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‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive

18 October 2017 9:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Miracle on 42nd Street” is a documentary detailing the story of the iconic apartment complex in Manhattan that was home to several artists during the late 1970s: The Manhattan Plaza.

The hour-long film will have its world premiere on November 11 during the Doc NYC festival. It is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor and Bronx native Chazz Palminteri, best known for his roles in “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Usual Suspects.”

Related:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island

Miracle on 42nd Street” depicts a time in which New York City was experiencing a profound financial crisis. Originally planned to be a luxurious apartment building, the Manhattan Plaza was repurposed to provide subsidized housing for artists, and thus it became a residential beacon of hope for people working in the performing arts in the late ’70s.

Apart from revitalizing the theater district around Times Square, the Manhattan »

- Alberto Achar

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‘No Stone Unturned’ Trailer: Oscar Winner Alex Gibney Seeks the Truth Behind an Unsolved Mass Murder

17 October 2017 3:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Known for making explosive investigative documentaries, Oscar winner Alex Gibney attempts to uncover the dark truth behind a 20-year-old pub massacre during a World Cup viewing in Northern Ireland. Though investigators described the crime scene as a ‘forensic goldmine,’ no one was ever arrested for the murders. In “No Stone Unturned,” Gibney continues his legacy of hard-hitting conspiracy documentaries that includes “Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and his Oscar-winning film, “Taxi to the Dark Side.” The new trailer hints at a massive government cover-up, evidence tampering, and secret political maneuvers.

“I’ll never forget their words: We will leave no stone unturned,” says one tearful woman, speaking of the investigation. “Those words ring in my ear to this day, because I don’t think they ever left a stone, never mind turned it.” Others interviewed seem just as emotional, angry, and »

- Jude Dry

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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ Takes Top Honors at London Film Festival

14 October 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” has won the award for best film at the BFI London Film Festival, the second time that the Russian director has claimed the honor. The film, about a boy who vanishes while his parents undergo an acrimonious divorce, is Russia’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race.

The festival jury, headed by director Andrea Arnold, called “Loveless” a “very poetic and beautiful film, dark and told with a fierce passion. Although the film concentrated on the intimate story of one family in Russia, it felt like a universal tragedy, one that we recognized as one of the world¹s great sadnesses. The filmmaker elevated the personal to a social and political statement.

Loveless” screened in Cannes, and will be Zvyagintsev’s third film to be submitted as Russia’s official Oscar contender, after “The Return” and “Leviathan.” The latter won the London Film Festival’s award for best film in 2014.

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- Henry Chu

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Extra screenings of Wonder Wheel announced for Nyff by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-10-14 19:44:29

14 October 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Woody Allen's inspiration for the title of his latest film - Wonder Wheel in Coney Island Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced additional screenings of the New York Film Festival's Closing Night selection, Woody Allen's melancholic Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, James Belushi, and Justin Timberlake.

Spotlight on Documentary films: Brett Morgen's Jane; Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned; Nancy Buirski's The Rape Of Racy Taylor; Myles Kane and Josh Koury's Voyeur - Main Slate: Chloé Zhao's The Rider; Dee Rees' Mudbound; Hong Sang-soo's The Day After; Special Event: Susan Froemke's The Opera House, and Film Comment Presents: A Gentle Creature, directed by Sergei Loznitsa, are the Sunday Encore films.

Public screenings of Wonder Wheel: Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm - - Alice Tully Hall; 6:15pm and 9:15pm - Walter Reade »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Griffin Dunne on Convincing Joan Didion to Make a Netflix Documentary

11 October 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joan Didion has been at the center of our cultural and political life for more than five decades, writing incisively on everything from war to rock music to murder in books such as “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” “The White Album,” and “Salvador.” As an essayist, novelist, critic, and screenwriter, she’s inspired a passionate following that is nearly unmatched in American letters. That status reached near deification levels with 2005’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” In it, she reflects on her own personal tragedy, recounting her grief after the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and her struggle to deal with the fatal illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo. By writing so unflinchingly about such a painful topic, she formed an even deeper connection with her readers.

It took her nephew, the filmmaker Griffin Dunne, to convince Didion to do what she had long resisted — sit down and shareher personal and professional remembrances on camera. The fruits »

- Brent Lang

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Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)

10 October 2017 6:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, the Russo brothers are launching a Slamdance fellowship, Magnolia buys “The China Hustle,” and Bryan Singer is producing and possibly directing “The Anomaly.”

Slamdance Fellowship

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo are launching the Russo Brothers Fellowship, to be presented to a Slamdance filmmaker at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

The brothers will select one filmmaker, who will receive a $25,000 prize consisting of filmmaker support, an office at their new Los Angeles-based studio, mentoring from the duo, and a cash stipend for one year. The Russos’ new studio is in the downtown art district and has been developed with the goal of empowering and cultivating filmmakers.

