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Paul Williams: Still Alive is certainly unlike any documentary I’ve ever seen. The project started as director Stephen Kessler’s (Vegas Vacation, The Independent) attempt to make a fairly benign documentary profile about prolific songwriter and longtime television personality Paul Williams, but it mutated into something more. Williams clearly felt somewhat awkward about being a documentary subject and the movie transformed into being as much about the loving and uneasy relationship formed between the film’s director and subject as it is about Williams himself. The result is a very funny, sweet, and revealing movie far more interesting than a more straightforward profile ever could have been. Hit the jump for more. If you’re unfamiliar with the name Paul Williams, that’s probably how he likes it at this point. There was a time when Williams was unavoidable. After a failed stab at acting Williams found a career »
- Phil Brown
As director Stephen Kessler notes in his documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, in the ’70s, the tiny blond singer was everywhere. He could be found on daytime game shows (The Gong Show) and nighttime dramas (The Love Boat), on The Muppets as well as in the lead of a Brian DePalma film (The Phantom of the Paradise). And then he faded from the cultural limelight. How much of his disappearance can be explained by the simple fact that people — audiences and performers — get older? Or does the fade of Williams’ quirky and emotional star say something deeper about the state of our culture? For Kessler, the subject was also a re-entry to the feature business; it’s been over a decade since his films The Independent and Vegas Vacation. We talked to him about all of this, as well as what he’s learned from directing commercials.
Filmmaker: When did you first encounter Paul Williams? »
- Scott Macaulay
 What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us !  Paramount Pictures has released  a bunch of new images from Super 8, featuring mostly kids looking at something out of frame. Odh  lists the top 10 Best Post-apocalyptic Movies. Robbe Rees and Lee Keeler have created a retro movie trailer for The Tree of Life. A Moviehole  reader got an update on Last Starfighter 2 from Nick Castle: "I asked Nick if the rumers of a sequel were true and he said they were. They almost »
- Peter Sciretta
Presenting our weekly round-up of the biggest talking points from the world of movie superheroes…
2011 has started brightly for superhero fans with the last few months delivering flood of images, trailers and gossip from all of the year's big comic book adaptations - Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger - along with plenty of juicy details on future big hitters such as The Dark Knight Rises, Superman: Man of Steel, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man. Oh, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Nevertheless things have slowed a little over the past seven days, but despite the lack of any earth-shattering highlights we still have plenty of interesting bits and pieces to tide us over as we await the next big story from the land of movie superherodom...
Somewhat unusually we start things off this week with Green Lantern, the upcoming DC Comics »
Ballet drama "Black Swan" triumphed at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards and won for Best Feature, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky, Best Female Lead for Natalie Portman, and Best Cinematography for Matthew Libatique.
Oscar nominee Natalie Portman added this victory to her impressive collection of awards she took home this season, including a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award for Best Actress. Best Supporting Female went to Dale Dickey for "Winter's Bone."
15 Facts about Natalie Portman! »
The debate rages on as to whether the doomed Nina really did dance a "perfect" performance of "Swan Lake" in "Black Swan."
But the Independent Spirit Awards have certainly acknowledged that the movie itself came pretty close to perfection.
"Black Swan" swept the Spirit Awards with wins for Best Feature, Best Female Lead, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Darren Aronofsky's operatic tale of fear, loathing and madness at the New York City Ballet won in every category for which it was nominated.
While Natalie Portman may have beaten Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Female Lead category, "Winter's Bone" did take home awards for the performances of two of its supporting players, Dale Dickey and Jack Hawkes.
Meanwhile, the co-host of this year's Oscars, James Franco, won for his lead performance in "127 Hours." The newly PG-13-rated "The King's Speech" won Best Foreign Film and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" won Best Documentary, »
- Bryan Enk
6 items from 2011
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