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  • He Founded His State’s First SWAT Team; 30 Years Later That Team Would Shoot His Son-In-Law To Death

    He Founded His State’s First SWAT Team; 30 Years Later That Team Would Shoot His Son-In-Law To Death

    June 21, 2016 — William J. “Dub” Lawrence’s background is impressive. He was a Marine and the youngest sheriff ever elected in Davis County, Utah.In 1975 he also founded his state’s first SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) program. 30 years later, that same SWAT team would shoot his son-in-law to death after an 8-hour stand-off. This controversial killing set Lawrence on a new path. He began investigating the incident — and several other SWAT actions as well.Peace Officer, the award-winning documentary, follows Lawrence as […]

  • An All-Star Comic Cast Inhabits The Wacky “Addicted To Fresno”

    An All-Star Comic Cast Inhabits The Wacky “Addicted To Fresno”

    June 21, 2016 — Addicted to Fresno boasts a remarkable cast of comic actors.Judy Greer, (The Hebrew Hammer, Ant Man), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange Is the New Black), Ron Livingston (Swingers, The Time Traveler’s Wife), Aubrey Plaza (About Alex, Parks and Recreation) Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Allison Tolman (Fargo) and Clea DuVall (American Horror Story) — combine their distinctive comic sensibilities in an off-kilter comedy you definitely have not seen before.Judy Greer (Shannon) and Natascha Lyonne (Martha) play sisters; Martha has a job in […]

  • Watch “An American Werewolf In London,” But Remember To “Stay On The Road. Keep Clear Of The Moors.”

    Watch “An American Werewolf In London,” But Remember To “Stay On The Road. Keep Clear Of The Moors.”

    April 22, 2016 —   “Beware the moon…”The night of the full moon — tonight’s is known as the Full Strawberry Moon — is the perfect time to watch An American Werewolf in London, the horror/comedy classic that defined the genre when it came out in 1981. Directed by John Landis (Animal House, Trading Places, Dream On), the movie brilliantly connected with audiences and it has become a cult classic over the years.The sequences in which David Kessler (David Naughton) transforms into […]

  • For Those Who Remember Journalist James Foley From His Death At The Hands Of Isis Terrorists — “Jim: The James Foley Story” Recalls His Life

    For Those Who Remember Journalist James Foley From His Death At The Hands Of Isis Terrorists — “Jim: The James Foley Story” Recalls His Life

    June 20, 2016 — Jim: The James Foley Story is one of the eagerly-awaited documentaries acquired by FilmRise from Gravitas Ventures.Many Americans remember with horror the image of a young American man, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, reading an anti-American diatribe just before an ISIS terrorist beheads him. It was 2014, and it was perhaps the first time Americans started to understand the nature of what was happening in the Middle East and the brutality of the regime that was coming to […]

  • “Karla” Is Based On The True Story Of Canada’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

    “Karla” Is Based On The True Story Of Canada’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

    June 17, 2016 — The press dubbed the couple “The Ken and Barbie Killers,” a name that seemingly dispelled some of the horror attached to Canada’s most notorious serial killers. But nothing can dispel the repulsiveness of the crimes they committed. Karla tells the story of their relationship and crimes, from the perspective of one of the perpetrators.Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo kidnapped, raped and killed three young girls and videotaped themselves performing these crimes; one of the girls was Homolka’s own sister. After […]

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  • The Award-Winning Documentary “The Witness” Opens Wide Today

    The Award-Winning Documentary “The Witness” Opens Wide Today

    June 17, 2016 — The Witness, the acclaimed and award-winning documentary by director James Solomon, opens today in Irvine and Santa Monica, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Houston, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Winston Salem, North Carolina and Toronto, Canada. Kitty Genovese’s name has been famous since she was murdered near her home in Kew Garden, Queens in 1964. The crime itself was random and fairly unexceptional, but in the aftermath of the crime The New York Times published an article about the […]

  • “The Steps” Is A Comedy About A Seriously Dysfunctional Family

    “The Steps” Is A Comedy About A Seriously Dysfunctional Family

    June 16, 2016 — Sometimes blended families don’t blend very well.In The Steps, a family-based comedy, Ed (James Brolin, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, The Amityville Horror), a somewhat distant but wealthy man, invites his grown children to his home to spend time with his new wife, Sherry (Christine Lahti, The Good Fight, The Blacklist), and her grown children. Ed’s kids, Jeff (Jason Ritter, Parenthood) and sister Marla (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage), are not happy about the situation. Jeff is a stuffy, failed investment banker, Marla a party girl. Both […]

  • “The Great Alone” Chronicles One Of The Toughest Challenges On Earth

    “The Great Alone” Chronicles One Of The Toughest Challenges On Earth

    June 16, 2016 — Some people would argue that climbing Mount Everest is  the single toughest physical challenge a human being can attempt. Some people claim that running the Iditarod is even tougher.One of those people is Cindy Abbott, a school teacher from San Diego, who learned she had a rare and incurable disease. Her response was to take on some of the most difficult physical challenges she could think of, to prove to herself that she was still tough and […]

  • “Lapland Odyssey” Is A Hilarious Finnish Road Movie

    “Lapland Odyssey” Is A Hilarious Finnish Road Movie

    June 15, 2016 — Lapland Odyssey is a truly original comic adventure.Janne and his girlfriend Inari live in Northern Finland, where the dark and the frozen landscape make staying inside a near-necessity. Inari wants just one thing: a cable box. Janne, who is lazy and goes outside as little as possible whatever the weather, has never come through with the promised gift. Finally Inari has had enough. Her ultimatum is simple — she get the cable box immediately or she leaves […]

  • The 24 Hours Of Le Mans Car Race Starts Today

    The 24 Hours Of Le Mans Car Race Starts Today

    June 15, 2016 — It is the world’s oldest active sports car race, a grueling test of skill, speed, efficiency and endurance. The 24 hours of Le Mans begins today.Le Mans has been held annually since 1923 (there have been ten cancellations, primarily due to World War II), and it is one leg of the prestigious Triple Crown of Motor sport. The other two are the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.The race covers the Circuit de la Sarthe, a […]

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  • The Special Director’s Edition Of “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Delightful Rom-Com, Is Available On DOD And Blu-Ray

    The Special Director’s Edition Of “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Delightful Rom-Com, Is Available On DOD And Blu-Ray

    June 14, 2016 —Indiewire Playlist  summed up the charm and humor of Julie Delpy’s latest comedy:“Julie Delpy‘s sixth directorial feature “Lolo” features long stretches of perhaps her most accomplished and enjoyable character-comedy yet..  [It’s] …deceptively progressive––especially in its portrayal of a fabulously foulmouthed and dirty-minded central female friendship. …Delpy’s facility for creating chatty, funny, memorable characters––especially women––is rare, precious, and fully on view here.”Lolo is a dark comedy/romance, in which a sophisticated 40-something career woman (played by the delicious Delpy) on vacation […]

  • “Rhymes For Young Ghouls” Boasts A Remarkable Performance By Up-And-Coming Star Devery Jacobs

    “Rhymes For Young Ghouls” Boasts A Remarkable Performance By Up-And-Coming Star Devery Jacobs

    June 14, 2016 — Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby‘s feature directorial debut, received remarkable reviews when it premiered at The Toronto Film Festival.Calling the film a breakout hit at the Toronto Film Festival,” The Hollywood Reporter would go on to say “Tinged with magical realism, Jeff Barnaby’s debut feature is impressive for its atmospheric evocation of its little-seen milieu and boasts a terrific performance by Devery Jacobs in the central role.”It is set on a Canadian Mi’gMaq Indian reservation in […]

  • They Created Millions Of Tabs Of LSD — Was It Really A Humanitarian Effort?

