Movie theater franchises have been adding more and more immersive theater experiences to their screenings: There’s the ever-popular IMAX (in its various forms), AMC has the Dolby Cinema, and Regal Cinemas has launched a few new options with ScreenX and 4DX. I spent the summer checking out cinema chain’s answers to slumping attendance, focusing mainly on what 4DX has to offer.
Nashville, Tennessee is hot, not just because of the nighttime drama but because it seems to be the next “it” city. The city already hosts one of the most successful and largest traditional film festivals in the south with the Nashville Film Festival. Now a group of art fans, filmmakers, and musicians are seeking to bring the city its first real underground festival (every big city seems to have a major festival and an underground one too).
CultureSmash Nashville is a more inclusive festival that NaFF though by dividing its space and time among a short film festival, a visual arts expo, and a live music showcase.
Back in April, AC/DCannounced that one of the band’s founding members, Malcolm Young, would be taking a break from the band due to an undisclosed illness. Rumors of what could be wrong with the 61-year-old guitarist blew up on the internet, from stroke to cancer. We’ve waited anxiously for a real announcement, and now that it’s here the news is not good.
Syfy Channel’s Defiance returned last week for Season 2 following the premiere of Dominion, a new series based on the 2010 film Legion. Both series together made for a strong night of programming for Syfy with Dominion seeing a solid start. Compared to all ad-supported cable scripted drama series premieres year to date, Dominion ranks #4 in L+SD rating among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, and #2 among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54. Kicking off the night at 8PM (ET/PT) with its Season 2 premiere, Defiance delivered 776K Adults 18-49 and 948K Adults 25-54, which is a solid return for basic cable.
Defiance was sold as a truly interactive experience when it premiered alongside a massively multilayer online video-game. Happenings in the game were supposed to effect the series. It appears though that the television series featuring genre favorite actress Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is outlasting the game. The series is set on Earth after a destructive battle with aliens. The world is now trying to rebuild with aliens and humans trying to live together.
There have been tons of rumors over the last few days about the rock band AC/DC retiring due to 61-year-old rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young being very ill. AC/DC is probably the least public band that has ever existed so getting real answers is tough.
Today the band finally released a brief statement (I mean brief) confirming that Young is ill and is stepping away from AC/DC.