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7 items from 2011


DVD Release: Limelight

7 December 2011 2:53 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Price: DVD $26.98

Studio: Magnolia

New York City nights come alive in Limelight.

The 2011 documentary film Limelight chronicles the career of Peter Gatien, the undisputed king of the 1980s New York club scene and owner of such famed Gotham hotspots as Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA.

At the pinnacle of Gatien’s success, thousands of partygoers lined up each night outside the doors of his venues hoping for entry. Influencing such future icons as Madonna, The Beastie Boys and Moby, Gatien’s clubs engendered such influential musical genres as pop, punk, techno and acid house.

But Gatien’s phenomenal success put his venues on the radar of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s infamous crackdown on drugs and crime in the 1990s, and Gatien and his clubs soon became law enforcement’s number one target. Years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Giuliani »

- Laurence

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Limelight Movie Review

23 September 2011 6:53 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Limelight Directed by: Billy Corben Starring: Peter Gatien, Moby and Michael Alig People’s views and opinions on controversial subjects often are linked to their experiences. This is certainly seen in the new Magnolia Pictures documentary ‘Limelight,’ which tells the story of well-known New York City nightclub owner Peter Gatien. The film’s director, veteran documentary helmer Billy Corben decided not to focus solely on Gatien’s side of why he was ultimately charged with tax evasion; he also featured account of events from witnesses and government officials to explain why the former King of New York Clubs was targeted. ‘Limelight’ chronicles the rise and fall of Gatien, one of the city’s »

- karen

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"Limelight," reviewed

11 September 2011 8:50 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A version of this review ran as part of our coverage of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Billy Corben is the drug documentary kingpin of indie film. He's made two docs about cocaine, one about marijuana, and now "Limelight," about New York City's ecstasy soaked club scene in the 1990s. His particular specialty are films that ape their subject's pharmacological effects: "Cocaine Cowboys" is twitchy and paranoid; "Square Grouper" is mellow and easygoing to a fault. "Limelight" sends us tripping on a relentless 100-minute roll.

The man who leads us on this journey is Peter Gatien, a one-eyed club empresario from Canada who moved to the Us and started opening upscale discos all along the Eastern seaboard. New York, Miami, Atlanta, and then back to New York where he created his crown jewel: Limelight, a massive dance complex housed in a former Episcopal church. The AIDS epidemic of the mid-1980s nearly killed his business, »

- Matt Singer

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Netflix Nuggets: Celebrate the 4th of July With a Lot of Movies!

27 June 2011 11:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)

Streaming Available: 06/29/2011

Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, »

- Travis Keune

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Tribeca 2011: "Limelight," Reviewed

28 April 2011 7:59 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Billy Corben is the drug documentary kingpin of indie film. He's made two docs about cocaine, one about marijuana, and now "Limelight," about New York City's ecstasy soaked club scene in the 1990s. His particular specialty are films that ape their subject's pharmacological effects: "Cocaine Cowboys" is twitchy and paranoid; "Square Grouper" is mellow and easygoing to a fault. "Limelight" sends us tripping on a relentless 100-minute roll.

The man who leads us on this journey is Peter Gatien, a one-eyed club empresario from Canada who moved to the Us and started opening upscale discos all along the Eastern seaboard. New York, Miami, Atlanta, and then back to New York where he created his crown jewel: Limelight, a massive dance complex housed in a former Episcopal church. The AIDS epidemic of the mid-1980s nearly killed his business, but when a tough guy from Staten Island with the temerity to »

- Matt Singer

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'Becoming Chaz' review. Sundance, 2011: Personal story of Chaz Bono is riveting.

11 February 2011 2:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Becoming Chaz review at the Sundance Film Festival 2011: The personal story of Chaz Bono is riveting in 'Becoming Chaz' Chaz Bono shines as a riveting subject in documentary. (3.5 stars out of 5) If other documentary directors find their socio-political subjects from the headlines of The New York Times and The Atlantic, co- directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato pull their stories from Page Six and TMZ. Look at their standout docs, Party Monster (1999), about the murderous eighties club kid Michael Alig, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), about the resilient televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and her husband Jim Bakker, Inside Deep Throat (2005), about the infamous and highly profitable porn movie and its impact on Hollywood, and it’s clear that Bailey and Barbato are a non-fiction team interested in unique celebrities and touchstone moments in America’s pop cultural and sexual history. The documentary »

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'Becoming Chaz' review. Sundance, 2011: Personal story of Chaz Bono is riveting.

11 February 2011 2:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Becoming Chaz review at the Sundance Film Festival 2011: The personal story of Chaz Bono is riveting in 'Becoming Chaz' Chaz Bono shines as a riveting subject in documentary. (3.5 stars out of 5) If other documentary directors find their socio-political subjects from the headlines of The New York Times and The Atlantic, co- directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato pull their stories from Page Six and TMZ. Look at their standout docs, Party Monster (1999), about the murderous eighties club kid Michael Alig, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), about the resilient televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and her husband Jim Bakker, Inside Deep Throat (2005), about the infamous and highly profitable porn movie and its impact on Hollywood, and it’s clear that Bailey and Barbato are a non-fiction team interested in unique celebrities and touchstone moments in America’s pop cultural and sexual history. The documentary »

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