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The 30 Highest Grossing Specialty Films of 2012 (So Far)

The 30 Highest Grossing Specialty Films of 2012 (So Far) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Here's a chart of 2012's thirty highest grossing films tracked by Indiewire's box office charts, as of July 1, 2012....

 

1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) - $40,619,000
2. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) - $19,173,220
3. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (CBS Films) - $9,047,981
4. Bernie (Millennium) - $7,359,976
5. Friends With Kids (Roadside Attractions) - $6,861,102

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Why censoring social media might mean more-violent protests

Why censoring social media might mean more-violent protests | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
According to a couple of European researchers, governments that try to limit access to the Internet or social media during civil unrest can expect to see higher overall levels of violence with fewer calm periods than can governments that keep the...

 

..The authors attribute their findings (albeit computer-generated) largely to the idea of “vision,” which plays a pivotal role in sociological experiments trying to determine how individuals act during times of protest or rioting. Put simply, less censorship means more vision, so citizens (called “agents” in the computer model) know what’s going on around them and can act in more uniform and rational manners. More censorship means less vision, so citizens are less aware of their surroundings and tend to act randomly.

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Ping Pong: watch the table tennis documentary on demand

Ping Pong: watch the table tennis documentary on demand | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Ping Pong – the inspiring documentary about eight veteran table-tennis champions – will be available to watch here from 6–26 July 2012.
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4 Ways to Discover More About Your Audience With Social Media | Social Media Examiner

4 Ways to Discover More About Your Audience With Social Media | Social Media Examiner | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Four social media marketing tactics to help you improve your social media content and strategy.
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A Light Projection Gives New Life To Atlantic City’s Boardwalk

A Light Projection Gives New Life To Atlantic City’s Boardwalk | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
At the turn of the century, Atlantic City was the place to be. If you watched Boardwalk Empire, you know what I’m talking about: glitz, glamour, and gambling made Atlantic City the resort town of choice for New Yorkers of all income levels.
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View Your Twitter & Facebook Feed As A Star Wars Intro Scroll

View Your Twitter & Facebook Feed As A Star Wars Intro Scroll | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

For a while, I was using TweetDeck as my main client for tweeting and retweeting.....

 

....These Twitter client giants aren’t the only ones on the market. So, I set out to see if I could find something a little bit more creative, and boy did I find something. I actually found a way to view my Facebook and Twitter feeds in the style of the Star Wars intro! Yup, that is right, and it’s called Kinect Star Wars. It’s an app available to all major smartphone users. The Android and iPhone version were released on the 19th, so just head over to the app store and grab it. It’s actually Star Wars with an accompanying Facebook or Twitter feed reader.

 

How cool is it to see those tweets fly by like a boss while you are twittering away your most personal information? It’s definitely the cool of the day, and I am sure we’ll see a lot more of these apps if this one become the success it’s destined to be. It’s exactly what I have been waiting for, a more creative way to use my Twitter or Facebook instead of being locke

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Has Cable TV Taken the Place of the Mid-Budget Indie?

Has Cable TV Taken the Place of the Mid-Budget Indie? | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

In May, it was announced that one of the most buzzed-about new filmmakers, Sean Durkin, would be shopping a TV series based on "The Exorcist" as his next project. Durkin’s debut feature "Martha Marcy May Marlene" was the indie to see in 2011, but the news that he was following it up with a move to the small screen didn't come as much of a surprise.

 

Plenty of artistically gifted filmmakers who would in the past have focused on making mid-range arty indies have been shifting instead to the more domestic medium. Last year there was Todd Haynes’ "Mildred Pierce" miniseries; Lena Dunham’s comedy "Girls" and Noah Baumbach’s attempted "The Corrections" series followed not long after. More recently, Cary Fukunaga (of "Sin Nombre") signed on to direct a detective show with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. (Of course, these are all HBO projects -- more about the other networks momentarily.)

