RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (December 19th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Earlier this week, bowing to the threats of the hackers, Sony announced that they were pulling The Interview from theatrical release, an act of cowardice and surrender.

Making matters worse, later in the week, Sony also announced they were pulling The Interview entirely. No VOD, no DVD’s, nothing. First Amendment, freedom of expression be damned.

As if all this wasn’t enough, it’s now speculated that Sony’s decision was rooted in the financial much more than in the political. One news outlet is reporting that the only way for Sony to recoup their investment through an insurance claim is to dump the film entirely, a total write-off needed to qualify.

One pathetic decision after another by the Sony brass… I have all the latest information and more under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS.

Also in this edition of the Weekend Blog:
  • All the latest Oscar race news
  • The Hollywood Reporter’s Director’s Rountable
  • An awesome look at Hollywood’s toxic addiction to franchises
  • Making a living as an independent filmmaker
  • An oral history of Boogie Nights (remarkable piece)
  • See which films made the National Film Registry (Dude!)
  • YouTube faces a new challenge
  • A 96 minute filmmaking masterclass with Alfred Hitchcock
Plus much, much more.

Under TIPS, I have screenwriting, filmmaking, distribution and acting 411. And under VIDEOS, a bunch of new trailers.

Plus, STAGE 32 NEWS, SUCCESS STORIES, MEETUPS, and POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

As always, I welcome remarks on any of the content in the Comments section below.

Enjoy, and have a terrific weekend!

RB
STAGE 32 NEWS
We're 
thrilled to announce that the newest and, by far, the best version to date of the Stage 32 app is now available for download. This version improves upon and introduces a myriad of features that will make it easier than ever to network, share content, search for jobs, participate in the Lounge, search for connections and much, much more. Additionally now you can share all your photos through the app.  To find out all of the new features the app contains and to download it for FREE, click here: Introducing The New Stage 32 App - 8 New Features!

Make sure you are checking your site updates everyday as we are introducing a new deal of the day for our 10 Days of Holiday Cheer. To see what deals have already been announced and to keep up with the daily deal, make sure to check your site updates every day. You can also see the deals here: Stage 32 Site Updates

We have some very exciting educational opportunities coming up in January, so make sure to keep your eye on your Home Page as we announce them. Gear up your creative New Years' Resolution calendar and get ready to learn! 


 STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES
 POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS
STAGE 32 PLANNED AND PROPOSED MEETUPS
 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
 VIDEOS
TIPS   
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