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‘Finding Vivian Maier’ Could Join the Six Photography-Related Docs to Score Oscar Noms

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Finding Vivian Maier documents Maloof’s journey to discover more about Vivian Maier after purchasing a box of her negatives in 2007. He began the search a few years later, after he realized the negatives consisted of some of the best undeveloped street photography of the 20th century. After some searching, it was revealed that Maier was a career-nanny who had died in 2009.

Since the documentary is in serious contention for a best documentary feature Oscar, we thought we’d check to see how many other photography-related films have managed to resonate with the Academy’s documentary branch and land a nomination in the same category. We found six.

The Naked Eye (1956)

Directed by two-time Oscar winner Louis Clyde Stoumen, this documentary celebrates photography through history by looking at pioneers in the field, such as Margaret Bourke-White. Though he covers works by multiple photographers,
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Frozen Filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho To Present At 41st Student Academy Awards

Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars for Frozen, will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year.

Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee Wreck-it Ralph. Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include Pocahontas and Tarzan, and
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Lightning Entertainment Gets Rights to ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment (“Lightning”), announced today that the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company has acquired all international rights to Bert Marcus Productions’ acclaimed documentary feature film How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to an enthusiastic audience and critical acclaim and was instantly acquired by Tribeca Films for the U.S. rights. Set for both theatrical release and on VOD in more than 40 million homes in 2013, the provocative documentary presents a shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease. By blending authentic reportage with pop culture references, the documentary further reveals how public policy and government drug enforcement have struggled to creatively adapt to and effectively disincentive Americans from dealing drugs. The film’s message delivers a captivating glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the
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Lightning Entertainment Acquires International Rights To How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment (.Lightning.), announced today that the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company has acquired all international rights to Bert Marcus Productions. acclaimed documentary feature film How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to an enthusiastic audience and critical acclaim and was instantly acquired by Tribeca Films for the U.S. rights. Set for both theatrical release and on VOD in more than 40 million homes in 2013, the provocative documentary presents a shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease. By blending authentic reportage with pop culture references, the documentary further reveals how public policy and government drug enforcement have struggled to creatively adapt to and effectively disincentive Americans from dealing drugs. The film.s message delivers a captivating glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the
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Toronto 2012: Tribeca Film Pockets 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs' for U.S.

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Toronto 2012: Tribeca Film Pockets 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs' for U.S.
Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the Matthew Cooke-directed documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” which had its world premiere Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The New York-based distributor plans a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in 2013. “Drugs” uses pop culture as a lens through which to investigate the lives of people on both sides of the “war on drugs.” 50 Cent, producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem, Rick Ross and Susan Sarandon are among those interviewed for the film, along with Drug Enforcement personnel and the U.S. Drug Czar. Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Productions and Adrian Grenier, who created the 2010 doc “Teenage Paparazzo,” produced “Drugs.” “This is a work that resonates with truth, anger and insight by an extremely talented filmmaker,” said Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore. “From politics...
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At Toronto, Tribeca Film Acquires U.S. Rights to Documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs”

After its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to How to Make Money Selling Drugs. Directed by Matthew Cooke, the film reunites producers Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Productions and Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage), the team that created the breakout hit Teenage Paparazzo. A 2013 day-and-date release planned both in theaters and on VOD in more than 40 million homes. Digital platforms include iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu and Xbox. How To Make Money Selling Drugs offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the 'war on drugs,' delivering a diverse and unique perspective on the controversial subject through interviews with 50 Cent, The Wire producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, as well as infamous drug kingpin 'Freeway' Rick Ross. Presenting a shockingly candid examination of how a street ...
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50 Cent, ‘The Wire’ Creator & More Teach You ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’ In First Trailer

After working on both the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us From Evil and Adrian Grenier‘s Teenage Paparazzo, Matthew Cooke is set to premiere his directorial documentary debut, How to Make Money Selling Drugs this fall. At first glance, it seems like another take on topics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explored in their excellent book Freakonimics. But this one has an added dose of celebrity.

