Wednesday, March 9, 2011

“Woody Allen Eyes Rome For Next Movie - Post Chronicle” plus 1 more

“Woody Allen Eyes Rome For Next Movie - Post Chronicle” plus 1 more


Woody Allen Eyes Rome For Next Movie - Post Chronicle

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Woody Allen is sticking to his vow to turn his back on filming in his native New York - his next movie will be shot in Rome.

The legendary director, who became synonymous with the Big Apple through movies including Manhattan and Annie Hall, last year (10) revealed he can no longer afford the cost of shooting on the city's streets.

And Allen is keeping his promise to use locations in Europe for filming - he has chosen Rome as the backdrop for his next project.

He tells Italian newspaper La Repubblica, "I love these sophisticated cities. It's fantastic to have the possibility to work there, like when I shot Manhattan in New York, Match Point in London and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Barcelona...

"Each time, it's like a declaration of love for certain places. I project onto the big screen my feelings for places which count a lot in my life. I hope to do the same thing with Rome." (c) WENN

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Facebook moves into movie rentals with Warner Bros. deal - Beta News

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In a move that highlights Facebook's ever increasing presence in our daily digital lives, the social networking site announced with Warner Bros. that it would begin offering streaming movie rentals. The first movie to be offered would be The Dark Knight, available to those who liked the movie's page.

The title would be available for 30 Facebook credits or $3 USD, and the movie would be available for immediate viewing following purchase. Warner said that it plans to offer additional titles in the coming months, although it did not specify which movies would be sold.

"Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts," digital distribution president Thomas Gewecke said. "It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world's largest social network."

While watching the movie users will have full use of Facebook's various functions, the company said. Users would be able to pause, rewind, and pick up where they left off when logging back into the site. It would only be available to US users.

Facebook's efforts to move into the movie rental business are also rattling investors of the biggest online rental service, Netflix. In Tuesday afternoon trading, the company's stock was down over 5% with heavier than average volume. The company has seen its share price fall over the past few weeks as competitors move in on its turf, including e-tailer Amazon.com.

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