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Fantastic Fest announces closing night film

Filmmakers don’t get much more fantastic — in every sense — than Terry Gilliam, the agreeably bonkers auteur whose filmography includes Time Bandits, Brazil, and Twelve Monkeys. So it seems appropriate Fantastic Fest has decided to close this year’s event with his new movie, The Zero Theorem. The Christoph Waltz-starring film, which concerns a reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst, will screen at the Austin, Tx.-based genre festival on September 26.

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Cartoonist Ralph Steadman and Johnny Depp recall gonzo great Hunter S. Thompson in doc 'For No Good Reason' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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British cartoonist and artist Ralph Steadman is probably best known for his squiggly lined collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson, whose early works of gonzo journalism in the 1970s Steadman illustrated in magazines and books. Steadman is the focus of Charlie Paul’s new documentary For No Good Reason, which plays next week at the Toronto film festival before a release in U.S. theaters sometime early next year. In this exclusive clip (after the jump), Steadman recalls his very first assignment with Thompson, covering the 1970 Kentucky Derby for a now-defunct magazine called Scanlan’s Monthly. “I think what he saw in this, our connection, was somebody that somehow saw the thing in pictures as he saw it in words,” Steadman recalls. “And that seemed to me to be part of the whole chemistry of it, that our chemistry there made gonzo possible.” And yes, that is the familiar voice of Johnny Depp, a longtime friend of Steadman’s who appears frequently in For No Good Reason, narrating passages from Thompson’s Scanlan’s piece, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved.” READ FULL STORY

'The Punk Singer' director on capturing the essence of Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna -- POSTER PREMIERE

Riot Grrrl founder Kathleen Hanna never intended to be the subject of a feature-length film. She just wanted a concert documentary.

But Sini Anderson, Hanna’s close friend and the eventual director of The Punk Singer, pushed for more. “I thought it was a really good time for people to know not just about Le Tigre, but about her story,” Anderson told EW of the lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. “I think that was a terrifying idea for Kathleen.” She eventually came on board and what resulted is an intimate portrait of Hanna at the center of the movement told through 20 years of archival footage and interviews with Hanna and those who are and were closest to her, including Joan Jett and The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, to whom Hanna has been married since 2006.

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'Be Natural' reaches Kickstarter goal, tells story of first female director

Alice Guy-Blaché isn’t a name that many members of Hollywood recognize, and that is exactly what co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs are trying to change.

Green and van Sluijs, along with executive producer Robert Redford, recently reached their Kickstarter goal of $200,000 to make a documentary, titled Be Natural, about Guy-Blaché, the 23 year old who became the first female director in 1896. READ FULL STORY

'A Field In England,' 'Witching & Bitching,' and organ trafficking doc to screen at Fantastic Fest

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British filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s English Civil War-set film A Field In England and cult director Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching will both receive their U.S. premieres at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which revealed its second wave of programming today.

Other movies set to play at the Austin, Texas-based genre festival — which runs September 19-26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline — include the horror remake Patrick, the Elijah Wood-starring Grand Piano, a David Cronenberg-narrated documentary called Tales From the Organ Trade about the secret world of international organ trafficking, and the Canadian film Septic Man, which concerns a person who undergoes “a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank.” It’s enough to put you off your BBQ!

As previously announced, the festival’s opening night film will be Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel Machete Kills.

'After Tiller' trailer: Documentary follows late-term abortion debate

Mark your calendar: What is sure to be one of the most controversial films of the year, After Tiller, will be released September 20.

A trailer for the documentary about the 2009 murder of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and his remaining colleagues was released Friday.

The movie’s official site explains:

The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique exploration of one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way.

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Stephen Lang revisits the bloodiest July 4 in 'The Gettysburg Story' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is a hint of tragic irony that Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father so celebrated for the revolutionary democratic ideals in the Declaration of Independence, is also responsible for the quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Perhaps Jefferson, a slave-owning Virginian, suspected those words would one day haunt his wobbly young republic, but it would’ve been difficult for him to envision their brutal manifestation on July 4, 1863, on the battlefields near the tiny Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg.

For three days in July, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate armies engaged Union forces led by George Meade in the battle that both sides agreed would determine the outcome of the Civil War, then in its third year. Close to 10,000 soldiers — four times the population of Gettysburg — died in the field during the engagement that culminated with the Union holding its position against a bold — or reckless — Confederate assault on July 3.

The historic battle, which ended Lee’s invasion of the North and helped turn the tide of the war in the Union’s favor, is the subject of a dynamic new documentary that celebrates Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary. Directed by Jake Boritt and narrated by Stephen Lang (Avatar), The Gettysburg Story utilized aerial drone free-fly cameras and motion-control time-lapse shots to showcase the hallowed battlefield and reimagine the conflict like never before.

Lang, who famously starred as two Confederate officers — George Pickett and “Stonewall” Jackson — in two Civil War movies (one based on Michael Shaara’s novel Killer Angels, the other on his son Jeff Shaara’s Gods and Generals), is practically an ambassador for the town and its National Military Park. “When Shaara’s book The Killer Angels came out, I was just about to become a young actor back in the early 70s,” says Lang. “I remember thinking, ‘Boy, the role I really wanted to play was George Pickett.’ In many ways, he did represent this kind of mythic southern ideal. He was anxious for glory. Just one of those lucky times in life that years later I was fortunate to play the role [in Gettysburg].”

In this exclusive video clip from The Gettysburg Story, Lang narrates the climactic action of the battle, Pickett’s Charge, the South’s all-or-nothing attempt to smash the middle of the Union lines on July 3. READ FULL STORY

Check out Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Questlove, and Elijah Wood in new rock doc 'A Band Called Death' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Cult bands don’t get much cultier than the early-’70s Detroit proto-punk band Death. In fact, the debut album by the trio of brothers wasn’t released until 2009, decades after they had split up. The story of the band — and its recent, remarkable rescue from the garbage can of musical history — is related in a new documentary, A Band Called Death, which features interviews from Henry Rollins, Elijah Wood, Kid Rock, and Questlove, amongst others.

The film hits cinemas tomorrow while Death are playing at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles Friday and Saturday and at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge on July 1.

You can see exclusive footage from A Band Called Death below.

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'Salinger' trailer features Edward Norton, Martin Sheen, more celeb fans -- VIDEO

“We all like a mystery,” says a voice in the just-released trailer for Salinger, the first major documentary that attempts to illustrate Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger’s life after he retreated from the public eye in 1965.

Directed by Savages scribe Shane Salerno, Salinger promises revealing, never-before-seen photographs and interviews with people close to the late, reclusive author. It’s also sprinkled with celebrity interviews as well, including Martin Sheen, Danny DeVito, Edward Norton and John Cusack.

Over nine years in the making, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the documentary on Thursday. Its tense style paints a picture of Salinger’s cultural impact and speculates why, perhaps, that was too much of a burden for him. Check it out after the jump:
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'Hating Breitbart' documentary: The most (critically) hated movie...ever?

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It’s a “surreal experience” to have a movie with sky-high fan scores, yet a 0% fresh score on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, says Andrew Marcus, the director of the documentary Hating Breitbart – about the late right-wing lightning rod Andrew Breitbart. With no critic giving the film a positive review, but a 96% positive user-reviewed experience, Marcus has found himself with the dubious honor of possibly having the biggest discrepancy between user and critical reviews in the site’s history. READ FULL STORY

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