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‘The Rising’ Charts the Health and Environmental Dangers of the Bp Oil Spill

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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The Rising

Logline: Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the risk of chemical illness when the U.S. government and Bp sprayed millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in the Bp Horizon Disaster ‘clean-up’ operations.

Elevator Pitch:

An acclaimed filmmaker turns his lens to the frontlines of the Bp Horizon disaster and the large scale cover-up of the tragic health effects following the infamous spill in 2010, in an upcoming documentary called “The Rising.” The film exposes the true health effects for tens of thousands of people and the ramifications of unregulated corporate power and government collusion to our nation.
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Class of '92 directors Ben & Gabe Turner's 5 favourite football movies

Class of '92 directors Ben & Gabe Turner's 5 favourite football movies
Paul Scholes, Gary Neville talk Class of '92: 'We knew our group were different'

The Class of '92, Ben and Gabe Turner's brilliant documentary about Manchester United's golden generation, returns to Blu-ray and DVD this week with a special extended collector's edition. Alongside David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and co is a never-before-seen interview with the man who masterminded their success: Sir Alex Ferguson.

To mark this fresh release of Class of '92, Digital Spy spoke to the Turner brothers to find out their five favourite football movies. What do you think of their choices?

The World's Greatest Goals: From Charlton to Maradona (1986)

Ben: "We got it on VHS, we've had it since we were kids and it's one of those ones that we wore out watching. We joke that it's the greatest film ever made, I would definitely say we learned a s**t-load from watching it.
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Sound City Confirmed for Theatrical and VOD Release February 1, 2013

Sound City Confirmed for Theatrical and VOD Release February 1, 2013
Celebrating the confirmation of its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) announced today that Sound City will be released as an HD digital download (DRM-free) and stream February 1 via SoundCityMovie.com. Fans who pre-order the film now will receive instant exclusive rewards followed by a stream and download of the entire film on February 1. The pre-order price of the DRM-free film is $10 and is also available to send as a gift. A pre-order date from iTunes and other digital partners will be announced shortly. The film will also be released theatrically, in association with Variance Films, on February 1. A list of cities and theaters will be announced shortly.

Sound City, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment,
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Dave Grohl Makes Directorial Debut with Sound City

Dave Grohl Makes Directorial Debut with Sound City
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana announced today that his directorial debut, the feature documentary film, Sound City about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California will have its premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Grohl and select artists from the film will be in attendance at this year's Festival. More information can be found at SoundCityMovie.com. Here's what the director had to say about his first film.

"As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!
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Michael Fassbender to Narrate the Formula One Documentary 1

Long time Formula 1 enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures' new documentary film 1, it was announced today by the film's producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender, is the German-Irish actor who stars in Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus. For his acclaimed performance in Shame he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick's latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on Jane Got a Gun also starring Natalie Portman and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here's what producers Nigel Sinclair and Michael Shevloff had to say in a joint statement.

"We are honored that Michael has
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Soccer Movie

Well I suppose the winner of last week's poll was a pretty obvious one, and I can't really argue with it: Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer managed to capture nearly 35% of the votes. As far as the best "serious" soccer movie goes, however, it looks like Victory starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow and Pelé is the fan favourite. Bend it like Beckham, The Damned United and Goal: The Dream Begins were the other top vote getters. As for the bottom 5, unfortunately, they didn't get many votes at all... I'm assuming that's probably because a lot of people haven't seen them. Do you agree with the results? Are there any other decent soccer movies that people should know about? 1. Shaolin Soccer -- 34.6% 2. Victory / Escape to Victory -- 16.4% 3. Bend it like Beckham -- 15% 4. The Damned United -- 13.6% 5. Goal: The Dream Begins -- 7% 6. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait -- 5.1% 7. Looking for Eric
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Relativity Media and Peter Farrelly Team up for Untitled Comedy

And to clarify, this is not a comedy that’s currently lacking a title. Untitled Comedy is the title. The film, which is currently in production, will be composed of a series of loosely related comedic sketches, featuring a plethora of different actors and directors. If you think it sounds a little bit like those atrocious Movie movies (you know, the ones brought to you by 2 of the 6 writers of Scary Movie), rest assured that Farrelly and co. have assembled a heap of high-end talent to bring their sketches to life. Stepping in front of the camera will be Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Behind the camera, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Griffin Dunne, and Farrelly himself have already helmed sequences, with
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WGA awards 'Locker,' 'Up in the Air'

WGA awards 'Locker,' 'Up in the Air'
Mark Boal was handed the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay Saturday night for his explosive drama script, "The Hurt Locker." The journalist-turned-movie-scribe spun his harrowing time embedded with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in Baghdad in 2004 into a taut action thriller directed by DGA award winner Kathryn Bigelow.

