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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group

    AOL has placed a big bet on content going forward. And now it's swallowed Blog Queen Arianna Huffington and her traffic magnet, six-year-old privately-held The Huffington Post, into its vast maw, paying $315 million. Here's Huffington and ATD's Kara Swisher, who interviewed Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Super Bowl, where the deal was consummated just after midnight (video below). According to Variety:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The First Great Pop Song of 2011

    Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: Jarecki's "Reagan" Rises Above the Centennial Chatter

    Actors are lying all the time, projecting a made-up persona, yet you have to be able to look in their eyes and see something true. That paradoxical job description goes a long way toward explaining the actor-turned-politician phenomenon, and no actor was ever more politically successful than Ronald Reagan.

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    More: TV Reviews
  • The Playlist
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    Robert Redford May Return To Acting In Nicolas Vanier's Adaptation Of Own Novel 'Gold In The Snow'

    Veteran actor Robert Redford is reportedly being lined up to star in adventurer Nicolas Vanier's next directorial effort, an adaptation of his own 2004 novel "L'or sous la neige," translated as "Gold In The Snow."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Gabriel Snyder Joins Atlantic Wire as Editor

    @gabrielsnyder has announced his new gig, which is pretty cool:Yep, I have a new job: I am thrilled to be joining The Atlantic Wire as editor. Snyder put in some time at Variety, and Gawker Media, and Newsweek Online--just as they got bought. This is a good match for his considerable online editing skills.

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    More: Web/Tech, Media
  • The Playlist
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    Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's Much-Buzzed About 'Submarine'

    Plus Alex Turner's Soundtrack Gets A Release Date As you may have noticed, we can't move for trailers today, what with the Super Bowl clips for many of the big movies of the year hitting overnight. But it's taken footage from a land where football is actually played with your feet, to raise the bar, with the debut of the first trailer for Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" over on the film's official Facebook page, courtesy of Optimum Releasing. It's been gathering steady buzz ever since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and was picked up for U.S. distribution by The Weinstein Company.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sylvester Stallone To Star In Wayne Kramer's 'Headshot'

    Wayne Kramer's career has been a bit of a headscratcher. The director came out of nowhere with "The Cooler," the Sundance sensation that went on to earn Alec Baldwin a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Kramer then followed that up with the the pulpy "Running Scared," a ludicrous post-Tarantino tale that is severely overrated by its niche of fans. He then shifted gears again for the "Crash"-aping "Crossing Over" which was ultimately taken out of his hands by Harvey Weinstein and hacked down from its original 2 hour and 20 minute runtime to the version that's out there now. So what will Kramer do next? Well it appears that he's moved on from "Kane & Lynch" after producers re-approached him last fall and his "Pretty Boy Floyd" gangster pic, announced last summer, we presume remains in development. Looks like he'll just crank out a mindless cop picture in the interim.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Super Bowl Spot Shows Bad Men Hurting Cute Nubile Mermaids & More

    Also, A Superbowl Spot For The Sci-Fi Romance, 'The Adjustment Bureau'Update: the longer version has arrived. THANK GOD! Alright, thank god this nonsense is over. That's it for Super Bowl movie teaser trailers. The last two of the evening are Rob Marshall's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz and "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Super 8' Super Bowl Trailer Is Redolent With The Smell Of Classic Spielberg

    Ok, now we're talking. This is a teaser-trailer and hats off to director J.J. Abrams for soaking up the Steven Spielberg, '70s nostalgia and presenting it in a way that definitely feels like its straight from that halcyon day Amblin-era, including the Michael Giacchino score that sounds amazingly like a leftover John Williams track.

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    More: Films, Super 8
  • Women and Hollywood
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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 actuality buys 55% of the tickets. This panel will discuss the unique challenges facing films that are targeted at women and how social media can help make a film a success. Panelists will include: · Melissa Silverstein, co-founder of the Athena Film Festival, founder of Women and Hollywood (panelist and moderator) · Alex Dubin is VP, Digital Marketing at Mammoth Advertising· Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, award winning documentary filmmaker, writer and children’s environmental health advocate· Nekisa Cooper, producer, Pariah, which recently played at the Sundance Film Festival and was sold to Focus Features

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