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Obama Issues Statement On Otto Warmbier After Being Blasted By Donald Trump & Man’s Parents

Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement about Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died this week, days after being released from North Korea in a coma after more than a year in captivity. “During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas,” Obama spokesman Ned Price said in the statement. “Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from…
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Gop Intelligence Chairman Apologizes for Not Talking to Democrats Before White House Trip

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Gop Intelligence Chairman Apologizes for Not Talking to Democrats Before White House Trip
This article originally appeared on Time.com.

(Washington) — The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president’s transition team.

Gop Rep. Devin Nunes’ decision to disclose the information before talking to committee members outraged Democrats and raised questions about the independence of the panel’s probe of Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia.

“It was a judgment call on my part,” Rep. Devin Nunes,
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Turkish President Says Alleged Isis Suicide Bomber Who Killed At Least 51 People at a Wedding Is as Young as 12 Years Old

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Turkish President Says Alleged Isis Suicide Bomber Who Killed At Least 51 People at a Wedding Is as Young as 12 Years Old
The Islamic State suicide bomber who allegedly attacked a wedding in Turkey, killing 51 people and injuring 69 others, could be as young as 12 years old, the Turkish president said Sunday, according to CNN. The bombing on Saturday night in Gaziantep was the deadliest attack in Turkey this year, according to Time. At least 69 people re believed to be injured, 17 of them are in critical condition, according to Time. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a live national television announcement on Sunday, and said the attacker was between 12 and 14 years old, according to Anadolu Post, a state-run news outlet in Turkey. Referring to Isis as "Daesh,
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Americans Urged to Seek Shelter During Attempted Military Coup in Turkey

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Americans Urged to Seek Shelter During Attempted Military Coup in Turkey
The Turkish military has taken control of the country in a coup Friday night, according to Reuters - though reports conflicted about the nature and scope of the upheaval, or who was truly in power. The military said for it was for "democratic order" that it has "taken over," according to a statement. "All existing foreign relations will continue," the military said in its statement. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured or killed during the apparent military action. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was "illegally" undertaken "outside of the chain of command," according to the New York Times,
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More Than 70 Killed in France After Truck Plows 'Hundreds of Yards' Through Crowds Celebrating Bastille Day: Reports

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More Than 70 Killed in France After Truck Plows 'Hundreds of Yards' Through Crowds Celebrating Bastille Day: Reports
77 people have been killed and 100 injured in Nice, France, after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the city, Thursday night, multiple reports confirm. Christian Estrosi, the regional mayor of Nice and head of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, confirmed the deaths of "dozens" on Twitter. Local newspaper Nice-Matin said that a vehicle ran into the crowd while they watched a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais, according to NBC News. Thousands were assembled at the city's center for a concert by Christian Auguin, director of the Washington National Opera, followed by the fireworks display.
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Cannes Classics line-up includes Tavernier documentary

Section to include world premiere of Bertrand Tavernier doc; a cinema masterclass with William Friedkin and a tribute to documentary giants Raymond Depardon and Frederick Wiseman.

Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary about French cinema Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français will receive a world premiere at the Cannes Classic section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

The revered French filmmaker has described his latest work as an expression of “gratitude to all the filmmakers, writers, actors and musicians that have appeared suddenly in my life.”

Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français is a Little Bear-Gaumont-Pathé co-production and was made in participation with Canal+, Cine+ and the Sacem, with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Cnc. Gaumont will handle international sales and Pathé have distribution in France. The film will be released in theaters in October 2016.

As in previous years, Cannes Classic will also feature nine documentaries about cinema and restored prints of 20 international classics including rare gems
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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; world premiere of Bertrand Tavernier documentary

Section to include a cinema masterclass with William Friedkin, the 70th anniversary of the Fipresci prize, a tribute to documentary giants Raymond Depardon and Frederick Wiseman and the double Palme d’Or of 1966.

Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary about French cinema Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français will receive a world premiere at the Cannes Classic section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

The legendary French filmmaker has described his latest work as an expression of “gratitude to all the filmmakers, writers, actors and musicians that have appeared suddenly in my life.”

Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français is a Little Bear-Gaumont-Pathé co-production and was made in participation with Canal+, Cine+ and the Sacem, with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Cnc. Gaumont will handle international sales and Pathé have distribution in France. The film will be released in theaters in October 2016.

