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LEONARD NIMOY LEAVES US

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the "Star Trek" cult series from 1966 to 1969, died at age 83 in Los Angeles. He also directed the 1985 movie "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and played this character for three seasons on television. Nimoy also shot several episodes of "Mission Impossible" during 1969-1971. His career will forever remain attached to his Mr. Spock character (created by ... more >

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EDDIE REDMAYNE CROWNED BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BIRDMAN WINS BEST DIRECTOR AND MORE IN OSCARS UPSET

It was a magical night in Tinseltown, during which the stars were aligned and the year's great films and the people who made them happen were rewarded richly and rightly. Well, almost. The Clint Eastwood-directed "American Sniper" fell tonight under enemy fire. Are academy voters turning into tree-huggers on me? Where's the love? This year voters sent a strong anti-war message by leaving the ... more >

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!

The red carpet has been unfurled and Hollywood is getting ready for its collective close-up. The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be taking place at Hollywood's 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre tonight. It's pretty clear that it's down to "Birdman" and "Boyhood," both of which are jockeying for the best picture nod. Performers on hand include Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson ... more >

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FRENCH AWARDS GET SISSAKOED, Timbuktu sweeps awards table

This year marked forty for French movie awards

At the last Cannes Festival this past May Abderrahmane Sissako's slow burn-tale about a town's descent into Islamist hell was the first movie I saw. By the end of fest (that is, about fifty movies later), "Timbuktu" waded around my brain like a very sweet but anxiety-inducing dream I once had. It's now nearly a year later now and director Sissako has triumphed as France's best filmmaker, ... more >

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Putting a face to the numbers in THE HUNTING GROUND

90 mins / color
Directed by Kirby Dick
Also known as "Campus assaults"

There are a lot of ways that “The Hunting Ground” echoes “The Invisible War,” director and writer Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s last documentary. Both are films that expose the ugly side of celebrated institutions, with “The Hunting Ground” taking on star universities and “The Invisible War” confronting the U.S. military. Both lay bare the banality of sexual violence that occurs within these ... more >

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PREVIEW – “Seymour: an introduction”

Directed by Ethan Hawke
Limited release: March 13th

Ethan Hawke’s first feature documentary “Seymour: an introduction” makes no attempt to be comprehensive about the life of its titular subject, classical pianist Seymour Bernstein. Instead, it focuses on what drew Hawke to Seymour: his sagaciousness and reflections on music, artistic devotion, and life. Eighty-seven years young, Seymour is a guru who not only mentors in piano playing but also in ... more >

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Terminal illness and the power of cinema in FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD

(2015, 102 min) / 16:9 / 5.1
A documentary film by Henry Corra and Reggie Nicholson

"Farewell to Hollywood," a documentary film by Henry Corra and Reggie Nicholson, will get a limited theatrical release later this month. Doc has screened at IDFA, Hot Springs Doc Fest and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Film will open in New York at Cinema Village on February 25 and at the Noho 7 in Los Angeles on March 13. A national release will follow. In "Farewell" seventeen year-old ... more >