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Tina Brown to Edit Diller and Harman's Newsweek/Daily Beast

Barry Diller and Tina Brown have closed a deal to merge their two-year-old online The Daily Beast with 77-year-old print weekly Newsweek, which has a sizable online footprint as well. UPDATE: According to Brown on NPR, The Daily Beast will take over Newsweek online, and she will also run the print weekly. She will be its first woman editor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2010 6:21 AM
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews
Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, the trailer for which (below) has over 15.1 million page views on YouTube, opens nationwide on November 19 and the early reviews are in. The first six films in the series grossed over $1.7 billion in the U.S. and $5.4 billion worldwide. The first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was the top earner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 11:31 AM
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Oscar Watch: How Box Office Impacts Oscar Contenders

Does a film's box office performance have an impact on its Oscar hopes? TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro crunches the numbers and evaluates the current field of Oscar contenders.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 11, 2010 9:00 AM
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AFI Fest Announces Winners

AFI Fest Announces Winners
AFI Fest 2010 announced Thursday four feature audience awards and two short film jury winners. Among the audience winners, the World Cinema feature winner is Sundance entry Boy, about a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand who confronts his long-absent father when he returns home (Taika Waititi. New Zealand). (Trailer is below.) The New Auteurs feature winner is Bedevilled, about an island vacation that turns deadly (Cheol-soo Jang. South Korea). The Young Americans feature winner is Littlerock, about a Japanese student who discovers a different America than the one in her dreams (Mike Ott. USA). The Breakthrough award winner (accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) is Hamill, inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill (Oren Kaplan. USA).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 8:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Iñárritu, del Toro, Prieto Talk Biutiful, Dying Art Films

Oscar Watch: Iñárritu, del Toro, Prieto Talk Biutiful, Dying Art Films
'Tis the season for Q & As, show-and-tells, and various craftspeople and talent giving Academy and Guild members a chance to see their stuff. TOH's Cameron Carlson attended a recent screening at the Academy's Linwood G. Dunn Theater of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fest circuit hit Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem as a Spanish street peddler and petty criminal named Uxbal. Inarritu, producer Guillermo del Toro, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, editor Stephen Mirrione, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla (who won back-to-back Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Inarritu's Babel) talked afterward, not only about the difficulties making and releasing this foreign-language art film but the woeful state of global cinema. Concluded del Toro of today's discerning smart moviegoers: “You want to buy your free-range fucking organic chicken. Well guess what, you are about to run out of fucking organic free-range film."
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • November 11, 2010 6:14 AM
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AFM News: Wall Street Thriller Margin Call, Starring Quinto and Spacey, Sells Multiple Territories

Rookie feature director J.C. Chandor's Wall Street thriller Margin Call, starring an ensemble including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Simon Baker and in the lead as a risk analyst, Zachary Quinto (who also produced), closed multiple deals at the recent American Film Market. Film sales company Myriad showed a new promo of the film, which follows a group of high-flying players at an investment bank during the 24 hours leading up to the 2008 market crash. It is in post-production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 12:03 AM
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About

Born and raised in New York, Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, “Thompson on Hollywood,” launched in March 2007.  Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment.  She wrote the film industry column “Risky Business” for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate.  A graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, she has taught film criticism at USC and hosts the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.
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  • November 10, 2010 2:22 PM
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Hollywood Goes Bollywood: L.A. and Indian Producers Form Film Council

As India continues to make inroads in Hollywood by investing in such companies as DreamWorks and IM Global, it remains to be seen what the practical results will be of a signed cooperation pact between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry. The city of L.A., the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India have agreed to:develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities.  The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:38 AM
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Women in Film Picks Finishing Fund Recipients

For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:02 AM
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AFI Fest Review: The Fighter is a Contender

The buzz on the street about David O. Russell's The Fighter--the boxing movie is a rousing crowd-pleaser, stolen by Christian Bale--was correct. "I had to do a lot of cheating, stealing and lying to get the movie made," said star and producer Mark Wahlberg at the start of the "secret" screening at AFI Fest (revealed via Paramount press release Tuesday morning). "I'm happy it got to the big screen. It took me such a long time to get the movie made that if you don't like the movie, I'll do two hours of hard labor. I did it to get the movie made and I will do it for anyone who doesn't like it."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:39 AM
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