    They Created Millions Of Tabs Of LSD — Was It Really A Humanitarian Effort?

    June 14, 2016 — It is entirely possible that Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully thought they could save the world through the production and dissemination of the mind-altering drug LSD.It might be hard to credit that as coherent thought now, but the 1960s and 1970s were a different time.While living at Timothy Leary’s Milbrook estate, Sands claims he decided that the distribution of as much LSD as possible would greatly benefit the human race by expanding everyone’s consciousness. And after meeting […]

  • “Memoria” Was Inspired By James Franco’s Memories Of Growing Up In Northern California

    “Memoria” Was Inspired By James Franco’s Memories Of Growing Up In Northern California

    June 13, 2016 — Nina Ljeti and Vladimir de Fontenay have created a delicate, poetic film out of some James Franco’s writings which draw on his childhood in Northern California.In Memoria, Sam Dillon (Boyhood) plays Ivan, Franco’s surrogate self, who seems out of touch with his own life. His world is uncomfortable — his family is dysfunctional, with a stepfather whose idea of teaching Ivan to grow up is to take him deer hunting; his friends are aimless slackers, he is bullied by other […]

  • Magnus Carlsen May Be The Greatest Chess Player Of All Time

    Magnus Carlsen May Be The Greatest Chess Player Of All Time

    June 13, 2016 — In 2010, at age 19, Norwegian chess grandmaster Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen became the youngest chess player to be ranked No. 1 by the World Chess Federation.As a child he was an acknowledged chess prodigy; he was (and is) considered to have a unique combination of ability, phenomenal memory and extraordinary creativity. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 13, the third youngest in history. He has held all three of the world championship titles […]

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  • “Five Nights In Maine” Stars David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest And Rosie Perez In Complex, Thoughtful And Challenging Roles

    “Five Nights In Maine” Stars David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest And Rosie Perez In Complex, Thoughtful And Challenging Roles

    June 15, 2016 — Certain actors reward their audiences with performances of the kind of depth and subtlety that make you want to see everything they appear in.Five Nights in Maine features a trio of such actors — David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez. Variety comments that David Oyelowo is the kind of actor where “…one would be willing to watch him do just about anything.”  He has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, followed by acclaimed performances […]

  • Kew Gardens, The Scene Of The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Welcomes “The Witness”

    Kew Gardens, The Scene Of The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Welcomes “The Witness”

    June 10, 2016 — The Witness opens today in the Kew Gardens Cinema.In 1964, Kitty Genovese, a 28 year old bartender, was brutally stabbed and raped on her way home to her Kew Gardens apartment. The New York Times would report that 38 witnesses in the neighborhood watched as the attacks took place and did nothing to help her. The story claimed that those watching the attack failed to call the police. They just closed their windows and turned away.Kew […]

  • Rogers Movie Nation Says Of “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” “This Simple And Intimate Movie Will Touch You”

    Rogers Movie Nation Says Of “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” “This Simple And Intimate Movie Will Touch You”

    June 9, 2016 — When 20-something Eleanor (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) breaks up with her unfaithful boyfriend Dennis (played by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong), loses her job and has to find a new place to live, the last thing she imagines is the opportunity she is being given.Reggie (Julian Shatkin, Lucky Story) is a 12-year old cello prodigy whose wealthy parents won’t be around during the summer to ferry him back and forth to his expensive prep school. Mom (Debra Messing, Will […]

  • You Won’t Be Able To Ignore “The Greasy Strangler;” You Won’t Be Able To Forget It Either — Watch The Extremely NSFW Trailer, If You Dare

    You Won’t Be Able To Ignore “The Greasy Strangler;” You Won’t Be Able To Forget It Either — Watch The Extremely NSFW Trailer, If You Dare

    June 9, 2016 — People are calling  The Greasy Strangler unforgettable. Viewers of this movie are going to have strong feelings about it.Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian described his reaction to the film:“Not every 1980s film programmed for 12 bells, fondly remembered or not, deserves the often misused label “midnight movie”. The Greasy Strangler, the first feature film from Jim Hosking, managed to flummox the usually unflappable midnight audience at the Sundance Film Festival: it’s a welcome oasis of filth, depravity […]

  • Who Is Killing The Hipsters?

    Who Is Killing The Hipsters?

    June 8, 2016 —  Hipsters are dying everywhere — and only one group of crime scene videographers seems to care enough to investigate.Todd Berger wrote and directed The Scenesters, a wacky black comedy/film noir in which the bodies pile up, the investigators get investigated and indie bands have CDs with clues in them. Meanwhile, the crime scene videographers are trying to figure some angle which will enable them to turn the footage they are accumulating into a feature film.The Vacationeers comedy […]

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  • All These Dogs Needed Was A Second Chance

    All These Dogs Needed Was A Second Chance

    June 8, 2016 — When Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring was busted, it was uncertain whether the star football player would be punished for his crime. He was a celebrity, capable of earning huge amounts of money for his NFL team. Only after it was shown that he personally had killed numerous dogs was he convicted and jailed. Even so, he was released from jail early, signed a big contract and made millions of dollars.The only thing that seemed certain was that the […]

  • “Looking For Palladin” Stars Ben Gazzara, Whose Performances Should Never Be Missed

    “Looking For Palladin” Stars Ben Gazzara, Whose Performances Should Never Be Missed

    June 7, 2016 — As Looking For Palladin explains, some people don’t enjoy the limelight.Jack Palladino was a Hollywood success story. A Two-time Oscar® winner, he chose to give up the fanfare and retire. For years he has worked as a cook at a small restaurant in Antigua, Guatemala, a simpler life that has afforded him some peace.But Hollywood is coming to find him again, in the form of Josh Ross, a high-energy, obnoxious talent agent. Ross has a huge offer for Palladin […]

