IMDBb TV’s Alex Rider . Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Nick Wall/Eleventh Hour Films/So The hottest front in the streaming wars right now is the battle for free TV. Platforms such as Roku Channel, Pluto, and Tubi are scrambling to give subscription-wary consumers zero-cost alternatives, betting they’ll be willing to put up with a few minutes of ads in exchange for the sort of content you’d traditionally find on broadcast TV or basic cable. And one of the biggest players in the space is IMDb TV, which suffers from an unfortunate six-syllable mouthful of a name but also boasts one very important asset: It’s owned by Amazon. While the global e-commerce giant already has a firm footing in the subscription business via Prime Video, IMDb TV represents an opportunity for the company to grow its already-significant advertising revenues and dominate the rapidly growing category of free, ad-supported TV — or FAST, for short. Industry folks I’ve talked to think IMDb TV has a leg up … [Read more...] about IMDb TV Wants to Win the Free Streaming Wars
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(CNN) Emily in "Emily in Paris" is going to be a bit more Parisian in Season 2. Creator Darren Star says Emily, played by Lily Collins, will learn how to better assimilate into French culture. "For me, it's the evolution of the character. I think when someone goes to Paris for the first time, they are overwhelmed by the beauty of the city and that's what they're seeing," Star told Variety in an interview published Tuesday. "I think, perhaps, a lot of viewers who lived in Paris for a long time didn't quite understand that this was through the lens of a character who was experiencing the city for the first time. That's how she was perceiving it -- she was really struck by the beauty that was all around her." In Season 1 of the Netflix series, Emily was portrayed as a wide-eyed 20-something from Chicago, who lands a job at a marketing firm in Paris when her boss can't make it. While she tries to provide the company with an American view on their … [Read more...] about Emily will be more French in Season 2 of ‘Emily in Paris’
In 2017, filmmaker Vetri Maaran’s Visaranai put up a strong (though unsuccessful) fight to find a footing in the Oscars run. This year, Jallikattu did the same, but couldn’t make the final cut (or get as far as Visaranai did). What are we getting wrong? Vetri Maaran weighs in. Also read: How to realise India’s Oscar dreams Why do producers spend a lot of money sending a film to the Oscars if it does not have a fighting chance of winning? The reputation the Academy Awards has garnered over the course of these eight decades is so imposing that every film enthusiast wants the film he likes to win an Oscar. A few days ago, I got a message from an acquaintance saying if Asuran had gone to the Oscars it would have won! They feel they know it. In this context of having a brand value, most of our producers want to be part of the race, even if they don’t have a chance. And some of the producers are misinformed. In this day of getting your information online, some fans of … [Read more...] about Taking India to the Oscars: what are we getting wrong?
This year’s Oscars promises to be a historic one — after several delays and setbacks due to the pandemic — as women and people of colour earn major recognition, and streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime flex their growing influence more than ever. Also Read | Get ‘First Day First Show’, our weekly newsletter from the world of cinema, in your inbox . You can subscribe for free here In a landmark move, the Academy decided to make films automatically eligible for consideration even if they first premiered on a digital platform, with theatres shut down globally for most of 2020. Also Read Oscar nominations 2021: The complete list To nobody’s surprise, Nomadland looks to be the big winner on the evening, with Chloe Zhao’s masterpiece dominating the predicitions, while others like Mank , Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari and The Father vie for remaining honours. Could there be any upsets, caused by wildcards like … [Read more...] about Oscars Predictions 2021: Who will win at the 93rd Academy Awards?
The 2014 Major League Baseball season is upon us. To kick off the opening day of America’s favorite pastime , Mashable spoke with a man who knows something about making the most of a trip to the ballpark. See also: MLB Opening Day: Explore Every Team's Payroll in One Map Last season, Matt Weil attended 26 games at 25 different baseball stadiums in the United States in 25 days — and only spent $692.80 for tickets, food, transportation and lodging. Below, catch up with Weil about his trip, including some of his best advice for traveling and saving money. Mashable: What inspired you to visit 25 stadiums in 25 days? Matt Weil: Every summer for several years, I would try to visit a few baseball stadiums, and I figured out that a really inexpensive way to do it was to take a bus that had discounted rates. With Megabus, for example, you can get tickets as cheap as $1. This is a trip that a lot of people would want to do, and the goal became hitting all the Major League … [Read more...] about Opening Day Advice From the Man Who Visited 25 Stadiums in 25 Days