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Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as he backed off plans to split the company in two. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 12:52 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo Mystery Movies: Los Angeles Screening Posters, Next Stop Austin

Alamo Drafthouse presented 6 Mondo Mystery Movies to Los Angeles audiences this past weekend. For these popular series, which regularly sell out, audiences buy tickets and a poster to screenings of films that remain a mystery until the actual event. If you plan to be in Austin, TX, on October 29 you can get tickets to the next Mystery Movie series here starting today. Posters from this past weekend's screenings are below. Screenings included 28 Days Later (poster by Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame with title treatment by Jon Smith), Hellraiser (poster by Florian Bertmer), The Iron Giant (poster by Kevin Tong), Assault on Precinct 13 (poster by Tyler Stout), City of Lost Children (poster by Ken Taylor) and The Mist (poster by Daniel Danger).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 6:40 AM
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And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...

And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...
Seeing that the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded last week, to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, Matt Brennan got to thinking: What if there were a Nobel Prize for Film? This week’s “Now and Then” column revels in some of the possibilities. Check out the trailers and post your own picks in the comments section below:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 10, 2011 5:07 AM
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My Week with Marilyn Reviews: Well-Mounted Period Fantasy Earning Mostly Raves for Michelle Williams

The New York Film Festival is in full swing, reaching its midpoint Sunday with the centerpiece gala, Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn. Telluride eagerly wanted to book the film, but Curtis was working with distributor Harvey Weinstein on adding material and the film wasn't finished in time; in fact the filmmaker was fiddling until the last possible minute.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 4:34 AM
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Shirley MacLaine to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Clips from Apartment, Steel Magnolias

AFI's 40th Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine at a gala tribute on June 7.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 4:19 AM
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Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race

Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race
Even with Sony Pictures Classics behind it, Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, which has earned raves for Michael Shannon, failed to lure audiences this weekend. Hopefully it will build strong word-of-mouth and critics group votes at year's end. But even though Sundance has launched multiple Oscar nominees of late--15 in 2010 alone--will other Sundance fave raves Win Win, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy and Another Happy Day meet that same fate?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 2:59 AM
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Boardwalk Empire 2.3 – The Noose Tightens

Walking the Atlantic City boards this week, David Chute is only mildly annoyed.The show should be generating a lot more suspense, at this point, as Nucky Thompson’s enemies (a significant percentage of them driven by long-festering family resentments) move to choke off his sources of supply (with help from the Coast Guard) and chase off his customers (Jimmy’s buddy Al, in Chicago, may have helped out with this, although ambiguity remains).
  • By David Chute
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  • October 10, 2011 2:05 AM
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London Film Festival: Sandra Hebron Steps Down, Looks Back

As Sandra Hebron’s reign as Artistic Director at the London Film Festival draws to a close, Matt Mueller asked her cast an eye over her final program and look back over her time steering Europe’s largest public film festival.After nine years holding the London Film Festival (LFF) reins (she stepped up from deputy in 2003), well-regarded Sandra Hebron decided that this year’s festival – its 55th edition – would be her last. The decision was partly foisted upon her as she opted not to apply when the British Film Institute declared their intention to merge her post with that of the artistic director of BFI Southbank (the old National Film Theatre). It’s not that Hebron didn’t fancy the added workload, more that it just seemed the right time to make a clean break. “I’ve been here a long time and I’m genuinely interested to see what somebody else does with the festival,” she says. “I’m a big believer in cultural renewal.”
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Real Steel Clobbers Ides of March; Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and 50/50 Show Legs

DreamWorks delivered another hit to distributor Disney as Real Steel dominated its weekend box office rivals. George Clooney's political drama The Ides of March, in fewer theaters, got off to a solid start. Meanwhile, holdovers Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and 50/50 all showed good legs. Kinsey Lowe reports.Real Steel hammered to the top of the weekend fight card with an estimated $27.3 million and boosted Hugh Jackman with a rare hit outside the X-Men and Wolverine franchises. The movie performed more strongly than had been expected going into the weekend thanks to a 27% Saturday bump from Friday's gross.
  • By Kinsey Lowe
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  • October 9, 2011 4:55 AM
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Steve Jobs: The Story of His Adoption, Search for His Biological Parents, Sister Mona Simpson

Steve Jobs: The Story of His Adoption, Search for His Biological Parents, Sister Mona Simpson
The person who invited me, back in my Premiere days, to have lunch with Steve Jobs, was press agent Harry Clein, who was doing some PR work for Pixar. He recounts what it was like to work for the demanding executive.Steve Jobs hired my firm to work with Pixar right after Toy Story became a big hit. Disney was taking all the credit for its success and he wanted people to know that Pixar had not just been the technical end of Toy Story but also the creative source.
  • By Harry Clein
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  • October 9, 2011 4:23 AM
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