In June 2023, WesternRus announced to customers with regret that it would have to suspend its piracy operation. Given that WesternRus had profited handsomely from selling films – without bearing any costs of making them – what could possibly explain its sudden demise? According to WesternRus, its profitability had been... Read more

The 48th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will take place from September 7-17, 2023. As usual, an eager audience will gather for numerous screenings, including premieres of films from countries around the world. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the festival. Honorees Recipients of TIFF Tribute Awards are... Read more

The Venice International Film Festival will take place from August 30-September 9, 2023. Last year, for the 79th festival, we rounded up favorite spots around Venice. Now, we’re celebrating the festival’s 80th birthday with a preview of honorees, jury members, and films. We would still urge you to book a... Read more

Films, music videos, and commercials are part of our everyday lives, but most people would be surprised about the amount of effort that goes into making them. Filmmaking requires hard work from many dedicated workers with a wide variety of creative backgrounds. For director Gev Miron, it’s this process that... Read more

Newly (and hastily) augmented with generative AI, Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has been normalizing piracy, drumming up business for piracy rings, and instructing internet users how to access piracy sites in countries where they have been blocked pursuant to court orders. We’re used to such asshattery from Google and Facebook... Read more