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Playboy's Hefner Donates $900,000 to Rescue Hollywood Sign

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has plunked down $900,000 to help to preserve 138-acres of land surrounding the landmark Hollywood sign, which the governator calls a "symbol of dreams and a symbol of opportunity and hope," reports the LAT:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 5:21 AM
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Woody Allen Names New Film Midnight in Paris

When the latest Woody Allen Untitled starts filming this summer in Paris with stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Michael Sheen, it will actually have a title: Midnight in Paris. The romantic comedy takes a family to Paris. Imagina International Sales is handling international sales for Midnight in Paris at the upcoming Cannes fest, which is showing Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger out of competition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2010 11:18 AM
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Earth Day Alert: Landmark Theaters Go Green

To celebrate Earth Day--and to do the right thing in general--Landmark Theatres is launching a new line of eco-friendly paper popcorn bags in its 55 theaters. The chain sells almost 2 million bags of popcorn every year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2010 10:20 AM
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New York Vulture Adds West Coast Editor Adalian, Newsweek.com Adds Exec Editor Snyder

New York Vulture has made a huge play in its ongoing onslaught on the online entertainment trade space: it has hired ex-Variety television reporter Joe Adalian and his TV MoJoe blog (started at TV Week) to be west coast editor. Adalian is the best-read reporter at Sharon Waxman's TheWrap, which has been seeking additional investment and potential partners. The move suggests that Adalian felt more secure (and presumably, well-paid) moving to a more established media entity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 9:21 AM
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Senate Committee Passes Wall Street Transparency Act Banning Box Office Trading

Whew! Even though the Fed has approved the existence of two companies seeking to market wagers on box office futures, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday could set back the financial ventures by passing the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, reports the LAT, which includes a provision that bans trading on the box office:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 7:30 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Red Flag Opens 8: The Mormon Proposition in Thirteen Markets Day-and-Date with VOD

New distributor-on-the-block Red Flag Releasing--led by two ex-Warner Independent execs, Paul Federbush and Laura Kim--is embracing both the digital future and the theatrical past with its first release, the controversial hot-button Sundance doc 8: The Mormon Proposition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2010 5:39 AM
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U.S. Army Closes Afghanistan Outpost Restrepo

The U.S. Army has finally closed the remote Afghanistan Restrepo outpost in the deadly Korangal Valley, where some 42 American service men have died. Named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan, the post was the setting for Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's unforgettable documentary Restrepo, which debuted at Sundance and will be released in July by National Geographic Films under new president Daniel Battsek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 8:41 AM
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Conan O'Brien Blows Off Fox, Signs Mega-Deal with TBS

“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable," said Conan O'Brien on the occasion of his ground-breaking new deal with Time Warner's TBS. "My plan is working perfectly.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 8:19 AM
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Is New Spider-Man Percy Jackson Star Logan Lerman?

Stop the presses! Hitfix announced Saturday that the new Spider-Man looks likely to be Logan Lerman, star of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Tobey Maguire has left the franchise, as Marc Webb takes over directing reins from Sam Raimi. Sony has set the film to open on July 3, 2012. UPDATE: By Sunday, Sony corp PR was denying that Lerman was even on the list of those being considered. Time will tell.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2010 10:03 AM
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Harrison Ford to Star in Cowboys & Aliens, Tweets Favreau

The new indie mantra is all about DIY marketing via social network groups, Facebook pages, tweets. Killer Films producer Christine Vachon's (@kvpi) 1404 followers know where she is on any given production because she tells them. "Locking the budget on MILDRED PIERCE," she tweeted on Monday. (We also know that she prefers chemo therapy to a root canal.) Certain people get how to play the game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 8:10 AM
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