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- A new National Research Group survey found that nearly half of MoviePass subscribers were considering canceling the service, and less than half were satisfied with it.
- That's a sharp drop from NRG's first survey in April, which found that 83 percent of MoviePass subscribers were satisfied.
- Former users who already canceled cited constant rule changes as a reason, and those who remained didn't find the service trustworthy anymore.
- Guy Pearce, who stars in the new Netflix original series "The Innocents," said in a recent interview that the company told him not to talk about "binge-watching" in interviews promoting the Netflix series.
- Though it's unclear exactly where the phrase "binge-watching" originated, Netflix did use the term in a press release as early as December 2013, the year it released its first original series, "House of Cards."
- 08/28/18--08:50: Here's why Google went to Burning Man to find its next CEO
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the cofounders of Google, went to Burning Man with Eric Schmidt nearly two decades ago to see if he had what it takes to become CEO.
- Schmidt landed the job because he proved he could cut loose at Black Rock Desert, where Burning Man is held.
- Specifically, Brin and Page wanted to see that Schmidt could achieve a "group flow state," to get the best work out of their employees.
- The maker of the enormously popular game "League of Legends," Riot Games, is a massive game studio with thousands of employees.
- Riot is accused of fostering a sexist, hostile work environment.
- "The frequency and intensity of inappropriate behavior in the workplace had become a concern not long after I arrived," Barry Hawkins, a former manager at Riot, wrote in a lengthy piece this week.
- Hawkins said he left Riot Games in early 2014 because of ongoing concerns with the culture at the studio and the feeling that pushing back imperiled his job stability.
- Former "Doctor Who" and "The Crown" star Matt Smith has been cast in next year's "Star Wars: Episode IX," according to Variety.
- Smith is up for an Emmy this year for his performance as Prince Philip in "The Crown."
- "Star Wars: Episode IX" comes to theaters December 20, 2019.
- An unverified Twitter account claiming to be Warren Buffett is raking in followers.
- Kanye West posted a screenshot of one of the tweets Tuesday, drawing his 28.1 million followers' attention to the account.
- Impersonation is against Twitter's terms of service.
- Investors have turned complacent and are in danger of being sideswiped by a 'likely correction' that's approaching, Morgan Stanley says
- Facebook is expanding Watch globally and letting international publishers earn money from their videos, starting with the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
- Publishers are also getting their hands on a new metric called user retention, which tracks how many viewers watch a publisher’s videos week after week on the platform.
- Facebook is clearly betting that people will repeatedly watch videos on its platform
- Watch time and view counts.
- How many people have followed or unfollowed a Page.
- A metric called user retention, which tracks how many viewers watch a publisher’s videos week after week.
- Video completion rates.
- 08/29/18--05:50: The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in September
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- "Fortnite" is a wildly popular game, and its impact has been steadily bleeding into mainstream culture.
- The latest example of that impact is a dance class being offered by one UK fitness chain that aims to teach kids and teens the dance moves from "Fortnite."
- The class, named "Emote Royale," is a logical extension of the already very popular dance "emotes" from the game.
- MoviePass competitor Sinemia was found to have the most popular plan among moviegoers in a new survey from the National Research Group.
- The plan in question is $7.99 a month for two movies at any theater, but the service offers other plans, as well.
- Theater-specific plans like AMC Stubs A-List were favored less in the survey, but A-List still gained over 260,000 members in less than two months.
- Amazon is being deluged with one-star reviews for its coverage of the US Open in the UK.
- Customers are complaining about poor picture quality and the inability to record and fully rewind matches.
- Amazon said it is addressing specific issues and is "always working to improve all aspects of our service."
- Rapper Kanye West opened up about his support for President Trump and his "slavery sounds like a choice" comments in a new interview on a Chicago radio show.
- West said that Trump "cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs."
- On West's slavery comments, he apologized for the way they "made people feel."
- "I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment," he said.
