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Movie City News Gets a Face Lift

David Poland has given MovieCityNews a badly-needed facelift. I keep MCN as my homepage because I rely on the constantly refreshing curated links-- picked and posted because MCN thinks they will interest me. It's the most useful thing on the site. But there is plenty of original content on MCN, from Poland and others, which until now came and went and got buried. Now there's more rhyme and reason to searching for things and keeping up with the newest posts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2010 6:31 AM
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Werner Herzog Answers Twitter Questions

First Look Studios set up a Werner Herzog video press conference and asked him, in order, questions posed to him on Twitter, then posted the individual answers on YouTube.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2010 8:49 AM
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SnagFilms Expands Doc Distribution, indieWIRE Adds Mobile, Spout, Bogdanovich

Both indieWIRE, which celebrated its 14th birthday July 15, and its parent company, two-year-old doc distributor SnagFilms, are growing exponentially. SnagFilms, which offers 1500 films for free streaming on its distribution network including Hulu and Fancast.com, is adding new outlets. Here's a bit of Monday's NYT story:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2010 8:59 AM
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Finke's HBO Deal on Tilda

Nikki Finke has finally opened up --to a degree--about an agreement between her and the producers of the HBO show Tilda, which stars Diane Keaton as a Hollywood blogger based on Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2010 9:12 AM
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Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell

Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell
Some online journalists make calls, check facts, report, and look at movies before we review them. Are we dinosaurs?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2010 7:49 AM
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Finke is Back: on Deadline, MCN, Film Comment and Tilda

As HBO's Tilda goes into production--and the show's inspiration, Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood, keeps hyping every piece of news (TV reporter Nellie Andreeva is obsessed with the show)--Finke is back from neck surgery that has impaired her vocal chords. Meanwhile, exhausted Deadline New York blogger Mike Fleming is taking a much-needed vacation. But at least Finke's trademark bile has returned to the blog, inflaming David Poland, and likely not for the last time. But he's right to suggest that Hollywood players often use Finke to advance their agendas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2010 1:10 AM
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Mark Lisanti Joins Yahoo! Entertainment Blogs, AOL is Hiring

Yahoo! has hired Movieline.com blogger Mark Lisanti as deputy editor of their new Entertainment Blogs. Lisanti, the founding editor of Gawker Media's Defamer, made the announcement in his blog: the Yahoo! blogs are "launching in the not-too-distant future" and Yahoo! is "continuing their recent pattern of hiring away every blogger they’ve taken a shine to." He will report to Entertainment Blogs editor Courtney Reimer (who moved to to Yahoo! from MTV earlier this year). Yahoo! has a hold on entertainment news, with more traffic than People, E!, Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly combined.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2010 6:20 AM
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Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche

Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche
While Cinematical refers to him as "film critic," Tom Perkins does not deserve the title.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 11, 2010 4:43 AM
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McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network
Ex-Variety critic Todd McCarthy is joining the indieWIRE blog network. His first post goes up on Todd McCarthy’s Deep Focus Thursday night, and he'll file his first review out of the gate at the Cannes Film Festival, of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2010 2:02 AM
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Blogging: Fast and Loose

Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke insists that she is a journalist/dominatrix--not a blogger. I am tired of bloggers not wanting to cop to being bloggers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2009 6:01 AM
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