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Week in Film: Begin Again, Whitey and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.

Whitey Bulger's Lawyer Makes Bold Claim

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime

Joe Berlinger tackles the question of whether or not Whitey Bulger, the legendary Boston murderer and crime ring organizer, was a federal informant in...

Week in Film: Neighbors, Chef and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Neighbors may not be a particularly well-thought-out film (huge third-act problems). But it has some of the biggest sustained laughs of the summer.

On Sundance Official Selection Whitey: United States Of America v. James J. Bulger with Director Joe Berlinger

Quora | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora. Answers by Joe Berlinger, Director, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Nonfiction fi...

Movie Review: Hank: Five Years From the Brink

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Now, we get Hank: Five Years from the Brink, in which former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson gives us a play-by-play of how he, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve chairman Timothy Geithner, kept everything from collapsing while alternately massaging and challenging the various egos that ran the nation's largest banks.

'Whitey' Bulger Opens Mouth For 1st (And Last?) Time In Rare Audio

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — James "Whitey" Bulger speaks. Though the 84-year-old former crime boss declined to take the stand at the summer 2013 trial w...

Interview With Paradise Lost Director Joe Berlinger

Justine Browning | Posted 03.30.2013 | Crime
 Justine Browning

In a new interview, Joe Berlinger reflects one his lengthy battle for the West Memphis Three's freedom and how he views the case today.

Revisiting the Crime Scene: West of Memphis and Paradise Lost Trilogy

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.15.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit isn't the only film the director has opening. West of Memphis, the documentary he and partner Fran Walsh produced, revisits the murder of three 8-year-olds in 1993, and the three teens who went to jail for the crime.

From Graceland To A Galaxy To Further Explorations: Chatting With Jeff Lorber And Eddie Gomez, Plus Paul Simon's Classic Turns 25

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Man, it was 25 years ago. The Grammy-winning album Graceland -- following what was arguably Paul's best album to that point, Hearts And Bones -- helped change the rules of pop music and politics.

Q&A with Joe Berlinger, Director of West Memphis Three Documentary (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Joshua Kors

"One of the great ironies of this three-film, two-decade mission is that we thought we were making a film about bad children, the inside story of why kids kill."

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Last October when the documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory premiered at the New York Film Festival, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky celebrated an unanticipated event: the release from prison of the West Memphis 3.

Lucas Kavner

The West Memphis 3 Reunite In New York City

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home

After serving over 18 years in prison for the murders of three boys in West Memphis, Ark., Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley -- or th...

Happy Endings at HBO: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home
Regina Weinreich

For documentary filmmakers, it doesn't get better than this: having your work bring about change.

Lucas Kavner

The Final Chapter For The West Memphis 3?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.06.2011 | Home

Over 18 years ago, three teenagers -- Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley -- were put on trial for the brutal murder of three 8-year-o...

Documentaries and the Truth We Can Still Tell (But for How Long?)

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media
Vivian Norris

Documentaries tell us who we are, what our world is about, and give us the truth. But more and more these filmmakers find themselves, especially in the US, attacked by layer upon layer of lawsuits funded by corporations with deep pockets.

Court and Chevron's "Crude" Attacks Continue

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Joe Berlinger's back is against the wall. Last week the independent filmmaker, already facing crushing debt from legal bills, was dealt a major blow i...

Chevron Tries to Restrict 1st Amendment in Latest Twist in Crude Saga

Trudie Styler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trudie Styler

This latest action by Chevron is part of a worldwide, desperate litigation campaign by the oil giant to escape liability for what is thought to be the world's worst oil-related environmental catastrophe.

National Day of Prayer: Copyrighted and Unconstitutional?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we tackle the big issues: God, copyright, marriage, and crude oil -- in that order of importance -- with our guest host, Megan Carpentier.

Chevron's new tactic called a threat to First Amendment

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy L. Barnett

An Amazonian community's fifteen-year battle with Chevron is entering dangerous waters with the Chevron request for all of the 600 hours of unused footage from the filming of "Crude: The Movie".

Sixteen New DVDs You Must Check Out

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here are 16 DVD releases that are the best of the best from the first four months of 2010. Rent them, buy them, stream them; do whatever you want. Just don't miss them.

Was Oil Named 'Crude' Because of the Way Oil Companies Do Business?

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Norman Lear

Setting another high standard for crude behavior in the oil business is Chevron. Who would have guessed that Chevron would find a sympathetic ear in U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan?

Joe Berlinger vs. Chevron: Why We Must All Defend Independent Filmmaking

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert Redford

Documentary filmmakers' success as storytellers depends on access to those who are willing to talk on camera. If the subjects of hard-hitting films are fearful of the ramifications of telling the truth then the filmmaker has no story.

Chevron's "Crude" Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Moyers

Chevron, the third largest corporation in America, is now hauling out their lawyers in a case that would undermine the right of journalists to protect the people by telling them the truth.

Chevron Wins First Round Against Crude Filmmaker

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tracy L. Barnett

Besides making sources much more reluctant to talk, the Crude ruling could make journalists and filmmakers the targets of routine harassment by participants in lawsuits of all kinds.

In Praise of Cinema for Peace: and The 60th Berlin Film Festival

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Films can change the world, and it starts by affecting one individual at a time, reminding us we are all parts of a whole, world citizens first and foremost. This fact was noticeable at the Cinema for Peace dinner.