The Guardian: ‘Over one hour everything was cancelled’ – how coronavirus devastated the film industry

The Guardian: ‘Over one hour everything was cancelled’ – how coronavirus devastated the film industry. “This time last week, it still seemed feasible the film industry might weather coronavirus. Only a handful of big-name blockbusters had been postponed in the UK and US, Cannes remained bullish and box office numbers weren’t wobbling too much. By Monday, the picture was radically cracked.”

Attitude: Cancelled BFI Flare Goes Online With 230 Films, And We Are Pumped

Attitude: Cancelled BFI Flare Goes Online With 230 Films, And We Are Pumped. “Some cinema lovers are already stuck at home over the coming weeks due to the Corona Virus pandemic, which forced the BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival due to start yesterday [18 March] to cancel. But in great news for queer film fans everywhere, the festival will now become BFI Flare at Home.”

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension

IGN India: Netflix Party Launches As A Google Chrome Extension. “You can still have a party despite social distancing, and Netflix has the perfect way for you to jam. The streaming giant launched a chrome extension that allows you and your compadres to watch Netflix shows and movies together right from the comfort of your own homes.”

Los Angeles Times: Amid coronavirus outbreak, drive-in theaters unexpectedly find their moment

Los Angeles Times: Amid coronavirus outbreak, drive-in theaters unexpectedly find their moment. “Drive-in theaters have long been viewed as an anachronistic diversion — perhaps worthy of an occasional visit, if that. Now, though, several among the country’s 305 drive-in theaters are experiencing a surge in interest amid the closure of other entertainment options because of social distancing efforts and governmental advisories during the coronavirus outbreak.”

TorrentFreak: Plex Slammed By Huge Copyright Coalition For Not Policing Pirates

TorrentFreak: Plex Slammed By Huge Copyright Coalition For Not Policing Pirates. “Plex has become the latest neutral technology to get slammed for not doing enough to prevent movie and TV show piracy. According to pro-copyright lobby group CreativeFuture, which represents more than 560 companies and organizations, Plex – like Kodi – is a ‘dangerous digital media player’ that has joined the ranks of ‘internet heavyweights who refuse to take responsibility for the criminal behavior on their platforms.'”

TechCrunch: Bookshlf launches an app to curate and share your favorite digital content

TechCrunch: Bookshlf launches an app to curate and share your favorite digital content . “Bookshlf has created a new way for people to recommend media — whether it’s music, videos, articles, podcasts or even tweets — to their friends and to the rest of the world. The New York-based startup is officially launching its web and iOS app this week and announcing that David A. Steinberg, co-founder and CEO of marketing company Zeta Global, has signed on as both an investor and advisor.”