  • “’White Girl’” Is A Movie You Can’t Easily Shake Off” — The Playlist

    “’White Girl’” Is A Movie You Can’t Easily Shake Off” — The Playlist

    June 7, 2016 —  Elizabeth Wood, the director of White Girl, the controversial drama that generated so much comment at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, has admitted that her first features film is largely autobiographical. It is based primarily on a time in her life when she came to New York from the Mid-West and fell in love with her drug dealer. During an interview she reiterated, “It is inspired by real life, but any time you tell a story you decide […]

  • Director Mike Nichols Was A True Master Of His Craft

    Director Mike Nichols Was A True Master Of His Craft

    June 6, 2016 — Whatever Mike Nichols touched in his professional life seemed to turn to immediate success. He started out doing improvisational comedy and had the good fortune to team up with the brilliant Elaine May. Their comedy routines were immensely popular, quickly landing them on Broadway in a hit show. The very first Nichols and May album won them a Grammy award®.When he left performing for directing, his first Broadway show was Barefoot in the Park (with a then relatively […]

  • “Leonie,” Starring Emily Mortimer And Christina Hendricks, Is The True Story Of An Influential Woman Who Was Ahead Of Her Time

    “Leonie,” Starring Emily Mortimer And Christina Hendricks, Is The True Story Of An Influential Woman Who Was Ahead Of Her Time

    June 6, 2016 — Leonie Gilmour was a hard woman to categorize.In an age when a woman’s place in the world was regulated, repressed and restricted, Leonie Gilmour lived a life that was none of those things.Born in 1873 in New York City, she met Yone Noguchi, a young Japanese author in need of an English speaking editor. They worked together on his novel, The American Diary of a Japanese Girl.The relationship would turn romantic. At one point, Noguchi would write of […]

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  • The Critics Love “The Witness,” And Audiences Agree

    The Critics Love “The Witness,” And Audiences Agree

    June 6, 2016 — Critics have been praising The Witness, the James Solomon-directed documentary about Bill Genovese’s search for answers about the death of his sister, Kitty Genovese and the reporting of her death which made her an icon of “urban apathy” and big-city crime.The name Kitty Genovese became world famous when The New York Times reported in 1964 that her murder had taken place over the course of a half and hour, and that 38 of her neighbors stood […]

  • This Family Reunion Looks Like It May Not End Well

    This Family Reunion Looks Like It May Not End Well

    June 3, 2016 — Family get-togethers are often stressful. But when the family members have to be coerced into getting together in the first place, things are unlikely to go well.In Reuniting the Rubins, a Jewish grandmother, played by Honor Blackman, (Goldfinger, Green Grow the Rushes), coerces her reluctant son Lenny (Timothy Spall, the Harry Potter franchise, Alice in Wonderland) to assemble his estranged children for Passover. The children haven’t spoken in ages, don’t like one another (the father doesn’t seem […]

  • The Eagerly Anticipated Documentary “The Witness” Opens Theatrically Today

    The Eagerly Anticipated Documentary “The Witness” Opens Theatrically Today

    June 3, 2016 — The acclaimed documentary The Witness opens theatrically  in New York today.James Solomon’s award-winning documentary follows Bill Genovese as he tries to make sense of the life and tragic death of his sister, Kitty Genovese, who became the face of urban apathy when she was murdered on her own block — and 38 people saw the crime and heard her cries for help and failed to come and help. In fact, they didn’t even bother to call the […]

  • David Strathairn Stars As A Lawyer Forced To Defend The Indefensible

    David Strathairn Stars As A Lawyer Forced To Defend The Indefensible

    June 2, 2016 — How do you defend what you hate?As a court-appointed Defense Attorney, it is Danny Dunkleman’s job to defend anyone whose case he is given. But how is the Jewish humanist lawyer, supposed to find the sympathy and compassion for the Nazi-sympathizer Skinhead who admits to a racially-motivated hate crime during which he critically injured an Indian cook by stomping him with his steel-toed boots — and for no other reason than that the man was Indian?These two men […]

  • The Highly Acclaimed Documentary “The Witness” Is In Theaters Tomorrow — Watch The Trailer

    The Highly Acclaimed Documentary “The Witness” Is In Theaters Tomorrow — Watch The Trailer

    June 2, 2016 — For more than 50 years, Bill Genovese has had to live with the fact that his sister was world-famous for the way she died, yet few people — himself included — really knew much about the way she lived.The Witness is James D. Solomon’s documentary film about Bill’s attempt to take back his sister’s story from the headlines and the lurid fame, and turn her again into a person, not an icon.His sister, 28-year old Kitty […]

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  • The Murder Of Kitty Genovese Became A Worldwide News Story But Somehow The Story Of Her Life Got Lost

    The Murder Of Kitty Genovese Became A Worldwide News Story But Somehow The Story Of Her Life Got Lost

    June 1, 2016 — The killing of Kitty Genovese may have come down through the decades as a uniquely New York City crime, but its fame spread worldwide. Of course, it was never the murder itself that captured the world’s attention. It was the article written in The New York Times that stated that 37 people stood by and witnessed the crime and turned away, without making any attempt to help or even get in touch with the police.Now, more […]

  • “This Is Martin Bonner”, The Award-Winning Drama, Is “Modest, Beautifully Told…” — Slant

    “This Is Martin Bonner”, The Award-Winning Drama, Is “Modest, Beautifully Told…” — Slant

    June 1, 2016 — Martin Bonner’s life is in flux. In his late 50s, Martin has not worked in two years. He has had to declare bankruptcy. When the chance to earn some money presents itself, he has no choice but to move where the job is, even though it means leaving behind his grown children who live on the East Coast.He finds himself adrift in Reno, Nevada, where he has taken a job as volunteer coordinator for a non-profit organization that helps prisoners […]

  • Noam Chomsky, One Of The Great Intellectuals Of Our Time, Discusses The Disastrous Effects Of Income Inequality

    Noam Chomsky, One Of The Great Intellectuals Of Our Time, Discusses The Disastrous Effects Of Income Inequality

    June 1, 2016 — Noam Chomsky is considered by many people to be the most important intellectual alive.He has taught for  years at M.I.T. (he personally graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did his graduate work at Harvard). He has written over 100 books in numerous fields — linguistics, the media, politics, war and economics. He continues to do research to this day — he is 87 years old — and remains one of the most-cited authors in academia.Early on […]

  • Here Are Some Stories We Have Always Loved

    Here Are Some Stories We Have Always Loved

    May 26, 2016 — Some of the old stories are the best.Certain stories seem to intrigue and thrill every generation. The stories in these two collections are among those that never seem old. Each collection contains three classic tales that will entertain both boys and girls with their delightful animation, their charming characters and, of course, their stories.Princess Stories: Snow White and the Magic Mirror / Secret of Anastasia / Secret of Mulan —  This compilation of animated films features three of […]

  • “The Witness,” Seeks To Understand The Life And Death Of Kitty Genovese, A Woman Whose Murder Defined An Era

