Blockchain and Independent Films

With the advent of the internet, independent film companies have come about readily, and this does not seem to be changing. Now, more than ever, the ability to make an independent film is accessible to pretty much any individual with a screen. Before this period, making films was reserved for big studios that were given massive budgets. Movies from these large studios are still responsible for the majority of the revenue earned in this industry, but independent films are beginning to make some noise. Film producers such as Heather Parry have seen this industry over the years, and it continues to evolve as time continues. Independent filmmakers have turned to solutions such as blockchains to receive proper forms of compensation.

Providing Faster Revenue Channels

Traditionally, there are a lot of channels independent film companies must go through before they receive compensation. Companies of this nature regularly receive publishing deals from bigger studios and are often the last entity to receive payment. With the introduction of Blockchain technology, this would no longer be the case. Independent film companies would receive more direct revenues, and these filmmakers would earn more money as a result. Since these individuals are responsible for the overall creative process that reaches the audience, they should receive compensation as quickly as the more prominent entities or even faster if possible.
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@UniversalPics ‘s Jurassic World Featuring @OriginalFunko Now at @Walmart #FallenKingdomArrives #FallenKingdom #JurassicWorld #Funko #dinosaurs #DVDlaunch #ad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Universal Pictures at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Jurassic World

One of the most anticipated summer blockbuster movies of the year is coming to DVD and Blu-ray just in time for some fall fun. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to release on September 18.

“Three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.”

To add to the excitement of the movie launch, Universal Pictures has created a Walmart Exclusive Limited-Edition Blu-ray Funko Gift Set. The set includes Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies of Fallen Kingdom with several bonus features. It also comes with a 2-pack set of Funko Pocket Pop! Keychains which features two of the movie’s main characters: Owen and his beloved raptor, Blue.
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Amazon Prime Video Kids premiering Prime Original holiday specials

As families everywhere hang stockings from the fireplace, place presents under the tree, leave fresh-baked cookies out for Santa, and prepare New Year’s resolutions, Amazon Prime Video Kids will be premiering brand-new Prime Original holiday specials, exclusively on Prime Video. Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm, inspired by the acclaimed children’s book series “Click, Clack, Moo” from New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, premieres on November 28 and Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year, based on the award-winning “Pete the Cat” book series by Kimberly and James Dean, spreads cheer starting December 26.

Amazon Prime Original Holiday Specials:

  • Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm: It’s Christmas time and the farm animals have a problem: how to buy Farmer Brown the present of his dreams – a Tumbletron 300 clothes dryer. It’s a race against time for them, and for Duck who has his own problem – upping his “nice” numbers for Santa to get off the “naughty” list. (Nov. 28)
  • If You Give a Mouse a Christmas CookieIf it’s holiday time in Mouse’s house then, that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course), caroling…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant. Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show, without getting utterly distracted along the way? It’s a wild ride as Mouse and his friends embody the friendship and caring at the heart of the holiday season.
  • The Snowy Day: Based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. Peter goes on a magical, snowy walk to his Nana’s house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year: It’s New Year’s Eve and Pete the Cat needs a New Year’s Resolution, but… he doesn’t even know what a resolution is! So, with the help of his family and friends, Pete sets out on a fun, musical ride to find one. But as the clock ticks down to midnight, Pete is still resolutionless…will he find one in time? (Dec. 26)
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Off-Broadway’s PUFFS is going HOLLYWOOD

  

On Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th, 2018PUFFS (or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a CertainSchool of Magic and Magic) will shoot PUFFSLive Off-Broadway for worldwide audiences.

The event will define the euphoria of achieving the best of two worlds – on one stage.

Co-Directed by the hit show’s director, Kristin McCarthy Parker and cinematographer Kathryn Jones, the five-camera, two-day shoot will capture the hilarious, inexhaustibly accomplished and acclaimed cast; as they dazzlingly and dizzyingly portray 53 certifiably off-balance and uproariously entertaining characters.

Both the hit Off-Broadway show and the anticipated Live Capture are produced by Tilted Windmill Theatricals’ John Arthur Pinckard & David Carpenter.  The groundbreaking and critically celebrated script is by Matt Cox.

