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Avatar Breaks More Records, in DVD Sales

As DVD sales decline (8% in the first three months of 2010), studios and filmmakers are putting more energy into their marketing. Not to rest on their Avatar laurels ($2.7 billion global gross) James Cameron and producer Jon Landau returned to the campaign trail to promote the April 22 Earth Day DVD release. It worked. Avatar sold 2.7 million Blu-ray discs in just four days, a record:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 7:55 AM
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Hitfix Adds TV Blogger Sepinwall

Meanwhile consumer-friendly entertainment site Hitfix.com continues to grow, adding Star-Ledger TV blogger Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching) to their line-up. Here's the news release. Sepinwall joins Hitfix stalwarts Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg, Melinda Newman, Katie Hasty and editor-in-chief and co-founder Gregory Ellwood. What's Alan Watching will relaunch on HitFix on Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 7:11 AM
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Playboy's Hefner Donates $900,000 to Rescue Hollywood Sign

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has plunked down $900,000 to help to preserve 138-acres of land surrounding the landmark Hollywood sign, which the governator calls a "symbol of dreams and a symbol of opportunity and hope," reports the LAT:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 5:21 AM
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More: Hollywood, News

Girl with Dragon Tattoo Heads Toward Mulligan and Pitt?

Word from England has Carey Mulligan ardently seeking to play the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo written by Steve Zaillian. Note: Zaillian has not handed in his script, and no final casting is imminent. "Nothing is real," warns producer Scott Rudin. "Haven't even started yet!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 5:06 AM
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The Wrap Lines up Funding, Partners, THR Lands Publisher

Editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman's 15-month-old trade site The Wrap will be covering entertainment news for a little while longer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 4:45 AM
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More: Media

Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms Heads for Fox Searchlight?

During his Sunday LAT Fest of Books Q & A, Bret Easton Ellis talked candidly about Hollywood with music journo Erik Himmelsbach, reports Cameron Carlson:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • April 26, 2010 1:45 AM
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SFIFF 53 Day Two: Constantin and Elena, Rivette's Around a Small Mountain

SFIFF 53 Day Two: Constantin and Elena, Rivette's Around a Small Mountain
Meredith Brody starts seeing some movies at the SFIFF.
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  • April 26, 2010 1:06 AM
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Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino

Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino
TOH critic Tim Appelo reviews HBO's latest, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. (We'll continue our weekly post-Treme rehash Monday.)
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 25, 2010 11:32 AM
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Bollywood Star Amitabh Bachchan Suffers Liver Disease

Beloved Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, age 67, admits on his blog that he is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. He writes that he received tainted blood after a 1982 set accident that caused hepititis and scarring.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2010 10:08 AM
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Micmacs Opens 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival

Micmacs Opens 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco-based writer Meredith Brody, who covered the Berlin Film Festival for TOH, is reporting on the 53rd SFIFF, closer to home.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 25, 2010 9:30 AM
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