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Review: 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' One of the Most Important Documentaries of the Year

“Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” may well be the most important doc of the year, despite the fact that its directors never quite get to the point of what the alleged “crimes” were all about: Namely, Vladimir Putin’s co-opting of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the church’s Stockholm Syndrome approach to religious autonomy.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 6, 2013 2:25 PM
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WATCH: James Toback's Cannes Documentary 'Seduced and Abandoned' Talks to Scorsese, Coppola, Bertolucci and Polanski (VIDEO)

Check out this clip from James Toback's Cannes documentary "Seduced and Abandoned," which follows the director and buddy Alec Baldwin as they adventure through the wilds of the Croisette, looking for funding for a new project. In the clip, Toback speaks with big names like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski on the state of film and the industry.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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WATCH: Featurette on Soderbergh's Cannes-Bound 'Behind the Candelabra,' Starring Douglas and Damon

To prep you for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," HBO just released a fantastic 12-minute short movie about the making of the feature. More than getting into the nitty-gritty of the production, these clips cover much of Liberace's biography, psychology, exuberance, and charisma.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:27 PM
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HBO Signs Alex Gibney to Direct Sinatra Music Doc (CLIPS)

HBO has signed Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") to direct a yet untitled four-hour miniseries documentary on the life and music of Frank Sinatra.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 2:05 PM
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Sebastian Junger Grieves for Fallen Comrade Tim Hetherington Via HBO Doc 'Which Way is the Front Line from Here?' (VIDEO)

Sebastian Junger is a tough guy. The whip-smart Vanity Fair contributing editor and author ("War," "Fire," "The Perfect Storm") has put himself in dangerous situations, from Liberia and Niger to Sierra Leone, as an occupational hazard. He won a National Magazine Award for reporting the Oct. 1999 Vanity Fair article “The Forensics of War.” But when he heard of the death of his best friend, British filmmaker and war photographer Tim Hetherington, 40, who had co-directed with him the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan doc "Restrepo," Junger gave up his jones for danger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2013 5:29 PM
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HBO Nabs TV Rights to Whoopi Goldberg's Directorial Debut, Documentary 'Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You'

HBO has acquired all US broadcast and home video rights to Whoopi Goldberg's directorial debut, "Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You," a feature-length documentary about the iconic stand-up comedienne of the title. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 2:32 PM
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HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones' for Fourth Season After It Breaks Record with Season Three Premiere

Predictably, HBO has placed an order for a fourth season of "Game of Thrones," the day after the record 4.4. million viewers for the Season Three premiere were announced, just as it did after the Season Two premiere. Three Sunday “Thrones” showings added up to record 6.7 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2013 2:20 PM
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Weekend Recap: Awards Roundup, Apatow 'This is 40' Sequel, Fincher Music Video, Edgerton Short (VIDEO)

On the heels of the release of his Netflix series "House of Cards," folks are wondering if Fincher will return to Sony's lower-budget "The Girl Who Played with Fire," with or without Daniel Craig, or do big-scale "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Fincher hints that he wants to go small and direct more music videos. He's aiming to team up with Justin Timberlake for his song "Suit and Tie." The director got his start with music videos for Madonna, Billy Idol, Aerosmith, and Nine Inch Nails.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:36 PM
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Watch: Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Game of Thrones' Season 3

This "Game of Thrones" behind-the-scenes footage shows the cool conditions the cast endured shooting Season 3...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 4:05 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 7, 2013 3:08 PM
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