Archive for February, 2011

‘Black Swan’ tops Indie Spirits

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Award Central: Film wins best pic, actress, director -- "Black Swan" has won best feature at the Spirit Awards.

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FX orders up ‘Powers’ pilot

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Cop, superpower drama is based on graphic novel -- Just after a week it ordered the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk pilot "American Horror Story," FX is ramping up with "Powers."

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Early Adopter: Techie Teens Review Jason Calacanis’ Launch Conference [Voices]

February 26, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Drake Martinet, Associate Editor, All Things Digital After this week’s Launch conference, where tech impresario Jason Calacanis played host to dozens of new companies vying for a piece of the spotlight, I caught up with the conference’s youngest attendees at their own semi-official after-party (all the other parties were 21 and up). After a few rounds of tea, I asked them to share their post-millennial perspectives on Launch, start ups, and consumer tech culture. They angstily obliged. Here’s a short video with Max Swisher, 13, Hunter Owens, 19, and Benjamin Garrett, 20, riffing on whats wrong, whats new, and whats next in tech: [ See post to watch video ]

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H’wood thesps offer support in Wisconsin

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Labor Issues: Whitford, Carteris, Newman speak at Madison labor rally -- Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), SAG national board member Gabrielle Carteris ("The Event") and AFTRA national board member Robert Newman ("Guiding Light") are speaking in support of Wisconsin public-sector workers at a large rally in Madison.

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China names top media watchdog

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Cai Fuchao will take over at SARFT, report directly to cabinet -- China has named Cai Fuchao, deputy mayor and propaganda czar of Beijing, as head of the country's powerful media watchdog.

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‘Hall Pass’ tops Friday B.O.

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: New Warner Bros. pic earns $4.6 mil in 2,950 runs -- The new Warner Bros./New Line pic "Hall Pass" grabbed the top spot at the box office on Friday.

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Twitter "Currently Experiencing Elevated Error Rates" [MediaMemo]

February 26, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In English, that means the service is down, or working intermittently. Twitter’s status blog acknowledged the problem around 3 am eastern U.S. time, and says the company’s tech team is “aware of the problem and are taking action.” The good news: It’s the weekend. The bad news: The Oscars, which should be a high-volume event for the company, are a day away.

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Pidgin English helps rappers’ musical fly

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music News: Using West African language boosts appeal -- Two of Ghana's biggest hip-hop stars have teamed up for the world's first pidgin English musical, a fast-paced odyssey into the daily lives of two up-and-coming rappers.

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Discop Africa discovers telenovelas

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Gathering discusses ways to fund new shows -- Broadcasters, distribs and TV producers from across Africa gathered in Ghana last week to discuss business, debate issues and find a way forward for the continent's growing telenovela market.

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Discop Africa discovers telenovelas

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Gathering discusses ways to fund new shows -- Broadcasters, distribs and TV producers from across Africa gathered in Ghana last week to discuss business, debate issues and find a way forward for the continent's growing telenovela market.

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