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    Review: 'If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front' Is A Compelling Eco-Terrorism Doc

    Of all the "issue" documentaries that have come out in the past few years about our environment, one that hasn't been broached, in any kind of thorough way, has been eco-terrorism. Part of this undoubtedly has to do with the propagation of the image of environmentalists as peace-loving, hippy dippy folks who would rather hold up signs and play hacky sack (while on break from Hampshire College) than burn out a building or engage in Palahniuk-ian fits of mischief and violent rebellion. But an even bigger reason why the subject hasn't been tackled in any kind of in-depth way must surely be the thorny, morally complicated issue of eco-terrorism; at times their aims are understandable and their tactics not much different than those they're rallying against, but there's an intensity to their methods that leaves some feeling uncomfortable, and anything involving the word "terrorist" is a tough sell.

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    Byron Allen Launching New HD TV Channel For African American Audiences

    Another one? But where's all the content going to come from to fill time slots for all these new black TV channels? A good time for content creators? Read on...

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    A "Jurassic Park" Themed Sex Hotel!?

    Hold on to your butts.

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    The Small Screen: Steve Zailian & Richard Price Remaking BBC Hit 'Criminal Justice' For HBO

    Plus David S. Goyer Adapting Comic '100 Bullets' For Showtime, And Sam Raimi's 'Noir' Greenlit By StarzWhen what would otherwise be a sure-fire Oscar contender teaming Todd Haynes and Kate Winslet ends up as a five-hour miniseries, when the season finale of "Game of Thrones" is the talk of the town, and when Darren Aronofsky follows up his most successful film to date with a TV pilot written by a Pulitzer Prize-winner, you know that the idea that TV as a lesser medium is long gone. In the last six months alone, names like Gus Van Sant, Mark Romanek, Jody Hill, Tom Hanks, Neil Gaiman, Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin, David Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Towne, Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Javier Bardem, David Fincher and Kevin Spacey have all been working on TV shows to one degree on another.

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    Films to Watch for This Fall on the Film Fest Circuit: The Women

    The intrepid folks at IndieWIRE have put together a wish list for films they want to see this fall on the film fest circuit. Here are the women centric and women directed ones on the list. (all descriptions from IndieWIRE) On the list there are 7 films directed by women out of 50. My only other thought is that I would have added Angelina Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

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    Guest Post: Bob Persons "Herzog Astrology"

    There are a lot of barriers to entry in the film business. Gender,race, and class get a lot of attention (but still not enough to facilitate significant change... yet). For many reasons, indie film is also looked at as the domain of youth. We hear all kinds of stories of Sundance whiz kids bursting on the scene. But what about those of later years, who have lived some serious chunks of life before stepping behind the camera? Can something be done to encourage more work from an older sector? What would that yield?

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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'Puss In Boots' Introduces Prison Rape Jokes To The 'Shrek' Franchise

    Last year's "Shrek Forever After" was billed as the "final chapter" in the DreamWorks fairytale franchise, but with the four films grossing nearly $3 billion worldwide between them ("Shrek 2" remains the fifth biggest domestic grosser), the likelihood of Katzenberg & Co leaving the series alone was minimal. And so, barely 18 months after the fourth "Shrek," we'll see "Puss In Boots," a spin-off focusing on the Zorro-esque kitty voiced by Antonio Banderas in the second, third and fourth films.

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    Watch "Indisputable Swagger" By Tahir Jeter (Fundraising; Maybe I Should Add That It's Mildly NSFW?)

    Tahir Jeter - whose short film Close (a 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection), has been highlighted previously on this site - is fundraising for his next film titled A Reasonable Doubt, which is a Fractured Atlas-sponsored project.

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    'Wet Hot American Summer' Director David Wain Says He's Thinking About A Sequel/Prequel

    Says Universal Won't Release A 10th Anniversary Edition DVDIt may be hard to believe but it's been ten years since "Wet Hot American Summer" hit theatres. It probably doesn't feel like that long because not many people saw it upon it's initial release. After making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, the camp comedy received only a perfunctory theatrical release that next summer and died at the box office, collecting less than $300,000 during its run. But fans began to discover the film on DVD, quoting it, having themed parties and suddenly the former flop became one of the biggest cult films of the past decade. This writer can remember seeing it shortly after it was released on DVD and then screening it repeatedly for any houseguest who hadn't yet seen the film.

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    "Eat the Sun" is an Extremely Fascinating Doc About the Unebelievable World of Sungazing

    Here's an idea for Steven Spielberg: the next "Indiana Jones" movie follows the iconic archaeologist into a new phase of his life where he's founded a sect of Christianity based in part around "sungazing," an ancient practice of staring into the sun daily for an extended period of time as a source of biological and spiritual nourishment. And maybe he's also completely given up eating. Sounds wackier and more unlikely than the fridge-nuking scene, or anything else, in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," right? But truth is of course stranger than fiction, and this is actually part of the amazing new documentary "Eat the Sun," which premieres on The Documentary Channel tonight.

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