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You Don't Know Jack Trailer: Pacino, Sarandon, Goodman, Vaccaro, Huston

HBO is churning out movies that I want to see, including Barry Levinson's You Don't Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian. Otherwise known as Dr. Death, Kevorkian went to jail on a murder charge for assisted suicide; he was released in 2007.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2010 2:14 AM
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More: Video, TV, Trailers, HBO

Netflix's Sarandos Talks Streaming, Recommendations, Set Top Boxes

Scott Kirsner, author of Fans, Friends and Followers and the Cinematech blog, recently interviewed Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at his office in Beverly Hills for Kirsner's "CONVERSATION" series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
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IPad: Even a Cat Can Do It

Iggy plays the iPad: but is all the YouTube love worth the claw scratches?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 4:41 AM
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Google's Schmidt Talks to Newspaper Editors

Too few newspapers ask the question "what would Google do?" So the man many consider to be journalism's nemesis, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, addressed the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. this week. While he wants Google to be helpful to the news profession, Schmidt said that the Internet has “replaced the economics of scarcity with economics of abundance and all of us are dealing with the consequences of that.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 11:38 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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Knight and Day: Cruise, Diaz Clip

The TV spots for high-octane action comedy Knight and Day inspired me to tweet: "Knight and day with cruise and diaz looks cheesy. Even with top dollar vfx."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 6:54 AM
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Tribeca: Exclusive Monogamy Preview

Forget celebrity bad boys like Eliot Spitzer, Tiki Barber, Jesse James and Tiger Woods. Fidelity in everyday relationships seems to be a hot topic in films these days, from Date Night to micro-indies like Breaking Upwards and The Freebie. Add Dana Adam Shapiro's feature directing debut Monogamy to the list. The low-budget indie-financed film debuts April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival (Submarine is selling). Check the exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 4:03 AM
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Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer

Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer
"Nothing is better than five weeks of word of mouth in a movie theater."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 9:15 AM
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Date Night's Tina Fey Rechannels Sarah Palin on SNL

Tina Fey is the hardest-working woman in show business, creating and starring in NBC's hit sitcom 30 Rock and starring with Steve Carell in Date Night, which is far smarter and more grown-up than most studio comedies these days. Fey's no fool: to boost the movie's opening weekend, she returned to SNL to rechannel Sarah Palin, who is, conveniently, back in the news. Fey announced the "all Sarah Palin all the time" "Sarah Palin Network," with such new series as "Todd!" and "Hey Journalist, I Gotcha!":
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2010 8:24 AM
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More: Genres, Video, TV, Comedy

Doors Doc is Strange Indeed

Doors Doc is Strange Indeed
I started listening to the The Doors when I was about fourteen, and bought every one of their albums. I have great affection for their music, especially Strange Days, at the same time that I often question how seriously to take it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2010 12:59 PM
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