    “The Witness,” Seeks To Understand The Life And Death Of Kitty Genovese, A Woman Whose Murder Defined An Era

    May 31, 2016 — The Witness, the highly acclaimed documentary about the life and death of Kitty Genovese, will be released theatrically in New York on June 3 and will go into wide release on June 17.The James Solomon-helmed film follows Bill Genovese, the younger brother of Kitty Genovese, as he tries to understand the attack and murder of his 28-year old sister in sister in 1964. The crime shocked the nation, defined a city and spawned the term “urban apathy” after […]

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  • “Common” Is  A Stark British Drama That Addresses Questions Of Guilt And Innocence

    “Common” Is A Stark British Drama That Addresses Questions Of Guilt And Innocence

    May 27, 2016 — Common is a serious and intelligent drama with a point of view and an agenda. It was produced and presented by the BBC.The title refers to the British “Common Purpose Law.” It held everyone involved in a criminal activity liable for all of the results of that activity. For example, if only one person involved in a crime did something that resulted in someone’s murder, everyone associated with the original crime, even if they had no intention of causing that […]

  • The True Story of “The Cinderella Horse” Who Charmed A Nation

    The True Story of “The Cinderella Horse” Who Charmed A Nation

    May 27, 2016 — Snowman is called “The Cinderella Horse” because this ordinary plow horse overcame extraordinary odds to become the highest rated show jumper in the country.But the Cinderella analogy is not quite right. When the Prince noticed Cinderella, she wasn’t on her way to the glue factory.In 1956, Harry de Leyer, a Dutch immigrant, had planned to buy a horse at a local Pennsylvania auction. But a flat tire caused him to miss the auction entirely. The only horses left […]

  • Celebrate John Wayne’s Birthday With Three Of His Films

    Celebrate John Wayne’s Birthday With Three Of His Films

    May 26, 2016 —  John Wayne was one of the greatest stars to come out of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He made 170 movies; The American Film Institute named him the 13th greatest male star in the history of film. He personified the way much of America wanted to see itself — strong, tall, unflappable, ruggedly masculine and implacably calm. He looked as though he had been carved out of granite. He seemed honorable and honest, kind and shy. But inside was […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “National Bird” Examines Drone Warfare From The Perspective Of Those Who Have Actually Waged It

    Acclaimed Documentary “National Bird” Examines Drone Warfare From The Perspective Of Those Who Have Actually Waged It

    May 26, 2016 — Drone warfare is one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time. For some people it is a highly effective weapon, for others a tool of terror.Sonia Kennebeck‘s provocative film, National Bird, looks at the issues raised by this new form of warfare from a different perspective – that of the people directly impacted by the drone war. For the first time, this film follows three veterans who worked in the secret U.S. drone program, and connects their […]

  • “The Road To Livingston” Ends At Death Row

    “The Road To Livingston” Ends At Death Row

    May 25, 2016 — There is no way Delia Perez Meyer could have envisioned the path her life would take.In September, 1998, two women and a small child were killed in Austin, Texas. Angel Maturino Resendiz confessed to killing the two women. Delia Perez Meyer’s brother, Louis Castro Perez, was convicted in 1999 of the killings as well. Resendiz would be executed in 2006; he would never confess to killing the little girl. Delia Perez Meyer has maintained her brother’s innocence in all three killings […]

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  • FilmRise Acquires “The Sunshine Makers” Documentary, About Two Men Who Set Out To Save The World — With LSD

    FilmRise Acquires “The Sunshine Makers” Documentary, About Two Men Who Set Out To Save The World — With LSD

    May 25, 2016 —  FilmRise has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to The Sunshine Makers,  This acclaimed documentary tells the story of Nick Sand and Tim Scully, two men who believed that LSD was the answer to the world’s problems — and set out to solve those problems by manufacturing an astonishing amount of the psychedelic drug during the 1960s and 1970s.They believed that the drug “expanded the mind” — and, of course, that mind-expansion was a good thing. They set out to create 750 million […]

  • Charlie Chan Has Been A Favorite Character In Books And In The Movies For More Than Ninety Years

    Charlie Chan Has Been A Favorite Character In Books And In The Movies For More Than Ninety Years

    May 24, 2016 — Today, it is highly unlikely that Sidney Toler would be cast as Charle Chan, the Chinese-American detective based out of Hawaii.After all, Toler, a Missourian by birth, was primarily of Scottish background. In our politically-correct times he would seem inappropriate.But movie audiences loved the Charlie Chan movies. Between 1931 and 1949, Fox Studios produced 44 of them. Before 1929, audiences had shown little interest in the early attempts (which actually used Asian actors). But with the […]

  • To The World, The Kitty Genovese Murder Was A Symbol Of Urban Apathy; In “The Witness,” Her Brother Tries To Recall The Woman, Not The Headline

    To The World, The Kitty Genovese Murder Was A Symbol Of Urban Apathy; In “The Witness,” Her Brother Tries To Recall The Woman, Not The Headline

    May 24, 2016 — The New York Times article that described the murder of 28-year old Kitty Genovese, stated that 38 witnesses heard her cries and saw the attack but did nothing. That article had numerous effects.It was one of the reasons for the institution of the 911 phone number used for reaching emergency services (which has since spread to many other countries); it created the term “urban apathy” and spawned many sociology and psychology classes which study the “bystander effect” […]

  • “Out of the Blue” Asks The Question — Are We Really Alone In The Universe?

    “Out of the Blue” Asks The Question — Are We Really Alone In The Universe?

    May 23, 2016 — Do aliens exist, and has the U.S. government made a serious effort to keep the information from the public?Those are just two of the questions asked in Out of the Blue, this thought-provoking documentary, narrated by Peter Coyote (Erin Brockovich, Emperor of Hemp, A Child’s Cry).Of course, some people are absolutely certain that we are the only creatures in the universe; others are just as sure that life must exist elsewhere. And for many of those […]

  • The Peabody Awards Ceremony Was Held In New York City; “Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief” Honored

    The Peabody Awards Ceremony Was Held In New York City; “Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief” Honored

    May 23, 2016 — At the ceremony held on Saturday night, May 21, the acclaimed documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  was given a Peabody Award.The ceremony was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Keegan-Michael Key was the host.The prestigious Peabody Award is given to broadcast submissions throughout the year which are considered to be distinguished and meritorious. Thousands of submissions are made each year; the Peabody committee usually choses around 30 winners.This year marks the 75th anniversary of […]

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  • Happy Birthday To Jimmy Stewart, One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    Happy Birthday To Jimmy Stewart, One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    May 20, 2016 —Jimmy Stewart was one of a kind. The American Film Institute agrees; it has named him the third greatest male film star of all time (Only Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant are ahead of him on the list). His career in movies was long, running from 1932 until 1991, and highly esteemed. He would win an Oscar® for Best Actor (beating out his good friend Henry Fonda who was up for The Grapes of Wrath) for The Philadelphia Story […]

