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    Funny Or Die's Genius Take On Facebook's Instagram Buy

    Facebook's massive purchase of Instagram yesterday proved that an app can be worth about the sum worldwide gross of a James Cameron movie and also that apps can suddenly be potent punchlines!

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    Life After Sundance: Distribution and Marketing for the 99 Percent

    Sundance selected 110 features from 4,042 submissions for its 2012 U.S. and World Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups. Based on the festival's history, it's fair to say that less than 40 of those films will be acquired by established, full-service film distributors. At bes...

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    Video Interview: Edward Burns On His Small-Budget Charmer, "Newlyweds"

    Edward Burns’ latest film, Newlyweds, is a delightfully witty, sharply observed romance that comes with its own amazing origin story. Although you wouldn’t guess it from the film’s clear, bright look, it was shot for a pittance -- around $9,000, yes that’s thousand &nda...

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    Mission: Impossible Goes Facebook

    In advance of the release of "Mission: Impossible-- Ghost Protocol," the first new M:I movie in five years, Paramount is drumming up stateside fan interest by making the previous three "Mission: Impossible" features available to rent and stream on Facebook, via Facebook credits.

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    Media Watch: Facebook Adds Apps, Sony vs. Cable TV, ImageCollect Biggest Celebrity Pics Library

    Facebook, two months after premiering new social apps through partnerships with Netflix, Spotify, Yahoo News, and The Washington Post, plans to go ahead and increase its app partnerships in 2012, reports AdAge. More applications will allow Facebook users to share what they read, watch and hear ...

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    Media Watch: Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft Team Up for Ads, Google+ Welcomes News, NY Times Sues HuffPo

    Media Watch: Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft Team Up for Ads, Google+ Welcomes News, NY Times Sues HuffPo

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    Weekend Media Watch: Andy Rooney Dies at 92, Pandora Seeks More Ad Revenue, Facebook Adds Ads

    The consistent thing about Facebook’s constant changes: the levels of frustration they cause. Today, TechCrunch reports that the social media site will begin placing advertisements in the real-time updates portion of the homepage. Events, ticker, and birthday announcements have been placed bel...

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    Media Watch: New Nook Debuts, Glamourous “Likes” to Advertisers, Couric on A Very Gaga Thanksgiving

    On Thanksgiving Day, ABC will host a spectacle that will surely rival the wildness of any turkeys or family drama: A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. The show will feature performances from the singer, a one-on-one interview with Katie Couric, appearances from Tony Bennett and chef Art Smith. - By conne...

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    Five Star Day Premieres on Facebook and Theaters Day-and-Date

    As indie filmmakers continue to try new ways to get their films out--with or without conventional distribution-- Five Star Day, an astrology-themed feature that overemphasizes the significance of place and time, premiered Wednesday November 2 day-and-date in movie theaters and Facebook. Gravitas Ven...

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    Media Watch: Unthink's Anti-Facebook Grows Users, Klout Bends Freebie Rule, Comcast Falls Behind

    The “Anti-Facebook” social network Unthink, which launched a week ago, has already scored 100,000 users, reports TechCrunch. The number of visitors to the website is doubling daily. The burgeoning growth of this social network--which promoted itself via Facebook bashing and a $2.5 million fund from ...

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