If you drop a few bucks on a movie rental through the likes of Amazon, Google, YouTube, or Apple and you quickly realize the film is a dud, that’s your money wasted right there. But another company in the movie-streaming space, Vudu, has just launched a neat feature that lets you ditch the film and switch to something else without having to pay again. Called Rental Redo, the option lets you abandon a movie within the first half an hour — plenty of time to confirm that what you’re watching deserves not one additional minute of your precious time. “Rent without worry because Rental Redo is just like having a gift receipt for your movie,” Vudu said in a blog post announcing the new feature. “If you decide your rental is not for you within the first 30 minutes, we’ll give you a ‘redo’ so you can find another movie to fit your mood.” To obtain your credit, you’ll need to call or email Vudu’s customer care team within 24 … [Read more...] about Vudu now lets you cancel a movie rental while you’re watching it
Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture So, you’ve sampled all the best films that 2016 has to offer. You’ve found the magic in Moonlight. You’ve gone gaga for La La Land. You went to heaven with Hell or High Water. What’s there to look forward to next year? So many things: 2017 brings new films from directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Bong Joon-ho, and Sofia Coppola; a host of exciting indies from Greta Gerwig, Alex Ross Perry, and Yorgos Lanthimos; and new installments in the Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, and Fast & the Furious franchises. Due to the vagaries of the movie business, at least one of these films will probably end up not coming out in 2017, but, oh well, no shame in getting excited for them anyway. Split (January 20)The Village to After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan had nine dicey years, but the director returned to form with 2015’s creepy, strange The Visit. Shyamalan looks to continue his rise with Split, a thriller that … [Read more...] about 58 Movies We’re Excited About in 2017
The indie circuit is full of varied offerings, but you can’t deny that the Sundance Film Festival prefers a certain kind of movie: humanist dramadies about emotionally unavailable people. The slate of movies in this year’s dramatic competition is no different: Films like Brigsby Bear and Landline feel like they could have screened at Park City anytime in the last 15 years. But what’s the Sundance-iest movie of Sundance 2017? That’s what we’re here today to decide. Here’s how we’re scoring: Every film that features an actor trying to switch up their image (say, a dramatic actor going comedic, or a comedic actor going dramatic) earns one point. Every film where the main character is a white person stricken with ennui earns three points. Every film that depicts a dysfunctional family living in Brooklyn earns three points. Every film that makes a stab toward some sort of ineffable “now-ness” earns one point. … [Read more...] about What Will Be the Sundance-iest Movie at Sundance Next Year?
By Sharad AlweThe race for connectivity to 1.2 billion Indians has intensified in 2019. From international technology giants like Amazon and Google, to homegrown companies like PayTM and PhonePe, everyone is fighting for the India-2 or the‘Bharat’ consumer. Goods and services providers have clearly understood the necessity to communicate and market to consumers locally and regionally. “Hyperlocal” and “multi-lingual” have become buzzwords and form an intrinsic part of a brand manager’s brief to agencies. While there is a lot of noise on hyperlocal and multi-lingual now, the best brands in FMCG, auto, and retail have been driving their regional messaging through cable television for the past two decades. With connectivity to 160 Mn households pan-India, cable becomes an extremely efficient platform for regional outreach, so much so that even today’s technology companies are now taking advantage of the highly targeted local reach that cable … [Read more...] about Geo-targeting in ‘Bharat’ is the next big wave for TV in India
How this holiday-themed digital short got sliced for time from James Franco’s December 9 episode of Saturday Night Live is anyone’s guess. I’d list the skits that should have been bumped to make room, but better to get right to the goodies. A commercial parody of all those gooey, just-this-side-of-watchable Hallmark Channel holiday movies, the short spotlights some too-close-for comfort faux movies like one in which Kate McKinnon plays a big-city career woman who quits to run her grandma’s Christmas tree farm, only to rekindle a high school romance with Franco’s Canadian-handsome actor. “Only catch – he’s Young Santa!” (“It’s either me or Christmas,” grouses the big-city boyfriend who works too much). Then there’s a single mom (Heidi Gardner) who gets trapped in a snow globe (with Kenan Thompson as her “black co-worker with no backstory”), and Melissa Villaseñor as an ice skater who … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’: James Franco’s Cut-For-Time Christmas Sketch Is Every Hallmark Movie In Two Joyous Minutes
Two years after Saturday Night Live skewered Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies in a cut-for-time sketch, NBC’s program this holiday season aired a new parody of Hallmark’s signature franchise. In fact, tonight’s skit was somewhat of a sequel to the 2017 sketch, featuring some of the same Hallmark Christmas movie character types and tropes, a big-city career woman, a young Santa, a black character with no backstory, a prince, a Christmas tree farm, a snow globe and a gazebo. This time, the setting was A Winter Boyfriend for Holiday Christmas, a Hallmark dating show created by the algorithm that makes Hallmark holiday movies. It featured a bachelorette, a New York career woman played by host Scarlett Johansson, and three eligible bachelors, a Christmas tree farm owner (and ghost), played by Beck Bennett, a Prince with a British accent (Alex Moffat), and Nick Sr. Claus (young Santa), played by Kyle Mooney). Related Story Scarlett Johansson Helps … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’ Spoofs Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Movies, Addresses Brides Kissing Ad Controversy