As in previous years, Cannes Classic will also feature nine documentaries about cinema and restored
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2016 Cannes Classics Line-Up Includes Restored Films By Kieślowski, Tarkovsky, Godard & More

Now that most of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 line-up has been settled when it comes to new premieres, their Cannes Classics sidebar of restored films is not only a treat for those attending, but a hint at what we can expect to arrive at repertory theaters and labels like Criterion in the coming years.

Today they’ve unveiled their line-up, which is toplined by Bertrand Tavernier‘s new 3-hour and 15-minute documentary about French cinema, Voyage à travers le cinéma français. They will also be screening William Friedkin‘s Sorcerer following his masterclass. Along with various documentaries, both classics in the genre and ones about films, they will also premiere new restorations of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Solaris, Jean-Luc Godard‘s Masculin féminin, two episodes of Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s The Decalogue, as well as films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Marlon Brando, Jacques Becker, Mario Bava, and more.

Check out the line-up below.
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At Least 72 People Killed in Easter Sunday Suicide Bombing Targeting Christians in Pakistani Park

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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, killing at least 72 people and wounding more than 300 others, according to reports. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and said it had deliberately targeted Christians, NBC News reports. The devastating attack, which killed at least 36 children, took place at a park in Lahore, a city in eastern Pakistan. "Mostly women and children are killed and injured in the blast," Lahore police chief Haider Ashraf said, reports NBC, adding that the park was busier than usual as local Christians were there to enjoy Easter Sunday.
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At Least 72 People Killed in Easter Sunday Suicide Bombing Targeting Christians in Pakistani Park

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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, killing at least 72 people and wounding more than 300 others, according to reports. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and said it had deliberately targeted Christians, NBC News reports. The devastating attack, which killed at least 36 children, took place at a park in Lahore, a city in eastern Pakistan. "Mostly women and children are killed and injured in the blast," Lahore police chief Haider Ashraf said, reports NBC, adding that the park was busier than usual as local Christians were there to enjoy Easter Sunday.
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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour

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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour
Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.

Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.

The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.

Orson Welles

Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.

The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed
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Movie Review – The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951.

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Starring Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann and Léonide Massine.

Synopsis:

An opera, Hoffmann tells of his romantic history with three beautiful women; Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia

“I have to say”, says director Michael Powell prior to working on The Tales of Hoffmann, “I didn’t know much about the opera”. That makes both of us Mr Powell. On Extended Run at the BFI this month is the Technicolor triptych-narrative, The Tales of Hoffmann. Released in 1951, this was made three years after Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s celebrated masterpiece The Red Shoes. Rather than incorporating dance into a story, Powell and Pressburger decided to adapt a full performance in its entirety, presenting an epic story of romance, lost-love and tragedy.

In the interval of a ballet, Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) regales a crowd with talk of his previous exploits. Drunkenly holding court,
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Friedkin's "Sorcerer" Fully Restored; Coming To Blu-ray In April

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This Story Has Been Updated From Our Original Posting Of January 6. The Blu-ray Packaging Art Has Been Added And The Title Is Now Available For Pre-order From Amazon.

Good news for fans of William Friedkin's underrated 1977 classic Sorcerer: after years of false starts, the remastered film will now be available on Blu-ray through Warner Home Video. Check out the press release we've just received from them:

Burbank, Calif., January 6, 2014 – William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the cult suspense thriller that has been largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has now been acquired and fully restored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will make its Blu-ray™ debut on April 22, 2014. The release, also available on DVD, will be packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with beautiful images from the film and excerpts from the book, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.”

Sorcerer is derived from the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 French classic,
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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Imax 3D Conversion: Polishing a National Treasure

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Imax 3D Conversion: Polishing a National Treasure
“When I first heard that this was being done, I wasn’t excited, I was frightened,” said George Feltenstein, senior VP of theatrical catalog marketing for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, says of the Imax 3D conversion of “The Wizard of Oz.”

“I thought, you’re taking a national treasure, and can you do it justice?”

But at the end of the process, audiences will not only view “The Wizard of Oz” in 3D for the first time but they’ll be shown details even the pic’s most devoted fans have never seen before, thanks to a collaboration between Warner Bros., Prime Focus and Imax.

