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Zeitgeist Releasing Documentary on Former NY Mayor 'Koch' March 1

Zeitgeist Films announces the theatrical release of "Koch," a documentary by Neil Barsky centering on former New York mayor Ed Koch, who governed Gotham in the down-and-dirty decade betweeen 1978 and 1989. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 3:16 PM
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Watch: Trailer for Girl Empowerment Doc 'Girl Rising,' Narrated by Streep, Blanchett, Hathaway, Hayek, Moretz, Neeson & More

"Girl Rising" is a new film directed by Richard E. Robbins that is at the center of 10x10, a worldwide campaign to help educate and empower girls. The film previewed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the release of its trailer, shown below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 22, 2013 1:18 PM
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Watch: Anarchy Rules in First Trailer for Batmanglij and Marling's Sundance Title 'The East'

The first trailer for "The East," director Zal Batmanglij's follow-up to "Sound of My Voice," has landed via distributor Fox Searchlight. The film just debuted at Sundance (check out ThePlaylist's review here). Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the film, stars as a woman who infiltrates an anarchist group and quickly finds herself in over her head. Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson also star. Page voices the trailer, threatening terrorist attacks.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 21, 2013 2:32 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Hammer's 'Phantom of the Opera'

Get Hammered! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's 1962 "The Phantom of the Opera."
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  • January 21, 2013 10:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox Star in WWII Drama 'Emperor'

Check out the new trailer for Peter Webber's "Emperor," starring "Lincoln" Oscar nominee Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune. The film centers on General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), who finds himself suddenly the defacto leader of a nation immediately following Japanese Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 1:05 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'The Trial,' Which Orson Welles Called "the greatest film I ever made"

Orson Welles Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles' 1962 mindbender "The Trial," starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider and the director himself.
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  • January 18, 2013 10:59 AM
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Sundance 2013: Watch the Trailers - 'Upstream Color,' 'Lasting,' 'Wrong Cops,' 'Narco Cultura,' 'God Loves Uganda' and More UPDATED

As the Sundance Film Festival approaches (January 17-27), trailers for a variety of titles are hitting the web. We'll be adding to this post as more trailers become available. Check out several below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 1:15 PM
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Watch: Surreal Clip from Sundance Competition Title 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' Starring Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel

A clip has landed for Francesca Gregorini's Sundance competition entry "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," starring Kaya Scodelario ("Wuthering Heights," "Skins") as a young woman who begins a friendship with a neighbor, Linda (Jessica Biel), who looks uncannily like her late mother.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 12:39 PM
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Watch: Sundance Documentary 'The Summit' Looks at 'Deadliest Day in Modern Mountain Climbing History'

Check out this clip for Nick Ryan's documentary "The Summit," premiering at Sundance on January 18. The film chronicles "the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history," a still-unresolved 2008 expedition in which 18 of 24 climbers reached the summit of K2. In 48 hours time...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 12:18 PM
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Filming Hunter S. Thompson's Writing: New Animation and Old Clips

A decades-long history of mixed visuals represent the Gonzo journalist's exuberant words on film. In honor of Piotr Kabat's fantastic new animation of Hunter S. Thompson's work (posted here and below), we rifle through a few other films attempting to get to the heart of this wild figure.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 17, 2013 11:18 AM
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