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Everyday Rebellion Review [Hot Docs 2014]

In any given year, many Hot Docs entries are reserved for films about people fighting the good fight against a sometimes apathetic, and sometimes cruel system that are guilty of oppression in one way, shape or form. In some respects, Everyday Rebellion is like a highlight reel of every major protest over the last few years, including all the hits like Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring and the Ukraine. The “in” for this movie is the idea that inventive and grassroots non-violent protest can change the world for the better, and is more beneficial than the more violent, bloodshed variety of change. There’s definitely something to that, but the message is murky because quite obviously, the small actions by the people profiled here aren’t moving the needle very much.

The focus of the film is truly on the “everyday people,” although usual instigators like Reverend Billy of
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Who’s in Carcosa Now: A Final Look at the Remaining True Detective Suspects

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Who’s in Carcosa Now: A Final Look at the Remaining True Detective Suspects
It took 17 years for former Louisiana Criminal Investigations Division detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart to reach the brink of solving the case of their lives and put an end to its sprawling, infecting darkness. And it took just two short months and seven episodes for the growing legion of True Detective fanatics to get whipped into an obsessive frenzy to see where the many clues unearthed by Cohle and Hart take them. As we head toward Sunday night’s finale, let’s take a detailed look at the evidence to see which perpetrator or, more likely, perpetrators may still be waiting for Rust and Cohle at the end of their long road.Of course, some unambiguously complicit parties, such as the slippery, heinous-videotape-having Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle (played by Jay O. Sanders) and those meth-cooking, child-molesting cousins Reggie and Dewall Ledoux (actors Charles Halford and the awesomely named Olafur Darri Olaffson,
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Jackie Hoffman, Lea DeLaria, New York City Christmas Concert & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week

Joe's Pub has announced performances for this week Dec. 16-22, including Basquiat, 5th Annual New York City Christmas A Concert To Benefit Astep, Mike Errico Holiday Show, Ethan Lipton amp His Orchestra, Jackie Hoffman Hebe For The Holidays, The Hot Sardines, The Anna Copa Cabanna Show, Starsky Cox Yule Live, Lea Delaria Fk It's Christmas, Reverend Billy amp The Stop Shopping Choir, and Justin Vivian Bond And Friends Let It Show.
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Mandela tweets and Jimmy Savile jokes … has comedy crossed the line?

Spoof preacher Reverend Billy faces community service, Frankie Boyle and Simon Amstell provoke tabloid outrage and the Edinburgh free festival schism widens

This week's comedy news

Comedians are in the dock this week, but no meaningful crimes have been committed. First, the good news: New York activist and spoof preacher and activist Reverend Billy, who was facing one year in jail for "riot in the second degree" (among other things, such as the scary-sounding "menacing in the third degree"), last week had his charges reduced in a Manhattan court. The charges – reported here last month – concerned a musical protest that Rev Billy and his Church of Earthalujah choir held in September in a branch of JPMorgan Chase and Co bank against a controversial form of coal mining known as mountaintop removal that the bank financed. Reverend Billy (real name Bill Talen), who dressed as an American golden toad for the protest,
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Rev. Billy and Stop Shopping Choir Director Face Prison for Manhattan Performance

Prosecutors are demanding a year in prison and 30k bail for William Talen aka Reverend Billy and Nehemiah Luckett, Music Director of the Reverend's Church of Stop Shopping, for a recent performance the Stop Shopping Choir, costumed as extinct toads, gave in a Jp Morgan Chase bank in Manhattan. The 15-minute performance in the Chase Bank has earned criminal charges of Riot, Menacing and Unlawful Assembly.
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Woody Allen wants to make a Louis Ck comedy

The director reveals he is a 'great fan' of the Us standup comic. Meanwhile, Geri Halliwell looks set to star in her own TV comedy show and London's Glee Club isn't happy

This week's comedy news

Woody Allen has been talking to the New York Times about his desire to make a film with standup comic Louis Ck. The latter has a small role in Allen's forthcoming feature Blue Jasmine, but the part isn't "commensurate with his talent", says Allen. "[So] when I finished this picture, I went into my room and thought, what would be a fun picture? My first thought was: can I come up with something that I could do with Louis Ck? … Some day, I will get something that we could do together, because I do think it would be fun. I'm such a great fan of his."

Elsewhere in Hollywood, Mike Myers in hatching a directorial
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Woody Allen wants to make a Louis Ck comedy

The director reveals he is a 'great fan' of the Us standup comic. Meanwhile, Geri Halliwell looks set to star in her own TV comedy show and London's Glee Club isn't happy

This week's comedy news

Woody Allen has been talking to the New York Times about his desire to make a film with standup comic Louis Ck. The latter has a small role in Allen's forthcoming feature Blue Jasmine, but the part isn't "commensurate with his talent", says Allen. "[So] when I finished this picture, I went into my room and thought, what would be a fun picture? My first thought was: can I come up with something that I could do with Louis Ck? … Some day, I will get something that we could do together, because I do think it would be fun. I'm such a great fan of his."

