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    Weekend Box Office (June 10-12)

    Super 8 (AKA How Come The Brother Always Has To Mess Things Up as I stated in an earlier post) did better than its projected $30 million, taking in $7 million more than that. But why do people insist on calling it an "original" movie when it copies everything from 1980's Steven Spielberg movies, and...

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    Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Pulls $38 Million, Beats X-Men: First Class for Number One Slot

    As Paramount labored to both downplay expectations and build up word-of-mouth via advance sneaks, Super 8 exceeded box office predictions and got off to a strong start. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Super 8’s projector bulbs burned brighter than expected as Paramount’s sci-fi drama bested its lowest ...

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    Box Office: "The Trip" Tops Debuts; "Paris" and "Tree" Continue Their Success Stories

    While J.J. Abrams "Super 8" exceeded expectations at the studio box office, Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" led debuts in the specialty market, taking in decent numbers for distributor IFC Films.

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    Judy Garland Plays Lincoln Center: 31 Musicals In All, Complete with Wizard of Oz Sing-along

    When it comes to celebrating Judy Garland’s birthday, the requisite song and blow-out-your-candles-now dance just doesn’t quite cut it.

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    "Writing in Color" With "Justified" Exec Producer, Writer & Co-Star (Video)

    Justified exec producer Graham Yost, writer/co-producer Wendy Calhoun, actress/series regular Erica Tazel talk with WGA, West Committee of Black Writers chair David Wyatt about writing characters of color, and more. Any of you watch the series?

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    L.A. 's Graffiti, Tattoos and Copyright Infringement

    RUN DMC Posing Against GraffitiL.A. does have its drama. The first piece of "street art" commissioned by L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art was erased for being too incendiary and the topic of what is permitted to be brought to the public - be it art, graffiti, tattoos, fiction feature or documentary films -- became widely discussed, a good thing in itself. Now Thierry Guetta, the Los Angeles man whose conversion into graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash was detailed in Exit From the Gift Shop, has lost a major court ruling that could affect how artists' rights are viewed going forward. Federal judge Dean Pregerson ruled that Guetta did not have th...

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    The Black Hollywood Experience: Our History, Our Future (Video)

    Recorded earlier this year at SAG in Los Angeles. There's a complete version on YouTube, but the recording is amateurish, and the sound isn't very good. This is from SAG, although it's been edited down.

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    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks In 3D Toy Adaptation 'Major Matt Mason'

    HBO Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Planned To Be Effects-Heavy Six Season SeriesThe colossal failure of motion-capture animation "Mars Needs Moms," and the subsequent cancellation by Disney on the planned performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," seems to have given Robert Zemeckis, something of a pioneer of the format, pause for thought. The director of mega-hits like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" hasn't made a live action picture since 2000's double bill of "What Lies Beneath" and "Cast Away," but recent months have seen him linked to any number of potential projects starring real people, rather than dead-eyed...

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    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Ange...

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