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Familiar faces from the Indian screen have descended on Cannes for a gala dinner to mark the centenary of their country’s movie industry.
The largest contingent of stars from the world’s most productive film industry have travelled to the world’s leading cinema showcase on the French Riviera to promote their work.
“Lunchbox” is one of four Indian films being screened at Cannes, although none are in the two main competitions.
Stars also showed up for the screening of the latest Coen brothers film. “Inside Llewyn Davis” chronicles the life of a struggling musician in the early 1960’s folk scene in New York.
It is the first of five US entries at the festival.
Euronews correspondent Fred Ponsard said the Coen brothers’ film was very well received by the critics. Oscar Isaac is already being tipped to win Best Male Actor at the festival, he added, as his portrayal of the character Llewyn Davis is convincing.
A darker tone seeped through in the Sunday premiere of “Borgman.” Alex Van Warmerdam’s tale of criminals who infiltrate the lives of a well-to-do family is the first Dutch film in 38 years on the main competition slate.
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After years of negotiating and planning the U.S. “six strikes” system finally went live in February.
The Copyright Alert System follows the example of French three-strikes law Hadopi, with the difference that Internet providers cooperate voluntarily and repeat infringers aren’t at risk of lengthy Internet disconnections.
The ultimate goal of these programs is to decrease P2P piracy but thus far very little is known about their effectiveness. About a year ago a study was released which showed that iTunes sales were positively impacted by Hadopi. An odd result, mainly because the effect seemingly occurred in 2009, before the law went into effect.
When the study was published we pointed out that there are alternative explanations for the findings. In addition, looking at overall digital revenues from 2008 to 2009, we see that there was actually a decrease in France, while digital revenue was up in nearly all of the comparison countries used in the study.
TorrentFreak contacted researcher Brett Danaher who conducted the Hadopi research and was also involved in the recent study which showed the Megaupload shutdown positively impacted movie sales. Danaher says that he stands behind the results but is open to exploring the effects of Hadopi on other products.
“I believe that the data demonstrates that HADOPI causally increased music sales on iTunes in France. But I’m interested in figuring out to what degree we can or cannot generalize this to other sales channels, music products, or forms of media, and I think careful research is needed to tease this out,” Danaher says.
Music group IFPI also believes that a decrease in overall sales says little about the effectiveness of the French three-strikes law. IFPI spokesman Alex Jacob told us that there are several indicators which show that P2P music piracy is negatively impacted in France.
“Regarding Hadopi, data shows that the legislation has had a significant impact in reducing P2P piracy levels in France. Looking at the period between the introduction of the law in 2010 and February 2013, the number of people engaging in unlicensed P2P file-sharing fell by 22 per cent,” IFPI says.
That does indeed sound convincing, but the figure is lacking a direct connection with Hadopi and the decrease is not unique to France. For example, earlier this year the research group NPD reported that P2P music sharing fell 17% in the U.S. from 2011 to 2012, long before the six-strikes program started.
While it makes sense that Hadopi and similar measures deter piracy to a certain degree, the overall impact on entertainment industry revenues remains guesswork. The issue is complicated by the fact that non-P2P piracy remains untargeted. According to IFPI these alternatives have increased in popularity.
“While Hadopi addressed P2P file-sharing, it did not tackle all forms of digital piracy, such as cyberlockers and stream-ripping services, which saw their audience numbers grow over the same period,” IFPI tells TorrentFreak.
This suggests that some P2P sharers may respond to “strikes” programs by switching to other means of sharing. In addition, we have seen a drastic rise in the use of VPN services through which P2P sharers can avoid being tracked.
Nonetheless, IFPI is positive about the effect Hadopi has on sales as shown in the iTunes study, as well as the decline in P2P usage. According to Jacob, music industry revenues in France have declined over the years, but not as far as in other European countries.
“We know from the indicators we have that Hadopi has helped reduce P2P file-sharing and helped boost download sales, even if this is not yet been reflected in overall growth for the French market,” he says.
“The logical conclusion is that the French market today, although not yet seeing growth, is in a better position than it would be in the absence of the Hadopi legislation.”
Right now all eyes are on the U.S. Copyright Alert System. Several researchers are gearing up to look at the effect it has on revenues and the prevalence of P2P use. If the evaluations are positive we can expect that the “strikes” measures will serve as a model for other countries, voluntarily or not.
Source: Do “Strikes” Programs Help to Reduce Piracy?
