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    HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

    HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.

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    Video: Oscar-Winning Short 'Saving Face' Debuts on HBO March 8

    The Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, "Saving Face," will debut on HBO March 8. On the Oscar red carpet, I spoke to filmmakers Daniel Junge and Pakistani Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -- the first Pakistani to be nominated for an Oscar, much less win one

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    "Act of Valor" is Actually TOO Authentic, Yet Not Real Enough

    After "Act of Valor," we can no longer complain about inaccuracies and inauthentic material in action movies. This relatively fictional and dramatized look at the work of a U.S. Navy SEAL team is unquestionably the most realistic portrayal of the special ops branch in a "narrative&quo...

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    Cinema Guild Takes 'Planet of Snail;' Documentary Looks at World Without Sound & Sight

    The Cinema Guild has picked up "Planet of Snail" for US distribution. Seung-jun Yi's documentary looks into a silent world where "love and touch are all one needs to survive."

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    Weekend Preview: 'Act of Valor,' 'Wanderlust,' 'Hell and Back Again,' 'Forgiveness of Blood'

    While our last fave rave "Bullhead" expands, this weekend brings some fresh meat. Jennifer Aniston's "Wanderlust" is so far her best-reviewed (78% Fresh) film since 2002's "The Good Girl." Indiewire, however, finds that the film illustrates the problem with every David Wain movie.

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    Do the Oscars Still Matter - Even for Documentaries?

    Once again, as we near closer to another Academy Awards ceremony, people are asking the same old question: do the Oscars still matter? It’s a silly question by itself, because we must consider whether they’ve ever mattered, and if so to what extent. To address the debate in full would take a lot of ...

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    Sundance and SXSW Factual Thriller 'The Imposter' Goes to Indomnia; Reviews

    The Indomina Group has picked up A&E IndieFilms' "The Imposter" for North American distribution. The Sundance entry is also set to play SXSW. Check out the synopsis for the factual thriller below. “Few documentaries are able to draw you in and keep you captivated in the way that 'The Imposter' does,...

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    'Bully' Trailer Debuts, Preview of Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better' MTV Special

    Check out the trailer for doc "Bully," which has been given an R rating by the MPAA ratings board. Needless to say, Harvey Weinstein is fighting back. The Lee Hirsch doc about the bullying epidemic in schools debuted at Tribeca and is slated for a March release.

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    Sundance Selects Takes 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' -- Dissident for Digital Age?

    Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" - the "story of a dissident for the digital age" - has been acquired by Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The doc debuted at Sundance (winning the Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance) and recently screened as an ...

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    Bill Duke's "Dark Girls" Out on DVD in The Next 3 Months; "Yellow Brick Rd" & "What is A Man" In The Works

    Bill Duke's powerful documentary tackling America's issue of 'colorism' in the African American community Dark Girls, screened at the Pan African Film Festival last night. Tambay, who attended the screening, gave us a few updates from the Q&A session after the film.

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