Rappers Eminem, 50 Cent and Rick Ross discuss their upbringing that dealt with the drug trade, while The Wire creator David Simon talks about the economics of the industry. There’s also DEA agents talking about the other side of the dangerous business. And for some reason Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon also show up in the feature. Cut together like an informercial regarding the title, we’ve got the promising first trailer, which gives us an inside look at this $400 billion industry. Check it out below,
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Fantasia 2012: Taking the (Toad) Road to Hell with Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres

Building a name for himself as a cinematographer (All Tomorrow's Parties, Teenage Paparazzo) and documentary filmmaker in the New York City film scene, Jason Banker dropped his first feature, Toad Road, into the J.A.de Sève Cinema at Fantasia.  A fictional story using hybrid documentary elements to tell a creep-filled horror tale centered around a Pennsylvania urban legend about a forest path leading to an abandoned mental asylum (long since burned into the ground) that causes strange hallucinations and intense sensory experiences, not unlike a Timothy Leary psychedelic trip.  Banker was enthused with the reception to his very tiny and unconventional horror film, but was an endearing mix of excitement and nervousness during our conversation; as if the raw experience and highly personal relationships involved in making the film were...
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Fantasia 2012: New Images Ease on Down Toad Road

Several new images for director Jason Banker‘s upcoming Fantasia Fest selection Toad Road are here for you cats to dig upon. The flick makes its premiere at the festival on Thursday, July 26th. Check out the goods now!

From the Press Release

Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My Name is Faith) directed and produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with producers Liz Levine (Camp Hollywood, Finite & Infinite Games) and Adrian Salpeter (The French Guy, Finite & Infinite Games). Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results.

“I'm excited to premiere Toad Road at Fantasia International! It is great to be recognized by a festival that supports transgressive and outsider cinema,
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Director Jason Banker Invites You to Take a Trip Down Toad Road

You know, the one-sheet for director Jason Banker’s upcoming horror/thriller thingy “Toad Road” was actually engaging enough to catch my attention. It’s nothing overwhelmingly original or mind-shatteringly amazing, mind you, but it does its job effectively. However, the more I read about the flick itself, the less excited I am about the project. Name checking both Gus Van Sant and Larry Clark in a press release should be enough to warrant an investigation by the Pretentious Police, but, honestly, I kind of dig the trailer for the flick, too. Here’s hoping it’s more Clark than Van Sant. The last thing anyone wants is another “Gerry”. Yeesh. Check out the offending passage in all its glory: Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My
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Fantasia 2012: Official One-Sheet and Teaser Trailer for Toad Road

The official one-sheet and teaser trailer for director Jason Banker‘s upcoming Fantasia Fest selection Toad Road is here for you cats to dig upon. The flick makes its premiere at the festival on Thursday, July 26th.

From the Press Release

Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My Name is Faith) directed and produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with producers Liz Levine (Camp Hollywood, Finite & Infinite Games) and Adrian Salpeter (The French Guy, Finite & Infinite Games). Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results.

“I'm excited to premiere Toad Road at Fantasia International! It is great to be recognized by a festival that supports transgressive and outsider cinema,
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Fantasia 2012 Exclusive: 2nd Teaser for Toad Road

One title starting to build a bit of buzz ahead of its July 26th premiere at Fantasia is Jason Banker's is-it-horror, is-it-drama feature Toad Road. Previously known primarily for his documentary work (Dp on Teenage Paparazzo and Walk Away Renee and director of My Name is Faith, amongst other), this is Banker's dramatic directorial debut. A few words on the film from Simon Laperrière and the Fantasia site: The impressive second full-length feature by the talented Jason Banker, the unclassifiable Toad Road is at a crossroads of sorts. On the one hand, it's an intimate meditation on lost youth that evokes the films of Gus Van Sant. Depicted with disconcerting realism, Banker's narrative paints a nuanced portrait of a nihilistic generation, and with the...
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Exclusive: Trailer and Poster for Fantasia Fest's 'Toad Road,' Directed by 'Walk Away Renee' Dp Jason Banker

Exclusive: Trailer and Poster for Fantasia Fest's 'Toad Road,' Directed by 'Walk Away Renee' Dp Jason Banker
"Teenage Paparazzo" and "Walk Away Renee" cinematographer Jason Banker's first narrative feature "Toad Road," world premieres later this month in Montreal at the 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Indiewire has the exclusive trailer and poster for the dark thriller. "Toad Road," which was also written and shot by Banker, is a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results. The trailer is appropriately creepy as hell. The Fantasia Film Festival runs from July 19 to August 7. Traction Media will be responsible for domestic sales for the film at the festival. For more information on the festival and "Toad Road," go Here.  
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #373: Cosmopolis and Piranha 3Dd

0:00 - Intro 8:25 - Review: Cosmopolis 39:10 - Review: Piranha 3Dd 1:03:45 - Review: Rock of Ages 1:10:20 - Review: That's My Boy 1:23:50 - Other Stuff We Watched: Safe House, Underworld: Awakening, The Gold Rush, Quintet, Snow White and the Huntsman, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4, Being Elmo, Teenage Paparazzo, Hot Rod, You, Me and Dupree, The Break-Up, Fahrenheit 451, A Necessary Death 2:03:25 - Junk Mail: Blockbuster Fatigue, Inconclusive Endings, What's in the Suitcase?, Favourite Sports Movies, Is 3D Now Just Expected?, Documentaries That Changed Your Life 2:40:10 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:42:43 - Outro

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Interview: Adrian Grenier Prepares For Life Post-Entourage (Photos)

Interview: Adrian Grenier Prepares For Life Post-Entourage (Photos)
Vincent Chase is used to looking to the left and seeing his brother Drama staring at himself in the shop windows, looking to the left and seeing his manager-friend Eric on the phone, making a deal, and jumping in the car with Turtle ready at the wheel.

