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Is Documentary the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking? AFI Docs Fest and Cinedigm's Docurama Launch, Watch Greenaway's 'Act of God' (VIDEO)

Last week New York Magazine published film critic David Edelstein's assessment of current documentary as the most interesting and dynamic genre of cinema. His piece points to the currently unspooling Tribeca Film Festival, which champions documentaries and selected "Mistaken for Strangers" -- a doc about indie rock band The National -- for its opening night. Meanwhile the American Film Institute announced its Opening Night and Centerpiece films for the upcoming AFI Docs festival (June 19-23 in Silver Springs, MD), and Cinedigm is launching Docurama, a seven-week theatrical film series on April 22 in 15 national markets.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:15 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on Wacko Sci-Fi Parody 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space'

This week at Trailers from Hell, horror director Mick Garris introduces the Chiodo Brothers' 1988 sci-fi parody "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."
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  • April 22, 2013 1:02 PM
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Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:59 PM
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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:57 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Honors 'Middle of Nowhere' Director Ava DuVernay, Latin American Filmmakers

"Middle of Nowhere" director Ava DuVernay is the well-deserved winnr of Tribeca Film Institute's first Heineken Affinity Award, which gives the African American independent filmmaker $20,000 in cash as well as year-round support from TFI for future projects.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:52 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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CinemaCon: Disney Showcases Mighty Labels, 'Lone Ranger' Trailer and Q & A Live Stream, 'Monsters U' (VIDEO)

It's hard not to be impressed with the Disney empire that Bob Iger has assembled at the movie studio. It's a label strategy that assumes that if you buy the best and the brightest properties and manage them well you will come out ahead--from John Lasseter's Pixar and Ike Permutter's Marvel to Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and Kathleen Kennedy's Lucasfilm. At the CinemaCon Disney presentation, new studio chief Alan Horn, who took over the Disney reins from ousted rookie Rick Ross, was well-known to the exhibitors, as he had been the warm and genial head of Warner Bros. for 11 years. He started out, rather oddly, stating his support of the long windows status quo, given boss Iger's known desire to squash ancillary windows and other studios' hard work behind the scenes to push back on this issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2013 6:00 AM
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The Woman Who Would be Queen: 'Game of Thrones' 3.4 Recap and Review

Mother of Dragons: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke is still on fire in Season Three of HBO's "Games of Thrones." We're feeling a little prescient this week after noting, last week, how commanding Clarke has been in the sequences set in the Slaver's Bay city of Astapor, where her character, Daenerys Targaryen, is negotiating with the vile and condescending slave breeder Kraznys mo Nakloz (Dan Hildebrand) for an army of The Unsullied, identical-looking eunuch warriors.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 22, 2013 1:14 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Home Run,' 'Filly Brown' Show Surprise Indie Strength

The top arthouse performers this week were unexpected outsiders that did not follow the usual release patterns for high-end critically-driven openings, which is increasingly the norm among independent and specialized releases. In fact "Home Run" from Samuel Goldwyn (distributed by partner IDP Films) managed to be the #12 film for the whole weekend without even opening in some core areas, and was showcased at theaters far removed from anything remotely considered art house.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 21, 2013 4:29 PM
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Weekend Top Ten Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Scores At Home After Foreign Success

The spring box office is still treading water as the industry awaits the launch of the summer season in two weeks, when Disney's "Iron Man 3" is expected to surpass any opening this year so far. For now we have to settle for the better-than-expected opening of a glossy sci-fi thriller from veteran star Tom Cruise, as "Oblivion" scored $38 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 21, 2013 1:01 PM
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