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Media Watch: Daniel Frankel Leaves Entertainment Journalism for PR

One sign of the times is seeing more and more experienced journalism professionals move over to PR and corporate public affairs. It's the best way for them to make real money, alas. Increasingly, "journalism" is a freelancer's game that rewards churning out lots of short copy with less insight and reporting than opinion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2012 3:41 PM
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CinemaCon Announces 2013 Dates

Next year's theater convention CinemaCon will take place on April 14-18, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The largest gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, the convention is on track to bring in 5,000 motion picture professional attendees in its upcoming installment.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2012 2:08 PM
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The Web Remembers Andy Williams (1927-2012), 'Moon River' Crooner, Grammy & Emmy Winner

'60s crooner and TV host Andy Williams died Tuesday night after a yearlong battle with bladder cancer. A major music star contemporary with Elvis and Sinatra, Williams had 18 gold records, with three going platinum, and was nominated for five Grammys, along with hosting the show a number of times. He specialized in movie tunes, such as "Love Story," "Days of Wine and Roses" and, most famously, "Moon River." Below, a roundup of obit highlights and video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2012 1:47 PM
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What Penske Could Do With Variety

The sands keep shifting under media professionals who thought they knew what they were doing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2012 6:18 PM
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Target Aims for Branded Entertainment Trend with Short Film 'Falling Into You'

Target is taking big strides into branded entertainment with the 12-minute short film "Falling Into You," which shows off more than 100 fall season fashion, home and beauty items, while starring the likes of Kristen Bell, Nia Long and Zachary Abel. The short is directed by regular "Mad Men" helmer Phil Abraham, and unspools in three parts. Part 1 releases online October 2.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 5:07 PM
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Academy Programs 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Screening Series, with del Toro, Landis & Hedren In Person

As part of Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Academy unveils the "Universal's Legacy of Horror" film series in October, with director-cinephile Guillermo del Toro hosting the kickoff double feature screening of "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" on October 2. Tippi Hedren will also appear in person with "The Birds" on October 23, incidentally (or not) two days after "The Girl" premieres on HBO.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 4:35 PM
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Benh Zeitlin Starts New, Untitled Louisiana-Set Film

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin is returning to Louisiana for his next project, centering on a strange ecosystem where the aging process is warped, and people grow old either very quickly or incredibly slowly. Reportedly Zeitlin hopes to use the same cast and production team for the currently untitled film. Fans of Quvenzhané Wallis, get excited.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 2:23 PM
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A24 Acquires Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa,' Plans Oscar Qualifying Run to Push Fanning's Stunning Performance

A24 has picked up Sally Potter's lovely coming-of-age film "Ginger & Rosa," starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert (daughter of Jane Campion), Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Annette Benning, Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt. The film recently debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, with additional screenings at Toronto and the upcoming New York Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 2:00 PM
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Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on 'Moby Dick' Big Read Site

The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic "the great unread American novel." To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 12:35 PM
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In the Works: 'A Most Wanted Man' Starts Shooting with Hoffman and McAdams

Anton Corbijn's adaptation of the John le Carre thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," began principal photography this week in Hamburg. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Corbijn ("The American") directs the film, which Australian writer Andrew Bovell ("Lantana") adapted for the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 12:33 PM
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