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What's New to Amazon Prime and Instant Video in September 2015

September is coming -- and that means back to school, back to autumn leaves, and back to TV season. Huzzah! Amazon just released its list of September titles available for streaming on Prime and for rental or purchase on Amazon Instant Video. (If you missed the August titles, here they are.) They're offering tons of new episodes from the Fall 2015 TV season, and several recent blockbuster movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (plus bonus features), "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Cinderella."

Check out all the September additions below.

New in September - Available for Streaming on Prime

TV

Hand of God

Season 1

9/4/15

Grimm

Season 4

9/30/15

Movies

Little Giants

9/1/15

Maya the Bee

9/1/15

Private Parts

9/1/15

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

9/1/15

The Blair Witch Project

9/1/15

Desperately Seeking Susan

9/1/15

Hannah and Her Sisters

9/1/15

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

9/1/15

Lord of Illusions

9/1/15

Popeye

9/1/15

The Crucible (1996)

9/1/15

The Swan Princess (1994)

9/1/15

Hannibal Rising (2007)

9/1/15

Anywhere But Here

9/1/15

Stuart Little

9/3/15

Dear White People
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Off The Shelf – Episode 60 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases For Tuesday, August 11th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur and Scott Nye to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 11th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Dressed To Kill Follow-up Vudu Aspect Ratios The Simpsons DVD sales Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow Announcements: Jacques Rivette box set, Honeymoon Killers, Nekromantik 2, Moc Announcements: Imamura box set, Naked Prey, Man With A Movie Camera, Seconds Kino Lorber Studio Classics: How I Won The War, Salaam Bombay, Cop, Bray Studios Kickstarter Toy Story That Time Forgot – November 3rd Twilight Time: November / December 2015 titles Star Wars Blu-ray Re-release / Steelbooks New Code Red Blu-rays up for order – Sweet Sixteen, Trick or Treats & The Cheerleaders More Sony Supreme Cinema Series Blu-rays announced: The Fifth Element and Leon The Professional
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Dkc Public Relations Hires Abbie Harrison and Jordan Lawrence (Exclusive)

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Dkc Public Relations is expanding its entertainment division in the New York office with two new hires. Abbie Harrison joins the agency after four years at FerenComm where she specialized in television PR and worked with top networks including AMC, TNT, Starz, Bravo and Pivot. Prior to that she was with the Disney Theatrical Group. Jordan Lawrence previously worked as a freelance publicist, most recently with the Tribeca Film Festival, overseeing publicity campaigns for films including “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” “Misery Loves Comedy,” “Hyena” and “Far From Men.” Also read: Former Relativity Exec Ella Robinson Named Svp of.
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5 Things You Should Know About the Man Behind Big Bird

5 Things You Should Know About the Man Behind Big Bird
Caroll Spinney has played one of the most iconic characters on American television for over 45 years, but he knows you probably don't know his name.

The puppeteer, 81, has voiced and provided the movements for Sesame Street's Big Bird since the show hit the air in 1969.

And now his story is being told in the new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.

"They had already made one successful documentary and someone suggested my story," Spinney tells People of being pitched by the Sesame Street team to the filmmakers. "They didn't know who Caroll Spinney was, which is
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Movies This Week: May 15-21, 2015

 

The Violet Crown Cinema has an encore screening of its Arthouse Monthly series Sunday night with the acclaimed new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. In her review, Jette says it's a "pleasant and sometimes touching profile of Caroll Spinney, who has spent decades portraying both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and elsewhere." Tickets are on the verge of selling out, but if you miss out on this one-time local screening, the film is available now on cable and digital VOD from Tribeca Film. In addition, Violet Crown is holding over Austin-shot indie Arlo and Julie (Elizabeth's review) for another week, with daily screenings.

The Austin Film Society kicks off the weekend with Jess Franco's 1971 avant-garde horror film Vampyros Lesbos, which screens tonight at the Marchesa. On Sunday afternoon, Afs is teaming up with the Austin chapter of the National Alliance on
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story – The Review

If you were to compile a list of iconic children’s TV characters, who would occupy a slot near the very top, say in the top five (to quote a recent Chris Rock flick)? Oh, we’re not talking about those denizens of “Toon-town”, so no Scooby Doo or Spongebob Squarepants. Well, at the dawn of the tube there was the freckle-faced marionette Howdy Doody and his pal/handler “Buffalo Bob” Smith. Then, as Mr. Doody hung up his strings, Bob Keeshan (a vet of that former show) arrived as Captain Kangaroo along with his real-life buddies (Mr. Green Jeans) and more puppet and costumed cast mates (Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, and Dancing Bear). He was a TV mainstay for decades along with that gentle, soothing-voiced Fred Rogers and his puppet-filled neighborhood. Just a few years after his debut on PBS, a most influential classic educational kids’ program premiered on
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Review: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

The documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is exactly what you'd expect it to be, if you're a Muppet fan ... and also exactly what you'd hope it would be. Tonight's Violet Crown screening is sold out, but you can watch the film via online streaming outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.

