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    Media Watch: IAC's Barry Diller, Sorry He Bought Newsweek, Puts It Up for Sale

    Surprise! IAC's canny CEO Barry Diller is putting 80-year-old Newsweek up for sale. Diller regrets, he told Bloomberg TV, making the deal to invest in Newsweek with investor Sidney Harman, who had bought the flailing weekly newsmagazine from the Washington Post for $1 plus liabilities--"it was a mis...

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    Watch: Arianna Huffington's Commencement Address on Women and the Media

    At her commencement address at Smith College, Arianna Huffington dispensed wise words of advice--specifically regarding the subject of success and careers for women in the media. She spoke particularly well about redefining success, rather than focusing on money and power.

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    Indiewire Adds Two Stars to Blog Network: Jerry Beck and Jon Friedman

    Welcome to two members of the Indiewire Blog Network. Animation expert Jerry Beck and co-founder of Cartoon Brew, which he left in February, will keep us posted on daily doings in the animation world via Animation Scoop, while Media Web columnist Jon Friedman, who recently left Marketwatch after 14 ...

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    How I Met My Doppelganger at "Twilight," And What He Taught Me.

    How I Met My Doppelganger at "Twilight," And What He Taught Me.

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    Meet Conan O'Brien's Brilliant Editor, Dan Dome.

    The best thing about this very funny spoof trailer for a nonexistent exploitation movie called "Butterworth," which aired on "Conan" this week, passes by in a matter of seconds:

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    Rex Reed Handicaps "The Myth of the American Sleepover" on Metacritic.

    As if you needed another reminder that review aggregators are better for finding reviews rather than measuring them, check out this list of reviews for "The Myth of the American Sleepover," opening this Friday. I may have been more enthusiastic about the movie than Reed, but Metacritic processes his...

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    This Saturday, Check Out the Last Panel on Distribution You Ever Need to Attend.

    I've had a great time putting together a series of events this month to celebrate indieWIRE's 15th anniversary. Although I've only been involved with the site a fraction of that time, I'm always amazed when I hear from longtime readers of the site. indieWIRE has been around to cover some of the biggest accomplishments in (largely American) cinema in recent years. That's what the indieWIRE at 15 series at 92YTribeca and the premiere of the Sundance hit "Bellflower" on Friday are meant to recognize. But there's another aspect of this world--the business side--that indieWIRE has also followed closely. We'll tap into that side of the story on Sat...

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    Interactive Theater Blows My Mind: "Sleep No More."

    Art, particularly when it takes the form of a story, typically encourages a passive experience; the sensational interactive theater production "Sleep No More" works against that tendency. Loosely adapted from "Macbeth," the traveling show is currently housed at a warehouse in Chelsea, where it has b...

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    "Melancholia" vs. "Another Earth": Which "Invading Planet" Movie Will You See?

    The trailer for Lars Von Trier's dark family drama "Melancholia" hit the web today, catching fire immediately for its freaky apocalyptic imagery and intense performances by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anne Thompson compared the heavy symbolic content to Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" trailer, which I broke down shot-by-shot a little while back. "Melancholia" isn't quite as visually dense, but it's certainly loaded with big ideas, although it have some company. "Another Earth," the low budget sci-fi effort directed by Mike Cahill and picked up by Fox Searchlight at Sundance this year, also involves the sudden arrival of a new pl...

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    "Jeopardy!" Unleashed: Watson in Focus.

    On “Jeopardy!” this week, an unlikely contestant has been raking in the dough. Watson, the IBM supercomputer pitted human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, easily beat its competitors with its rapid-fire ability to seemingly process data faster than any organic brain in history. Or so it seeme...

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