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  • Jimi Hendrix is Reborn Again

    Jimi Hendrix is Reborn Again
    John Ridley's Hendrix biopic, All Is by My Side, starring dead ringer and Outkast member André Benjamin as Jimi (but without any of Jimi's actual music), premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival (to mixed reviews). On Nov. 5, Bloomsbury publishes Starting At Zero: His Own Story, a collection of Hendrix's own lyrics and writings — on hotel stationary, cigarette packs and beer mats — stitched together with interviews and lyrics. That same day, Experience Hendrix, Jimi's official estate, unleashes their own double-dose: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A Comin', a PBS documentary (beefed up with extras for the DVD), and Miami Pop Festival, a CD and double 12" vinyl release marking the first time the Experience's 1968 performance hits the non-bootleg market.
  • Rory Kennedy recounts the 1975 fall of Saigon in new film

    Rory Kennedy recounts the 1975 fall of Saigon in new film
    Rory Kennedy thought she already knew something of the Vietnam War, of its tragedy and lingering scars on America and the Vietnamese. When she was approached about making a documentary on the final hours of U.S. involvement there, the director wondered...

    Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards Recipients

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hayao Miyazaki, and Maureen O'Hara will receive Governors Awards at the Academy's sixth annual ceremony, Nov. 8 at Hollywood & Highland. Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt...

    Robert Drew, Documentarian Who Fathered Cinema Verite, Dies at 90

    Robert L. Drew, a documentary filmmaker and the father of American cinéma vérité, died today at his home in Sharon, Connecticut. He was 90. In the early 1960s, Drew and his associates pioneered a kind of filmmaking that's now a staple of the...

    Elaine Stritch Remembered: Her Brittle Surface Masked a Fragile Heart

    The billowy white blouse. The black stockings. The oversize sunglasses. The hat. And that famous croak of a voice. When people say there was no one like Elaine Stritch -- and everyone does, in the industry and along the aisles -- it's not a hyberbolic...