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57 posts from July 2009



With the announcement that Bryce Dallas Howard will replace Rachelle Lefevre in “Eclipse,” the third “Twilight” film, Summit has a full-fledged publicity crisis on its hands. And it could get worse, Steven Zeitchik writes. Full story


Mark Smith, whose job it was to recruit movie companies to make films in Louisiana, has been sentenced to two years in prison for accepting bribes from a film producer in exchange for giving away lucrative state tax credits. Full story


'Mystery' train

The stars of the cult TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" are reuniting for a one-night, nationwide in-theater event, "RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space," on Aug. 20. Full story

'Truth' telling

"The Ugly Truth" proves Katherine Heigl is a boxoffice draw, so what is she still doing on "Grey's Anatomy?" writes Roger Friedman. Full story

House of Tweets

The U.K. government has published a guide to help ministers understand how to use the social networking site Twitter, with the aim of extending its news and corporate messages online. Full story


Toronto twosome

Upcoming Coen brothers coming-of-age tale “A Serious Man” from Focus Features and Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It” from Fox Searchlight will have their world premieres at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Full story

Not too ‘Wild’

VIDEO: Warner Bros. is on a mission to convince people that all the weirdness in the trailer for “Where the Wild Things Are” doesn’t push the pic beyond the integrity of Maurice Sendak’s beloved world. Full story

Beck bashes

Fox News Channel commentator Glenn Beck called President Obama “a racist” Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” saying Obama has exposed himself as a person with “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Full story


Long on Short

Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival wrapped during the weekend, with local Canadian talent including Martin Short dominating this year’s yukfest. Full story

BT-Sony link up

British IPTV service BT Vision has signed a VOD movie deal with Sony Pictures Television covering a range of recent releases and library titles including “Terminator Salvation” and “Angels & Demons,” as well as more than 600 classic titles. Full story

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