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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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Is Twitter a Marketing Tool?

Digital marketer Chris Dorr continues his informative exploration of the field with an essay explaining the many uses of Twitter. His use of the service is very close to mine, though I suspect I re-tweet more than he does. It is essential for me to check into my followers several times a day. They will let me know what's going on in the world quicker than anyone else. Later I check my re-tweets on my Twitter Profile and often add them to my Daily Reads--just in case you aren't following me @akstanwyck.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 14, 2009 7:13 AM
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The Flixster Effect: 2 Billion Movie Ratings

Call it the Flixster Effect.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2009 7:16 AM
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Three Tools to Unlock Bright Star's Online Potential

Three Tools to Unlock Bright Star's Online Potential
In the second of a series of service pieces about independent film marketing, digital consultant Chris Dorr uses Bright Star as an example of a movie that has not taken full advantage of its online potential. He offers three ways the film could unleash the passion online that is in such evidence onscreen:
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 8, 2009 3:01 AM
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Media Watch: Innovating, Twittering, Social Networking, iTuning, Videoing

Stop the presses! White guys direct 93% of Hollywood studio pictures. Yes, this has been a fact of life for far too long, and isn't changing any time soon. Who else are you going to trust with millions of dollars?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2009 4:53 AM
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Fans, Friends & Followers: Playbook for the Social Media Age

Cinematech blogger Scott Kirsner drank the digital Kool-aid some time back. So the author of 2007's The Future of Web Video and 2008's Inventing the Movies decided that he had to self-publish his newest book, Fans, Friends and Followers. "If I was writing that artists had to be their own entrepreneur," he says, "then I had to do it too."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2009 6:44 AM
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