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Media Watch: Relativity Launches First Movie Sector Marketing Partnership with Spotify

Relativity Media continues to cut a swath in the online sector by forging a long-term marketing partnership with burgeoning three-year-old European digital music service Spotify. Relativity is Spotify's exclusive launch partner in the Film category and the first stateside movie company to run media on the platform. Kicking off the new partnership is marketing for the adventure flick Immortals (November 11, 2011) which will be targeted to Spotify’s US-based customers. No specifics yet for the exact content to be supplied for this media partnership.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 6:15 AM
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Amanda Knox at the Movies

Well, Lifetime movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, starring Hayden Panettierre and Marcia Gay Harden, came and went this spring without much fuss, although it was reportedly less than accurate. After protests from Knox's parents, Lifetime removed a controversial recreation of the murder. (The channel wasted no time rebroadcasting the TV film with updated title cards). But with the unfolding drama of the controversial American exchange student convicted of a 2007 murder in Italy still in the news, there seems room for a proper movie version.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 5:47 AM
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More: Video

Indie Release Mojo: Margaret, Dream House, Machine Gun Preacher, Drive

Indie Release Mojo: Margaret, Dream House, Machine Gun Preacher, Drive
The box office wreckage this weekend reminds that it's usually NOT a good idea to take a movie away from a director, and how hazardous it is for indie films in this over-crowded marketplace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 5:33 AM
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Clooney's Favorite Films Inspire Mini Movie Trailer Marathon: From President's Men to The Sting

Happy Monday from George Clooney! He's shared his 100 favorite films (from 1964-1976, "the greatest era in filmmaking by far"). Among the collection (which he's gifted to friends for Christmas) are the following classics (it won't surprise you that Clooney has good taste): All The President's Men (also a favorite of Aaron Sorkin's), American Graffiti, Badlands, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Jaws, Last Tango in Paris, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Network, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, The Sting, Taxi Driver and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. If that list doesn't make you want to have a movie marathon, what possibly could? It also makes one wonder what happened to the art of the movie poster. We've put together a mini-marathon of their trailers below. You're welcome:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2011 5:32 AM
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Now and Then: The Transformation of Michael Bay to Sunday Hangover Auteur

Now and Then: The Transformation of Michael Bay to Sunday Hangover Auteur
Occasioned by the DVD release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last week, and a few too many drinks Saturday night, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column celebrates director Michael Bay, Sunday hangover auteur. Trailers below:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 3, 2011 3:48 AM
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Strike Back Episode 7: Expect the Unexpected

Strike Back Episode 7: Expect the Unexpected
Strike Back's heroes are far from perfect; reviewer David Chute admires their resilience in responding to the unexpected. “Is this normal?” asks an appalled European Union hostage in Kosovo at the midpoint of Episode 7 of Strike Back. It's an obvious question, after the third or fourth wrenching plot reversal has turned everything upside down yet again; when everything is right on the verge of going irretrievably FUBAR. Section 20 operative Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), in a grace-under-pressure, “come to think of it” sort of way, says, "well, yeah." For Scott and his comrade in arms, Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), this life-threatening swirl of menace, this sense of being trapped inside a cyclone, is just another day at the office.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 2, 2011 8:21 AM
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More: TV, Reviews, HBO

Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning

Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning
While it looked like Moneyball would assert its dominance over the weekend box office, another second weekender took the prize: Dolphin Tale. Again, the family movie pulled a bigger niche audience than too many competitors aimed at males and adults. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Another flood of wide entries fragmented Fall moviegoers this weekend. Warner Bros./Alcon's heart-tugging crowd-pleaser Dolphin Tale yipped up $14.2 million in its second session, overtaking Sony's well-reviewed Moneyball, which fielded $12.5 million. Both films generated warm buzz throughout the week, especially on Rosh Hashanah last Thursday when some schools were off.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:33 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Awards, Reviews, Box Office, Interviews, In the Works

Box Office
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2011 1:32 AM
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Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects

Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects
Roman Polanski's Carnage played well in Venice and opened the New York Film Festival Friday night. Adapted by Polanski from Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage, which was a hit in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles, the movie will be catnip for Sony Pictures Classics' target art house adult demo when it opens December 16. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly are all stellar as two well-heeled New York couples who start out politely trying to negotiate an apology from one pugnacious son for knocking out the other's front teeth with a stick. Things deteriorate from there.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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Moneyball, Warrior Directors Parlay Heat Into New Projects

Well, Moneyball director Bennett Miller is riding his current heat to attach Steve Carell to star in his long in-the-works Foxcatcher, which returns Carell to a serious dramatic role. And after grabbing raves for wrestling pic Warrior, Gavin O'Connor has sold his speculative script with co-writer Michael Wilson, The Samurai, to Warner Bros.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 12:03 PM
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