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    Cinema Eye Honors Paradise Lost Filmmakers for Role in Freeing West Memphis Three: Hell Yeah Award

    Cinema Eye Honors Paradise Lost Filmmakers for Role in Freeing West Memphis Three: Hell Yeah Award

    Cinema Eye has named Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky the first recipients of their new Hell Yeah Prize, an award that celebrates "the Intersection of Great Nonfiction Filmmaking Art and Measurable Real World Impact." Berlinger and Sinofsky are getting the award for their HBO Films Paradise Lost trilogy, which has followed for 18 years the wrongly convicted West Memphis Three, who were released from prison on August 19, 2011, in part thanks to the films. Berlinger says that to be singled out for this film is "truly inspiring."

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    Watch: Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston Hang With Hippies In 'Wanderlust' Trailer

    While some of The Playlist team didn't take to "Role Models" right away, it has quickly become a repeat watch for many of us (seriously, it's worth giving another shot -- the movie is absolutely hilarious, packed with all kinds of subtle, funny moments). Now the "Role Models" helmer, David Wain, is back with his followup and while the trailer for "Wanderlust" might not match the belly laughs of his previous effort, this still has a lot of promise to keep us optimistic.

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    VIDEO: Tree of Life Featurettes with Pitt & Chastain Commentary

    Hungry for more of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life? Here are two Fox Searchlight featurettes, now that the film is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The Story and The Cast include commentary from Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, producer Dede Gardner and others. No Malick, natch.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: THE OFFICE and the zen of Robert California

    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: THE OFFICE and the zen of Robert California

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    Review: 'Crime After Crime' Is A Haunting Portrait Of A Domestic Violence Victim Behind Bars

    So, um guys, the OWN Documentary Club is kicking ass in its film selections. We know OWN is the channel your mom watches, but the documentaries it features are excellent films that have received festival runs, critical acclaim, and can't be seen on a large national stage anywhere else. It’s a great outlet for those documentary films that contain years of work by the filmmakers and don’t see the kind of distribution they deserve. The access alone is one reason why the OWN Documentary Club is worth the while-- any distribution for documentaries is needed-- but also because they’ve sported some home run choices in their selections. The woman knows how to pick good stuff after all, and “Crime After Crime,” funded in part by the Sundance Documentary Film Program, is another bases loaded, out of the park hit for documentary fans. Following the years-long appeal to release the illegally incarcerated Deborah Peagler from her 25 to life sentence, the film is a devastating portrait of the power of the human spirit, and a searing indictment of the broken criminal justice system that will leave audiences in a puddle on the floor.

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    Will Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton Board Soderbergh's Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

    Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).

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    Garrett Hedlund Now In Talks For Kaneda In Warner Bros. 'Akira' Remake

    It looks like "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra got his way. After it was revealed last month that Garrett Hedlund was the frontrunner for the developing "Akira" remake, Twitch report today he was the director's first choice with Variety adding that formal talks are now underway.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Five Star Day Premieres on Facebook and Theaters Day-and-Date

    As indie filmmakers continue to try new ways to get their films out--with or without conventional distribution-- Five Star Day, an astrology-themed feature that overemphasizes the significance of place and time, premiered Wednesday November 2 day-and-date in movie theaters and Facebook. Gravitas Ventures and Breaking Glass Pictures claim that it's the first film to open simultaneously on both silver and laptop screens. At the same time that the film is available on Facebook -- $7 gets you access to the film for 48 hours--it will continue to roll out in theaters across the country.

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    Trailer Watch: Safe House Stars Badass Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

    Check out Universal's Safe House, from Swedish born director Daniel Espinosa. The plot sounds familiar, but we'll pay to see Denzel Washington in just about anything. Ryan Reynolds appears suitably second fiddle to Washington, and Vera Farmiga plays the tough CIA woman who balances out the requisite underwear-clad hot girlfriend. The film hits theaters February 2012.

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    Sony Picks Up Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami'

    Robert Pattinson lovers, the wait is over. It looks like "Bel Ami" is finally on its way to theaters, so you'll have something else to look forward to from the actor after he breaks your dawn in a few weeks.

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