Movies

5:58am

Fri May 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:11 am

Jeff Blank, of Los Angeles-based Drone Dudes, prepares a quadcopter for takeoff. The drone has to chase a motorcycle down a hill.
Aarti Shahani NPR

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.

Drone Startups Hit Hollywood

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5:00am

Fri May 16, 2014
Movies

Hip Vampires That Don't Need Angst Or Camp, Only Killer Music

Right to left: Tom Hiddleston as Adam and Tilda Swinton as Eve
Sandro Kopp Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A host of vampires have been stalking movie screens, but mostly for younger audiences. Now the old pro Jim Jarmusch has come out with a vampire picture that’s not only for the young.

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6:44am

Fri May 9, 2014

6:05am

Fri May 9, 2014
The Record

Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Singer Idina Menzel (center) and Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez (left) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez pose with gold records in February. Since then, the movie's soundtrack has sold over 1.5 million more copies.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images for Disney

Disney's animated film Frozen has been racking up impressive statistics since it was released last November. Its box office earnings total $1 billion, worldwide, the movie won two Academy Awards, and on the first day the home video came out, it sold 3.2 million copies. But one stat has taken both Disney and industry analysts by surprise: The soundtrack has become a phenomenon, topping the Billboard 200 chart 13 times.

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6:34am

Fri May 2, 2014
Movies

A Burgeoning Relationship That Pivots On A 'Lunchbox'

Irrfan Khan as Saajan in 'The Lunchbox.'
Michael Simmonds Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Popular films set in India like Darjeeling Limited or Slumdog Millionaire, show India as a place to joke about. The new movie The Lunchbox, made by an Indian filmmaker, is funny and touching – but is certainly not a joke.

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