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Bernie Tiede, whose story was portrayed in Richard Linklater’s 2011 film, has been released from prison under the condition that he live with the filmmaker in his garage, Texas Tribune reports.

The Sacrament director Ti West updates his open letter on piracy:

A few years ago during the release of my film THE INNKEEPERS, I wrote an open letter about piracy and the effects it has on independent films. Particularly in the case of films that premiere first on VOD before being released in theaters. This distribution model is becoming more and more common in an effort to help smaller films reach as wide an audience as possible.

[I]nstead of writing an all new letter, or simply reposting the old one, I thought that this time around, with the VOD release of my new film THE SACRAMENT, I would briefly address a couple of thoughts not fully articulated back in 2011. These seemed to be the two most common rationalizations for “illegal” downloads.

BAMcinemaFest has announced its complete line-up, including Snowpiercer, They Came Together, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, and more.

Alexandar Huls interviews Corey Atad on his love for The Apartment:

I think it’s really easy for anyone to identify with. With C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon), here’s a character who’s taken advantage of. He’s sort of convinced himself that he’s not being taken advantage of by the businessmen he lends his apartment too, because he’s using it to move ahead. But he is being put down upon. Then there’s Ms. Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) who’s caught in a similar situation where she’s convinced herself everything is okay when it isn’t. You basically have two characters where the way they’ve come to value themselves is by how they think that other people value them. And those people don’t actually value them at all, except in a really superficial way. It gives Baxter and Kubelik very low self-esteem, very low value. I would think for most people it would be pretty easy to identify with that. You do often look at yourself and wonder, “Are people taking advantage of me? Am I too nice? Am I too agreeable?” I mean, at least that’s something I tend to identify with. Not that I’m in any way in a situation like either those characters. But I often look at myself and go “Am I too concerned with what other people think of me and would that really matter?”

At The Uncool, Cameron Crowe shares his notes on all the alternative titles considered for Almost Famous:

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