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Films offered on Netflix lose value rapidly. Some cable and broadcasters won’t go near title once Netflix begins streaming it. Netflix takes the scarcity out of the equation, one film industry insider said. People can watch any of the service’s commercial-free films and shows anytime they want.

The prevailing feeling among the studio managers I spoke with is that Netflix’s streaming service will be a good outlet for the least-valuable material. If they have their way, Netflix will be the Internet equivalent of a swap meet, where only the most dated and least popular titles are available. The studios are betting that eventually people will get bored with the service.

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From Vanity Fair’s What’s in a Name? slideshow, covering the origins of various Hollywood production company names. (Thanks to Freerdo for the link.)

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Yeah. I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. Too much?

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This collection of old Vanity Fair ‘My Desk’ spreads featuring the desks of Lorne Michaels, Trey Parker (pictured above), Aaron Sorkin, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and a host of others (including Martha Stewart’s surprisingly bland desk) is a fun way to waste a few minutes. In particular, Lorne’s office is so packed with monumental bits of […]

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The Walt Disney Co was the last major studio and network to report quarterly earnings, and its fiscal 3rd quarter profit rose 40% on the strong box office grosses from Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Marvel’s Iron Man 2, and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland 3D. As promised, here is an earnings roundup showing that Big Media is alive and well and even flourishing and that the trickle down effect has been slow or nonexistent for Hollywood. After rounds of layoffs during the economic crisis, the moguls are still slow to put people back to work.

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Alissa Walker details some of the awesome, out-there ideas for reinvention of the Hollywood sign, like Danish architect Christian Bay-Jorgensen’s plan to turn it into a hotel where you could actually stay in the letters (pictured above) or INABA and Darien Williams’ HLYWD concept, which would take the letters on field trips to some of […]

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I keep thinking I’m posting too much tilt-shift, but then I see a shot like this and I just can’t bring myself to NOT share it with you. [via]

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