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How Sebastian Junger Went Hobo for HBO Doc 'Last Patrol' (Trailer)

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Vanity Fair writer Sebastian Junger is well-known not only for "The Perfect Storm" (which was made into a George Clooney action movie) and his intrepid war reporting--which he ended after the untimely death in Libya of his long-time partner, British Vanity Fair photographer and cinematographer Tim Hetherington--but the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" and its sequel "Korengal."  Read: Why Sebastian Junger Made and Self-Released 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal' Concluding his trilogy on war is HBO-backed "The Last Patrol" (which will also be a book), about four men who have given up covering war. The doc debuts Monday, November 10 (9:00-10:30 p.m. Et/Pt), the day before Veterans Day, exclusively on HBO. On a train trip from New York to Washington, D.C. with Hetherington, Junger noticed looking out the train window that "the railroad tracks go straight through the middle of everything--ghettos, suburbs, crumbling »


- Anne Thompson

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The Superstar Behind 'Interstellar''s Amazing Science (Video)

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Producer Lynda Obst, who developed the project for years at Paramount with Steven Spielberg and writer Jonathan Nolan (who showed the script to his brother Chris when Spielberg eventually stepped aside), was introduced to Thorne 30 years ago when Carl Sagan set them up on a blind date. Sagan eventually married her Cinematheque Ball seatmate Ann Druyan ("Cosmos") and Obst used Thorne as a consultant on "Contact." This time, Thorne became so involved with "Interstellar" that he became an executive producer. Thorne is also close friends with another famous genius astrophysicist, "Theory of Everything" subject Stephen Hawking (Enzio Cilenti plays him in the movie), and makes sure to hang with him for a few days at least once a year. When I asked Thorne if he's on Twitter, he laughed and said, "I spend my time solving equations." What he did for "Interstellar" is to use those equations to make the visual. »


- Anne Thompson

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You've Never Seen a Documentary Like Ukraine's 'Maidan' (Trailer)

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Veteran filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa's "Maidan," a Cannes and 2014 Karlovy Vary entry, is an unusual front lines doc that takes a different aesthetic approach from "The Square," which grabbed multiple video feeds and interviewed key participants at Egypt's uprising in Tahir Square. "Maidan," referring to the central square in Kiev where thousands of ordinary Ukraine citizens encamped to protest the government, takes getting used to. Deploying the camera as an impersonal, trustworthy and objective observer, fiction and doc filmmaker Loznitsa locks it down on a tripod for long static stretches in various locations--he chooses them as events unfold, sometimes in order to run to safe, higher ground--and edits the results. At the beginning, we see people walking into the hub of operations for this extraordinary group effort. It's dull at first, but you begin to figure out what the filmmaker is showing us. How do you feed, house and support a. »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch: James Schamus Reveals What's Really Behind the U.S. Dollar

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All the films in CNN's "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss" are officially live (here, and on YouTube). Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen tapped a rich slate of directors including Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis"), Spurlock himself, and many more to present this major query of the Us economy. Not sure where to begin? Watch three-time Oscar nominee, former Focus Features CEO and Ang Lee screenwriting acolyte James Schamus' two shorts below. In these irreverent videos, Schamus walks us behind the curtain of the Us banking system. What are the banks really doing with our dollars? »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cronenberg, Iñárritu, Godard and More Stun Mexico's 2014 Morelia Film Fest

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The advantage of taking the redeye from the Us to Mexico City for the Morelia International Film Festival is that you don't waste an entire day traveling. The disadvantage of arriving mid-morning on the first full day of festival screenings is that a movie by one of your favorite directors is starting in just a very few minutes: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars." It debuted in Cannes, six long months ago, isn't due to open in the United States until February, five long months hence. The impatient cinephile's flesh is weak. You rush off to the screening, and grab two types of your own liquid courage -- coffee and Coke Zero -- to fight off the grogginess inevitable after snatching perhaps three hours of fitful plane sleep. In some ways I wish I was groggier. I read Bruce Wagner's fictions -- most of which I own, and »


- Meredith Brody

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8 Things You Should Know About Shailene Woodley's 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

