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Never-Before-Seen J.D. Salinger Letter: "It isn't at all true that I hate, or dislike, all films"

Shane Salerno, director of popular Weinstein doc "Salinger," has provided a never-before-seen letter to Variety, penned by none other than reclusive author J.D. Salinger himself. In the letter, Salinger refutes the rumor that he hated film and Hollywood
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 3:22 PM
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POLL: Who Should Play J.D. Salinger in New Salinger Biopic?

"Salinger" writer-director Shane Salerno, behind the book and recent documentary that uncovers the reclusive J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), is penning a feature film biopic about the 20th-century author for the Weinstein Co. Take our poll, below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 19, 2013 12:31 PM
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In the Works: Weinsteins to Develop 'Salinger' Doc Into Feature Film

Surprise! Harvey Weinstein is partnering with "Salinger" director Shane Salerno to develop a feature narrative film adaptation of his documentary, which hit theaters September 6.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Mother of George' and 'Wadjda' Top Openings as Nigerian and Saudi Arabian Directors Score

International films are scoring at the specialty box office. The two best new films have roots in countries not normally seen at arthouses: "Mother of George" (from Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu) and "Wadjda" (a milestone Saudi Arabian film from a female director) both show initial appeal. Also in the top 10 are French and Mexican comedies.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 15, 2013 3:56 PM
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'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including six from this year's Sundance Film Festival and two from the currently running Toronto Fest. Of the films reported grosses, only one -- Weinstein's "Salinger" -- showed significant strength, unusual for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 8, 2013 3:23 PM
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'Salinger' Telluride Press Conference (VIDEO)

Shane Salerno's controversial two-hour "Salinger" documentary, which hits theaters September 6 via the Weinstein Company, debuted at the Telluride Film festival with a surprise Labor Day screening this week--to mixed reviews. The Weinsteins have also added the doc to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup, which means a total of seven films showing there. See the Telluride press conference below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 12:06 PM
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This Weekend: Hannah Fidell's Must-See 'A Teacher,' Plus 'Salinger' Doc, Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' and More

Very few new-release films are sitting positively with critics this weekend. But -- Tomatometer be damned -- Hannah Fidell's indie "A Teacher" is nonetheless a must-see, anchored by a startlingly complex performance from Lindsay Burdge as a high school teacher whose illicit affair with one of her students spirals into obsession.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 5, 2013 2:55 PM
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Telluride Review: 'Salinger' Documentary and Joyce Maynard Reaction (TRAILER)

The doc, which took Salerno ten years, is a thorough portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," taking us through his prep school days and early short-story writing--his goal to be published in The New Yorker had to wait until after World War II. He landed in France on D-Day and served 299 days in active combat before V-Day, writing "Catcher in the Rye" by the side of the road when he could. After witnessing the horrors of the holocaust at a concentration camp and doing espionage work in post-war Germany hunting down Nazis, he brought home a Nazi war bride to his Jewish father, but the marriage was annulled after a month.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2013 4:07 PM
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Does Hyped 'Salinger' Documentary Promote New Book Release or Vice Versa? (TRAILER)

Shane Salerno's "Salinger" documentary hits theaters September 6, via the Weinstein Company, while the new book upon which its based, also titled "Salinger" (co-authored by director Salerno and David Shields), becomes available September 3. Clearly this is a case of savvy cross-promotion. (Watch the trailer below.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 26, 2013 2:23 PM
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Trailer Watch: J.D. 'Salinger' Documentary Digs Into the Mystery of the Enigmatic Author

The first trailer for Shane Salerno's "Salinger" documentary has landed. The film, which was snapped up by the Weinstein Company in March, looks to a be an edge-of-your-seat portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye." Salinger died in January 2010, and hadn't published a work since 1965.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 14, 2013 12:48 PM
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