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    Oscar Round-Up: Best Actress Buzzing, Quoting The Social Network, Does Winter's Bone Have a Chance?

    Buzz is building around this year's best actress Oscar race: "Unlike most years when men dominate the critical buzz for strong roles," asserts TheStar's Zorianna Kit. Well, that's debatable: last year boasted the Sandra Bullock/Meryl Streep flirtation, Carey Mulligan's breakout performance, Mo'Nique...

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    David Poland vs. TOH

    Monday, The Hot Blog's David Poland took off after me without realizing at first that the story that so enraged him was written by ex-Variety box-office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro. And both stories he pops off about, my rather sober analysis of what went wrong with Tamara Drewe and D'Alessandro's ...

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    Names That Command the Moviesphere: Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels, True Lies, Cleopatra

    If you run a movie site that seeks to service readers --and build traffic--then you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know what works. Certain names, stars, projects have heat. When you write about James Cameron, David Fincher, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, franchises like Avatar, Inception, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Bourne, Twilight or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish or American), or hot films like The Social Network (or Mark Zuckerberg), they will come. And despite David Poland's sloppy rant about headlines with numbers in them, guess what? They pull more readers: folks love races, contests, drama, debates, polls, controversy...

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    The Playlist Joins IndieWIRE Blog Network

    I am delighted to welcome one of my favorite movie blogs, ThePlaylist, to the indieWIRE Blog Network, where it will go live Tuesday morning.

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    San Francisco Actuality, Days Before 1906 Earthquake

    Much of downtown San Francisco was destroyed in 1906's infamous earthquake. How precious then is A Trip Down Market Street, an eleven minute film which 60 Minutes producer David Browning says "captures a city full of life and promise."

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    Trade Watch: Guider Steps Down at Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Adds Print Specials

    The essential question for the Hollywood trades going forward: to print or not to print? Print ads still generate far more money, as the NYT's David Carr reminds in this week's must-read media column. Variety is hanging onto print ads for dear life (along with trade shows, which are also The Wrap's ...

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    McCarthy Moves to THR; TOH Stays Put

    Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to...

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    Deadline Hires ex-Variety Staffer Speier as Managing Editor

    Variety's losses continue to be gains for its competitors, as Deadline has snapped up another ex-Variety staffer, Michael Speier, who left the dwindling trade last year (as did I) to work in corporate PR at Disney, a job that must have been a challenge for him after co-running the daily paper as exe...

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    Ebert Relaunches At the Movies on PBS with Lemire, Mitchell

    Roger Ebert announced his relaunch of At the Movies, a month after the demise of his former show on Disney/ABC, in his blog, naturally, and on Twitter. Critics Christy Lemire (AP) and Elvis Mitchell (KCRW-FM), who were guest hosts on At the Movies with Richard Roeper after Ebert fell ill from cancer...

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    Critic vs. Critic: The Changing Landscape of Movie Coverage

    Moviefone's Jack Mathews and I are squabbling again, this time in a new column we're calling Critic vs. Critic, in which we debate the latest trends and topics in movies. This week, Mathews and I take on the changing face of movie coverage, now dominated by the Internet.

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