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Master of Horror John Carpenter Answers Your Tweets

Yesterday Barack Obama, now John Carpenter (the director whose iconic horror films have likely scared you witless) will answer your questions live on Twitter, Friday from 2:00 to 3:30 PST.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 8, 2011 7:07 AM
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Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 2, 2011 3:49 AM
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Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained
It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 5:33 AM
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Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 6:49 AM
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Good Advice on Changing from Print to Digital Model

It's tough for newspaper owners and execs to recognize that the days of large staffs and high exec pay are gone. That's why so many publications hang onto print for dear life, because the ads are worth so much more than online advertising. But I have never forgotten what Marc Andreessen once said to Charlie Rose: every newspaper should stop printing NOW and figure out how to survive online. Journal Register Company (JRC) CEO John Paton (@jxpaton) addressed newspaper execs via "Ten Tweets to Transform Newspapers":From MediaXchange 2011 stage my Ten Tweets To Transform Newspapers - starting now #naamxc11 #jrc jxpaton March 26, 2011 at 7:48
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2011 9:07 AM
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SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community

SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community
Warning: walking while reading one's smart phone can be hazardous to your health. Tuesday night on my way home from the SXSW Awards party on Austin's dark and crowded 6th Street, I tripped and split my lip on the sidewalk, gushing blood. My BlackBerry was unharmed. I hailed a pedicab to the local ER, where I needed no stitches, but looked like someone had punched me in the face.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 1:31 AM
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Sanctum: "Visually Arresting," "Paper-Thin Personalities"; Cameron Promos on Twitter

Sanctum: "Visually Arresting," "Paper-Thin Personalities"; Cameron Promos on Twitter
Sanctum opens February 4. James Cameron produced (along with a handful of others), and Aussie director Alistair Grierson helmed the 3-D project. Cameron joined Twitter on January 28 per Ryan Seacrest's suggestion. The filmmaker has already amassed 48,200 followers (he's following 38, mostly scientific orgs). Since joining, Cameron's focus has been mostly #Sanctum promos (see tweets below), for which he calls himself "such a ho":
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2011 7:50 AM
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Media Watch: Top Newspapers, Ranked by Twitter Followers

The top 25 U.S. newspapers - according to the number of Twitter followers, as recorded by Journalistics a bit over a week ago - is below. Sitting very comfortably in first place is The New York Times with 2.6 million - and they are the only news source on the list that has more followers than print circulation. The Wall Street Journal is number two with 464,591 followers, and The Washington Post comes in at third with 204,514. The Chicago Tribune, however, if you count both of its Twitter accounts, including @ColonelTribune, totals a second-place 879,490.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 5:54 AM
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Movie Marketing as Social Network: Official Site vs. Facebook Page

Ad Age marketing whiz Chris Thilk is disappointed by the official websites for most films. He often asks, "That's it?" after not finding relevant info: bios, multiple trailers, image galleries, etc. Social networking sites (say, Facebook) feature "like" buttons that take advantage of fans as pro-bono marketers. Thilk thinks that it's possible to use such tools to build publicity and attention for a film from its own dedicated site.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 1, 2010 12:35 PM
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Checking In: Building Studio Loyalty

So your Facebook stalker - er, friend - knows what you had for dinner and which YouTube video you liked, but now they know where you're going. And what you're watching. And when.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 26, 2010 6:43 AM
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