Ryan Heller

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Upstream Color Primer: Your Spoiler-Filled Guide to Shane Carruth's Perplexing New Film

<i>Just two normal lovers hanging out in a bathtub after being infected by mind-control worms</i><p>On Thursday night, writer-director Shane Carruth's Upstream …

Gigaom | What next for The Week? The content curator’s plans for the digital domain

Advertisement<p>When <i>The Week</i> launched in 2001, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> asked if its owner was “mad” to take on famous weeklies like <i>Time</i> and <i>Newsweek</i>. Over …

With 'House of Cards,' is it better to binge or nibble?

You've heard of binge-viewing? That's when people consume multiple episodes of the same television show in one sitting.<p>Netflix has embraced binge-viewing as a business strategy. When it released its first original drama, the political thriller "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey on Feb. 1, it …

Digital First Media’s John Paton on newspapers and paywalls

A company with the name Digital First Media has a reputation to uphold when it comes to thinking about the future of publishing, and CEO John Paton …

To Pay or Not to Pay: Discussing Film Festivals, Money and What You Need to Know at Full Frame

In his Indiewire article “Fair<br>Trade for Filmmakers,” former Hot Docs programmer Sean Farnel made the case that film<br>festivals owe something more to …

Specialty Box Office: ‘Trance,’ ‘Upstream’ and ‘Company’ Make For Trio of Potent Debuts; ‘Pines’ Keeps It Coming

Specialty Box Office: 'Trance,' 'Upstream' and 'Company' Make For Trio of Potent Debuts; 'Pines' Keeps It Coming<p>April got off to a great start at the …

The Dizzying World of Digital Cinematography: How New Cameras & Software Both Perfect and Complicate the Indie Filmmaking Process

To select a camera for Scott Waugh’s street racing film “Need For Speed,” cinematographer Shane Hurlbut pitted nine cameras against one another in …

Short documentary about competitive gaming tournaments

TL Taylor (author of Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming) talks about competitive gaming and e-sports in this …

WSJ: Apple beginning production of next iPhone in Q2, 4-inch cheaper iPhone still on track for later in 2013, colors possible

<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Apple will begin production of its next-generation iPhone during Q2 2013. The report reiterates previous claims that Apple’s next flagship smartphone will sport a design akin to the current iPhone 5. Production of this “iPhone 5S” device during Q2 could point to …

HBO Go iOS app updated with AirPlay multitasking & new interactive features for Game of Thrones

HBO has pushed out an update to its HBO Go app in at least the US today. Version 2.1 brings AirPlay multitasking support, allowing videos from the HBO Go app to continue playing while users navigate to other apps. Also included in this release is enhancements to the interactive features experience …

Stream the new albums from The Flaming Lips, Iron And Wine, and Fall Out Boy

With April 16—the biggest record release week of the year so far—looming, several of the albums coming out that day have become available for …

The Beatles Bring 'Let It Be...Naked' to iTunes With Scavenger Hunt

Ten years ago, the Beatles released <i>Let It Be...Naked</i>, a new version of their final album that Paul McCartney believed to be closer to the original …

Microsoft Could Reveal Next Xbox in May

Microsoft could announce the next generation Xbox gaming console on May 21.<p><i>The Verge</i> reports Microsoft was originally planning to reveal the newest …

Vimeo Killed the Radio Star

So you’re 15 years old. You haven’t got a driver’s license, but you’ve got a computer, an iPad and an iPhone. Your parents insist you do well in …

Peter Chernin Bids $500 Million for Hulu

Peter Chernin may be looking to get back together with <b>Hulu</b>.<p>Reuters is reporting that the former News Corp. COO offered $500 million for the streaming …

Just Six Months After Being Acquired, Twitter’s Vine Hits #1 Free Spot On Apple’s App Store

Twitter acquired the mini-video-taking app Vine last October before it ever launched, sending everyone into a frenzy about the company getting into the video space.<p>In late January, Twitter finally launched the app to much applause. Since then, it’s gone from being temporarily removed from the …

The hidden cost of Kickstarter success

“Crowdfunding isn’t a magic bullet,” Amanda Palmer once told the Daily Dot in regards to her blockbuster $1.1 million Kickstarter campaign.<p>“You can’t …

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Deadline Festivals & Markets Watch Podcast – MIPTV 2013

Listen to (and share) the MIPTV edition of our audio podcast <i>Deadline Festivals & Markets Watch</i>, featuring Deadline International Editor Nancy …

Lakeshore Launches Digital Distribution

Lakeshore Premium Digital Content will harness the company’s existing library of film titles under the guidance of new Senior Vice President of …

MIPTV: Beta Film CEO Jan Mojto on 'Borgia,' Netflix and Why He'll Never Sell Out

Heading into his 26th MIPTV market, the veteran exec sees financing and the digital revolution as the biggest challenges facing the global TV …

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