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Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley Media Mogul Guest List Includes Buffet, Zuckerberg, Gates, Murdoch

Allen & Co.'s annual summer Sun Valley, Idaho event next week, where the world's top media moguls gather to talk shop and enjoy swanky outdoor family activities, has a guest list that includes billionaires Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 6, 2012 2:31 PM
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Fox Home Entertainment Debuts 'Own the Moments' App, Features Date-Specific Movie Trivia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is debuting new mobile app "Own the Moments," which allows fans to get a specific-to-the-day movie "moment" featuring trivia and a clip or photo from a film, ranging from classic to upcoming titles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 2:59 PM
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Elvis Lives! In the Digital Realm, Ageless Avatars Are the Future, from Pitt to Bridges

It was inevitable. Now that digital likenesses are so easy to accomplish, iconic figures will live on in the digital realm, making money for their estates. The latest news: Digital Domain Media Group and CORE Media are developing a series of "virtual" Elvis Presleys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 3:15 PM
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Media Watch: Record-Breaking Ticket Sales and Mobile Usage for Fandango

If you need proof of changing ticket-buying habits, look at Fandango's numbers. The leading ticket-purchasing site boasted its highest numbers in traffic and ticket sales for May in the company's twelve year history. Ticket sales increased by 47%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 5, 2012 12:24 PM
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Media Watch: Rotten Tomatoes On Your Radio Dial and Netflix Queue; Millennials Like Magazines; Wired on iPad

Now streaming: Rotten Tomatoes on the radio. The movie-review aggregation site announced the creation of their own radio channel, a weekly one-hour call-in show hosted by the website's editor-in-chief, Matt Atchity. It will air on Thursdays on the satcaster's Stars Too channel...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2012 12:15 PM
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Participate in Moxie Institute Crowd-Sourced Film Project [Video]

The Moxie Institute Film Team is working on a new participatory film in their Cloud Film series. This one is about the importance of "engaging" in society and they want your submissions. Watch the video below or read the blurb to see what they're looking for.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 4:41 PM
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MovieFone and Fandango Forge First-Time Ticket Sales Partnership

Fandango and AOL's Moviefone announced an exclusive ticketing partnership, marking the first alliance between the two companies.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 24, 2012 4:38 AM
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A Beautiful Friendship: 'Casablanca' Screens on Facebook

Worlds collide for this confusing and spectacular event: "Casablanca" will screen on Facebook Wednesday night at 7PM ET/ PT. Fans of romantic comedy or romance in general can watch a free screening of the timeless love story and comment in real time on the film's Facebook page. We'll take it!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 9:07 AM
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Q & A: Rodrigo Garcia and Jon Avnet Break the Mold with Star-Powered, Women-Centric Web Channel, WIGS

WIGS is a YouTube channel, but don't let the platform scare you off. Filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs") and producer-director Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes") have created what may be the first scripted, professionally developed web content aimed at women: WIGS. Starting with the launch of its first series Monday...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 15, 2012 11:26 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The Hobbit,' Higher Frame Rates, and Virtual Production at FMX [Updated]

I'm in Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the FMX conference on animation, VFX, games, and transmedia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis at FMX is on virtual production, the hottest industry topic, thanks to the influence of "Avatar" and the lingering interest in last year's Oscar winner, "Hugo," among others.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 10, 2012 6:36 AM
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