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Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds

The 49th New York Film Festival keeps adding to its line-up--with more venues, more is possible---from documentaries to special anniversary screenings. The 2011 NYFF will premiere the new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which will premiere on HBO in 2012 (Parts 1 and 2 will be rebroadcast and available for streaming in the wake of the release from prison of the West Memphis Three). Oliver Stone will host a sneak preview of the first three installments of his ten-part documentary project for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which focus on the events leading up to World War II. Special anniversary screenings include the 20th anniversary of James Ivory's Howard’s End, the 10th anniversary of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, and the 10th anniversary of Japanese animator Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 24, 2011 8:22 AM
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TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)

TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)
Anglophile critic David Chute takes on yet another new Brit/American co-production, Cinemax's Strike Back.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2011 8:24 AM
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TV Roundup: NBC Remakes Munsters, Jeff Garlin's New Show, PBS Clarifies Bert and Ernie’s Status

Confirming that television has officially run out of new ideas, NBC has signed on to remake The Munsters, just after their announcement of a Frankenstein remake and CBS’s new Bewitched. NBC passed on a revamp of the 1960s show last year, but asked Bryan Fuller, the creator of Pushing Daisies, to make a second attempt. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fuller wants to make his hour-long version of the Munster's edgier, darker, and character-focused.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:20 AM
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Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words; Join The Feminist Conversation

HBO Documentary Films debuts Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words on August 15. Steinem's Women's Media Center is pushing the film as an opportunity for feminist discourse across generations. Steinem, who was a driving force in the modern feminist movement for forty years, hopes the film inspires people to use "their own voices" to forge the next forty years of feminism. The WMC suggest audiences throw a house party to watch the film's premiere on August 15, participate in a live chat on August 16 and to follow them on Facebook and Twitter (Use #gloria and #WMC).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 8, 2011 4:35 AM
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Casting Watch: Witherspoon Goes Fluffy, Fishburne is Superman's Perry White, Foster Plays Gotti Jr.

Reese Witherspoon's next project is a Disney fluff piece called Wish List, about a girl whose wishes do not come true because the coin she throws into the well never reaches its bottom. Twenty-five years later, Witherspoon enters as that girl's older self, a careerist who has lost the imagination of her childhood. The coin finally drops, and she is left to deal with the fallout from ten 25-year old wishes being fulfilled en masse.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 3, 2011 4:54 AM
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Comic-Con Exclusive: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Walking Dead, Comic Book Movies, Girls Gone Genre

Comic-Con Exclusive: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Walking Dead, Comic Book Movies, Girls Gone Genre
There's a reason Gale Anne Hurd turned from producing movies like The Terminator, Aliens and The Punisher to cable series like The Walking Dead. HBO, AMC, FX, Showtime, USA and other cable networks are where the smart writing, production values and character development are. And Comic-Con demonstrated without a doubt that the organizers have to rethink who gets to go into Hall H.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2011 8:29 AM
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Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

Two Documentaries Get Personal:  The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March
Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a historical artifact turned private heirloom. Both, however, are sure on one thing: there really is no place like home video.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 25, 2011 2:13 AM
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Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits

Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits
George R. R. Martin, the mastermind author of Game of Thrones (which he started writing in 1991) moderated a panel that included many show favorites: Emmy Nominee Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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HBO Picks Up Scorsese's Spiritual Doc: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

HBO has picked up Martin Scorsese's latest music documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World. The film will premiere in two parts on October 5 and 6.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 14, 2011 4:00 AM
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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Premiere Nabs Show's Highest Ratings in Seven Years

The new season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was the most-watched episode in the past seven years of the show’s eight seasons. This is up 53% from the opening of the last season.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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