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Screen Talk: Telluride and the Oscars, from 'Birdman' to 'The Imitation Game'

On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate new movies "Wild," "Imitation Game" and "Birdman"--and which ones will have an impact on this year's Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 11:38 AM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

"There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 6:16 PM
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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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How David Byrne Collaborated with Jonathan Demme on 'Stop Making Sense' (VIDEO)

Talking Heads' David Byrne presented the restored music documentary of the legendary performances in "Stop Making Sense" at Lincoln Center last week and submitted to a Q & A. In the clip below, he talks about how he and director Jonathan Demme collaborated on bringing the stage show to the screen with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 3:21 PM
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'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking,' TCM's Doc on Top Hollywood Producer Richard D. Zanuck, Heads to DVD

A must-see for students of Hollywood and would-be producers, Laurent Bouzereau’s inside-the-movie-biz documentary “Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck,” will be released on DVD this September, via Turner Classic Movies.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 20, 2014 1:49 PM
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Science Chases the Impossible in Todd Miller's Moving, Provocative Doc 'Dinosaur 13' (TRAILER)

One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered at Sundance and hits theaters August 15 from Lionsgate, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2014 1:11 PM
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HBO Dates Scorsese Doc on New York Review of Books, 'The 50 Year Argument'

HBO will debut 'The 50 Year Argument,' directed by Martin Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, on Monday, September 29 exclusively. The documentary profiles The New York Review of Books and founding editor Robert Silvers, who, along with his co-editor, Barbara Epstein (who died in 2006), has led the NYRBR since its launch 50 years back.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 1:31 PM
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WATCH: Portrait of Hamas Informant 'The Green Prince' (TRAILER)

Check out the new trailer for timely Sundance world documentary audience award winner "The Green Prince," based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's bestselling memoir "Son of Hamas," which will open September 12th in New York and in Los Angeles and then slowly expand to select cities nationwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 12:33 PM
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Two Auteur Docs Play Venice Classics, on Bogdanovich and Penn

I look forward indeed to two documentary tributes to two great American directors that are playing La Biennale di Venezia in the Venice Classics section: "One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film," the first documentary from Bill Teck, and "Mise en scène with Arthur Penn (a conversation)" by Amir Naderi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 5:09 PM
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