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Remembering Richard Leacock, Clips, Louise Brooks Interview

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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Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED
We raised a toast to Sidney Lumet at dinner Saturday night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival--filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Ashland Independent Film Festival director Joanne Feinberg, film critic Shawn Levy and fellow Oregonian Terri Mintz, and DC Shorts Festival director Jon Gann. We talked about how many great films Lumet made, crammed with strong performances, how he was a New York independent, his and Paddy Chayefsky's amazingly prophetic TV critique Network (see clip) and Lumet's must-read book, Making Movies, a primer for any aspiring filmmaker: "While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2011 7:58 AM
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State of Women in Film, Elizabeth Taylor's Advice for Millennial Women, Miss Representation Trailer

Older women are not happy with their depiction on film, says the latest survey from the UK Film Council (which is itself "on the verge of closure," points out The Guardian). Of the survey's findings, 61% of women between 50 and 70 are unhappy at being portrayed as not having sexual needs or desires, while seven in ten feel their demographic is under-represented and younger women are glamorized.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 28, 2011 8:45 AM
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Elizabeth Taylor: Obits, Video Clips, Photo Galleries, Memories

The Web lit up like a Christmas tree this morning with the sad but not unexpected news of Elizabeth Taylor's death of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles at age 79. Fifty-three years ago--almost to the day--Taylor escaped dying in a plane crash. The petite actress had been in failing health for many years. Taylor was fragile even back in 1993 when she attended Cannes to run the amfAR auction at the height of her AIDS activism. I'll never forget walking up the red carpet stairs of the Palais behind Sylvester Stallone as he advanced to meet Taylor, waiting for him at the top, wearing white and holding her beloved little white dog in her arms. As had always been the case throughout her 70-year career spanning 50 films, the media went wild around Taylor, who was so beautiful that folks tended not to remember what an accomplished actress she really was.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2011 5:43 AM
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