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New Films From Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green & Jonathan Glazer Top 70th Venice Film Festival Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2013 5:52 AM
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After a weighty first announcement for this year's TIFF earlier in the week, eyes turned across the Atlantic this morning to the reveal of the line-up for the 70th Venice Film Festival, which precedes Toronto by about a week. We already knew the festival was opening with Alfonso Cuaron's hotly-anticipated 3D space adventure "Gravity," and an educated guess at the line-up could be made from looking at which films among the TIFF announcement weren't world premieres, but the official roster was revealed at a press conference in Rome this morning, and it's once more, a doozy.

Watch: Werner Herzog & Errol Morris Discuss Must-See Doc 'The Act Of Killing'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 22, 2013 11:39 AM
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Over the weekend, this writer took in a screening of the new must-see doc "The Act Of Killing" which just opened at the Landmark Sunshine in NYC. The film has been picking up rave reviews at Berlin, SXSW and NDNF from nearly every outlet (currently 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89/100 on Metacritic) with our own Jessica Kiang awarding the film a rare "A+" and calling it "a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise." The doc focuses on the leaders of paramilitary organization that overthrew the Indonesian government in 1965 and murdered over one million people that were accused of being Communists. These men, who are now grandparents, are asked to re-enact these murders for a film in which they will portray both the victims and murderers.

Watch: Filmmaker Alex Cox Responds To Errol Morris' JFK Assassination Doc 'Umbrella Man'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 16, 2013 10:17 AM
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Throughout the career of documentarian Errol Morris, the writer/director has fiercely investigated the multiple truths to every event, whether in his own work or the support for others, as with Joshua Oppenheimer's “The Act of Killing.” Two years ago, he released a short film, through the New York Times, “The Umbrella Man,” on the Kennedy assassination, focusing on a mysterious person on the scene, and true to Morris' credos, another director has set about with his own interpretation.

Errol Morris Books A Ticket To 'Holland, Michigan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 2:38 PM
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Master documentarian Errol Morris is largely known for his fascinating profiles into the odder and darker corners of humanity that still somehow manage to resonate with nearly everyone who crosses his films. Everything from pet cemeteries ("Gates Of Heaven") to war veterans ("The Fog Of War") to physicists ("A Brief History Of Time") to a woman's adventures in kidnapping and cloning ("Tabloid"), Morris chases his fascinations wherever they take him. However, feature films are something he hasn't completely ignored. In 1991, he directed the not very well received "The Dark Wind," and while a long feature break followed, the pieces seemed to be coming together for "Freezing People Is Easy" last year with a star-studded cast -- Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kirsten Wiig and Christopher Walken -- but then all went quiet. But now it looks like Morris is getting on-board a different fictional feature.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Pick Up Kristen Wiig Starrer 'Imogene,' RADiUS-TWC Take Errol Morris' Latest

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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More Toronto International Film Festival acquisitions abound, including the comedy "Imogene" and the documentary "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld," right on the heels of Roadside Attractions picking up Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell."

Watch: New Errol Morris Short Documentary For ESPN 'Team Spirit'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 7, 2012 5:51 PM
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ESPN has a long history of working with talent that hasn’t necessarily set foot on a sports field, but never perhaps a filmmaker as renowned as Academy Award-winning “The Fog of War” and “Tabloid” documentarian Errol Morris. In typical Morris fashion, his ESPN short documentary “Team Spirit” explores the obsessive nature of sports fans that carry their team spirit until they are quite literally a plot and a grave stone.

Errol Morris Will Point The Interrotron At Donald Rumsfeld In A New Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 1:04 PM
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Controversy has never scared off Errol Morris, and in fact, it has powered some of his best work. From the true crime tale "The Thin Blue Line," powerful portraits of war in "The Fog of War" and "Standard Operating Procedure," and more recently the JFK assassination (in the astounding short "The Umbrella Man"; watch it here) he has faced some tough material head on with tremendous insight. And his next effort promises nothing less.

Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kirsten Wiig & Christopher Walken Will Get Frozen In Errol Morris' 'Freezing People Is Easy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 3:37 PM
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Errol Morris? Cryogenics? Sound familiar? Over the summer, the documentarian Morris let it drop that Paul Rudd would lead his adaptation of the memoir “We Froze The First Man.” Well, it looks like it's now beginning to take shape with a new title and one helluva cast coming together.

Watch: Powerful Errol Morris Short 'The Umbrella Man' Investigates The Mysterious JFK Assassination Figure

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 3:42 PM
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Give Errol Morris any topic (the more obscure and bizarre the better), and he'll likely dazzle you with what he can come up with. And as a testament to his powers of narrative force, all the famed documentarian needs is about six minutes to let his latest short, an endeavor for New York Times where he frequently writes, to say more about the JFK assassination than Oliver Stone did in his own three hour movie (which is a still great watch).

When Subject Becomes Plaintiff: Joyce McKinney Sues Errol Morris Over ‘Tabloid’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 4, 2011 1:06 PM
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Well, she’s been threatening it for months now (but with her, how do you know what she’ll actually do?), but it’s actually come to pass: Joyce McKinney, the subject of Errol Morris’ outstandingly odd “Tabloid,” is suing the director for, among many other things, “likeness, defamation, misrepresentation, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.” “Tabloid” is the story of McKinney’s life, specifically an incident in 1977 when she flew to England to retrieve her boyfriend, who was on missionary work for the Mormon church and who claimed, later, that he had been kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The story became a sensation in England, where it was dubbed the “Manacle Mormon” story or, more luridly, the “Sex in Chains” scandal (McKinney reportedly restrained her boyfriend).

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