HBO Posts Entire Pilot for ‘The Newsroom’ on YouTube

Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom

A short but important update to say Holy. Mother. Of Crap. HBO has posted the Entire Pilot for Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom on YouTube, for free. This is huge!

Folks, as a devotee, nay Acolyte of The West Wing, it pains me somewhat to say that I just don’t care about The Newsroom, but this? This is the actual HBO Network posting THEIR OWN SHOW on YOUTUBE, for everyone to watch FOR FREE! If you want to know why this is such a huge deal to me, go re-read “How Not To React To The Internet Co-Opting Your TV” and “Caprica: They Just Keep Blowing It Up.”

Then you’ll see why I file this action by HBO under “Dreams Do Come True.”

HBO’ve disabled embedding on the episode (obviously), but here’s the Direct Link.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:58+00:00 July 1st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Marble Hornets Season 2 – DVD Review

Marble Hornets Season 2 DVD

Series:
DVD:

Directed by: Troy Wagner & Joseph DeLage
Written by: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Tim Sutton & Kirill Baru
Starring: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Jessica May & Tim Sutton

Genre: Internet Horror series.
YouTube channels: Marble Hornets; totheark
Twitter: @marblehornets

Previously: My review of Season 1.

Series review: Marble Hornets Season 2 begins with our protagonist Jay waking up in a hotel seven months after Season 1 with no idea of how he got there, or what happened since entry 26. He and a girl named Jessica are the only tenants in the hotel, and Jay soon learns that Jessica has also forgotten how she got there. Jay later finds footage that he shot in the missing seven months, and he begins to piece together what has happened to him, and those in his proximity.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:47+00:00 March 4th, 2012|Reviews|3 Comments

Marble Hornets: The Complete First Season – DVD Review

Marble Hornets: The Complete First Season DVD

Series:
DVD:

Directed by: Troy Wagner
Written by: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Kirill Baru
Starring: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage

Genre: Internet Horror series.
YouTube channels: Marble Hornets; totheark
Twitter: @marblehornets

Series review: Three years ago, Alex Kralie started a student film titled “Marble Hornets,” but abandoned the project halfway through. When his friend Jay (our protagonist and narrator) asks him what he plans to do with the footage, Alex simply says: “Burn It.” After some coercion, Jay manages to get the tapes from Alex, just before he moves away. Jay neglects the tapes for three years and when he finally decides to watch them, he posts any strange incidents on the tapes to a YouTube account. And this draws him into a nightmarish world he cannot escape.

First off, Marble Hornets is scary. Very scary. Not in the “Oh my god, I just jumped out of my seat” way, but more in the “I am paralyzed with fear” way. The series doesn’t rely on jump scares or blood and gore; it is a finely crafted piece of Hitchcockian horror, with elements of Lovecraft thrown in for good measure. The antagonist, The Operator, is an ever present creature with no conceivable motive, and yet unknown paranormal abilities. Based off of the popular Slender Man mythos, The Operator is portrayed as a tall, thin, faceless man wearing a business suit. This seemingly tame combination creates a terrifying beast that will haunt your dreams.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:03+00:00 June 25th, 2011|Reviews|3 Comments

Stuff: Viacom and YouTube Deserve Each Other

Spy vs. Spy

(L to R) Viacom and YouTube

All the time, there’s pop culture stuff going on. You don’t need a whole post about each and every little thing that happens, or every time a DVD gets dropped on the street. We’re here to filter it for you. Now back with sections, so if you don’t give a damn, you can just skip to the parts you want. You’re welcome. Read this then go have a life.

  • The lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube just got a lot more hilarious. It was revealed that YouTube knew from the get-go that a lot of their content was pirated but just wanted the traffic. However, it was revealed that Viacom contributed to their own pirated content on the site, including getting other people to upload their stuff to help boost popularity while at the same time bitching about Those Damn Pirates. Is there a way the judge can just say, “You’re both idiots, now take your toys and go home?” Anyway, the article lines it up rather well and is recommended reading.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:53:42+00:00 March 21st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Kutiman vs. YouTube: Thru You

    Kutiman

    Kutiman is apparently an Israeli DJ (I say apparently because his site is being destroyed right now by traffic) who has taken a slew of YouTube videos and sampled/remixed them into a series of seven badass jam/songs that he calls “Thru You.” It’s fantastic and a pox upon Doc for sending this to me and blitzing my productivity for the rest of the afternoon.

    I think it’s like Danger Mouse decided to taken on the entire goddamn Internet. Doc says, “He’s taken my belief that YouTube’s best function is for finding talented unknown musicians, and followed it to the logical extreme. YouTube is the best unsigned act in the world.”

