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New Suge Knight Documentary in the Works. For Now Watch His Interview in "Biggie & Tupac"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 28, 2011 2:25 AM
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Showtime is getting into the high profile documentary business, possibly to compete with HBO's prolific and successful nonfiction division, and has announced a new series of works made by prominent filmmakers about prominent personalities. Up first is a doc about controversial rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who is best known for narratives like "Training Day" but is no stranger to the nonfiction side of cinema. He helmed the popular 2004 blues concert film "Lightning in a Bottle" and produced the 2005 Los Angeles gangs history "Bastards of the Party." This new project should be a piece of cake, since as far as I can tell Knight is in full cooperation. His current record label, Black Kapital, is doing the soundtrack.
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Short Starts: Watch "Take Shelter" Star Michael Shannon as a Wacky Crack Addict in "Mullitt"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 26, 2011 2:34 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early performance by Michael Shannon, whose awesome new movie “Take Shelter” opens this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch the Oscar-Nominated Film By "Killer Elite" Director Gary McKendry

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 19, 2011 2:21 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at the first film directed by Gary McKendry, whose new movie “Killer Elite” opens this Friday.
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Short Starts: Watch "Warrior" Star Tom Hardy Naked in "Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother" (NSFW)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 6, 2011 2:33 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a recent work starring Tom Hardy, whose new movie "Warrior" opens this Friday.
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Short Starts: Watch "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Director Troy Nixey's "Latchkey's Lament"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • August 22, 2011 2:41 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release.
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10 Most Clever Bank Robberies in Movies

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  • August 10, 2011 5:03 AM
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by Christopher Campbell This list was originally published on July 1, 2009. It is being reposted ahead of the opening of the bank robbery comedy "30 Minutes or Less."

Short Starts: Watch "The Whistleblower" Star Rachel Weisz's Directorial Debut

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • August 1, 2011 2:36 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a work directed by "The Whistleblower" actress Rachel Weisz.
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Short Starts: Watch Miranda July's Maddeningly Whimsical "Nest of Tens"

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • July 25, 2011 2:18 AM
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I don’t entirely understand this new wave of Miranda July enthusiasm. She does have a film coming out this weekend, but that alone can’t fully explain this rush of good will for the director/writer/actress/performance artist. The New York Times Magazine just gave her quite the feature and even Michael Idov has changed his mind after previously dissing her in song. Not that I’m bitter, but I’m not the biggest fan of “The Future” and as it turns out July’s early short films are mildly stress inducing. So to remind everyone of why Idov took issue with this multi-talented performer in the first place, here’s a look at “Nest of Tens.”
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Short Starts: "The Ballad of Nessie" and Disney's Nostalgia Problem

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • July 18, 2011 2:34 AM
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I had no idea that there was a new animated short attached to “Winnie the Pooh” before I walked into the theater, and I assume most of America didn’t know either. Imagine my delighted surprise when “The Ballad of Nessie” unfolded before me on the screen. Theatrical shorts are few and far between these days, with only Pixar consistently interested in producing this neglected cinematic form. Disney used to dominate the world of animated shorts but hasn’t produced them with any degree of regularity in decades. It’s a special treat to see a new one, especially attached to a film featuring Winnie the Pooh, a bear whose first appearance on screen was in the form of theatrical featurettes in the late 1960s.
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Short Starts: Watch the Charming and Trippy "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • July 11, 2011 2:35 AM
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It’s hard not to think fondly of Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear has touched generations of children, all over the world, from the 1920s England of A. A. Milne’s original books to Soviet Russia. Yet no one has taken advantage of Winnie and his friends more thoroughly than Disney. Since the original 1966 featurette, the company has produced four short films, eight direct-to-video movies, four television series, five TV specials, seven video games and five theatrically released feature films, including this week’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s been quite the moneymaker for Walt’s heirs, but the originality and creativity that made Winnie a classic are most obvious at the source: the three theatrical featurettes that set everything in motion.
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