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    Daily Show vs. America, Reality TV Wins, HBO Subscriber Drama

    - Has Jon Stewart's career benefited from the fall of America? New York Magazine points out that America's decade of domestic decline has provided The Daily Show with plenty of material, and "unfortunately things are getting even funnier." Stewart says he likes to figure out "where the media is trying to build the narrative and where the story lines are going to go,” in order to position his political satire a bit higher on the joke spectrum than a kick in the groin. Since the beginning of the new century, with politicians increasingly appearing as mouthpieces for cable producers and the media transforming the way it is delivered and processe...

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    Venice Press Conference: Coppola, Dorff and Fanning Talk Somewhere

    Video of the Venice Somewhere press conference with (a soft-spoken) Sofia Coppola, Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning is in two parts, below. Coppola was a good deal more forthcoming in her later one-on-one interview with me, which I will eventually transcribe and post.

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    Movie City News Gets a Face Lift

    David Poland has given MovieCityNews a badly-needed facelift. I keep MCN as my homepage because I rely on the constantly refreshing curated links-- picked and posted because MCN thinks they will interest me. It's the most useful thing on the site. But there is plenty of original content on MCN, from...

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    SnagLearning Expands Classroom Boundaries

    SnagFilms announces SnagLearning, a platform of 125 documentary films that will serve as engaging education tools for students in nearly every middle and high school classroom. CEO Rick Allen calls it a "natural extension" of SnagFilms, which launched two years ago; "teachers have championed our sla...

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    Checking In: Building Studio Loyalty

    So your Facebook stalker - er, friend - knows what you had for dinner and which YouTube video you liked, but now they know where you're going. And what you're watching. And when.

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    EW Launches Fall TV Preview Channel on YouTube

    Smart move. Just in time for peak audience interest in the fall TV season, EW launches its YouTube Channel. "It's fall TV time," says EW editor Jess Cagle:

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    The Future of Digital Distribution: A Mini Documentary

    The Future of Digital Distribution, a mini-documentary from Game Industry TV, now available here (and below), goes deep into how the online availability of music, film, TV and video games are revolutionizing the way society digests its plethora of media. With commentary from reporters, analysts, Ata...

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    Werner Herzog Answers Twitter Questions

    First Look Studios set up a Werner Herzog video press conference and asked him, in order, questions posed to him on Twitter, then posted the individual answers on YouTube.

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    New Living Room: from Netflix Streaming to Google TV

    At book group last night, we not only picked David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (in development with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer), but debated the relative merits of TiVo and Roku, the best way to get Netflix streaming on TV and the breadth of the Netflix catalogue of free-stream titles. I use my PS3 an...

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    Bigelow's Triple Frontier, Republican vs. Democrat Women, The Expendables' Patriotic Divide

    - The Wrap uncovered an email of Paramount interest re: what's in the cards for the studio (unofficial). For example, Kathryn Bigelow's next feature Triple Frontier (written by Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Mark Boal), an action-adventure set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil), may star an ensemble of Will Smith, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale. A thriller is in the works from Bad Robot mastermind J. J. Abrams (the original idea about the game "7 Minutes in Heaven" turning deadly came from Lost director Jack Bender, who may take the reins). The script for the Tom Clancy reboot featuring a new Jack Ryan needs re...

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