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Media Watch: True Confessions on News of the World, Vogue Picks 1000 for Influencer Network

Rupert Murdoch's delicious News of the World scandal just keeps on giving. Needless to say the US media is all over it, from Janice Min's THR to Tina Brown's Newsbeast. Schadenfreude lives!
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 5:20 AM
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More: Daily Read

New Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer: Bullets and Bromance

Robert Downey Jr. intros the release of the trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (December 16). Even the 2 minute 14 second trailer features a count of 11 people falling in a spectacular fashion and 9 guns-recharging accompanied by spectacular nightscapes of early 20th-century London.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:59 AM
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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Premiere Nabs Show's Highest Ratings in Seven Years

The new season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was the most-watched episode in the past seven years of the show’s eight seasons. This is up 53% from the opening of the last season.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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More: Genres, TV, Comedy, HBO

Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile

Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile
I like interviewing up-and-coming talent because there's a curiosity factor. Like, who's this rookie writer-director out of Britain everybody's talking about, whose movie won audience awards at both SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Google+ Update: 20 Million Users Projected by This Weekend, User Tips, Will It Survive?

Will Google+ take off? According to this report from Paul Allen, Google+ will reach 10 million users today--thanks to the increasingly popular invitation button--and 20 million by this weekend. Google+ turns two weeks old today (here's Wired's must-read history), and Allen's statistics give evidence that there is in fact a demand for Google+, despite Facebook already having 750 million users. Moreover, Google is not doomed even if this social-networking attempt fails. Google+ has posted this message (pictured) for those not adequately connected to receive an invite.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 8:26 AM
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Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions

Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions
For the second year, Barnard College will present the Athena Film Festival from February 9-12, 2012. The fest aims to "expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference," and will feature top tier features, Oscar nominated films, documentaries and shorts, of which there are US and whorl premieres.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 8:22 AM
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Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants

Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants
The Sundance Institute announces the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, to be held July 18-24 in Sundance, Utah. The nine projects (five features, four documentaries) chosen for 2011 labs will receive grants and ongoing support for a year, and will be joined by indie film leaders immediately following the lab for the Summit. Sundance's Keri Putnam says the "Creative Producing initiatives are a unique combination of intensive focus on the producers’ individual projects and larger discussions with industry leaders about the state of the independent film community and where it’s headed,..[and] an opportunity for producers to explore and develop their projects in a forward-thinking, supportive community." Below are details on each of the chosen projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 8:13 AM
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First Look: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

Warner Bros. has released the teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, it's dark, sinister, architectural, graphic, and very Inception.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:43 AM
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Sundance Doc Knuckle Gets North American Release

Ian Palmer's documentary Knuckle, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media for North American distribution. ContentFilm previously acquired international rights to the film, while Revolver Entertainment has UK (August 5) and Ireland, and BBC has UK TV rights. Focusing on two brothers, the film chronicles the violent feud between two rival families in the traditional nomadic Irish Traveller community. Palmer immersed himself in the community for twelve years to gain insight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:55 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up
It all ends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2--or maybe not. J.K. Rowling has hinted that she could bring it back; in the meantime she's releasing ebooks of the series at Pottermore. And fan fiction writers will continue to create their own alternative Potter universe, as detailed in Lev Grossman's must-read Time fan fiction feature. Here's our fearless box office forecast, a rave review, and early review round-up.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:32 AM
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