- 08/29/18--10:21: All the TV shows that have been canceled in 2018
- 08/29/18--12:03: USA's 'Mr. Robot' has been canceled and will end with season 4
- USA canceled "Mr. Robot" after four seasons.
- The final season will air in 2019.
- Series creator and showrunner Sam Esmail said in a statement, "We ultimately have too much respect for Elliot’s journey to extend past its inevitable ending."
Roughly 70,000 "burners" descended on the playa in Black Rock City, Nevada, last weekend for the annual counterculture gathering. The festival is offering its fare of surreal art installations, 130 musical acts, celebrity sightings, and out-of-this-world fashion. This year's Burning Man kicked off on August 26.
Some say you have to experience the world of Burning Man to understand its magic. In the meantime, these photos of Burning Man 2017 offer a glimpse of what it's like to attend.
Each year, a city rises on a remote swath of desert in Nevada. Burners call this temporary metropolis "Black Rock City."
The festival forms in the same shape every year: a giant semi-circle.
Nearly 70,000 people, known as "burners," come for the nine-day event.
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Movie-theater subscription service MoviePass has faced a series of controversies recently, and subscribers seem ready to abandon ship if they haven't already.
According to a new National Research Group poll, first cited by The Hollywood Reporter, nearly half of MoviePass users (47 percent) were considering canceling their subscriptions, and only 48 percent were satisfied with the company.
The latter number is quite low compared to NRG's first survey in April, in which an impressive 83 percent of MoviePass users said they were more satisfied with it compared to other subscription services like Netflix. Those surveyed said that they were seeing more movies than they had before MoviePass, and more diverse movies at that.
For this new survey, NRG surveyed 1,558 moviegoers in August, including 424 MoviePass customers and 100 former customers who had recently canceled. Those who canceled cited the constant rule changes as a reason, and those who remained with the service told NRG they no longer found MoviePass reliable or trustworthy.
While MoviePass has certainly gotten more people into movie theaters, it has struggled to financially sustain itself in recent months, and the dramatic changes and inconsistent business model have driven some subscribers away. In an effort to stay afloat, MoviePass announced last month that it would raise its price from $9.95 a month to $14.95 and restrict popular movies when they were first released. It quickly rolled back those changes, however. Now, the price will stay at $9.95 but users are restricted to three movies a month.
As MoviePass transitions to this new plan, it has caused further headaches for subscribers. For the time being, MoviePass posts a schedule each week to its website with what movies are available each day on the service, and the titles and number of movies can vary. MoviePass is also in the process of converting annual subscribers to its new monthly plan.
Though the rise of Netflix popularized the term "binge-watching" to describe how the company's subscribers tended to consume multiple episodes of a series in one sitting, Netflix now appears to have soured on the phrase.
Guy Pearce, who stars in the new Netflix original "The Innocents," said in an interview with Empire Magazine's film podcast (via IndieWire) that the company told him not to use the phrase "binge-watching" while promoting the series.
"I don't think Netflix likes the term 'binge,'" Pearce said when Empire asked him if viewers would binge-watch "The Innocents." "When we did the promotion for ['The Innocents'] in the [United States], we were strictly sort of instructed beforehand not to talk about 'binge-watching.'"
Pearce didn't elaborate on Netflix's reasoning for the policy, but one assumes that the company has taken issue with the term "binge" for its connection to disorders like binge-eating and binge-drinking. (Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter from Business Insider.)
It's unclear exactly where the phrase "binge-watching" originated. But Netflix did use the phrase in a press release as early as December 2013, the year it released its first big original series, "House of Cards," in promoting survey results that found binge-watching was a "widespread behavior" among TV audiences.
Pearce stars in the supernatural Netflix series "The Innocents" as a doctor who treats shapeshifting beings. The series debuted on August 24.
It's no secret that Burning Man is a stomping ground for tech moguls. The counterculture festival draws rich people and naked hippies under the shared assumption that the future is what you make it.
In his book, "Stealing Fire," author and performance expert Steven Kotler explains how the founders of Google — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — found their CEO at Burning Man nearly two decades ago.
