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    Green Lantern and Mr. Popper's Penguins Could Disappoint, Buck, Page One, Art of Getting By

    No one expected Warners' DC movie Green Lantern to score with critics (it managed a mere 22% Tomatometer score), as opposed to well-reviewed Super 8 and X-Men: First Class, which are still going strong at the box office. But Warners is putting $100 million of marketing muscle behind the $200 million...

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    LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

    The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).

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    Scorsese Does George Harrison, Citizen Kane Goes Blu-Ray, Chastain's Tree of Life Secrets

    Martin Scorsese will premiere his long-in-the-works George Harrison documentary later this year, says Harrison’s widow, Olivia: “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon… but it will be this year.” The documentary about the late Beatle, George Harrison: Living in the Material World was fir...

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    Remembering Richard Leacock, Clips, Louise Brooks Interview

    L.M. Kit Carson remembers documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, who died March 23 at age 89. (Video interview and film clips below).Ricky Leacock means a lot of good to a lot of film-people. Many showed up starting at 9:30 AM June 5 at Lincoln Center’s nearby Walter Reade Theater at the unique Lea...

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    Sundance, Redford and Fukunaga Tribute Satter on the 30th Anniversary of Institute Labs

    The Sundance Institute mounted an A-list fundraiser in the dark woods at Franklin Canyon last week, complete with music by Fitz and the Tantrums. Sundance founder Robert Redford gave his trademark speech--which he delivers charmingly--about how he saw the need to counteract the prevailing studio tre...

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    Weekend Preview: Can the Fab Super 8 Beat Holdovers X-Men & The Hangover?

    First, check out J.J. Abrams' Spielberg homage, Super 8: you'll have fun discussing it afterwards.

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    Trailer Watch: Tabloid's Sex Scandal, Media & Mormons

    Errol Morris' Tabloid hits theaters July 15. Check out our interview feature on the director; his fabulous new trailer is below. Morris is a nonpareil when it comes to editing, as anyone who knows his witty commercials and famous Oscar shorts can attest.

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    Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

    Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm no...

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    Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities

    Ridley Scott invites the public to aid in promoting the UK theatrical release of Life in a Day on June 17 (it opens in the US June 29), and by doing so raise money for UK charities, all through the Micro Movie Moguls initiative. This is how it works: An individual or company sets themselves up as a ...

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    Stephen Colbert Denies Age of Caves in Werner Herzog's 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    During his Colbert Report interview with Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Stephen Colbert sheds doubt on the age of the Chauvet Caves in the filmmaker's latest doc, the 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams (below, with the film's trailer). Here's our exclusive video clip. Herzog likes the idea of using an all-p...

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