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The 1998 erotic noir movie “Wild Things” is getting (another) sequel. Film director John McNaughton, whose only feature release since has been “Speaking of Sex” in 2001, told Hollywood.com that he and screenwriter Stephen Peters are hashing out a script that would follow-up straight-to-DVD releases “Wild Things 2″ and “Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough” with a fourth “Wild Things” movie. From Hollywood.com:”It’s not one of the sequels, but about their children,” he says. OK, that sounds odd, but just wait. It gets real crazy. “Do you know the Amanda Knox case? It’s something like that. Something that’s like the child of Suzie Toller [Campbell's character], she claimed that Matt Dillon’s [character] had raped her a long time ago and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray’s character had a child and they’re exchange students and things get out of hand. We’re calling it Wild Child Things.”Continue Reading… … Read More
Get used to hearing “Star Wars” rumors. Information over the next “Star Wars” franchise will continue to trickle out for the next 6 years, as Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that a new film will come out every year between 2015 and 2019. And you can guarantee that Disney will generate hype and mystique around every single one.From EW:Confirming a strategy of aggressive franchise expansion, Disney announced today at CinemaCon that they are planning to release a new Star Wars movie every year, starting with the J.J. Abrams-powered Episode VII in summer 2015. The plan is to release a standalone spinoff the following year — probably one of the projects focusing on Boba Fett or Young Han Solo — and alternate between numerals and spinoffs from there. Assuming the films are successful, this means the total number of Star Wars films will nearly double by summer 2019. Presumably, Disney is hoping that each of the spinoffs will form their own franchises, much like X-Men and The Avengers.Continue Reading… … Read More
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The stars were out in LA for the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards. From ‘Best Shirtless Performance’ to ‘Best WTF Moment’, the irreverent show did not disappoint the young audience.
Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt was on hand to announce one of the big winners of the night – Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’. Starring Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johannsson, it took home three gongs for ‘Movie of the Year’, ‘Best Villain’ and ‘Best Fight’.
The other big prizewinner was ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence who won the ‘Best Male’ and ‘Best Female Performance’ awards.
Lawrence will have to make room on her mantelpiece next to the Oscar she won for the same role. The chemistry between the pair also landed them the title of ‘Best Kiss’.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson hosted the awards in her signature sassy style, and she did not go home empty handed. She took the awards for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ and ‘Best Musical Moment’ for her part in musical comedy ‘Pitch Perfect’.
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In Turkey world-renowned pianist Fazil Say has been handed a suspended 10-month jail sentence on charges of insulting Islam. The court found the 43-year-old guilty of “insulting religious values of a part of the population”.
The pianist was not in court for the sentencing but he denied the charges and claimed they were politically motivated.
Prosecutors had brought the case against Say last June after he had posted a series of comments on the social networking site Twitter.
Pointing to the prosecution of several artists and intellectuals for voicing their views critics have accused the governing AK party of undermining Turkey’s secular values and pandering to Islamists.
Say, who has played with the New York Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, has also served as a cultural ambassador for the EU.
More about: Classical music, Islam, Justice, Turkey
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In 2011 the notorious IMAGiNE movie piracy release group was dismantled by U.S. authorities after releasing large numbers of movies onto the Internet, many of them still playing in theaters.
Since then, slowly but surely IMAGiNE members have been charged with criminal copyright infringement and given sentences ranging from 23 months in prison up to an unprecedented five years.
Yesterday, 41-year-old Javier E. Ferrer, an IMAGiNE founder, was also brought to justice.
Ferrer’s downfall began on September 8th 2011 when Homeland Security Investigations agents raided his Florida home, seizing computers, cellphones and other evidence.
During the search Ferrer appears to have co-operated. Waiving his rights he said he had knowledge of IMAGiNE’s torrent site UnleashTheNet and admitted paying for a group server in France. Ferrer also revealed he had cammed movies at the Palm Harbor Movie Theater.
Court documents further reveal that the 41-year-old admitted to using the nickname “bigdaddykane” which HSI agents matched with a user of the same name on the UnleashTheNet forums.
That user was indeed Ferrer and on several occasions he had been seen discussing the camming of movies. During November 2010, Ferrer responded to a question asking him where he illegally recorded movies to which he answered that he had “done several already but I won’t give away the place.”
In January 2011, Ferrer was again making things worse for himself on the site’s forum, giving advice on how to hide a camcorder by putting it “inside a black sock with a hole at the end to let the lens out.”
Ferrer later admitted to being part of IMAGiNE between April 2010 and September 2011 and accepted that he had knowingly conspired to infringe copyright for private financial gain. He pleaded guilty to willfully infringing copyrights by distributing at least one copy of a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution by making it available on a computer network accessible to the public.
The movies cammed and uploaded included Captain America: The First Avenger and Fright Night. Ferrer also admitted to being involved in selling early copies of movies to generate funds to pay for IMAGiNE’s servers in France. Copies of The Town, The Social Network and Fright Night were sold for $300, $400 and $200 respectively.
In September 2012, United States Attorney Neil H. MacBride filed charges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Ferrer. In common with other members of IMAGiNE, Ferrer stood accused of Conspiracy to Commit Copyright Infringement. He pleaded guilty.
Ferrar was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry C. Morgan in the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition to his 23 month prison term, Ferrer was sentenced to three years supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.
He is the fifth member of the group to be sentenced. In November 2012, Sean Lovelady of California, a site moderator, received a 23 month sentence and in the same month Willie Lambert of Pennsylvania, an administrator, received a 30 month prison sentence.
Later, 53-year-old group sysop Gregory Cherwonik of New York was jailed for 40 months. In 2010, Brad Newell, a cammer for the group, received a sentence of 48 months.
In January 2013, Jeramiah B. Perkins, the leader of IMAGiNE, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, the harshest sentence in history for a file-sharing offense.
Source: IMAGiNE Piracy Group Founder Jailed For 23 Months
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