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The Many Deaths and Nine Lives of Movie Criticism

Like the movies themselves, criticism has moved from analog to digital, a move that is not universally beloved. Reports of the death of criticism are greatly exaggerated. Countless times during my career criticism has been declared dead only to pop up its furry groundhog head to say, “I’m back!” Here’s a piece I wrote for Variety that takes the temperature, blood pressure and checks other vital signs of criticism. I called diagnosticians such as Roger Ebert, Jeanine Basinger and Jim Hoberman for second, third and fourth opinions. Thoughts? Where do you go for criticism?
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  • March 10, 2012 6:03 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Interviews, Festivals, Reviews, and What to Think of John Carter

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS
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  • March 9, 2012 5:44 PM
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Media Watch: Netflix in Cable Talks, Epix and ABC Family Launch Streaming Apps

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters. These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services. It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive. Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu. After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 1:55 PM
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The Creators Project Heads to San Francisco; Lineup Features Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Murphy

From March 17-18, San Francisco is playing host to VICE and Intel's The Creators Project, the arts and tech festival now in its third year. The initiative, which is dedicated to supporting creativity, lands in creativity-hub San Francisco for the first time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 1:59 PM
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Netflix and Weinsteins Strike First Streaming Deal, Including Likely Oscar-Winner 'The Artist'

It won’t be long before likely Oscar-winner “The Artist” will silently grace your instant queue. Yes, Netflix and The Weinstein Company have established a streaming deal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 21, 2012 1:52 PM
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Amazon Studios Announces Best Movie and Best Script Awards for 2011 Contest

Amazon Studios, the open source-inspired studio run by Roy Price with a mission to find new films and screenwriters and offer them first-look deals with Warner Studios, has revealed the winner of its "Best Test" movie and best-script awards.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 10, 2012 8:00 AM
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Cinedigm Partners with New Video to Buy and Release Indie Films

As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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Media Watch: Online Advertising to Surpass Print for the First Time

The advertising forecast for 2012 is in: online ad spending will surpass print spending for the first time.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 20, 2012 1:46 PM
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Media Watch: Google Opens Digital Music Shop

In order to compete with iTunes and Amazon, Google has boldly launched a series of music features, including a digital music downloads store, reports NYT's Media Decoder. This marks Google's intention to expand as a social network and entertainment source.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 18, 2011 2:56 AM
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Media Watch: Facebook Adds Apps, Sony vs. Cable TV, ImageCollect Biggest Celebrity Pics Library

Facebook, two months after premiering new social apps through partnerships with Netflix, Spotify, Yahoo News, and The Washington Post, plans to go ahead and increase its app partnerships in 2012, reports AdAge. More applications will allow Facebook users to share what they read, watch and hear in real-time. Facebook will heavily feature the apps in their soon-to-be-launched Timeline.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 16, 2011 12:20 PM
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