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    Panel Alert: How Social Media Can Be used to Help Build the Women's Audience for Films

    I'm going to be moderating and participating on this panel sponsored by Pepsico in advance of the Athena Film Festival later this week. Event Title: “How Social Media Can Be used to Help Build the Women's Audience for Films”Event Date: Tuesday, February 8 from 3-5pm ETEvent Location: People & Society Hub at Paley Center for MediaEvent Description: With the multiplexes focused on films that are targeted at young men it is quite a challenge to build an audience for a film that targets women. Social media is one growing area of focus that has helped studios, producers, distributors and marketing experts reach the female demographic which in a...

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  • The Playlist
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    Excessive Lightning, Chisled Pecs, Sci-Fi Goop & Gods Lore Light Up 'Thor' Super Bowl Spot

    At this point, we're not holding out judgement on any of these kinds of films, hell, these are :30 second Super Bowl spots. The idea is definitely: have a beer, lean back and enjoy yourself, right? But, gotta say, the trailer for Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" is definitely less impressive than "Captain A...

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Evans Goes From Super Wimp To Superhero In 'Captain America' First Look Super Bowl Trailer

    Heh. OK, with the help of, funny looking digital effects (see the image above), Chris Evans goes from 90lb weakling to beefcakey superhero in this first look Super Bowl spot of Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing

    Aaron Sorkin's latest adapted screenplay wins at the USC Scripter and Writers Guild Awards don't mean that The Social Network is surging to overtake The King's Speech at the Oscars. It does indicate that Sorkin (pictured) will win the adapted screenplay Oscar.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Cowboys & Aliens' Scores With Super Bowl Spot

    There are a whole lot of movies coming this summer based on comic books, but the one we're looking forward to most doesn't come from either the Marvel or DC banners. Jon Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens," based on the graphic novel of the same title, is an ambitious melding of two genres that looks to be...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED

    @JonFavreau knows what he is doing: he posted Universal's Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) Super Bowl XLV spot hours ahead of time on Twitter (and YouTube) in advance of the Super Bowl (below). Now you can see Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting the aliens--they're like fighter planes. Paramount went ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Kids In America

    Kids In America

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Tura Satana, RIP. 1938 - 2011.

    Above: Shade Rupe and Tura Satana.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Three Critics: Forces of Change in 2011

    In our ongoing Three Critics series for AOL Moviefone, indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin, Eric Kohn and I continue to debate the challenges facing Hollywood. I start things off:Anne Thompson: As we move into 2011, things in the movie business are not looking good. Even though 3D propped up 2010 ticke...

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy May Reteam For Werewolves-In-Gangland-L.A. Pic 'Sharp Teeth'

    Does Danny Boyle have the taste for monsters again? The director re-imagined the zombie genre with his inventive "28 Days Later..." and his ambitious stage version of "Frankenstein" (with a score by Underworld and leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Dr. Frankenst...

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