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Things I Learned at Digital Hollywood

A Digital Hollywood conference seems to comes around every few months, as folks like me trek out to Santa Monica to see if there's anything new to be gleaned about the digital future which seems to be trashing livelihoods all around us. Just this week cuts were announced at the LA Times, NY Times, and Conde Nast. Even online indie Spoutblog is letting critic Karina Longworth go. No more original content, warns the site.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2009 11:55 AM
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Michael Jackson's This is It Leads Ticket Pre-Sales; Watch for Twilight Saga: New Moon

Two weeks before its October 28 release, Michael Jackson’s This Is It now ranks at number 23 on MovieTickets.com’s list of the top-25 advance ticket sellers of all time. It moves ahead of Quantum of Solace and The Departed. So far MovieTickets.com is reporting 603 sold-out shows during the movie's planned two-week run.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2009 10:42 AM
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First Award Screeners: Anvil, Trucker

First Award Screeners: Anvil, Trucker
The first screener to the Academy membership Anvil! The Story of Anvil went out Thursday, right before an industry screening at the WGA attended by the likes of Steve Zaillian, Robert Culp, Edward James Olmos and Cameron Crowe. Oscar campaigning is a good thing. But the documentary branch of the Academy nominates its "short" list of fifteen, then the final five. Anvil, while well-reviewed and arguably far from just a music doc, has a lot to overcome. Here's my current assessment of the doc Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2009 12:53 PM
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Talking European Award and Oscar Docs

Talking European Award  and Oscar Docs
The European Film Academy and the European culture channel ARTE announced their nominated documentaries today. The winner will be presented at the 22nd European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 12 December, in Bochum, Germany.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2009 8:42 AM
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Buzz Boosts Zombieland, Moore, Paranormal Activity; Whip It Limps

Buzz Boosts Zombieland, Moore, Paranormal Activity; Whip It Limps
Lessons learned from the weekend box office:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2009 9:49 AM
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No Impact Man: Portrait of a Conflicted Green Marriage

The documentary No Impact Man, which is slowly rolling out in theaters around the country, is about preachy environmentalist author Colin Beavan, who persuades his wife Michelle Conlin, a delightful BusinessWeek reporter, to go along with him on a rather extreme year-long experiment in no-impact living in a Manhattan apartment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2009 10:29 AM
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TIFF#: Michael Moore Talks Capitalism: A Love Story

TIFF#: Michael Moore Talks Capitalism: A Love Story
With his latest agit-prop documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore delivers a scathing, entertaining portrait of how America's "greed is good" credo got us to where we are today. As the country heads toward recovery, the movie remains timely and accommodates the new Obama perspective. But the doc, which Overture opens limited in NY and LA on September 23, feels slightly unfocused.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2009 5:05 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Horror!

The Final Destination got a major lift from premium 3-D ticket prices as rivals cried foul, "no fair." The Weinstein Co. inexplicably competed with itself as Rob Zombie's Halloween II came in third after strong second-week holdover Inglourious Basterds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 12:53 PM
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Toronto Watch: Docs Alert

Toronto Watch: Docs Alert
There's a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto line-up this year. I am most looking forward to:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2009 8:49 AM
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Docu-Weeks Round-Up

Docu-Weeks Round-Up
There happen to be a surfeit of good docs going the rounds right now, which will be available through various media, theatrical, online and if you need to check where to find something, you can look things up on SpeedCine or SnagFilms. Currently playing there is Zombie Girl: The Movie, directed by 12-year-old Emily Hagins:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2009 1:49 AM
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