Eric Schmidt joined Google in 2001 as chief executive and served in that position until 2011, when he transitioned to become executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet. He stepped down from that role last year and continues to serve on Alphabet's board.
Page and Brin were proud "burners"
Page and Brin were the quintessential "burners."
"From the very beginning, Larry and Sergey have been kind of rabid attendees. The center atrium at Google for years was decorated with pictures of Googlers at Burning Man, spinning fire, doing various things," Kotler, author of "Stealing Fire," told Business Insider.
Part of what appealed to the duo about Burning Man was the sense of community at its core.
"So one of the things that happens at Burning Man — and there's recent research out of Oxford that sort of backs this up — is that Burning Man alters consciousness in a very particular way and it drops people into a state of group flow," Kotler said.
"Flow is a peak-performance state," he continued. "It's an individual performing at their peak. Group flow is simply a team performing at their peak, and everybody has some familiarity with this."
"If you've ever taken part in a great brainstorming session, where ideas are kind of bouncing everywhere — you're really reaching ripe, smart conclusions. If you've seen a fourth-quarter comeback in football. ... That's group flow in action," Kotler said.
According to Kotler, Google relies on creating group-flow states to get the best work out of their employees.
In 1999, Page and Brin raised $12.5 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a top VC firm in Silicon Valley. As part of the deal, they promised the firm they would hire an outsider to replace Page as CEO — a common play to provide "adult supervision" to young founders.
They wanted the next CEO to be in harmony with these group-flow states. But they didn't really know how to screen for it. Then they met Schmidt, then-CEO of software company Novell.
Schmidt had a leg up on the competiton
"[Page and Brin] had blown through and alienated like 50 different CEOs in the valley they tried to interview," Kotler said, "and they found out that Eric Schmidt had actually been to Burning Man."
"So they bumped him to the top of their list, they took him to Burning Man to see how he would do. They wanted to know was he going to be able to let go of his ego, merge with the team, or was he going to stand in its way?" Kotler said.
"And it turns out he passed the test, and the result is one of the most pivotal CEO hires in the modern era," he added.
Schmidt took the CEO spot in 2001 — a hire that Page would later describe as "brilliant" — and became executive chairman in 2011.
In 2018, Alphabet announced John Hennessy, a former president of Stanford University, would replace Schmidt as the new chairman of the board.
We're not sure if Page and Brin sent Hennessy, who is 65, to Burning Man for a test run, though it is unlikely.
Joe Avella and Kevin Reilly contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.
If you liked reading about Google's culture, check out the BI Prime story on Apple's peculiar way of notifying employees that they're moving into its newly-built "spaceship" headquarters.
One of the biggest game studios in the world, Riot Games, is facing multiple accusations of fostering a culture of sexism and hostility.
After Kotaku published its monthslong investigative report in early August outlining a "bro culture" at the Los Angeles-based company, new accusations surfaced in a piece published this week on the personal blog of a former employee.
"The frequency and intensity of inappropriate behavior in the workplace had become a concern not long after I arrived," Barry Hawkins, who was a director of product management at Riot Games, wrote in the piece, titled "The Story of Why I Left Riot Games."
"There were two predominant flavors of behavior," he said. "One was the use of sexual references and gestures by straight men toward other straight men, and the other was the sexist and inappropriate language about women."
In his piece, Hawkins details his experience working at Riot Games — from August 2012 to February 2014 — as one repeatedly characterized by sexism. Worse, he said, his attempts to push back against that culture were met with enough resistance that he ended up leaving the company.
"I concluded that I was not going to be able to effectively impact the issues with the culture at Riot," he wrote, "and my first significant attempt at raising concerns had put my job in jeopardy."
Kotaku's report detailed the experiences of over two dozen current and former Riot Games employees, offering a similarly grim assessment of the company's culture.
"They just didn't respect women," a former employee named Lacy told the publication.
