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Morning Media Newsfeed: Chopper Crash Injures NYT Reporter | Tribune Media Profits Up

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NYT Correspondent Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash (TVNewser)
New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin was injured when the relief helicopter she was traveling in crashed Tuesday, killing the pilot. The helicopter was on a mission to aid Yazidi refugees in Iraq. FishbowlNY According to crash survivors, the helicopter went down shortly after takeoff. The cause of the incident has yet to be confirmed. NYT Rubin, 56, the Times’ Paris bureau chief and a longtime war correspondent, apparently suffered a concussion, at least one broken wrist and possibly some broken ribs but was conscious. Adam Ferguson, 35, a freelance photographer working for the Times who was accompanying Rubin, said via cellphone text that he suffered a sore jaw and some minor bumps. HuffPost Rubin has a long history of war reporting. She was the bureau chief for the Times in both Baghdad and Kabul before transferring to Paris. Time Iraqi parliamentarian Vian Dakhil was among the survivors of the crash. Dakhil garnered international attention for her impassioned pleas on the floor of Iraq’s parliament to deliver aide to tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority that fled into the mountains as ISIS fighters advanced northward into the Kurdish region of Iraq. A Kurdish official told the Times that the cause of the crash appeared to have been an accident and that no ISIS fighters were seen in the area at the time.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Separatists in Ukraine Seize TV HQ | CNN Raises Ethical Questions | Gregory Slams Report

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Separatists Seize Control of TV HQ in East Ukraine City (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. Sky News Four men wearing masks and armed with truncheons were standing at the entrance to the building in Donetsk, while more separatists could be seen inside wearing camouflage fatigues. The regional governor’s office and the city hall in Donetsk have already been seized by separatists. NBC News About 15 police officers were standing a short distance away but were not trying to resist the separatists. A crowd of around 400 people surrounded the building and shouted “Russia!” and “Referendum!,” a reference to a vote the separatists want to hold on seceding from Ukraine. The protesters later drifted away, but the separatist guards on the doors remained. One of the masked men at the entrance, who asked why the building had been seized, said: “They show lies; they try to influence the people and they broadcast misinformation.” The Guardian The station’s shaken director, Oleg Dzholos, emerged soon afterward to say that the separatists had brought with them a technician who was turning off Kiev television and replacing it with Rossiya 24. The Russian state channel calls Ukraine’s pro-western leaders “fascists” and frequently runs montages of them with footage of the Nazis. “We hope to continue broadcasting,” Dzholos said. His staff of 250 would be back at work on Monday morning, he said. WSJ Sunday’s incident marked an escalation in the struggle between pro-Russian protesters who want to turn Ukraine’s industrial heartland into a sovereign republic and Kiev’s interim government, which has tried, without success, to defeat a separatist rebellion that threatens the unity of the country. Ukraine accuses Russia of stirring up the separatist unrest by broadcasting strident anti-Kiev views on Russian television channels and by sending covert operatives to help organize the insurgency, particularly in Slovyansk, a city north of Donetsk that has been taken over by heavily armed gunmen. Moscow denies any role.

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Schnack, IndiePix Unveil New Nonfiction Awards

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Determined to do better than the dull slate of nonfiction films that the Academy Awards considers worthy, IndiePix and A.J. Schnack have created their own awards. Both the actual nominees and the name of the new awards will be announced at Sundance, but their short list of 15 films is public. (Compare both lists below).

Schnack’s been grousing about the Academy’s penchant for choosing worthy subjects over well-made films for a while:

This year, the Academy and the IDA stand on tired notions of righteous causes. They, along with organizations such as Full Frame, believe that nonfiction exists first and foremost to shine light on the great issues. And while the social justice tradition has and always will (and should) exist in nonfiction, many of us believe in nonfiction filmmaking as more than a teaching tool, as something that can be entertaining, as something that can be artistic, as something that can push stylistic boundaries, as something that can reveal the human condition, as something that can be as rival narrative as a filmgoing experience.

So, unlike so many of us online ranters, he took action and got a crowd of other film lovers involved. The new awards will also include seven other categories besides best film–Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, Graphic Design & Animation, International Feature and Debut Feature.

Various parties weigh in on the new awards, some asking where’s King of Kong?

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Sundance Selects “Personal” Documentaries

Sundance got 3,624 features submitted this year, with 51 first-time filmmakers. There’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.

Documentaries are personal, which is the polite way of saying dismal.

Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North explores her New England family’s history as slave traders. Should be big with Unitarians who feel guilty.

Nerakhoon (the Betrayal) directed by the cinematographer Ellen Kuras, a young Laotian man confronts both his father’s work for the C.I.A. designating bombing targets during the Vietnam War and the havoc it wreaked on his family after the Communist takeover of Laos.

Veteran director Lisa F. Jackson’s Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, in which she interviews rape victims and draws on her own experience as the survivor of a gang rape.

In Prison My Whole Life Colin Firth’s the EP and his wife the producer of yet another examination of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

And a rejected Mike Garibaldi-Frick muses on his loss.

So Long Sundance, Slamdance–Hello Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara

The real pros are off to see Factory Girl, tonight. And Helen Mirren on Friday.

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Hounddog goes unsold. Susan Self knows how to market the DVD.

Antonio Banderas should stick to acting.

Black Snake Moan is worth watching.

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Just not much left to watch,

Slamdance, Sundance, Squaredance: The Buzz

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Religous sex cultists from the Children of God broke up a screening of Noah Thompson’s film about growing up in the cult.

From the folks who brought us Cops: The King Of Kong.

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Nick Nolte

I can’t even get an erection anymore.

All the noise about Hounddog can’t hide the fact that the movie’s a mutt. (Dakota Fanning might want to meet Jena Malone and talk about stage mothers.)

Squaredance
Aka the Oscars.
Kenneth Turan, in the LA Times, tries very hard to convince us and maybe himself that the nominations weren’t predictable. Quirky the Academy is not.

David Carr, blogging in the NY Times confesses that his readers know more than he does. Nikki Finke reminds him that Dreamgirls wasn’t all that fabulous.

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Sundown on Sunset

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Sundance kicks off. The Golden Globes was nearly kicks-free.
Art Buchwald kicks it.

All of which has left us so exhausted, we plan on becoming one with our couch this weekend. If you care to join us, Korbi from E! online tells us what TiVo’d nuggets we should veg out to.

See ya Monday.