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Taylor Swift: The Real Reason She Bought House Near Conor Kennedy

28 December 2012 7:25 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

When Taylor was still dating Conor, she began the process of purchasing a house near his family’s compound. At first, it seemed as though she’d wanted to be closer to Conor, but a source has told us Exclusively the real inspiration behind Taylor’s purchase! It may surprise you!

When Taylor Swift spent her summer dating Conor Kennedy, it was one of her patented too-serious, too-soon relationships. The pair were nearly inseparable, with the country music queen spending plenty of time with Conor and his family at their home in Hyannis Port, Ma. In mid-August, it was reported that things were going so well, Taylor had purchased a home very close to the famous Kennedy compound! When the couple broke up in October, it seemed like things could get very awkward between the new neighbors. But we’ve learned that Conor isn’t the reason she even bought »

- Billy Nilles

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Mitchell Block Direct: VI Issue 1: Ethel, Salar, and Columbia University

13 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

VI Issue 1

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We are happy to add a new feature to SydneysBuzz!  Mitchell Block who, specializes in conceiving, producing, marketing  &  distributing independent features & consulting.  Mitchell will post his commentary on docs and shorts twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Stay Tuned!

Ethel a documentary by Rory Kennedy

Ethel is a feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, told from the point of view those who know Ethel best: her family. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, the film features candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children. The film is a personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Ethel offers a personal look inside the political dynasty that helped shape America.

Beautifully directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, this is her best work to date. Powerful, moving and deeply personal it was short listed for the Documentary Oscar. Produced by Jack Youngelston, smartly written by Mark Bailey, stunningly shot by Buddy Squires, elegantly scored by Miriam Cutler and edited by Azin Samari, this is that rare work that is perfectly crafted and feels like the director did not have to compromise one frame. Compressing an extraordinary life into this one and half ‐ hour work, the film both shares the life of Ethel Kennedy and covers the career of Robert Kennedy who was fatally shot in 1968 leaving Ethel alone to manage her family of eleven children. Never seeming to tire she shows continued strength, intelligence, sensitivity and love for her family and the Kennedys. This work is a tribute to an amazing mom.

The film aired on HBO in 2012.

Credits:

Director, Producer & Narrator: Rory Kennedy

Producer: Jack Youngelson

Writer: Mark Bailey

Cinematographer: Buddy Squires

Editor: Azin Samari

Original Score: Miriam Cutler

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

Producer: Nancy Abraham

Salar a short film by Nicholas Greene

In an isolated Bolivian village, on the edge of the vast Uyuni salt flats, two lives collide: Marc, a jaded American doctor looking to leave, and Carlos, a fiery Bolivian salt miner who's just been stabbed in the hand.

In this stunning fiction short student filmmaker Nicholas Greene has made a film worthy of an Oscar nomination. This 19 minute film has great production values, strong acting, an amazing cast and, with the Red camera, a clarity of image that gives a great look. Solidly produced by fellow Columbia University classmate Julie Buck and shot by Hilary Spera this work like many of the thesis films coming from Columbia shows how a solid original story can become a solid film. Short listed for an Academy Award, this thesis film is outstanding.

Director/ Writer’s Bio:

Nicholas Greene is a British writer/director. In 2010 he made the short film Salar in Bolivia, working with La Fabrica Escuela, the country's only film school. The film won the international competition at the Clermont‐Ferrand Film Festival. He holds an Mfa in Film at Columbia University. He works as an editor for non‐profit documentaries in New York.

Producer Bio:

Julie Buck is a New York‐based producer and currently works for Rabbit Bandini, James Franco’s production company, where her co‐producer credits include Child of God and Black Dog Red Dog. She has an Mfa from Brigham Young University, a certificate in film preservation from George Eastman House, and an Mfa from Columbia University.

Credits

Written and Directed by: Nicholas Greene

Produced by: Julie Buck

Co-Producer: Roberto Lanza Lobo

Director of Photography: Hillary Spera

Editor: Faisal Azam

Composer: John Plenge

Columbia University School of the Arts in New York

The Film Mfa Programs

Columbia University’s film program has distinguished itself over the last decade by its students winning more Student Academy Awards in fiction than any other training program in the Us. Its entries are consistently well written, beautifully produced and strongly directed.

