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  1. Designer Mr. Blackwell dies at 86

    8:56 am 10/20/2008

    Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86.Read more

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  2. TV Review: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

    8:32 am 10/20/2008

    This documentary from PBS' "Nova" series is the kind of food that feeds the soul, the intellect and the heart.Read more

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  3. Battsek gives keynote on production finance

    6:04 am 10/20/2008

    The global financial crisis and shifting distribution windows were among the topics on tap Monday as Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek opened this year's Production Finance Market.Read more

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  4. BT Vision to get Disney Channel fare

    5:50 am 10/20/2008

    Disney Channel U.K. has inked a multiyear agreement with BT Vision, the British telecom giant's broadband and digital TV service.Read more

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  5. German art house theaters like 'Blossoms'

    5:39 am 10/20/2008

    Doris Doerrie's "Cherry Blossoms" and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" have won the Gilde Film Prize from Germany's association of art house theaters.Read more

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  6. Berenice Fugard makes Optimum decision

    5:01 am 10/20/2008

    Berenice Fugard, a familiar face on the acquisitions and co-production festival circuit, has left Paramount Vantage to join StudioCanal's London-based shingle Optimum Releasing.Read more

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  7. His favorite film? It's not 'Deep Throat' or 'Witness for the Prosecution,' either

    5:00 am 10/20/2008

    I try to keep my Turner Classic Movies connection out of these columns, cross-pollination not being a ploy I appreciate in others, but I did have an intriguing experience this week I'd like to share. John Dean, one of the primary names connected to the Watergate scandal in the days before politics became the benevolent, good-natured and well-meaning arena it is today, joined me to tape the co-hosting of a movie TCM will air Nov. 2. He agreed to do it because the film is one of his favorites. Sitting down? It's "All the President's Men," the 1976 thriller about Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) investigating the very scandal that put Dean in the hot seat as Nixon's White House counsel, after which Dean was charged with obstruction of justice, followed by four months in lock-up. Dean said he's been a fan of the film since he first saw it at a private screening with the director, Alan J. Pakula. He found it then, and still does, a first-rate thriller and afterward thanked Pakula "because I wasn't in it as a character or even referenced." He said, "When I mentioned that to Pakula, he seemed shocked. He said, 'You're not in it? How can it be?' and I said, 'You tell me. But thank you.' " … I asked Dean about his gut feelings at the time the Bernstein-Woodward articles about the Watergate break-in were initially published. "None of us was too concerned," he says. "It was only in the Washington Post. The New York Times and other papers weren't picking it up or paying much attention. We figured it would die out and go away. But Woodward and Bernstein were tenacious. They deserved their Pulitzer Prize, not because of what they uncovered, because a great deal of the information they did come up with really wasn't accurate. But they wouldn't give up and kept the story alive until it did catch fire." After that, his main concern "was not being made the scapegoat for the break-in, which seemed to be happening." Did he ever suspect the FBI's Mark Felt was the real Deep Throat? "Never. I had my own theories, but I never suspected Felt. I ruled him out early on because Deep Throat was still giving information to Bernstein and Woodward after Felt had left the FBI and wouldn't have had access to information. But it's a fact that much of the information Felt gave as Deep Throat wasn't accurate."Read more

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  8. For Murdoch clan, debt is not a concern

    5:00 am 10/20/2008

    News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said his family doesn't face the risk of having to sell company shares as Viacom and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone recently had to do.Read more

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  9. 'Eye' has it at overseas b.o.

    5:00 am 10/20/2008

    Thanks to openings in seven territories during the weekend led by Japan and the U.K., DreamWorks/Paramount's thriller "Eagle Eye" ensnared an estimated $12 million from 3,779 screens in 49 markets, finishing No. 1 on the international circuit for the first time.Read more

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  10. 'The Atheist'

    5:00 am 10/20/2008

    Campbell Scott's eyes look piercingly at the audience, and his mouth is set in a thin, cynical smile. His voice takes on a purring softness, somewhere between seductive and malicious. He's playing Augustine Early, the journalist anti-hero of Ronan Noone's new one-man play, "The Atheist," and he is giving a striking performance.Read more

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