Adrian Grenier has played Vince for eight happy seasons of Entourage

But no longer. The final episode of Entourage has wrapped, so after eight glorious seasons, the actors - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara - not to mention their irrepressible agent Ari Gold (aka Jeremy Piven) - must prepare to go their separate ways. Will they cope any better than their on-screen counterparts?

Below Grenier, who plays the heart-throb at the centre of the action, reflects on the final season and how Vince, and he, must finally learn to go it alone...

So are you completely wrapped on the whole thing?
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Interview: Adrian Grenier Prepares For Life Post-Entourage (Photos)

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Interview: Adrian Grenier Prepares For Life Post-Entourage (Photos)
Vincent Chase is used to looking to the left and seeing his brother Drama staring at himself in the shop windows, looking to the left and seeing his manager-friend Eric on the phone, making a deal, and jumping in the car with Turtle ready at the wheel.

Adrian Grenier has played Vince for eight happy seasons of Entourage

But no longer. The final episode of Entourage has wrapped, so after eight glorious seasons, the actors - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara - not to mention their irrepressible agent Ari Gold (aka Jeremy Piven) - must prepare to go their separate ways. Will they cope any better than their on-screen counterparts?

Below Grenier, who plays the heart-throb at the centre of the action, reflects on the final season and how Vince, and he, must finally learn to go it alone...

So are you completely wrapped on the whole thing?
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Entourage: Season 8

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012

Price: DVD $39.99, Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: HBO/Warner

Vince, Eric, Drama, Turtle and super-duper Hollywood agent Ari Gold wrap up their eight-year run as one of HBO’s most enduring TV series in Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season.

Through the highs and lows, friendship has kept these guys together in the high-stakes world of Hollywood, but is it time for them to grow up? As season eight opens, Vince (Adrian Grenier, Teenage Paparazzo) is back from rehab and ready for a new pet project, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven, The Family Man) and Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves) have separated, Eric (Kevin Connolly, Secretariat), is running his own management company, Drama (Kevin Dillon, Hotel for Dogs) is shooting his animated series and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara, Brooklyn Rules) has invested in a tequila line and is starting a new business venture. So there’re a lot more ups and
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Adrian Grenier Confirms Entourage Movie

Adrian Grenier Confirms Entourage Movie

With HBO's Entourage ending this week, more and more chatter about the potential film has been popping up. While making the press rounds for his new documentary Teenage Paparazzo, actor and star Adrian Grenier, who plays Vince in the show, touched upon the topic of the Entourage film.

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Goodbye to Vincent Chase and his Entourage

The escapades of E, Drama and Turtle were fun, young, aspirational – and a world away from what the producers originally had in mind

The final curtain just fell on a much-loved TV show. A series that followed the mixed fortunes of a group of guys whose unbreakable bond transcended their turbulent personal and professional relationships. That show was Men Of A Certain Age. Although critically adored, the Ray Romano drama struggled to find an audience in its two-season lifespan. Like HBO's Mind Of The Married Man and ABC's The Secret Life Of Men before it, the Romano show believed that male viewers were being starved of accurate depictions of their lives. But, as it turned out, the male audience did not respond to lugubrious storylines about thickening waists, disappearing hairlines, erectile dysfunction and mounting tuition fees. What the male TV audience wanted, even though they may have been unaware they wanted it,
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Teenage Paparazzo DVD Review

I’m pretty sure that there is not a celebrity out there who truly likes being followed by the paparazzi. Actor-cum-documentarian, Adrian Grenier, happens to be one of those unlucky celebrities, who always have paparazzi surrounding them. However, what makes Grenier’s issues with the paparazzi, and our current celebrity obsessed culture, truly unique is that he not only deals with flashing light bulbs following him everywhere he goes in real life, but also on set where he stars as the fake popular movie star Vincent Chase on HBO’s Entourage. Constantly being pursued by the paparazzi, both real and fake, on a daily basis has lead Grenier to think about what really drives the paparazzi to stalk and pursue celebrities. While walking through an airport one day, Grenier was photographed by a kid that he thought was just a fan, who actually turned out to be a 14-year-old professional paparazzo named Austin Visschedyk.
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