Sense of Wonder: Watch free full-length movies on Crackle's YouTube channel

Starman (1984)Last month I mentioned that Sony Entertainment had made many of its full-length movies – including several science fiction titles – available for free on Now comes word that Crackle has a YouTube channel, featuring some of the same content. Some of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films available are STARMAN,  SON OF GODZILLA, and THE BREED; there are also television shows and original programming.
It’s YouTube, so of couse it’s all free, but you have to put up with advertising. Also, searching for a specific title is tricky: you have to use the YouTube search engine, plug in the title you want, and add “crackle” as a keyword. Not everything from the Crackle website is available on the YouTube channel, so for the time being you might just as well explore, especially if you are not just browsing but have a particular movie in mind.

Batman Blitzing iTunes

Hollywood Reporter informs us that THE DARK KNIGHT has achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the best-selling movie download of the year at Apple’s iTunes – even though it is not available yet:

According to Apple, consumers have been pre-ordering the movie for purchase and rental at such a fast clip that it has surpassed Disney’s “WALL-E” as this year’s top iTunes movie download.
Rounding out the iTunes Top 5 are “Kung Fu Panda,” “Iron Man” and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

Cybersurfing: Whedon's "Dr. Horrible" Debuts

by Dan Persons

It’s online, it’s free (until Sunday), and man, is it cool. Spawned from a desire to keep people working during the writer’s strike, Joss Whedon’s serialized, musical, low-budget, love-starved supervillain vs. asshole superhero watchamacallit, DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG is being debuted all this week. Act I is now up, with Act II being released July 17 and Act III on July 19. (Past Sunday, you’ll have to pony up to watch, either through download or eventual DVD release.)
Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day star & sing their hearts out. Catch it here.