Business Insider: Facebook is overflowing with groups offering pirated films — and it says it won’t do anything about it. This article may be paywalled. “Facebook Groups has a piracy problem — and the company says there’s nothing it can do about it. The social network is awash with numerous groups devoted to freely sharing pirated Hollywood movies with hundreds of thousands of users, Business Insider has found.”
IndieWire: 45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’. “The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.”
Google Blog: Save dinosaurs from extinction in a game world built with Google Maps. “Just in time for summer and the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom™, you can explore a virtual world built with Google Maps while saving dinosaurs from extinction. Ludia and Universal’s Jurassic World™ Alive is available for free on Google Play and the App Store now.”
PR Newswire: AllHorror.com – New Horror Movie Database by Horror Fans, for Horror Fans (PRESS RELEASE). “A horror movie might have 8 stars, but what does that mean? How many people who rated the movie share your exact same taste? AllHorror solves this problem by organizing nearly 7,000 horror movies into 20 separate horror genres (none of which are the common but unhelpful “Horror” or “Thriller”). Some of these horror genres include Supernatural, Slasher, Gore, Classics and Creature Features. In addition to genres, AllHorror further organizes all movies into over 100 horror sub genres including 5 varieties of Haunted House movies, Urban Legends, Mutants, Mind Benders, Wilderness, Road Trips, Medical, Sci-Fi, Religion, Dangerous Exploration and even Internet Horror.”
New York University: NYU Fales Library Releases Flaherty Seminar Recordings, Unveiling Fifty Years of Cinematic History. “New York University’s Division of Libraries today announced the public release of more than 700 audio recordings from the Flaherty Seminar, the longest continuously running film event in North America, named in honor of seminal filmmaker and ‘father of documentary film’ Robert Flaherty. The annual event’s fifty-year history is captured through recordings of various activities and discussions, joining collections in the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives and the University Archives chronicling the evolution of the moving image in the 20th century. The Flaherty Seminar recordings are held within the special collections of NYU’s Fales Library.”
New-to-Me: ZooScope — a database of animals in movies. From the About page: “Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. In terms of content and form, the wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, and entries can consider, inter alia: animals’ role in film genres and styles from arthouse to documentary to horror; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star- system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals.” I think the site does not desire to be as wide as it is deep; it did not have the 1973 animated version of Charlotte’s Web but did have the 2006 version with an extensive article.
XinhuaNet: China Focus: Frame by frame, China’s film restorers revive classics. “Jiao Xiang, 31, a true film aficionado, watches movies frame by frame. Jiao stares at a screen for hours to spot flaws in old films so they can be restored. His waist hurts and head spins after a day’s work. But that is the life of a film restorer at the China Film Archive.”