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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Gina McIntyre Takes Over as Editor of LAT's Hero Complex Blog

LAT deputy film editor and genre buff Gina McIntyre, editor and contributor on departing staff writer Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex, is officially taking over the blog. Boucher was lured away by EW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2012 8:18 PM
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Fandango Hires EW Vet and Oscar Expert Dave Karger as Media Front Man

As the LA Times' Geoff Boucher joins ex-USA Today writer Anthony Breznican at weekly magazine EW, 17-year EW vet Dave Karger is moving on. He is heading away from print reporting to a career as a professional video pundit and media front man. He will now grow his media profile at NBCUniversal's Fandango as the online ticketseller's first "chief correspondent." The main lure is increased visibility across NBCUniversal's media outlets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:39 PM
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Google Adds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to Search Engine

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is not just a game anymore! Google has built it into its search system. The game started in 1994 by some college students who realized you could connect every movie actor to Kevin Bacon within six associations or less. Read The Guardian's story here for all the details. The new Google feature works like this: Type in "Bacon number" followed by the name of an actor. Google will then tell you how the two are connected. We tried it with Angelina Jolie to give you an example:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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Barry Sonnenfeld's 'Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens' Debuts, Joins Web Series Trend

Yet another filmmaker heads to web series territory. Like Tom Hanks with "Electric City" and Bryan Singer with "H+ The Digital Series," Barry Sonnenfeld introduces his motion comic "Dinosaur Vs. Aliens" on Yahoo! Screen. The first episode (below) launched today. The series is created by Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") and written by comic writer Grant Morrison for digital media production house Liquid Comics.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 1:41 PM
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FilmFunds Brings Filmmakers & Financiers Together, Names Jason Scoggins New CEO

Following in the footsteps of online film services such as Amazon Studios and Kickstarter, filmmaker platform FilmFunds is moving to expand its reach.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 2:51 PM
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Funny or Die Launches iTunes Magazine 'The Occasional'

FunnyOrDie, the popular comedy video site, is launching a bi-monthly digital humor magazine, "The Occasional," on iTunes. "The Artist" Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin graces their first cover.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2012 10:52 AM
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Hollywood Wiretap Merges with Baseline's Studio System

Like most Hollywood professionals, I rely on Hollywood.com's Hollywood Wiretap for weekday links to the latest top news via its website and newsletter updates. Monday, Wiretap's Paris-based editor-in-chief Nancy Tartaglione announced that Wiretap and Baseline database Studio System are merging to form Studio System News.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2012 4:20 PM
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Tribeca Enterprises Partners with Maker Studios for YouTube Channel The Picture Show

On the same day that Amazon Studios announced a new television initiative, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff's Tribeca Enterprises (which mounts the Tribeca Film Festival and runs distributor Tribeca Films) and popular online distributor Maker Studios are partnering to create a new YouTube channel, The Picture Show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 4:38 PM
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Fandango and Telemundo to Target Hispanic Audience with Fandango Cine

Paying heed to the country's fast-growing demo and most frequent moviegoing population, Fandango is partnering with Telemundo Media to form Fandango Cine. Launch of the Spanish-language site is planned for fourth quarter 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 3:05 PM
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