Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Terminator' runs late, Ghosts en espanol and the slow, public death of Netflix

  New ‘Terminator’ hits the skids?

                You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger ‘Terminator’ fan than yours truly. Heck, I even appreciated “Salvation” for what it was: a dumb, but surprisingly fun ride.
                So, that said, I’m not sure how I feel about this news concerning the next entry in the beloved killer robot saga.
                Director Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) has been attached to the proposed “Terminator” sequel for some time, but it seem another action sequel may just have nabbed his attention: the 6th “Fast and the Furious” movie.
                Lin may be too busy with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and a fleet of fast cars to spend any time with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a fleet of Hunter Killer robots. At least for a while.
                This could cause problems for “Terminator” which has been sort of fast-tracked. If producers can’t come up with a new entry by 2018, the franchise’s rights revert back to creator James Cameron. By that time “Fast and the Furious” should be nearing its 13th entry, while the slow-moving, but big-talking Cameron might just be getting around to finishing off the “Avatar” trilogy.

      More ‘Paranormal,’ NEW language
                No, it’s not the Spanish language version of “Paranormal Activity,” which would be awesome.
                What we’ve got is a new poster for a brand new film: “Paranormal Xperience 3-D!” God what a horrible title. It’s like the horror-version of “The Real House Wives of Orange County.” Could you stick any more buzz terms in there?
                This film follows the trials and tribulations of a group of medical students who head to an abandoned mining to find proof ghosts exist. Judging by the hodgepodge trailer, it looks like they find that and a dozen or so other horror clichés.
                The scariest part? This film is from some of the producers of the outstanding Spanish language thriller: “The Orphanage.”

Netflix puts yet another bullet right in its foot
                Netflix is rapidly becoming the new Facebook. Every move it makes just makes people madder and madder.
                And Netflix has certainly earned its place as everyone’s new favorite punching bag.
                The company raised its prices an astronomic 60% over the summer and recently announced it was officially dividing the DVD and Streaming portions of its services into two separate websites.
                The streaming portion will keep the Netflix name, but the DVD-by-mail brand wasn’t so lucky. Despite being the better, more useful half of the company, the DVD half was saddled with the lame duck name: Qwikster. Ugh.
                And from the looks of it, the name is already an unmitigated disaster.
                According to Bnet blogger Erik Sherman, 36% of people in a recent survey said the name “was easily confused with similar names.” That was the number one answer, by the way. Not a great sign for name recognition.
                Several participants noted they couldn’t spot a connection between the name and what the company did.
                Sherman also points out the long line of failure associated with the suffix “ster.” Namely: Napster, Friendster and Flickster.
                There's not a ton of good news in this post. At least now we know why Netflix picked the name Qwikster: It’ll remind people of quicksand and people being caught in over their head. Like Netflix is right now as it continues to bleed subscribers.

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