Lost Producer Claims Show Is Not Over Yet

The ABC drama/mystery series Lost was a highly successful one that lasted for 6 seasons from 2004 to 2010, but an executive producer on the format has suggested that such a sentence could soon be quickly altered to “is a highly successful one”.

lost_promoCarlton Cuse, a co-writer and executive producer of Lost, has made the claim that a return of the Lost franchise in some form in the future is something that is “inevitable”. Whether that would be a full continuation of the original seems unlikely, but Cuse, speaking as the show is in midst of 10th anniversary premiere celebrations, is of the belief that the show’s universe, in particular the mysterious island the main show takes place on, is ripe for fresh content and a slightly different perspective.

Cuse summarised his thoughts on the future of the series, and what he compares it to: “Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever. Damon [Lindelof] and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story. It’s like the Narnia chronicles.

“There are seven books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways. Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know what it is or how it would work, but I can’t imagine something else won’t be done with the franchise.”

Whether the Lost brand will ever be officially seen on TV again remains as much a mystery right now as some of its in-show headscratchers, so for now the anniversary just has to make do with loving tributes:

Tesco Drop Clubcard TV Streaming Service

In an age of companies falling over themselves in order to get out a streaming competitor to the likes of Netflix, it is rare to hear about one that closes down, but Clubcard TV, the service of British supermarket chain Tesco, seems to be showcasing a crash and burn that may occur to other poorly-received challengers in the not-too-distant future.

clubcard_tv_homepageClubcard TV is apparently to shut down after a period of just a year and a half since launch, with Tesco informing users of the service (who despite the naming affiliation with Tesco’s Clubcard supermarket reward system, is a free ad-supported streaming option) that they have until 28 October to finish watching what they want to watch on the Netflix-style service.

The reasoning behind the closure is claimed to be the fact that the service is recieving few repeat viewers, which would say something either about the rights held or the service itself and public perception of it.

An official Tesco statement on the matter noted: “We have taken the decision to close the Clubcard TV service, which means that unfortunately you won’t be able to watch the library of movies and TV on the service from October 28. Until then everything will carry on as normal, so there’s still time to finish off a series or catch a movie.”

Tesco, however, expected to make an announcement regarding a ‘Hudl 2′ budget tablet computer at the end of this week, will retain their Blinkbox Movies purchase and rental platform, so are not completely out of the streaming game, but how big a blow will it be to have shut down the service they started and fully-branded? It probably won’t be the beginning of a full-on Tesco demise, though, that supermarket stuff has been going pretty well for them…

WWW Founder Calls For Internet Magna Carta

Just over 25 and a half years after he first invented the concept of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out regarding internet censorship, suggesting that the Internet could do with a base set of constitutional laws that outline what should and shouldn’t be allowed online.

sir_tim_berners-leeBerners-Lee, a director of the World Wide Web Consortium and an outspoken advocate of web freedom, claimed that a ’21st century version’ of the Magna Carta (a famed English document of 1215 (itself nearing a significant anniversary, the 800th) that remains the basis of many national and governing constitutions today), so as to outline a users’ right to ‘an open and free internet’.

Speaking at the Web We Want festival in London (England), Berners-Lee summarised: “If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life.

“If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power. Suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies. There have been lots of times that it has been abused, so now the Magna Carta is about saying… I want a web where I’m not spied on, where there’s no censorship.”

Whether the father of internet will receive his wish in the long-running struggle between freedom and corporate power remains to be seen, so it is left to the rest of the world to debate as to whether such a document would be feasible… although certain countries would best be repeatedly reminded on the principles should such an idea become reality:

European Regulators Fully Lift Plane Mobile Device Limitations

After a nation-wide movement was passed this time last year in the USA, a similar one on a continental level has been made in Europe this week, after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that passengers on flights occurring fully within their jurisdiction would be permitted to use their mobile devices in moments of the journey previously unallowed.

easa_logoPassengers would previously have had to put their smartphones and tablet computers (amongst other products) into ‘Airplane Mode’ or turned off completely during take off and landing of flights, but usefully for the masses of European air travelers that limitation will soon be lifted, as the EASA set a target timeframe of 8 months in which to complete the implementation of this new ruling.

