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Hughes Pen Pal Blogs and Talks

Alison Byrne Fields, who became Hughes' pen pal when she was 15, blogs about it and talks about it. I was moved by the fact that she contacted him as an adult to tell him how she turned out, and he responded by telling her he was proud of her. She has been overwhelmed by the enormous fan and media response.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2009 10:09 AM
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August Brings Dog Days, Celebs on Vacation

The dog days of August are upon us. Will any of the month’s upcoming movies kick ass, like The Fugitive or Pineapple Express? Or are they studio also-rans? It can go either way, writes the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 8:29 AM
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Nikki Finke: Moving Target

Everybody's talking about Nikki Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2009 5:12 AM
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Comic-Con: Twilight: New Moon Press Conference

About 600 people camped overnight to get into the Twilight: New Moon panel, which started at 1:45 PM in Hall H. Some came from as far away as the Philippines. But first there was a press conference at the Biltmore Hilton adjacent to the gigantic blocks long convention enter, which at 9 Thursday morning was already a sea of jostling people.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2009 6:17 AM
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Pitt Chased Wired Cover

Brad Pitt graces the cover of Wired Magazine's August issue, which just arrived in my morning mail. (The mag hits newstands July 21, and will post on Wired.com Thursday night after E.T.'s broadcast break.) He's frowning at wearing a bluetooth headset, and the coverline reads "With advice from Inglourious Basterd Brad Pitt"---about all the mention his new movie receives in the magazine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2009 7:55 AM
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Lists: 50 Best Movies of All Time, Again

It's a list that keeps on giving: the 50 best movies of all time. With this global critics list at The One-Line Review, at least, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There's Citizen Kane at number one, and having shown the movie to my USC film criticism class, I get why the movie holds on to that top spot, decade after decade. The damn thing holds up. Pauline Kael said it was a comedy and she was right. It's entertaining, funny, unique, utterly timely and resonant today. Kids understand it perfectly. It doesn't age, even in black-and-white.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2009 5:49 AM
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Mail.com Buys Deadline Hollywood Daily

Back in February, Nikki Finke told me she was entertaining offers for her blog. Well, she scored a buyer, MovieLine.com owner Mail.com Media. MMC will now distribute Deadline Hollywood Daily. Finke will continue to write her weekly column for Village Voice Media, which lends her print credibility.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2009 1:41 AM
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Bruno's Cohen Strikes Gay Poses

We all saw Sacha Baron Cohen in his Bruno guise descend on the face of Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards. Well, not since Zoolander have we seen a straight actor take so many gay poses. Not only is he on the cover of GQ--with more provocative spreads inside--but he looks quite fetching in a Brit military outfit at the Bruno London opening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2009 7:04 AM
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New Film Critics Aggregator Challenges Rotten Tomatoes

Never rest on your laurels. When something is working, something new and improved comes along. While many of my pals prefer critics' aggregator Metacritic, which is leaner, more elegant, pickier and more pure than the mighty but messier, more inclusive and more crowded Rotten Tomatoes, there's a new kid in town: Movie Review Intelligence. It claims to add more weight to powerful critics like Roger Ebert, and boasts cool search functions (studio, genre etc), but my initial read on this is that it's designed to be studio (read advertiser) friendly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2009 7:31 AM
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Fans, Friends & Followers: Playbook for the Social Media Age

Cinematech blogger Scott Kirsner drank the digital Kool-aid some time back. So the author of 2007's The Future of Web Video and 2008's Inventing the Movies decided that he had to self-publish his newest book, Fans, Friends and Followers. "If I was writing that artists had to be their own entrepreneur," he says, "then I had to do it too."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2009 6:44 AM
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