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Google Partners With Sony Pictures, Universal And Warner Brothers For YouTube Movies

Google confirmed the existence of its YouTube Movies service earlier today and has just released more details on which studios and movies will provide the 3,000 titles in its repertoire. YouTube has partnered up with Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros and others to offer full length feature films on YouTube.com/movies. Fox, which we mistakenly reported had joined the brood earlier, is noticeably absent.

From the YouTube blog:

“Today, we’re announcing another step in our goal to bring more of the video you love to YouTube: the addition of thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios available to rent in the US at youtube.com/movies. In addition to the hundreds of free movies available on the site since 2009, you will be able to find and rent some of your favorite films.

From memorable hits and cult classics like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Scarface, and Taxi Driver to blockbuster new releases like Inception, The King’s Speech, Little Fockers, The Green Hornet and Despicable Me. Movies are available to rent at industry standard pricing, and can be watched with your YouTube account on any computer. The new titles will begin appearing later today and over the coming weeks to www.youtube.com/movies, so keep checking back.”

Exciting options – I wonder though, is YouTube still serving up ads to those who pay for a rental?

Netflix Teams Up With David Fincher & Kevin Spacey For Original Series – Deadline.com

Video streaming juggernaut Netflix is becoming an original programming player. In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix has outbid several major cable networks, including HBO and AMC, for  Media Rights Capital’s drama series House of Cards, executive produced and directed by David Fincher and exec produced by and starring Kevin Spacey.

Despite its dominant position in the movie-streaming business, Netflix, which was just upgraded to “buy” by Goldman Sachs, has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly through the social media service. In fact, on the day the Facebook/Warner Bros. deal was announced, Netflix’s shares fell 6%.

Let’s just hope they give the filmmakers more freedom than Amazon Studios!

Can’t wait to see what kind of deal they work out, especially in terms of syndication, residuals, divying up digital rights, etc. I’ll be watching this story closely, as it could have serious repercussions for the entertainment world.

If Netflix maintains some kind of quality standard and doesn’t turn to the tactics of poorer-produced networks than HBO, it could be a really interesting development for new format, quality American programming.

iMovie And Garageband For iOS Announced, Looks Good On iPad 2

Today, Apple announced new versions of iMovie and Garage band for iOS 4.3. Apple says they have set the bar high for devs with the release of the two apps and hope devs build on what they’ve seen in Apple’s programming capabilities.

iMovie on iPad gets a bunch of the same features found in the OS X version. Precision editor, multitrack audio recording, new themes, AirPlay to Apple TV, and sharing of HD videos are just some of the features included. It’s going to cost $4.99 when it releases March 11th.

…and so the iPad becomes a media production device, not just a vehicle for consumption. I’m going to lobby my film school to adopt a herd of these puppies.

Oldboy Director Park Chan-wook Shoots His Latest Film on the iPhone

Well-known South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook has shot his latest film entirely on the iPhone 4. The 30-minute short “Paranmanjang,” Korean for “ups and downs,” is fantasy-horror film about a middle-age man who catches a woman’s body while fishing in the middle of the night.

Despite some of the limitations of the iPhone camera, Park said that the device worked well for the filmmaking. The main difference, he said, was the size and portability of the “camera.” Park told The Guardian that “the new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to.”