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Wherever he is, you can bet David Lynch is busy. Lynch is an American director that needs no introduction, nor does his work — which is an incredible thing to be able to say about an artist anyone considers a ‘surrealist’, if you stop to think about that. The Short Films of David Lynch does not contain the complete short films of David Lynch, but it does contain several commissioned pieces and very experimental works Lynch created as a student. If you’re a fan, a completist film-follower, or someone just plain interested in some of the most… well, interesting short material you may ever see, check below. More »

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If you’re a big fan of cinema, at some point you’ve probably heard of The Criterion Collection. They specialize in cult, foreign, and critically acclaimed films from many of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Originally available on Netflix, their entire streaming collection moved to Hulu a few years ago. Right now and through Sunday, February 17th, they are streaming over 800 films for free (only in the United States, unfortunately). Embedded below are just a few of my favorites available on the service. Click through to check them out. More »

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Much is being made of The Confession, an original web series starring Kiefer Sutherland that just concluded on Hulu after premiering in March. The hype isn’t limited to the show itself, instead centering on reports that it has already turned a profit through Hulu’s free ad-driven model. There are plenty of additional revenue streams available for the show, and so the question on everyone’s mind is: does this mean original web series are a viable business model now? Because back when Zack Lieberman and I won the Webby for The West Side, that was not the case. Every studio we met with felt that the online revenue streams were not mature enough to support a decently-budgeted web series, with or without recognizable stars. Is The Confession a “watershed moment?” More »

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In the world of digital content distribution, things are changing so quickly that if you blink, you miss it. With iTunes and iOS, Apple is the 800 lb gorilla in the room, and ever since the iPad became the fastest-selling gadget in history, the elephant in the room (too many analogous animals in the room now?) has been magazine subscriptions. The iPad has the perfect form-factor for reading magazines — I personally like the Kindle more for reading books — but until now, Apple didn’t offer a standardized method of “subscribing” to a magazine. Until now. And as it turns out, Apple’s new subscription terms are going to govern far more than magazine subscriptions, but applications sales, video distribution, and more. More »

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Hulu today announced Hulu Plus, a paid tier of their ad-supported service that puts them in direct competition with Netflix’s Watch Instantly service. While the bulk of Netflix’s business is still DVDs by mail, they are planning on gradually moving to streaming-only, at which point Netflix and Hulu (Plus) will essentially be the same concept. For example, to date Hulu has been restricted to computers; similar to Netflix’s present streaming service, however, Hulu Plus will be available on iPhones, iPads, PS3s, SamsungTVs and Blu-ray players, and more (Xbox 360 support, for example, is “coming early 2011″). Hulu Plus will run $9.99/month and grants subscribers access to more seasons of more shows; it also enables more HD (720p) content. Here’s the video: More »