There are two Mfa programs in filmmaking, Screenwriting/Directing and Creative Producing, which share a common first year. The course of instruction combines producing, directing, and writing with technical training and even some history and theory to provide students with a deep understanding of all the principles and practice of dramatic filmmaking. All the courses within this unique, integrated curriculum focus on film as a medium for the telling of stories. The graduate programs average 25 students in each class. While Columbia does not “own” the student works they are produced under Columbia’s egis. Since the program is not training camera, sound, editors and other craft areas student films are crewed by friends, colleagues and others interested in working on them rather than the projects being required to use other Columbia University students.

The faculty combines veteran and new members of the New York and Hollywood film communities in both production and writing.

Web site: http://arts.columbia.edu/mfa‐programs

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"Poster Girl," produced by Block was nominated for a Documentary Academy Award and selected by the Ida as the "Best" Doc Short 2011. It was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and aired on HBO. He is an executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series "Carrier,” a 10-hour series that he conceived & co-created. Block is a graduate of Tisch School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of BAFTA-la and has been teaching at USC School of Cinematic Arts since 1979. Currently Block teaches a required class in the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.

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Exclusive Video: Rory Kennedy Talks Growing Up with and Filming 'Ethel'

12 December 2012 12:58 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Rory Kennedy, 43, is a Sundance and HBO documentary veteran who needed all her accumulated experience to navigate HBO doc czar Sheila Nevins' challenge to her: make a film about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. First the filmmaker was shocked when her mother agreed to her request to do the doc profile. Then she asked her eight surviving siblings to participate--without any control over how their interviews would be used. She sat down her mother--someone who is not prone to self-reflection-- for a week of talking. Kennedy tracked down archival footage never before seen. And then, in the editing room, she had to navigate the personal and the historical in a way that was accurate, sensitive and responsible. She admits in our Skype interview below that she sometimes panicked. And she says she couldn't have done "Ethel," which is shortlisted for a possible Oscar nomination, ten years ago. The results are »

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Taylor Swift & Conor Kennedy Split

30 October 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looks like Taylor Swift will have some fresh material for her next album! The pop star, 22, and beau Conor Kennedy, 18, are over, sources confirm to People. The pair, who enjoyed a whirlwind summer romance frolicking through Hyannis Port, Mass., showing several public displays of affection, split a while ago. "His friends have said it's over," says a source at his school, the Deerfield Academy, adding, "I have the feeling she ended it." Related: Taylor Swift's New Album Hints at ExesIt's a bummer since Swift even got the stamp of approval from Conor's grandma, Ethel Kennedy, who called the starlet, »

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Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy split?

25 October 2012 4:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Taylor Swift and boyfriend Conor Kennedy have called it quits, according to a new report. The pop and country singer began dating the 18-year-old Kennedy earlier in the summer, going as far as buying a home in the same Massachusetts neighbourhood as his grandmother, Ethel Kennedy. Sources tell Us Weekly that the couple have split after just a few months of dating. "They quietly parted ways a while ago. It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings," a source explained. (more) »

- By Zeba Blay

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Taylor Swift to Conor Kennedy: We Might Be Over ... I'm Still Buying that House!

25 October 2012 12:35 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Taylor Swift hasn't pulled the plug on her deal to buy a mansion next to the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts ... yet ... despite rumors she split from her Kennedy family boyfriend -- TMZ has learned.A source connected with the real estate transaction tells us, the deal for the $4.5 million Hyannis Port home is still going full steam ahead ... and is currently scheduled to close in two weeks.As we reported, Taylor plunked down the cash »

- TMZ Staff

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Taylor Swift & Conor Kennedy Split

25 October 2012 11:59 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

And thus begins the writing of Taylor Swift's next album...

The 22-year-old music superstar and Conor Kennedy, 18, have split after three months of dating, according to Us Weekly.

"They quietly parted ways a while ago," a "close friend" of Taylor's reportedly told the mag.

The breakup wasn't contentious, according to the friend, and was mostly due to location challenges -- despite reports that Taylor had purchased a nearly $5 million Cape Cod estate near the Kennedy compound.

"It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine," the friend explained.

Though Ethel Kennedy ...

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Report: Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy Split

25 October 2012 10:11 AM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Too much, too soon?

According to Us Weekly, Taylor Swift, 22, and Conor Kennedy, 18, have broken up.

"They quietly parted ways a while ago," a friend tells the magazine. "It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine."

Taylor's rep has no comment.

Video: Ellen Interrogates Taylor About Dating History

The couple was first spotted together in July, and have continuously made headlines from Taylor buying a house right across from the street from Conor's grandmother Ethel Kennedy, to the two reportedly crashing a Kennedy wedding.

"It's been over a month since they've even seen each other," the friend adds. "With her promotion for Red, she has no time off until the end of the year."

