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[First Look] Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ & Richard Gere, Brit Marling, Tim Roth In ‘Arbitrage’

6 December 2011 8:29 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Brother of Andrew Jarecki (All Good Things, Capturing the Friedmans) and Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, Reagan), Nicholas Jarecki, will be making his his narrative directing debut at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and we have the first look today. Arbitrage stars last year’s Sundance break-out actress Brit Marling (After Earth, Sound of my Voice), as well as Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Nate Parker. Check out the images below.

Synopsis:

A hedge-fund magnate is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire before the depths of his fraud are revealed. An unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help.

We also have a single look from Spike Lee‘s highly-anticipated drama Red Hook Summer, which follows “a young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he’s never seen before.” The cast includes Clarke Peters, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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From Pinochet and Reagan to General Butt Naked and Terrorism Paranoia: Ida Nominations

27 October 2011 4:20 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The International Documentary Association (Ida) has announced its list of 2011 award nominees. Up for Best Feature are Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega's Better This World, Peter D. Richardson's How to Die in Oregon, Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion's The Redemption of General Butt Naked, and Tatiana Huezo's The Tiniest Place. [Photo: David McKay, imprisoned as a "domestic terrorist," in Better This World.] Themes range from political repression and the cosmos (Nostalgia for the Light), political repression and terrorism paranoia (Better This World), and political repression and hope in a small village in El Salvador (The Tiniest Place) to euthanasia and (How to Die in Oregon) and the story of a Liberian warlord (The Redemption of General Butt Naked). Of the five Best Feature nominees, only Nostalgia for the Light was also nominated in that category for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, which were announced yesterday. Notably absent »

- Andre Soares

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Reagan, Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers: Ida Nominations Pt.2

27 October 2011 3:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan in Eugene Jarecki's Reagan Euthanasia, Political Repression, Liberian Warlord: International Documentary Association Nominations David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field. GUAÑAPE Sur Director/Executive Producer/Writer: János Richter Executive Producers: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella Producer: Georg Zeller ZeLIG- School for Documentary, Andanafilms, Icarus Films Heart-quake Director/Writer: Mark Olexa Executive Producers: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella Producers: Georg Zeller, Nadia Caruso ZeLIG – School for Documentary River Of Victory Director/Producer: Trevor Wright Executive Director: Jack Emery Producers: A. Todd Smith, Jordan Augustine Full Mountain Pictures, Brigham Young University Smoke Songs Director/Producer/Writer: Briar March Executive Producers: Jan Krawitz, Jamie Meltzer, Kris Samuelson On the Level Production Transit Director/Writer: Regina Tan Producers: Haley Quartarone, Juvia Chua, »

- Andre Soares

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Euthanasia, Political Repression, Liberian Warlord: International Documentary Association Nominations

27 October 2011 3:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway's Better This World From Pinochet and Reagan to General Butt Naked and Terrorism Paranoia: International Documentary Association Nominations Best Feature Award Better This World Directors/Producers/Writers: Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega Producer: Mike Nicholson Executive Producers: Julie Goldman, John Battsek, Nicole Stott, Chana Ben-Dov, Sally Jo Fifer (Itvs), Simon Kilmurry (American Documentary|Pov) Loteria Films, Bullfrog Films, Cat & Docs How To Die In Oregon Director/Producer: Peter D. Richardson Executive Producers: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins (HBO) Supervising Producer: Jacqueline Glover (HBO) Associate Producers: Sophie Harris, Jordan Curnes Clearcut Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films Nostalgia For The Light Director/Writer: Patricio Guzmán Producer: Renate Sachse Atacama Productions (France), Blinker Filmproduction GmbH and Wdr (Germany), and Cronomedia Ltda. (Chile), Icarus Films The Redemption Of General Butt Naked Directors/Producers: Eric Strauss & Daniele Anastasion Executive Producers: Gregory Henry, David Shadrack Smith »

- Andre Soares

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Vice President Eastwood?

15 October 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

You know the motto. "If Ronnie Reagan can do it, so can any Hollywood A Lister!" Ok, maybe that's not a real motto. But from the looks of Republican candidates as of the last few decades, there's got to be a seriously similar one that those guys are running with.

For instance, back in 1988 George Hw Bush’s camp considered tapping Clint Eastwood for the vice pres position – that's according to newly released tapes aired by ABC News. In one recording, you can hear Bush’s former campaign chief and Secretary of State James Baker during a Q&A, which took place sometime after Bush had won the election, discussing the possible running mates.

