Because at the end of a day like this (which isn’t over by a long shot) what you really need is just some adorable pictures of a baby dolphin.
Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the “Indiana Jones” franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday.
This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more “Indiana Jones” movies if it chooses to do so.
No, not immediate plans were announced for more movies like there were when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the rights to future Star Wars flicks. But that’s because they always had the option there of creating a movie with a whole new set of characters if Hamill, Ford and Fisher opted out for whatever reason.
With Indy that’s a bit harder to do. Ford is essential to the series unless they’re want to do prequels that happen well before Temple of Doom (if you’re confused by that then go check the date stamps at the beginning of Temple and then at the beginning of Raiders) and tell early stories of the character. Which they may still either opt to do if Ford decides he’s not up for it or, you know, dies. The plan, though, is likely to do another Ford-starring installment while the guy is still around. And you know Disney has a plan.
This week’s PNConnect Weekly Reading is a great one. Lots of great stories touching on a variety of topics. Not as chock full of news as some recent editions but the stuff in this one is quite good. I highly recommend it.
Couldn’t sleep last night so I spent several hours awake, trying to nod off, but only able to watch a bunch of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies on TCM. So I’m tired, but can’t say the time wasn’t well spent.
As I’ve increasingly used Instagram for not just personal photos but also (primarily) for client publishing programs there have been two features that keep coming to mind as being big gaps that are missing in the app’s functionality.
- Multi-account support: It should be easy for me to switch between a personal and professional account with just a couple taps. Don’t make me keep signing out and signing in. That’s a kludgy process. And make sure that Share settings are unique to each account as well. Recently things seems to have taken a step backward on this front and all of a sudden Share settings were at the app level, not at the account level. One Twitter account goes with one Instagram account and the other goes with the other. Let me set things how I want to set them.
- There needs needs needs to be some sort of in-app Share feature added in 2014. There just needs to be. I’m talking about something that would allow me to curate and share photos from my stream with my network. I don’t see how this couldn’t be the Number One most requested feature by brand publishers since the increased exposure that would come through fan curation would likely lead to a huge surge in new followers and subsequent engagement.
The first point also goes for Vine as well. Twitter, which owns Vine, makes multi-account support super easy, with just three screen taps between accounts. But to switch accounts on Vine it requires the full sign-out/sign-in process, which is not very user friendly.
It’s not like Instagram is hurting because it lacks these features. But for users, particularly those with feet in both the professional and personal fields, they would be a huge value add and make the experience much more friendly.
Facebook wants to extend your attention span:
The company is testing a feature that would allow users to save links shared inside Facebook to a list for later reading, according to recently surfaced mobile screenshots. The functionality is quite similar to the popular apps Pocket and Instapaper.
It’s an interesting experiment since it seems to be running somewhere in-between two big initiatives that Facebook has been undertaking.
In one way this appears to be very much in line with the network’s recent appeals to journalists and media. They’ve been making one overture after another to media that Facebook is a great place for them to share their stories and this feature/functionality would continue that, promising writers that even if someone can’t read their story now they can easily save it to read later, all within the Facebook ecosystem.
Along similar lines, it’s part of Facebook’s effort to be more of a “right now” source. They’ve been pushing their real-time data more and more in the last six months as they’ve finally realized that Twitter had trumped them for the real-time conversation, with Facebook relegated to a “maybe sometime later” platform.
But it’s the kind of move that shows clearly Facebook’s myopic view of the online world. If they really wanted to make a dent in things they would make a tool that would allow people to save an article from anywhere on the web into this read-it-later tool. Pocket, which I personally use, is great about this, with a browser button, interoperability with RSS readers like Feedly and Digg and more.
I’m certain that, if this does indeed get rolled out widely, Facebook will follow up six months or so later with data about reading habits as a way to prove out the feature, showing what percentage of reading was done within X many days of it being saved. That will be key to getting publishers to fully embrace this since if it doesn’t translate to more eyeballs for them then there’s little to no value to it.
Now that Ford no longer guarantees that such studio pictures as “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Paranoia,” “Morning Glory,” “Extraordinary Measures” and “Crossing Over” will be hits, he’s free to do whatever he wants, including visiting Comic-Con and a turn in the action ensemble “Expendables 3.” “Why not?” he laughs in our video interview below.
A few thoughts:
- It’s too bad Morning Glories wasn’t more successful since I enjoyed Ford’s performance in that quite a bit and think it’s very much in this “character actor” category that he’s setting into the last couple years.
- I’ve always dug Ford’s approach to acting, that it’s a job, let’s not talk about it too philosophically and the palpable disdain he seems to have for the trappings around just doing that job. He’s a grumpy old man and it’s fantastic. He’d rather be home and you’d better give him a damn good reason to not be there.
- I’m pretty sure Ford is the last person who would ever join Twitter and if he did I think that would be it for me, I’d just half to quit everything related to online work since things like that just shouldn’t happen.