  • “Silicon Cowboys” Took On The Big Guns At IBM In The Early Days Of The Personal Computer Wars

    “Silicon Cowboys” Took On The Big Guns At IBM In The Early Days Of The Personal Computer Wars

    May 20, 2016 — There was a time in relatively recent history when IBM was the biggest name in personal computing.But back in the early 1980s, a small company, Compaq Computer Corp., challenged the IBM megalith. Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto, who had geeked together at Texas Instruments before setting up on their own, decided to re-work the notion of a personal, portable computer — one that could run IBM software.The company put so much pressure on IBM that the giant […]

  • These Two Cult Horror Film Classics Are True Guilty Pleasures

    These Two Cult Horror Film Classics Are True Guilty Pleasures

    May 19, 2016 — These two low-budget horror films, both directed by Frank Agrama, have become cult classics.In Dawn of the Mummy, an Egyptian tomb is disturbed when a fashion shoot uses it as a location. The Mummy is released, as are the slaves who were buried in the desert. The Mummy is out for revenge for his violent death 4,000 years ago. The slaves have become his followers; unfortunately for the models on the fashion shoot, they have also become flesh-eating, zombie-like […]

  • “The Guardian” Reviews “The Greasy Strangler,” Calls It “…A Playful Oasis Of Filth And Depravity”

    “The Guardian” Reviews “The Greasy Strangler,” Calls It “…A Playful Oasis Of Filth And Depravity”

    May 19, 2016 — The Greasy Strangler continues to churn controversy.People will love it or hate it — but, without question, it will be the subject of conversations. And it will not be easily forgotten by anyone who sees it.Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian described his reaction to the film:“Not every 1980s film programmed for 12 bells, fondly remembered or not, deserves the often misused label “midnight movie”. The Greasy Strangler, the first feature film from Jim Hosking, managed to […]

  • Before They were Famous — Brad Pitt And Juliette Lewis Star In “Too Young To Die?”

    Before They were Famous — Brad Pitt And Juliette Lewis Star In “Too Young To Die?”

    May 18, 2016 — It’s hard to remember a time when Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis weren’t famous.But in truth, Pitt’s first movie to make it to the theaters was Cutting Class, a low-budget horror film that was released in 1989. And It wasn’t until 1991, after a steamy bedroom scene with Genna Davis in Thelma and Louise that Pitt became a household name.Since then he has gone on to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood — indeed in the […]

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  • “The New York Times” Calls “Palio” — The Award-Winning Documentary About The World’s Oldest Horse Race — “Rocky On Horseback”

    “The New York Times” Calls “Palio” — The Award-Winning Documentary About The World’s Oldest Horse Race — “Rocky On Horseback”

    May 17, 2016 — The Palio — Siena’s bareback horse race with Medieval origins — is a bewildering combination of tradition, beauty, violence, expertise, corruption, cheating and scandal. It is a true spectacle, filled with vibrant color, medieval costumes, pageantry, gorgeous silk banners displaying the local symbols and, of course, horses.The horses cannot be pure breeds — only mixed breed horses are allowed. And technically it is the horse who wins the race, not the jockey — although it would be […]

  • Content Media To Be Exclusive International Sales Arm For FilmRise

    Content Media To Be Exclusive International Sales Arm For FilmRise

    May 18, 2016 — Film distributor FilmRise has announced that it has signed a deal which names Content Media as its exclusive international sales arm.Content Media is working in this capacity at the Cannes Film Festival for feature films including Sean Brosnan’s feature directorial debut, My Father Die, the heart-warming documentary Harry & Snowman, acclaimed documentary Silicon Cowboys, The Bad Kids, about educators in an impoverished Mojave school district who are trying to save at-risk students and the eagerly anticipated drama 5 Nights in Maine, starring […]

  • You May Never Take An Elevator Again

    You May Never Take An Elevator Again

    May 17, 2016 — It would be bad enough to be trapped in an elevator 49 floors above Manhattan. Add to that scenario, being trapped with a group of people who are strangers, but whose lives intersect — and mostly in unpleasant ways. And then, throw in a ticking time bomb.Elevator is an edge-of-your seat thriller that combines undercurrents of racism, revenge and fear, and stirs them together with a touch of mayhem.A group of nine people travels up to a corporate party in a […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Explores The Childhood Influences That Helped To Create A Superstar

    Acclaimed Documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Explores The Childhood Influences That Helped To Create A Superstar

    May 17, 2016 —  Janis Joplin only sang professionally for a handful of years; for several of those she was a journeyman singer, whose name was unknown to the general public. It wasn’t until midway through 1966 that she first sang with Big Brother and the Holding Company.And it wasn’t until June of 1967, after her astonishing performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, that Janis could be considered a headliner.Her career trajectory was remarkable, with her fame and popularity growing so quickly that her own band […]

  • All Families Have Secrets…

    All Families Have Secrets…

    May 16, 2016 —  In Ghosts Never Sleep, long-hidden secrets threaten to tear a family apart.Tony Goldwyn (Divergent, Scandal) plays Jared Dolan, a screenwriter who is having trouble with his latest script. After talking to a therapist, he writes a script that veers perilously close to a family secret — one that his wife, played by Sean Young (Blade Runner), cannot cope with and that his mother, played by legendary actress Faye Dunaway (Network, Bonnie and Clyde) will do anything to hide. A producer responds to […]

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  • Watch The First Trailer For “The Witness,” The Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Urban Apathy And “The Slippery Nature Of Truth”

    Watch The First Trailer For “The Witness,” The Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Urban Apathy And “The Slippery Nature Of Truth”

    May 13, 2016 — The Gothamist has aired the first trailer for The Witness, the documentary about the aftermath of the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese.The Witness, directed by James Solomon, follows Bill Genovese, the younger brother of Kitty Genovese, as he tries to make sense of the murder that shocked a nation. The details of his sister’s death had become a worldwide story — one that would be studied and discussed for decades. The crime itself was not the story; the murderer was […]

  • Gary Cooper Is Still One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    Gary Cooper Is Still One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    May 13, 2016 — It’s hard to believe that Gary Cooper, one of the greatest movie stars of all time, has been dead for 55 years.  His first starring role in a talky was as The Virginian, named after the character in a popular Western novel by Owen Wister. It is considered to be the movie that codified the ideal Western hero — strong, shy, handsome and tall, deeply masculine, courageous and honorable, with a strong desire for freedom and a willingness […]

  • Joe Cross, Author Of “Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead,” Addresses The Issue Of Childhood Obesity In “The Kid’s Menu”

    Joe Cross, Author Of “Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead,” Addresses The Issue Of Childhood Obesity In “The Kid’s Menu”

