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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


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:

'Hating Breitbart' documentary: The most (critically) hated movie...ever?


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

'Ghostbusters' to get the 'Room 237' treatment in new documentary 'Spook Central'? -- VIDEO

Does Ghostbusters contain secret messages about smoking, obesity, and/or the reproductive process of Sigourney Weaver’s character Dana Barrett? Those theories are raised by a new documentary called Spook Central, which seemingly does for the 1984 comedy classic what the recent, subtext-exploring Room 237 did for Stanley Kubrick’s horror movie The Shining.

Pussy Riot documentary directors talk about the tribulations (and trial) of the art collective-cum-punk band


Last year, Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina, and Katia Samutsevich made expletive-heavy headlines when they were arrested and then imprisoned after the punk band-cum-art collective performed the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” in a Moscow cathedral. The trio’s story is detailed in a new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which is screening on HBO, June 10, and seeks to both contextualize the group and humanize the three arrested members, two of whom are still serving out their sentences in penal colonies.


'Blackfish' trailer: Who put the 'killer' in 'killer whale'? -- VIDEO

Sorry, Game of Thrones fans — Blackfish isn’t an in-depth look at the life of Ser Brynden Tully.

Instead, it’s an in-depth look at Tilikum, a bull orca who was born in the wild, captured by humans when he was three years old, and trained to perform at theme parks like Sealand of the Pacific and Orlando’s flagship SeaWorld. He’s best known, though, for being involved in the deaths of three different people — including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

The trailer combines haunting footage of Dawn and Tilikum with quotes from talking heads who explain how captivity wreaks havoc on orcas — and how these “killer” whales are only killers because they’ve essentially been driven crazy by their living conditions. (So this is why that kid wanted to free Willy.) Overall, Blackfish looks like a marine-themed exposé as fascinating and horrifying as 2009’s The Cove — as well as a film that’ll make you feel really, really bad for ever owning a Shamu stuffed animal.


Check out the new poster for Sundance-screened secret army documentary 'Dirty Wars'


In the new documentary Dirty Wars, investigative journalist and bestselling author Jeremy Scahill details America’s “covert wars,” the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (which the filmmakers describe as “the most secret fighting force in U.S. history”), and how “unprecedented civilian casualties” around the world have been caused by drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government-condoned torture. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart talks timeless satire and fearful politicians in 'Herblock' documentary -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This week, the documentary
Herblock -- The Black & the White, about the life and legacy of the revered political cartoonist Herbert Block -- who earned three Pulitzers, total editorial control, and the warning "Don't mess with Herb" around The Washington Post newsroom where he spent 55 years -- premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. It should come as no surprise that it features insights from Daily Show host Jon Stewart. "From the nearly three years it took to assemble the 40-plus interviews that make up [the film]

, we heard from so many how Jon Stewart is an heir in many ways to Herb and his satirical style,” director Michael Stevens tells EW in an email. “When we interviewed Jon — he was our last — he called Herb a ‘touchstone’ for all of those comics, writers and satirists who feel it’s their job to take on the powerful and stick up for the little guy.”

Watch a sneak peek of Stewart below, cut exclusively for EW by Stevens, who’s won four consecutive Emmys for shepherding The Kennedy Center Honors with his producing-partner father, George Stevens, Jr. (a streak that, it’s worth noting, began with the 2009 telecast that included Stewart delivering a benchmark tribute to honoree Bruce Springsteen). READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: 'The Director' takes fashion fans behind the scenes of Gucci -- VIDEO

James Franco is a pretty fashionable guy, so it makes sense that he’s involved with the anticipated Tribeca documentary The Director, about Italian fashion house Gucci, which is set to premiere at the annual NYC film fest on April 21.

The Director tells the story of iconic brand under the creative direction of Frida Giannini. The doc covers 18 months behind-the-scenes at Gucci with Giannini, exploring how her unique vision is brought to life in the brand’s models, designs, and shows.

Franco is also one of the documentary’s producers, and also appears in the film. He’s seen in the new trailer readying for one of the ad campaigns he’s shot for the brand.

Check out The Director trailer below.


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