Related: Taylor Swift Sees 'Red' in New Love Song

So … new breakup tunes coming soon? »

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Taylor Swift 'Red' liner notes: Jake Gyllenhaal gets off easy, plus a song for Ethel Kennedy

22 October 2012 6:51 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Today is the day that a new Taylor Swift album was released, so obviously we're doing our duty as Americans and over-analyzing her lyrics and her not-so-subtle liner note codes. True to form, Swift painstakingly sifted through the lyrics in her liner notes (which are not only tucked into the CD, but available as an iTunes download) and capitalized specific letters. Since we have too much time on our hands, we took careful notes and did a whole bunch of research so you don't have to. You're welcome.

The first song on the album, "State of Grace," basically says that love is worthwhile even if it's difficult. Her hidden code, Love Doesn't Count After Goodbye, implies a change of heart. Given the reference to Sagittarius and blue eyes, we're putting this one in the Jake Gyllenhaal column.

Which brings us to "Red," about a reckless, fast-paced love that ends abruptly. »

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Taylor Swift Definitely Bought a Mansion ... Next to Kennedy Crib

21 October 2012 12:25 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Taylor Swift is never, ever, ever ... gonna be more than a stone's throw from the Kennedys ... because TMZ has learned, Swifty Definitely bought a mansion next door to their famous Cape Cod compound. According to a local realtor ... Swift 100% will be moving across the street from Ethel Kennedy -- despite reports to the contrary.  The realtor tells us the singer dropped around $4.5 million on the beachside mansion in Hyannis Port, Ma.As you know ... Taylor »

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Review: 'Ethel' Is A Powerful Personal Portrait Of Love & Liberalism

18 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Few American dynasties hold the same mystique as the Kennedy clan. Defined largely by professional triumph and personal heartache, the Kennedys are the closest thing the United States has to royalty, and as the years go by, the amount of historical miscellanea that is produced or unearthed about the family seems to grow exponentially. Even as the kings and queens of the dynasty grow old and die, which is a far less tragic exit than many members of the family, our nation's collective fascination deepens and intensifies. One of the latest pieces about the Kennedy empire is "Ethel," a film by Rory Kennedy, about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, wife of slain senator and presidential nominee Robert F. Kennedy. What could have been a cutesy, too familial Valentine's Day card ends up being an intensely powerful portrait of love and liberalism. Rory Kennedy, who produced, directed, and narrated the documentary, was »

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Review: 'Ethel' Is A Powerful Personal Portrait Of Love & Liberalism

18 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Few American dynasties hold the same mystique as the Kennedy clan. Defined largely by professional triumph and personal heartache, the Kennedys are the closest thing the United States has to royalty, and as the years go by, the amount of historical miscellanea that is produced or unearthed about the family seems to grow exponentially. Even as the kings and queens of the dynasty grow old and die, which is a far less tragic exit than many members of the family, our nation's collective fascination deepens and intensifies. One of the latest pieces about the Kennedy empire is "Ethel," a film by Rory Kennedy, about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, wife of slain senator and presidential nominee Robert F. Kennedy. What could have been a cutesy, too familial Valentine's Day card ends up being an intensely powerful portrait of love and liberalism. Rory Kennedy, who produced, directed, and narrated the documentary, was »

- Drew Taylor

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'Ethel': Rory Kennedy paints a loving portrait - and reveals the daredevil side - of her mother

18 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The home movies focus on an apple-cheeked young woman beaming into the camera. She's next to a man with a famous face, a face that still makes people wonder: What if?

What if Sen. Robert F. Kennedy had become president, as he was trying to do when he was assassinated on the campaign trail in 1968?

HBO's "Ethel," debuting Thursday, Oct. 18, is an intimate, loving portrait of the fun-loving, fearless woman who was the wife of Bobby Kennedy and mother of their 11 children. It was through the urging of Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, that filmmaker Rory Kennedy, who was born six months after her father was killed, turned the camera on her mother.