The film is a pleasant and sometimes touching profile of Caroll Spinney, who has spent decades portraying both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and elsewhere. It's traditionally structured, primarily by time sequence -- beginning with his childhood and early puppet and acting gigs, and heading for the present. Interviews with Spinney help form the backbone of the film -- he tells us his own history, supported by other interview from his family to Sesame Street colleagues such as Frank Oz, Joan Ganz Cooney and Norman Stiles.

Naturally I Am Big Bird
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Watch: Big Bird Gets Stabbed in Exclusive 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' Clip

Watch: Big Bird Gets Stabbed in Exclusive 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' Clip
Read More: Watch: 'Sesame Street's' Caroll Spinney Embodies Michael Keaton for 'Big Birdman' For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been playing "Sesame Street's" Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 81 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. In the exclusive clip above, fellow "Sesame Street" cast members Dr. Loretta Long and Bob McGrath recall a hilarious issue with a microphone, a couple of randy truckers and Bid Bird being stabbed in the neck (okay, not actually stabbed, just watch the clip.) "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
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‘The Apu Trilogy,’ ‘I Am Big Bird,’ ‘Saint Laurent’ Top Specialty Box Office Debuts

‘The Apu Trilogy,’ ‘I Am Big Bird,’ ‘Saint Laurent’ Top Specialty Box Office Debuts
The good news for Specialty Box Office is that the dollar is strong, so as execs head to France this week for the Cannes Film Festival, they can toss back a few (or more) rosés and try and forget this weekend — or just blame it on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. There are a couple of somewhat silver linings. Tribeca Film’s doc I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story had a decent opening in one theater, while Janus Films’ restoration release of Indian master Satyajit Ray’s…
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10 amazing facts about Big Bird, from his new documentary

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10 amazing facts about Big Bird, from his new documentary
Big Bird is familiar to countless people of multiple generations all around the world who grew up watching “Sesame Street.” But who’s the man behind (or inside, actually) the 8-foot-tall, perpetually six-years-old, 4,000-feathers-covered bird? That would be Caroll Spinney, who has puppeteered Big Bird since the first “Sesame Street” episode aired in 1969. He also puppeteers Big Bird’s next-door neighbor, Oscar the Grouch. Now 81, Spinney still works on the PBS show as both characters and has no plans for retirement. Spinney is the subject of new documentary “I Am Big Bird” (now available to VOD and iTunes in a limited theatrical release), a sweet, reverent tribute to the man behind the yellow feathers. The film puts a spotlight on both his joyous and difficult times on “Sesame Street” and features archival footage and interviews with Spinney, his wife and several “Sesame Street” cast and crew members. Here are the
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story | Review

8 Feet Tall and Light as a Feather: Walker and Lamattina Chronicle the Life and Love of a Puppeteering Legend

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know Big Bird. Of the many beloved creatures that sprang from the genius of Jim Henson, Sesame Street’s Big Bird may well be the most universally recognizable. Bearing the spirit of a child within the body of an 8-foot canary yellow behemoth, Big Bird became a larger than life icon of children’s television. Yet, despite Caroll Spinney’s famed collaborators and lengthy list of accolades that include Emmys, Grammys, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you may not recognize the lanky, mop-headed man who has brought the bird, as well as Oscar the Grouch, to life for the last 45 years. Following the success of Constance Marks’s Kevin Clash bio-doc Being Elmo, directors Chad Walker
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I Am Big Bird – The Caroll Spinney Story Trailer Debuts

If you grew up watching Sesame Street, especially in the days prior to cable TV, you will love the documentary I Am Big Bird – The Caroll Spinney Story.

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping.

A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

I Am Big Bird was largely funded by a 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The project set its goal at $100,000, a mark which it surpassed handily.

1976 backers pledged $124,114 to a campaign that offered
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Watch: Tribeca Doc 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' Trailer

Right around the time of the Academy Awards, we got a "Sesame Street" parody of Birdman with Caroll Spinney, the man who brings Big Bird to life on the iconic children's television show. Now we have the traile for a documentary called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story on the way looking at the man who few people know, despite his work as one of the most iconic Muppets of all-time. You may not know, but Spinney is also the voice of Oscar the Grouch, and this doc, which has been on the festival circuit for awhile, chronicles Spinney's life and career starting from life as a child to work with Jim Henson. Here's the first trailer for Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker's I Am Big Bird from Tribeca: For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's
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Tribeca Film acquires Big Bird documentary for 2015 release

Tribeca Film acquires Big Bird documentary for 2015 release
The next Sesame Street character to receive his own documentary for the big screen is about as big as they come. Tribeca Film announced today that the distributor has acquired the rights to the documentary I Am Big Bird, a career-long look at the man behind the bird, Caroll Spinney, who has played the character for over 40 years. The film already premiered earlier this year at the Hot Docs film festival and will also be screened at the Doc NYC festival this November. Tribeca Film has set the film for a theatrical and video-on-demand release in the first quarter of
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‘I Am Big Bird’ Documentary Sells to Tribeca Film for U.S.

