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Polanski Redux: Who Lied?

As the Roman Polanski imbroglio continues to unfold in various quarters, I am fascinated by the swirling reactions to his legal situation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2009 11:53 AM
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  • 19 Comments

Variety Makes Changes

Variety is undergoing some major changes. Some are a factor of the venerable trade paper's adjustment to the challenging advertising economy. In the past year, the company has trimmed down in size over several rounds of layoffs which saw the departures of not only me but hard-driving daily editors Michael Speier and Kathy Lyford. Both were well-paid, high-level execs with years of newsroom experience. Speier moved briefly to The Wrap (which also picked up ex-Variety TV editor Joseph Adalian) but Speier is leaving in order to run internal publications at Disney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2009 11:02 AM
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  • 6 Comments
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Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

Toronto WatchHot off their fab launch of A Serious Man at Toronto, the Coens swear they have no interest in returning to The Big Lebowski, even if audiences do. A Serious Man won the updated IndieWIRE critics poll for 34 new Toronto films that did not play Sundance or Cannes. Magnolia has picked up North American rights to Tilda Swinton-starrer I Am Love.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2009 5:19 AM
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Variety's Army Archerd Dies at 87

Variety columnist Army Archerd has died at age 87 of a rare cancer. It marks the end of an era. He was a lovely man. We should all keep going so long.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2009 1:53 AM
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  • 2 Comments
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Daily Beast Beefs Up Culture Coverage with LaPorte

As Tina Brown finally gets around to building up a new pop culture vertical for The Daily Beast (in time for Oscar season), her diminutive west coast bureau chief Gabe Doppelt has beefed up The Beast's entertainment coverage with ex-LAT TV editor Kate Arthur and now ex-Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte (above), who has turned in her still untitled book on DreamWorks to Houghton Mifflin. LaPorte, whose first story covers the women's surf tour, is the Beast's senior west coast correspondent. She'll be working out of the L.A. office, "covering more culture stuff," she writes in an email, "movies mostly, from a more feature-y angle; also weird, fun stuff."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2009 10:56 AM
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Weekend Read: Poland vs. Wells, Almodovar Talks Cruz, Time's Top 50 Sites, MTV Fall Preview

Hollywood Round-Up: MTV does the click per page routine with its fall movie preview, annoyingly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2009 7:42 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Empire Covers Avatar

The last wide-circulation English-language movie magazine standing is published in the UK: Empire. So that's where you go for your early Avatar cover story .
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2009 6:08 AM
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Media Watch: Innovating, Twittering, Social Networking, iTuning, Videoing

Stop the presses! White guys direct 93% of Hollywood studio pictures. Yes, this has been a fact of life for far too long, and isn't changing any time soon. Who else are you going to trust with millions of dollars?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2009 4:53 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Leibovitz's Money Meltdown, HuffPo and Facebook Go Social, Media Hotspots

Annie Leibovitz is astonishingly successful for a journalist. Or an artist. I'd be happy scoring $2 million plus a year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2009 8:49 AM
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Portfolio Returns, Hughes' Death Place, Celebs Shill on Facebook

Movieline writer Stu Van Airsdale tracked down the site where John Hughes left this mortal coil.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2009 6:10 AM
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