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Trailer Watch: Tabloid's Sex Scandal, Media & Mormons

Errol Morris' Tabloid hits theaters July 15. Check out our interview feature on the director; his fabulous new trailer is below. Morris is a nonpareil when it comes to editing, as anyone who knows his witty commercials and famous Oscar shorts can attest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 5:22 AM
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Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don't want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim..It was a very obvious thought to come to in the wake of all this. Tim's death made war reporting feel like a selfish endeavor."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 10, 2011 5:02 AM
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Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities

Ridley Scott invites the public to aid in promoting the UK theatrical release of Life in a Day on June 17 (it opens in the US June 29), and by doing so raise money for UK charities, all through the Micro Movie Moguls initiative. This is how it works: An individual or company sets themselves up as a Micro Mogul and they chose a charity -- any good cause -- to receive 25% of the tickets sold through their online ticket booth. Here's more information. Here is our review and the Life in a Day trailer. This movie is a must-see.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 8, 2011 6:40 AM
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Stephen Colbert Denies Age of Caves in Werner Herzog's 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams

During his Colbert Report interview with Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Stephen Colbert sheds doubt on the age of the Chauvet Caves in the filmmaker's latest doc, the 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams (below, with the film's trailer). Here's our exclusive video clip. Herzog likes the idea of using an all-purpose title for his films: Gazing into the Abyss.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 9:53 AM
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Picton Picturefest's Inaugural Event: Lineup Opens with Swinton Curated Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

A film fest and "cinephile retreat," the inaugural Piction Picturefest in Prince Edward County, Ontario, will run from July 7-10. The event will include films, workshops, youth education and camping.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees

It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine in Mike Mills' Beginners, and in rookie Richard Ayoade's Submarine the "excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection, Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy throws a pity party. Stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give as much as they can, but their audience will be severely limited by this grief-stricken drama that labors more than it elevates.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 4:27 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson Talks !Women Art Revolution, Feminism, Outtakes of History
Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new documentary about feminism in the art world of the 1960s, !Women Art Revolution, will make its theatrical debut at NYC's IFC Center June 1, followed by showings across the country (schedule below, along with the trailer) via Zeitgeist Films. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and also screened at Sundance and Berlin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2011 4:30 AM
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SnagFilms Launches 150 Free Documentaries on Roku

SnagFilms announces its launch on Roku. A collection of 150 of Snag's award-winning docs are available to stream on the internet TV platform. Snag CEO Rick Allen says that SnagFilms is continuing to fulfill their "mission of creating virtual movie theaters wherever film fans have high-speed connections, and making the best independent films available to the widest possible audience.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2011 5:15 AM
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Watch: A Letter to Elia, Martin Scorsese's Portrait of Kazan: "There's nothing but the movie"

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 30, 2011 3:44 AM
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Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car

Running June 20-26 in Washington, DC, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (in its ninth year) announces its complete lineup of 108 films from 52 countries. The Swell Season will open the festival, and Revenge of the Electric Car will close. The lineup across the fest's five sections (Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Sterling Short Film Competition, Silver Spectrum and Spotlight Programs) includes films from directors Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, Marshall Curry, Whitney Dow, Alex Gibney, Steve James, James Marsh, Chris Paine, Michael Rapaport and Jim Whitaker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 6:33 AM
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