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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailers from Hell: 'The Prize' with Paul Newman

    Joe Dante leads us through Cold War melodrama "The Prize" (1963), starring Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson and Elke Sommer. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the Irving Wallace potboiler set during the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Lehman borrows liberally from his own Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest," which also stars Leo G. Carroll.

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: John Scheinfeld Talks Harry Nilsson, VOD, Jeff Bridges, And New Music Documentaries

    Documentary fanatics should hopefully already be familiar with SundanceNOW’s terrific DOC CLUB program (for the uninitiated, it’s a carefully curated VOD/streaming program by doc connoisseur Thom Powers of Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Miami Film Festival and others). October is “Music Month" on SundanceNOW and one of the documentaries prominently featured is John Scheinfeld’s excellent tribute to Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter/still-underrated musician Harry Nilsson titled “Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?” An informative tribute to a talent that tried like hell to stay out of the spotlight, the filmmaker’s effort is an enjoyable one and is near-guaranteed to propel you towards Nilsson’s discography.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview 'Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story' (On The Life Of 1st Black QB To Win Grey Cup)

    Preview 'Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story' (On The Life Of 1st Black QB To Win Grey Cup)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    '60 Minutes' Showcases 007, Anderson Cooper Plays Bond [Video]

    On "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Anderson Cooper interviewed the guardians of the Bond franchise, the daughter and stepson of "Cubby" Broccoli -- Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson -- about the task they inherited and their most recent Bond: "Skyfall."On "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Anderson Cooper interviewed the guardians of the Bond franchise, the daughter and stepson of "Cubby" Broccoli - Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson - about the task they inherited and their most recent Bond rendition: "Skyfall."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Kids Are King In Winning Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

    It is often said that soccer is the world's game, because all you need is a ball, and anybody -- of any race or class or social standing -- can play. But if there was a close second, chess could arguably fill that slot. All you need is a board and someone to play with and you're good to go, and there is a case to be made that the mental dexterity needed to perform at the highest level equals that to any overhead volley on the pitch. However, it differs from sports in one key facet. While most other athletic competitions define success by statistics, chess celebrates problem solving and requires players to not necessarily eliminate their opponent's pieces but to craft the most cunning way to victory. But as audiences will see in the documentary "Brooklyn Castle," the problems the kids of I.S. 318 face go beyond the board into real life, and yet, what they learn from their bishops and pawns has indelibly marked them forever.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Raimi Might Just Direct That 'Poltergeist' Remake Himself

    So, even though it was reported already this spring, some folks apparently had doubts so it has been super-confirmed, but yes, "Rabbit Hole" director David Lindsay-Abaire is really and truly writing the script for the MGM "Poltergeist" remake that Sam Raimi will produce. Or will he step into the director's chair too? Bear with this.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Gabriel Mascaro's Feature Doc 'Dom├ęstica' ('Housemaids') - 'The Help' Unscripted

    It's not quite The Help; the filmmaker's approach intrigues me, and I'd like to see what the end result looks, sounds and feels like.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Jai White Says 'Black Dynamite 2' Will Be A 'Blazing Saddles'-Style Comedy

    Michael Jai White likes to talk about "Black Dynamite 2" even though the sequel seems no closer to happening than it did when the original movie first came out in 2009. While promises were made this spring that shooting would get underway by the end of 2012, it looks like those plans didn't pan out, though the animated spin-off premiered this summer. But give White a microphone and ask him about the sequel and he shall speak, and it looks like a different genre is going to be ribbed this time.

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  • The Playlist
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    LFF Review: Strong Performances Carry An Otherwise Pedestrian 'Zaytoun'

    How affected you are by the closing scenes of "Zaytoun" may depend on your pre-existing knowledge of the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli incursion in the country. Nothing’s spelled out in "Zaytoun" other than pointing out the date and location -- Beirut, 1982 -- but that would place the events depicted in the film shortly before the Sabra and Shatila massacre so brutally recalled in 2008’s “Waltz With Bashir.” It’s not something that directly impacts upon the story told on screen, but that the film assumes knowledge of will fundamentally affect the emotional impact its final act carries for different viewers.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Review: 'Brooklyn Castle' (Moving Look At Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

    Review: 'Brooklyn Castle' (Moving Look At Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

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