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  • How the Internet has changed the creative process, the life of a film and its distribution pattern were the topics discussed by a panel of notable Hollywood screenwriters at the first in a new speakers series hosted by Google Monday night.

    Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow"), Lauren Greenfield ( "Thin"), Ted Griffin ( "Ocean's Eleven"), and Jim Uhls ( "Fight Club") spoke -- on how they each use the Web's resources for development, how blogging communities now serve to promote films online and the impact of digital technology not only on a film's aesthetics but the industry at large -- to a packed theater inside the Mann Criterion and close to Google's Santa Monica location.

    "It used to be that reviews came out on Friday, then they were lining everybody's birdcage but now they're there forever," quipped Griffin about the power behind the interactive nature of blogging on the Net.

    Brewer, whose 2005's "Hustle & Flow" garnered Terrence Howard an Academy Award nomination for best actor credited the social community aspect created through blogging as responsible for creating greater momentum for the film.

    "I really believe a lot of the interest to get Terrence that nomination was generated online," said Brewer, whose latest project "Black Snake Moan" stars Samuel Jackson and Cristina Ricci. "It kept the movie alive."

    Thursday, March 1, 2007 5:47 AM