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Redbox Wars, Stone Rewrites History, Happy Feet 2, The Week Scores

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2009 at 3:07AM

The Redbox Wars are fascinating, as Patrick Goldstein reveals in the LAT. He calls the studios fighting Redbox the "Napster Nightmare for the movie business." A U.S. district judge ruled against Redbox Monday,reports Paid Content:
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The Redbox Wars are fascinating, as Patrick Goldstein reveals in the LAT. He calls the studios fighting Redbox the "Napster Nightmare for the movie business." A U.S. district judge ruled against Redbox Monday,reports Paid Content:

DVD rental biz Redbox took a big hit in its efforts to sue several Universal Studios units over a policy withholding new releases from vending machines for 45 days. After a months-long delay, U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler dismissed two counts in the suit late Monday, in a 13-page ruling laden with campy movie references. (With the “Mercury Rising” in the relationship between Redbox and Universal, Redbox employees turned to a “Cloak and Dagger” exercise, visiting Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) and Best Buy stores in an attempt to purchase multiple copies of Universal DVDs.) But Kugler left a door open, as well, by refusing to dismiss the antitrust claim against Universal.

UPDATE: Redbox is suing Warners.

In happy news, Robin Williams confirms that he'll voice the same two roles in the sequel to George Miller's animated musical about a tap-dancing penguin, Happy Feet, which starts shooting in Australia at the start of the year.

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Magazines aren't dead yet, reports Newsweek, which lists 12 titles selling more ads than last year: Fitness, Cooking With Paula Deen, The Week, OK!, Family Circle, Scholastic Parent & Child, Organic Gardening, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Country Weekly, and Muscle & Fitness. Well, it helps to be a niche publication: know your readers and serve them well. I am not surprised by the success of The Week . It's one of the few magazines my 19-year-old subscribes to for its cannily aggregated content from all over the world, from international news to film criticism. Mediaite talks to president Steve Kotok:

“We start with exactly what we think a busy person has time for, and we just don’t vary that. If we don’t sell any ads, or if we sell 20 ad pages, doesn’t matter: We still give the reader 34 edit pages. In fact, we limit the number of ad pages so they don’t get too intrusive. We give the reader the package that we think is appropriate.”

I'm not the only one who loves the Miles Davis classic Kinda Blue. Slate's Fred Kaplan digs into why it's so great, while Kim Gittleson culls the movies that used the Kinda Blue score, from In the Line of Fire to Runaway Bride.

The U.S. Labor Department has sent an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator to Orlando, Florida to investigate a series of deaths at Disney World, reports the Wall Street Journal:

“OSHA has launched five inspections of parts of Disney World in 2009, three because of the fatalities and two in response to complaints.”

While he preps Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, reprising Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, Oliver Stone is going back to another favorite obsession: alternative U.S. History. He's shooting 10 ten-hour TV shows for Showtime, called Oliver Stone's Secret American History:

"Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result."

The trades went ahead and broke the review embargo on Shane Acker's Nine, because it opened and was reviewed in France. It's a small, small world.

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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.