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Jonathan Levine To Direct Feature Film Version Of Acclaimed Documentary 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 3:24 PM
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Jonathan Levine is spending February lining up project after project. This summer, he's reteaming with his "50/50" stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to shoot a Christmas comedy, he's got a TV series based on the life Nas called "Street Dreams" cooking, and he's also in the mix to direct Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (And don't forget he's also got "Bad Romance" with Channing Tatum in there as well). And yet another project has crossed Levin's desk which he'll be taking on.

In Theaters: 'The Sessions' Hopes 'Nobody Walks' Over To 'Holy Motors,' While 'Alex Cross' Is A Whole New Kind Of 'Paranormal Activity'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 19, 2012 5:13 PM
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First off: big thanks to Katie for taking over last week! In that spirit of camaraderie, we suggest you round up a few friends and head out to the multiplex (or art house; we're not picky). You’re in for a round of scares, laughs, tears, and karate chops to the face. Also, Tyler Perry appears on screen in rare form as a man and someone finally uncovers the mystery of Sasquatch. So very, very much to look forward to!

Review: Kids Are King In Winning Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 6:05 PM
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It is often said that soccer is the world's game, because all you need is a ball, and anybody -- of any race or class or social standing -- can play. But if there was a close second, chess could arguably fill that slot. All you need is a board and someone to play with and you're good to go, and there is a case to be made that the mental dexterity needed to perform at the highest level equals that to any overhead volley on the pitch. However, it differs from sports in one key facet. While most other athletic competitions define success by statistics, chess celebrates problem solving and requires players to not necessarily eliminate their opponent's pieces but to craft the most cunning way to victory. But as audiences will see in the documentary "Brooklyn Castle," the problems the kids of I.S. 318 face go beyond the board into real life, and yet, what they learn from their bishops and pawns has indelibly marked them forever.

Exclusive: Figuring Out The Best Move In Clip From Charming Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 11:02 AM
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While sports might rule school elsewhere in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn at I.S. 318, chess is the game that all the cool kids play. Home to a program that has put together teams who have won numerous championships and developed some of the best players the country has seen, the upcoming documentary "Brooklyn Castle" goes into the hallways and lives of the students and teachers to get to the core of what makes the program work.

Exclusive: The Dreamer, The Master & More In Player Posters For Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2012 11:05 AM
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It's hard to emphasize just how important after school programs are in keeping kids off the streets, being productive and in an environment where they can continue to learn, flourish and grow with their peers. And while for the most part these programs tend to put the focus on the arts and sports, at Broooklyn's I.S. 318, things are a bit different. Chess is king, the cool kids know their rooks from their pawns, and these young players are the driving force behind the upcoming documentary "Brooklyn Castle."

Scott Rudin & Sony To Remake SXSW Chess Documentary 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 5:06 PM
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It seems producer Scott Rudin has had a thing for documentaries lately. Back in January at Sundance, the acclaimed, Oscar winning producer picked up the remake rights to the buzzed about video game documentary "Indie Game: The Movie," and now at SXSW, he's swooped in on another doc hoping to turn it into a big screen story.

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