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Media Watch: The Changing Landscape for Movie Coverage

As Vanity fair hires a new film critic, where is movie coverage going? I see increased consolidation and competition for traffic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 1:41 AM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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It's Official: Jay Penske Finally Fires Nikki Finke, But Is She Free to Go Solo in January?

There was no containing Nikki Finke. The Deadline founder finally got her way. Following her last destructive media salvo--memorably describing her four years under media mogul Jay Penske as "slavery"--her boss fired her. She's free. Bring on NikkiFinke.com. But does Finke have a non-compete?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2013 2:08 PM
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Controversial New Hollywood History Book Asserts Direct Link Between Studio Heads and Adolf Hitler

One Hollywood history book that will be stealing our attention upon its publication this fall is Ben Urwand's "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler." A recent profile in the New York Times points out that the already contentious project asserts that in the 1930s Hollywood wasn't just collaborating with Nazi Germany but, in Urwand's words, "with Adolf Hitler, the person and human being."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 2:36 PM
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Richard Burton & His Diaries, 'The Great Actor Who Hated Acting'

In The Great Actor Who Hated Acting, The New York Review of Books' Finton O'Toole looks at the late great Richard Burton. A new book, "The Richard Burton Diaries," delves in to the actor's mind and musings through his extensive personal diaries, published now for the first time. O'Toole recalls Burton's career, his life with Elizabeth Taylor, his impoverished youth and the traps of fame and alcohol as he ventures through the diaries and considers the insight they provide into Burton's psyche. Not only did Burton hate acting, he hated himself. O'Toole compares him to James Tyrone of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey Into Night," positing that both may be among the great twentieth century tragedies. Check out some highlights from O'Toole's review (which includes portions of Burton's diary entries) below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 7:00 AM
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The Black List's New Site Finds 'McCarthy' Screenwriter Justin Kremer a Home at CAA

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 1:36 PM
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Hollywood Machine Generated $47 Billion for LA County in 2011

A report issued Friday by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. finds that Hollywood was able to generate $47 billion in economic output in L.A. county in 2011, accounting for 8.4% of the area's total output.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 1:13 PM
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Forbes Lists Highest Paid Celebs Under 30: Music's Women and 'Twilight' Stars Reign

Young women dominate Forbes' list of the Highest Paid Celebrities under 30, with six spots on the top ten, four of which are in the top five. It's music divas Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Adele joining top earning actress Kristen Stewart.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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The TOH! Addendum to E!'s 100 Best Things in Pop Culture

E! has compiled a list of the 100 Best Things in Pop Culture. It's a pretty broad spectrum that includes some things we'd sooner include on a list of the Worst Things About America, Those Responsible for The Degradation of Our Culture, Reasons Why I'm Moving Into a Cave, et cetera. But let's focus on the positive...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 4:02 PM
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Kristen Stewart Is Forbes' Highest Earning Actress in Hollywood; Plus Diaz, Bullock, Jolie, Theron, Parker, Streep, Wiig & Aniston

Thanks to "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Kristen Stewart tops Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest earning actresses...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 12:37 PM
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