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At the end of "White Bird in a Blizzard," I felt sad and dirty and lost. Call it the Gregg Araki effect. The writer/director's beautifully told films make you feel warm and fuzzy, with bubblegum candy colors and likable young characters, before revealing a latent darkness that leaves you unsafe and unsettled. And these warring sensibilities have never felt more at odds (or at home) with each other than in the campy, creeping dread of "White Bird." Foremost the director of "The Living End," "The Doom Generation" and "Mysterious Skin" (this is his first film since 2010 pratfall "Kaboom"), Araki sheds his new queer cinema roots for this Shailene Woodley vehicle about a 17-year-old girl named Kat whose sexual awakening is sparked by the spooky disappearance of her down-in-the-doldrums alcoholic mother, played with wicked malaise and malice by an out-of-place (but never out-of-step) Eva Green. Then there's Kat's stiff, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Recipe for a Successful Cinematheque Ball: Matthew McConaughey

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The good ones come when there's not only a big new Oscar-hungry picture to promote--in this case, Paramount pulled out the stops for "Interstellar" (November 5) which has just started screening--but a talent with friends who genuinely like them.  1. Star who Inspires Affection Then what you get in the room is a sense of genuine admiration and bonhomie. That was present in spades with Matthew McConaughey Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton, as the star slugged beer form the bottle watching the accolades-- and ribs-- pour in.  Early in the evening his "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" co-star Kate Hudson, with pink-streaked hair and a shimmering strapless bronze gown, ran up to the rail next to McConaughey's table. The bearded star hastened to lean over and kiss her while they caught up with obvious warmth. Up on stage Hudson gave the best rip-roaring McConaughey imitation of the night, »


- Anne Thompson

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AFI Fest Unveils Full 2014 Lineup: Wenders, Cassavetes, Welles and More

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At long last, the complete AFI Fest 2014 program is here. This Hollywood-based festival offers the chance to play catch-up on all the hotly buzzed films of the 2014 circuit. As previously announced, AFI will present a variety of films from new auteurs and American indies along with plenty of Oscar bait. American Film Institute today unveils the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, and Cinema’s Legacy programs. AFI Fest runs November 6 through 13 at the Dolby Theatre, the Tcl Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year including foreign Oscar hopefuls, while Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process, the Midnight selection showcases contemporary genre films and Cinema’s Legacy spotlights recent restorations of classic films as well as films about cinema history. The festival in total will screen 118 films »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: 1966 Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

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As the UK re-release of Stanley Kubrick's untouchable 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" looms, dive into the cosmic classic with this 1966 film chronicling the making of the film and "Kubrick's bizarre and incisive imagination." (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Titled "A Look Behind the Future," this charmingly dated promotional doc takes a look at all the crazy camera mounts, elaborate sets and shiny whirligigs that went into building "2001." The British Film Institute will be re-releasing "2001: A Space Odyssey" in UK theaters on November 28, 2014. The newly burnished transfer is part of BFI's 2014 Science Fiction blockbuster project. (Trailer below.) If you've never seen "2001" on the big screen, don't miss the chance. Even in the wake of Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar" and Alfonso Cuaron's game-changing "Gravity," Kubrick's cinematic monolith looks heavenly as ever on the biggest »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers From Hell on Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds'

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A die-hard believer in the power of film (in particular 35mm), Quentin Tarantino reimagines the end of World War II with the Third Reich trapped inside a burning movie theater. The cast is typically Tarantinian, including turns from Brad Pitt as the Southern-fried squadron leader Aldo Raine, Rod Taylor as Winston Churchill (!) and Tfh’s own Eli Roth as “The Bear Jew”. But it’s Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa, a glint-eyed monster known as “The Jew Hunter” who steals the show (and won an Academy Award for his trouble.) »


- Trailers From Hell

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'Interstellar' Screenings Launch Upbeat Buzz

21 October 2014 4:31 PM, PDT

But one way to spread positive buzz ahead of the press is to let influencers in Hollywood take to Twitter. They have no embargo. Thus San Francisco Film Society exec director Noah Cowan and filmmakers Brad Bird and Edgar Wright are already spreading the advance word that "Interstellar" is amazing, among others.  Sunday night Paramount chief Brad Grey hosted a starry New York opinionmakers screening. And Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton, Matthew McConaughey was the recipient of the American Cinematheque Ball's annual tribute. Nolan, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway were on hand as part of a major Paramount push for--"Interstellar." This is all ahead of the opening Tuesday night November 4 when theaters showing 70mm, IMAX, 70 mm and 35 mm will start screening the movie: 4k digital and regular digital will play wide Friday.  I saw footage back in July at Comic-Con. Clearly "Interstellar" is an original movie of clear scope and ambition, »


