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HBO: Programming Could Be Sold Directly Through Internet Providers

The television network's CEO, Richard Plepler, says the company is mulling over a move that could end-run the cable companies.
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Glenn Frankel: "The Searchers"

A classic Western called "The Searchers" dramatized the true story of a young girl kidnapped by the Comanche Indians. How a film helped shape the myth of the American West.

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Not Doing So 'Boffo,' 'Daily Variety' Drops Print Edition

Showbiz info is everywhere now, making it harder to sustain Hollywood's slang-filled must-read as a daily print publication. The magazine printed its last daily this week but will continue online and in a weekly edition. Cultural historian Neil Gabler explains why this shift is significant.
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Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says

The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission. She speaks with Linda Wertheimer about comedy, being in control and — now that her long-running sitcom, 30 Rock, has ended — why she really means it when she says she's taking a pause to spend more time with her family.
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Movie Review: 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

It is a new animated film from Japan. It is stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It marks the first collaboration of a celebrated father, the Oscar-winning director of Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki, and his son Goro.
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Visual Effects Firms Miss Out On Films Financial Success

Life of Pi won four Oscars including one for visual effects. But the company that did much of its work, Rhythm & Hues is bankrupt and is being sold at auction. At a time when movies are increasingly depending on computer effects, why are the economics not holding up?
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Playing This Year: Conservative Documentaries

As independent financing and filmmaking becomes more accessible, conservatives are turning to movies to get their message out to a larger, younger audience. It's an attempt to get the conservative story out to a broader demographic.
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'Ginger & Rosa': Life And Times In Cold War London

Cold War tensions and the sexual revolution artfully frame Sally Potter's thoughtful historical drama Ginger & Rosa. With plenty of room for its two young leads to stretch, the film takes a careful look at coming-of-age crises in a time of epic change.

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