 

Why the turn to TV? Primarily, it's because these talents are looking for stability rather than uncertainty -- the budgets they require to make ambitious work while retaining enough creative control. Indie filmmaking in the realm of $2-$15 million pictures has become a bit of a ghost town, for all the reasons of that you, dear reader, are surely aware -- fewer mini-major distributors, a declining market share for movies in general, digital piracy on the rise, and so ont...

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WATCH: Harry Potter Fans Parody Lady Gaga In 'Sorted This Way'

WATCH: Harry Potter Fans Parody Lady Gaga In 'Sorted This Way' | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

From the minds of Not Literally -- a Harry Potter-themed comedy group -- comes an interesting parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Hufflepuff Pride!...

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QR code campaign from Volkswagen causes stir in Latin America - QR Code Press

QR code campaign from Volkswagen causes stir in Latin America - QR Code Press | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
QR code campaign aimed at promoting its commercial vans.

 

QR code campaign spikes brand awareness by 224%

 

The automaker has produced a short video that shows off a large QR code made out of boxes. The QR code campaign was launched earlier this month with a marketing stunt held in Central de Abastos in Mexico City. According to Volkswagen, the QR code campaign successfully increased Crafter brand awareness by 224% amongst regulars of Central de Abastos, the largest commercial trading space in Latin America....

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Sony Buys Gaikai For $380 Million - Are Consoles Headed To The Cloud? - Forbes

Sony Buys Gaikai For $380 Million - Are Consoles Headed To The Cloud? - Forbes | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Sony's acquisition of cloud-gaming provider Gaikai may mean a shift in the evolution of the gaming console.
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The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) ...

The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) ... | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The Dark Knight Rises Viral Campaign (Part III) The viral campaign for the last episode of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has released a performance review from the Gotham Police Department for...
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David Cage on grief, life, death, game design & Beyond: Two Souls

David Cage on grief, life, death, game design & Beyond: Two Souls | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: The writer and director of the Quantic Dreams game Heavy Rain tells us about his new title, Beyond: Two Souls, and why games have much to tell us about life and death...

 

Video games have a strange relationship with death. It happens all the time, of course – a thousand times a second in one of the big online shooters. Death is part of the language, the very fibre of game design.

 

But yet, games rarely question it, rarely confront it. While movies and literature have pored over its implications, its finality (or otherwise), games have been content to use it as a penalty, or a dramatic plot device in a cinematic sequence.

 

Some titles, such as the Soul Reaver series have attempted to explore the duality of the physical and spiritual worlds, while ethereal adventures like Shadow of the Colossus and Limbo have dealt with notions of post-mortal guilt and purgatory. But mostly, death is just a glyph in the gaming grammar, a means of progressing from one game state to another.

 

Beyond: Two Souls could be very different. The latest adventure from Quantic Dreams, the developer of last year's controversial thriller Heavy Rain, follows Jodie Holmes, a young girl with psychic abilities and a close, symbiotic relationship with a spectral being named Aidan...

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How Breaking Bad Resurrects Its Antihero Again and Again

How Breaking Bad Resurrects Its Antihero Again and Again | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

This month begins the first half of the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad. In the 46 episodes that have aired thus far, (nominal) protagonist Walter White, a former chemistry teacher turned meth lord, has dissolved three human bodies in hydrofluoric acid and strangled a man with a bicycle lock. He has witnessed a legless would-be assassin drag his bloody stumps across a hospital floor. He has seen two planes collide above his house and watched as flaming debris plummeted into his swimming pool. Twice he has been so convinced that he was about to die that he recorded farewell messages for his family....

 

[our fave character is Jesse... then El Pollo (sniff...)... then Walt]

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Tribeca Film Institute is Indiewire's New Project of the Month Partner!

