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iW Daily Recap | 5 Stories Not to Miss for Thursday

iW Daily Recap | 5 Stories Not to Miss for Thursday

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Blockbuster lives on

Dish Network, which recently bought Blockbuster, Inc. for $320 million, announced that it will take over the leases of approximately 600 out of 1,700 Blockbuster Video stores. Is there a future for these kinds of rental places in the age of online streaming services? Angie Han at /Film further investigates the fate of the company.

The next “Hunger Games”?

20th Century Fox has picked up the film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s upcoming teen sci-fi trilogy about psychic survivors of a deadly virus. The first book, “Black Is The Color,” centers on protagonist Ruby and her escape from a government rehabilitation center. Could this acquisition lead to next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” type phenomenon?

Hollywood in Time Magazine

Time Magazine has released its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Deadline New York summarizes the list of entertainment bigwigs who made the cut.

The ins and outs of product placement

Ever wonder what went into getting your favorite actor to consume that glistening bottle of Pepsi? In conjunction with Morgan Spurlock’s “Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” the LA Times profiles “entertainment marketing consultant” Norm Marshall and his job of promoting brand name products on screen.

Plug pulled on Beijing documentary film festival

The Eighth Documentary Film Festival China, initially scheduled for May 1-7, has been canceled after the First Beijing International Film Festival announced its own documentary section. Fearing more turmoil along the lines of recent arrests and legal troubles for dissenters in China, the festival organizers put the kibosh on their own event. Click here to read more about how recent government crackdowns led to the festival’s demise.

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