An inside look at how Dolby Cinema aims to give you the absolute best movie-going experience.
Throughout history, movie theaters have evolved to attract new movie-goers. In the 1910s through the 1940s, movie “palaces” were ornately decorated theaters designed to provide patrons with an atmosphere mimicking an outdoor courtyard, complete with facades, fauna, and projectors called Brenograph that projected clouds and stars onto the ceiling.
Even though more modern cinemas don’t look anything like they did a century ago, theater owners still strive to give movie-goers a unique and immersive experience, whether it’s with the snacks and food, 3D, or stadium seating. Dolby Laboratories is one company that is aiming to take theater audio and visuals to places it has never been before, and the team over at RocketJump Film School got to take a tour of Dolby Headquarters based in San Fransisco to learn more about its premium cinema concept, Dolby Cinema.
Everyone is obsessed with Game of Thrones these days — even the The Simpsons. America’s favorite TV family is paying homage to the HBO hit in the Season 29 premiere, “The Serfsons,” and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the episode.
After almost 30 years on air, long-suffering bartender Moe Szyslak has had to endure countless prank calls from Bart Simpson — but how would Bart get his laughs if phones didn’t exist? Our clip has the answer, and let’s just say Samwell Tarly wouldn’t approve.
The Game of Thrones-themed premiere also features the vocal talents of one of fantasy series’ stars, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister), in a role that Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman describes as “a character not unlike Jaime. He has a surprising and sexy connection to one of the main characters.” Read more…
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Crank the air conditioner – August is upon us, bringing with it the dog days of summer and the realization that the winter is more terrifyingly close than ever. But there’s still plenty of time left to stream movies. In fact, you have your entire life to do that, so why not get started now? If you’re unsure of just what to watch, never fear – Now Stream This is here.
In this edition, we have a recent film with a stellar performance from the late, great Sam Shepard; one of the most genuinely creepy ghost movies ever made; an ambitious, often misunderstood sci-fi epic; a Stephen King adaptation; one of the strangest sequels in Hollywood history, and much more! So dab some sunscreen on your nose and pull the recliner up nice and close to the TV. Let’s get streaming.
1. Cold In July Now Streaming on Netflix
Actor and playwright Sam Shepard died earlier this week. Shepard’s death is a great loss to film and theatre, but at least he leaves behind a wealth of work to cherish. There’s plenty to pick from to highlight Shepard’s talent, but one of the best recent examples is Jim Mickle’s 2014 thriller Cold In July. Adapted from a story by Joe R. Lansdale and throwing off some serious John Carpenter vibes, Cold In July features Michael C. Hall as a man who kills a home intruder, only to be drawn into a much bigger and far more sinister plot with the dead intruder’s father, played masterfully by Shepard. Don Johnson also shows up, and nearly steals the whole film, but this is a perfect showcase for Shepard’s talents.
For fans of:Hap and Leonard, Christine, Blue Ruin, mullets.
2. The Friends of Eddie Coyle Now Streaming on FilmStruck
If you like your crime dramas bleak and grainy, don’t miss Peter Yates’ marvelous, depressing The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Robert Mitchum gives a career-best performance as weary, aging bakery truck driver Eddie Coyle. To make ends meet, Coyle runs guns on the side – a smooth operation that goes south very quickly. One of those ’70s flicks where the film grain is essentially a character itself, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is melancholy and memorable, just don’t sit down to watch it expecting a feel-good experience.
For fans of: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Town, existential woe.
3. Lake Mungo Now Streaming on Shudder
This criminally underseen 2010 Australian chiller from Joel Anderson is the rarest of the rare: a modern horror movie that’s actually scary. And I’m not talking about cheap jump scares here. No, Lake Mungo is a ghost story that creeps under your skin and chills your blood, having you nervously looking around once it’s over. A found-footage style story of a family coming to terms with the sudden death of a loved one who may or may not have entirely departed. This is the perfect horror film to watch in your living room with the lights turned down. Just don’t be surprised when you’re quickly turning them back on once the credits are rolling (oh, and by the way, keep watching all the way through the credits for even more creepiness).
For fans of: Session 9,Paranormal Activity, The Others, getting the creeps.