Tribeca Film Institute is Indiewire's New Project of the Month Partner! | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Great news: The Tribeca Film Institute has come aboard as sponsor of Indiewire's wildly popular Project of the Month. Winners will now win creative consultations with the kind folks at the Tribeca Film Institute.
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The future of media and forcing new content into old models

The future of media and forcing new content into old models | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The controversy over new-media startup Journatic and its hyper-local news service says a lot about how difficult it is to find new ways of producing journalism, in part because the traditional media industry and its supporters want to force...
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Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart's Facebook Campaign

Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart's Facebook Campaign | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Walmart's Facebook campaign for Energy Sheets, a caffienated equivalent to Listenine strips, promises to send rapper Pitbull to the Walmart store with the most likes on Facebook.
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Facebook Tab Engagement Down 53% Since Timeline Launch

Facebook Tab Engagement Down 53% Since Timeline Launch | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Tabs on Facebook brand Pages are getting a lot less clicks since Timeline was introduced.
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The Future of Corporate Responsibility | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Future of Corporate Responsibility | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Corporate responsibility: How far will tech firms go in helping repressive regimes?
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Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times

Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Beneath the furor over Twitter's clampdown on its API is the same dilemma that many traditional media companies like the New York Times are also confronting -- namely, how much should you be an open platform, and how much should you be a destination?
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Chris Hecker wants to save video games from a comic book fate (Wired UK)

Chris Hecker wants to save video games from a comic book fate (Wired UK) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Are video games synonymous with violence, and does it matter if they are?...

 

...I wrote previously about how the violence in SpyParty felt different to other games. Hecker underlined this for me, talking about how "as soon as the violence happens the game is over, it's the threat of violence that makes the game tense". Still, his daughter found the moment of decision, when the sniper pulls the trigger too intense. This led Hecker to consider putting in an arrest (rather than execute) mode.

 

But why would you want a child to play this sort of game in the first place? Well for me Hecker hit the nail on the head as he explained the underlying ethic of SpyParty. "One of the aesthetic goals of the game is for the sniper to make consequential decisions on partial information." I love the way this kind of thinking relates to a whole range of different aspects of life and is certainly something I'd like my kids to grapple with. So often they want to know all the information before committing -- overly concerned with making the right choice...

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Twitter / michelreilhac: Now using Legos with brill

Twitter / michelreilhac: Now using Legos with brill | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

this is very cool

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Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content

Why Louis CK and Amanda Palmer are the future of content | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Comedian Louis CK, who made $1 million selling downloads of a show through his website, has sold $4.5-million in tickets to a new tour in 48 hours.
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Multi-screen viewing drives TV ad engagement | News | Marketing Week

Multi-screen viewing drives TV ad engagement | News | Marketing Week | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Using a second screen while watching TV gives viewers more exposure to - and the opportunity to respond to - TV ads, according to new study.
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Edge Interactive iPad Edition Launches Today | SFX

Edge Interactive iPad Edition Launches Today | SFX | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
SFX’s sister mag plays its part in the digital revolution, with a special introductory offer...
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BBC launches live interactive video player - Advanced Television | Advanced Television

Following a period of beta testing, the BBC has launched its live, interactive video player in advance of the London 2012 Olympics. The player combines HD video with relevant data designed to enhance the viewing experience.


Writing in a BBC Internet blog, Alex Perry Product Manager, Interactive Video Player, BBC News & Knowledge, explained that one of the main impetuses behind the project was the video rights package that the BBC holds for London 2012. The BBC is the sole rights holder for the Olympics in the UK and is able to offer users live video from every venue on every day of the Games, which means up to 24 different streams of live sporting action at any one time.


“So we wanted to take this opportunity to build a video player that would offer the best possible desktop video viewing experience to do justice to that incredible breadth of live content and would also provide a lasting legacy to BBC Online and our audiences in the years to come,” he said. “That means making the video available in high definition and then enhancing it with some extra functionality that in terms of added choice, rivals anything you would have experienced before while watching sport on your TV.”....

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