“We’re very proud to partner with Slamdance,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “Having begun our careers at this festival, we’re honored to partner with such a great organization, and to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new »

- Dave McNary

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No Stone Unturned review – murky aftermath of Northern Ireland massacre

6 October 2017 3:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alex Gibney’s dogged documentary on the murder of six Catholics during the Troubles will help the victims’ families but fails to expose the cover-up

Documentary-maker Alex Gibney has put some heat under a cold case from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, reopening the file on a brutal and still mysteriously unsolved sectarian-gangland slaying from 1994.

Three Uvf gunmen massacred six innocent drinkers in a pub in Loughinisland, County Down – about 50 minutes’ drive from what may in a few years be the hard border with the Republic – as they watched Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. The victims had no connection with terrorism or activism, nor was any claimed; they were just Catholics, targeted in revenge for an earlier killing of Uvf members by Republicans.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ Is An Audacious, Jaw-Dropping Work Of Journalism [Nyff Review]

2 October 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s a line we’ve all heard before, and it’s almost always a lie. But this time it’s true. Alex Gibney’s documentary “No Stone Unturned” is actually The Movie They Didn’t Want You to See. Back in April, “No Stone Unturned” was supposed to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, a venue that’s championed much of Gibney’s work in the past.

Continue reading Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ Is An Audacious, Jaw-Dropping Work Of Journalism [Nyff Review] at The Playlist. »

- Chris Barsanti

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Andrea Arnold, Emma Thomas Join BFI London Film Festival Jury

2 October 2017 4:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold will head up the official competition jury at this year’s 61st BFI London Film Festival. Emma Thomas, producer of “Dunkirk” and the Oscar-nominated “Inception,” will also serve on the jury.

The festival’s Best Film Award recognizes inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, with the jury selecting the winner from a short-list of 12 titles. Last year’s winner was Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

Joining Arnold (pictured) and Thomas on the official competition jury are actors Eric Bana and Lily Cole; British-Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari; programmer Ashley Clark; and Alexei Popogrebsky, head of directing at Moscow Film School.

This year’s official competition lineup comprises Robin Campillo’s “120 Beats Per Minute”; Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White”; Majid Majidi’s “Beyond the Clouds”; Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner”; Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s “Good Manners”; Xavier Beauvois’ “The Guardians”; Andrew Haigh’s “Lean On Pete”; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless”; Azazel Jacobs’ “The »

- Robert Mitchell

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'No Stone Unturned': Film Review | Nyff 2017

1 October 2017 3:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A peculiar subject for a film by the maker of big-picture, high-profile documentaries about Enron, WikiLeaks and Scientology, the 1994 slaying of six Catholics in a small town in North Ireland is a crime whose evils seem indistinguishable (for a viewer on this side of the world, at least) from countless others of its time. It came toward the end of the Irish Troubles but was in no way a culminating event; its aftermath involved layers of coverup, but that was the norm for such cases. In No Stone Unturned, Alex Gibney may want to replicate what he did so »

- John DeFore

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New York Film Review: Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’

30 September 2017 1:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a dozen years, Alex Gibney has been one of our most important and exciting documentary filmmakers: a solo industry of explosive non-fiction. Gibney works with a devoted team, but the director is a multi-tasking engine; he never stops. The range of subjects he tackles is extraordinary — from Enron to WikiLeaks to Al Qaeda, from Elliot Spitzer to Hunter S. Thompson to Frank Sinatra — yet the range wouldn’t mean much if Gibney’s reach weren’t as deep as it is wide. My feeling is that Gibney, though he’s long been a wizard of documentary aesthetics, has only grown as a filmmaker. His 2014 film “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” was the grandest of his artist portraits, and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which came out in 2015, was arguably his greatest achievement: the movie that peeled back every layer of the Scientology onion, and did so with the sinister bravura of »

- Owen Gleiberman

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New York Film Festival’s 55th Edition Hopes to Make a Strong Case for Cinema

28 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For an event that doesn’t hand out prizes, host swag suites or foster an acquisitions market, the New York Film Festival remains a remarkably essential event on the movie calendar.

More than half a century after its debut, it serves as a cinephile’s cauldron of competing ideologies, storytelling traditions and global perspectives, unspooling against the high-art backdrop of Lincoln Center. One more reason it remains especially relevant in industry circles: It is timed to the start of Oscar campaign season.

This year’s 55th edition, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 15, promises to also be something of a referendum on the nature of cinema, capping off a year of vigorous debate about that topic. From Cannes to SXSW, festivals of all sizes and missions have been grappling with the flow of filmmakers, talent and creative capital from independent film to the episodic realm.

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- Dade Hayes

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Alex Gibney’s ‘Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge’ Doc Heads To HBO & Sky Arts

27 September 2017 5:11 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Indie producer Nevision has pacted with Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions to co-produce Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge, the documentary about the groundbreaking and often controversial music magazine for HBO and Sky Arts. The doc series, to be launched internationally at Mipcom 2017, is in production and set to air on HBO November 6 and 7, and then in the U.K. on the Sky Arts channel November 10. The doc’s timing marks the publication's 50th anniversary, and also… »

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San Sebastián: Donostia Awardee Ricardo Darín on Prizes, Politics and His Virile Hair

26 September 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San SEBASTIÁN– He may not be a household name in the U.S., but in the Spanish-speaking world there are few more recognizable than Ricardo Darín. In town to accept his long-overdue Donostia Award, the San Sebastián Festival’s highest honor and first to go to a Latin American actor, Darín also fielded questions about his most recent film, Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.”

