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Conan O'Brien and Fox Talk Real Deal

NBC paid $50 million to refurbish the old Jack Benny stage on the Universal lot, and is willing to lease it back to O'Brien for his new late night show, which could go to Fox, reports the LAT, one of several cable channels (not Comedy Central) or into syndication.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2010 5:12 AM
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Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire

Many top directors are turning to HBO. Given the level of interest in quality dramas for adults at the studios, who wouldn't? HBO's the last place willing to spend big bucks for that kind of cinema.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2010 12:39 PM
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Time Cover Boy Hanks' The Pacific Launches Sunday on HBO

I confess: I am at SXSW wishing I had time to watch the DVDs for The Pacific that HBO delivered the day I left town. At $200 million (more than Rome), the ten-part series is the most expensive HBO has ever made, and earned Tom Hanks the cover of Time (like HBO, a Time Warner company). It's the flip side to Hanks and Spielberg's brilliant and harrowing World War II series Band of Brothers, which broke out Damian Lewis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2010 12:21 AM
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Oscar Red Carpet Video: Psyihoyas Talks The Cove

On the red carpet before his documentary feature Oscar win, The Cove director Louie Psyihoyas previewed some of the things he would try to say on stage--before being played off--and backstage as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 11:05 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.

Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.
The Oscar party circuit continued Saturday night with HBO's Peninsula party, presided over by documentary doyenne Sheila Nevins. (Five out of the eight doc Oscar-nominees are connected to HBO.) Rob Kenner admitted that he's never been involved with a movie that has done as much publicity as Food Inc., while Roadside Attractions co-heads Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff were crossing their fingers that Oscar predicters are right to place The Cove as the front-runner to win the doc Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2010 9:09 AM
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Ebert Tries New Computer Voice First on Wife Chaz, Then Oprah

Ebert Tries New Computer Voice First on Wife Chaz, Then Oprah
Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert seems to be everywhere these days, from the cover of Esquire (a must-read) to a Tuesday appearance on Oprah Winfrey. Ebert shares his Oscar predicts with Oprah, using his new computer voice, which uses audio from his old shows to recreate a voice that sounds a lot like him. Other times he sounds like Stephen Hawking.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2010 7:53 AM
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Olympic Men's Figure Skater Evan Lysacek Wins Gold

Here's video of American Evan Lysacek's intense, exhilarating winning performance Thursday in the figure-skating men's free. Thanks to tape delay, the online media delivered the news of the win before NBC aired his finale. He's the first American to win the men's figure-skating gold since Brian Boitano in 1988.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 6:40 AM
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Photographer Brigitte Lacombe on Charlie Rose

One of my favorite photographers is French-born Brigitte Lacombe, who talked to Charlie Rose on the publication of her photo book: Lacombe: Anima/ Persona. It all started with Dustin Hoffman at Cannes. Great interview, in case you missed it:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2010 10:24 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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#Super Bowl Ads: The Harry Potter Universal Orlando Ride

Video: Universal Orlando: Harry Potter
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 2:19 AM
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