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging went back to the original 3-strip Technicolor negatives to do both photochemical and digital restoration. That Technicolor process used three black-and-white negatives, one for blue, one for green and one for red. Then those three records would be printed onto
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"Lost" Three Stooges Color Short To Be Screened At Film Forum, NY September 29 & 30

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Special Event!

First Screenings In 80 Years Of “Hello, Pop!,”

1933 Color Stooges Short Discovered In Australia, Plus Other Amazing Archival Discoveries

At Film Forum, September 29 & 30

“Lost… Now Found,” a program of archival discoveries highlighted by Hello Pop! (1933), a Technicolor musical short starring the Three Stooges that was long thought lost, will screen at Film Forum on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 and Monday, September 30 at 3:00 and 6:30.

Following an MGM vault fire in 1967, in which its negative and all existing prints were thought to have been destroyed, the two-reel backstage musical Hello, Pop!, starring Ted Healy “and his Stooges” Moe, Larry and Curly, was long considered the sole lost Three Stooges short.

But in December 2012, The Vitaphone Project, a group devoted to restoring early sound vaudeville and music shorts, was contacted by an Australian film collector in possession of a two-strip Technicolor nitrate print rescued from a landfill. The Project’s
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‘Wizard of Oz’ Laughs Take Restorers by Surprise

‘Wizard of Oz’ Laughs Take Restorers by Surprise
Movie lovers who trek to theaters for the Imax 3D presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” may be astonished to discover something about the beloved classic: It’s a laugh riot.

At least, that’s what surprised the team at Warner Bros. after they restored the picture in preparation for conversion to 3D and to Imax format.

“When I’m working on these in a room without an audience, you don’t quite get the humor of it,” said Ned Price, chief preservation officer at Warner Bros. technical operations. Price recounted studying the film in meticulous detail, making sure the color was right and the brightness and contrast were correct. “But then when you’re done with a project, you present with an audience, the laughter and the timing of the film is amazing.”

The Wizard of Oz” was made by MGM in 1939 but Warner acquired it when it bought
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Must-See: Witch’s Mole and Nose in IMAX 3D’s ‘Wizard of Oz’

Must-See: Witch’s Mole and Nose in IMAX 3D’s ‘Wizard of Oz’
Sept. 15 was family day at the 75th anniversary unveiling of “The Wizard of Oz” in IMAX 3D at the newly converted Tcl Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman’s, in Hollywood, now the largest IMAX theater in the world and where the film premiered in 1939.

At the premiere’s pre-party, industryites and their kids sampled the cupcakes and candies, scribbled 3D drawings at coloring stations, and were introduced to Madame Tussaud’s newest creation, Judy Garland as Dorothy.

Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family” proceeded to interview the wax figure, not unlike Clint Eastwood‘s one-way dialogue with a chair at the 2012 Republican Convention. Also spotted in the room: William Shatner, who worked with Garland on the 1961 film “Judgement at Nuremberg. When asked what he expected to see from the 3D conversion, Shatner responded: “The delight in my grandchildren’s eyes.” Marcia Gay Harden, there with her daughters, recalled seeing the film at age six or seven.
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Is 'The Wizard of Oz' in 3D Worth Your Time?

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Taking one of Hollywood's most beloved Golden Age classics like "The Wizard of Oz" and converting it to both 3D and IMAX is a heady undertaking, and one that even "Oz" experts weren't sure would work. However, on September 20, the restored "Oz" will open at IMAX theaters around the world, including the newly renamed and restored Tcl Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd, where it debuted on August 15, 1939. The release is timed to the film's 75th anniversary.

At a presentation September 9 at the Chinese Theater, officials from IMAX and Warner Bros., who now own the MGM musical, spoke about the painstaking, 16-month process by which a movie made with 1939 technology was updated for today.

"I was frightened we were taking a national treasure and I wondered, can you do it poetic justice?" said George Feltenstein, who oversees programming, presentation and marketing for the Warner Archive Collection. "I went from being skeptical to being a praiser.
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New Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of The Wizard Of Oz IMAX Digital Remastering

Go behind-the-scenes with Warner Bros.’ Chief Preservation Officer, Ned Price and IMAX’s Svp Film Production, Lorne Orleans to see how one of the most iconic films of all time was re-mastered into IMAX® 3D in this exclusive IMAX featurette. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Dorothy™ was portrayed by a 4'11" sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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