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Media Watch: TimesCast Debuts

The venerable NYT is trying to keep up with changing times via a daily video TimesCast, which is not unlike Fox's entertaining TMZ newsroom, but instead of Harvey Levin and his junior celebrity hounds, we get NYT editor Bill Keller and his well-informed senior staff. Why supply their best journalists to feed Charlie Rose's viewership when the NYT can catch more online traffic?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 10:23 AM
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Producers Guild Launches International Co-Production Showcase

Producers Guild Launches International Co-Production Showcase
The Producers Guild is not only mounting a second Produced By Conference (June 4 to 6 at the Fox Studio), but will also launch at the same time the first International Film Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow) competition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 6:18 AM
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Mike Jones to Write Popeye

For screenwriter Mike Jones, maybe getting laid off from Variety a year ago was a good thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 3:55 AM
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#SXSW Wrap, Hits and Misses

#SXSW Wrap, Hits and Misses
Continuing to build its rep as a balmy spring destination for genre fans and cinephiles alike, the 17th South by Southwest Film Festival saw a strong turnout at films and panels appealing to young males and indie filmgoers, from opener Kick-Ass and stoner-comedy Leaves of Grass to the more finely calibrated critics' faves Tiny Furniture (which won the dramatic jury prize) and Cold Weather. Clearly, the fest hasn’t lost its indie cred, although a hardcore midnight screening of A Serbian Film tested the limits of many filmgoers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2010 2:04 AM
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MGM Accepts Bids, Extends Debt Deadline

In anticipation of a reported $1.5 billion bid by Time Warner, MGM extended the deadline for the close of bidding from Friday to Monday, reports Reuters: "Lions Gate Entertainment and billionaire Len Blavatnik's industrial holding company Access Industries have put in second-round bids for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but Time Warner Inc is still considering a bid, sources told Reuters on Monday."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2010 11:46 AM
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Affleck to Present to Damon at American Cinematheque Ball; Luddy also Honored

Affleck to Present to Damon at American Cinematheque Ball; Luddy also Honored
Ben Affleck will present Matt Damon the 24th American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton on March 27. The two pals earned screenwriting Oscars for Good Will Hunting. Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller, Charlize Theron, and Robin Williams will participate in the tribute, which will air for the first time on ABC at a later date. Clinton will honor Damon's humanitarian efforts via videotape.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2010 5:52 AM
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#SXSW: Kashmere Band Doc Thunder Soul Builds Buzz

#SXSW: Kashmere Band Doc Thunder Soul Builds Buzz
Film Festival rule number one: ask people what they like, and when two in a row say the same film, get thee to the next screening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2010 8:15 AM
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HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific

HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific
Tim Appelo reviews Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers, The Pacific.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2010 5:49 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Alice in Wonderland, Wimpy Kid Ride Spring Break Swells

TOH's box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro reports on the weekend returns (box office chart on the jump), which benefited from kids on spring break.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 21, 2010 4:16 AM
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SXSW: Rising Duplasses Help The Freebie, Lovers of Hate, Mars

SXSW: Rising Duplasses Help The Freebie, Lovers of Hate, Mars
One of the notable things to come out of SXSW is the so-called mumblecore movement, which like the word "indie," has taken on so many meanings that it doesn't really mean anything. (Check out Paste's long-winded answer to the question: "Is Indie Dead?") The term is mainly used as shorthand for micro-budget talking-head flicks and a generation of moviemakers who work on each other's films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2010 11:00 AM
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