November 5, 2012 |
"Sunset Boulevard" is ready for its close-up. Billy Wilder's 1950 award-winning darkly satiric tale of Hollywood starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim and Nancy Olson is making its Blu-ray debut Tuesday in a new digital restoration. This isn't the first digital restoration for "Sunset Boulevard," which earned 11 Oscar nominations and won three Academy Awards. "Sunset Boulevard" was restored a decade ago for its DVD release. "It was the first time that an entire film was scanned for restoration," noted Andrea Kalas, vice president of archives at Paramount Pictures.
January 27, 2001 |
In the week before the biggest TV-viewing day of the year, DirecTV launched an unprecedented electronic attack on an estimated 100,000 consumers who had been bootlegging its satellite TV service. The El Segundo-based company killed--via satellite--pirated pieces of hardware that had enabled viewers in the U.S. and abroad to see a broad range of programming, including premium channels and pay-per-view events that they had not paid for.
August 17, 2004 |
Britain took aim at the ubiquitous Hollywood blockbuster Monday by enlisting the latest digital technology to broaden the reach of independent films that often struggle to win wide distribution. The UK Film Council, a government-funded body, said it planned to equip 150 theaters across the country with digital projectors in exchange for a guarantee that the equipment will be used to show smaller-budget, foreign and classic films. Only nine have that capacity now.
April 22, 1997 |
The nation's 1,600 TV stations each got a new channel assignment from federal regulators for the digital broadcasts some will begin airing by next Christmas. Broadcasters were studying the inches-thick chart to ensure that the licenses they're getting--which will replace the ones they use today by 2006--replicate the broadcast area their current licenses cover.
July 24, 2001 |
In a move that could lead to changes in the way Americans watch television, five major Hollywood studios have agreed on an anti-piracy technology designed to protect digital movies and other forms of video entertainment from theft. The move could speed the replacement of old analog TVs and cable set-top boxes and bring VCRs with new devices that can unscramble, record and store encrypted digital programming.
July 2, 1997 |
After months of preparation, Pacific Telesis Group's Pacific Bell Mobile Services expects to launch its PCS wireless phone service in Southern California on Thursday. PCS--personal communications service--is an all-digital offering that works on special phones and is designed to compete with traditional analog cellular service. Both PCS and advanced digital cellular networks can send pages and short messages to phones in addition to voice calls.
April 2, 2014 |
Lucy Hood, a well-regarded entertainment industry veteran and president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 56. Prior to joining the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hood was the executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at USC. Hood spent much of her professional career at Fox, where she specialized in digital technology and rose to become president of Fox Mobile Entertainment. While there, she oversaw the creation of the mobile video version of the hit Fox series "24. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2014 | 2013 Hood was tapped to run the Television Academy, which oversees the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, less than a year ago. Her mandate was to bring the academy into the 21st century and make it more relevant to both the industry and the general public.
August 23, 2012 |
Matthias Düwel packs loads of visual information into “Eden,” his L.A. solo debut at Martha Otero, which is itself packed with 24 oils, watercolors and drawings. Despite the sinuous ribbons of bright color writhing around in Düwel's modestly scaled paintings, none feels crowded. The same goes for his works on paper. In black-and-white or super-saturated color, they, too, leave viewers plenty of room to maneuver, sometimes swooping smoothly through open spaces and at others zipping every which way with stop-and-start suddenness, like a fly navigating a picnic.
December 19, 2004 |
Artists have been using various kinds of technology since before there was language to describe it, but now the accelerated pace of change has drawn even technophobes into the game. This year, two of the most talked-about films -- the critically acclaimed "Tarnation," made for $218 mostly on a Macintosh, and "The Polar Express," the critical bomb made for $170 million with innovative "performance capture" sensors -- both made headlines for their unconventional technology.