The fearless Meryl Streep blasted Walt Disney less than 24 hours before Oscar nominations were due, Amazon Prime Instant Video has cornered the Veronica Mars market, Time Warner Cable is still the fucking worst, and live TV is headed straight into outer space.
- The industry is still buzzing about Meryl Streep's Tuesday night nine-minute speech at the National Board of Review dinner. When presenting the best actress award to Emma Thompson for her work in Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, a film about Walt Disney, Streep discussed Disney's support of an "anti-Semitic industry lobbying group" and called him a "gender bigot." She also read a letter Disney wrote in 1938 to an aspiring female animator that included this loving advice: "Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men." The entirety of the speech can be read here. [Vulture]
- Beginning Thursday, Amazon.com will offer all three seasons of Veronica Mars on Prime Instant Video, thanks to a deal with Warner Bros. that grants Amazon exclusive subscription-video rights. If you do decide to pay the $79 to Amazon Prime in order to watch 64 episodes of Mars before you see the movie you helped fund, you might as well check out Amazon's original show Betas because it's surprisingly good. [Variety]
- Time Warner Cable Inc., the worst company in the entire world, lost 215,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to businesses like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. This brings the total of Time Warner defectors in 2013 to 825,000 incredibly smart people. Based on these numbers, there's speculation that Charter Communications Inc. will unveil a $62 billion bid for Time Warner Cable as soon as this week. Soon, your poor customer service might come from a different company. [Bloomberg]
- The National Geographic Channel has announced that Live From Space, a two-hour event broadcast live from the International Space Station and Mission Control in Houston, will be broadcast live this March. The special will coincide with the March 9 premiere of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, presented by Neil deGrass Tyson andairing on both Fox and Nat Geo. The producers can only be hoping that if you loved Gravity, you'll for sure partially tolerate Live From Space. [Deadline]
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