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Scorsese Does George Harrison, Citizen Kane Goes Blu-Ray, Chastain's Tree of Life Secrets

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 14, 2011 at 5:19AM

Martin Scorsese will premiere his long-in-the-works George Harrison documentary later this year, says Harrison’s widow, Olivia: “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon… but it will be this year.” The documentary about the late Beatle, George Harrison: Living in the Material World was first announced in 2007. The doc will be one in a string of great music documentaries Scorsese has created, from 1976’s The Last Waltz, which featured a unforgettable farewell performance from The Band, and 2005’s No Direction Home, about Bob Dylan, to 2008’s Shine a Light featuring the Rolling Stones.
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Martin Scorsese will premiere his long-in-the-works George Harrison documentary later this year, says Harrison’s widow, Olivia: “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon… but it will be this year.” The documentary about the late Beatle, George Harrison: Living in the Material World was first announced in 2007. The doc will be one in a string of great music documentaries Scorsese has created, from 1976’s The Last Waltz, which featured a unforgettable farewell performance from The Band, and 2005’s No Direction Home, about Bob Dylan, to 2008’s Shine a Light featuring the Rolling Stones.

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The Tree of Life star Jessica Chastain reveals shooting details from the movie: “hundreds” of unique and beautiful moments occurred during filming under Terrence Malick’s direction. The butterfly landing on her hand, for example, was a serendipitous and accidental moment and recalled another chance encounter of baby birds who had fallen from their nest. “I thought it was so beautiful," she says. "Also, the mother was up in the trees trying to figure out how to get her children back and I thought for sure, 'Oh, this is going to make it in.'"

Citizen Kane, the most lauded film of all time, will be digitally refurbished to premiere on Blu-ray on September 13th to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the film. The American Film Institute’s pick for the number one film of all time will appear in the original nitrate for a hi-definition restoration. This collector’s edition will also feature 48 pages of memos and correspondence from the film’s production and the Academy-Award nominated documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.