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Media Watch: Innovating, Twittering, Social Networking, iTuning, Videoing

by Anne Thompson
August 24, 2009 4:53 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

Stop the presses! White guys direct 93% of Hollywood studio pictures. Yes, this has been a fact of life for far too long, and isn't changing any time soon. Who else are you going to trust with millions of dollars?

With Shutter Island moving off October 2, the studios are shuffling the fall release schedule. Fox Searchlight quickly moved Drew Barrymore's Toronto-bound Whip It up a week.

Mark Cuban takes on the video biz.

Kris Tapley thinks the studios are missing a trick on how to engage movie fans with Twitter pages. Meanwhile, Steven Zeitchik overstates the Twitter Effect on the strong Inglourious Basterds opening, using anecdotal evidence.

Yet more commentary on Hollywood's immature audiences.

Simon Dumenco reflects on the lost age of media moguls.

As advertising rates decline, five innovative magazines are turning to other sources of revenue as well, reports Ad Age.

I've been tracking one of Marc Andreessen's babies, the social networking site Ning. So has Forbes.

I have a hunch the new Duplass brothers comedy could be their breakout, with Fox Searchlight behind it. The Playlist reports the title: Center of Attention. The romantic triangle stars Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and John C. Reilly and is slated for 2010.

With Beatles Rock Band coming out, will the Beatles finally arrive on iTunes September 9? I love the title of the recent NYT magazine story, "While my Guitar Gently Peeps." The brilliance of Beatles Rock Band: boomers can buy it for themselves instead of their kids.

Pixar has posted some cool concept art from Up.

Just Say No, Shia:


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  • jl | August 24, 2009 6:03 AMReply

    inre Up concept art, I was recently at the Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly the MGM Studios before the lawsuits and separation). The old animation studio that used to be onsite was no longer there --- probably gone a few years --- but Disney did showcase a lot of the concept art for Up as shown in the link. Wish they could share all of it online --- fascinating stuff --- one in particular was a "year by year" concept of the old man, from an infant into old age. Great "old school" drawings.

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