films

  • Google quietly shutters standalone Google Showtimes movie site

    Google quietly shutters standalone Google Showtimes movie site

    It looks like the last picture show for one of Google’s efforts at expanding into more detailed vertical search pages. Without much notice, the search giant has closed down its standalone movie site where people were able to search for cinemas, films and show times on a particular date and near a specific location, rolling some of the functionality directly into its main search… Read More

  • Turner’s streaming service for film geeks, FilmStruck, goes live

    Turner’s streaming service for film geeks, FilmStruck, goes live

    FilmStruck, a new streaming service aimed at film geeks developed by Turner Classic Movies, has now launched. Announced earlier this year for a mid-October arrival, the service belatedly debuted with a collection of hundreds of classic, indie, foreign, and cult film, as promised. The company also announced the pricing for its new Netflix-like competitor: a somewhat costly, comparatively… Read More

  • Vimeo launches a TV store featuring top series from Lionsgate, STARZ

    Vimeo launches a TV store featuring top series from Lionsgate, STARZ

    Well-received TV series including “Orange is the New Black,” “Casual,” “The Royals,” “Mad Men,” and “Weeds” are now available for sale on Vimeo, which today launched its own television storefront in partnership with Lionsgate and STARZ. The store will feature nearly the entire Lionsgate catalog of TV shows, which includes the above… Read More

  • Virtual reality in Japan Crunch Network

    Virtual reality in Japan

    I spent a week in Tokyo last month as a speaker at the CEDEC gaming conference. Had you asked 10 year old me about Japan, I would have conjured up images of Godzilla, Dragon Ball Z, and ninjas. Funnily enough, day trips to Akihabara and Harajuku brought some of these to life through arcades, cosplayers, and stores full of manga collectibles. Walking around Tokyo, I saw virtual reality poised… Read More

  • HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

    HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

    HBO has what looks like an expansive new epic TV series on the way, only this time it’s swapping fantasy, swords and castles for androids, AI and western duds. Westworld is a new sci-fi series coming to the cable network beginning in October, based on the Michael Crichton film from 1973. In the original, a high-tech theme park with western, medieval and ancient Roman-themed sections… Read More

  • The lack of women in tech is more than a pipeline problem Crunch Network

    The lack of women in tech is more than a pipeline problem

    Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women. It’s worse at the top of the corporate world — just 5 percent of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. Read More

  • Uber’s Colombian speed bumps Crunch Network

    Uber’s Colombian speed bumps

    The combination of three factors — aggression, legislation and government opposition — arguably makes Colombia one of Uber’s toughest battlegrounds. Read More

  • Vimeo unveils its next set of Originals, including its first-ever feature film and concert

    Vimeo unveils its next set of Originals, including its first-ever feature film and concert

    Vimeo is furthering its investment in original programming, the company announced this morning with the unveiling of the video network’s second slate of programs and films. The new batch includes the company’s first-ever feature film as well as its first concert film, representing an expansion in terms of the type of content it aims to host on its service. The announcement… Read More

  • Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers On The Secrets To Nest’s Success Crunch Network

    Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers On The Secrets To Nest’s Success

    While the Nest founders came into Kleiner Perkins with nothing more than a makeshift prototype, it was their passion and vision for a connected home that swayed Randy Komisar and the firm to make an early investment. Five years after launching the smart thermostat and other connected devices for the home, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014. On a recent KPCB ventured podcast, I spoke… Read More

  • Tell Us Your Favorite Technology Achievement of 2015

    Tell Us Your Favorite Technology Achievement of 2015

    Wowed by Internet delivered by floating balloons? Or a new way to watch TV? Or a way to charge your phone? We are searching far and wide for the best technology achievements of 2015, and we want to hear what you think. Nominate your pick for the best tech milestone of the year for the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards. The show — held live in San Francisco’s iconic War Memorial… Read More

  • Amazon Studios Launches Amazon Storywriter, Free Cloud Software For Screenwriters

    Amazon Studios Launches Amazon Storywriter, Free Cloud Software For Screenwriters

    In an effort to expand its original video content, including movies and TV series, Amazon announced this morning the launch of a free, cloud-based screenwriting software program called Amazon Storywriter. In addition, the company says it’s expanding to include drama submissions, and will no longer take a free option on scripts submitted to the Amazon Studios website, allowing WGA members… Read More

  • Facebook Now Helps You Get Rid Of ‘Memories’

    Facebook Now Helps You Get Rid Of ‘Memories’

    If you’ve ever seen the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” then you’re familiar with the concept of proactively scrubbing certain memories from your brain. Things that you record online constantly spark our memories, and there are even services that do it on purpose. Timehop and Google Photos have elements of it and so does Facebook’s “On This… Read More

  • Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch

    Trying to figure out what film I want to watch at home from the thousands I can pick on various VOD services is a pain. The only thing more annoying is trying to find one that my husband and I can both agree we want to watch (love you, Marc). A app presented today at TC’s Disrupt Hackathon called Movie Nights has created a way to solve that problem: it lets two parties enter either… Read More

  • HBO Inks Exclusive, 10-Year Deal With Universal To Keep Content Out Of Netflix’s Hands

    HBO Inks Exclusive, 10-Year Deal With Universal To Keep Content Out Of Netflix’s Hands

    HBO today has won a battle in the over-the-top content wars. The pay-TV giant has inked a deal with Universal Pictures that extends Universal Pictures’ and Focus Features’ films appearing on HBO’s TV, online and mobile platforms in the U.S. for the next decade. What’s key is that the deal is exclusive to HBO and will mean that Netflix (and other OTT players) will not… Read More

  • Amazon Studios Options Its First Novel, Seed, For A Crowdsourced, Big-Screen Adaptation

    Amazon Studios Options Its First Novel, Seed, For A Crowdsourced, Big-Screen Adaptation

    Films of books can often help drive sales of those books, and bestsellers often make for movie blockbusters, so it’s no surprise to see online bookseller Amazon today announcing that its content development arm, Amazon Studios, has optioned its first novel, the Amazon-published, Southern horror Seed, to begin making a big-screen adaptation. As with other content optioned by Amazon… Read More

  • Forest Whitaker at JuntoBox Films Party, SXSW

    How Forest Whitaker Wants to Crowdsource Filmmaking [TCTV]

    Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker was at SXSW this past weekend, where his JuntoBox Films studio — which combines crowdsourcing social media technology with traditional film production — announced it has greenlit its first movie. Watch his interview with TechCrunch TV to see him discuss how technology is democratizing the filmmaking process, how Hollywood is slowly… Read More

  • Video: Toshiba's amazing, tactile feedback-based UI solution for touchpanels

    Many hardware makers, especially in the mobile device area, are betting high on touchscreens to let users interact with their products. Toshiba subsidiary Toshiba Information Systems has now developed the “New Sensation UI Solution”, which is supposed to make user interaction via touchscreens more intuitive through tactile feedback. While this approach isn’t new in itself… Read More

  • New Iron Man 2 trailer is here (and it's awesome)


    We’ve given you a first look at Iron Man 2 way back in June last year, and two months ago, we reported it will be Marvel’s first IMAX movie when it hits screens on May 7, 2010. It’s 2.32 minutes long and very, very cool. Read More