To accomplish this, the change will not be made instantly, with individual airlines associated with the EASA set to be required to go through assessment processes by the Cologne (Germany)-based organisation, with the need to prove that their fleet of aircraft’s communications will remain unaffeced by signals from device usage.

An official EASA statement on the matter read: “The new guidance allows airlines to permit personal electronic devices to stay switched on, without the need to be in airplane mode. This is the latest regulatory step toward enabling the ability to offer ‘gate-to-gate’ telecommunication or Wifi services.”

The removal measure, to be made law (or rather, no longer a law) within all EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, will provide European flyers with full device usage by June 2015, so will electronic interference then be further proven as a rarity and/or modern myth causing other locations to follow suit?

Peruvian Woman Claims Frozen Stole Her Life

Disney‘s most recent fairytale juggernaut film Frozen is one which almost all the little girl viewers and plenty of non-little girl viewers have loved, but one who does not seem to enjoy the success the 3D-animated title has had is someone claiming that it ripped off her life story.

frozen_chillAmbitiously aiming to sue Disney for $250 million (or PEN719.5m) over her beliefs on the matter, Peruvian writer Isabella Tanikumi has called plagiarism on the film’s creators, claiming that it is ‘closely based on her life’ and in many cases directly extracted from her memoirs Living My Truth and Yearnings of the Heart, which outline the writer’s childhood experiences living at the base of the Andes Mountains.

The Guardian reports that Tanikumi has cited no less than 18 instances in the 102-minute film in which her memoirs have been stolen from, including the focus on two sisters who draw closer together after an earthquake kills a loved one, on sister injuring the other and hiding in shame, and love interests named ‘Hans’ and ‘Cristoff’, the names of the main male characters from the movie.

She has also suggested that Frozen’s DVD covers carry distinct similarities to a cover of her book.

Though Disney can probably afford what Tanikumi is asking for considering the Frozen brand grossed over $1b in box office alone and has plenty more related content and money-making attractions in the pipeline, the fact is that they have already claimed the movie to be an inspired work… from 1844 fairytale The Snow Queen, by famed Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, who is probably not in a position to claim any compensation on the matter 170 years on.

Whether a Peruvian writer can make a decisive claim that she has been copied as well remains to be seen, so will Frozen‘s producers be able to hold off the heat of plagiarism accusations, or will this case start off a run of attempts to wring some money out of Disney? Surely someone within Disney saw something in this blog’s archives and liked it at some point…

Twitter Target Targeted Trailers

Whether it is the latest blockbuster, a niche critically-acclaimed feature, a specific genre, or a deliberately terrible film (or an actually terrible film), there is a type of movie out there for everyone, although sometimes they just don’t know what it is yet.

twitter_video_iconSocial media microblogging giants Twitter have revealed plans to integrate with the movie industry and remove some of those issues by proposing the introduction of ‘targeted movie adverts’ on their platform, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The service would apparently work by Twitter gathering data from a user’s tweet archive, with any mentions of topics, but more specifically specific movies, leading to a good idea of what that user might want to watch in the future, with adverts from participating studios later supplied to them based on that data.

An example of this has been cited as being Twitter users posting about Guardians of the Galaxy or a character in that film later being shown adverts on the site for future Marvel Comics-based films, with Twitter measuring engagement over film names, genres, and the world of cinema in general to make their automated marketing efforts.

Twitter’s ‘global head of research’ Jeffrey Graham claims that such a move would expand on Twitter’s existing status as “a major influence on movie choice”.

Graham summarised: “Not only are people hearing about new movies on Twitter, they are using it to make a decision about what to see, then sharing their experience with friends. The research highlighted just how many different opportunities there are for marketers to connect with this behaviour on Twitter.”

Set to be tested in over the coming months, similar to how the ‘buy button’ on Twitter is presently being trialled, will interactive movie trailer suggestions become a mutually lucrative venture? This blog doesn’t have the data to provide you with such a service, so we’ll apply the basic method of looking up the two highest-rated titles on the IMdB: