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Are Ben Silverman and NYT's Bill Carter Too Chummy?

dear friend [deer frend] 1. Not an active enemy. 2. Someone you do low-effort favors for sometimes, and who does low-effort favors for you. 3. Someone whose children you would not hesitate to devour if it would advance your career even an iota.

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Fake ‘Watchmen’ Viral Sites Spur Movie-Blog Flame War

The long-anticipated movie of Watchmen, considered by many the definitive graphic novel of all time, by Zack Snyder, director of megahit 300, promises to be a nerd-culture event of the highest degree. So movie and comics blogs got pretty excited when two Websites popped up seemingly related to the Warner Brothers film.

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Paul Dergarabedian Must Be Stopped

Paul Dergarabedian has the easiest job in the world. His job is to take box-office numbers and say something lame about them. That's why today we're launching our Summer 2007 Paul Dergarabedian Watch.

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Will Carrie Bradshaw Learn the Lessons of Butt-Head?

Producers have just announced that the long-anticipated Sex and the City movie has finally gotten the official green light, with all four original stars signing on after much wringing of well-manicured hands over the years. It's clearly a bit late for the project to get under way, so today's announcement begs for a little light historical analysis of the time-honored practice of milking hit shows to their last, overhyped drop.

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Will ‘Ratatouille’ Be Pixar's First Flop?

Amid all the Live Free or Die Hard hoopla, it's been easy to forget there's another potential box-office monster opening this week: Ratatouille, the newest film from Pixar, the geniuses who have delivered a nearly uninterrupted string of artistic and commercial triumphs since 1995's Toy Story.

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