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'Room 237' Review: Why I Hated, Then Admired 'Shining' Doc

A funny thing happened on the way to reviewing “Room 237.” When I first watched Rodney Ascher’s documentary about fanatical theories on Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” I found it so patience-testing and angering that I had to turn it off at the halfway point. When I watched it a second time, obligated for reviewing purposes to watch it through its conclusion, I was slowly yet surely drawn into its heady, dreamlike and often absurd layers. What gives?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2013 6:54 AM
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Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' For Sale at Cannes Market

"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater" will hit the Cannes market this May. Independent film finance company Sierra/Affinity will sell rights to the film, which is produced by Stewart, Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker, whose production company OddLot Entertainment will finance this screen adaptation of Maziar Bahari's 2011 memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." Stewart officially announced his venture into filmmaking earlier this month.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 27, 2013 6:36 PM
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Dystopia Rules! Rudin and Paramount's Unpublished 'Annihilation' Joins Rash of Movies About Our Grim Future

In Hollywood, the end of the worlds is always at hand. Trust Scott Rudin to sniff out the next literary phenomenon. Yes, yet another dystopian picture is in the works. As John Carpenter and Kurt Russell reunite in advance of an "Escape from New York" reboot, and Roland Emmerich preps a sequel to "Independence Day," a plethora of dystopian movies are on the way.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 6:22 PM
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Watch: Lena Dunham Directs Short Film 'Best Friends' for Designer Rachel Antonoff

The second season of "Girls" may have just ended, but Lena Dunham has yet to take a breath. The ever-productive writer/director/actress just released a new short film promoting New York designer Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 line. She's the sister of Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band Fun. (The NYT's power sibling profile is here.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 27, 2013 4:29 PM
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Peabody Awards 2013 Include 'Girls,' 'Doctor Who' and 'Game Change'

The 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in entertainment, broadcast journalism and electronic media were announced today, with HBO's "Girls," "Game Change" and documentary "Marina Abramovich: The Artist Is Present," along with the BBC's "Doctor Who," all taking honors.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 4:28 PM
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Magnolia Sets Malick's 'To the Wonder' For Both Theaters and VOD on April 12

In a sign of the times, Magnolia Pictures will release Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" both in theaters (April 12) but also day and date via Video on Demand and iTunes. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurlylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, showed initially at the Venice and Toronto festivals last year, and was acquired by Magnolia shortly thereafter.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 27, 2013 4:23 PM
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MGM Grabs Vidgame Franchise 'Tomb Raider'

In the Hollywood studios' neverending quest for brand name franchises, MGM has acquired feature film rights to the updated vidgame missions "Tomb Raider," about a daredevil archaeologist on a series of globe-trotting quests. MGM, which owns some rights to "The Hobbit" and James Bond franchises, will reboot the new action adventure based on the Lara Croft video game franchise in partnership with GK Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2013 4:09 PM
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Amazon and IMDb Launch X-Ray for TV Feature for Kindle Fire Users

Amazon and IMDb are launching a new TV iteration of "X-Ray for Movies." The original feature was released six months ago, and allows users to access corresponding IMDb info with one tap while watching films on their Kindle Fires. The new feature does the same thing, but for television series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 2:24 PM
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Britain's 2013 Olivier Award Nominees Include Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Kristin Scott Thomas

Nominees for the 2013 Olivier Awards were announced today, including notable screen actors Helen Mirren, Rupert Evertt, Kristin Scott Thomas and James McAvoy for their recent stage performances. Britain's equivalent of the Tonys, the awards are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to honor excellence in professional stage productions.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 27, 2013 2:22 PM
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Participant Media Launches New Cable Network, 'Pivot,' with a Social Conscience and HitRECord Joe

Everybody loves cable these days. Wednesday at an Upfront presentation at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, Jeff Skoll's Participant Media, which backs entertainment that accelerates social change (“Lincoln,” “The Help,” “An Inconvenient Truth”) announced the August 1 launch of its new cable network, pivot. Participant is targeting Millennials ages 18-34 with its “TV That Matters For The New Greatest Generation” programming slate, full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2013 1:23 PM
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