For the first half our of his press conference Darín sat alone at a too long table, taking questions and reflecting on a career which started when the actor was only eight years old. Darín’s distaste for awards is well documented, but he clarified that stance in light of the honor he is set to receive Tuesday night. “I don’t consider this as an award. I don’t like competition. (With awards) we have to say who is best, or what film is better… it’s perverse. »

- Jamie Lang

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John Woo, Alex Gibney Movies Added to London Film Festival Lineup

18 September 2017 8:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Woo’s Japan-set police thriller “Manhunt” and Alex Gibney’s nonfiction murder mystery “No Stone Unturned” are among new additions to the lineup of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

No Stone Unturned” will be in the Debate strand at Lff, where it will make its international premiere. It reopens the case of the Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. The film was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year but was pulled at the last minute because of legal issues.

Manhunt” sees Woo return to the police-thriller genre that helped seal his international reputation. The film centers on a lawyer who finds himself suspected of murder and on the run from a Japanese police officer.

Also added to the festival lineup is Xavier Legrand’s “Custody,” which scooped the Best Director and Best First Feature awards s at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month and follows a »

- Stewart Clarke

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London Film Festival Adds Pics From John Woo, Alex Gibney, Venice Winners

18 September 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The BFI London Film Festival has added four titles to its lineup, including three fresh from the Venice Film Festival and one that heads to New York at the end of this month. Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned will screen in Lff’s Debate strand. From Jigsaw Productions and Fine Point Films, the documentary reopens the case of the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland. A murder mystery, it’s a true-crime investigation that uncovers a shocking case of collusion and… »

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London Film Festival Adds John Woo, Alex Gibney Films

18 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The 61st BFI London Film Festival on Monday unveiled further additions to its lineup, including the latest movies from John Woo and Alex Gibney.

Woo's police thriller Manhunt will screen in the festival's Thrill strand, while its debate strand has added Gibney's No Stone Unturned, a true crime documentary that reopens the case of an unresolved 1994 massacre in Northern Ireland.

The London festival has also added Venice title Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. The biopic of iconic performer Nico won the best film honor in the Venice festival's Orizzonti sidebar.

London festival attendees will also get to see Xavier Legrand's Custody, which »

- Georg Szalai

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The China Hustle’

11 September 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Should Hollywood be in the market for a sequel to “The Big Short,” the continued misbehavior of a corrupt and poorly regulated financial system have provided one. In the wake of the 2008 recession, some investors looking to recoup their losses from the subprime mortgage crisis traded one fraud for another, turning the inflated value of China’s economic boom into another bubble destined to be popped. Jed Rothstein’s wildly entertaining documentary “The China Hustle” blows the lid off another multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors. Though it resembles the docu-journalism of Alex Gibney films like “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” — Gibney serves as executive producer here, in fact — Rothstein’s irreverent, can-you-believe-this sense of humor makes the anti-capitalist message go down even easier.

With Gibney, Frank Marshall, and the 2929 Entertainment team of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner on board, “The China Hustle »

- Scott Tobias

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Toronto Documentary ‘China Hustle’ Probes Financial Misdeeds, Swipes at Alibaba

9 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The China Hustle,” a feature documentary that premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Friday, suggests that e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba is ripe for investigation alongside smaller Chinese companies accused of deceiving investors and regulators.

The film appears to tar Alibaba with the same brush as a number of smaller Chinese firms that the film says deliberately inflated their earnings, lied to investors about their business scale, and listed their shares on U.S. stock exchanges through a dubious method known as a reverse merger or reverse takeover. Their actions endanger pensions, investment funds and the financial system, the film says.

The China Hustle” is directed by issues-driven multihyphenate Jed Rothstein, whose short “Killing in the Name” was Oscar-nominated in 2011. The film’s production houses include the pedigreed Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Prods.; executive producers include Cuban, Wagner, Frank Marshall and campaigning documentary veteran Alex Gibney, whose »

- Patrick Frater

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Steven Spielberg, Bob Dylan Documentaries Join New York Film Festival Lineup

28 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2017 New York Film Festival has lined up a roster of special events that includes world premiere screenings of documentaries about Steven Spielberg and Bob Dylan, as well as a conversation with Kate Winslet and a work-in-progress screening of Bruce Weber’s portrait of Robert Mitchum.

New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Announced (Full List)

Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg” traces the filmmaker’s personal and professional life from childhood to “Jaws” to DreamWorks to now, with interviews with fellow film directors (Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas) and regular collaborators (Tom Hanks, John Williams). The movie is part of a NYFF lineup of special-event films that also includes Jennifer Lebeau’s “Trouble No More,” featuring concert footage from Dylan’s” “born again” period in the late 70s and early 80s; “The Opera House,” Susan Froemke’s movie about the Metropolitan Opera; and “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,” Weber’s in-the-works documentary about Mitchum, built »

- Gordon Cox

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