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Media Watch: Unthink's Anti-Facebook Grows Users, Klout Bends Freebie Rule, Comcast Falls Behind

The “Anti-Facebook” social network Unthink, which launched a week ago, has already scored 100,000 users, reports TechCrunch. The number of visitors to the website is doubling daily. The burgeoning growth of this social network--which promoted itself via Facebook bashing and a $2.5 million fund from DouglasBay--is impressive indeed, but their continued progress through the next year will tell the tale.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 2, 2011 5:42 AM
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Super Sad True Love Story Hit at My Book Group

Many of you know that trailers are the new promo tool for books. The hilarious trailer for Russia-born Gary Shteyngart's third novel Super Sad True Love Story boasts James Franco, Jay McInerney, and others. Here's the NYT review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2011 5:35 AM
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More: Genres, Books, Books

John Lasseter Gets the 2453rd Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

While Disney was promoting the Blu-ray and DVD release of Cars 2 on November 1, the day Disney/Pixar animation czar John Lasseter happened to get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was still a happy day and a well-deserved honor. Disney's Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, Pixar's Ed Catmull, Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, voice talent Owen Wilson, Bonnie Franklin, Patton Oswalt, John Ratzenberger and Don Rickles, as well as composer Randy Newman, all showed support for the guy Emily Mortimer called a "genius."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2011 1:32 AM
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Adventures of Tintin to Close AFI FEST: Building Awareness, Oscar Buzz

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2011 11:10 AM
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Malick Fans, Eat Your Heart Out: Two More Films on the Way, Starring Bale, Blanchett, Gosling, Mara

Malick Fans, Eat Your Heart Out: Two More Films on the Way, Starring Bale, Blanchett, Gosling, Mara
FilmNation has two hot tickets to bring to the AFM: Topliners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett are each set to star in two upcoming Terence Malick films. Bale will appear alongside Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett in Lawless, while Knight of Cups will star Bale, Blanchett and Isael Lucas. Both films are in pre-production and news of this is no doubt causing Malick fans to have heart palpitations.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 9:28 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate's AFM Slate; Irvine and Firth in Railway Man; Corey Stoll's Next Move

Lionsgate is busy, handling several new projects at the AFM. There's Murder of a Cat, from producer Sam Raimi and his director wife, Gillian Greene Raimi. The dark comedy is about a man who discovers his recently murdered cat had a double life with a mysterious young woman. There are echoes Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, but with the suggestion of romance. Jay Baruchel, Dianne Wiest, Alison Pill, Rob Lowe and JK Simmons will star.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 8:20 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's Les Miserables Adds Redmayne to All Star Cast of Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway

Tom Hooper's The King's Speech follow-up, the screen adaptation of the global hit musical Les Miserables, just added Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, The Good Shepherd) to its all-star cast. As Marius, Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert) and Anna Hathaway (Fantine).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 8:13 AM
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Film Independent's LA Film Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest

Film Independent's LA FIlm Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest
Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, running June 14-24, is in its 18th year. It will showcase programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, a music video section and short films from high school students. Here are highlights from the 2011 festival. Submission details are below and here:
 


  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 7:22 AM
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Mindy Kaling Makes Impertinent and Incisive Digs at Hollywood

In an interview with NPR, The Office's Mindy Kaling, who writes and produces the TV comedy as well as starring as "perpetual teenager" Kelly Kapoor, displayed her unique and subtle understanding of the absurd logic of American pop culture. Among other brash statements, she hails the art of the diet: "We always think of a diet with a big groan. But I think diets are fun. I think it is an American pastime for a lot of women."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 1, 2011 6:29 AM
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Obit: Oscar Producer Gil Cates Has Died; Industry Reaction UPDATED

Obit: Oscar Producer Gil Cates Has Died; Industry Reaction UPDATED
Long time Oscar producer Gil Cates has died. He was 77.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2011 5:41 AM
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More: Awards, Obit, Oscars

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