Cantonese movies to be screened at National Museum of Singapore
The content starts streaming, for free. While libraries are already loaning e-books, the move to streaming is part of a larger shift for them to remain relevant in a digital world. Libraries are “meeting patrons where they want to access content,” said Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian for Seattle Public Libraries, which is using the service called Hoopla. The service, from Ohio-based Midwest Tape, LLC, is also being used in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Topeka, Kan., and several others towns and cities nationwide. Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems. As of early September, there are about 220,000 people using the app, said Michael Manon, Hoopla’s brand manager. The goal is to reach 100 library systems by year’s end. Libraries have always been a source of audiovisual entertainment. A 2012 Pew Research Center survey found that among patrons 16 years old and older, 40 percent visited libraries to borrow movies. Another 16 percent borrowed music. In the Seattle area, DVDs and CDs of popular titles can have queues of hundreds of people waiting to check them out. E-books have been offered for years now. “Public libraries do not have the budgets to compete with Amazon, Comcast, and Netflix and will not be able to pay a premium for online content,” Blankenship said, adding that DVDs will continue to be the best way to offer popular movies. Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed.
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So youre stuck at home watching them on VOD, says Ryan Rurek, the managing editor of horror film website ShockTillYouDrop.com. October is normally all about the communal experience of having it on the big screen and getting that energy rush in an audience. Its that time of year where everyone wants to share that. There are reasons for the October boo malaise. Horror movies have now become a year-round phenomenon, thriving even in the age of piracy and shrinking box office. In July, The Conjuring reigned as the box office champion while Insidious 2 was audacious in September. The horror hit Mama was supposed to come out in October 2012, but moved out of the crowded month for a January 2013 opening. Producer Guillermo del Toro says distributors are not afraid to put horror movies out anytime now. A lot of people are moving (horror movies) everywhere, he says. Tiffany Smith of the House of Screams horror section of Fandango.com, which naturally chose October to launch, points out that movie studios are finding new spooky holidays to spread the horror wealth. Friday the 13th is continuing to see growth as a launch pad. This year there was a lot riding on Friday, September 13, with Insidious 2, says Smith. That weekend actually played as a bigger movie weekend than Halloween is this year. In years past, October marked the heralded release of new bloody Saw movies, which owned the weekend before Halloween annually from 2004 until 2009. Paranormal Activity grabbed the precious weekend after its blockbuster breakout in 2009 and kept it until 2013. Paranormal Activity became the fixture for that weekend, says A Haunted House 2 producer Rick Alvarez. You would never come up against them because you would be killed. But, after scaring off the competitors for 2013, Paramount announced that Paranormal Activity 5 would not come out as planned on Oct.
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Come October 10, 15 iconic Cantonese movies from the 1950s and 1960s will be screened at the National Museum of Singapore. PHOTOS Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse in the 1966 Cantonese film “The Dreadnaught”. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tse was one of the most popular leading men in Cantonese film in Hong Kong. (Photo: Family of Ho Kian-ngiap, third son of Ho Khee-yong) Caption SINGAPORE: Come October 10, 15 iconic Cantonese movies from the 1950s and 1960s will be screened at the National Museum of Singapore. Featuring Hong Kong movie stars of yesteryear such as Patrick Tse Yin and Patsy Kar Ling, it is an 11-day showcase of movies made by Kong Ngee Film Company, which was started by two brothers from Singapore. “Singaporean brothers, Ho Khee-yong and Ho Khee-siang’s pioneering spirit and successful venture into motion picture production placed Singapore on the world map,” said director of the National Museum of Singapore, Angelita Teo. In a statement, the National Museum said, “Kong Ngee Company Limited had its humble beginnings in film distribution in Southeast Asia.” “The company went on to own cinema halls across the region, and in 1955, the Ho brothers made their first foray into filmmaking, under the Kong Ngee Film Company.” it added. Among the 15 films that will be shown in the retrospective are some that were shot in this region, such as “Moon Over Malaya”, which may offer a glimpse of scenes from the past. The movies, with English subtitles, will be screened at the Gallery Theatre at the National Museum of Singapore from October 10-20. Admission is by tickets, and more information can be found at the SISTIC website. – CNA/fa
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