- Anne Thompson

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Five Mystifying Things Shia Labeouf Said in Interview Magazine's New Profile

21 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Enfant terrible Shia Labeouf, hot off acclaim for his war picture "Fury," opened up to storied film critic Elvis Mitchell about his public "existential" meltdowns, self-reinvention, the meaning of "metamodernism" and more in a recent Interview feature. Whether his public appearances of late, including the "Ellen" interview below, are part of a desperate Oscar bid is anyone's guess: it all may be part of Labeouf's latest postmodern shenanigan. But he is a talented actor — endorsed even by costar Pitt! — ready to redeem himself. So let's dive into the five weirdest, most ridiculous (but also intriguingly candid) quotes from Labeouf in Interview. On "finding God" while making "Fury": "I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch Oceanographer Sylvia Earle in 'Mission Blue,' Documented by Fisher Stevens (Video)

21 October 2014 12:21 PM, PDT

"Mission Blue" documents the life work of pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who is still jumping into the ocean at age 79. She shows us what the ocean was like when she first explored it back in the 50s. The not-for-profit film has been re-edited since playing the Berlin, Santa Barbara (our review here) and Ashland film festivals. Netflix released it in theaters August 15 backed by a massive outreach campaign to promote understanding and awareness about the threats faced by Earth's oceans. The film is both enlightening and entertaining, not unlike producer Stevens' Oscar-winning indie hit "The Cove." Stevens came by Sneak Previews for a Q & A: Anne Thompson: After I saw this movie, I admired oceanographer Sylvia Earle but I thought, “Oh my god, I can’t eat fish anymore.” What movie did you set out to make? Fisher Stevens: Originally, after I made “The Cove” with Louie Psihoyos, I was asked by Ted (Technology, »


- Anne Thompson

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SXSW: Mark Duplass First of Four Keynote Speakers

21 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival confirms today that indie multi-hyphenate Mark Duplass will be one of its four daily Keynote speakers. More announcements about SXSW Conversations, panels, and workshops also arrive. SXSW runs in Austin, Texas from March 13 to 21, 2015. Duplass, alongside brother and co-director Jay, exploded onto the indie scene in 2005 with their made-on-a-dime dramedy "The Puffy Chair." They've since directed more mainstream-skewing films like "Cyrus" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home." Their upcoming HBO series "Togetherness," co-starring Mark Duplass, hits in 2015. Mark Duplass now pops up on Fox's "The Mind Project" and is a series regular on FX hit comedy "The League." As we learned in our recent Q&A discussing his starring/producing vehicle "The One I Love," Duplass is more than ready to address the shifting indie filmmaking paradigm. Watch: Mark Duplass »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Rip Writer L.M. 'Kit' Carson, Dead at 73

21 October 2014 11:22 AM, PDT

I knew him well over the years, hanging with him in L.A. or at various film festivals from Sundance to Vail. Carson was an energetic, enthusiastic, generous, eager, curious man always in pursuit of the new. He embraced life, people, movies, and new technology--he was shooting films on smart phones before anyone else I knew.  In these last few years he was enjoying accepting tribute kudos at various fests around the world, and was globe-trotting with his wife and producing partner Cynthia Hargrave to shoot Nokia flicks for his multi-platform 12-episode digital documentary series "Africa Diary" for The Sundance Channel.  Carson made his name starring as a narcissistic filmmaker in the classic 1968 mockumentary "David Holzman’s Diary," which he co-wrote with his long-time collaborator, director Jim McBride ("Breathless"), which producer Ted Hope recently wrote about here. A recent Q & A with Carson is here.  In recent »


- Anne Thompson

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Natasha Lyonne Will Host Outfest Awards