Several people who spoke to Kotaku described instances of sexual harassment from management, ongoing struggles to hire women, and casual sexism in conversations with coworkers. Hawkins echoed these accusations in his piece and said the issues with Riot's culture go all the way to the top.
Hawkins said that during a 2013 offsite work event for all Riot Games hiring managers, CEO Brandon Beck made a joke about rape as part of a speech:
"They shared an example of how one candidate did not take an offer initially, but because we persevered and followed up, they eventually did take our offer. At the end of that example, Brandon laughed and said, 'I was about to say something.' He paused, and then went on to say, 'No doesn't necessarily mean no.'"
More than just a joke during the speech, the anecdote ended up enshrined in a slide deck, Hawkins said. It was this that led Hawkins to leave Riot Games — in an email follow-up, Hawkins said he politely confronted the Riot Games CEO, which led to a series of meetings that eventually persuaded him to leave. He now works for Hulu as a director of technical program management.
Riot Games has denied the allegations in Kotaku's report and did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Hawkins' account.
Former "Doctor Who" and "The Crown" star Matt Smith is traveling to a galaxy far, far away.
According to Variety, which cites anonymous sources, Smith has been cast in next year's "Star Wars: Episode IX" in a "key role," though it's unknown if he'll be joining the Resistance, the evil First Order, or something else entirely.
Disney did not immediately return a request for comment.
Smith is nominated for an Emmy this year for his role as Prince Philip in the second season of Netflix's "The Crown." He'll be replaced in the third season by Tobias Menzies, which is expected to hit Netflix in 2019.
Smith also portrayed the 11th Doctor in the long-running BBC series "Doctor Who" from 2010 to 2013, so he's no stranger to sci-fi.
Smith would be joining a star-studded cast that includes returning faces Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, as well as fellow newcomers like Keri Russell.
"Star Wars: Episode IX" comes to theaters December 20, 2019.
"Cyberpunk 2077," from developer CD Projekt Red, is one of the most anticipated video games in the world right now.
Fans got a first look at "Cyberpunk 2077" during Microsoft's E3 press conference in June, and it was one of the highlights of the whole multi-day event. But unless you were physically in Los Angeles and attending E3, you didn't get to witness CD Projekt Red's 50-minute uncut gameplay demo of "Cyberpunk 2077" that was held behind closed doors and away from cameras.
But on Monday, CD Projekt Red finally revealed the gameplay demo so many were dying to see. The 50-minute gameplay reveal for "Cyberpunk 2077" was live-streamed to Twitch, and was posted to YouTube shortly thereafter for all to see.
If you don't have 50 minutes to watch the gameplay reveal, or you just want to get a general idea of what this game is about, here are 31 things we learned about "Cyberpunk 2077" from its first gameplay video:
1. In Cyberpunk 2077, you play as V, an urban mercenary and cyberpunk who takes on dangerous jobs for money.
2. You create your own version of V: You can choose to be male or female, which affects who you can romance in the game. Many non-playable characters you'll meet are bisexual, but not all of them are.
3. You can also choose your haircut, tattoos, and put points into various attributes like Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and something called "Cool."
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Kanye West has drawn his 28.1 million followers' attention to a Twitter account claiming to be Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
On Tuesday, the rapper posted a screenshot of a tweet from the unverified and misspelled account of @warrenbuffet99. The tweet was a list of "lessons from children" that included laughing often and asking more questions — characteristic of the motivational tone that the Buffett imposter has taken with its 71 tweets. The account was temporarily restricted after West's tweet.
Buffett's real, verified account only has nine tweets.
The fake Buffett account had over 242,000 followers as of Tuesday afternoon, nearly six times as many as it had on Monday. The account was started in December 2016 but doesn't appear to have tweeted before Saturday.
West is one of the more prolific and controversial celebrities on Twitter. After he tweeted a photo of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, he got a response from President Donald Trump, who called him "my brother." But other celebrities distanced themselves from West and Trump.
