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Morning Shots: Movies Get Even More Expensive, And 'Avatar' Gets Even Longer

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One writer believes that ads in e-books aren't especially likely any time soon, but product placement is.

Are you among the extremely tiny number of people who actually listened to critics who told you how good Party Down was before Starz was essentially compelled to cancel it by its not-adequate-to-fill-a-sports-stadium audience? You might be interested, then, in news that the creators are working with NBC on a suspiciously familiar-sounding workplace show.

I love this discussion in Cinematical about whether this summer's B-movies — most recently Piranha 3D — are perhaps better than its A-movies.

Entertainment Weekly, which has gone through a massive number of redesigns and reanimations but truly was a pretty good magazine at one time — is embracing digital platforms in a variety of ways, and here's a rundown. My confidence in that brand has become shaky, but I always wish them well.

As James Cameron prepares for both theatrical and DVD "special editions" of Avatar, here's one look at ten previous "special editions" and how they fared. Meanwhile, not everyone is thrilled with the extra footage that's been added for the theatrical re-release — not even the Pandoran sex parts.

Movie prices go up and up and up — and opinions differ on whether they've gone about as high as they can go without starting to affect attendance. (So far? They haven't.)

And finally: the animation wars are not for sissies. Disney (read: Pixar) has opted right out of the group that distributes animation awards ("The Annies"), because, it claims, the way votes are cast allows for inequities when, for instance, DreamWorks gives every employee a complimentary membership and proceeds to take all the awards for Kung Fu Panda, resulting in the skunking of Wall-E.

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