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Trailer Watch: Mel on Mel in HBO's 'Mel Brooks Strikes Back!'

Check out the new trailer for HBO's upcoming "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!," a lively extended interview between the legendary comedy writer-director and BBC creative director Alan Yentob. "What was it like growing up as a Jew in Brooklyn?" Yentob asks. Brooks' reply: "I don't think there was anybody but Jews in Brooklyn!"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:45 AM
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DOC NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 3:37 PM
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Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in whatever cinematic form they desire...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 1:49 PM
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Scandal Pushes Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong Doc, Biopics Back to Front Burner

Hollywood loves a scandal. Stalled interest in disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is rumbling back to life on the heels of recent revelations. Now that the cancer survivor hero has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, his massive doping scheme has bolstered new interest in his story.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 25, 2012 2:52 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Announced November 2 at AFI Fest

Nominations for the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 2 at an AFI Fest reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. Honoring nonfiction filmmaking, the Cinema Eye Honors will announce ten feature film nominees as well as Outstanding Short Film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 3:30 PM
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Cinema Guild Picks Up 'Before and After Dinner,' Portrait of Louis Malle Muse André Gregory

The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cindy Kleine's documentary "Before and After Dinner: The Life and Work of André Gregory," a portrait of the actor who most famously starred in Louis Malle's "My Dinner with André."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2012 2:01 PM
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Human Rights Doc on LGBT Activist David Kato 'Call Me Kuchu' Goes to Cinedigm for US Distribution

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's essential human-rights documentary, "Call Me Kuchu," has gone to Cinedigm for US distribution...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2012 2:19 PM
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'Clouds Over Cuba' Interactive Doc Launches on 50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis; JFK Live Tweets

American history nuts, take note: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum launched interactive multimedia documentary "Clouds Over Cuba" today, the exact day Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba 50 years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2012 1:40 PM
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Review: Rory Kennedy's 'Ethel' -- A Tribute to a Mother and Survivor

Documentarian Rory Kennedy is the youngest of Senator Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children, born seven months after her father's assassination in 1968. Never having known her father, except via the scratchy footage of history, home movies and stories from family members, yet also inevitably identified as a "daughter of Robert Kennedy," she set out to make a film about the unsung leading influence in her life -- her mother.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2012 12:00 PM
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'It's a Girl' Documentary on Gendercide Teams Up with Causes.com [Trailer]

The documentary "It's a Girl!" reveals a remarkable and unsettling issue facing women today: the issues of gendercide in India and China. To add more power to its cause, "It's a Girl!" has teamed up with Causes.com to bring concrete activism to this issue.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 15, 2012 7:13 AM
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