has launched an iOS 7-compatibility update for users of its popular movies application. The new release also includes some extras, such as HD streaming and fixed bugs. The no. 1 app for movie reviews, trailers, and showtimes, Flixster has received a brand new design for iOS 7 and HD streaming for select titles on iPhone 4 and newer devices (including iPad 2 and above). Flixster says it is gradually expanding its HD catalog, so expect more titles to trickle in soon. A bug where downloaded movies wouldnt play without a network (affecting iOS 7 customers in particular) has been addressed. Same goes for a bug that was causing errors while signing in with Google+. Users getting an error when attempting to stream movies in this new version are told to log out and back in. That should fix the issue. We are sorry for the inconvenience, according to Flixster.
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The fact that both Breaking Bad” and “Butch Cassidy” are about two men on the run whose fate we somehow know wont turn out well cements the comparison. Fargo, or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor? (Tableside guacamole. anyone?) The first episode of this season was titled Blood Money. It could have been called Blood Simple” and we’d barely have batted an eye. VIDEO: ‘Breaking Bad’ parodies The French Connection. Gilligan has cited this movie before, saying he was thinking about it as he made the pilot. The Gene Hackman film about a pair of cops caught up in an intricate plot makes the comparison meaningful; the fact that it all happens in the world of drug-trafficking only heightens the similarities. Then theres the look of the ’70s classic, which Gilligan has said he was consciously trying to emulate. Falling Down. Middle-aged suburban ennui turns to something violent but oddly liberating. American Beauty isnt far behind either, if youre going down this road. Back to the Future. A stretch to compare a good-natured, sci fi-influenced piece of ’50s nostalgia to one of the darkest shows in TV history? Perhaps.
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For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles. It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics. The choice of foreign flicks is also healthy and with some quality picks. Documentaries, such as “Gasland” and “Restrepo,” are some of the top picks for a collection that also includes public television documentaries, like Ken Burn’s “Prohibition.” Under the television section, Hoopla offers plenty of National Geographic and British shows, but not much else. There aren’t past seasons of many shows, which is one area Netflix thrives in. There are also educational choices, such as preparation videos for high school advanced placement exams. The limit on new movie titles, though, is not something unique to Hoopla. Even Netflix, with its bigger budget, often spars with movies studios on when to release new movies.
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These may sound like drug-induced hallucinations, but they’re actually movie plots dreamed up by a group of artists for a new exhibit at Oakland-based art collective Rock Paper Scissors (2278 Telegraph Ave.). The group exhibition, Imaginary Movies, features posters, trailers, and installations based on the imagined movies of the Oakland- and Los Angeles-based artists. Their creations include a movie set for a fake horror film, promotional posters for movies featuring members of a fictional celebrity family, and a screening of endless credits but no actual movie. Oakland-based artist and animator Teppei Ando, who curated the exhibit, said he has always had a fascination with movies and includes movie tropes (such as montages) in the music videos and comics he creates. He began making his own movies in 2011 and started hosting small viewing parties with friends. In the summer of 2012, he and fellow filmmaker Matt Hewitt screened their films in a friend’s backyard in Los Angeles. When more than eighty people turned out, Ando and Hewitt realized there was enough demand that they could be showing their work in an actual theater. More recently, when Ando began thinking about his next art show, connecting movies to other art forms seemed like a natural choice. His goal was to encourage the audience members to believe in the possibility of executing their own creative ideas, even if they didn’t have a lot of resources. “Making movies seems far-fetched, but I did this [exhibit] with almost no money,” he said. Ando also approached the program coordinator at The New Parkway Theater (474 24th St., Oakland) to see if the movie house with which Ando said he has been obsessed since it opened would collaborate with him. In conjunction with the gallery show, which opens on Friday and runs throughout October, a selection of trailers made by the artists, as well as short films by Ando and Hewitt, will screen at the theater on Saturday, October 5. Ando will be showing his animated short Deadly Garden, a comic thriller based on the life of Sacramento serial killer Dorothea Puente, at The New Parkway. Like many filmmakers, he dreams of eventually screening his work at prestigious film festivals such as South by Southwest and Sundance, but for now he’s happy to play his film on a big screen instead of in a backyard.