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WATCH: Must-See 'Overnighters' Trailer Examines American Dream Gone Wrong

The trailer for Jesse Moss' timely, wrenching documentary “The Overnighters," winner of the 2014 Sundance Special Jury Prize, has debuted.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 28, 2014 1:20 PM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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Jon Stewart's Debut 'Rosewater' Tells a Captivating True Story, But Is It Great Filmmaking?

It was no surprise to see Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater," a retelling of Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari's (Gael Garcia Bernal) 118-day incarceration in Iran in 2009, on Telluride's lineup this morning. Ahead of the fest, first reviews, which don't exactly portend unanimous acclaim, are up.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2014 12:27 PM
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Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

"There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 6:16 PM
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Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Will Close Fantastic Fest

Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest has added Open Road's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as the closing night film to its already strong genre lineup in Austin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 3:53 PM
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Lake Bell Directs Again

Writer-actress-helmer Lake Bell is getting back into the director's chair. We need as many talented women directors as possible. So this is welcome news. Her follow-up to her debut "In a World" is "The Emperor's Children," adapted by Noah Baumbach from Claire Messud's novel set around 9/11 among New York's young Liberal intelligentsia. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing; Baumbach was at one point going to direct.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 1:59 PM
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TIFF WATCH: Jean Dujardin Is the French Popeye Doyle in Terrific 'The Connection' Trailer

A first trailer has dropped for Toronto entry "The Connection," starring French screen icon Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 1:53 PM
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Drafthouse and Participant Media Pick Up 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Before Venice Debut

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Austin-based Drafthouse Films and Participant Media are picking up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," the director's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing," which Drafthouse also released. "The Look of Silence" continues the story of Indonesian survivors begun by "The Act of Killing." The film explores the Indonesian genocide and legacy from the point-of-view of one male victim as he chases down his brother's killers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 1:44 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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Nikki Finke Video and Photos Posted On Site

Under the guise of supposed outrage at Nikki Finke's mean-spirited treatment of Hollywood players like Oprah Winfrey, NikkiStink.com has posted a paparazzi video and photos taken outside of her Jay Penske-owned West Hollywood condo. It reeks of invasion of privacy. Yes it's Finke, and yes I profoundly disapprove. She brought it on herself on some level, I recognize, by being so private and only releasing that one headshot to circulate for so many years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:42 PM
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