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    Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche

    While Cinematical refers to him as "film critic," Tom Perkins does not deserve the title.

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    Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes

    The first reviews of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood were scheduled to break with the film's Wednesday opening at Cannes, but Empire broke first, followed by THR, Variety and indieWIRE. Verdict: decidedly mixed.

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    Ebert Named Webby Person of the Year

    The Webby Awards have named Roger Ebert their Person of the Year. The Webbys credit the Chicago Sun-Times film critic with raising the bar for the “level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the web” and having an “unparalleled level of engagement with followers and fans.”

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    McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

    Ex-Variety critic Todd McCarthy is joining the indieWIRE blog network. His first post goes up on Todd McCarthy’s Deep Focus Thursday night, and he'll file his first review out of the gate at the Cannes Film Festival, of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

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    Talking Treme: Ep. Three

    Tim Appelo and I are riffing on each episode of David Simon's HBO series Treme, which brought me to tears during Ep. 3:

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    Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino

    TOH critic Tim Appelo reviews HBO's latest, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. (We'll continue our weekly post-Treme rehash Monday.)

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    Treme Week Two: Read At Your Own Risk!

    Spoiler Alert: Tim Appelo and I are so delighted by David Simon's latest HBO series, Treme, that we're going to write about each new episode every week. So read on only if you have seen both episodes one and two at this point, and please join the conversation thread.

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    Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide

    Controversy sells, and Lionsgate rode a swell of debate over the R-rated superhero action comedy Kick-Ass to a robust box office lead on Friday, an estimated $7.5 million in 3,065 runs. It may or may not make the $20 million opening benchmark some predicted; Date Night could wind up number one. This...

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    Critics Update: Variety, Salon, Movieline Moves

    Many people seem to be failing to recognize the distinction between the end of the old media economic model that could afford to pay critics six-figure salaries and the new paradigm which demands that critics deliver more for less--often online. Certainly, indieWIRE is not paying its new in-house critic Eric Kohn what Variety was paying Todd McCarthy. And despite what Variety editor Tim Gray's carefully-worded editorial suggests, he did not offer new deals to its laid-off critics McCarthy and David Rooney before delivering them their new unemployed status. Nor has it closed new deals with them since the March lay-offs. Meanwhile, as I announ...

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