Facebook is making a bigger bet on Watch and plans to crank up the number of ads that appear in videos.
On Wednesday, the social network rolled out Watch globally. Up until now, Facebook tested Watch in the US only as part of a bigger bet to enlist creators and publishers to make content that consumers will habitually watch on the platform.
As part of the expansion, publishers can now access a hub called Creator Studio, which allows them to manage their video inventory and access analytics about their videos, including a new metric that specifically measures audience retention.
Watch has slowly evolved in the US over the past few months to include more videos from Pages that are monetized through mid-roll and pre-roll ads. While ad loads are small, some publishers are starting to see revenue potential in Watch, especially with the ability to sell their own inventory.
According to Facebook, 50 million people in the US visit the Watch tab every month to watch videos for at least one minute.
"It's not an insane ad load to where it would drive users away, but if you've watched two or three minutes of video, we hope in the Watch environment that you're going to stay on what's next," Ken Blom, VP of branded distribution at BuzzFeed, told Business Insider recently. "Facebook will talk about 'intentionality' as the metric that they think about for Watch."
Facebook is taking the same approach internationally
Similar to the gradual rollout in the US, videos from any international Pages are now eligible to show up in Watch, regardless of whether it’s a show or a video clip.
Creators in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia can set up ad breaks to make money off of their videos. The international ad break program will expand to 21 additional countries and languages in September including Argentina, France, Spain, Thailand, and Peru.
Facebook claims that 70% of mid-roll ads are viewed to completion and offers publishers an auto-insertion tool that can automatically detect the best place to plug an ad into a video. Publishers can also control ad breaks manually. Creators keep 55% of ad revenue while Facebook keeps the other 45%.
To be eligible for ad breaks, publishers need to create three-minute videos that have collectively racked up 30,000 one-minute views over the past two months. They also need to have Pages with at least 10,000 followers.
Within Creator Studio, publishers can see stats like:
To find out which series audiences are anticipating the most, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 12 million global users to see which upcoming TV series viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.
The list includes shows like Netflix's dark comedy "Maniac," starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and the USA Network's TV adaptation of the horror film series "The Purge."
Here are the 5 new shows viewers are anticipating the most for September, according to TV Time:
5. "Mayans M.C." — Premieres September 4 on FX
Summary: "The next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning 'Sons of Anarchy' saga. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel 'EZ' Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp."
4. "Manifest" — Premieres September 24 on NBC
Summary: "When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years - and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance."
3. "The Purge" — Premieres September 4 on USA
Summary: "During a 12-hour period when all crime — including murder — is legal, a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America."
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Netflix has a contentious history with film festivals, but the streaming service has been welcomed with open arms to this year's Venice Film Festival, which begins on Wednesday. It will premiere six movies at the fest.
The movies hail from respected and Oscar-winning filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and the Coen Brothers. In fact, Netflix no doubt has its sights on the Oscars this year: you don't finance films from such directors and premiere them at Venice if you're not thinking about awards season.
While the streamer's "Icarus" won best documentary this year (Netflix's only Oscar win so far), Netflix and the Oscars have been a controversial topic in the past. Director Steven Spielberg proclaimed that Netflix films deserve Emmys, not Oscars, because "once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie." Netflix also pulled out of the Cannes Film Festival after it introduced a rule change, in which any film without a theatrical distribution in France would be disqualified from competition.
But Venice has rejuvenated Netflix's Oscar hopes, and the Toronto International Film Festival next month will show seven Netflix movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
We've rounded up the six Netflix movies showing at Venice below (Most don't have official release dates yet, but are all expected to arrive on Netflix later this year):
Director: Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity," "Children of Men," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban")
Netflix description:"A story that chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s."
Cuarón won the Oscar for best director in 2014 for "Gravity," and also shared a best film editing win for the same film. He's been nominated for two screenplay Oscars for "Children of Men" and "Y Tu Mamá También." He was nominated for best film editing for "Children of Men."
Watch the trailer here.
