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‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors

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‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors
While spending a career highlighting some of U.S. history’s most notable figures — Jackie Robinson, the Roosevelts, Jack JohnsonKen Burns has also undercut the idea of the “ordinary American.” Not only finding worthy stories in the lives of titanic men and women who still loom large over the public consciousness, he’s been able to elevate lesser-known individuals from the respective histories of baseball, the Civil War, jazz, and more, showing that those eras and institutions were also shaped by people less often regarded as heroes.

The great equalization of the past is on display once again in Burns’ and co-director Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” a mammoth, 18-hour history told through and by members from both sides of the ill-fated conflict. Journalists and soldiers, government officials and Gold Star families all add to an understanding of Vietnam, presented without varnish or favoritism. A tale for modern audiences,
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‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors

‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors
While spending a career highlighting some of U.S. history’s most notable figures — Jackie Robinson, the Roosevelts, Jack JohnsonKen Burns has also undercut the idea of the “ordinary American.” Not only finding worthy stories in the lives of titanic men and women who still loom large over the public consciousness, he’s been able to elevate lesser-known individuals from the respective histories of baseball, the Civil War, jazz, and more, showing that those eras and institutions were also shaped by people less often regarded as heroes.

The great equalization of the past is on display once again in Burns’ and co-director Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” a mammoth, 18-hour history told through and by members from both sides of the ill-fated conflict. Journalists and soldiers, government officials and Gold Star families all add to an understanding of Vietnam, presented without varnish or favoritism. A tale for modern audiences,
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Blu-ray Review – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, and Drew Barrymore.

Synopsis:

Anniversaries divisible by five remain popular with the Hollywood studios’ home theater divisions, so of course E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial needed (not really) that treatment for its 35th anniversary. If you have the Blu-ray issued five years ago, you can skip this one, but it’s a worthwhile upgrade if you only own the 2002 two-disc DVD edition. The 1.5-hour laserdisc documentary remains missing, but a chunk of its material was repurposed for the bonus features found here.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial may feel hokey to modern audiences, but it’s one of many movies directed by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas that had a huge impact on my childhood and on my creative sensibilities. As such, I’m always happy to give it another spin, and
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E.T. The Extra-terrestrial Returns to Theaters Nationwide September 17th and 20th

After weeks of so much difficult news, here’s something uplifting: This Sunday, September 17, and next Wednesday, Sept. 20, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is back on movie screens for the first time this generation — for two days only! Tickets are available now at www.FathomEvents.com. The classic 1980s story of childhood adventure and fantasy told in Steven Spielberg’s unique cinematic style, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has inspired such massively popular current hits as It and Stranger Things.

Now comes a rare opportunity to see the film that started it all on the big screen, in its original 1982 theatrical version.

Thirty-five years ago, a little lost alien, three million light years from home, wandered into the life of a lonely young boy … and into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. For two days only – Sunday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 20 – moviegoers across the country will have a chance to experience the unforgettable
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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E.T. The Extra-terrestrial 35th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray Set Arriving This September

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It's been 35 years since E.T. first phoned home in Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and you can celebrate the film's anniversary with a new limited edition 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray set from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (just make sure you're stocked up on Reese's Pieces).

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., July 13, 2017 -- In 1982, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg created iconic movie magic with his classic film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the unforgettable and emotional adventure of an adorable alien lost on Earth and the lonely boy who befriends him. Winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Music, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has become a cinematic touchstone for generations of moviegoers and one of the most beloved films of all time. Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the film's original theatrical release with a special gift set, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary Limited Edition on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ + Digital available
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Remembering Legend of Billie Jean: The First Great Female Superhero Movie

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Remembering Legend of Billie Jean: The First Great Female Superhero Movie
Sure. Billie Jean is not a superhero in the spandex, cape, superpowers sense. And she is not based on a pre-existing comic book character. But she is a strong female warrior, who is truly a hero in her own right. And the movie The Legend of Billie Jean serves as the perfect template for what has come since in the realm of female superhero movies, none-of-them, dare we even say Wonder Woman, quite able to live up to the excitement and adventure on display here in all its raw, 80s form. Even so, it often gets overlooked whenever the subject of female led movies comes up, specifically those of the superhero kind. It barely ever registers a blip. Though it had a familiar superhero in the lead by way of Helen Slater, who played Supergirl just one year before.