Elsewhere in Hollywood, Mike Myers in hatching a directorial
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today’s feature includes Danny Trejo as a Bad Ass, an animated zombie webseries, and much more:

Bad Ass Theater/VOD Release Details: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton and Ron Perlman star in Bad Ass, which is coming to theaters and VOD on April 13th:

Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It’s not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he’s suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren’t doing anything about it.

Theater release in CA: Chino Hills 18 (3070 Chino Ave.
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Super- 8 Shock Theater at Horrorhound Convention This Weekend

We’re recreating Shock Theater at Horrorhound Weekend March 24th complete with Horror hosts and a Super-8 twist. The original Shock Theater was a package of 52 classic horror films from the Golden Age of Universal Studios that were released to television in 1957, sparking the monster kid craze as well as the launching of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Shock Theater was usually broadcast late at night and introduced by a costumed host who would occasionally interrupt the movie with bad monster puns. Zacherly, Ghoulardi, and Vampira were the most famous of these but there were many local hosts as well.

The original Shock Theater Horror hosts

On Saturday March 24th at the Horrorhound Weekend in Columbus Ohio we’re presenting Super-8 Shock Theater a 4-Hour (!) show of films from the original Shock Theater package screened in condensed form on Super-8 Sound film. The films are abridged version of the classic
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Occupy Broadway 'Takes Back The Stage'

Occupy Wall Street descended upon Broadway Friday night, commencing a daylong occupation of Times Square. The move to New York's theater district is meant to be a show of creative resistance, with a series of street performances and speeches that symbolize the people "taking back the stage" -- in other words, the public spaces that belong to them.

Occupy Broadway's statement lays out their objective:

Occupy Broadway is a symbolic attempt to regain the space of theatre as an accessible, popular art form, bringing it back to where it all started - in a public space, for the common citizen. We are using public space to create a more colorful image of what our streets could look like, with public performances, art, and music. Through this movement, New York re-imagines itself as a work of art, rather than a retail shopping mall.

Friday night's agenda began at 6 p.m., with
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Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized

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Reverend Billy Graham was hospitalized Wednesday (Nov. 30) near his home in North Carolina after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever, his spokesman tells the AP. The doctors wanted to test him for pneumonia.

The famous evangelist is 93 years old, which means pneumonia could be dangerous, but his personal physician says he is in stable condition. Graham was reportedly in good spirits after his full day of medical testing.

Graham was hospitalized a year ago with a bout of pneumonia. He was also hospitalized in October 2008 after falling over one of his dogs. Graham also previously battled prostate cancer. His organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is now largely run by his son Franklin (pictured above, with Graham). Graham's wife Ruth died in June 2007.
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This week's arts diary

Reverend Billy 'exorcises' Bp while The Tree of Life finds some spiritual support

Reverend Billy rounds on Bp

In these days of insurrection it seems that no institution is safe from assault. Take oil giant Bp, which for the past two decades has been blithely offsetting its business practises by bankrolling exhibitions at London's Tate Modern – only for "Reverend Billy" to come and desecrate the deal. On Monday evening the Rev (a New York-based activist in the guise of a hellfire Pentecostal preacher) stormed into Turbine Hall to perform an exorcism. "Bp money is the devil!" he bellowed. "The destroyer of the Gulf of Mexico cannot be sponsoring the Miró exhibit!"

Egged on by a gospel choir, Reverend Billy, below, duly anointed himself in oil and then rubbed his head against the information board. "For 20 long years, Bp has embedded its foulness deep within the Tate, using the fair face
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"Battle for Brooklyn" Is Screening On June 9th As Part Of The Rooftop Films Summer Series

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"Battle for Brooklyn" will be playing the Rooftop Films Summer Series on Thursday, June 9th at 9pm. The screening will be taking place at Fort Greene Park.*Doors Open at 8:00pm Live Musical Performance & Rally by Brooklyn Activist Reverend Billy at 8:30pm Don't Miss Q&A with one of the film's subjects Daniel Goldstein and filmmakers Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley following the screening!About
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DC Comics August Releases – Covers & Solicitation Copy

We’ve received all the covers for DC Comics August solicitations, and Flashpoint promises that worlds will live, worlds will die, and the DC Universe will never be the sa– oh, sorry, that was the tagline for Crisis On Infinite Earths, back when I worked at Flashpoint. I’m so confused…

My favorite item for the month is pictured above, the Sergio Aragones version of Batman from Batman: Black & White. But there are some absolute art gems here, including Darwyn Cooke’s Jsa cover, and Frank Quitely’s redoing of Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson’s cover for Green Lantern #52.

