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    Oscar Duel: Yes, It's Good, but is Precious An Oscar Movie?

    In this dueling blog, Moviefone's resident Oscarologist Jack Mathews and I discuss the Oscar merits of festival and indie box office hit Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. We both agree that the inner-city drama about a sexually and emotionally abused teenage girl and the dedicated tea...

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    Big Changes at Trades; Nielsen Sells Hollywood Reporter, Variety Erects Pay Wall

    Big changes at the trades today. Nielsen Business Media is selling The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, the Clio Awards, Backstage, Film Journal and its Film Expo business to e5 Global Media. It will fold its declining pubs Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews. The deal ...

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    Variety Adds Editor, Installs Pay Wall

    After Peter Bart stepped down as editor-in-chief of daily and weekly Variety, his second-in-command, Tim Gray, took over. Among the layoffs that followed were long-time daily editors Michael Speier (now at Disney) and Kathy Lyford. While ex-THR editor Cynthia Littleton has been filling in, the paper...

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    LAT Gives Claudia Eller Player-Coach Status

    What's a player-coach? Well, veteran LAT entertainment business writer Claudia Eller is adding that role to her many duties at the LAT, as described below in a memo from entertainment/business AME Sallie Hofmeister.

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    Media Watch: In Entertainment, At Least, the LAT is Hiring

    At the recent Digital Hollywood I was struck by Los Angeles Times entertainment honcho Sallie Hofmeister's description of what her paper is doing. The good news, for those of us who cover Hollywood, is that the LAT is now so online-focused (after years of avoidance behavior) that they have decided to BEEF UP the entertainment coverage (in the face of other layoffs). That is because they are going after online traffic. As we all know, celebs and red carpets and Twilight and Superman bring eyeballs. Hofmeister said that their strategy is to lure younger readers --the future for all newspapers that wish to survive--with pop candy. She also made...

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    Oscar Watch: New Carpetbagger Hits Award Circuit

    Melena Ryzik is the NYT's new "guide on the red carpet to the news and the nonsense of awards season, covering the Golden Globes, the Oscars and more," reads the new "about" section of The Carpetbagger. She's the NYT staffer who replaces the alter-ego of NYT media columnist David Carr, who burned ou...

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    Bonnie Fuller's HollywoodLife Debuts

    For those of you who think I spend too much time on Twilight, check out Mail.com mogul Jay Penske's answer to TMZ and Perez Hilton: HollywoodLife.com. While Penske acquisitions Deadline Hollywood and Movieline aren't breaking any traffic records, count on tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller to score by appe...

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    Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

    As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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    Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

    Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

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    Avatar Budget, Up in the Air Tweet Chart, Pattinson vs. Kidman, Finke Attacks, Indie Bloodbath Redux

    James Cameron's Avatar did not cost $500 million. First of all, the thing was in R & D for years. The negative cost is $300 to 400 million, but no one knows for sure. If you add worldwide marketing to it, maybe it creeps up to $500 million, because it's a huge movie that Fox has already spent a lot ...

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