crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-jenYesterday it was announced that Netflix was going to release the sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend through their on demand streaming service on the same day as its theatrical release. In typical fashion, a number of cinema chains in the US have now decided they won’t be screening it in protest.

The “Crouching Tiger” standoff heated up Tuesday after the four largest exhibitors in the U.S., AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike, pledged not to show the martial arts sequel next year. That represents 257 of IMAX’s 418 U.S. screens, and these theater chains were joined by Canada’s largest exhibitor Cineplex, and Europe’s second largest theater chain, Cineworld, in a boycott that has grown international in scope.

Talk about stupidity. As a parent with young children, I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like now. Streaming services provide excellent opportunities for those of us who can’t easily get to a cinema but would love to spend some money to have access to content that many others are talking about on social media. There is always something special about going to the cinema but sometimes it’s just not possible. Continue reading »

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Here’s the list of TV people with birthday’s today. Continue reading »



Is this the worst case of SORAS (Soap opera rapid aging syndrome) in Home and Away history?

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There’s a new addition to the Ferndale family, Kane’s retreating further away from everyone, and Bella’s abstinence plan lasted approximately twelve seconds. Continue reading »

blocknz300The teams built bespoke children’s desks in a challenge; the spotlight continued to shine on Quinn and Ben’s mismanagement; and Alex and Corban found out what it felt like to be on the back foot. Continue reading »

MKR-NZFor those of you who need somewhere to vent about the cooking (or production) of MKRNZ, this is the space for you.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below regarding tonights episode.