It's almost like the writers of The Legend of Billie Jean,
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From VHS to VOD #2

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Poster and trailer for 1 Mile to You starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers and Liana Liberato

Gravitas Ventures has released a poster and trailer Leif Tilden’s upcoming romantic drama 1 Mile to You. Based on Jeremy Jackson’s novel Life at These Speeds, the film stars Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers, Liana Liberato, Stefanie Scott, Melanie Lynskey, Peter Coyote, and Tim Roth; take a look below…

When a teenager (Graham Rogers, “Quantico”) loses his once-in-a-lifetime girlfriend (Stefanie Scott, “Jem and the Holograms”) in a tragic accident, he finds that running keeps him connected to her during his ‘runner’s high’ moments. Chasing her memory drives him to run faster, and to win for his new coach (Billy Crudup, “20th Century Women”). Before long, however, his newfound notoriety attracts the attention of a whip-smart new girl (Liana Liberato, “If I Stay”) who is determined to find out what’s really going on inside him. Soon, he finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
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Maverick Movie Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The Maverick Movie Awards just announced their 2016 winners, which include Gabrielle Rose (The Birdwatcher), Mary Testa (The Mother), Branko Tomovic (Red) and KylieRae Condon (Chippy) for their 13th edition. Past winners include great filmmakers and actors as Robert Redford, Sophia Loren, Isabella Rosselini, Tom Berenger, Armand Assante, Justin Timberlake, Peter Coyote to name a few for this prestigous award. Here is the full list of the 2016 award winners and nominees: Features Best Picture 1400 (Winner) Badsville The Barn The Birdwatcher Dumbbells Legend of the Lich Lord Pneuma Restraint Second Honeymoon Silent City Best Documentary All the World in a Design School (Winner) “Charlie Gemora: Uncredited” “Lgbt United” “Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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‘Femme Fatale’: Brian De Palma’s Hyperkinetic Bubbling Cocktail

Femme Fatale is a bubbling cocktail of Double Indemnity meets To Catch a Thief meets Vertigo meets The Double Life of Véronique that kicks you in the head real good right at the first sip and is so smooth going down that, by the time you notice you’re drunk, it’s too late to care, and there goes willowy Rebecca Romijn, a nesting doll shedding an archetype. The opening twenty minutes, a jewel theft set at the 1999 Cannes premiere of East/West, are what one might call “pure cinema” — which is to say they are series of hyperkinetic moments strung together through the rhythms of music and editing that could not be captured by any medium other than cinema, or any other filmmaker other than Brian De Palma.

Romijn plays Laure, a master thief who steals a beautiful piece of jewelry (which serves as an elaborate snake-like top, with
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Delightful Emmy nomination surprises: 'The Americans,' 'Master of None' & more

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Delightful Emmy nomination surprises: 'The Americans,' 'Master of None' & more
The Leftovers, which I think is the best show on television, got zero Emmy nominations today. Alan Alda didn't get nominated for the performance of an immortal career, and nearly everyone else he worked with on the amazing Horace and Pete were also ignored by the TV Academy. HBO's amazing miniseries Show Me a Hero also got shut out, with even Oscar Isaac being ignored in favor of the less impressive likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. (who was one of the ships lifted by the rising tide that was The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the year's second-most-nominated show after Game of Thrones). This all disappoints me, as does the TV Academy's continued clinging to certain security blankets like Modern Family, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, and Homeland. And yet every time I'm on the verge of being annoyed by those choices or many others (say, John Travolta
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Daily | San Francisco 2016

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The 59th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas, opens tonight with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship and closes on May 5 with Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Bandit, a documentary on the making of Hal Needham’s 1977 drive-in classic Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds (who's expected to show). In between, 175 films will screen, including the Centerpiece, James Schamus's Indignation. We're previewing the two-week event, which will includes presentations of awards to Ellen Burstyn, Tom McCarthy, Mira Nair and Peter Coyote. » - David Hudson
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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award
The San Francisco Film Society has named filmmaker Mira Nair the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.

Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years,
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AmDocs to Honor Joe Berlinger With Special Award and Retrospective

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AmDocs to Honor Joe Berlinger With Special Award and Retrospective
It's looking more and more like acclaimed documentarian Joe Berlinger will be the star of this year's American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs). Not only will Berlinger's latest film, "Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru," open the festival on March 31, but AmDocs will honor the filmmaker with this year's Seeing The Bigger Picture Award. Past winners of the award include Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich. Read More: Joe Berlinger on Michael Moore and The Changing Market for Documentaries "Joe Berlinger, whose new film is the Opening Night feature for the festival’s Fifth Anniversary Edition, has quite an impressive body of work," said Ted Grouya, AmDocs Founder and Festival Director, in an official statement. "Joe is one of today's most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival." To commemorate Berlinger further,
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Actor Robert Loggia Passes Away at the Age of 85

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Actor Robert Loggia Passes Away at the Age of 85
Just hours after the music world lost Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland, Hollywood is mourning the loss of another beloved figure. Variety reports that Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia has passed away at the age of 85, in his Los Angeles home. The actor's death was confirmed by his wife of 33 years, producer Audrey Loggia, who revealed he has been battling Alzheimer's Disease for the past five years.

Robert Loggia was born on January 3, 1930 in New York City, born to Italian immigrants. He received a football scholarship to Wagner College and transferred to the University of Missouri. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began taking acting classes with Stella Adler and at The Actors Studio. His first film role was in 1957's The Garment Jungle alongside Lee J. Cobb. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Jagged Edge, a thriller which also starred Jeff Bridges,
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Sundance: New Frontier line-up revealed

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Sundance: New Frontier line-up revealed
Sundance top brass celebrate the tenth anniversary of the New Frontier programme with an exhibition of new work that includes Vr projects involving Björk and Ridley Scott’s global hit The Martian.Scroll Down For Full List

The dynamic roster encompasses features, a live performance, documentary and narrative mobile virtual reality experiences and a look inside the innovations at some of world’s leading media research labs.

Tenth anniversary exhibitions will also be presented with MoMA in New York City in April, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as part of Northern Spark in June.

The New Frontiers line-up will take place in Park City’s Claim Jumper, The Gateway, a large-scale installation on Swede Alley by Chris Milk and a performance by Gingger Shankar at Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose.

Beyond the dedicated physical exhibition spaces, audiences can experience more than 20 virtual reality pieces on mobile Vr headsets. This year’s
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'Sweeney Todd' wins Emmy, puts Audra McDonald an Oscar away from Egot

'Sweeney Todd' wins Emmy, puts Audra McDonald an Oscar away from Egot
"Sweeney Todd: Live from Lincoln Center" ranked third in our Emmy predictions for Best Special Class Program with 8/1 odds, but it defied those odds and won. The staging of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical also picked up noms for Best Music Direction -- which it lost to "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute" -- and Best Movie/Mini Actress for Emma Thompson's performance as Mrs. Lovett, which will be decided at the primetime telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20. -Break- Peter Coyote wins his first career Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts' Audra McDonald shared the Emmy victory as the host of the show, which means the frequently honored actress is now just an Oscar away from completing her Egot grand slam. The stage veteran has been awarded six Tonys, more than any other actor in history, and also has a pair of Grammys for
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Peter Coyote wins his first career Primetime Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts'

Peter Coyote wins his first career Primetime Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts'
Actor Peter Coyote won Best Narrator at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, Sept. 12. He lent his voice to PBS's "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" and was specifically awarded for "Episode 1: Get Action (1858-1901)." He was previously nominated for Best Drama Guest Actor in 1991 for "Road to Avonlea" but lost to David Opatoshu ("Gabriel's Fire"). This was the first ever Primetime Emmy for the veteran character actor. (He did win a News and Documentary Emmy in 1993 for Best Historical Program for "The Pacific Century.") -Break- Creative Arts Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' wins record 8, 'Ahs: Freak Show' takes 5 All voice-over performances used to compete in one category at the Emmys, but starting in 2014, the award was split into two races honoring the best character performances (including actors in animated shows like "The Simpsons," "Family G..."
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