The Oscar nominations came out a few days ago, and like a bunch of dorks we’ve been discussing the merits of each movie in our little chatroom. So far we’ve unofficially given thumbs up to Winter’s Bone and Black Swan, while Devin and Greg have admitted to liking The Social Network. (I patently refuse to watch the movie.) Why am I bringing this up? Because every year around this time… → Read More
Thanks to some last-minute heroics, Cablevision customers here in the Northeast were able to watch the Oscars last night, which aired on WABC, the local ABC affiliate. Cynics have suggested that’s because WABC wasn’t prepared, no matter how cavalier its previous rhetoric, to give up the night’s ratings (and ad dollars) because it wanted to eek out a few more pennies from Cablevision. (WABC had… → Read More
Tonight’s Oscars are as much about technology as they are good movies. Granted, movie-making has always been about embracing new technology—critics complained when movies first appeared, when they added sound, when they added color, etc.—but Avatar can be looked at as nothing more than a glorified tech demo. A win for Avatar tonight is a win for 3D technology, end of. → Read More
Tonight is the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Some people watch the show for the movies. Some watch it for the glamor. And some, watch it to gamble. And Google is making that easier than ever.
While the show is almost always way too long, one way to get into it is to have an Oscar pool, where everyone picks who they think will win in each category. Google has set up a special Google Docs template… → Read More
The Oscars are in just a few short weeks, and plenty of movie buffs—I’m the furthest thing from a movie buff you’ll find in the West—are excited for some reason. Good for them. Pertinent to us here at CG is the phenomenon of movie piracy, specifically: how do screeners of these Academy Award nominated films wind up available for download on BitTorrent, Usenet, etc.? Considering that… → Read More
In addition to being Christmas season (or whatever Winter holiday you celebrate… Winter Veil isn’t too shabby), it’s also Oscar screener time, meaning you can find many of the movies expected to compete for the golden statue on your favorite BitTorrent sites. I’m not talking cheap-o cams, either, but full-blown DVD screeners; at most you’ll have to put up with… → Read More
If the rumor is to believed, which is entirely up to you, then you’ll see Apple’s first ad for the iPhone during tonight’s Oscar telecast. Don’t expect anything fancy or telling, just a little teaser that says, “Hey, look, the iPhone is still coming. see you in June!” What’s unknown is what form the commercial will take. We’re expecting something… → Read More