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2008-07-10 12:00:45

Have camera, will travel. In pursuit of a compelling story, Werner Herzog will go anywhere. He's pitched his tripod in the Alaskan wilderness ("Grizzly Man"), on the lip of an active Caribbean volcano ("La Soufriere") and only-God-and-Klaus-Kinski-know-where up the Amazon River ("Aguirre, the Wrath of God"). A contrarian spiritual journey as provocative as it is hypnotic, Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" literally treks to planet's end. The irascible filmmaker travels to the...

2008-07-04 06:00:44

By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 4--It's not 'just the facts, Ma'am,'" says Alex Gibney, channeling TV's Dragnet's Jack Webb. The writer-director-producer, who won the best documentary Oscar this year for Taxi to the Darkside and is currently promoting Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, abhors the notion that a filmmaker can capture reality simply by pointing his camera at it. That's why this disciplined and prolific artist (he also executive-produced Charles...

2006-06-15 03:43:31

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Weeks after its premiere at the Cannes film festival, art-house drama "Shortbus," featuring scenes in which actors engage in actual sex, has landed a deal for commercial release in North America. Independent studio ThinkFilm plans to give the $2 million film a platform launch in the fall, eventually bringing it to specialty theaters across the country. But several sexually explicit moments in the unrated picture present a marketing...

2006-05-12 00:35:40

By Tatiana Siegel LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Independent distributor ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to "Off the Black," a coming-of-age drama starring Nick Nolte and Timothy Hutton. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be theatrically released in the U.S. in November. Trevor Morgan plays a teen who copes with his distant father (Hutton) by forming an unlikely friendship with a high school umpire (Nolte). As the two grow...

2006-03-24 20:07:53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to narrate an upcoming spoof of the Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" with an all-star supporting voice cast, independent studio ThinkFilm said on Friday. "Farce of the Penguins," mixing archival wildlife footage with an R-rated screenplay written and directed by comedian Bob Saget, is aimed for a late-summer theatrical release, ThinkFilm spokesman Alex Klenert said. In press materials, ThinkFilm described...

2006-03-24 20:05:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to narrate an upcoming spoof of the Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" with an all-star supporting voice cast, independent studio ThinkFilm said on Friday. "Farce of the Penguins," mixing archival wildlife footage with an R-rated screenplay written and directed by comedian Bob Saget, is aimed for a late-summer theatrical release, ThinkFilm spokesman Alex Klenert said. In press materials, ThinkFilm described "Farce of...

2006-02-07 05:29:43

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Indie movie distributor ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to "Strangers With Candy," a feature based on the Comedy Central cult hit about 46-year-old ex-junkie high school student Jerri Blank. The complex deal amounts to about $2 million plus box office bonuses for the filmmakers, according to a source close to the negotiations. The company plans to release the film in exclusive engagements in late June or early July. The...

2006-01-10 00:45:38

By Frank Scheck NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - A distinguished addition to the canon of Holocaust-themed cinema, Lajos Koltai's "Fateless" is both haunting and poetic. It also is visually stunning, not so surprising given that its director, making his feature debut, is an Oscar-nominated cinematographer ("Malena"). The film, representing Hungary in this year's foreign language Oscar race, traverses by-now-familiar cinematic territory with a fresh power. The ThinkFilm release opened...

2005-11-16 03:20:17

By Gregg Kilday and Gregg Goldstein LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Faced with a documentary renaissance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected a record 15 documentaries for consideration in this year's best documentary Oscar category. With 82 eligible films from which to choose, the Academy's documentary branch screening committee, utilizing a new rule change, was able to designate more than 12 films, which had been the upper limit in years past....

2005-11-15 05:38:46

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - ThinkFilm has nabbed all North American theatrical and home video rights to "The Boys of Baraka," head of U.S. theatrical Mark Urman said Monday. The documentary from producer-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follows four black junior high school students from the Baltimore ghetto to a private boarding school in rural Kenya, contrasting the boys' underprivileged life at home with what they experience in Africa. The project has...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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