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Seven Reasons To Be Excited about Abrams/Spielberg's Super 8

There's no question that the movie spot to break out on Super Bowl night, in all its Spielbergian glory, was Super 8 (both the trailer and spot, in which a voice warns, "Do not speak of this, if you do, they will find you") are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2011 6:12 AM
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Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group

AOL has placed a big bet on content going forward. And now it's swallowed Blog Queen Arianna Huffington and her traffic magnet, six-year-old privately-held The Huffington Post, into its vast maw, paying $315 million. Here's Huffington and ATD's Kara Swisher, who interviewed Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Super Bowl, where the deal was consummated just after midnight (video below). According to Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 2:40 AM
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Media Watch: Gabriel Snyder Joins Atlantic Wire as Editor

@gabrielsnyder has announced his new gig, which is pretty cool:Yep, I have a new job: I am thrilled to be joining The Atlantic Wire as editor. Snyder put in some time at Variety, and Gawker Media, and Newsweek Online--just as they got bought. This is a good match for his considerable online editing skills.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 2:15 AM
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More: Web/Tech, Media

Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing

Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing
Aaron Sorkin's latest adapted screenplay wins at the USC Scripter and Writers Guild Awards don't mean that The Social Network is surging to overtake The King's Speech at the Oscars. It does indicate that Sorkin (pictured) will win the adapted screenplay Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2011 9:14 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED

Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED
@JonFavreau knows what he is doing: he posted Universal's Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) Super Bowl XLV spot hours ahead of time on Twitter (and YouTube) in advance of the Super Bowl (below). Now you can see Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting the aliens--they're like fighter planes. Paramount went all-out on five movie spots (which Fox sells at about $3 million for 30 seconds, or $100,000 a second): they're showing Marvel's Captain America and Thor, plus J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and the third Transformers, Dark of the Moon, as well as Rango (March 4) which reunites Pirate's Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2011 7:55 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Roommate Decks Cameron's 3-D Sanctum; Oscar Hits Hold

Super Bowl weekend is not primetime for moviegoing, thus low-ball thriller The Roommate topped the box office frame, followed by Sanctum, James Cameron's bid to support quality 3-D (and keep courting deep sea danger). Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers: Gossip Girl vamp Leighton Meester lured audiences with stalker thriller The Roommate, stealing $15.6 million at 2,534 venues in what was a sleepy Super Bowl weekend.  The frame’s second wide release, Universal/Relativity Media’s deep-sea actioner Sanctum was B.O. plankton, excavating $9.2 million from 2,787.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Sundance, SXSW, SBIFF, Oscar Watch, Kings Speech vs. Social Network, In Production

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  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2011 11:18 AM
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Three Critics: Forces of Change in 2011

Three Critics: Forces of Change in 2011
In our ongoing Three Critics series for AOL Moviefone, indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin, Eric Kohn and I continue to debate the challenges facing Hollywood. I start things off:Anne Thompson: As we move into 2011, things in the movie business are not looking good. Even though 3D propped up 2010 ticket sales, attendance was down 5 percent. While many disturbing trends from 2010 will carry over to 2011, there's change in the air. Hollywood is hanging on to some bad habits, but the entertainment industry is in transition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2011 7:58 AM
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Oscar Talk: Possible King's Speech Sweep, Santa Barbara Fest, Potential Upsets

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate a King's Speech Oscar sweep, possible Oscar upsets and share what we learned in Santa Barbara at various tributes and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2011 12:42 AM
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Burton's Dark Shadows Gets Green, Winterbottom's Hardy Trishna Reinterpretation

- Tim Burton's reworking of 60s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows centers on vampire Barnabas Collins (to be played by Johnny Depp) and his escapades with witches, monsters, ghosts and the like. Eva Green will play the powerful witch Angelique, with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Since her breakout role in Casino Royale, the French actress has gone somewhat unnoticed (she had a supporting role in 2007's The Golden Compass). Now, she has Perfect Sense (see trailer below), boarding school drama Cracks (March 18), a Maria Callas TV biopic and more to come. Vampire expert Seth Grahame-Smith adapted Dark Shadows; he also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (fitting, since he wrote the novel).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 9:28 AM
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