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    Four Ways to Build a New Open Infrastructure

    Digital pioneer Lance Weiler joins the fray with a modest proposal for how the film industry should embrace innovation as it faces the digital future:

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    Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules

    James Rocchi is the contemporary model of online era film critic.

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    New Yorker Goes Friendly on Finke

    I met with New Yorker writer Tad Friend when he came out to L.A. last July. We talked at Caffe Latte, ostensibly about the Hollywood blogosphere, but it quickly became clear that Nikki Finke was the irresistible subject at hand. No question, she's compelling. Always.

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    Polanski Redux: Who Lied?

    As the Roman Polanski imbroglio continues to unfold in various quarters, I am fascinated by the swirling reactions to his legal situation.

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    Variety Makes Changes

    Variety is undergoing some major changes. Some are a factor of the venerable trade paper's adjustment to the challenging advertising economy. In the past year, the company has trimmed down in size over several rounds of layoffs which saw the departures of not only me but hard-driving daily editors M...

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    Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

    Toronto WatchHot off their fab launch of A Serious Man at Toronto, the Coens swear they have no interest in returning to The Big Lebowski, even if audiences do. A Serious Man won the updated IndieWIRE critics poll for 34 new Toronto films that did not play Sundance or Cannes. Magnolia has picked u...

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    Variety's Army Archerd Dies at 87

    Variety columnist Army Archerd has died at age 87 of a rare cancer. It marks the end of an era. He was a lovely man. We should all keep going so long.

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    Daily Beast Beefs Up Culture Coverage with LaPorte

    As Tina Brown finally gets around to building up a new pop culture vertical for The Daily Beast (in time for Oscar season), her diminutive west coast bureau chief Gabe Doppelt has beefed up The Beast's entertainment coverage with ex-LAT TV editor Kate Arthur and now ex-Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte (above), who has turned in her still untitled book on DreamWorks to Houghton Mifflin. LaPorte, whose first story covers the women's surf tour, is the Beast's senior west coast correspondent. She'll be working out of the L.A. office, "covering more culture stuff," she writes in an email, "movies mostly, from a more feature-y angle; also weird, fu...

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    Weekend Read: Poland vs. Wells, Almodovar Talks Cruz, Time's Top 50 Sites, MTV Fall Preview

    Hollywood Round-Up: MTV does the click per page routine with its fall movie preview, annoyingly.

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    Empire Covers Avatar

    The last wide-circulation English-language movie magazine standing is published in the UK: Empire. So that's where you go for your early Avatar cover story .

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