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News Wrap: Comcast Flushes Exec Perks at 30 Rock, Advertisers Love Facebook

New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 20, 2011 5:14 AM
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LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 20, 2011 4:53 AM
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News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds out hope for the next Bond film: “Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 19, 2011 6:31 AM
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Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection

Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair Lady Ascot Race dress for Audrey Hepburn. They made their actresses smaller then.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money

Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money
The trick with any studio launch of a $200-million would-be franchise--especially one freighted by $100 million in marketing--is to open well enough to make your money back, and then some. At an estimated $52.7 million, Green Lantern opened soft: Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.The box-office strength of Warner Bros. $200-million tentpole Green Lantern dimmed from green to yellow as the DC comic book adaptation finally beamed in $52.7 million -- about 9% below the studio’s conservative projection. The frame’s second wide entry, Fox’s Jim Carrey family vehicle Mr. Popper’s Penguins, bested its $12-$15 million estimate with $18.2 million, a figure that’s in sync with the comedic actor’s last studio live-action debut Yes Man, which ultimately totaled nearly $100 million. (Indie grosses are here.)
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 19, 2011 4:31 AM
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WME's Graham Taylor's LAFF Keynote: "We are in a revolution and now is our time."

WME's Graham Taylor is a pivotal player on the indie financing/packaging/selling scene. He moved from Endeavor to take over WME's Global unit after the agency merger. Here's some of his speech from the LAFF's "Money Talks & Art Matters" panel series: the full length version is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2011 9:31 AM
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SIFF Closing Weekend: Must-Sees Romeos and Por El Camino, Toast, Bon Appetit, Award Winners

Meredith Brody reports on the SIFF Closing Weekend:“I’m 81 years old, and since May 5 I’ve seen 110 movies and spent ten days on a walking tour in Peru.”
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 18, 2011 5:15 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Summer Trailers, Academy, Next for Coens, Bale, Russell, Affleck, Crowe

BOX OFFICE
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 9:23 AM
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Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley

The annual Academy invite ritual hits Hollywood hard. Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced 178 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" to join its voting members.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 7:42 AM
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Green Lantern and Mr. Popper's Penguins Could Disappoint, Buck, Page One, Art of Getting By

No one expected Warners' DC movie Green Lantern to score with critics (it managed a mere 22% Tomatometer score), as opposed to well-reviewed Super 8 and X-Men: First Class, which are still going strong at the box office. But Warners is putting $100 million of marketing muscle behind the $200 million movie. An entire franchise is at stake. They're so confident that they introduce a new villain at the end. (Anyone who's read the comics already knows he's a bad guy.) Box office prognosticators are upbeat, predicting a $50 to 60 million weekend; so far the movie is off to a strong start on 3816 screens, 2711 of them 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 17, 2011 5:22 AM
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