    May 12, 2016 — Joe Cross weighed 310 pounds when he decided to change his life, get in shape and attend to the health issues that had been plaguing him. He went on a juice fast during which he lost approximately 100 pounds, and became an advocate of healthy eating.During the fast, he drove around with a film crew and spoke to people about the attitudes towards eating in general. That material became his documentary movie  Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.While he […]

  • “Froning: The Fittest Man In History” Is Probably Not An Exaggeration

    “Froning: The Fittest Man In History” Is Probably Not An Exaggeration

    May 12, 2016 — Rich Froning is the face of CrossFit training.For those unfamiliar with the term CrossFit, their website defines it as  a series of regimen that “…reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life.” It is about intensity and power. These are things that Rich Froning has in abundance.Froning: The Fittest Man in History contends “In sports, legends appear once in a generation. They are athletes who not only […]

  • “Fateful Findings” Is A Paranormal Thriller

    “Fateful Findings” Is A Paranormal Thriller

    May 11, 2016 — Fateful Findings is a story of mystical powers, computer hackers, the release of government secrets and love transcending time and space.Dylan is a computer hacker who has mystical powers and the ability to teleport through time and space. At a point when his wife is in a downward drug spiral, he reunites with a past love.He is hit by a car and it seems likely that he will die, but magical forces bring him back to health.Meanwhile, he […]

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  • “There’s A Real Pleasure In Having A New Event Movie For The Truly Weird At Heart” — Indiewire

    “There’s A Real Pleasure In Having A New Event Movie For The Truly Weird At Heart” — Indiewire

    May 11, 2016 —  The Greasy Strangler is still attracting controversy.Russ Fischer of The Playlist wrote for Indiewire  and discussed the talents and tastes of Jim Hosking, the director and writer of The Greasy Strangler: “Cinema history is marked by the efforts of a few genuine provocateurs and many would-be shock purveyors. But based on his latest feature, director Jim Hosking (“The ABCs of Death 2”) may have precisely the knack to create the uncomfortable, even vile visions required to step out into […]

  • “Awaken The Dragon” Is A Life-Affirming Story Of Facing Down Challenges

    “Awaken The Dragon” Is A Life-Affirming Story Of Facing Down Challenges

    May 10, 2016 — A group of breast cancer survivors came up with an unlikely “therapy” to help them through the difficulties of dealing with their disease.  They have come together as a team to race Chinese Dragon boats competitively, as a means of finding the strength to fight the disease that has affected them.The director of Awaken the Dragon, Liz Oakley heard about the group and went to watch them train.  After spending some time with them, she knew she wanted to make a […]

  • “4th Man Out” Is A Disarming And Unexpected Comedy About Coming Out To Old Friends

    “4th Man Out” Is A Disarming And Unexpected Comedy About Coming Out To Old Friends

    May 9, 2016 — 4th Man Out is a charming comedy about what happens when one member of a quartet of close, blue-collar friends finally admits to his buddies that he is gay.The other three are stunned, disturbed and incredibly unsure about what happens next. The cast includes Evan Todd (Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever), Parker Young (Suburgatory), Chord Overstreet (Glee) and Jon Gabrus (Flock of Dudes).Reviews for this sleeper comedy are stellar.Variety called it “A sleeper delight about a garage mechanic’s bumpy coming-out to his […]

  • David Oyelowo And Director Maris Curran Talk About “5 Nights In Maine”

    David Oyelowo And Director Maris Curran Talk About “5 Nights In Maine”

    May 9, 2016 — Director Maris Curran and actors Rosie Perez and David Oyelowo gave an interview about the eagerly anticipated film 5 Nights in Maine.Oyelowo described his interest in playing the role of a suddenly widowed man who journey to Maine to spend time with the mother-in-law (played by 2-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest) he has never gotten along with.Oyelowo explained, “When Maris presented me with this script, I was blown away by just how prepared she was to go to […]

  • It Is Orson Welles’ Birthday

    It Is Orson Welles’ Birthday

    May 6, 2016 — He is one of the greatest figures from Hollywood’s Golden Age. In fact he is one of the greatest talents in the history of the movies.At the age of 26, Orson Welles co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the greatest film ever made. It was his first feature film. Before that he had directed and narrated a radio program called The War of the Worlds, based on the H.G. Welles […]

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  • LA Times Dissects Star Wars Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    LA Times Dissects Star Wars Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    May 6, 2016 — The LA Times agrees, Elstree 1976 is fun — and not only for avid Star Wars fans.Kenneth Turan writes:“Given what a multibillion-dollar behemoth the “Star Wars” universe has become, it’s fascinating to discover that a long time ago in a studio sound stage far, far away, no one took it very seriously at all.“It didn’t seem anything special to me,” one man says of being in the 1977 film Star Wars,” with another saying, “We thought […]

  • Elstree 1976 Opens Today — Named A “New York Times” Critics’ Pick By Neil Genzlinger

    Elstree 1976 Opens Today — Named A “New York Times” Critics’ Pick By Neil Genzlinger

    May 6, 2016 — Neil Genzlinger, reviewer for The New York Times, has named Elstree 1976 a Critics’ Pick: “’Elstree 1976,’” a documentary both sweet and bittersweet, might sound as if it’s only for “Star Wars” nerds. But in telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.The film checks in on a handful of actors who played small parts in the original ‘Star […]

  • “Chinese Take-Away” Brings Together Two Men Who Form An Unlikely Bond

    “Chinese Take-Away” Brings Together Two Men Who Form An Unlikely Bond

    May 5, 2016 —  Chinese Take-Away is  an award-winning Argentinian comedy/drama that became a major hit in its own country.Roberto (Ricardo Darín) likes things to be in order. He owns a hardware store in which he counts out the numbers of nails and screws. In a world he finds sloppy and careless, he feels he must make an attempt to put things where they belong. He collects and saves newspaper articles that prove the world is falling apart.His sense of order […]

  • “Elstree 1976” Opens Theatrically This Week

    “Elstree 1976” Opens Theatrically This Week

    May 5, 2016 — Very few movies have been as examined, memorized, discussed or adored as the original Star Wars.It’s unlikely that anyone, including George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe, had a hint of the worldwide phenomenon it would become. Now, almost 40 years later, anything connected to the franchise seems to bring out obsessed fans, hysterical marketing people and commentators who talk about the details of the film on every possible platform.So how does it feel now, […]

  • FilmRise Acquires Sean Brosnan’s Southern Gothic Horror Film “My Father, Die”

    FilmRise Acquires Sean Brosnan’s Southern Gothic Horror Film “My Father, Die”