    Here’s all of the songs in a single playlist for your convenience. Check them out. Let me know what you think.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Here’s his official site and here’s his YouTube ID.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:14+00:00 March 5th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Really Useful, That YouTube

    Frederick B. Owens as Caiaphas from Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Update: Apparently Amazon has some Wiis in stock for today only–they won’t let me link directly to the product, so here’s the Video Games page. You can navigate to it from there. Good luck.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Really Useful Company has followed hard upon the Pythons by kicking off a YouTube channel with various and sundry bits. Here’s my favorite of the bunch so far: from the 2000 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar (original film version reviewed here; recent tour version reviewed here) , featuring a ridiculously basstastic Frederick B. Owens as Caiaphas:

    Direct link for the feedreaders. Source: Variety.

  • When last we mentioned Jack Black’s Brutal Legend, it didn’t have a publisher after Activision dropped it. Now it’s at EA. It’s due out next fall. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:08:38+00:00 December 14th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Sungha Jung: Fretkillr’s Padawan?

    So amidst the old commercials and lame cellphone vids of college students doing shit they’ll regret in 10 years, YouTube holds the unrecognized talent of multitudes. Much like I use MySpace now, YouTube exists primarily as a vehicle for me to stumble on random musicians that can rock my face off without me giving the RIAA any money. I previously shared the faceless Fretkillr, flat-picker extrordinaire. And thanks to CNN/SI’s penchant for weird pop culture tidbits, I can now bring you the awesome that is Sungha Jung, a 10-year-old Korean boy with some serious acoustic guitar chops. He’s got over 120 vids on his channel, but I’ve pulled a couple of my faves out here. Let’s start off with a little Pink Floyd, shall we?

    Goodbye Blue Sky

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:54+00:00 November 17th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Having Issues With YouTube Videos? So Is Everyone Else, Apparently

    We're Sorry, This Video is No Longer Available

    So I’ve started seeing the YouTube We’re Sorry issue, but at first I didn’t think anything of it. Thought maybe YouTube was under maintenance or just having issues. But unless I’m missing something, this is starting to be a big pain in the ass. You might have seen it on this site, even: a YouTube video comes up with the black nothing and “We’re Sorry, This Video is No Longer Available” on it. But if you refresh the page here or even click through to YouTube, then it magically starts working. There are people who have Google Accelerator and it needs to be turned off to fix the problem. I’m not running it. There are people who can’t read the full posts where it says that even on the YouTube site this is happening and think the videos have embedding turned off. That’s not the case. It could also be a virus on my machine, a problem with my network setup, something with flash…no, no and no. This is happening with scads of people across multiple browsers across multiple platforms.

    All of this to say that if you are seeing the issue on Needcoffee, we apologize for the inconvenience. While we love the page views, we would never try to get you to refresh multiple times to see something. Just like this one website I went to that dimmed out the whole site and asked me to subscribe to its RSS feed, making me close out that window before I could read the article. Here’s a tip: let me see your content before you start getting in my face about winding up on my RSS reader, bucko.

    So bear with this and either YouTube will get its shit together or it will die and we’ll replace the videos as they appear on other sites. We’re fine either way.

    (And incidentally, if you’re seeing this and want to share any P.D. you’ve done, I’d love to hear about it.)

    By | 2017-09-24T23:14:36+00:00 August 6th, 2008|Admin|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Chopper Zombie
  • Okay, so Audible just did a bit called “Dueling Narrators” where they put audiobook readers of the same work up against each other in a kind of Iron Reader sort of deal. The much beloved Jim Dale beat out Tim Curry for reading Peter Pan…but Christopher Hurt beat out Uncle Ray reading Uncle Ray’s own Fahrenheit 451? Holy shit. This I have got to hear now.
  • So how do you roll out a multi-platform zombie project? You get in bed with Devil’s Due on a graphic novel called Chopper Zombie, about a motorcycle builder killed for his superfuel who comes back from the dead to provide beatdowns to the corporation who had him killed. Then you produce a movie based on the comic. Then you launch the book at Comic-Con next week where you’ve got a “custom zombie chopper” created by the folks from Monster Garage. This is all because you are Thom Beers, the producer of the show. Again, not a bad strategy if you ask me. One of the films I saw early on that shaped me was Demons, in which our hero rides a motorcycle through a cinema infested with zombie-esque demons while he lops off their heads with a katana blade to the melodious strains of “Fast as a Shark.” So I’ve always had a fondness for the crotch rockets when it comes to anti-zombie work. Official site is live here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:15:31+00:00 July 17th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|6 Comments