The interviewer said: "[Bob] Dole, [Dan] Quayle, [Alan] Simpson, [Jack] Kemp - anyone else you remember being an important candidate?"

After a brief chuckle, Baker responded: "You don’t have Clint Eastwood - make my day."

As the interviewer laughed him off, »

- Ellen Thompson

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Tonight's TV highlights: Bible's Buried Secrets | Katie; My Beautiful Friends | Katie: Jade Changed My Life | True Stories: Love, Lust And Lies | Storyville – American Idol: Reagan

21 March 2011 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bible's Buried Secrets | Katie: My Beautiful Friends | Katie; Jade Changed My Life | True Stories: Love, Lust And Lies | Storyville – American Idol: Reagan

Bible's Buried Secrets

9pm, BBC2

Biblical scholar and Hebrew expert Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou continues to unearth what she calls "inconvenient truths" about the Bible. This time she's inspecting the monotheistic foundation of the Old Testament, finding that things aren't as clear cut as normally portrayed – Abraham and co worshipped a God that wasn't distinct from all others, polytheism was actually the norm among the Israelites, and even that God had a wife at his side. Stavrakopoulou's not hedging her bets, accusing people of faith of "seeing in the Bible what they want, even though texts are much more ambiguous than they like". Martin Skegg

Katie: My Beautiful Friends

9pm, Channel 4

Two years ago, Katie Piper's face was badly scarred during an acid attack. »

- Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Sam Richards, Rebecca Nicholson, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller

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The strange screen life of Ronald Reagan

9 February 2011 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A new documentary reminds us of the Gipper's eerie transformation from B-movie actor to master of the political stage

This week, as part of the Ronald Reagan centennial, BBC Four screened the Eugene Jarecki documentary American Idol: Reagan, a film which was presented in a notably conciliatory, even celebratory spirit. (The BBC's iPlayer site also has available the 1954 movie Cattle Queen Of Montana starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan, the film visible on the movie-theatre marquee in Back to the Future.)

The film is watchable and interesting: it does not exactly shrink from criticism, identifying the damaging, long-term consequences of Reaganomics and the abysmal compromises of the Iran-Contra affair, but notably declines to discuss the support given to Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war, which ran roughly concurrent to the Reagan presidency. Similarly, the supposedly profound importance of Margaret Thatcher and the special relationship doesn't get much of a look-in, except »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The strange screen life of Ronald Reagan

9 February 2011 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A new documentary reminds us of the Gipper's eerie transformation from B-movie actor to master of the political stage

This week, as part of the Ronald Reagan centennial, BBC Four screened the Eugene Jarecki documentary American Idol: Reagan, a film which was presented in a notably conciliatory, even celebratory spirit. (The BBC's iPlayer site also has available the 1954 movie Cattle Queen Of Montana starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan, the film visible on the movie-theatre marquee in Back to the Future.)

The film is watchable and interesting: it does not exactly shrink from criticism, identifying the damaging, long-term consequences of Reaganomics and the abysmal compromises of the Iran-Contra affair, but notably declines to discuss the support given to Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war, which ran roughly concurrent to the Reagan presidency. Similarly, the supposedly profound importance of Margaret Thatcher and the special relationship doesn't get much of a look-in, except »

- Peter Bradshaw

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TV Review: Acclaimed Documentarian Tackles Legacy of ‘Reagan’

7 February 2011 12:25 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It may have been missed by some during yesterday’s Superbowl festivities, but Sunday would have been the 100th birthday of one of our country’s most beloved leaders, Ronald Reagan. To commemorate the occasion, HBO is premiering a documentary by the excellent filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight,” “The Trials of Henry Kissinger”) titled simply “Reagan.”

Television Rating: 4.0/5.0

There are few leaders in the history of the White House more beloved than Ronald Reagan. He has become so iconic that it’s hard to get beneath the image to the real man beneath. It’s difficult to see humanity when someone is so high on a pedestal. And Ronald Reagan was not a very easy man to get to know. The documentary makes clear that he had few friends, close only really to Nancy. Interviews with family members make them sound nearly as inquisitive as to who exactly »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Eugene Jarecki's 'Reagan' Documentary Debuts on HBO Tonight

7 February 2011 11:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Documentaries, Sundance Film Festival, Cinematical

One of the quickest films to reach a wide audience following its Sundance premiere last month, Eugene Jarecki's 'Reagan' debuts on HBO tonight (fittingly, a day after Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday). And it's a must-see for fans of non-fiction film, fans of the 40th president, and even those critical of the man for whatever reason. Jarecki, whose last feature was the magnificently comprehensive 2005 military-industrial-complex history, 'Why We Fight,' may still surprise you with just how fair and lucid a portrait he has made about such a controversial and complicated figure.

