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Google's Schmidt Talks to Newspaper Editors

Too few newspapers ask the question "what would Google do?" So the man many consider to be journalism's nemesis, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, addressed the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. this week. While he wants Google to be helpful to the news profession, Schmidt said that the Internet has “replaced the economics of scarcity with economics of abundance and all of us are dealing with the consequences of that.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 11:38 AM
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Twitter Chirps, BlackBerry vs. iPhone, iPad vs. WePad

Twitter is all over the news. Not only is everyone trying to make sense of the just-announced Twitter advertising model and the new Google Follow Finder, but the Library of Congress is acquiring the entire Twitter archive: every tweet ever. That could be a lot of tweets, admits the Library of Congress blog: "Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 10:29 AM
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U.S. Army Closes Afghanistan Outpost Restrepo

The U.S. Army has finally closed the remote Afghanistan Restrepo outpost in the deadly Korangal Valley, where some 42 American service men have died. Named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan, the post was the setting for Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's unforgettable documentary Restrepo, which debuted at Sundance and will be released in July by National Geographic Films under new president Daniel Battsek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 8:41 AM
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Casting Tilda's World

HBO seems to be in late-stage talks with Diane Keaton for Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort's show Tilda, inspired by Hollywood bloggers like Nikki Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 12:16 PM
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Whedon to Direct Marvel's The Avengers

Whedon to Direct Marvel's The Avengers
If Marvel closes with Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers, I applaud them for yet again taking a daring direction that most studio chiefs would not be willing to stake their jobs on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 8:57 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise, Diaz Clip

The TV spots for high-octane action comedy Knight and Day inspired me to tweet: "Knight and day with cruise and diaz looks cheesy. Even with top dollar vfx."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 6:54 AM
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Goldstein Uses Date Night to Bash Fox

Wait a second.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 5:36 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg

Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival--which opens April 21 and runs through May 2--has selected some 35 jurors for its six juries. Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Facinelli, America Ferrera, Whoopi Goldberg, John Hamburg, Alicia Keys, Aidan Quinn, John Ridley, Gary Ross, Brooke Shields and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will vote for competition winners to be announced at the Awards Night Party on April 29. The full list of jurors and their respective categories is below: 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 5:31 AM
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Tribeca: Exclusive Monogamy Preview

Forget celebrity bad boys like Eliot Spitzer, Tiki Barber, Jesse James and Tiger Woods. Fidelity in everyday relationships seems to be a hot topic in films these days, from Date Night to micro-indies like Breaking Upwards and The Freebie. Add Dana Adam Shapiro's feature directing debut Monogamy to the list. The low-budget indie-financed film debuts April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival (Submarine is selling). Check the exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 4:03 AM
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Critics Update: Variety, Salon, Movieline Moves

Critics Update: Variety, Salon, Movieline Moves
Many people seem to be failing to recognize the distinction between the end of the old media economic model that could afford to pay critics six-figure salaries and the new paradigm which demands that critics deliver more for less--often online. Certainly, indieWIRE is not paying its new in-house critic Eric Kohn what Variety was paying Todd McCarthy. And despite what Variety editor Tim Gray's carefully-worded editorial suggests, he did not offer new deals to its laid-off critics McCarthy and David Rooney before delivering them their new unemployed status. Nor has it closed new deals with them since the March lay-offs. Meanwhile, as I announced Friday, Mail.com's Jay Penske, the owner of Deadline and Hollywoodlife, has lured Salon critic Stephanie Zacharek to review for another one of his flotilla of entertainment sites, Movieline. Salon tried to keep her, but Movieline made her an offer she couldn't refuse. She will definitely class up the joint, which has lost one of its three initial hires from Defamer, Seth Abramovitch; Kyle Buchanan and S.T. VanAirsdale remain. Zacharek leaves colleague Andrew O'Hehir behind; Salon plans to reconfigure her job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 11:02 AM
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