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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Contagion’, ‘Warrior’ & ‘Black Power Mixtape’ Alternatives

8 September 2011 5:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we focus on Contagion, Warrior and Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.

This Friday in theaters is all about fighting. Whether it be fighting a world-rattling outbreak, fighting in the ring, or fighting the powers that be, movie protagonists will be engaging in the battles of their life for your viewing pleasure. And if you want to take the fight home, we’ve got a list of movies now available online full of stars, struggle and striking revelations.

Steven Soderbergh directs this star-studded and shocking disaster-thriller about a deadly outbreak. Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and John Hawkes co-star.

For more disaster flicks full of stars and scares, check out this trio:

 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) This sequel is as star-studded as its source, »

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Hot Docs 2011: Hollywood Complex

4 May 2011 5:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood Complex

Directed by Dan Sturman and Dylan Nelson

2011, USA, 85 mins.

For every face we see in a film, TV show, or commercial, there are thousands of others who auditioned. Thousands. They say that Hollywood is the only place where you can be encouraged to death – actors take professional pictures, hire agents, and enrol in acting classes, all with the hope that they’re one big break away from fame and fortune. Thousands of these actors are children, and frequently they stay with their families at the Oakwood Apartments

Professional at Five Years Old

Hollywood Complex might be one of the truest accounts of child actors ever made. Forgoing the cheap controversy of E!, this film takes a more honest look at the children and their families. The film uses the Oakwood Apartments as an anchor. Families from all over the Us stay there for months – and sometimes even years »

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Every Little Step, Soundtrack For A Revolution Screenings

3 May 2011 2:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's Soundtrack for a Revolution, and James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free. Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman, and Dylan Nelson, one of the three other Soundtrack for a Revolution producers, will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening, and so will Every Little Step's Adam Del Deo. The information below is from the Academy's press release: Soundtrack for a Revolution is the story of the civil rights movement told through the music that informed and inspired its participants. As current singers perform songs from the era, »

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Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Returns Tonight With Food, Inc., Music By Prudence And Mugabe And The White African

23 March 2011 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicks off Part Two of its 29th annual .Contemporary Documentaries. screening series with .Food, Inc.. and .Under Our Skin. Tonight, Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is Free.

From cruel and unsanitary conditions in cattle and chicken farming to the addition of corn syrup and sodium to many foods, .Food, Inc.. examines the ways in which large corporations in the American food industry dominate the marketplace and affect the quality of what we consume. Directed by Robert Kenner and produced by Kenner and Elise Pearlstein, .Food, Inc.. earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature. Robert Kenner & Elise Pearlstein will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

Directed and produced by Andy Abrahams Wilson, .Under Our Skin. investigates the untold story of Lyme disease.  As »

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Hot Docs Announces 26 High-profile Special Presentations to Screen During 2011 Festival

17 March 2011 7:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hot Docs has announced 26 documentary features that will be a part of this year’s Special Presentations program, a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award-winners from the recent international festival circuit, and works by master filmmakers, and featuring some star subjects.

The full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2011 will be announced on March 22, including the 2011 opening night film but here are the special presentation titles, ordered alphabetically:

The Advocate For Fagdom D: Angélique Bosio | Germany | 92 min | North American Premiere

Romantic-Queercore-punk-zombie pornographer, gleeful crusher of cliché, righteousness and repressive politics: Viva Bruce Labruce! Scintillating film clips and fabulous interviews with John Waters, Harmony Korine, and Gus Van Sant reveal Toronto’s gift to the world.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest D: Michael Rapaport | USA | 98 min | International Premiere

Actor Michael Rapaport’s directorial debut hits the road with Q-Tip, Phife, Ali and Jarobi, »

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