I’m curious how strong boos actually are at the Cannes Film Festival: how long they last, and what small percentage of the audience actually chooses to deliberately ruin a film before it’s ever released. This low-level sound can bury a film because the press loves to report whenever boos happen at the world’s most prestigious film festival. It instantly shapes the film’s cinephile perception. And many self-described cinephiles instantly dismiss it based on word of mouth.
Ryan Gosling last starred in a film—Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives—that was reported to have received a not-so-cordial “smattering of boos” at Cannes. His next film, Lost River, which is his directorial debut, also heard boos at the croisette. Since Gosling is a movie star, and his first film he wrote and directed got booed from areas of the audience, that’s a press cloud that’s hung over his film for almost a year. It is finally being released now.
Beginning today, the entire Star Wars film saga so far has gone entirely digital. The HD bundle will run you $90 through Amazon Instant Video, though several other on-demand video services (like iTunes) also have it available.
Straight up, the idea of Simon Pegg as a ruthless mercenary who gets caught in the middle of an intricate revenge/murder plot sounds pretty rad. Unfortunately, in execution, director Kriv Stenders’ Kill Me Three Times comes off as a wannabe Pulp Fiction, albeit with some decent twists and turns. While the movie certainly has its moments — thanks in part to Pegg’s crass and murderous lead — it ultimately falls short of the cult comedy-thrillers it’s trying to ape.
Set in the fictional Australian surf town of Eagles Nest, the story follows Charlie Wolfe (Pegg), a quicksilver assassin who’s hired to kill the wife (Alice Braga) of a wealthy bar owner (Callan Mulvey). However, Wolfe soon discovers he’s not the only one after his mark, and ends up embroiled in all manner of mayhem, murder and betrayal. In typical Quentin Tarantino fashion, we see the events unfold from numerous perspectives, each one shedding more light on the situation.
It’s not just the Apple Watch, Apple’s one-port $1,299 twelve-inch MacBook with a Retina screen is seeing limited availability across online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, with shipping times for gold models in both 256 and 512GB flavors now having slipped to 3-4 weeks. And across many international markets at availability of the new machine has already slipped to 4-6 weeks.
Worse, the sexy new notebook appears to be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch. Indeed, as some users have reported on Twitter, customizing your MacBook may prompt the Online Apple Store to put up a “This customized Mac takes a bit longer to build” message…. Read the rest of this post here
The full AppleCare+ extended warranty pricing for the Apple Watch is now live on the Online Apple Store. All Watch models include Apple’s standard 1-year warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support, but now these extended warranty plans are optionally available.
At 12:01am PT Apple started taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch models through its online store and the Apple Store iOS shopping app. If you’ve managed to reserve your device for in-store pickup or home delivery on April 24, consider yourself lucky.
As MacRumors points out, pre-order shipping estimates for many Watch models have slipped to 4-6 weeks or later in less than six hours, with some models such as the 42mm Black Link Bracelet now set to ship in July. This means folks who just woke up and pre-ordered the device won’t get it until late next month or June…. Read the rest of this post here