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Following The Leader As IMDb Closes Message Boards

Following The Leader As IMDb Closes Message Boards

“We would first like to wish IMDb’s Founder and CEO Col Needham a Happy 50th birthday.” – Tastic Film Editor-in-Chief James Rush. IMDb has today announced the decision to close their message boards and private messaging system on February 20th, 2017. This is only the latest member to join the group of authoritative online websites […]

No Longer A Party At The Correspondents Dinner?

Much like the Los Angeles’ Academy Awards and New York’s Met Gala, the tradition that is the White House Correspondents Dinner seems to be printed by default in Washington D.C. calenders. However, like many political traditions since January 20th, this one is already faltering under the new Republican administration. Over the last week, since the […]

GLAAD Media Awards 2017: The Nominations

GLAAD, the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced Tuesday January 31st the 156 nominees for the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. Among this year’s nominees are movies including Moonlight and The […]

Check In: The Sony Hack And Privacy In The Digital News Cycle

Five months ago, the world media was greeted by the news cycle that simply wouldn’t end. The media savagery over Sony emails lead to Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal leaving the studio following the hack. After three weeks of butchery between sites to find gossipy worthy stories from the seemingly endless amount of stolen […]

Al Jazeera Launches $150 Million Claim Against The Egyptian Government

The Al Jazeera Media Network has served the Egyptian Government with a claim for $150m in compensation, based on the grounds that its investments in the country have been damaged since July 2013. The claim also accuses Cairo’s military leadership of organising a “sustained campaign” against the news network along with targeting its journalists and […]

Check In: The Truth To Hollywood’s Divided War On Google Glass

From Silicon valley to Hollywood ever since it was announced the futuristic piece of technology Google Glass has caused a stir, especially amongst studios, exhibitors and cinemas with a divided war currently taking place over the new wearable technology. The device itself is a new hands-free, head-mounted, wearable device that offers the compatibility of a […]

Amazon’s Season Pickups Destined For Success Or Failure (Analysis)

In the aftermath of Amazon’s digital pilot season in February, people have been hanging on, hoping that their favorite pilot will to continue to unfold the tall tales, especially after last years relateably sensational selection of original series. However, this years selections are relatively focusing lesser on comedy and pushing development of their drama programming, […]

Bloggers Get First Amendment Protection In Federal Court Ruling

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today bridged the divide between traditional journalists and bloggers, during a defamation lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee in 2011 against blogger Crystal Cox for blogging that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case. Two years ago Cox was denied First Amendment protection, which […]

Amazon Chief To Aquire The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos chief of is to aquire The Washington Post from The Washington Post Co. ending its long history of family ownership for a near $250 million. The post has had an elaborate history of publishing and unraveling some of the most important stories for generations including winning 47 Pulitzer Prizes and breaking the […]

Newsweek Changing Hands Once Again

The Newsweek brand is changing hands once again, on Saturday the venerable 80-year-old weekly magazine announced that it will soon be acquired by IBT Media owners of the International Business Times for an undisclosed amount from the soon to be previous owners IAC/InterActive. IBT founder Etienne Uzac and former engineer Johnathan Davis commented on Newsweek […]

Former ABC Exec Quinn Taylor to Head NBC’s Longform Programming

NBC today announced that ABC’s former longtime programming exec Quinn Taylor will become Executive Vice President overseeing Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions at NBC. As Executive Vice President, Quinn will oversee all development and programming of original movies and miniseries, as well as longform acquisitions. He will also become a key programming executive of series […]