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News Wrap: Fincher, Aronofsky In Creative 50, Vudu Adds Mad Men, WB Demands China

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2011 at 5:21AM

Power lists are always a must-read: Ad Age has published The Creative 50, which includes Hollywood directors Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher. Comedians dominate the list this year, including: Tina Fey, the Lonely Island boys (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone), Kristen Wiig, DumbDumb creators (backed by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman), and Tony-winner Book of Mormon writers Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
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Power lists are always a must-read: Ad Age has published The Creative 50, which includes Hollywood directors Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher. Comedians dominate the list this year, including: Tina Fey, the Lonely Island boys (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone), Kristen Wiig, DumbDumb creators (backed by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman), and Tony-winner Book of Mormon writers Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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Walmart-owned streaming service Vudu has added all four seasons of Mad Men. Vudu continues to stock TV shows as well as a film catalog; it now includes all seasons of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and “next-day” episodes from CW’s Gossip Girl and TNT’s Hawthorne and Franklin & Bash.

Warner Bros. Entertainment will offer China’s first ever on-demand movie service. The program, YOU On Demand, is estimated to appear in three million homes by the end of August. So far, Warner Bros. reports that its library has over 600 available films already approved by the Chinese government’s censorship process.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Web/Tech, Daily Read, TV, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, comedy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.