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The (Not So) Sudden Demise of Jane

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2007 | 10:10 AM

Only the stone-hearted could sneer over the sudden demise of Jane magazine, or perhaps worse, shrug it off completely. Love it or lump it, it was the living legacy of the mighty Sassy, and with that hefty baggage comes a certain amount of respect, however grudging or disillusioned. Though Jane...

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US Senate Committee to Discovery: Get Off My Lawn, You Dirty Hippies!

(13) Comments | Posted July 16, 2006 | 6:41 PM

Tom Brokaw's two-hour Global Warming special for the Discovery Network airs tonight at 9 pm EST, and has attracted the attention of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. They put out a press release earlier in the week accusing Brokaw of tainting the program with...

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Catch You on the Flipside, Toots

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2006 | 12:25 PM

Your loyal reporter rocketed all the way up to 68th street last night to catch Toots Shor: Bigger Than Life, Kristi Jacobson's documentary about the life and libations of Toots Shor, the famed New York saloonkeeper, who also happens to be her grandfather. Apparently Mr. Shor, who died...

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Here Comes Your Band: The Pixies Take Tribeca

(19) Comments | Posted May 3, 2006 | 3:57 PM

loudQUIETloud, the documentary about the reunion tour of the revered rock band The Pixies, made its New York City premiere last night. The film has been hitting the festival circuit so hard its mileage could rival that of the wary quartet it follows on their 2004 trek through...

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A Canadian and an Italian Walk into a Film Festival...

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2006 | 3:46 PM

Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin's My Dad is 100 Years Old screened last night, and I attended harboring the hope of exchanging 'sorry''s with some fellow Canadians in line. Instead I fell instantly in love with an Italian woman in front of me, who spent her downtime ruthlessly highlighting an...

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God Spoke and He's Feeling Chatty: The Al Franken Documentary

(11) Comments | Posted May 1, 2006 | 1:27 PM

I caught the new Chris Hegedus/Nick Doob documentary Al Franken: God Spoke yesterday, which made its premiere at Tribeca last night. I was really looking forward to this one, as I am big fan of both Hegedus and her husband, DA Pennebaker (who exec-produced); their pairing, from...

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Comedy and Tragedy at Tribeca

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2006 | 5:32 PM

I managed to inadvertently line up a supremely bizarre double bill last night, and have not yet fully recovered. First up was the premiere of Jeff Garlin's I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, which, grammatical infractions aside, looked promising. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star wrote, directed, and...

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Re-inventing the Real: Documentary and Politics at TFF

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2006 | 10:51 PM

Huffington Post Blogs the Tribeca Film Festival

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is bigger than ever before, something which is especially noticeable in the documentary category. I don' t have hard numbers, but in 2005 there were fifty-odd...

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