make believe

As a magic fanatic, I consider the Seth Gordon-produced Make Believe to be one of my favorite documentaries of the last decade. The film followed six of the world’s best young magicians own their road to the Teen World Championship in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen the film, you should (here is the trailer).

One of the many things that is interesting about documentaries is that the stories continue even after the credits end. And I often wonder what happened to the subjects of some of my favorite documentaries. In the case of Make Believe, did these teen magicians ever make it to the big time? Last night I saw the star of Make Believe on national network television and thought it was worth sharing, alongside some brief details about where the other subjects of the documentary have ended up.
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Zero Days Trailer

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney‘s (Taxi to the Dark Side) new movie Zero Days premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been playing the film festival tour before it hits theaters this July. The film is about the world of cyberwar. The title is a reference to the concept of a zero day vulnerability, which is a hole in software that can be exploited by hackers. Once the flaw becomes known, the software’s author has zero days in which to plan and advise any mitigation against its exploitation.

We’ve seen many movies about these kind of things, and in today’s technology driven world, its a real threat. Magnolia Pictures has released a new Zero Day trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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After tackling entertainment icon Marlon Brando with last year’s documentary Listen to Me Marlon, filmmakers R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) have reunited for a new documentary about one of comedy’s most revered names: John Belushi.

John Belushi was a comedy legend who skyrocketed to fame and sadly left this world all too soon. Now his life story and carer will be chronicled with a feature length documentary that has the full cooperation of Belushi’s widow, Judisth Belushi Pisano. Find out more about the John Belushi documentary after the jump. Read More »

the conjuring 2

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A creepy featurette on the story behind The Conjuring 2.
  • Take a first look at Channing Tatum in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
  • March of the Penguins 2: The Call is actually happening.
  • T.J. Miller confirms that he’s back for Deadpool 2.
  • The first poster for Super Troopers 2 is here.
  • Karl Urban is still talking about Dredd 2.
  • Michael Fassbender promises gnarly Xenomoroph happenings in Alien: Covenant.
  • John C. Reilly says Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in development.
  • NBC says it hasn’t given up on that Cruel Intentions sequel series.
  • Scientists are concerned about Finding Dory.
  • Now You See Me 2 will screen in China.

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Raiders Documentary Trailer

For years we’ve been hearing about Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. The fan film at the center of the documentary is famous for being a passionate shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark created by some of the most loyal and dedicated Indiana Jones fans, and now we’re going to learn every gritty detail about how it was made.

Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb began working on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation when they were just kids, but they wouldn’t finish it until 20 years later. Raiders! tells the story of how they made their film, lost their aspirations to become filmmakers, and reunited to finish the movie once and for all once it became a cult hit on the web.

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the-king-of-kong

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released. Seth Gordon‘s now-classic documentary chronicled the world of arcade gaming championships, with the main storyline focusing on the feud between a Redmond, Washington high school teacher named Steve Wiebe who attempted to break Billy Mitchell‘s record score in Donkey Kong. The film has become one of my favorite movies, and since its release we’ve followed the story as the championship title got passed among other gamers and back to Weibe again in 2010 for a short time before a plastic surgeon named Hank Chien took the title.

But it now seems that the story of the Donkey Kong championship may have come to an end, and neither Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell will ever be the King of Kong ever again.

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‘Tickled’ Trailer: Who Is the Tickle King?

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Have you ever heard of competitive endurance tickling? Today’s the first I’ve heard of it, thanks to the trailer for the upcoming documentary, Tickled. The doc follows a journalist named David Farrier, as he investigates the dark underbelly of the world of endurance tickling. While that synopsis sounds like a joke, it’s not.

Watch the Tickled trailer below.

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Swiss Army Man (Daniel Radcliffe)

Earlier this week we covered some of the biggest major releases coming out this summer. But maybe you’re like me — with a few exceptions (The Nice GuysThe BFG, and Jason Bourne), few popcorn movies coming up have me thinking, “I gotta see that.” There are plenty of releases to look forward to, of course, it’s just that very few major titles truly pop when I look over what’s opening in theaters soon.

If you wish there were more options this summer, then luckily for you there are plenty of limited releases to seek out. If you frequent the site, then you’ve probably already read about a few of these upcoming films. But just don’t forget actually to see them when they hit theaters. If you need a breather from all of the hero’s journeys, explosions, and talking CG animals, then the arthouse cinemas have got you covered.

Below, check out our summer movie preview for some independent films you shouldn’t miss.

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beatles documentary

There are two pieces of big news here. First: Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary about the greatest musical group in human history (sorry, everyone else) directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Second: this purchase has signaled the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service that will, as its name implies, will focus on building a library of non-fiction movies.

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