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New Moon Selling Out Faster than Twilight

A sequel to Twilight is going to open better than the original. So it's no surprise that online sales are swift. MovieTickets.com reports:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2009 12:57 AM
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Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer
As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 10:31 AM
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Oscar Watch: Waiting for The Big Four, Invictus, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Nine

Oscar Watch: Waiting for The Big Four, Invictus, Lovely Bones, Avatar, Nine
As the deadlines for the Hollywood Foreign Press and film critics voting loom, the studios are finally starting to screen the last four big guns. The HFPA is heading to New York this weekend for the Nine junket. And they're seeing The Lovely Bones and Invictus. Avatar will likely be the last to show--not before December 10, says Fox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 9:13 AM
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Academy Screenings: Missed Opportunity

Academy Screenings: Missed Opportunity
"It's the best of what's offered," says one member of the Academy Screening Committee. This group of about ten Academy members choose what the membership gets to see every weekend on the fabulous big screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Boulevard.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 12:37 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Exec News: Martin Marquet Joins Apparition

Press agent Martin Marquet is shutting down his L.A.-based indie praisery M. Link to join Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney's Apparition as managing vice president of publicity. A French citizen, the bilingual Marquet knows both the foreign and domestic universe. Reporting to marketing and publicity chief Jeanne Berney, Marquet joins pub v-p Vicky Eguia at Pohlad's Century City offices. "I am convinced that my new responsibilities at Apparition and my inspirations in the film industry are a great match," writes Marquet in an email.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 7:56 AM
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The Pacific: Hanks, Spielberg talk WW II HBO Action

The Pacific: Hanks, Spielberg talk WW II HBO Action
The ten-part HBO mini-series The Pacific is a follow-up to Band of Brothers from World War II-obsessed exec producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg. It follows a similar m.o.: hire excellent unknown actors to inhabit the characters we follow (Damian Lewis broke out from Band of Brothers). In this featurette, Spielberg describes how the soldiers not only faced a formidable enemy playing by unfamiliar rules, but a hostile natural environment. The series--which boasts a pricetag of more than $200 million, more than double that of 12-parter Rome--is the most expensive in HBO's history. It launches March 2010.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 7:14 AM
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Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video
Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 4:37 AM
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Title Quotes Compilation

You forget where these titles came from, until you are reminded.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 4:17 AM
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More: Video

Avatar Budget, Up in the Air Tweet Chart, Pattinson vs. Kidman, Finke Attacks, Indie Bloodbath Redux

James Cameron's Avatar did not cost $500 million. First of all, the thing was in R & D for years. The negative cost is $300 to 400 million, but no one knows for sure. If you add worldwide marketing to it, maybe it creeps up to $500 million, because it's a huge movie that Fox has already spent a lot to flog, with World Series spots, Avatar Day, Comic-Con and Tokyo Film Fest footage etc. Online folks went nuts over this Michael Cieply NYT story which threw out an "approaching $500 million" figure. Loved this response from @ColeAbaius: "Not what I heard. insider claims that AVATAR will end up at $29 Trillion. And it was actually shot in space."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 1:26 AM
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Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War
Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 9, 2009 5:44 AM
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