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Nominate Your Clients for the Webby Awards by Friday

The Webby AwardsHave you heard of the Webby Awards? No? Well then: established way back in 1995 when we still used a dial-up modem to access our Prodigy account, the awards were created by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences to honor creative individuals doing great work in the digital field: websites, online ads, videos and all other kinds of content. This year’s deadline for nominations is Friday.

Academy members include Harvey Weinstein, David Bowie and Martha Stewart, and past winners have been as diverse as Björk, YouTube, Stephen Colbert and, for some reason, Jimmy Fallon. Oh and yes, the Webbies were once known as “The Oscars of the Internet.”

This year for the first time, the awards include a suite of social categories to celebrate “the diversity of content, brands and people that use social media as a fundamental component of their identity and communication.”

Sound familiar? If you have a client (or firm) that created a particularly excellent content, marketing, or other social media project this year, it will only take a moment to nominate them. We have a feeling they would appreciate it. But make sure you do it by the deadline this Friday!

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Film Critics Give the Lowdown on Movie Reviews

Digital HollywoodFilm critics’ reviews remain both influential and controversial despite the magazine industry’s decline–but the review process has always been something of a mystery. Movie and celebrity publicists and others who wondered about the dynamics of film criticism got some clues during a panel at the Digital Hollywood conference in New York on Thursday.

Film critics from Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and Criticwire opened up about the impact of digital, their approach to film selection and the challenges they face. Here are our key takeaways:

In the current film review landscape, everyone’s a critic. Owen Gleiberman, film critic at Entertainment Weekly, expressed mixed feelings about the web’s impact. Overall, he said the internet has been a positive. “The practice of film criticism is energized by the outpouring of opinions on the web.” Still, he mentioned a big downside: “The web has led to a multiplicity of voices, but that breeds consensus thinking and it’s harder for any one voice to come through. There can be a pack mentality among critics.”

Digital shortens the review process. The increased prevalence of online movie reviews has added pressure to review films quickly. Critic Matt Singer of Criticwire said, “I attended a press screening last night but it’s tough to turn a review around overnight. It’s not like The New York Times restaurant review policy that requires four restaurant visits.” Gleiberman agreed, saying “There’s less time to mull movies over, and I want to nail my feelings about a film.”

Video on Demand/VOD expands movie distribution to wider audiences. “VOD is very important since it allows people from all over access to movies, including indie, foreign films and film festival movies,” emphasized Richard Brody, critic at The New Yorker.” VOD made niche films–previously released only in urban centers–easily accessible to viewers worldwide.

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Gawker’s Nick Denton on Boredom, Commenters, and Niche Audiences

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Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had some choice words for the commenters on his eight sites, as well as for a couple attendees sitting in the front row at Ad Age’s Media Evolved conference on Tuesday in New York. During a “fireside chat” with Simon Dumenco, Ad Age’s editor-at-large, he was questioned about the sheer volume and often negative tone of comments on Gawker’s sites.

“You can moderate out the toxicity, but not the boring people. They haven’t violated any community guidelines, but they haven’t added to the discussion,” Denton replied.

Boredom was also clearly on his mind when he asked distracted conference attendees seated up front, “By the way, are we boring you?” But Denton’s take on Gawker’s evolution, re-design, editorial goals, interaction with well-known readers and the value of social media was anything but boring.

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‘Miral’ U.N. Premiere Causes Controversy

Julian Schnabel‘s latest film Miral may not be getting great reviews, but it is getting attention — especially following its Monday night premiere at the U.N.

Based on the semi-autobiographical book by (Schnabel’s girlfriend) Rula Jebreal, Miral tells the story of a Palestinian girl growing up in a Jerusalem orphanage in the decades following Israel’s independence. Starring Freida Pinto, this is Schnabel’s first movie since the Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in 2007.

In addition to its reviews, the film drew protests from groups including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, and the American Jewish Federation when Monday’s red-carpet premiere was held in the main hall of the United Nations General Assembly — an inappropriate venue for what AJC called a “highly politicized, one-sided film” in which Israel’s concerns are blithely dismissed.

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Tidbits: Gap Exec Ouster, Startups, Trash Talking, and More

The Gap exec responsible for the catastrophe that was their logo redesign has been shown the door after 24 years with the company. Marka Hansen was president of the company’s North American division, a position she held for four years. The company also had lukewarm sales during the Christmas season. That logo was seriously the worst thing ever for everyone involved.

Project Runway favorite Mondo Guerra has designed a limited edition t-shirt for Valentine’s Day that went on sale today on Piperlime.com. For every tee sold, a $20 donation will be made to amfAR, the organization dedicated to AIDS research. According to the organization, the last t-shirt Mondo designed for World AIDS Day sold out in hours and raised $15,000.

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