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Andreessen Talks Tech Turkey on Charlie Rose

I saved this Marc Andreessen Charlie Rose interview on TiVo because Andreessen is brilliant and loves to share his insight. Months later, as the iPad is coming out and the internet continues to dominate our lives, this Silicon Valley maverick reveals how much he knows about how start-ups and the Internet work from in front. He just gets it. He co-founded and sold Netscape to AOL for $1 billion, and more recently, created Ning and a start-up fund (Andreessen/Horowitz). As an investor and/or board member, his fingers are in many pies, from Twitter to Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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Trades Jockey For Entertainment News

As the trades adjust to more competition and squeezed ad revenues, there's a whole lot of jockeying going on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2010 9:47 AM
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Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed

Cop Out's Kevin Smith Calls Out Critics and Gets Slammed
Kevin Smith may be remembered not as a gifted screenwriter and not-so-great director and occasional comic relief player but as the guy who pioneered self-marketing on the internet. He was an early adopter, with movie-poop-shoot.com and other sites; his Twitter account @ThatKevinSmith logs over 1 million followers. He loves hanging out on Twitter, engaging directly with his fans. And they loyally show up to his movies. But there are only so many of them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 8:18 AM
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#SXSW: First Hit is Cold Weather

At the SXSW opening night party, Jason Reitman showed me the trailer (below) for Aaron Katz's third feature Cold Weather on his iPhone. Reitman was psyched to see it, and I was intrigued, but it was up against Michel Gondry's Cannes doc Thorn in My Heart, which I needed to see in order to interview him Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2010 8:50 AM
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Twitter Friday: Finke vs. Breznican, CHUD vs. Playlist, Power Couple at the Savoy

On Friday afternoons folks start to relax and hang on Twitter. This afternoon was particularly rich with delights. First, Deadline.com editrix Nikki Finke tweeted to refute USA Today staffer Anthony Breznican's assertion that a publicist pitched him to have Finke appear on his radio show, even though he doesn't have one. (I have heard Finke, who doesn't go out much, do radio interviews.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2010 1:17 AM
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Daily Read: Shutter Island Reaction, Tarantino Goes West, Smith Fights Southwest

Daily Read: Shutter Island Reaction, Tarantino Goes West, Smith Fights Southwest
In case some of these stories got past you, Amy Dawes rounds up the day's industry news: While confessing to some fatigue at its length, Screen's Tim Grierson generally raves about the pulpy thrills of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which premiered out of competition Saturday at the Berlin film festival and opens Feb. 19 stateside. But New York Magazine's David Edelstein calls it a long slog, and Emanuel Levy finds it similarly overwrought. In case you've somehow avoided it, here's the trailer.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • February 16, 2010 2:33 AM
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Google Buzz Video

These days, keeping up with Twitter, email, Facebook, Linkedin (I abandoned myspace long ago) is almost more than a single person can sustain, much less reading something of any length or, God Forbid, thinking or doing any work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 10:46 AM
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Cameron Alter Ego Feeds Twitter

Just who is @JFCameron, as in "James Fucking Cameron," on Twitter? The tweeter started channeling the mighty director on August 22 with the following:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2009 11:09 AM
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Journalism in 3-D: Is Content Dead?

"If content is not king," asked Variety publisher Neil Stiles at a downbeat Digital Hollywood journalism panel Wednesday, "what is?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2009 1:33 AM
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With Paranormal Activity, Paramount Sets New Marketing Model

With Paranormal Activity, Paramount Sets New Marketing Model
From the start, Paramount online marketing executive Amy Powell knew that she could sell micro-budget horror thriller Paranormal Activity on the Internet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2009 8:48 AM
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