by Eriq Gardner, Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Avatar, the 20th Century Fox blockbuster directed by James Cameron, is the most pirated film in Hollywood history, according to a study released by TorrentFreak. The film has been downloaded some 21 million times since it was released in 2009.
Famously, Cameron once touted 3D filmmaking as the entertainment industry’s best hope for combating piracy. Unfortunately, the 3D spectacle doesn’t seem to have helped his film escape the wrath of torrent sites, but the film has raked in nearly $2.8 billion in wordwide theatrical gross nonetheless.
Avatar’s 21 million downloads beat out 19 million downloads apiece for The Dark Knight and Transformers.
All of the films on the TorrentFreak’s all-time list of “most pirated movies” did quite well at the box office. Only Kick-Ass failed to crack the $100 million mark, although it came close at $96 million.
Of course, theatrical gross is merely part of the story. Some studio executives believe that online piracy does its most damage on ancillary income like DVDs and TV sales. Continue reading
In honor of it being the season of haunting and ghouls, we thought it would be fun to share some our favorite ghost stories, and things that make us jump in fear. Also tonight Mike will be talking to Allan Gilbreath about the upcoming Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention.
Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Scary Stories and things that go bump in the night. Ewwwwww Continue reading
By Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com
Family Guy is a blockbuster animated series that made its creator and star Seth MacFarlane a household name, but in a new interview MacFarlane says he feels like the show has run its course. What would he like to do instead? A new Star Trek series.
MacFarlane became a megarich superstar on the back of Family Guy, the FOX sitcom where he weekly serves as executive producer, creator and voice of a talking dog, evil baby and loudmouth New England beer lover. The show is so beloved that fan campaigns to rescue it from the brink of oblivion helped bring back to the airwaves in 2005 after a three year hiatus. Continue reading
By Marc Bernardin, Source: Blastr.com
You remember Darth Maul, don’t you? That demon-faced Sith Lord with the double-bladed lightsaber who so memorably Phantom Menaced Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn … until he got sliced in half by a Jedi intern? As the old saying goes, no one’s really dead in science fiction.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni thinks that the ignoble manner of Darth Maul’s demise might have had something to do with George Lucas wanting to seemingly bring him back from the great beyond. Continue reading