Korea Box Office: ‘Shadows’ Holds Off ‘Ben Hur,’ ‘Magnificent Seven’

Kim Jee-woon’s foreign-language Oscars contender, “The Age of Shadows,” remained on top of the Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. It suffered a steep decline of 78% following the holiday period. The Warner Bros. release earned $3.49 million from 459,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. After three weekends, the period espionage drama has… Read more »

Live TV Declines Have Slowed, but Homes With Netflix and Hulu Watch Fewer Channels

Even with more outlets and devices competing for audiences’ attention, viewers aren’t moving away from live TV as much as they did a year ago, according to Nielsen’s second-quarter 2016 Total Audience Report released today.

The report found that live TV declines are starting to level off. In the second quarter of this year, adults spent an average of four hours, nine minutes watching live TV, which is down two minutes from the same period a year ago. But there was an eight-minute decrease from Q2 2014 to Q2 2015.

Nielsen’s reports examine a new theme each quarter, such as the viewing habits of millennials. This time around, the report focused on the extent to which consumers are using all the options available to them.

    

Among all adults, average DVR/time-shifted TV usage increased one minute for the quarter, to 30 minutes per day, after being flat the previous year.

During the same period, smartphone usage jumped an average of 34 minutes a day, to one hour, 43 minutes overall. A year earlier, the increase was just nine minutes. Tablet usage for apps and the web also surged, from 20 minutes in the second quarter of 2015 to 32 minutes this year. (The 2014-to-2015 increase was seven minutes).

Elsewhere, Nielsen  found that viewers now have an average of 205.9 channels available to them and watch just 9.6 percent of them (19.8) per month. That’s down from 208 channels in the second quarter of 2015 due to factors like cord shaving. African Americans receive an average of 218 channels and watch 24.6 percent of those per month (11.3 percent), while Asian Americans have 185.2 channels on average and watch 13.8 (7.4 percent) per month.

    

A year ago, the overall average was three channels more, but the average number of channels viewed per month was almost the same—19.9 compared to 19.8—which indicates that viewers are engaging in cord shaving and getting rid of networks they don’t watch.

Homes with access to SVOD services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime watch an average of one channel less a month than the national average—18.6 compared with 19.8—but homes with SVOD access, which now represent half of all U.S. households, also are younger and have higher incomes, a demographic that tends to watch less television (and therefore has fewer channels). 

    

Radio continues to be the second-most-popular medium—adults spend one hour, 52 minutes listening to the radio each day.

The full Total Audience Report will be available today.

Fantastic Fest: Annette Kellerman studies ZOOLOGY with director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Fantastic Fest: Annette Kellerman studies ZOOLOGY with director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

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It’s that time of year again, and Fantastic Fest is now in full swing. One of the first films of the fest this year for me was Ivan I. Tverdovskiy’s ZOOLOGY. Even in the most solid dramas at Fantastic Fest films, there is usually always a WTF element that makes the film fit in the fests catalog, and ZOOLOGY certainly doesn’t disappoint in this category. While I elaborated on this in my review, http://www.aintitcool.com/node/76306, this interview might be a bit weird without the knowing that the main character grows a tail. Having cleared that up, I hope you enjoy my talk via email with the director about his qu
Rebecca Elliott: Why a tail? Did you draw inspiration from other stories or films?
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy: No I purposefully wrote this story in solitary confinement. I did not want to have any references, as an attempt to steal a “thing” or structure from another movie would result in failure for such a project. Only a conversation with myself and my actors. The tail is a metaphor – you will see it after watching the movie.

 

RE: The tail seems to be a source of horror as well as eroticism. Can you talk about how the tail facilitated these themes and others in the story?

IIT: The tail is merely an organ, as well as a hand. Someone loves the refinement of a female  palm. Another person things about how she went to the bathroom a few minutes before. A third person feels like

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Livestream Ty Dolla $ign’s Dolla Day Concert

Livestream Ty Dolla $ign's Dolla Day ConcertHedonistic West Coast R&B prince Ty Dolla $ign just released his new Campaign mixtape. And tonight, he’s supporting it with a special Dolla Day concert at the Hollywood Palladium. Some special guests are set to make surprise appearances, and the whole show is being livestreamed by Tidal. You can watch below starting at 11:30PM … More »

Justin Vernon, Bryce & Aaron Dessner Play Invisible Bridge Concert In Paris

Justin VernonThe National’s Bryce Dessner organized the Invisible Bridge concert at Paris’ Philharmonie tonight, enlisting Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, his brother and bandmate Aaron Dessner, French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèqu, and more to perform a number of songs. Vernon sang lead vocals, while the rest of the assembled musicians backed him up. Watch some … More »

Chris Collingwood In A Backyard

He met Mitchell Froom on LinkedIn. His then manager said the uber-producer wouldn’t be interested, that they couldn’t afford him. Chris expected this high-powered majordomo to take matters into his own hands, that’s why you sign with the movers and shakers, their relationships, their access, but it turned out Chris made more progress by himself. […]

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