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Academy Award Movie Screeners Leak Ahead of Nominations

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If you get your movies through torrenting, you typically have to deal with shaky hidden camera uploads if you want to see something that’s currently in theaters. That is, until Academy Award Nomination season.

A handful of DVD screeners that were made for Academy Award consideration have leaked to torrenting sites in their high-res, sometimes Blu-ray Read More

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Looking For Netflix’s Highest-Rated Titles? This Site Can Help

Well, looks like we're squared away for Friday night. (Getty)

Are you a pretentious movie-watcher? Will you only grace a TV show with the honor of your attention if it has a solid rating on IMDb?

Betabeat recently stumbled upon whatisonnetflix.com, a simple website that tells you which of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes’ top-ranked movies and TV shows are currently on Netflix. The site also lets you search by genre, as well as for individual titles. Read More

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Feds Interrogate Man Wearing Google Glass in Movie Theater

Hope he's not gonna wear those on his date tonight.

As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in public—or ever, actually—an Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer.

The man’s full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but we’ll summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before you’re engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm. Read More

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Google Knows What Movie You’re Going to See a Month Before You Do

Your former default might look something like this. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Google can now predict a movie’s box office success a month before its release with 94-percent accuracy — although 48 percent of moviegoers don’t decide what they’ll be watching until the day they make the trip to the cinema.

Google analyzes search patterns to forecast opening weekend box office revenue, according to a blog post by Andrea Chen, Principal Industry Analyst for Google. Subsequent weekend performance can be predicted with 90 percent accuracy. So if a movie’s not garnering much web buzz, it just might bomb like Battleship. Read More

Apple in Your Eye

Oh Good, There’s Another Steve Jobs Biopic: Funny or Die Producing iSteve

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Just this weekend we were sitting around wondering when exactly someone would create another Steve Jobs biopic. We already have the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher and the fast-talking, sure-to-be-sexist incarnation dreamt up by Aaron Sorkin. What we really need is a third one that can make fun of the other two.

Luckily Funny or Die has come to our rescue, announcing that they’ll be putting a full-length comedic biopic about Mr. Jobs online on April 15th. Read More

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The Machines Are Writing Films Now

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Look out, Hollywood screenwriters: the robots are coming for your jobs, too.

Cleverbot is an artificial intelligence robot that Internet users can converse with and, more frequently, troll until it says funny stuff. But one filmmaker, Chris Wilson, saw the creative potential in Cleverbot and decided to co-write a short film with it. It might just be the first movie written by a machine. Read More

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Booting Up: Countdown to the Ashton Kutcher Jobs Film

This guy. (Photo: Screenrant)

Not only is Starbucks accepting payments via Square, the coffee conglomerate is now also selling the Square credit card reader for $10 at its retail locations. [New York Times]

Spotify has suspended its music download service in the U.K. Users can still stream music, but are sent to an unhelpful FAQ page when they attempt to purchase it. [Pocket-Lint]

Kim Dotcom says the U.S. “planted” evidence, encouraging him to keep copyrighted files on the Megaupload servers but then punishing him when he did so. [Ars Technica]

That indie Steve Jobs film, that will star Ashton Kutcher and be an inevitable flop that we will still watch anyway, is slated for release in April. Who wants to go with us? [Wall Street Journal]

The New York state comptroller is suing microchip company Qualcomm for data about its political expenditures with the hopes it can bring more transparency to corporate political spending. [New York Times]