Now 84, Ethel, who shunned the spotlight for decades, reminisces. Rory draws on her family's catalog of photos and home movies, interviews with her siblings, and news footage to create a beautiful portrait. The result is a revealing, »

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Rory Kennedy on Offering an Inside Look at America's Most Famous Political Family in 'Ethel'

18 October 2012 9:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Ethel" is a documentary about director Rory Kennedy's ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib") mother. But it also, of course, covers a tumultuous swath of U.S. politics from a unique perspective -- Ethel Kennedy, née Skakel, married into America's most famous family in 1950, when she wed Robert F. Kennedy in Greenwich. Extroverted and seemingly tireless, she first helped his brother John F. Kennedy campaign and later worked at her husband's side as he went from Attorney General to U.S. senator to presidential candidate, while giving birth to and raising 11 children. (Rory, the youngest of the siblings, was born six months after her father was assassinated in 1968.) "Ethel" combines newsreel and home movie footage with interviews with the Kennedy children to tell the story of this fiesty matriarch and sometimes reluctant film subject from the perspective of both a public figure and a familial one. Indiewire sat down with the. »

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Rory Kennedy on Offering an Inside Look at America's Most Famous Political Family in 'Ethel'

18 October 2012 9:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Ethel" is a documentary about director Rory Kennedy's ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib") mother. But it also, of course, covers a tumultuous swath of U.S. politics from a unique perspective -- Ethel Kennedy, née Skakel, married into America's most famous family in 1950, when she wed Robert F. Kennedy in Greenwich. Extroverted and seemingly tireless, she first helped his brother John F. Kennedy campaign and later worked at her husband's side as he went from Attorney General to U.S. senator to presidential candidate, while giving birth to and raising 11 children. (Rory, the youngest of the siblings, was born six months after her father was assassinated in 1968.) "Ethel" combines newsreel and home movie footage with interviews with the Kennedy children to tell the story of this fiesty matriarch and sometimes reluctant film subject from the perspective of both a public figure and a familial one. Indiewire sat down with the. »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO 'Ethel' an important look back in history (Video)

17 October 2012 11:22 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Tune in alert for a flawed but tender and moving tribute to Ethel Kennedy. From HBO When Robert F. Kennedy was U.S. attorney general, his wife, Ethel, would take their children to the FBI building to watch sharpshooters at target practice. It was fun for the kids, though they risked running into FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who disliked Robert Kennedy and didn.t care for children. So when Ethel came across a suggestion box, she wrote, .Get a new director,. on a piece of paper, and slipped it in the slot. Directed by her Emmy®-winning daughter, Rory Kennedy (HBO.s .Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.), Ethel celebrates the remarkable life of the Kennedy matriarch, highlighted by revealing, little-known anecdotes »

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Review: Rory Kennedy's 'Ethel' -- A Tribute to a Mother and Survivor

16 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Documentarian Rory Kennedy is the youngest of Senator Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children, born seven months after her father's assassination in 1968. Never having known her father, except via the scratchy footage of history, home movies and stories from family members, yet also inevitably identified as a "daughter of Robert Kennedy," she set out to make a film about the unsung leading influence in her life -- her mother. To do this, she interviewed Ethel, now a twinkly-eyed elderly woman with a short-spoken, cards-on-the-table demeanor. She also interviewed the eight surviving brothers and sisters of her 11-sibling clan. Rory Kennedy is neither a gifted narrator nor interviewer. Her narration, which spans her parents' upbringings, relationship, simultaneous ascension into the political realm and public eye, her father's death and beyond, has the congested drone of a middle-schooler delivering a history paper. Her questions, »

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Ethel Kennedy: Taylor Swift Is 'Sensational Inside and Out'

16 October 2012 8:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

People may talk about Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy's whirlwind romance, but it's clear that the superstar singer has won over the people who count the most - her boyfriend's family. "She is just spectacular," Ethel Kennedy, Conor's grandmother, said at the Rfk golf tournament at the Hyannisport Club on Oct. 12. "She's just sensational inside and out." When asked if her grandson, 18, has taken a liking to Swift, 22, Ethel replied, "Yes! How could you not? I think the world has." Last month, a source in Swift's circle told People that the singer, 22, is "head over heels into" Conor, adding, "[She] is on cloud nine. »

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Here Is Video Proof That Ethel Kennedy Likes Taylor Swift

15 October 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The relationship between Taylor Swift and the Kennedys has not been an easy one; between the wedding crashing and the public shaming in the Boston Herald, and then the extra-public shaming on the Today show, the average person might assume that Taylor is no longer welcome at her boyfriend’s family home. (Or that Conor's family had exercised its considerable influence to revoke her beach house purchase and ban her from Hyannisport.) But the average person would be deeply wrong. Turns out clan matriarch Ethel Kennedy loves Taylor Swift — so much, in fact, that she is willing to film personal endorsements at the local golf course. Here are the adjectives Ethel uses to describe Taylor’s personality: “spectacular”; “sensational, inside and out.” And here is Ethel describing how “game” Taylor is: “She had never sailed before; she sailed. She had never been dragging before; she dragged.” Vulture has no idea »

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Scarlett Johansson Is Single

15 October 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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