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    MGM Accepts Bids, Extends Debt Deadline

    In anticipation of a reported $1.5 billion bid by Time Warner, MGM extended the deadline for the close of bidding from Friday to Monday, reports Reuters: "Lions Gate Entertainment and billionaire Len Blavatnik's industrial holding company Access Industries have put in second-round bids for Metro-Gol...

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    MPAA Launches New Film Ratings Site

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has launched a rejiggered film ratings website for its Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA). Outgoing MPAA chairman Dan Glickman wants the site to provide parents with more "clear and concise information about the content of a film in order to help them determine whether a movie is suitable for their children,” he said.  The new site boasts FAQs, ratings definitions and an expanded printable and searchable database of films rated as far back as 1968, when then MPAA-chairman Jack Valenti devised the ratings system to stave off local censorship of movies. Parents can also sign up for ...

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    Conan O'Brien and Fox Talk Real Deal

    NBC paid $50 million to refurbish the old Jack Benny stage on the Universal lot, and is willing to lease it back to O'Brien for his new late night show, which could go to Fox, reports the LAT, one of several cable channels (not Comedy Central) or into syndication.

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    Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney

    At Saturday's HBO Oscar party, I enjoyed dishing about the upcoming Cannes line-up with Todd McCarthy, Variety's film critic for three decades, who is the paper's biggest star and the main reason readers all over the world read the august trade. His reviews post first, and are the best-read thing in...

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    Woody Allen Sells Stranger to Sony Pictures Classics, Shoots Next in Paris

    As expected, Sony Pictures Classics continues to release Woody Allen's Euro-financed pictures, acquiring North American rights to his latest, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts. Shot last August in London, the fi...

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    Twilight Stars Hit Media with Remember Me, Yellow Handkerchief, Runaways, Oscars

    One of the dangers of hitting big in a franchise like Twilight is that that every blessed indie movie that can't get arrested suddenly gets a release. And everyone wants you to do press. Poor Kristen Stewart! After opening Twilight: New Moon last November, she hit Sundance like a freight train in Ja...

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    Jolie Passes on Wanted Sequel, Universal Bails

    The deal on The Wanted sequel: Universal wanted Angelina Jolie to star. That meant that she had to approve the script--which had to persuasively bring her back from certain death. Once she turned the movie down, Universal killed the sequel--what could have been a valuable franchise for the studio--a...

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    Superman Reboot is Goyer's Man of Steel

    Warners/D.C./Legendary have hired David Goyer to write the new Superman reboot. Goyer's working with Jonathan Nolan (Batman Begins) on an idea from his brother Christopher Nolan. There had been speculation--denied by DC--that Christopher Nolan would be supervising the new Superman iteration. In fact, Goyer reinvented Batman with Nolan. And his story for Nolan's The Dark Knight went on to earn $1 billion. He also wrote Marvel's X-Men Origins: Magneto. Warner Bros. was cautiously making sure it had the right approach to its next Superman picture before losing the rights to the character in 2013. Here's Variety (which credits Latino Review with ...

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    Penn Charged in Paparazzi Battery Crime, Could Face Jail

    TMZ strikes again: the site reports that Sean Penn has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and vandalism for an October encounter in Brentwood with paparazzi (deja vu). TMZ posts video of the fracas (on the jump). He could face 18 months in jail if convicted.

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    What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19

    I was as unhappy as anyone with the last iteration of At the Movies--the disastrous match-up of celeb-hugger Ben Lyons and Hollywood scion Ben Mankiewicz. But the latter, at least, had some potential as a professional cinephile, if not a serious film critic (I am blissfully happy with the current ho...

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