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Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog

Bahrani's Plastic Bag, Starring Herzog
The well-praised Ramin Bahrani Plastic Bag short has been making the festival rounds, most recently, at SXSW. It stars the word-perfect Werner Herzog as the voice of a plastic bag. More details here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 8:27 AM
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Star Twitpix: Hanks and Fonda

Jane Fonda and Tom Hanks know what it takes to maintain stardom and these days, it's about Twitter and Facebook. @janefonda blogged about her appearance on Larry King Live this week. While promoting a World Fitness Day concert (below), she admitted, "three's enough!" She won't be marrying boyfriend, music producer Richard Perry, who presumably grabbed this intimate photo of her blogging on her BlackBerry (hey, even I don't do that) in her bubble bath (wearing shades!).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 7:02 AM
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Court Sets Back FCC Jurisdiction Over Net Neutrality

In a blow to the FCC's ability to require net neutrality by expanding broadband and barring internet service providers from favoring their own content at the expense of others, on Tuesday a three-judge Federal Appeals court panel ruled against the FCC. Here's The Wrap and THR:The court tossed out an Aug. 2008 cease and desist order by the FCC against Comcast, which had slowed transfer speeds for peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 4:42 AM
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More: Web/Tech, News, TV

L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir

L.A. Goes Noir with Film Fest, Academy's Oscar Noir
Los Angeles is celebrating Film Noir, and I am not complaining. The American Cinematheque launched its 12th annual Film Noir Festival at L.A.'s Egyptian on Friday, and the LAT Magazine's Noir issue ran Sunday. UPDATE: Eric Kohn reviews Nash Edgerton's neo-noir, The Square.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 3:40 AM
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Media Watch: Waxman vs. Wolff and the Decline of Old Media

It's tough times in the media business, even for online start-ups.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 3:06 AM
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More: Media

Watch It and Weep: Will the iPad Blend?

They did it with the iPhone and iPod. Now they ask the same old question of the iPad. Will it blend?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2010 12:25 PM
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HBO Treme Hype

More than ever, I am reminded that at this time of year, as much as I love movies, I'd rather be watching television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2010 8:52 AM
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More: TV, Treme, HBO

WonderCon Sneak Peeks Inception, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia

WonderCon Sneak Peeks Inception, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia
This weekend, San Francisco played host to a big multi-studio fan press junket at WonderCon, a pint-sized adjunct to July's giant ComicCon in San Diego. Disney imported producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Nic Cage and Jake Gyllenhaal and screened footage from Sorcerer's Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Toy Story 3 (which they have now tantalizingly screened in its entirety thrice, at Showest, International YouTube vloggers day and a Pixar screening for long-lead press). They also staged a viral event for Tron Legacy (see video below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2010 7:13 AM
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Andreessen Talks Tech Turkey on Charlie Rose

I saved this Marc Andreessen Charlie Rose interview on TiVo because Andreessen is brilliant and loves to share his insight. Months later, as the iPad is coming out and the internet continues to dominate our lives, this Silicon Valley maverick reveals how much he knows about how start-ups and the Internet work from in front. He just gets it. He co-founded and sold Netscape to AOL for $1 billion, and more recently, created Ning and a start-up fund (Andreessen/Horowitz). As an investor and/or board member, his fingers are in many pies, from Twitter to Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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Clash of the Titans Breaks Easter Weekend Record; Tyler Perry, Miley Cyrus Score

Clash of the Titans smashes Easter weekend records, while Tyler Perry and Miley Cyrus also delivered strong holiday grosses, reports TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 4, 2010 3:36 AM
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