rent its new movies online dramatically sooner than ever before, but the latest agreement has a twist: If a Universal movie scores $50 million or more at the box office in its opening weekend (which gigantic franchises like Fast & Furious and Jurassic World uniformly do), that flick gets to stay in theaters exclusively for 31 days, or five weekends. If the movie doesn’t hit the $50 million mark, it can be released to rent online just 17 days after its big-screen premiere, or three weekends.”

Irish News: BFI’s most rewatchable British films hidden on Google Maps to watch for free

Irish News: BFI’s most rewatchable British films hidden on Google Maps to watch for free. “Google is encouraging people to rediscover and download films including Skyfall and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI). Around 40 of the 50 top rewatchable films from the last 50 years, as chosen by the BFI, will be hidden in UK locations relating to where they were set, discoverable on Google Maps.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

At 172 Years Old, London’s Regent Street Cinema is Rallying to Survive: ‘We’re Independent. We Can Do This.’ (Variety)

Variety: At 172 Years Old, London’s Regent Street Cinema is Rallying to Survive: ‘We’re Independent. We Can Do This.’. “Located at 307 Regent Street, a short distance from the bustle of Oxford Street’s shopping district, the theater has long been considered the birthplace of British Cinema. Though it was opened in 1848 to host live stage productions, it became the first U.K. venue to screen moving images with a short movie by the Lumiere brothers in 1896, and went on to serve as a cinema until 1980. The University of Westminster, on whose land the Grade II-listed building resides, reopened it as a repertory cinema in 2015 after a three-year restoration project at the cost of £6.1 million ($7.9 million).”

University College Cork, Ireland: Cork International Film Festival Digital Archive

University College Cork, Ireland: Cork International Film Festival Digital Archive. “The initiative was coordinated by the Department of Digital Humanities in UCC collaboration with the Department of Film & Screen Media and the festival team. The collection contains photographs, programmes and posters spanning the festival’s long history. The project is ongoing and the general public is invited to submit their own memorabilia and stories of festival experiences.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Library’s Virtual Exhibit Connects Cinematic Representation of L.A. with Historical Archives

California State University Northridge: CSUN Library’s Virtual Exhibit Connects Cinematic Representation of L.A. with Historical Archives . “California State University, Northridge’s library has launched its first virtual exhibit, ‘Los Angeles: On Film and On Record,’ which offers a visual journey of the city through featured films and historical records. The exhibit takes a look at a number of popular films that feature the City of Angels within their storyline, setting or both, and compares these visions, interpretations and variations of movies about Los Angeles with the documentary record of the real Los Angeles — using archival and other primary sources from the library’s Special Collections and Archives.”

CNET: New movie Clouds shows social media’s power to amplify hope and inspiration

CNET: New movie Clouds shows social media’s power to amplify hope and inspiration. “While more and more people — especially those under 30 — rely on social media as their primary source of news and information, two-thirds of people in the US now believe social media has a ‘mostly negative effect’ on how things are going in America today, according to Pew Research. There’s deep concern and mistrust about the disinformation, divisiveness, and prejudice that’s being amplified on social media. Now What?”

Kansas City Star: Kansas City actor finds national spotlight with Disney musical parody promoting masks

Kansas City Star: Kansas City actor finds national spotlight with Disney musical parody promoting masks. “There is one line in Noah Lindquist’s viral Disney parody that made him pause before he recorded the video. Should he include it? People will figure out the word behind that bleep. But some things must be said, especially during a pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans, especially when some people continue to turn up their noses at science and refuse to wear a mask.”

FilmBook: European Film Archives President Calls For Greater Public Access to Classic Films

FilmBook: European Film Archives President Calls For Greater Public Access to Classic Films. “Sandra den Hamer — the president of the Association of European Film Archives and Cinematheques (ACE) — recently called for European film archives to make classic European films more available to the public at lower prices. In a discussion between representatives of European film institutes at the Lumière Film Festival’s International Classic Films Market (MIFC), on Thursday, den Hamer noted that many small show rooms are subject to steep charges from rights holders for screening old films.”

India Covid-19: Bollywood faces biggest box office test as cinemas open (BBC)

BBC: India Covid-19: Bollywood faces biggest box office test as cinemas open. “Cinemas have reopened in India after a seven month-long break forced by Covid-19. But with barely any new films being made and the pandemic still raging, lockdown losses will haunt its comeback, reports the BBC’s Krutika Pathi.”

Toronto Sun: Online petition calls for Blockbuster museum in Ontario

Toronto Sun: Online petition calls for Blockbuster museum in Ontario. “Is it time to rewind and turn an abandoned Blockbuster store into a museum? Scoff all you want, but an online petition that began this summer is asking for it to actually happen in Ontario for the former video rental business.”

Hollywood Reporter: Regal Owner Cineworld Confirms Temporary Suspension of U.S., U.K. Operations

Hollywood Reporter: Regal Owner Cineworld Confirms Temporary Suspension of U.S., U.K. Operations. “Cinema giant Cineworld — the second largest global exhibitor behind AMC — early Monday morning London time confirmed that it is temporarily suspending its operation in the U.S. and U.K. The move — which sparked shockwaves across the industry when it first came to light over the weekend — impacts 536 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse in the U.K., and comes into force from Oct. 8.”

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online. “Studio Ghibli has built up a reputation over the years for steadfastly keeping a stern hold over the distribution and copyright of their films, even once sending a samurai sword to Harvey Weinstein with the message ‘no cuts’ in relation to the overseas version of Princess Mononoke…. Now the studio is making another unprecedented move, by announcing they’ll be releasing hundreds of images from their movies for the public to use free-of-charge, with one caveat: they’re to be used ‘within the scope of common sense.'” On the Internet?