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    Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon

    Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon

    I couldn't wait to watch Sunday night's latest HBO series, Treme, from The Wire's David Simon, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. I was not disappointed. TOH critic Tim Appelo has the review:

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    Sarah Palin Network

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    Date Night's Tina Fey Rechannels Sarah Palin on SNL

    Tina Fey is the hardest-working woman in show business, creating and starring in NBC's hit sitcom 30 Rock and starring with Steve Carell in Date Night, which is far smarter and more grown-up than most studio comedies these days. Fey's no fool: to boost the movie's opening weekend, she returned to SNL to rechannel Sarah Palin, who is, conveniently, back in the news. Fey announced the "all Sarah Palin all the time" "Sarah Palin Network," with such new series as "Todd!" and "Hey Journalist, I Gotcha!":

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    I'll Love You Forever Dixie Carter

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Date Night Scores as Titans Crashes

    Twentieth Century Fox execs woke up Sunday morning to the news that their Steve Carell-Tina Fey action romantic comedy Date Night stole the No. 1 box office spot away from Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. It was a matter of dollars and cents, reports TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro, with an estimated $27.1 million at 3,374 venues versus $26.9 million for the Greek epic, which crashed 56%. UPDATE: By Monday, though, Titans squeaked ahead on the numbers ($26.7 million), thanks to premium 3D ticket prices and an overestimation by Fox on Date Night, which only scored $25.2 million.

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    Is New Spider-Man Percy Jackson Star Logan Lerman?

    Stop the presses! Hitfix announced Saturday that the new Spider-Man looks likely to be Logan Lerman, star of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Tobey Maguire has left the franchise, as Marc Webb takes over directing reins from Sam Raimi. Sony has set the film to open on July 3, 2012. UPDATE: By Sunday, Sony corp PR was denying that Lerman was even on the list of those being considered. Time will tell.

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    Our New DVD Deal

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    LA Film Fest Move Downtown Ignites Debate

    LA Film Fest Move Downtown Ignites Debate

    The Los Angeles Film Festival move from its home in Westwood (which worked well for four years) to downtown Los Angeles is stirring mixed response. It's not dissimilar to the reaction to Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson's taking the Indie Spirit Awards from the beach to downtown. That didn't play so well either. I don't mind going downtown for the occasional museum or concert visit-- but the idea of threading my way through rush hour traffic repeatedly over the course of a festival (June 17 to 27) gives me pause. (David Poland agrees.) UCLA-adjacent college town Westwood, with its cluster of movie theaters was easy to get to, walkable and intimate. I think that while the LAFF believes this will expand their base and accommodate growing attendance, they're taking a serious risk.

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