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Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal, PBS, Sony and Warner Brothers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:28 AM
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Talk of The Town: DVD Collector's Edition Features Affleck's Alternative Ending

On February 7, Warner Bros. will release an ultimate collector’s edition of Ben Affleck's gritty 2010 Boston heist drama The Town, starring Affleck, supporting actor Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively and Jon Hamm. To promo the special DVD, Warners will screen the film's never-before-seen alternative ending in Boston's Fenway Park.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:13 AM
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Happy Halloween! Phantom of the Opera Trailer from 1925

Happy Halloween! Joe Dante's Trailers from Hell is going to town this Halloween. Check out the spooky trailer for Rupert Julian's 1925's The Phantom of the Opera, with commentary from filmmaker Bernard Rose.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 4:06 AM
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Brand New Spy and Cult Classic Alias Play Spy Game--by Different Rules

In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 31, 2011 3:45 AM
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Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinces d'or (The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947). It's frame for frame the same as Herge's comic book of the same name.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 8:39 AM
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Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 5:20 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Puss In Boots Stomps Timberlake's In Time and Depp's Rum Diary

DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots stomped all over weaker rivals In Time and The Rum Diary this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as Three Musketeers in 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped over 60%. Charles Lyons reports on the box office this wintry World Series Halloween weekend.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • October 30, 2011 5:11 AM
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LA Film Critics Pick Date, Honor Doris Day with Career Achievement Award

LA Film Critics Pick Date, Honor Doris Day with Career Achievement Award
Now that the New York Film Critics have jumped ahead of the pack by voting on November 28, the LA Film Critics Association have selected their date, which is comfortably late: December 11. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening deadline is December 7.) This means the LA critics want to have ample time to see all the year-end films they can before voting. (Why not wait until December 30?)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2011 11:32 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Interviews, Fest Updates, In the Works and More

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS, MARKETING
  • By TOH!
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  • October 28, 2011 11:35 AM
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Strike Back Strikes Back

The recently-renewed Cinemax action series Strike Back, about a globe-trotting, London-based Tactical Intelligence unit known as Section 20, begins a series of re-runs on the channel Friday night at 10 pm. Second chances don't come often, in this life. Seize this one with both hands.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 28, 2011 11:16 AM
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