21 October 2014 10:12 AM, PDT

Lyonne, a 90s cult icon in everything from "But I'm a Cheerleader" to Tamara Jenkins' terrific "Slums of Beverly Hills," has resurged in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." In spirit of that Lgbt-aimed series, now she's hosting La nonprofit Outfest's 10th Annual Legacy Awards. As previously announced, legendary author Armistead Maupin ("Tales of the City") will be presented with the Visionary Award, Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will receive the Trailblazer Award, and Levi Strauss & Co. will be awarded with the Guardian Award. This must-attend evening, usually full of stars and Lgbt celebrities and icons, goes down November 12th at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The Legacy Awards benefits the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for Lgbt Moving Image Preservation, an invaluable project dedicated to maintaining queer cinema resources. Previous Legacy Award winners include writer-director Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), Craig Zadan and »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: 'The Simpsons'' Hilarious, Homage-Packed Ode to Stanley Kubrick

21 October 2014 9:34 AM, PDT

Even if you're not a watcher of "The Simpsons," one of the Fox series' great annual pleasures is the Halloween "Treehouse of Horror" special, which had its 25th edition Sunday night.  Matt Groening and company have spoofed Stanley Kubrick before (see "Treehouse of Horror" classic "The Shinning") but Sunday was a true homage to the great director, a hilarious, unsubtle, over-the-top meta, allusion-packed mishmash of "Barry Lyndon," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange." Along with a winking nod to the director's supposed cover-up of the Apollo moon landing (as alleged in Rodney Ascher's neat pomo doc "Room 237"). Here's a clip. Watch the full episode here. (Thanks, Vulture.) »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Review: Kate Lyn Sheil Is the Beating Heart of 'The Heart Machine'

21 October 2014 9:11 AM, PDT

At SXSW, I must admit I was rather underwhelmed by the offerings. Maybe it was all the Brooklyn settings, or the abundance of 20 and 30-something malaise. Hasn’t this become stale by now? And this is coming from someone in the key demo to appreciate 20 and 30-something malaise. However, one performance stuck with me. Kate Lyn Sheil ("Sun Don't Shine"), a ubiquitous face in the indie scene if not yet a well-known name like, say, Greta Gerwig or Joe Swanberg, is undeniably a standout in Zachary Wigon’s tale of long-distance relationship woes and paranoia, “The Heart Machine.” Sheil stands out not because she “kills” the performance -- it’s not a big, showy turn -- but rather because she underplays it. It’s a difficult, somewhat inscrutable role -- and, alas, female characters who make murky choices typically throw viewers for a loop -- but as I watched her »


- Beth Hanna

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'Force Majeure' Director Ruben Östlund Answers 10 Questions

21 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

"Force Majeure" is Ruben Östlund's gruesomely funny fourth feature, winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes and now a top contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. A marriage hits the rocks — or better yet the ice — in this Swedish dark comedy that pits nature against the sacred, so-called nuclear family. Tomas and Ebba (terrifically played by Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli) are on holiday in the French Alps when an avalanche, in the film's spectacularly enacted centerpiece, nearly swallows them and their two blond children. Though the threat turns out to be a false alarm, it sends the cowardly Tomas literally running away from his family, leaving Ebba alone with the kids in a fog of snow. Leery of her husband, Ebba twirls into a tizzy of doubt and confusion as Tomas' already frail male ego implodes: it's fascinating to watch their discussions of the he-said/she-said particulars, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Transparent' and the New Queer Television

21 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Threading together images of a family idyll, bygone weddings and birthdays captured in the slightly harried, imperfect vernacular of home video, the title sequence of creator Jill Soloway's "Transparent" (Amazon) drifts along like a memory, or a dream. So, too, does the series as a whole: in the warm, hazy hues of its flashbacks to the '80s and '90s, in the hectic familiarity of the staging and in the ambling dialogue, "Transparent" conjures the texture of a backyard barbecue stored away on VHS, keepsake of the not-so-distant past. "New Queer Cinema came out of the conjunction of four things: Reagan, AIDS, the invention of camcorders... and cheap rent," critic B. Ruby Rich said in 2013, reflecting on her landmark 1992 essay for the Village Voice and Sight & Sound. Times have changed, of course, but in alluding to the conditions that made the movement, "Transparent" adapts the New Queer Cinema »


- Matt Brennan

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