    May 5, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the worldwide rights to My Father, Die, Sean Brosnan’s stunning feature directorial debut.Brosnan also wrote the script which has been garnering vast amounts of critical praise. Variety stated ““My Father, Die” offers blood-and-thunder Southern-gothic excess both tempered and heightened by vivid directorial texturing.…this is a bold and talented debut, all the more impressive for transcending (while embracing) some shameless exploitation tropes.”The story concerns a son who has lost his hearing and the power of speech […]

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  • It’s National Bird Day, The Perfect Day To Enjoy “A Birder’s Guide To Everything”

    It’s National Bird Day, The Perfect Day To Enjoy “A Birder’s Guide To Everything”

    May 4, 2016 — Sometimes a quest is about something more than the object being sought.The day before his father (James Le Gros) is about to remarry, just 18 months after his mother’s death, David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) goes off with some members of the Young Birder’s Society in an attempt to photograph a bird that has been presumed extinct for 150 years. Documenting this find would solidify their place in birding history.Along the way […]

  • May the Fourth Be With You

    May the Fourth Be With You

    May 4, 2016 — It is not entirely clear why the 4th of May has been chosen as Star Wars day, other than the fact that it rhymes, sort of, with “may the force be with you.”But there it is.And this week marks the release of Elstree 1976, the eagerly-awaited documentary about the people who were there when the original Star Wars was being made. Not the big stars — or at least the people who would become big stars […]

  • The Powerhouse Documentary, “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Is Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    The Powerhouse Documentary, “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Is Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    May 4, 2016 — Janis: Little Girl Blue, Amy Berg’s acclaimed and powerful documentary about the life of Janis Joplin, is available today on DVD and Blu-Ray.Held over all around the country, this remarkable documentary has been praised by critics and viewers alike. The movie uses Joplin’s own words — in the form of letters  she wrote home to her family as her career was starting — to reveal the mindset of this iconic rock idol as she headed towards superstardom.Joplin’s stage presence […]

  • “Advantageous” Envisions A Disturbing, Not-Too-Distant Future

    “Advantageous” Envisions A Disturbing, Not-Too-Distant Future

    May 3, 2016 — In a time very like our own, and in a world similar to our own, a single mother feels she has to make sacrifices for her beloved daughter.In this dystopian society, there is little breathing room between being comfortably off and living on the street. Gwen Koh (Jacqueline Kim) is all too aware that her existence is precarious. There are not enough jobs to go around, and women are frequently pressured into giving up their positions so that […]

  • The Parents In “All Stars” Are Just Like People You Know — Unfortunately

    The Parents In “All Stars” Are Just Like People You Know — Unfortunately

    May 2, 2016 — All Stars is a hilarious mockumentary, in the tradition of Christopher Guest’s Best in Show or A Mighty Wind, in which the behavior of even its zaniest characters is absolutely recognizable.Horribly recognizable.When Lance Grayden, a veteran softball coach, returns to the league he used to work for, he expects to be reinstated as a coach for the older, accomplished teams and players. Instead, he winds up with the 10-and-under girl’s team, and finds himself working with a group of children with little […]

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  • Find Out What It Was Like At The Birth Of The “Star Wars” Franchise — “Elstree 1976” Opens Today

    Find Out What It Was Like At The Birth Of The “Star Wars” Franchise — “Elstree 1976” Opens Today

    May 6, 2016 — Elstree 1976 opens today. This acclaimed documentary interviews people who were there — at the beginning of one of film’s most popular franchises. They were the extras and the walk-ons, the costumed, masked and helmeted actors who never got personal recognition. And they weren’t terribly concerned about recognition when they showed up at Elstree Studios in 1976 for a few days of work on what many of them thought would be straight to video production. Little did they know that they […]

  • “Anarchy Parlor” Is A Horror Film That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

    “Anarchy Parlor” Is A Horror Film That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

    April 29, 2016 — Anarchy Parlor is horror turned up a notch.A group of 6 young American tourists traveling in Vilnius, Lithuania meets Uta, an apprentice to a master tattoo artist. She cannot praise his work too highly. Two of the friends, Amy and Brock, decide to check out his work.They will discover that the artist has his own agenda — one that is much darker and more sinister than they could have imagined. He practices a dark art — a […]

  • “Harry & Snowman” Is A True Story That Will Melt Your Heart

    “Harry & Snowman” Is A True Story That Will Melt Your Heart

    April 29, 2016 — This is a movie with a true Hollywood ending, a Cinderella story in which the Cinderella character was actually a horse, a heart-warming, disarming and tear-jerking tale that feels too good to be true.But it is.Harry & Snowman details Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant who came to this country after World War II. His family had worked in the Dutch underground, hiding Jews in their farm and helping them escape the Nazis. A family whose son was shot down in Holland (the son was […]

  • “Another Harvest Moon” Boasts A Stellar Cast

    “Another Harvest Moon” Boasts A Stellar Cast

    April 28, 2016 — Some days Frank feels fine. But there are the bad days, too.Another Harvest Moon details Frank (Academy Award®-winner Ernest Borgnine), an elderly man living in a nursing home, has friends and a concerned family. He also has people in the home who look out for him and care for him. He just isn’t sure he wants to continue living.He spends time with June (Piper Laurie, Twin Peaks, The Hustler, Love, Lies and Lullabies) who is losing her ability to remember or concentrate; Ella (Anne […]

  • An Educator Teaches At-Risk Students Respect And Trust In “The Bad Kids”

    An Educator Teaches At-Risk Students Respect And Trust In “The Bad Kids”

    April 28, 2016 — For its students, Black Rock Continuation High School is a last chance.Coming from an indigent area in the Mojave Desert, the kids who find themselves at Black Rock are at serious risk of dropping out. Many are from troubled families and have had to cope with poverty, parental drug abuse, homelessness — significant issues that can sidetrack anyone. The young people at this school have been labeled “Bad Kids,” unable to graduate from traditional public schools. Alternative schools […]

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  • “Going Clear: Scientology And the Prison Of Belief” Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

    “Going Clear: Scientology And the Prison Of Belief” Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

    April 27, 2016 —  The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 26 that the acclaimed documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  had won a Peabody Award.The Peabody Awards are highly coveted and prestigious; they recognize distinguished and meritorious service by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals. The Awards reflect “Excellence On Its Own Terms.” Approximately 30 awards are given out each year, chosen from thousands of submissions.The award was created in recognition of the fact that […]

  • In “Fall To Rise,” An Injured Ballet Dancer Feels Unable To Cope With A Life That Does Not Include Dancing

    In “Fall To Rise,” An Injured Ballet Dancer Feels Unable To Cope With A Life That Does Not Include Dancing

    April 27, 2016 — Perhaps no other art form is as immersive and potentially destructive for its practitioners as ballet.Ballet’s requirements: physical perfection according to ballet’s standards, strength (and, therefore, youth) and a dancer’s willingness to devote him or herself absolutely to their art. These demands render it unforgiving and totally immersive.Opera singers who take care of their voices can sing into their 60’s and occasionally beyond. Ballet dancers rarely perform after 40.Fall to Rise is the story of a […]

