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    Video of the Day: Cancer Patient Asks "50/50" Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt Out On a Date

    Lindsay Miller is 26, has cancer and is ready to start dating again. Who better to ask than heartthrob Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the comedy "50/50"? In the heartwearing film, Gordon-Levitt stars as a cancer patient the same age as Miller, who with the help of his best friend (Seth Roge...

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    Media Watch: Huffington Post's Worth Exceeds AOL, More on Google YouTube, Madoffs on 60 Minutes

    - Chalk one up to Arianna Huffington. A study from General Sentiment shows that in 2011 The Huffington Post brand is worth $358 million versus AOL's $156 million in terms of "Impact Media Value," reports Forbes. "Impact Media Value" is the exposure, both positive, negative...

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    Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

    Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniver...

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    First Look: REM Remix The End of TV As We Know It

    This YouTube REM Remix captures the frenetic pace of obsessive screen-watchers. Like me.

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    Video: Before They Were Famous

    Matt Damon made his on screen debut in the 80s coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza. He had one line, spoken to his mother while eating lobster: "Mom, do you want my green stuff?"

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    Video: Hitler Reacts to Hollywood Reporter Film School Rankings

    The gift that keeps on giving. It works every time. See the newly subtitled Downfall video. This time Hitler reacts to the news that The Hollywood Reporter has placed AFI ahead of USC in its Top 25 film school rankings.

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    Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

    Two things pop from this week's announcement from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute about their "Artists Services Initiative." First, who it's for--Sundance Institute filmmakers only--and second, how it contrasts with Robert De Niro's for-profit New York-based Tribeca Fil...

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    Video: A Quick Look at Google +

    I have not been invited yet to Google +, although frustratingly, others have invited me to join. But Google had to shut down that option after too many people rushed to sign up. Check out Google's demonstration video for Google +. If you're like me, Facebook has become this huge mass of disparate folks ranging from close family and friends to work colleagues and acquaintances and people I don't even know. Twitter is easier--anyone can follow me, and I can select who I follow. But when one group starts live-tweeting a movie or football game--that could be done as a Google + hangout without either imposing it on disinterested Twitter followers ...

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    Alamo Responds to Viral PSA Reaction

    Here's Alamo Drafthouse Chief Tim League's classy video response to the way media and internet reacted to their viral YouTube PSA decrying texting in movie theaters:

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    EXCLUSIVE First Look: Life In A Day's New Poster, Premieres July 24 with Live Q&A (UPDATED)

    Life In A Day, filmed by you, directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, will be released by Cinedigm and National Geographic starting July 24 (exactly one year after all the footage was shot). Below is a first look at the doc's new poster. The film premiered simultaneously at Sundan...

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