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Weekend Recap: Hollywood's Most Secretive Directors, Cinema's Future, Tina Brown, AMC vs. Dish

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by Maggie Lange
October 22, 2012 2:35 PM
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Secretive directors: In a world where new posters, trailers, and spoilers are prized and rumors are updated minute-by-minute, remaining a "secretive" director takes willpower and determination. A select few directors manage to keep a tight lid on their projects, and Vulture's Kyle Buchanan posted a list of the most clandestine of these. Hollywood's most secretive filmmakers? Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, and the Wachowskis, who until "Cloud Atlas" never even spoke to the press. (Our interview with them is coming soon.)

Cinema's future: The Financial Times' Peter Aspden meditates on three new books about the "future" of cinema:  David Thomson’s "The Big Screen," David Denby’s "Do the Movies Have a Future?" and "Film After Film," by J. Hoberman.  Aspden sums it up clearly - these three writers "wonder where the future of cinema may take us. They do so by writing about the past."  More of Aspden's reviews here.

Newsweek's  future:  Tina Brown explains what's happening to Newsweek after last week's announcement that the magazine would cease print publication in 2013.  “In the last 12 months, I'd had to adjust in myself,” she told the National Journal. “I've always been a great print junky. …But my own habits have changed so dramatically.”

AMC vs. Dish: Lucky for "Walking Dead" fans, AMC settled it legal battle with Dish, just in time for the just-launched new season of their zombie drama. Dish will pay $700 million in cash for the distribution deal, according to Sunday's settlement.  Starting July 1, Dish had ceased broadcasting AMC after difficult negotiations.  More about the heated negotiations at Mashable.

Outdated-tech in movies:  Wired's Cade Metz wrote a comical round-up of outdated technology in movies: "The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Movie Computers of All Time."  I'm waiting for the clunky cell phone version of this article.

'Desk Set,' 1957.

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