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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

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AIDS activist Spencer Cox, featured in 'How to Survive a Plague,' dies

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Spencer Cox, the New York-based AIDS activist who was featured in the Oscar-hopeful documentary How to Survive a Plague, died today at 44. That film’s director David France announced the news online and included an outtake from his last interview with Cox that captures his friend’s unbreakable spirit.

“Spencer Cox, a star figure in How to Survive a Plague and a hero to many, died this morning. He was just 44 years old. As an AIDS activist, he helped spearhead research on protease inhibitors and played a central role in bringing the drugs to market — and saving 8 million lives. Over the years, he was a frequent and always brilliant source of mine, and a good friend.

– David France, 12/18/12

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Producers Guild to honor 'Bully' with Stanley Kramer Award

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Is Bully headed for an Oscar nomination?

Given this announcement from the Producers Guild of America, a Best Documentary nod certainly seems likely. The PGA revealed today that Bully, an unflinching look at harassment in schools, will receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the guild’s awards ceremony in January. The award honors productions or individuals “whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues,” according to a release.
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Director David Giancola and 'Dynasty' star John James on their Anna Nicole Smith doc, 'Addicted to Fame'

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In 2005, actor John James was asked by Vermont-based, low-budget filmmaker David Giancola to produce the director’s next movie. James enjoyed enormous fame in the ‘80s playing the character of Jeff Colby in Dynasty and had subsequently appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, including three directed by Giancola. But the actor was keen to try his hand at producing and so was all ears when the filmmaker made his pitch. “He said, ‘I have two movies,” recalls James. “One is a kids film called Robo Dog and the other is Illegal Aliens.’ I said, ‘Let’s do Robo Dog.’”

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One Direction gets 3-D concert movie directed by... Morgan Spurlock?

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Wait, what?

Academy Award-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock — best known for taking aim at McDonald’s with Super Size Me — will direct a 3-D concert film starring One Direction, the British boy band that’s stolen tweenage hearts around the world. According to a press release, the film will be released Labor Day weekend 2013 — the perfect pre-school year pick-me-up.

“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said in a statement. “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.” READ FULL STORY

Javier Bardem talks four-year passion project 'Sons of the Clouds'

Javier Bardem has been through a lot of change since 2008. He won an Academy Award that year and reconnected with Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Penélope Cruz, whom he later married and started a family. One constant since 2008 has been Bardem’s untiring work on the documentary Sons of the Clouds, available on iTunes today. Joined by Clouds’ co-producer Lilly Hartley and director Álvaro Longoria, Bardem sat down with EW to discuss the passion project that he considers a matter of “moral and historical responsibility.”  READ FULL STORY

Eight documentary shorts on shortlist for Oscars

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the finalists for the Oscar category of Documentary Short Subject. There were 31 eligible entries, and of the eight listed below, three to five of the films will be official nominees once nominations are announced on Jan. 10.

The Education of Mohammad Hussein, Loki Films
Inocente, Shine Global, Inc.
Kings Point, Kings Point Documentary, Inc.
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade Productions
Open Heart, Urban Landscapes Inc.
ParaÍso, The Strangebird Company
The Perfect Fit, SDI Productions Ltd.
Redemption, Downtown Docs

As previously announced, the host for this year will be Seth MacFarlane. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

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'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is no finer sight for a trick-or-treater (or accompanying parent) than the neighborhood haunted house. Lots of folks these days hang a puffy spider or stick a witch in a tree or spread that cottony web across a front door. But the real heroes of Halloween are those who transform their humble abodes into something epically terrifying. The new documentary The American Scream, which premieres on the Chiller Network on Oct. 28 and is now playing in theaters in select cities, chronicles the herculean efforts of three passionate home haunters living within a stone’s throw of one another in an idyllic New England neighborhood. Directed by Michael Stephenson, whose last effort was 2009’s terrifically amusing Best Worst Movie about the making of Troll 2, it won Best Documentary after premiering at Fantastic Fest last month in Austin, Texas.

Check out the exclusive trailer of The American Scream if you dare…. (If you dare root for guys who remind you of your salt-of-the-Earth fathers. If you dare succumb to all the nostalgia of the season. If you dare consider taking your own 4-year-old to her first haunted house this year and risk her complaining of nightmares and asking to sleep in the big bed just this one more night.) READ FULL STORY

Documentarian hopes to make film about failed movie that inspired fake movie in Affleck's 'Argo.' Got that?

Ben Affleck’s Argo tells the true-life tale of a CIA agent who posed as the producer of a science fiction epic to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Now, another filmmaker wants to tell you a different part the story — but he needs your help to finish it.

For six years, Judd Ehrlich has been working on a documentary called Science Fiction Land, and the Emmy-nominated filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project. The non-fiction flick takes its title from a proposed theme park that would have been spun out of the success of a would-be sci-fi blockbuster, and profiles the unrealized ambitions of an idealistic Hollywood dreamer named Barry Ira Geller. Says Ehrlich:  “My documentary explores the real life sci-fi story that’s truly stranger than fiction.”

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Ken Burns defies subpoena in 'Central Park Five' lawsuit -- UPDATE

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Ken Burns and the filmmakers behind The Central Park Five, a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five minority teens for a 1989 Central Park rape, will defy a subpoena from the city of New York, which is engaged in a multimillion federal suit with the exonerated former suspects.

After serving prison sentences, the five men were cleared of wrongdoing with the help of DNA evidence in 2002 and have been in litigation with the City for the last nine years. On Sept. 12, the filmmakers received a subpoena from the City requesting access to the film’s interviews and unreleased footage, but in a statement today, Burns and co-directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s attorney said they would not comply, claiming that the City’s request was “neither appropriate nor enforceable under the governing law for subpoenas served on professional journalists exercising their right of independent free speech.”

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