The Live Capture project took shape at the insistence of the burgeoning multitude of fans continually asking when the show would be playing in their city.

When the cameras roll, PUFFS will make history as the first Off-Broadway show to offer its fans the rare opportunity of participating in the films’ creation by joining in a Kickstarter Campaign being made available for a limited amount of time.

There are eleven of them.

These are comedic geniuses who have been acclaimed by the New York Press Corps and sold-out audiences alike at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) where they opened on Saturday, July 8th.

On stage, they start out running, somewhere around 80 mph, kidnap the audience and continue the journey gaining momentum until they blow the roof of the theatre.

When producers, David Carpenter and John Arthur Pinckard, established Tilted Windmills Theatricals, they did so to re-energize and re-vitalize both the creative and financial possibilities of the American Theatre.
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Sing Movie Gift Pack at @BestBuy #bbymovies

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Good news- you can grab the new Sing! movie at Best Buy. It’s really cute.  If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time. Grab a copy and have a movie night with the family!

If you don’t know much about the movie yet, SING is a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. My son loved it, and is so excited to have his own copy. He has watched it about a zillion times now, and he said it’s one of his favorites.

Best Buy has an expanding selection of kids and family movies that you can get either online or in-store.  Movies are always a great gift, or fun for your family’s movie nights or rainy days.  You can check out the amazing selection right here– see what strikes your fancy.
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What your pets do when you’re not home? #TheSecretLifeOfPets #PetsPack

DISCLOSURE -Your post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home? The Secret Life of Pets is now available to own on Digital HD!

Download your copy today from iTunes (also available on Google Play, Amazon Video, and more). It’s the only way the whole family can watch The Secret Life of Pets over the Thanksgiving holiday. And don’t forget, Digital HD allows you to watch the film on any device, anytime anywhere.

The download also comes with three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions. Check out a clip from Mower Minions below:

ABOUT THE FILM

FROM ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES, THE HUMANS BEHIND THE DESPICABLE ME FRANCHISE, COMES AMERICA’S #1 ORIGINAL FILM OF THE YEAR!

In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
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New Series – The Other F Word #TOFWseries

The new series that just started streaming on Amazon last month, The Other F Word, is a comedic inspiration to all women, and especially women over 40.

“The Other F Word,” a new series that is now streaming on Amazon, is a breath of fresh air!

Caytha Jentis, a screenwriter, director and producer takes some amazing characters and immediately pulls us into this new series. Even if you aren’t a woman over 40, you will be eventually, and Caytha shows us that there is nothing wrong with that number – or any number that comes after it.

‘The Other F Word’ is an edgy comedy about a group of friends who find that the angst of raising kids may be nothing compared to the angst of starting over after they are grown. Amazon reviewers are raving about the new series – a unique story line with universal stories that all can relate to. And who doesn’t love to pull up a glass of wine and a blanket and binge watch a great comedy on Amazon? There are already women in line waiting for season 2. Amazon makes it simple to stream and get hooked until the very last episode.

The Other F Word, a new series that is now streaming on Amazon, is a breath of fresh air!

I love the fact that Caytha has the nerve to bring out chatter on ageism in Hollywood. It is something that needs to happen more and more. She is working see women take on a fearless attitude in life – and I couldn’t agree more. The series was released on September 1st and it has been a huge success so far.
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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Disclosure- We saw the below movie with press passes in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own and honest.  Please see I Disclose for more info.

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My son and I recently saw the new Disney movie, Big Hero 6.  We both really enjoyed this movie, it will be one both adult and kids will like.  It was one of the cuter movies I have seen in a while, if a bit sad at times.  The story revolves around a boy-genius, Hiro, who tragically loses his brother whom he looks up to (after they have already lost their parents- Disney hates in-tact cartoon family units, don’t they?). His brother is a “nerd”, and builds amazing technology at a local university.  With some encouragement from his brother and his brother’s friends, Hiro creates a new machine himself and earns a place in the same school.  Unfourtunatly, this is where the trouble starts. His brother is lost, as is the school, but his brother’s invention, the robot-nurse Baymax, and his school friends are there to help Hiro figure it all out.
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