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Ebert's Tweet Was Right: Crashed Jackass Star's Blood Level More Than Twice Legal Limit

Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me. The pushback was immediate, and a hot topic was born.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 9:23 AM
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Laura Ziskin, Who Produced More Than Spider-Man, is Dead at 61 UPDATED

Laura Ziskin has succumbed to cancer, which she had fought valiantly for seven years. She produced Spider-Man and To Die For, and one of the best Oscar shows ever, and launched Fox 2000. She was a class act who will be missed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2011 4:17 AM
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Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema
Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from complications due to pancreatitis. He also worked in exhibition for many years as head buyer at Landmark Theatres, and most recently, owned indie distributor Slow Hand Releasing (Innocent Voices, Kids in America and U2: the Concert Movie).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2011 11:50 AM
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Remembering Richard Leacock, Clips, Louise Brooks Interview

L.M. Kit Carson remembers documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, who died March 23 at age 89. (Video interview and film clips below).Ricky Leacock means a lot of good to a lot of film-people. Many showed up starting at 9:30 AM June 5 at Lincoln Center’s nearby Walter Reade Theater at the unique Leacock Memorial. People filled the place – and stood up in a loose order – to break their memories back to how Leacock changed them.
  • By L.M. Kit Carson
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  • June 10, 2011 12:00 PM
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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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RIP: Ultimate Cinephile Don Krim

In my early years working in the New York film world, Don Krim was one of the good guys. He remained a steadfast film lover and preservationist until succumbing to cancer on May 20 at age 65. He helped to make many crucial classic films available for the likes of us to see, and for that he should be thanked and remembered. Here's an interview with him on the occasion of the 2002 restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2011 10:23 AM
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Osama bin Laden is Dead Tweets, New Yorker Covers, Newspaper Boost, Bigelow/Boal Rewrite UPDATED

President Barack Obama had a great weekend--he not only blitzed Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner but then celebrated with America and the world his administration's successful Pakistan Navy SEAL operation to execute Osama bin Laden. His death has proved a boon for old media: May 2's front pages are collectors' items. @NYTimes tweets that it printed 165,000 extra copies of today's historic paper, 2.5 times the normal order. The Washington Post added 35,000. See our gallery of NYorker Bin Laden covers below.
  • By anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 2, 2011 4:15 AM
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Sebastian Junger's Tribute to Tim Hetherington, Video Diary

Sebastian Junger's Tribute to Tim Hetherington, Video Diary
As much as I admired Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist who bled to death Wednesday in Misrata, Libya, struck by a mortar, I also respect his confrere and comrade, Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger, who is a fine writer. Check out this Vanity Fair tribute piece (below) he wrote to Hetherington. It made me cry, yet again.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 10:35 AM
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Honoring Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros: Their Work, Coverage, Restrepo Clips

A soldier resting at Restrepo bunker in Afghanistan, named the World Press Photo of the Year for 2007.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 21, 2011 5:39 AM
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Restrepo Documentarian Tim Hetherington Confirmed Killed in Libya UPDATED

Having survived many dangerous photographic missions in his life, as well as repeated trips to the lethal Restrepo outpost in Afghanistan--now abandoned by U.S. military--where he shot Oscar-nominated doc Restrepo with co-director Sebastian Junger, British photojournalist and Vanity contributor Tim Hetherington, 41, has died during fighting in Misrata between Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers and Libyan rebels, along with photographer Chris Hondros.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 4:04 AM
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