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Johnny Carson Honored as 'King of Late Night' in American Masters PBS Documentary

In the mood to look backwards to the early days of late night TV? To mark the the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over the 'Tonight Show' from Jack Paar, as well as the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement from television, this coming Monday, PBS will honor Johnny Carson as the "King of Late Night" in an American Masters documentary.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 2:13 PM
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Tribeca Fest: Controversial Art Doc 'Portrait of Wally,' Audience Award Winners

Andrew Shea's art doc 'Portrait of Wally,' which documents the tug-of-war surrounding a controversial Egon Schiele painting, played at Tribeca Saturday night, and earned some strong early reviews: Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2012 3:15 PM
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Coming to Theaters This May: 1964 'The Beatles: The Lost Concert'

Screenvision presents "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," a new documentary featuring the first Fab Four concert in the U.S. as its centerpiece. The concert at D.C.'s Washington Coliseum is the only complete Beatles’ concert available to fans; its footage hasn't been seen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 26, 2012 1:31 AM
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Tribeca Review: Shouted, Not Stirred: The Imperturbable James Franco

James Franco is inescapable. The actor/writer/student/etc. is to movies what the recently deceased NY Met Gary Carter was to paid endorsements. He’s everywhere.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 25, 2012 3:05 PM
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SFIFF Review: World Premiere of Terrorist-Savvy 'Informant'

"Informant" has timing on its side. The documentary by Jamie Meltzer, told mostly in the voice of Brandon Darby, is an activist’s journey from the post-Katrina ruins of New Orleans, to Venezuela and Colombia, and back the United States, where Darby sours on his former comrades and ends up working for the FBI.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 4:02 PM
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'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Tribeca Institute Announces Latin America Media Arts Fund Winners

The Tribeca Film Institute announces the winners of its Latin America Media Arts and its first-ever Heineken VOCES grant. Sixty-thousand dollars is awarded to Latin American film and video artists, in $10,000 allotments...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Fest Review: 'Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story' Takes Us Back to 1960s South

“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is a tragic tale about a black Mississippian who lost his life after television gave him 15 minutes of fame. The doc is also a micro-history of the dark days of the segregationist South, as seen through the life and death of a man who’s described as an accidental activist.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 12:51 PM
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SFIFF Review: Peter Nicks' Doc 'The Waiting Room'

"The Waiting Room" is edited to give the range of emotions observed and experienced in that space, and that range is vast. This is documentary as distilled observation. It’s also as strong an argument for universal health care that I’ve seen in years.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 22, 2012 1:41 PM
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Ashland Independent Film Festival: From Taymor and Kashmir to the Kennedys

The Ashland Independent Film Festival, an 11-year-old intimate spring fest nestled in Oregon's Rogue Valley, reminds me of the early days of Sundance and Telluride.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2012 9:24 PM
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