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Eleven Docs that Shook the World

Inspired by the surprisingly successful education expose Waiting for Superman (which is backed by massive marketing dollars for a doc), USA Today lists 11 documentaries that shook the world, that made a big difference in their time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2010 10:59 AM
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Weekend Box Office Goes to Record-Breaking Jackass 3D; Red Ensemble Scores in Second

Two escapist comedies launched at Comic-Con surged to unexpected box office heights for October as Jackass 3D and ensemble action comedy Red grossed an estimated $50 million and $22.5 million, respectively, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 17, 2010 3:49 AM
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Beaver's Billingsley Gone at 94

The Cleavers were the suburban family I grew up with on black-and-white TV, and Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley, who played June to Hugh Beaumont's Ward, was my idea of the perfect Mom. Well, she's gone, at 94. I can still hear her soft, high plaintive voice: "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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More: Obit, TV

Video: Obama Talks to Waiting for Superman Kids in Oval Office

Paramount isn't marketing the education expose Waiting for Superman all by itself. The studio is orchestrating the marketing efforts on behalf of the film of some powerful partners--Participant Media, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walden Media--that are building support and getting out the word across multiple platforms. They even arranged a meeting Monday October 11 with the White House in which President Obama met with the five kids in the film:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 11:03 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Zimmer and Reeves Talk, Oscar Buzz Builds, Casting Franchises, Shifting Media

INTERVIEWS- We analyze Let Me In's box office and awards potential and talk to Let Me In writer-director Matt Reeves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2010 11:00 AM
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Sony Wants Jolie as Cleopatra, but Can They Land Cameron?

Sony envisions a mouth-watering Cleopatra franchise with Hollywood's only female action star, Angelina Jolie, as the mighty Egyptian Queen. James Cameron, post-Avatar, is being conjured to take on this project, reports Deadline's Mike Fleming, because he's one of the few directors Sony chairman Amy Pascal would trust with such a risky mammoth-budget 3-D period spectacle. But can she and producer Scott Rudin land him? (The answer I hear is yes).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 7:20 AM
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Sperling, Keegan Join LA Times Entertainment Team

The LA Times is continuing to beef up its movie coverage as online traffic follows celebs and breaking news. Entertainment Weekly writer/blogger Nicole Sperling (a real loss for EW) and ex-Time writer Rebecca Keegan (@thatrebecca, Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men), who penned the excellent James Cameron bio The Futurist, are joining the movie beat at the LAT as staff writers. Both will contribute to various entertainment sections and blogs, including the new Awards Tracker blog (which allows the LAT to slot awards coverage all year round, not just during prime Oscar season). They're filling in gaps left by Envelope contributors Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) and Pete Hammond (now at Deadline).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 7:05 AM
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More: Media

Casting Watch: Great Muppet Movie, Great Oz Plot, Solondz Adds Walken, Farrow, Blair

- Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are joining Disney's The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Adams and Jason Segal play a (human) couple on a mission to reunite all the muppets to put on a show that will save a movie studio. Cooper is the villain of the piece, while Jones is a studio executive. Writer/director James Bobin (Ali G, Flight of the Conchords is directing the puppet pic for a Merry Christmas debut in 2011.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2010 5:46 AM
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Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan
This week, Kris Tapley and I engaged in Oscar Talk via Skype across the Pond with London Film Festival attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE). We dug into the foreign Oscar race, the NC-17 Blue Valentine controversy, Oscar chances for Black Swan, All Good Things and Never Let Me Go, why documentaries, sequels and animation face tough going getting into the top ten, and what the award season could hold for must-see five-hour marathon Carlos.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 4:14 AM
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Video Mash-Up: True Grit + Toy Story 3 = Toy Grit

This is pretty spectacular:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 12:32 PM
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