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Trade Watch: Guider Steps Down at Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Adds Print Specials

The essential question for the Hollywood trades going forward: to print or not to print? Print ads still generate far more money, as the NYT's David Carr reminds in this week's must-read media column. Variety is hanging onto print ads for dear life (along with trade shows, which are also The Wrap's strategy for raising cash) and that's why even though The Hollywood Reporter's traffic is surging, they are still doubling staff to fill pages in a large-scale glossy weekly edition to sell on newstands.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 7:07 AM
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Rhys Ifans Joins Garfield and Stone for 3-D Spider-Man Reboot

Rhys Ifans will play villain to Spider-Man leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Sony's Spider-Man reboot is signing the Welsh supporting player (Greenberg, Notting Hill, Vanity Fair), who also co-stars in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Passion Play, opposite Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2010 6:13 AM
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Michelle Williams Starts Filming in London as Marilyn Monroe

London filming began this week on The Weinstein Co.'s My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. TWC has released the first photo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 6:05 AM
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Boardwalk Empire Four Recap

Boardwalk Empire Four Recap
Boardwalk Empire Episode Four is recapped by Tim Appelo, below (SPOILER ALERT):A man’s character is his fate, and crucial characters come fatefully into focus in the fourth Boardwalk Empire (“Anastasia”). Al Capone (Stephen Graham) welcomes Jimmy (Michael Pitt) to Chicago by sneaking into a whorehouse in the wee hours, shushing Jimmy’ favorite mattressback, the Chinatown opium-loving beauty Pearl (ingénue-to-watch Emily Meade), and shooting the snoozing Jimmy in the ear. It’s a blank, but it bloodies and scares the bejesus out of Jimmy. Capone is getting even for WW I vet Jimmy’s razzing disbelief of Scarface Capone’s false claim that the Huns gave him his scar. “Lookit Mr. Solider Boy! You’d piss yer pants if you were wearin’ [any].”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 5:00 AM
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The European Film Academy's Five Discovery Nominees

The European Film Academy announces five nominees for its European Discovery Award, which recognizes emerging directors' first feature-length films. The nominees are selected by members of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. The 2,300 members of the EFA will watch and vote for the winner, which will be announced December 4th at the 23rd European Film Awards.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2010 4:56 AM
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Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize

Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize
Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 3:33 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score

Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score
Christopher Nolan's Inception, which has crossed the $800-million mark worldwide, certainly will be one of this year's ten best picture Oscar nominees. Warner Bros. will bring the movie back into the public eye when it promos the DVD release in early December. One key contributor to the film's success is composer Hans Zimmer, who has been consistently strong of late (Sherlock Holmes marked his seventh Oscar nomination; he won for The Lion King). Released on iTunes July 9, the Inception soundtrack was a top ten bestseller.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2010 9:19 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong for this potential awards contender. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 10, 2010 4:08 AM
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Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In a welcome sign that the studios are recognizing the hazards of retrofit 3-D--even if done well--Warner Bros. is dumping the idea of releasing Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series, in 3-D on November 19. (An IMAX release will proceed.) Smart move--although the studio blames a lack of time for the change in conversion plans. With time to spare, they say they'll still release Part II in 3-D on July 15. I'll believe it when I see it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 4:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Peter Weir's The Way Back Gets Oscar Run

Trailer Watch: Peter Weir's The Way Back Gets Oscar Run
"Just keep walking."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 2:56 AM
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