How about those Golden Globe awards?
I'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring Texas-native Forest Whitaker for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama," for his performance in "The Last King of Scotland." Very cool.
I haven't seen that flick yet (it's on my increasingly long "movies to see" list) but I've been admiring Whitarker's work for years, most recently in "The Shield" and "E.R." and he's just a wicked good actor.
As to Tom Hanks' paen to the oeuvre and career of Warren Beatty, Hanks was only outclassed by Beatty's charming acceptance speech.
That's why he's Warren Beatty and you're not.
Speaking of Hollywood, I've been watching those recent Blockbuster commercials -- you know, the ones where Blockbuster goes out of its way to explain that the difference between them and Netflix is that with Blockbuster you can go pick up a movie that evening down the street at their store -- and wondered what Netflix's counterpunch would be to take the lead in creating the new "Digitollywood."
Having just ordered the new Apple TV, I have a vested interest in the outcome. I'm all about watching movies on demand via my computer or TV, although I would prefer to watch them on the big screen.
Yet, to date, no one's delivered a very compelling experience for such a service. As much as I love my Time-Warner movies-on-demand feature, its movie library is about as large as my personal movie DVD collection.
Which is to say, there's not much "there," there.
According to a report in the New York Times, Netflix is introducing a service today to put more there by delivering movies and TV shows directly to users' PCs, not as downloads but as streaming video.
Their initial catalog is expected to be about 1,000 movies and TV shows, which, as the Times piece points out, is a "tiny fraction of the more than 70,000 titles that Netflix offers for rent." And the service is expected to be a free feature as part of a Netflix subscription.
Meanwhile, while all the players that could lead us to on demand Internet movie salvation pause infinitely before the widening download chasm, the Wall Street Journal tells us (reg required) that many workplaces have had exactly the opposite problem of instant video access -- too many employees are watching too many videos wasting too much time -- helping boost the sales of Web filtering software that prevents access to social network and video sharing sites (namely YouTube) at work.
Bad employee, watching that "I Keep My Box in a Box For You" Saturday Night Live rip off over and over and over and over again.
Me, I'll stick with Frank the Skateboarding Bulldog.
That vert was old school, Frank! Bust that grind!
Perhaps our online video entertainment salvation will come from the founders of Skype?
Their new venture, apparently beta-named "Joost" (not to be confused with that most excellent stand-up video game vintage 1982, Joust) is intended to distribute high-quality video over the Internet and will leverage the peer-to-peer technology that brought us Skype and Kazaa.
No intellectual property protection required?
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