  • Elizabeth Wood, Director Of The Controversial Film “White Girl,” Sits Down With Cast Members To Discuss The Film

    Elizabeth Wood, Director Of The Controversial Film “White Girl,” Sits Down With Cast Members To Discuss The Film

    April 27, 2016 — Writer/director Elizabeth Wood sat down for an interview with some of the  cast members of White Girl, the controversial drama  which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival.She, Morgan Saylor, Justin Bartha and Brian “Sene” Marc discussed the move which has generated so much discussion.Wood, who had previously mentioned that parts of the script are autobiographical, stated: “It is inspired by real life, but any time you tell a story you decide when it begins and when it […]

  • For The Armchair Traveler Who Delights In The Beauties Of Nature

    For The Armchair Traveler Who Delights In The Beauties Of Nature

    April 26, 2016 — There is so little of the natural world left that has not been remade, altered or damaged by human contact. Sometimes it feels as if the only way to experience nature in its truly natural state requires more travel and trekking than many of us can manage. The Untouched Planet (season 1) takes you to many of the most unspoiled places left on earth. Watch scenic wonders, untouched plant life, fabulous creatures and staggering formations as Mother […]

  • “The Last Man On The Moon” Is Available Today On Blu-Ray And DVD

    “The Last Man On The Moon” Is Available Today On Blu-Ray And DVD

    April 26, 2016 —  “…this is Gene, and I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall […]

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  • The “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976” Hits Theaters On May 6

    The “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976” Hits Theaters On May 6

    April 25, 2016 — It is doubtful that anyone connected to the original Star Wars movie back in 1976 imagined that every memory, every story, every piece of memorabilia from those days would become so important.Certainly not the extras who found themselves in Elstree Studio, taking direction from the then-unknown George Lucas. Nor were they likely to think that appearing in the film — particularly underneath extravagant costumes and masks that made them unrecognizable — would be a game changer […]

  • April 23 was the 400th Anniversary Of The Death Of William Shakespeare

    April 23 was the 400th Anniversary Of The Death Of William Shakespeare

    April 25, 2016 — William Shakespeare was born and died on April 23.Or so legend has it. For one of the most famous men in history, remarkably little is known about Shakespeare’s life. There are questions about the actual dates of his life, his religion, his private life, the women he loved (or were they men?) and whether he is even responsible for the output of plays and verses that have made him the most famous writer who ever lived.There […]

  • FilmRise Acquires U.S Rights To “Reset,” Which Documents The Artistic Process Of Benjamin Millepied At The Paris Ballet Opera

    FilmRise Acquires U.S Rights To “Reset,” Which Documents The Artistic Process Of Benjamin Millepied At The Paris Ballet Opera

    April 22, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Reset, the documentary that shows the creative process behind dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied‘s ballet Clear Loud Bright Forward.It was his first production as artistic director of the Paris Ballet Opera dance company, the oldest ballet company in the world. He had announced his intention to infuse the repertory of the company with a modernist sensibility and to shake up an institution noted more for its traditions than its adventurous spirit.The film documents the artistic process of […]

  • April 23rd Is The Birthday Of Shirley Temple

    April 23rd Is The Birthday Of Shirley Temple

    April 22, 2016 — Tomorrow, April 23, is the birthday of Shirley Temple, the greatest child star ever to grace the movies.As a child actor Shirley Temple, the adorable toddler, charmed an audience tired from the Depression and in need of a lift. She was born in 1928 and starred in a string of non-stop successes. Her movies kept 20th Century Fox solvent during the thirties and in 2002 a life-sized statue of the child star was erected on the Fox […]

  • “The New Yorker” Describes “The Witness” As “…A Magnificent Object Lesson In Cinema As An Art Of Ideas”

    “The New Yorker” Describes “The Witness” As “…A Magnificent Object Lesson In Cinema As An Art Of Ideas”

    April 20, 2016 —  The New Yorker Magazine agrees that The Witness is a remarkable movie.Kitty Genovese was raped and murdered in Kew Gardens, New York in 1964. The New York Times reported that 38 people heard or witnessed at least part of the crime and did nothing, allowing the murderer, Winston Moseley, to kill the young woman within feet of her apartment. According to The Times, despite her cries for help, no one even called the police. The story traveled all […]

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  • Music Super Star Prince Has Died

    Music Super Star Prince Has Died

    April 21, 2016 — Prince has died at age 57.One of the most important influences in music for more than three decades, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) died at his estate in  Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. No cause of death was given; the performer was known to have been battling the flu over the past weeks.Prince excelled as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. A musical prodigy, he was extremely influential in multiple music fields: funk, rock, R&B and pop.He had numerous […]

  • It Is The 200th Birthday Of Charlotte Brontë

    It Is The 200th Birthday Of Charlotte Brontë

    April 21, 2016 —  If anyone had told Charlotte Brontë that she would be remembered 200 years after her birth, she would undoubtedly have been both shocked and skeptical.She is best known, of course, for her book, Jane Eyre, one of the most famous books in the English language. Although the Brontë family considered Branwell, the only son to reach adulthood, to be the talent of the family, all three of the surviving sisters — Charlotte, the eldest, Emily and Anne — produced works […]

  • “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Amy Berg’s Remarkable Documentary About Janis Joplin Is Available For Pre-Order On Blu-Ray Or DVD

    “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Amy Berg’s Remarkable Documentary About Janis Joplin Is Available For Pre-Order On Blu-Ray Or DVD

    April 21, 2016 — Amy Berg’s acclaimed and powerful documentary about the life of Janis Joplin is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray.Held over all around the country, the remarkable Janis: Little Girl Blue has been praised by critics and viewers alike. Propelled by the intense and powerful stage presence of the one and only Joplin, the movie also uses Joplin’s own words — in the form of her letters home to her family — to reveal the mindset of […]

  • Today Is National Canadian Film Day

    Today Is National Canadian Film Day

    April 20, 2016 — Today is the day that Canada has chosen to celebrate its film industry.  Their website describes the day as “REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations (both on and offline) across the country. It’s a day to throw off the shackles of fear and insecurity, stand together with Canadians from coast to coast and pat ourselves on the back for something other than various ice-related sports and sports-related doughnut shops. […]

  • “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    April 19, 2016 — Tiffany’s little blue box. Who wouldn’t be excited to get one?Weddings, anniversaries, occasions of all sorts — they wouldn’t be the same without Tiffany’s.Crazy About Tiffany’s is a loving look at the world-famous brand and how the company fascinated the world. Tiffany’s is easily one of the most recognizable names and trademarks of all time, symbolizing luxury, quality and glamor.In 1812, Charles Tiffany took a $1,000 loan from his father to start a small store with a friend. By […]

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