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President Obama's Re-Election Campaign Ad; Directors Who Could Do It Better

We all knew Obama would run for re-election. The real question is why use such a dull campaign video? Watch it below. Movieline suggests five Hollywood directors who would do a better job. Our favorite two are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 6:58 AM
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Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 6:49 AM
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In The Works: Nolan Helps Snyder with Superman; Working Title's Trash; Flight of Conchords's Hobbit

- Zack Snyder is under pressure. Empire talks with the Sucker Punch and Superman: Man Of Steel director, who is confronting skepticism following Punch's critical beating. Producer Christopher Nolan, thankfully, is offering plenty of help for the Superman reboot. No surprise, with people asking questions like, "Does Sucker Punch Spell Doom For Superman: Man of Steel?" Says Snyder, "Chris has been amazingly generous with me [with the Superman storyline]…He's making [The Dark Knight Rises] but he takes time if we're knocking around ideas for the script." And why wouldn't he? "Honestly," adds Snyder, "he wants us to make the best movie we can and he's just interested in helping with that without messing up the process. I think it's amazingly generous of him."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2011 5:09 AM
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Let's Talk About Sex: A Call to Action for the Sake of American Teens' Health

New York beauty photographer and commercial director James Houston's expose about sex attitudes, Let's Talk About Sex, launches with a national broadcast on April 9 on cable network The Learning Channel, with New Video's digital/DVD release set for April 12. The documentary aims to raise awareness about how to protect teens against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. See trailer here and below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 5:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Animated Arnold as the Governator

Arnold Schwarzenegger's launch of a Stan Lee comic book, internet program and 2012 3-D animated feature starring himself as high-tech superhero The Governator is no April Fool's hoax, as Schwarzenegger confirmed to Entertainment Weekly: "The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon] brings everything together. It combines the governor [and the] the Terminator."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 11:36 AM
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Will Tribeca's Future of Film Blog Catch On?

Will Tribeca's Future of Film Blog Catch On?
I commend the Tribeca Film Festival for trying to explore the edges of how to mount a truly interactive film festival. Now the Fest has launched "The Future of Film Blog," a great idea if they know where to take it from here. Blogs don't work unless they have an authentic mission, a strong recognizable voice and are regularly fed. All of that requires commitment of time, energy and manpower to create vibrant new content that will stimulate a community response.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 11:08 AM
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Film Society's Lincoln Center Cinema Adds Bingham Ray as Program Consultant

New Yorkers can celebrate the imminent arrival of two new art-house cinemas in a city that has long been underserved by movie theaters. Here are reports by indieWIRE and the the NYT on the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunn Munroe Film Center, which opens June 17 with Andrew Rossi’s film circuit doc Page One: Inside The New York Times (Magnolia).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 10:50 AM
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Post Office Issues 17th Legends of Hollywood Stamp: Gregory Peck

Presented by the Motion Picture Academy and the United States Postal Service, the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp, the 17th in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the stamp's first day of issue. Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman and singer Natalie Maines will join host Sharon Stone in honoring the late Oscar-winner (1916 - 2003), who appears on the stamp as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The Academy will screen film clips and will interview Peck's family and friends.Tickets are available online at Oscars.org and stamps will be available for purchase in the Academy lobby the day of the ceremony.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 10:42 AM
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Overexposed James Franco Abandons Twitter

James Franco's mother may still be tweeting, but her Oscar-host son, in dire danger of overexposure, has abandoned the practice. @FrancosMom tweets: "I wouldn't hold my breath for @jamesfranco to comeback to twitter. Fun while it lasted. Follow @JamesFrancoNews instead."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 9:33 AM
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Paste Magazine's 13 Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies, with Royal Tenenbaums & More

We recommend checking out all 13 of Paste Magazine's Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies. Here's their #2, featuring Nico's "These Days," and The Royal Tenenbaums's Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 4, 2011 8:36 AM
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