He "was both smarter and better than the left think he was," Ron Reagan Jr. says in the film, "and less the giant than many on the right think he was." The son of Ronald and Nancy is a consistent presence throughout 'Reagan' (Michael Reagan »

- Christopher Campbell

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Eugene Jarecki's 'Reagan' Documentary Debuts on HBO Tonight

7 February 2011 11:20 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Documentaries, Sundance Film Festival, Cinematical

One of the quickest films to reach a wide audience following its Sundance premiere last month, Eugene Jarecki's 'Reagan' debuts on HBO tonight (fittingly, a day after Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday). And it's a must-see for fans of non-fiction film, fans of the 40th president, and even those critical of the man for whatever reason. Jarecki, whose last feature was the magnificently comprehensive 2005 military-industrial-complex history, 'Why We Fight,' may still surprise you with just how fair and lucid a portrait he has made about such a controversial and complicated figure.

He "was both smarter and better than the left think he was," Ron Reagan Jr. says in the film, "and less the giant than many on the right think he was." The son of Ronald and Nancy is a consistent presence throughout 'Reagan' (Michael Reagan »

- Christopher Campbell

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Exclusive: A Conversation With Eugene Jarecki, Director of Reagan Doc

7 February 2011 4:38 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

To mark the 100th birthday of late President Ronald Reagan, HBO is premiering the documentary Reagan at 9pm Et, Monday night. Director Eugene Jarecki's film is a clear-eyed assessment of the Reagan myth, and the reality behind it. Despite the polarizing nature of its subject, Reagan largely steers clear of extreme worship or revulsion, examining The Great Communicator's life in cooler terms. In an exclusive interview, Jarecki spoke with Mediaite about what went into the making of Reagan, and what was left out. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Reagan Gets the HBO Treatment

5 February 2011 4:24 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Eugene Jarecki's documentary Reagan-debuting Monday on HBO-tries to illuminate the popular president. Lloyd Grove on whether there is anything left to say-or is Reagan just impossible to really know.

Ronald Reagan was plainspoken and sunny in public-a Great Communicator to hundreds of millions around the world. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" he famously exhorted at the Brandenburg Gate-the battle cry of the Cold War that prefigured the collapse of the Berlin Wall and, in turn, Soviet Communism.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Will Natalee's Father Find Her?

But, at his private core, America's much-celebrated 40th president was unknowable and unreachable, even to his official biographer. After spending hours with the man, Edmund Morris was so perplexed by the impenetrability of his subject's inner life that felt forced to invent a fictional Reagan confidant in Dutch, his authorized biography, in a rash attempt to explain it. Morris »

- Lloyd Grove

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HBO's 'Reagan' trailer -- Exclusive

4 February 2011 6:37 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Eugene Jarecki’s documentary on Ronald Reagan debuts Monday and — so far — it’s easily avoiding the controversies that surrounded History’s ReelzChannel’s Kennedys project. The film is earning praise for being even-handed in its portrayal of the president, and Jarecki says the content will surprise many Americans.

“One of the great myths about Reagan was that he was an amicable dunce — a guy that floated his years throughout the White House and was just the puppet of smarter men,” he told Fox News. “That could not be farther from the truth from what I saw.”

Here’s an »

- James Hibberd

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The Best Movies of Sundance 2011 – Robert’s List

3 February 2011 7:32 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor’s Note: In a fevered rush to get straight to the movies he loved, intrepid reviewer Robert Levin didn’t write an intro. In fact, he might not even believe in them. Maybe he believes you’d rather dig into the movies than read one. So without any ado, here’s Robert’s list of the best movies he saw at Sundance. Look out for a few of them coming to a theater near New York and La and On Demand throughout the year. 6. Terri A movie filled with an authentic, affecting sweetness, Azazel Jacobs’s take on the proverbial high school movie is imbued with a mature recognition of how much shit really does go on during those awkward secondary school years. Newcomer Jacob Wysocki, playing the lead, is the discovery of the fest as far as I’m concerned, an actor of uncommon strength and grace. 5. Reagan Eugene Jarecki continues his essential, career-long »

