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Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend. Citizenfourdirected by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read


Nancy Snyderman Out Of Quarantine – But Not Returning To NBC For Another Month


NBC News will bring back its chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, whose mandatory quarantine ends today — but the news division is keeping her out of circulation for another month, presumably to give the toxicity of her quarantine violation time to subside. In a memo to staff, NBC News chief Deborah Turness announced that the 21-day quarantine period of Snyderman and her team is ending tonight, but that “we have encouraged them — and they have agreed — to take… Read


Powerful ‘Klinghoffer’ Premiere Starts With Protests, Ends With Cheers


Police barricades surrounded the plaza at Lincoln Center, helicopters buzzed overhead and several hundred protesters, at one point led by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, denounced the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening for presenting The Death Of Klinghoffer. Brandishing placards that read “Shame On Peter Gelb” — a reference to the Met's general manager — and “The Met Opera Glorifies Terrorism,” the marchers sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and listened to… Read


Oh, Baby: Lax Labor Laws (Or None At All) Leave Working Infants On Sets Vulnerable


Protecting Kids On Sets: Third In A Series Finding film and television work for newborn and prematurely born babies is big business. Project Casting, a popular casting website, put out a call for the CW's The Originals, which was shooting in New Orleans. "Casting for Caucasian babies to play our lead character's baby for our final season episode," the April notice said. "Newborns or older that are the size of newborns. Babies that were premature are ideal!" That same… Read


Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study


After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read


David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault

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Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Letterman on The Late Showtook the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported. Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When… Read


‘Klinghoffer’ Powder Keg Makes Strange Bedfellows of Rudy Giuliani, Floyd Abrams

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When was the last time an opera inspired noisy demonstrations on the ground and extreme bloviating in the media? Yet that's what the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams and Alice Goodman's powerful 1991 The Death Of Klinghoffer has prompted. On Monday night, you can expect to hear about rabid protesters hollering across police barricades in front of the Met on the vast plaza at Lincoln Center. Their issue? This serious work of musical art has the audacity to… Read


Ferguson-Related Docu Banned By St. Louis Theater Heads To VOD Amid Racial Tension

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Talk about timing. Spanish Lake, the racially-charged documentary banned from St. Louis' Wehrenberg theaters in the aftermath of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson — known by the locals now as Ferghanistan — is now heading to VOD. The film couldn't have come at a worse or better time (depending on your perspective). It chronicles the white flight out of Spanish Lake, a city only a few miles from the center of where the rioting and protests are taking place. The… Read


BBC Says China Blocking Its Website There


The BBC said access to its English-language website is being blocked across China by authorities there in an act of “deliberate censorship.” The company said it was the English-language site has generally not been blocked from Chinese readers, though its Chinese-language site and other services, such as BBC World TV, have been blocked sporadically, especially when reporting on sensitive stories in China. “The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people… Read


Nancy Snyderman No Ebola Risk To Others Says CDC Chief; Matt Lauer Insists She Owned Up To Mistake


A public health nurse is monitoring Nancy Snyderman and her crew members twice a day, and police are conducting increased surveillance of her home area, Princeton health officer Jeff Grosser assured town council members, in re new procedures in place since NBC's chief medical editor violated her quarantine. Meanwhile, Snyderman was being flamed in comments on NBC News' website over her statement about the quarantine nose-thumbing. In that statement, read on air last night… Read


Int’l Film Community (Literally) Voices Opposition To Trial Of Ukraine Helmer

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Eight months after the arrest of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a renewed plea has gone out for his release. The European Film Academy has joined with the French Directors' Guild (aka SRF which organizes Directors' Fortnight in Cannes) in support of Sentsov, who was detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on May 10. A new petition calling for the film community to read a statement during public appearances and interviews voicing their… Read


Marvel Cancels ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Book Series Before Fox 2015 Movie Launch

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What's the old saying? With friends like these … Marvel announced at NY Comic-Con that it has cancelled (or apparently put on a looong hiatus) any further Fantastic Four comic books. This comes just ahead of 20th Century Fox's launch of another film property based on the comic book next year. Why? We had heard that Marvel wanted to use the Fantastic Four characters in future Avengers films, so it could be a way for Marvel to put pressure on the studio. Or maybe it doesn't… Read


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