  Adding to their cache of frequent-awards miles, "Up in the Air" writers Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner flew off with the WGA's adapted screenplay honor. The pair has already taken home the Golden Globe for best screenplay and several critics' honors. Reitman was nommed by the WGA once before, in 2007, for his adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Thank You for Smoking."

Mark Monroe was awarded the documentary screenplay award for "The Cove." The nonfiction writing nominees included Michael Moore for "Capitalism: A Love Story"; Robert Stone for "Earth Days"; Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar
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'The Cove' Writer Mark Monroe to Document Formula One Racing

'The Cove' Writer Mark Monroe to Document Formula One Racing
Part of what makes the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cove so riveting is that the film is treated like an espionage thriller. And we can probably thank screenwriter Mark Monroe for much of its exciting narrative. Whether as a writer, director or producer, Monroe tends to work on documentaries with a sporting or adventuring edge. Prior to The Cove, he'd been involved with docs and series about soccer teams, boxing, basketball and sailing. His most recent film, Amir Bar-Lev's Sundance hit The Tillman Story, tackles the story of a pro football player turned tragic war hero.

Monroe's next sport to document is Formula One racing, according to Variety. He'll write the currently untitled project for occasional collaborator Paul Crowder, a filmmaker who also has a background in sports documentaries, having co-directed Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos and edited Stacy Peralta's Riding Giants
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Miramax, SPC lead WGA docu noms

Miramax, SPC lead WGA docu noms
Miramax Films and Sony Pictures Classics nabbed a pair of nominations each in the WGA Awards' documentary writing category, while Lionsgate figured in another of the category's noms.

Those nominated included:

Deliver Us From Evil, written by Amy Berg, Lionsgate.

The Heart of the Game, written by Ward Serrill, Miramax.

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, story by Mark Monroe and John Dower, screenplay by Mark Monroe, Miramax.

Who Killed the Electric Car? written by Chris Paine, SPC.

Why We Fight, written by Eugene Jarecki, SPC.

The WGA's inaugural docu award went to Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me in 2005, and Alex Gibney won the award last year for "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room."

"Since the creation of the award, there has been a more than 50% increase in U.S. documentaries containing a writing credit," the WGA said.

About 35 films were submitted for consideration this year, representing a 40% increase compared with last year, officials said.

Winners in all categories of the WGA Awards will be announced at the guild's annual gala, set for Feb.

Tribeca fest slates 46 premieres

Tribeca fest slates 46 premieres
NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival announced 59 features in its noncompetition Spotlight, Discovery and NY Specials sections, including 46 world premieres. The 18 Spotlight films include John Dower and Paul Crowder's '70s era soccer docu Once in a Lifetime, Andrucha Waddington's Brazilian family drama House of Sand, and Kyle LaBrache and Chris Bradley's Jeff Goldblum-starring docu Pittsburgh. The Discovery slot, formerly known as Wide Angle, has shifted its focus from global films to more domestic fare. Thirty-three of the 37 films are world premieres, including Ash Christian's coming-of-age comedy Fat Girls, Ahmed Jamal and Ramesh Sharma's U.K. docu The Journalist and the Jihadi -- The Murder of Daniel Pearl, and Matt Williams' period drama Walker Payne.

Trebeca fest slates 46 premieres

Trebeca fest slates 46 premieres
NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival announced 59 features in its noncompetition Spotlight, Discovery and NY Specials sections, including 46 world premieres. The 18 Spotlight films include John Dower and Paul Crowder's '70s era soccer docu Once in a Lifetime, Andrucha Waddington's Brazilian family drama House of Sand, and Kyle LaBrache and Chris Bradley's Jeff Goldblum-starring docu Pittsburgh. The Discovery slot, formerly known as Wide Angle, has shifted its focus from global films to more domestic fare. Thirty-three of the 37 films are world premieres, including Ash Christian's coming-of-age comedy Fat Girls, Ahmed Jamal and Ramesh Sharma's U.K. docu The Journalist and the Jihadi -- The Murder of Daniel Pearl, and Matt Williams' period drama Walker Payne.

'Lifetime' deal for Miramax, ESPN on docu

'Lifetime' deal for Miramax, ESPN on docu
NEW YORK -- Miramax Films and ESPN have jointly acquired North American rights to the soccer docu Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos from GreeneStreet Films and Passion Pictures, Miramax president Daniel Battsek and ESPN executive vp content John Skipper said Tuesday. Miramax plans a spring release, with an ESPN cablecast tentatively scheduled for this summer to coincide with the World Cup. Narrated by Matt Dillon, the feature tells the true story of the team that brought Brazilian star Pele to the U.S. It shows the Cosmos' ascent set against the decadent, crime-ridden backdrop of 1970s New York, as well as its decline along with the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s.

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