- Robert Levin

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Eugene Jarecki Documentary Reagan Premieres February 7 on HBO

29 January 2011 6:25 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I understand that Sundance is great for those who get to go, but in many ways it's hell for those of stuck at home.  Our mass of Sundance coverage taunts, "Here are some awesome movies that you won't get to see for 6-18 months, maybe never if distributors don't know what to do with it."  Well, HBO is helping us beat the system for one film: Eugene Jarecki's Ronald Reagan documentary Reagan. The network has announced Reagan will premiere at 9:00 Et/Pt on February 7 (the day after the president's 100th birthday), with several repeat airings in the weeks to follow.  I've been looking forward to this one for awhile, and I'm glad we'll get to see it sooner rather than later.  Hit the jump for the official announcements, which includes the repeat airdates and a lengthy synopsis. Eugene Jarecki’S Reagan, Debuting Feb. 7 On HBO, Explores An Iconic »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Sundance 2011: fewer stars, more ideas – review

29 January 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This year's Sundance film festival discouraged big-name Hollywood stars in favour of emerging talent

Kevin Macdonald's documentary marvel, Life in a Day, is formed out of some 4,500 hours of material shot by film amateurs around the world and sent in to YouTube. There are images of striking beauty, tender and funny scenes. Nothing much newsworthy happened on 24 July 2010, but as a girl from Illinois whose footage closes the film says, something did happen. At Sundance, to make sure we didn't all think we'd dreamed the whole thing up, 25 of the film-makers, from Chile, Bali, Ukraine, Dubai and indeed Britain sat on chairs and talked about the experience of seeing their work edited into a film. "Life is different now," the girl from Illinois said. "I feel different."

In bad times, it's easy to snuggle within a reassuring notion of the past. Perhaps this accounts for the excess of admiration »

- Nick Fraser

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The Environment, The White House, Genocide: Three Sundance Docs

29 January 2011 2:46 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Remember the Earth Liberation Front? In the 1990s a collection of separate anonymous cells without any central leadership that carried out acts of sabotage and arson — burning lumber companies, torching a parking lot of SUVs, destroying a research laboratory. The clandestine group’s goal was to halt the destruction of our environment.

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front gives us the larger context of the environmental movement and the more radical Earth Liberation Front, and then focuses on one cell in Oregon and on the activist Daniel McGowan. It is an intriguing and important film that pulls back the veil on an obscure historical organization while presenting the personal perspective from an activist in the thick of the action.

When peaceful demonstrations and letter writing campaigns produced no positive results, when the police responded to slightly escalated tactics with excess force and even torture, a »

- Stewart Nusbaumer

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Sundance Review: Reagan Digs Deep Into The President But Comes Away With Little

27 January 2011 8:56 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ronald Reagan's name has been bandied about like a conservative, comforting football with increasing frequency lately-- he's seemingly the only Republican of the last 30 years that anyone can agree on, and the subject of a lot of nostalgia and fascination for people who grew up in the 80s and are now coping with his legacy. With Reagan's 100th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his inauguration happening this year, it's a good a time as any to revisit the man; though Eugene Jarecki's sprawling two-hour doc Reagan hits all the key points and interviews some important people from all across the political spectrum, it's still not quite the analysis and assessment the subject deserves. The film starts by addressing the strong Ronald Reagan meme running throughout pop culture, showing clips of everyone from Sarah Palin to Jack Donaghy evoking his name with reverence. But from there it »

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[Sundance Review] Reagan

27 January 2011 8:55 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Of all the presidents in the last 30 years, none seem to evoke the same level of iconic recognition as Ronald Reagan. In Eugene Jarecki‘s (Why We Fight) insightful documentary Reagan, the talented filmmaker dissects the myth behind the legendary political figure. Breaking down the history of each chapter in his life with commentary from a multitude of politicians and people who knew him personally, Jarecki weaves together an intimate portrait of a complex personality. The highlight with this documentary is the revelation of subtle characteristics in Reagan’s persona that shaped the man who became one of Americas most loved presidents.

Beginning with his early life as a near sighted small town lifeguard, the stories in Reagan paint a different picture than what you might expect from the 40th president. There are the obligatory stories of Reagan’s acting career that give perspective on why his public persona was so damn charming. »

- Raffi Asdourian

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