As for the rest of the books, take a look… as usual, spoilers ahead:

War Of The Green Lanterns Aftermath #2

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Miguel Sepulveda

Cover by Tom Fleming

1:10 Variant cover by Miguel Sepulveda

The blockbuster “War of the Green Lanterns” event has rocked the
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You've got to be joking, Cameron | Brian Logan

David Cameron is wrong to say socialists are humourless. In fact, there is a fine tradition of leftwing wags

You might think a sense of humour was the first attribute required to be leftwing and British in 2011. Goodness knows I clung grimly yesterday to what's left of mine, as Britain waved some flags at two state-sponsored strangers in the name of communal bonding. "Huge crowds already gathering in London for next Thursday's referendum," tweeted Armando Iannucci, giving an enfeebled laugh to dissenters, and proving that, in the teeth of relentless provocation, a leftie's humour may wobble, but it won't fall down.

But our esteemed prime minister begs to differ. Reacting to the criticism of his "calm down, dear" quip in the Commons this week – which now ranks him (he seems to think) alongside Churchill and Disraeli in the pantheon of Tory wits – Cameron blamed leftie humourlessness. "I don't know what
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DC Comics July Releases – Covers & Solicitation Copy

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We’ve received all the covers for DC Comics July solicitations, including the long awaited Games, the New Teen Titans graphic novel from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. And when I say long awaited, I mean two decades long– which kinda ties in with all the DC Retroactive titles coming out, including our favorite, Green Lantern reuniting the team of ComicMix contributors Dennis O’Neil and Mike Grell.

Take a look.

War Of The Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Miguel Sepulveda

Cover by Dave Johnson

1:10 Variant cover by Doug Mahnke

The shocking consequences of the blockbuster “War of the Green Lantern” event have shattered the lives of Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner in ways no one will see coming.

Everything you thought you knew about the Corps is no more!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the
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Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Top 'Most Admired' Poll

Obama was named most admired living man for third year in a row.

By Jayson Rodriguez

Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama

Photo: Jason Reed-Pool/ Getty Images

President Obama can continue to brush the dirt off his shoulder. The embattled politician was named the most admired living man for the third year in a row, according to an annual poll conducted by USA Today and Gallup.

Obama bested past presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in the poll. Even though the Democrats lost control of Congress in the November midterm elections, the president was able to pass historic legislation during the subsequent lame-duck session, including repealing the miltary's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay soldiers.

Ever since Obama took office he has placed first in the poll; the 44th President of the United States, however, has seen his percentages in the poll dip each year, from a
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Snagfilms: Watch Free Documentaries Online

Last week there was talk of the conglomerates behind Hulu turning the typically free product into a subscriber-based system. While we’re still crossing our fingers that “The Office” — or worse, our beloved “General Hospital”* — doesn’t go behind a pay wall, what about other sources for free movies online?

Check out Snagfilms.com, a website dedicated to providing free streaming full-length and short documentaries.

The site has a library of 950 different films to choose from, but there are a few gems I’ve seen and personally recommend. Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me is a must see movie about one man’s crusade to expose McDonald’s and America’s unhealthy addiction to fast food. There’s also Darkon, a fascinating look at the fantasy world of live-action role playing. Plus Confessions of a Superhero that chronicles the lives and motivations for the comic book characters posing for pictures on Hollywood Blvd.
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Interview: Rob VanAlkemade - director of What Would Jesus Buy?

  • [Editor's note: When Laura Newman joined up our team of New York based writers little did I know that we'd find ourselves in such a predicament. Apart from being a short film filmmaker (she has something very cool coming up in early 08'!), she had mentioned her involvement as part of a unique traveling gospel. Traveling gospel? It is one that I was already familiar with due to a fervent documentary short film on a figure named Reverend Billy that I had caught at the Sundance a couple of years back. As fate would have it - we are now showcasing a documentary film release with one of our own writers featured in the film itself. How peculiar. I've screen capped & circled the interviewee below. Enjoy the interview!]What Would Jesus Buy? is a docu-comedy, gift-wrapped just in time for the holidays by producer Morgan SpurlockMorgan Spurlock
[/link] and director Rob VanAlkemade. It features Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping on a month long crusade across America to save Christmas from consumerism. I’m a big fan of the Church of Stop Shopping, so much so that in 2001 I joined their fabulous choir. In the 6 years since, I’ve traveled the world, been arrested in front of Starbucks, sung a gospel rendition of the First Amendment to thousands and fallen in love with an incredible community of activists and artists. The choir itself is made up of filmmakers like myself, singers, scientists, recovering corporate types, painters, teachers and preacher’s kids. Led by Reverend Billy and our director Savitri D, we passionately protest the demonic corporations that are destroying our environment, our communities and the economy. Through
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