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“Paradise Lost 3″‘s new ending to premiere at New York Film Festival

“Paradise Lost 3″‘s new ending to premiere at New York Film Festival (photo)

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It was a funny week to be vacationing in Memphis.

I was down in Tennessee last weekend basking in some Southern hospitality and gorging myself on a variety of smoked meats when my jaw absolutely hit the floor as I walked past a kiosk for the local newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. “West Memphis Three Walk Free,” the headline read. Incredible.

Having watched — and been riveted and horrified by — two stellar documentaries about the West Memphis Three entitled “Paradise Lost” and “Paradise Lost 2: Revelations,” I was very familiar with their story, a disgraceful miscarriage of justice brought to life in vivid and tragic detail by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. It began when three teenagers — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — were accused of the murders of three boys in West Memphis in 1993. The evidence was tenuous at best, but that didn’t seem to matter to prosecutors; all three were convicted and Echols was sentenced to death. Berlinger and Sinofsky not only captured the investigation and trial, they even became a part of it, after the father of one of the victims presented a member of their crew with a knife containing blood residue on it. Both films are essential viewing for fans of documentary film.

Berlinger and Sinofsky were putting the finishing touches on a third installment in the epic documentary saga, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” — even had their premiere scheduled for the Toronto Film Festival next month — when the news of the West Memphis Three’s release broke. After spending 17 years in prison, and in light of new DNA evidence, the men were permitted to enter Alford Pleas, described by the Commercial Appeal as “a legal maneuver that allows a defendant to plead guilty — even if he maintains his innocence — because it is in his best interest to do so. Although an Alford Plea allows a defendant to profess innocence, and each did in brief statements to the court, the plea carries the same legal weight as a regular guilty plea.” And with that, they were released.

Sounds like the film might need a new subtitle. And it definitely needs a new ending, but with so little time remaining before Toronto, the film will appear at that festival in its previous cut. A new updated ending will premiere at the New York Film Festival next month.

The New York Film Festival also announced a host of additional special screenings and events today, including repertory screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” Luis Bunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel,” Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and Hayao Miyazaki’s “Castle in the Sky” and “Spirited Away.” Oliver Stone will also be on hand to premiere a sneak preview of his upcoming documentary miniseries called “The Untold History of the United States.” It should be an exciting festival, and it runs from September 30 to October 16.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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