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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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Movies Go to Facebook, Legos, Lebanon, Redbox and Wellywood

Media Watch: Vibe could be coming back to--digital--life, while it looks like those wild and crazy salad days at Conde Nast are finally over.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2009 2:39 AM
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August Brings Dog Days, Celebs on Vacation

The dog days of August are upon us. Will any of the month’s upcoming movies kick ass, like The Fugitive or Pineapple Express? Or are they studio also-rans? It can go either way, writes the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 8:29 AM
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Speedcine: Google for Legal Movie Search

Last March, New York publicist/blogger Reid Rosefelt announced SpeedCine, his new search engine for finding available (legal) movies on the web. Tuesday he launched the beta version of the site, which tells you where to find movies on the web, whether they are available for free, or to rent, buy, or find via Netflix's "Watch Instantly."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2009 12:59 PM
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Are You Hooked Up to a Set Top Box?

It seems that one of Matt Dentler's new roles at Cinetic Rights Management is consciousness raising.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2009 2:59 AM
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Jackson Farewell, St. Trinian Sequel Adds Tennant, Beatles Terrify

Variety's Dana Harris covered the Michael Jackson memorial. So did Bob Tourtellotte at Reuters and the NYT. I did not go; I listened on NPR and tracked it on Twitter. Defamer posts the ten most important moments at the Memorial.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2009 2:25 AM
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Gone with the Wind Knocks Titanic Off B.O. Chart, Dark Knight Leads Flickchart Rankings

Inflation is a huge factor in figuring out the best box office performers of all time. Bloomberg's new inflation-adjusted chart places Gone with the Wind at the top of the U.S. top box office list, along with Star Wars, The Sound of Music and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Where's the mighty number one b.o. grosser of all time, Titanic? After The Ten Commandments. Years ago, Variety's late A.D. Murphy told me the same thing: adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind handily beats every challenger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2009 2:07 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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Twitter Makes Time Cover

While I graze my Tweetdeck several times a day to see what the 184 people I am following on Twitter have posted (I know, I'm cutting the list down), the people following me tend to just get my automatic blogfeed, which also goes to Facebook (only if I'm logged in; if not, I have to check and add it manually). But I am picking up links and tips and stories constantly, faster than checking my various other aggregators. When something "breaks" on Twitter, I have a shot at getting my own reaction to it out faster than otherwise.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2009 7:33 AM
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Media Future

Like it or not, both the publishing and media industries are undergoing seismic changes as they confront the digital future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2009 6:21 AM
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