Harvard Business School Working Knowledge: Crowd Sourcing Is Helping Hollywood Reduce the Risk of Movie-Making. “Hollywood insiders have created ‘The Black List,’ which helps surface good but often overlooked scripts. Does the wisdom of the crowd work at the box office? Research by Hong Luo.”
I thought I had mentioned this before, but I can’t find anything, so Boing Boing: Yarn: search for a snippet of dialog, get a clip from the movie it’s in. “Yarn does one thing very well: return a brief video clip of a movie based on the dialog you type in.” I tried several quotes from the 1939 movie THE WOMEN with no luck, but got plenty of results for Life of Brian and over 2300 results for freaky deaky.
RadioTimes: BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on new archive website. “The BBC will make nearly 2000 video clips from its archive available to view on its brand new website. BBC Archive will feature a selection of clips from the 10 million hours of content from the BBC stores, which will be curated by the same team that man the hugely popular BBC Archive social media accounts.”
IndieWire: Robert Downey Jr. and UCLA Set Out to Find Long-Lost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Silent Films. “Robert Downey Jr. has played legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in two feature films directed by Guy Ritchie… and now the actor is preserving the character’s legacy in an even greater way by serving as honorary chair of ‘Searching for Sherlock: The Game’s Afoot.’ The project is a joint effort between the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Baker Street Irregulars and seeks to discover long-lost Sherlock Holmes movies from the silent film era and beyond.”
Neowin: Google is making it easier to search for films and shows to watch. “Google has announced that customers in the United States will be able to find shows to watch more easily. Starting today, the search giant will begin rolling out new commands such as ‘good shows to watch’ and ‘what to watch’ on mobile.”
Digital Trends: What is Tubi TV? Everything to know about the free streamer. “Tubi is a streaming service, with a twist: It’s free. Granted, that isn’t an entirely new concept — there are several tools out there that let you tap into live programming (and an outdated selection of archived material) for the low, low price of nothing per month, but Tubi deals exclusively in on-demand content. Think of it as a sort of commercialized version of Netflix, without the subscription fees.”
Engadget: Watch dozens of free movies in IMDb’s app. “If you’ve already seen everything new on the streaming, IMDb’s free selection of ad-supported films and tv shows may prove enticing. The film industry site today announced that viewers can now stream IMDb TV’s titles through the IMDb mobile app. Prior to this, the service was only available on the IMDb website, Prime Video or Amazon Fire devices.”