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen ("Hail, Caesar!," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "True Grit," "No Country for Old Men")
Netflix description: "Saddle up for six tales about the American frontier from the unique minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed this anthology."
The Coen Brothers have been nominated for screenplay Oscars for a number of films, including "True Grit" and "A Serious Man." They won for best original screenplay for "Fargo" and best adapted screenplay for "No Country for Old Men," in which they also won Oscars for directing and best picture.
"On My Skin"
Director: Alessio Cremonini ("Border")
Status: Coming to Netflix September 12
Netflix description:"Arrested in Rome for a drug-related offense, Stefano Cucchi endures a harrowing week in custody that changes his family forever. Based on true events."
Watch the trailer here.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Dance moves like "the worm" and "the robot" have existed for years, but the explosively popular game "Fortnite" thrust them back to the forefront of popular culture.
Sports players are dropping "Fortnite" dance moves after major plays, and kids are flossing left and right. So, so much flossing.
But what if you're a young dance lover with no moves, looking for guidance? Look no further than "Emote Royale," a dance class offered by David Lloyd Clubs — a chain of fitness clubs in the UK.
The class promises to teach a dozen different emotes, and to integrate them into a "Fortnite"-themed workout.
"Once each move has been perfected, the class performs a routine of all 12 moves together and even warms down with dances from the game such as the slowed down version of ‘the eagle’ and the ‘storm salutation,'" a press release from David Lloyd Clubs explains.
The classes are included in the "DL Kids" program as part of a membership to the clubs, which starts at £55 ($71) per month.
They're being sold as a means of promoting activity in kids — kids who might otherwise be sitting on a couch playing "Fortnite." Not a bad idea!
Take a look at the class in action right here, care of BBC Radio Bristol:
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At its worst, the science fiction genre can produce enjoyably bad or terribly unwatchable cinema.
The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically panned sci-fi movies of all time finds contemporary eyesores like Netflix's Will Smith-led "Bright" alongside older films like 1978's "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!"
The apocalyptic allegory "Left Behind" makes two appearances on this list, once for its 2001 original and, lower down the list, for a 2014 remake starring Nicholas Cage.
The list consists of the lowest-rated movies on Metacritic's site that feature a "sci-fi" tag.
Here are the 69 worst science fiction movies of all time, according to critics:
69. "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (2015)
Critic score: 29/100
User score: 3.5/10
What critics said: "A comedy that's so witless and unfunny and shoddily made it makes 'The Hangover 2' look like 'The Godfather 2.'" — Entertainment Weekly
68. "Aliens vs Predator - Requiem" (2007)
Critic score: 29/100
User score: 4.4/10
What critics said: "A tasteless, witless, mindlessly perfunctory bloodbath that has the discourtesy to take itself seriously. Pitting aliens against predators may be the height of frivolity, but God forbid anyone have fun with it." — The AV Club
67. "Alien vs. Predator" (2004)
Critic score: 29/100
User score: 5.5/10
What critics said: "Take a wretched premise. Imagine the worst picture that could be made from it. Then imagine something even worse. That's 'Alien vs. Predator.'" — San Francisco Chronicle
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Moviegoers interested in theater subscription services are quickly losing their patience with MoviePass, and that's reflected in a new survey from the National Research Group.
NRG found that Sinemia, a MoviePass competitor, has the most attractive plan in a survey that polled 1,558 moviegoers in August. 41 percent of respondents who are currently subscribed to a theater service or are interested in doing so indicated that they would be "very likely to subscribe" to a model like Sinemia's $7.99-a-month plan for two movies at any theater.
MoviePass' new plan — $9.95 for three movies a month — came in second with 33 percent of the moviegoers surveyed saying they were very likely to subscribe. Theater-chain specific plans, like A-List and Cinemark Movie Club, didn't fare as well at 23 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
MoviePass is in the process of transitioning to its new plan, and in the meantime, is limiting the number of movies subscribers can see daily. It also began transitioning annual subscribers to the new monthly plan over the weekend, which has caused complications for some who wanted to cancel.
