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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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'Hoop Dreams' director Steve James on his new documentary about concussions among athletes and whether the NFL can 'save their sport'

In 1994, Steve James followed two inner-city Chicago high school students as they pursued their dreams of becoming the next Michael Jordan in the critically acclaimed, must-see documentary Hoop Dreams. Two decades later, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is back with another documentary about sports, this one focused on the growing awareness of the risks of long-term brain damage from blows to the head in football, hockey, and other contact sports. Head Games opens this weekend, and James talked to EW about why he decided to shine the spotlight on the epidemic of concussions among athletes, the NFL’s handling of the problem, and how it could reshape the future of sports.

'Innocence of Muslims' mystery: Who is Sam Bacile?

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The man behind video excerpts from an anti-Muslim movie that provoked mobs in Egypt and Libya said Wednesday that he has gone into hiding. But doubts rose about the man’s exact identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the purported film. The filmmaker, who identified himself in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as Sam Bacile, said he is an Israeli-born, Jewish writer and director of Innocence of Muslims. Bacile was the name used to publish excerpts of the movie online as early as July 2.

But some key facts about Bacile’s background and role in the film crumbled Wednesday as a Christian activist involved in the film project said that Bacile was a pseudonym, that he was not Jewish or Israeli, and that a group of Americans of Mideast origin collaborated on the film. Officials in Israel also said there was no record of Bacile as an Israeli citizen.

Doubts mounted as well about the provenance of the film, Innocence of Muslims. Several Hollywood and California film industry groups and permit agencies said they had no records of the project. Only an employee at a faded Hollywood movie theater confirmed that an entire version of the film had staged a brief run several months ago. READ FULL STORY

Director of anti-Islam film goes into hiding; says 'Islam is a cancer, period'

An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after a YouTube trailer of his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed.

Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.

Protesters angered over Bacile’s film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Libyan officials said Wednesday that Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob firing machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. READ FULL STORY

Obama's team responds to '2016: Obama's America'

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President Obama’s team updated their official website, in a post dated Sept. 5, with a response to the film 2016: Obama’s America.

EW critic Owen Gleiberman said the documentary, by Dinesh D’Souza, “goes beyond making a hash of the facts — it’s an outrageously unsubstantiated act of character assassination.” The movie’s central thesis is that “Obama has spent his entire life trying to please his late Kenyan father and that he has done so by evolving into an anti-colonial socialist revolutionary.”

Naturally, the Obama team takes issue with the film.  They released a long statement that said, in part:

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Toronto 2012: 'Argo' and 'The Gatekeepers' get the festival off to an exciting start

At this year’s Toronto Film Festival — branded acronymously as TIFF — it’s possible to devour a big chunk of the upcoming movie season in the course of eight crazy days and nights. I’m talking about the prestige stuff, the awards bait, the grown-up menu. Jammed and overlapping, the schedule allows a caffeinated venue-hopper to gulp down The Master, Argo, Cloud Atlas, The Place Beyond the Pines, Silver Linings Playbook, Hyde Park on the Hudson, To the Wonder, Great Expectations… and I’m sure I’m missing a jumble of other titles. READ FULL STORY

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

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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

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