Today, The Criterion Collection announced that it would be partnering with FilmStruck, a new web-only streaming service from Turner Classic Movies. That’s great if you were dying to add another streaming service to your credit card bill, and very sad if you subscribe to Hulu. As part of the deal, FilmStruck, which will launch this fall, will receive exclusive access to Criterion’s archives. But while that’s great news for Turner Classic Movies and its parent company Time Warner, it’s bad news for Hulu, which currently offers over 900 Criterion movies to Hulu Plus subscribers. Advertisement “The Criterion offering on Hulu will still be available into the month of November, but after that, FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel will be our exclusive streaming home,” the company wrote in a blog post today. Be sure to catch up on our favorites—as well as your own—before November rolls around: The 400 Blows Diabolique The Great … [Read more...] about 21 Classic Movies Getting Yanked From Hulu Soon
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Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: During the ’80s and ’90s, Ralph Macchio seemed to be an almost ubiquitous presence on the silver screen, thanks to films like The Outsiders, the Karate Kid trilogy, and My Cousin Vinny. Although his box-office fortunes soon declined, Macchio has continued to work steadily on the small screen in recent years, with an arc on Ugly Betty and memorable appearances on Entourage and Dancing With The Stars. Currently, Macchio can be found behind the camera, as executive producer on the new National Geographic series American Gypsies. Advertisement American Gypsies (2012)—executive producer The A.V. Club: You’ve done a little writing and a little directing, but what about this project inspired you to step behind the camera and produce? Ralph Macchio: … [Read more...] about Original Karate Kid Ralph Macchio on roles before and after the crane kick
Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, just sat down with the Wall Street Journal and talked about everything from the AT&T-Time Warner merger (he’s more or less neutral) to global reach (Netflix wants a large international customer base like Facebook’s). But it’s his perspective on how much money it costs to produce joy that’s particularly interesting. Hastings explains that the highest end TV shows cost about $10 million an episode. And he expects a return on that, naturally. But he doesn’t talk about the return in dollars and cents so much as a conversion into “joy.” Advertisement From the Wall Street Journal: MR. BERMAN: Take us through the economics of greenlighting a show. MR. HASTINGS: We’ll collect this year about $8 billion of customers’ money. We say that money’s in trust to create joy. We have to turn that into the most joy possible. We look and we say, for every show, if a show cost $100 million, how much … [Read more...] about Netflix CEO Explains the Conversion Rate of US Dollars to Joy
Netflix’s content library isn’t just getting smaller, it’s also increasingly losing its best movies. The Streaming Observer did some analysis, and found that only 31 movies from the IMDb Top 250 are currently available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 isn’t a perfect barometer for “best movies ever,” but as crowdsourced film ratings databases go, it’s solid. And hey, The Shawshank Redemption is an excellent film. Advertisement Even worse than the paltry selection of movies, it’s noteworthy that this figure is actually down 12 percent from 2014, when a Reddit user documented the 49 available films from the IMDb Top 250 then available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 has changed over the last two years as well, but the decrease in titles is still significant. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Back in 2012, Netflix’s streaming deal with Starz ended, taking more than 2,000 movies (some of them good!) with it. At the time, Starzageddon … [Read more...] about Where Did All the Good Movies on Netflix Go?
The actor: In the 1980s, no one was a bigger or better bully than William “Billy” Zabka, who set the gold standard for blonde assholes with his back-to-back turns in The Karate Kid, Just One Of The Guys, and Back To School, always playing the ripped, Aryan superman who preyed upon the weak and weird. After establishing himself as one of the most recognizable—and punchable—faces of the decade, Zabka moved quickly into a supporting turn on CBS’ The Equalizer, playing the son of Edward Woodward’s titular vigilante for several seasons. He worked more sporadically in the 1990s and beyond, though he found a steady career acting in mostly straight-to-video and SyFy Channel fare, often in roles that put his martial arts training to good use. In the last decade, he’s begun concentrating more and more on his work behind the camera, even earning an Oscar nomination in 2004 for writing and producing a short film, Most. Zabka’s most recent role was a … [Read more...] about William Zabka