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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Film Hype: LA Film Festival & Criterion Streaming

The LA Film Festival, June 1-9, has had some big news of late. They're finally out of the awful and hard to get to LA Live Regal Cinemas and now will be at ArcLight Hollywood. Forgot downtown, only worry about Hollywood, a much easier Hell to deal with. It's downright relaxing then LA Live.

Other big news was the announcement of the competitive films, which is a really the main films of the festival. Their synopsis pages aren't up yet or schedule, but you can see what made the cut.

Check them out here

FilmStruck, a new streaming service comes to us through Turner. You'll be able to stream Turner Classic Films and the Criterion Collection. This is huge news for cinephiles as both groups have some of the best classics and art house movies under their belts for viewing. Sadly, this service doesn't come out until this Fall.

Also announced was TCM Backlot, a special fan club of TCM that gives special access to fans.

From press release:
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the launch of its first ever-official fan club, TCM Backlot, which will serve as the ultimate destination for enthusiasts of TCM. TCM Backlot will give fans unprecedented access to all things TCM including exclusive content, never-before-seen talent interviews, archival videos from the TCM vault, an exclusive TCM podcast, as well as opportunities to win visits to the TCM set, attend meet and greets with TCM hosts and the opportunity to influence programming through online votes. TCM Backlot can be accessed at for an $87 annual fee and will be available for fans to join on April 27, as a kick-off to the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival which begins the next day in Hollywood. The fan club was created in partnership with fullcube, a platform integrating and automating subscription-based businesses.