4. Laura Now Streaming on FilmStruck
Otto Preminger’s brilliant film noir sets up a seemingly straightforward mystery: who killed successful advertising executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney)? But nothing is straightforward in Laura, and the film travels down dark alleys you wouldn’t have suspected as the cop investigating the case (Dana Andrews) finds himself smitten with the dead dame. Somehow simultaneously breezy and disturbing, Laura is one of the best movies Hollywood ever produced, so you should probably get around to watching it if it’s somehow escaped you all this time.
For fans of: Anatomy of a Murder, The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, Vincent Price without a mustache.
5. Cloud Atlas Now Streaming on Netflix
Even if you don’t entirely like Cloud Atlas, you have to appreciate it for the ambitious, wild film experience that it is. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer adapted David Mitchell’s novel into a sprawling 171 minute extravaganza. Multiple plots stretch out across six different time periods, from the past into the distant future, with a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and many, many more, all playing multiple characters. It’s almost impossible to summarize this movie – you just need to see it to believe it.
For fans of: The Fountain, The Matrix, The Hours, Tom Hanks using an incredibly unconvincing Irish accent.
The Gateau Mignon Kit Kat took Japanese pastry chef Yasumasa Takagi over a year to develop. Takagi used a lengthy process of trial and error to create a fondant cake with just the right texture to balance the sweetness of the bar’s other ingredients, according to SoraNews24. Read more…
Petsmart just snapped up pet supply site Chewy.com in what’s reported to be the biggest e-commerce deal in history.
The big box store paid around $ 3.35 billion for the online outlet, according to Recode‘s sources — slightly more than the $ 3.3 billion Walmart spent on Jet.com in another monster online shopping acquisition last year.
The deal is also all the more notable for the fact that Petsmart itself was most recently valued at $ 8.7 billion when private equity investors bought it two years ago. The brick-and-mortar retailer is clearly betting big on the fast-growing site.
Despite a relatively low profile, Chewy.com has become of the country’s largest and fastest growing privately owned e-commerce companies since its inception in 2011. The site pulled in nearly $ 900 million in revenue last year and claims to be on track for $ 1.5 billion this year. Read more…
Easter Sunday is just hours away, and since it’s 2017, and we’re apparently living in the future, Microsoft has unveiled the first ever augmented reality Easter Egg hunt.
The game was unveiled this weekend in Los Angeles at the VRLA conference where Microsoft and a team of AR developers allowed me to enter a surrealist forest construct where holographic eggs could be found using the HoloLens headset.
While the rest of the world can only see the physical environment of the forest room space, using the HoloLens I was immediately presented with a living landscape, filled with the sounds of birds, animated flowers and rabbits furtively scurrying around the space. And when I discovered my first Easter Egg, the egg responded to my gaze by exploding open into a Disney-like flourish of color and sound. Read more…
Streaming videos in your room just got a whole lot less lonely.
Binging for hours on Netflix has long been an inherently isolating experience: You’re solo, it’s late, and you definitely should have gone to bed by now. It’s the ideal setup for introverts and people just generally afraid of the world, but it’s also possibly the fastest route to spending an unhealthy amount of time alone — Doritos dust piling on your chest like a neon monument to social anxiety.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Thankfully, the same tech that feeds our desire to stay in for the night (and the next night, and the next) can also be used to turn tumbling down a YouTube rabbit hole into a shared group adventure. Read more…
“I started by making different helmets and toys for my kids, just for fun… mostly Star Wars stuff, Lord of the Rings, and superhero costumes,” the artist said. “All with cardboard, because it was free!”
“Then one day my oldest kid challenged me to make something ‘more realistic.’ It all started from there.”
Now, King is going viral for this unbelievable medieval-style cardboard armor he built for his son. Read more…
Check out this 326 track, 20-hour Spotify playlist encompassing 25 of Scorsese’s films.
Martin Scorsese’s ear for music is just about as good as his eye for pictures. Some of his most iconic shots are accompanied by equally iconic tracks from bands like The Band, Bob Dylan,and of course, The Rolling Stones. Who can forget The Stones’ Gimme Shelter behind the husky narration of Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello in the opening sequence of The Departed?
But Scorsese’s involvement in the music scene goes much deeper than simply having good taste. In addition to his prolific career in feature films, he’s made a number of music documentaries and concert films, including 1978’s The Last Waltz, which captured The Band’s farewell concert, spearheading the documentary series The Blues for PBS; 2005’s No Direction Home, on Bob Dylan; the majorly influential Rolling Stones doc Shine a Light; and 2011’s Living in the Material World, on George Harrison.