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Exclusive Clip: 'Escape Fire' Documentary Details Perverse Economic Incentives That Drive American Healthcare

"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" is one of those documentaries that makes you angry, but for the same reasons that make it essential viewing for anyone living in this country. The film, directed by Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman and nominated for the documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, arrives in theaters and on VOD and iTunes October 5. Director Heineman introduces our exclusive clip below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2012 12:01 PM
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British Film Institute Unveils New Five-Year Plan

The British Film Institute has unveiled its much-anticipated five-year Future Plan, which they’ve dubbed Film Forever and which spells out a comprehensive blueprint for public film policy in the UK over the next five years. With a substantial chunk of change to invest--roughly £50 million a year--the primary targets are developing creative talent and audiences outside of London, more investment in film production and development and the continuing heritage conversion of worthy British films into digital format.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 3, 2012 11:41 AM
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Watch: Johnny Depp in Eye Liner in 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer

One glance at this trailer for "The Lone Ranger" (July 3, 2013) and there's no need to announce that the remake comes from the filmmaking team behind "Pirates of the Caribbean." Per usual these days, Johnny Depp is in heavy character makeup as the brave and brilliant fool to his stalwart fair-haired companion (Armie Hammer).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:32 AM
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Daniel Craig Lets His Goofy Flag Fly in SNL Promo [Video]

As Bond Week continues, Blond Bond Daniel Craig is prepping for his first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:27 AM
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Rome Film Festival to Give 'Rise of the Guardians' Vanity Fair Award

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will award the "Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence" to Dreamworks' animated 3-D holiday-character adventure "Rise of the Guardians" (opening November 21) for the film's "innovative, artistic and strategic contribution" to contemporary cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 7:51 PM
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Watch: 'Indiana Jones' Inch by Inch, 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Parodies, Drinking 'Mad Men' [Video]

Much to our delight, someone managed to make a rudimentary one-inch by one-inch breakdown of “Indiana Jones.” Link below, plus a video of every onscreen drink in "Mad Men"!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 7:48 PM
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LACMA's Art + Film Gala Celebrates Kubrick and Artist Ed Ruscha, with Spielberg Tribute

LACMA will host the 2012 Art + Film Gala honoring artist Ed Ruscha and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, with longtime friend and "A.I." inheritor Steven Spielberg tributing the late director, on October 27. The gala coincides with the museum's current "Ed Rucha: Standard" exhibition (running through January 21), and the upcoming, much-anticipated "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition, running November 1 - June 30.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 4:20 PM
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Celebrating the Great Sam Rockwell: Actor's Actor and Scene-Stealer [Video Clips]

In Martin McDonagh's raucous ensemble comedy “Seven Psychopaths" (October 12), one actor stands out among his accomplished peers: Sam Rockwell. He's up against the best: Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Michael Stuhlbarg--poor Colin Farrell never stood a chance.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 4:14 PM
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Review: Ty Burr's 'Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame'

David Thomson, watch out! In the pithy new book "Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame," Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr delivers thoughtfully epigrammatic descriptions of movie stars, actors, and celebrities.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 3:21 PM
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Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh Takes Legal Action Against 'New Yorker' Burkle Profile, UPDATE

Following journalist Connie Bruck's Ron Burkle profile published Monday in The New Yorker entitled "Cashier du Cinema," which depicts Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as an incompetent businessman (which Hollywood insiders have long suspected) who has lost control of his company to Burkle, Kavanaugh and his lawyer are protesting, calling the piece "false and malicious."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 2:40 PM
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