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I Origins in Dolby Atmos: A Whole New World You May Not Care About

11:10 AM 7/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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The Dolby Atmos theater system delivers audio from speakers located on all four wall of the theater and the ceiling, so when you hear rainfall it’s almost like feeling it. When the dragon Smaug galumphs across screen you hear his tail wrap itself around you. When gunfire blazes off a 3D screen past your head, you might just duck.

Interview with 007 George Lazenby for Landmark's Anniversary Series Revival of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

7:02 PM 7/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the first Bond “reboot." Of the 26 films in the Bond franchise OHMSS is among the top two most admired (the other: From Russia With Love). It’s the only film in which Bond marries, the first to imply an international orgy and the only one to star George Lazenby.

Goodbye And Thank You: The Director of Hoop Dreams Talks About His New Roger Ebert Biography, LIFE ITSELF

7:38 PM 6/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Film Critic Roger Ebert ended the first paragraph of his review of Hoop Dreams saying that film “gives us the impression of having touched life itself.” There’s a poignant symmetry in the title of Steve James’ newest documentary, Life Itself, about the work of America’s most acclaimed film critic, Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert.

Documentarian and True Crime Fan Joe Berlinger Makes a Man (Not a Myth) out of Whitey Bulger in WHITEY

5:09 PM 6/25/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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James “Whitey” Bulger is big crook. Al Capone big. John Gotte big. But bringing him up in the same context as those wise guys is dicey because his life as an untouchable was made possible by the long shadows of their Cosa Nostra. As Boston’s branch of the F.B.I. occupied themselves with the national case against the Italian Mafia, Bulger and his Winter Hill Mob (Boston’s Irish Mob) operated with near impunity.

Jan and his daughter Johanna Troell talk Journalism, Bergman and THE LAST SENTENCE

1:02 AM 6/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt published an article calling Hitler “an insult” the article threatened to speed Sweden’s entrance into World War II. According to veteran filmmaker Jan Troell, director of Segerstedt biopic The Last Sentence, a journalist like Segerstedt couldn’t exist today. “Maybe Julian Assange comes close,” he said, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks, but only in prominence; Assange doesn’t exactly do the same kind of work.

Not So Pure: Andrew Rossi Investigates Cracks in The IVORY TOWER

2:42 PM 6/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Andrew Rossi’s newest documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at the state of higher education in America and sees a system in disrepair. Rossi says the subject at the heart of his work is “disruption. It’s what all my films are about. Whether it’s how technology has changed the New York Times (Page One) or how a family manages their restaurant during a changing economy (Table for One).

On Dads And Dog Cocks: Michael Nirenberg Dishes on BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY

11:25 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Michael Nirenberg remembers the moment in 2nd grade it occurred to him his father’s work was different from the other dads. Like his father, Nirenberg works in art direction; he’s a scenic artist for film (Salt, Shame) and TV (working on Girls Season 4 right now). His father William Nirenberg spent his career as an art director for men’s magazines, most famously working for Larry Flynt's Hustler Magazine.

Review: (Not So) Obvious Child

1:22 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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People are going to argue with me, but Jenny Slate’s character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation has a lot in common with her character in Obvious Child. Both are crass and outspoken. Both laugh at the wrong times and about the wrong things. Both joke like 12-year-old boys. The primary difference is Donna Stark, Slate’s moonlighting standup comedienne in Obvious Child, is dangerously vulnerable.

William Eubank Hacks "a Little Magic" Into a Classical SciFi With The Signal

12:17 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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William Eubank is very social...with his media. The people milling around the press tour for his film, The Signal, are comparing the instagrams they took with the writer/director. These social butterflies are mostly publicists, people who’ve been photo-bombed by bigger names (Ted Danson and Tom Hanks come up a lot), but Eubank conjures excitement and that’s news indeed.

Review: The Edge of Tomorrow (And The Middle of Tom Cruise)

10:33 PM 6/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Edge of Tomorrow uses Tom Cruise to cleverly riff on the 'universal soldier,' resulting in a movie that’s more exciting than Oblivion but not as funny as Groundhog’s Day. Based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel “All You Need is Kill,” the film takes place after an alien invasion has begun expediently dispatching the earth’s population.

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