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Media Watch: Gawker Takes Fox To Court, Youth Watch TV Online, and On-Demand Market to Soar

The popular, vicious, and gossipy blog Gawker will go to court in order to investigate communcations between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. In order to obtain communication records between the two men, Gawker plans to file a civil suit against Governor Christie today, reports the NYT:Mr. Cook, who regularly uses freedom of information and open public records acts to ferret out information for his Gawker articles, said the court action represents the first lawsuit filed by Gawker to obtain information.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 25, 2011 5:27 AM
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Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

Two Documentaries Get Personal:  The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March
Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a historical artifact turned private heirloom. Both, however, are sure on one thing: there really is no place like home video.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 25, 2011 2:13 AM
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Andy Serkis Talks Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Hobbit

Andy Serkis Talks Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Hobbit
The king of performance capture actors pretended to be a fan in Hall H at Comic-Con Friday, asking Steven Spielberg a question about Daniel Craig meeting Clint Eastwood on the set of The Adventures of Tintin wearing just a leotard. (Here's a full report on Spielberg and Jackson talking Tintin.) Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) talked to Andy Serkis afterward:Few in Hall H recognized Serkis because film fans don't know what the Brit actor looks like--the man who performed not only The Lord of the Rings' Gollum, but King Kong. Serkis is pivotal in the evolution of performance capture.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 25, 2011 1:14 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Captain America Makes Strong Superhero Start

Marvel has launched yet another comic superhero at the movies, Captain America. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.The stars aligned around the Paramount logo this weekend as the Marvel Entertainment production Captain America: The First Avenger became the summer’s biggest superhero opener at $65.8 million, beating Thor ($65.7 million), X-Men: First Class ($55.1 million) and DC’s Green Lantern ($53.2 million). Women who had their fill of watching men in tights took in another showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($48.1 million) or Sony/Screen Gems' kinky romantic comedy Friends With Benefits at $18.5 million.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 24, 2011 4:27 AM
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Francis Coppola Wants Movies to Be More Theatrical--As In Live UPDATED Video

Francis Coppola Wants Movies to Be More Theatrical--As In Live UPDATED Video
Always the influential pioneer when it comes to moviemaking--Francis Ford Coppola came back from the ardors of filming Apocalypse Now and said, "there has to be a better way of doing this"--Coppola returned to Comic-Con for the first time since Dracula with another horror flick, Twixt. But this one was a self-financed indie project, digitally shot and edited on locations near his Napa Valley winery. And while the veteran director won a standing ovation in Hall H, by the end of his presentation there were far more empty seats than at the beginning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2011 2:28 AM
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Comic-Con: Snow White and The Huntsman Details Arrive, Dueling Theron and Stewart, Gritty Images

We've been tracking the dueling Snow Whites and herewith share more details on Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman revealed by the filmmakers and cast at Comic-Con, along with some pre-production images and footage.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 24, 2011 2:22 AM
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Torchwood: Miracle Day Turns Serious: Dead of Night Recap and Review

Torchwood: Miracle Day Turns Serious: Dead of Night Recap and Review
David Chute reviews Episode Three of Torchwood: Miracle Day. Torchwood has perhaps the roomiest pretext ever devised for an SF TV show: weird stuff keeps spilling through a space time vortex in downtown Cardiff, Wales, and an intrepid band of imperial watchdogs (led by an immortal bi-sexual flyboy from the 51st century) has to prevent them from inconveniencing the human race. In addition to dealing with the various beasties that emerge from the vortex, the Torchwood team happily makes use of any chunks of alien technology that happen to slip through, such as the video camera contact lenses featured in a key sequence of “Dead of Night,” episode three of the current Starz/BBC mini-series Torchwood: Miracle Day, without feeling a need to explain or even understand the devices. (“How does this thing work?” “I have no idea, it just does.”)
  • By David Chute
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  • July 24, 2011 1:05 AM
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Comic-Con: Cavill Talks Superman and Immortals, Tarsem-Vision and 3-D, Pinto, Evans, Lutz

Comic-Con: Cavill Talks Superman and Immortals, Tarsem-Vision and 3-D, Pinto, Evans, Lutz
Saturday in Hall H at Comic-Con, Immortals director Tarsem Singh said the film is actually darker and "more hard core" than the trailers suggest. This Relativity panel shared some 3-D footage as well as a 2-D fight scene (you can see the trailer here). The crowd ate up the 3-D -- which producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton call "Tarsem-Vision." Nunnari and Canton also produced Zack Snyder's 300, and this also shares CGI environments and ample muscles. Male viewers kept saying, "this is awesome," during the clips.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2011 11:44 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest

Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest
The big reveal at Sony's Friday The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con was the villain of Marc Webb's superhero reboot, The Lizard, played by gifted Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who is pixellated when in giant Lizard mode. In Hall H the studio screened a clip of Lizard terrorizing two school girls in a school lavatory, breaking up through a toilet. (The LAT made a fuss about Ifans here).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2011 6:30 AM
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Comic-Con: Relativity's The Raven: Cusack on Psychology of Godfather of Goth Edgar Allen Poe

Comic-Con: Relativity's The Raven: Cusack on Psychology of Godfather of Goth Edgar Allen Poe
The Raven trailer, which premiered at Friday's Relativity panel, looks very commercial, very Sherlock Holmes, but with less humor and more of the gothic gore that goes with Edgar Allen Poe. The Hall H panel featured director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), John Cusack (who plays Poe), Luke Evans (Inspector Emmit Fields) and Poe's romantic interest, Emily (Alice Eve). McTeigue compared the film's tone to Misery and Se7en; Cusack called Poe "the Godfather of Goth." Cusack also noted that he "saw some of Hunter S. Thompson in Poe..the unflinching ability to delve into the abyss."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2011 3:36 AM
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