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For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned
Lionsgate has been talking about an Oscar campaign for Tyler Perry's screen adaptation of For Colored Girls (from Ntozake Shange's poetic 1975 hit Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2010 1:15 AM
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The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

The Social Network Plays Well to Academy
Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2010 7:40 AM
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Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops

Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops
Signature line: "You had me at hello."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2010 5:49 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Social Network Clicks to Top

The most buzzed-about launch of the fall season, The Social Network met (but did not exceed) expectations with a $23-million start, while hard-R vampire thriller Let Me In proved to be a classic tweener: too bloody violent for upscale smart-house crowds and too European for mainstream gore-hounds. Anthony D'Alessandro explains:Sony’s PG-13 Facebook origin myth The Social Network effortlessly clicked its way to the top box office spot with $23 million – a number which was in line with studio estimates, but fell short of crashing any ticket booth’s computer with a fall record.  Two R-rated thrillers, Overture’s vampire remake Let Me In and Paramount’s Renee Zellweger-Bradley Cooper vehicle Case 39, each cannibalized their target femme demo, tying with $5.3 million apiece.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 3, 2010 4:17 AM
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Video: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione

Italian-American actor-director John Turturro is beloved by the Italians—Venice Fest audiences treat him like a huge star. In fact, ill-fated Romance and Cigarettes, which was caught in the backdraft at the end of United Artists, was such a hit in Italy that financeers stepped up to hire Turturro to direct a doc about the music of Naples. Passione is not unlike Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge: it’s a “musical adventure” showcasing the music, old and new, of Naples, via a mix of old footage and new performances by the city’s top artists. The film was exhilarating, and more than one moviegoer walked out of the theater humming. I also admired Turturro's Mac and Illuminata, even though American moviegoers have yet to click with his movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2010 1:34 AM
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Movie Marketing as Social Network: Official Site vs. Facebook Page

Ad Age marketing whiz Chris Thilk is disappointed by the official websites for most films. He often asks, "That's it?" after not finding relevant info: bios, multiple trailers, image galleries, etc. Social networking sites (say, Facebook) feature "like" buttons that take advantage of fans as pro-bono marketers. Thilk thinks that it's possible to use such tools to build publicity and attention for a film from its own dedicated site.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 1, 2010 12:35 PM
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Media Watch: NYT Magazine Hires Ex-Employee Lindgren

Hugo Lindgren is an old cohort of former NYT Magazine editor Adam Moss--and followed him to New York Magazine before moving on to become executive editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 10:53 AM
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True Grit Poster Sells Retribution

True Grit is a revenge western. Thus, the Coen brothers' poster--designed to resemble an Old West "Wanted" flier--stresses "punishment" and "retribution."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 9:52 AM
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Oscar Talk: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Annette Bening, Winter's Bone and Leader The Social Network

This week Kris Tapley and I range over Disney's Secretariat and Tangled; the vampire remake Let Me In; Oscar chances for SPC's Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, and Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver, the first Oscar screeners to go out; and the long road ahead for early frontrunner The Social Network, which opened Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 8:52 AM
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CAA's TPG Capital Deal: Show Me the Money!

The contracting entertainment economy that compelled producer Graham King to fill the distribution void with FilmDistrict has not been kind to the talent agencies. Even dominant agency CAA is looking for cover, as studios make fewer movies and reduce talent fees. Thus CAA is announcing today that they have found a taker for a minority stake in the company. CAA is getting an infusion of cash from private investment firm TPG Capital (reportedly, hundreds of millions; they were seeking $250 million).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 7:47 AM
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