The survey found that nearly half of MoviePass subscribers were considering canceling, and less than half were satisfied with the service, which is a sharp contrast to NRG's first survey in April. That found 83 percent of MoviePass users more satisfied with it than other subscription services like Netflix.
This could be good news for Sinemia, which has been overshadowed by MoviePass' sudden surge in popularity and the complications that have come from it. Sinemia is currently offering a "summer sale" with plans ranging from $3.99 a month for one movie to $14.99 a month for three movies, which includes premium screenings like IMAX. It also introduced a new $9.99-a-month plan on Wednesday that includes three movies a month and an advance ticket option with seat selection.
But while AMC Stubs A-List was less popular among moviegoers in the NRG survey, the service has still garnered over 260,000 members since its launch in June. The plan is $19.95 a month, and allows subscribers to see three movies a week at AMC Theatres, and includes premium screenings and discounts on concessions.
With MoviePass' problems and other options available, it's becoming clear that more and more moviegoers are considering making a switch if they haven't already.
You can find more details about MoviePass alternatives to consider here.
MoviePass' woes continue as it transitions to a new plan. It's currently limiting the number of movies and titles subscribers can see each day, and is in the process of converting annual subscribers to the new monthly plan.
MoviePass — a movie-theater subscription service that lets users pay $9.95 a month to see up to three movies a month in theaters — rapidly grew in popularity when it lowered its price last year. It seemed too good to be true, and now customers are finding that maybe it was.
Many subscribers regularly voice their frustration with the service, whether because of the lackluster customer service, the constant rule changes, or the limited amount of movies.
All of these factors might lead some subscribers to seek out movie-theater subscription alternatives to MoviePass.
Below are four alternatives to consider:
AMC Stubs A-List
AMC Theatres, the largest theater chain in the world, launched a new tier to its loyalty program in June called AMC Stubs A-List.
The new plan costs $19.95 a month, but includes many features that MoviePass does not, such as being able to buy a ticket in advance; premium tickets (IMAX, 3D); being able to see the same movie more than once; and concession perks like free refills on popcorn.
The biggest differences from MoviePass is that you can see three movies a week, whereas MoviePass now lets you see only three a month. And you can use MoviePass in any theater that accepts it, whereas you can only use AMC Stubs A-List at AMC Theatres.
For more information, visit the AMC website.
Since AMC Stubs only works at AMC Theatres, Sinemia may be MoviePass' biggest competitor, even though it has gone under the radar compared to MoviePass.
Sinemia is currently offering a "summer sale" in which interested users can start their subscription at $3.99 a month for one ticket a month, or $7.99 a month for two tickets a month.
It also introduced a new $9.99-a-month plan on Wednesday that includes three movies a month and an advance ticket option with seat selection.
Right now, its "Elite" plan includes three tickets per month for $13.99, and that includes premium tickets.
Sinemia also offers family plans, an advance ticket option, and a cardless feature — all features that MoviePass currently does not offer.
For more information visit the Sinemia website.
Cinemark Movie Club
Like AMC Stubs, Cinemark Movie Club only works at a specific chain, this time Cinemark Theatres.
The $8.99 a month membership gets the customer one 2D ticket a month, 20% off concessions, and eliminates online fees when purchasing a ticket.
The "credit" also rolls over into the next month, which AMC does not offer. So, if you don't see a movie one month, the next month you could use your subscription to see two movies. Unused credits don't expire for members.
For more information, visit the Cinemark website.
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Destiny 2 is getting a big new expansion in less than a week, called "Forsaken." It looks fantastic.
The upcoming release will change many aspects of the game, but Bungie also changed how future Destiny 2 content is priced from here on out.
Here's a first look at all the changes coming to Destiny 2 starting September 4:
"Forsaken" introduces a decidedly darker and grittier tone to Destiny 2.
"We embraced that western, revenge vibe," Bungie said in a video revealing Forsaken.
