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Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don't want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim..It was a very obvious thought to come to in the wake of all this. Tim's death made war reporting feel like a selfish endeavor."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 10, 2011 5:02 AM
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Super 8 Inspires Cinephile Debate

Super 8 Inspires Cinephile Debate
Super 8 reviews are by no means uniformly positive. It is in fact inspiring considerable cinephile debate. While I am convinced that the movie will 1) please most fans 2) be a huge hit and 3) inspire a Spielberg lovefest at this point in his career, the issues raised by the film's detractors are worth considering.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 4:56 AM
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Alamo Responds to Viral PSA Reaction

Here's Alamo Drafthouse Chief Tim League's classy video response to the way media and internet reacted to their viral YouTube PSA decrying texting in movie theaters:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 4:29 AM
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Debbie Reynolds' Costume Collection: A Glimpse Before It Goes on Auction June 18

On Tuesday night, the Paley Center in Beverly Hills hosted a cocktail party for Debbie Reynolds and the incredible costume, props and photos she has collected over the past forty years that will be auctioned off beginning on June 18. Cari Beauchamp reports:
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 9, 2011 12:24 PM
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Spielberg & Abrams: Working Together On Super 8 Was "Crazy Good," What's Next

How was it working with Steven Spielberg on Super 8? "Crazy good," says director J.J. Abrams. "Working with Steven Spielberg was a dream, and I was kind of nervous about it because he was like a hero of mine since I was a kid." Will they work together again? Given how successful Super 8 should prove to be, their already longstanding relationship should continue. Back in February we listed 7 Reasons to be Excited About Super 8. They're still true, but the movie's even better than we'd hoped.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2011 8:17 AM
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Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, and the Great Man Beards That Came Before Him

Larry Charles (Borat) directs Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, which won't open until May 11, 2012. In the meantime, check out the Dictator (below) and the non-Islamic-extremists that may have inspired his beard:
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2011 8:15 AM
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Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED

Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED
I went in to see Super 8 with modest expectations. I kept waiting for the movie to derail and lose its footing at some point. That never happened. I was instantly caught up with this group of kids trying to shoot a movie (the final result unspools over the closing credits, so stick around) and then figure out what sort of thing escaped from a huge train wreck to devastate their town. The rules of this movie are strictly Spielberg sci-fi universe, circa 1979, which is a wonderful place to be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2011 7:55 AM
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From Britain With Love: Best of British Indies Kicks off with Toast at Lincoln Center

The best of British indie cinema is landing June 11: "From Britain With Love." Six new films, curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and presented by the UK Film Council, will screen: Toast, In Our Name, Third Star (all US premieres) as well as A Boy Called Dad, Africa United and NEDs. The series kicks off in New York City but 30 additional venues for the screenings are listed here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2011 7:12 AM
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The Hangover Part III Might Have a New Plot, Galifianakis & Cooper Slap Each Other Between Two Ferns

The Hangover Part III will actually have a new plot, believe it or not. Zach Galifianakis tells Rolling Stone that his character will be broken out of a mental institution by cohorts Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms (sans tattoo). We don't really care. But here's Galifianakis interviewing Cooper on his Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. It's funny. In fact, we're thinking of starting a regular column called "Things That are More Entertaining Than The Hangover Part II." Here are parts 1 and 2.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2011 6:53 AM
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The Wangover: Jon Stewart On Weiner, Clinton, Sexting: Kimmel asks Paris Hilton: "Hot or Huge?"

We've been studiously avoiding anything Weiner--but Jon Stewart on day five was too funny to not share. And here's Paris Hilton's take on Weiner pictures: Jimmy Kimmel asks her: Hot or Huge?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2011 5:56 AM
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