‘I Am Big Bird’ Documentary Sells to Tribeca Film for U.S.
Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “I Am Big Bird,” directed and produced by Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker.

The film, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs this year, will be released theatrically and on VOD day-and-date in the first quarter.

“I Am Big Bird” is a portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has portrayed Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for four decades. The film includes Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson and traces his journey from bullied child to TV star.

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Alison Diviney, and Abby Davis of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘An Open Secret’ to Premiere at N.Y. Festival

Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘An Open Secret’ to Premiere at N.Y. Festival
Doc NYC, the Gotham documentary festival that launches its fifth edition next month, has lined up a full slate of titles that includes the world premiere of “An Open Secret,” Amy Berg’s doc about sexual abuse in Hollywood.

Michael Egan, who had lawsuits against several Hollywood big shots — including “X-Men” director Bryan Singer — that were later dismissed–had been cooperating with Berg on her documentary.

It’s unclear whether Egan appears in the film.

“Every year, thousands of children swarm Hollywood in search of fame, but what they often find under the surface is a deep and disturbing underbelly of manipulation and abuse,” the film’s official synopsis reads.

Berg is the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of “Deliver Us From Evil,” about sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church, and also directed West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis.”

Laura Nix and the Yes Men’s prankster-activist doc “The Yes Men
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Boyhood, Jalanan win Miff awards

Richard Linklater's Boyhood won best feature and Daniel Ziv took the documentary prize for Jalanan in the People.s Choice awards at the 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival.

Argentine director Manuel Abramovich.s The Queen was named best short and Eddy Bell.s Grey Bull was best Australian short.

The Swinburne Award for emerging Australian filmmaker went to Ben Briand for Blood Pulls a Gun, a short which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood follows a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in front of the cameras. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, the Universal film previews this weekend and next weekend before its September 4 launch.

Jalanan looks at three charismatic buskers . Boni, Ho and Titi . over a five-year period as they navigate the economic,
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Movie Review

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Movie Review
Title: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Directors: Dave Lamattina, Chad Walker A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic “Sesame Street” characters of all time, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” is an interesting and enlightening biopic that delves down into the unique array of talents one might not immediately peg when they first look at the titular gangly, yellow-feathered, eight-foot-tall puppet. A recent premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, co-directors Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker’s movie trades on an abundance of goodwill — for the character of Big Bird, for “Sesame Street” and adolescent horizons more generally, for [ Read More ]

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‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Film at Seattle Film Fest: Full Winners List

‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Film at Seattle Film Fest: Full Winners List
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was the big winner at this year’s Seattle Film Festival, beating out “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and “The Fault in Our Stars” to win the Golden Space Needle Award for best film.

Linklater also won best director, and Patricia Arquette was feted with best actress for her performance in “Boyhood.”

Meanwhile, “Keep On Keepin’ On” won best documentary, and actor Dawid Ogrodnik of “Life Feels Good” and short film “Fool’s Day” also took home Golden Needle Awards.

In competition, Carlos Marques-Marcet nabbed best new director for “10,000Km.” “Marmato” and “Red Knot” also recieved top competition awards.

Dear White People” was honored in the Futurewave and Youth Jury Awards, as was “Belle & Sebastien.”

The Seattle Film Festival is a 25-day event that began May 15. It features 452 films representing 83 countries, including 44 world premieres, 30 North American premieres and 14 U.S. premieres.

The full winners list is below.
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Watch: Take a Trip Back to 'Sesame Street' with the Trailer for 'I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'

Watch: Take a Trip Back to 'Sesame Street' with the Trailer for 'I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'
The last time we saw a "Sesame Street" documentary examining one of its long-time puppeteers, the adorable factor was soon overshadowed by scandal. Thankfully, another has come along to take its place, and from the look of the trailer, it relies more on nostalgia and the pure talent of a great artist than on a cutesie character. "I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" profiles Caroll Spinney, the "Sesame Street" puppeteer who has brought the characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life since the show's first season. The documentary relies heavily on Spinney's in-depth archive of home videos dating back to the 1950s and also features footage of him on set dressed as our favorite giant bird. In the film, Spinney discusses the worldwide cultural icon and answers why he can't say goodbye to the characters he cherishes. At 80-years-old, Spinney is one of the last
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