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Sarah Polley reveals family secret in new documentary 'Stories We Tell'

Sarah Polley has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject: her 2006 film Away from Her, which she wrote and directed, was a devastating portrait of Alzheimer’s, and even way back as a 12-year-old child actor, she stood up for herself against the wonderful magical corporate behemoth of Disney when she protested against the First Gulf War while promoting a film.

Her new documentary, Stories We Tell — which debuted at the Venice Film Festival this week — is perhaps her most fearless undertaking to date. In a blog post published Wednesday on the National Film Board of Canada’s website, the Take This Waltz director revealed the inspiration for the film, a family secret she had been holding onto for years: she had been conceived in an extramarital affair and the man she had believed to be her father, was not. READ FULL STORY

Austin's Fantastic Fest adds 'Sinister,' 'Looper,' and Halloween haunted house doc 'The American Scream' to lineup

Fantastic Fest has announced that the Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie Sinister, director Rian Johnson’s time travel thriller Looper, and The American Scream — a documentary about homemade haunted houses directed by Best Worst Movie filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson — will all be playing at next month’s celebration of genre movies in Austin, Texas. Johnson and Stephenson are set to attend the festival, as are Sinister director Scott Derrickson, producer Jason Blum and writer C. Robert Cargill.

Other new additions to the event include anthology movies The ABCs of Death, Doomsday Book and the world premiere of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which will be attended by Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins.

This second wave of films lengthens a lineup which already boasts opening night film Dredd 3D, the Shining documentary Room 237, and the horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies.

Fantastic Fest takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location, Sept. 20-27.

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‘Dredd 3D,’ ‘Room 237,’ and ‘Cockneys vs Zombies,’ to play at Austin’s Fantastic Fest

Toronto Film Festival adds Michael Jackson doc, films from Brian De Palma, Nick Cassavetes


New films from Spike Lee, Nick Cassavetes, and Brian De Palma are among the 29 titles joining the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival slate, the festival announced today. Lee’s documentary Bad 25 commemorates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad, including footage shot by the pop superstar. Cassavetes’ Yellow focuses on a woman whose Vicodin habit plunges her into a high style fantasy world; it stars Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands (i.e. Cassavetes mother), Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith. And De Palma’s Passion pits Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (pictured) against each other as a high-powered business woman and her protégé.  READ FULL STORY

BBC Three plans documentary 'The Batman Shootings' about Colorado massacre

British production firm Mentorn Media has been commissioned to produce a one-hour documentary on the Aurora, Colorado shooting for BBC Three, the network announced today.

The Batman Shootings will be the first documentary to air about the events from July 20. It will air on the youth-oriented channel on August 23.

Presenter Amal Fashanu traveled to Aurora, Colorado and spoke with survivors, as well as other young Americans, about  hot-button issues such as the right to own a gun and the death penalty.

“Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora – and even this weekend the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee in which seven people were killed – the list of gun massacres in the USA grows ever longer. America is mainly split on the issue of gun controls – this film concentrates on what young people there think should happen now,” said Executive Producer Steve Anderson in a release on the BBC website.

It’s not clear if or when the documentary will air in the United States. EW reached out to the BBC for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

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'You've Been Trumped' documentary director talks about taking on The Donald


In 2005, Donald Trump announced plans to build two golf courses and a 450 bedroom hotel at the Menie Estate on Scotland’s east coast. The bad news for local residents? Trump’s golf complex was to be situated on the Menie Estate’s dunes, a beautiful wilderness area and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The bad news for Trump? British journalist Anthony Baxter decided to make a documentary about what he regarded as a David-and-Goliath struggle between the local population and the Apprentice star.

Baxter’s film, You’ve Been Trumped, debuts today at New York’s Angelika cinema and opens in Los Angeles on August 17.

Below, the director talks about why he decided to take on The Donald, getting arrested for his efforts, and why even he can’t help explain what’s going on with Trump’s hair.


'Dredd 3D,' 'Room 237,' and 'Cockneys vs Zombies,' to play at Austin's Fantastic Fest

The organizers of Fantastic Fest have announced the first wave of film programming for this year’s event, which includes Dredd 3D, the Shining documentary Room 237, and the U.S. premiere of British horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies. The Karl Urban-starring Dredd 3D will screen on Sept. 20, the opening night of the genre festival which is hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location in Austin, Tx. The festival runs until September 27.


'Katy Perry: Part of Me': How did Katy Perry first start singing? -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

You know her for singing about human fireworks and teenage dreams, but there was a time in Katy Perry’s music career where she sang about a single sacred subject: Jesus Christ. “When I was five [years old], the guy that was preachin’ at the revivals — he came up to me,” an 18-year-old Perry says in this exclusive clip from her upcoming 3-D documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me. “Out of a few thousand people, he said to me, ‘You’re gonna sing.'”

Check out the clip below, and marvel at how, even at the beginning of her career, Perry never kept her hair a single color for very long:  READ FULL STORY

Tired of superheroes and aliens? Our alternative summer movie preview

When you think about the summer movie season, you think of sequels, prequels, and bloated budgets. Granted, some of this season’s blockbusters — like Prometheus and The Avengers — were pretty good. But if you’re sick of superheroes and don’t want to check your brain at the multiplex door, here are five summer films to look out for.

In theaters now is Your Sister’s Sister, an insightful and often adorable indie comedy about three thirtysomethings (Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt) who become personally entangled during a short stay at a Pacific Northwest cottage. See it before your friends tell you all the surprising plot twists. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon action figure to accompany Comic-Con documentary DVD -- EXCLUSIVE

The man who brought The Avengers to the big screen, created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and resurrected Firefly from the dead as Serenity has finally gotten what he deserves.

An action figure.

Toy versions of Joss Whedon will be packaged along with collector’s DVDs of Morgan Spurlock’s geek-culture documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look.


Adam Yauch: Remembering the Beastie Boy's contribution to indie movies

It is unsurprising that on the day we lost Adam Yauch to cancer, the Beastie Boy is being remembered mainly for his musical achievements. But over the last decade, Yauch also made a significant contribution to the film world both as a director — overseeing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I F—in’ Shot That and the 2008 basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot – and as the co-founder of the film company Oscilloscope Pictures.

Yauch set up Oscilloscope in 2008 with ThinkFilm Vice President David Fenkel and, over the past four years, the company has released an impressively eclectic array of movies, including The Messenger, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Bellflower, Howl, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and the Michelle Williams-starring Wendy and Lucy. Upcoming Oscilloscope releases include the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits and 28 Hotel Rooms, the first feature from director Matt Ross.


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