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    Documentary Classics: "Stevie" is a Brilliant Consideration of Family and Filmmaking Responsibility

    I've been wanting to start up a column on documentary classics for a while now but couldn't decide what film to start with. Yesterday I watched Steve James' "Stevie" for the first time, and -- oh yeah -- this is the one. Less than ten years old, it might seem too new a film to be considered a "classic." Docs tend to age a lot quicker than fiction films, though, with only a few years needed to determine if they're permanent must-see works or momentary imperatives that quickly become outdated. A more obvious and easy choice would be James' "Hoop Dreams," and certainly it deserves a discussion here in the future. However, I partly wish to recommend lesser known films requiring more attention, either than what they received to begin with or than they have had since.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'World On A Wire' Is A Long Lost Rainer Werner Fassbinder Oddity Worthy Of Reconsideration

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “World on a Wire,” a once-thought-lost, nearly-four-hour-long sci-fi epic about the nature of reality and the ways in which we lose ourselves in that potentially futile quest, was made way back in 1973 and for that reason alone, it’s hard not to goggle in awe at how ahead of its time it was, even when it very nearly bores you to death.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomie Harris Signs On For South African Drama "A Green And Quiet River"

    Managing to keep herself busy, in the face of recent claims of the lack of employment in the UK for black British actors, Naomie Harris is attached to star in the French production of a drama titled A Green And Quiet River, alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Ciaran Hinds, and others, with Alain Choquart directing,his feature film debut.

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  • The Playlist
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    Blake Masters To Rewrite 'Colossus' Remake for Universal; Ron Howard & Will Smith Presumably Move On

    Whether it be the success of the insipid "Transformers" franchise, or perhaps Hollywood just has a crippling artificial intelligence neurosis, there are a whole lot of movies about robots going wild on their way to cinemas. From "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon's proposed "WarGames" remake to Steven Spielberg's on the horizon "Robocalypse," if the next few years don't make us scared of technological change, nothing will.

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  • Caryn James
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    Lisa Kudrow’s Brilliant "Web Therapy" on Showtime: Bigger, Longer, Should Have Been Cut

    This is therapy as it ought to be: three minutes long, by web-cam so you don’t have to leave your house, dispensing with all that dead-end foolishness about “dreams and feelings.” Voila. You have what Fiona Wallice (created to perfection by Lisa Kudrow) calls in her mincingly precise voice “a new treatment modality.” If only it worked.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Hunger Games' Poster Lights Up Katniss Everdeen's Mockingjay Pin

    Believe it "Hunger Games" fans, the movie is about eight months away and the marketing campaign is already heating up. We've already gotten our first peek at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Now a brand new "motion poster" has hit the web to stoke the fires even more (sorry, couldn't resist).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Everyday Sushine: The Story of Fishbone" Gets Theatrical Release Dates!

    Profiled on the old S&A site in April this year, when it was revealed that it would screen at the Atlanta Film Festival, Everyday Sushine: The Story of Fishbone will receive an official theatrical release this fall, courtesy of Pale Griot Films, opening in New York City, on October 7th, at ReRun Theater in Brooklyn, followed by an L.A. run at Laemmle Sunset 5, beginning on October 21st.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Decode the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Poster

    Appropriately enough for a spy thriller about deciphering codes, this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy poster asks you to find clues embedded in its design. That's The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman playing MI6 agent George Smiley, a role made famous by Alec Guinness in John Irvin's 1979 mini-series based on John le Carre's Cold War thriller. (It's a great read.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Buckley, The Worst Boxer Of All Time, Gets His Own Movie From The Director Of 'Soul Food'

    Director George Tillman Jr. has had quite an interesting career in Hollywood so far. After the release of his feature directorial debut "Soul Food," Tillman used the clout garnered from the surprise financial success of that film, and unselfishly threw it behind several other productions like "Barbershop" and the "Soul Food" television series (take that Tyler Perry). As for his directing career, that is an entirely different matter. After adapting two true life stories into decent films with 2000's "Men of Honor" and 2009's "Notorious," Tillman directed the confused and frankly awful revenge picture "Faster," which found itself spinning its wheels last Thanksgiving.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stephen King Not All That Surprised 'The Dark Tower' Fell Apart, Has Faith Ron Howard Will Make It

    Well, the writing was pretty much on the wall already before it was announced yesterday that Universal had yanked the cord on "The Dark Tower." Despite lots of movement late last year and early this year, with Javier Bardem being tipped for the lead role and lots of excitement around the multi-platform mega franchise that would've seen Stephen King's book series stretched out over three films and television series, word just as quickly quieted as the honchos over at Universal began to get cold feet over the scope and more importantly the cost of the project. Word was that the budget was being reworked and the production start pushed back, but as director Ron Howard begin circling new projects including a "Spy Vs. Spy" movie and the Formula 1 racing drama "Rush" which is already casting up we can't say anyone was shocked by the collapse of "The Dark Tower." Least of all, the author himself.

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