We don't know much about Forsaken's story just yet, but Bungie says it starts with a prison break that results in the death of a friend and ally. It will be your job to bring the escaped inmates to justice.
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Amazon is showing the US Open for the first time in the UK — and judging by the reception from tennis fans, it's not going down well.
The company has been deluged with one-star reviews from Amazon Prime customers, first spotted by The Sun, with the Flushing Meadows tournament now in its third day.
The Guardian pointed out that reviews had been disabled, although this was due to a bug on the US Open highlights page. People can still leave comments on the live coverage.
Customers have been complaining about the poor picture quality, while the inability to record and fully rewind matches was also cited as a reason for bad ratings. At the time of writing, 92% of customer reviews gave the highlights show one-star.
"This is just terrible," said one customer, named Babbles. "A huge backwards step for tennis," another added. A third reviewer cited a famous John McEnroe quote when they said: "You can’t be serious."
Amazon secured the UK television rights to the US Open earlier this year in a deal said to be worth $40 million (£30 million). It is part of a big move into sports coverage that saw the company bag Premier League rights in June.
But the poor reviews demonstrate that live sports coverage isn't always easy to pull off, despite Amazon setting up a studio at Flushing Meadows and hiring former pros including Jim Courier to present its coverage.
An Amazon spokeswoman said: "We are working with customers to address specific issues — we listen to all customer feedback and are always working to improve all aspects of our service."
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Kanye West is known for speaking his mind, but he's been unusually silent about controversies that have landed him in hot water with critics and supporters alike this year.
During a wide-ranging radio interview on 107.5 WGCI Chicago on Wednesday (via Pitchfork), the rapper opened up about his support of President Trump and comments he made in May on "TMZ Live" in which he said that slavery "sounds like a choice."
West has been vocally supportive of Trump this year. West, who famously said that former President George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people," appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" earlier this month, where Kimmel asked West if Trump cares about black people or "any people at all." West took a long pause and Kimmel cut to commercial before West could answer.
During Wednesday's interview, West said that Trump "cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this."
West added, "He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community. So it’s something he's going to work towards, but we’re going to have to speak to him."
On "TMZ Live" in May, West said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it's all of y'all ... It's like we're mentally in prison."
On the slavery comments, West said during Wednesday's interview that it's "not something for me to overly intellectualize. This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are — I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health."
He then apologized for the way the comments "made people feel."
"I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel," he continued. "I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through."
As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.
While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks are still cutting shows throughout the summer.
The most recent cancellation comes from USA, which just confirmed that "Mr. Robot" will end after its fourth season set to air in 2019.
ABC also canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr coming this fall.
The long-running "The Jerry Springer Show" is ending after 27 seasons and 4,000 episodes, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. NBC's "Timeless" was also canceled for the second year in a row. NBC had reversed its first decision to cancel the show last year after fan outcry.
We'll update this list as more are announced.
Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:
"Jean-Claude Van Johnson" — Amazon, one season
"I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season
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USA's critically acclaimed tech drama "Mr. Robot" will end with its fourth season set to air in 2019.
The show stars Christian Slater and Rami Malek, whose career has expanded since the show started in 2015. Later this year, Malek will star as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," a role that is already generating Oscar buzz. In 2016, Malek won an Emmy for his performance on "Mr. Robot."
"Mr. Robot" creator and showrunner Sam Esmail said in a statement:
"When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following. Over the past three years, it has become so much more, and I am continually humbled by the show’s recognition and by the amazing cast and crew that work tirelessly to help bring my vision to life. Since day one, I’ve been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here. Everyone on the creative team, including the amazing people at USA and UCP, didn’t want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot’s journey to extend past its inevitable ending. Therefore, season four will serve as the final chapter of the Mr. Robot story. To fans of the show: thank you for the past three years, and I can’t wait to share this exciting final season with you.”
The fourth and final season of "Mr. Robot" does not have a definite premiere date, but it will air sometime in 2019.