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Trailers & Clips: The 'Zookeeper,' 'Super 8,' 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' & 'Good Neighbors'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2011 2:37 AM
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Also Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey-Centered Documentary, 'Magic Trip'Alright, a whole slew of new trailers and clips have arrived. Lets do this. Hold your nose.

Oscar Winning 'Inside Job' Director Charles Ferguson To Direct HBO's Julian Assange Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 1:20 AM
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Alex Gibney Already Four Months In On His Assange Project For UniversalWhile he may have fallen off the front page of newspapers around the world -- at least for now -- there hasn't been a character as fascinating as Julian Assange in quite a while. The man behind Wikileaks has singlehandedly caused government leaders to sweat by leaking classified cables and documents that in many cases have shown politicians bending the truth, lying or covering up facts about a number of diplomatic issues. Hardly surprising. But in an era when fewer journalists seem willing to kick down doors and more complacent to simply report what's handed to them by Washington PR teams, the actions were a severe wake up call. The fact that as a personality, Assange is equally as interesting certainly didn't hurt and as the heat around the shadowy figure grew, so did Hollywood executives' interest, with a number of competing projects now in the works. And two of them are now pulling ahead with documentary filmmakers at the helm.

Michael Moore Takes The Weinsteins To Court Over Money Owed For 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 9:00 AM
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It looks like the friendly relationship between Michael Moore and Bob and Harvey Weinstein -- who have been involved with the director's last three films -- has come to an abrupt halt.

Universal Picks Up Doc On Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange To Be Directed By Alex Gibney

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 8:53 AM
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Enron, Eliot Spitzer, Jack Abramoff, Hunter S. Thompson, Guantanamo Bay and now Julian Assange. Documentary director Alex Gibney has found the subject for his next film and he's lined up a major studio to back the production.

Exclusive: Oscar Winning Documentarian Alex Gibney's Top Films Of 2010

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2010 5:28 AM
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2010 was a particularly compelling year for documentaries, even if there wasn't a break-out, "March of the Penguins"-type success story in there. We got stories about street art ("Exit Through the Gift Shop"), Facebook ("Catfish"), the financial crisis ("Inside Job") and the general fucked-up-ness of the American educational system ("Waiting for 'Superman'"). All of these stories are amazing, for sure, but one of the more incredible stories of the year, in terms of documentaries, was that one filmmaker, the Oscar-winning Alex Gibney, created two of the year's very best - "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" and "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer."

'Client 9' Director Alex Gibney Talks The Psychology Of Denial, His Approach To The Financial Crisis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2010 5:59 AM
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Prodigious Oscar-Winning Documentarian Talks The Hubris Of Politicians & Says His Lance Armstrong Doc Is Next2010 has been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to documentary films. Between Banksy's gonzo "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Charles Ferguson's financial crisis breakdown "Inside Job," and everything in between ("Catfish," which might not even have been a documentary at all, was still pretty entertaining). One of the best, and most unfairly overlooked, it seems, is Alex Gibney's blistering "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer." A multi-pronged take on the disgraced Governor of New York, who went from cracking down on Wall Street's most egregious creeps to being taken down for his own personal foibles, it's a fascinating look at the intersection of sex, money, and power. And it's outrageously entertaining, too, with Gibney getting to interview a whole host of characters on either side of the Spitzer divide.

DOC NYC: 'Tabloid' Finds Errol Morris Back In Exceptional & Weird Territory

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 27, 2010 9:45 AM
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Doc NYC, New York’s Documentary Film Festival, runs November 3-9. We’ve got an early peek at a few films.

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