A cross-section of topics ranging from Sarah Palin to 'Human Centipede II' hit indieWIRE's coverage Tuesday. Werner Herzog hit the airwaves on Stephen Colbert's show, while the 'Texting-gate' continued a silent roar after Austin's Alamo Drafthouse gave a patron the boot for taking out an electronic device during a film. In other biz, Fox Searchlight picked up 'Tree of Life' for the U.K., small town Canada gets a new fest and 10 indies that will share in California's $100 million in tax subsidies.
- Conservative Critic Calls Sarah Palin Doc 'Excruciating.' Last month, indieWIRE reported on the two-hour Sarah Palin-sanctioned documentary feature, 'The Undefeated,' which has been crafted to boost her pre-presidential campaign (and counter the HBO Palin-McCain biopic' Game Change'). Directed by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, the film has been making the rounds among a select pool of critics and conservative bloggers. The verdict? Decidedly mixed.
- Spoiler Alert: 'Human Centipede II' Director Responds to U.K. Censorship. A day after the British Board of Film Classification banned the sequel to .The Human Centipede. from a theatrical or DVD release in the U.K., 'Centipede' director Tom Six lashed out at the organization. While the BBFC said 'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)' posed a "genuine risk" to viewers and could fall foul of obscenity laws, it did so by outlining a series of plot points about the film on their website. iW reports.
- Werner Herzog Meets Colbert, Talks About Albino Alligators and the Phone Book. Props to the 'The Colbert Report,' which saw fit to interview Werner Herzog (!) as he promotes the release of 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.' Although he resisted Colbert's suggestion to describe the film as "cave porn," Herzog provided a good match to Colbert's wit.
- Exclusive: Alamo Drafthouse Defends Texting PSA. As of this writing, the Alamo Drafthouse's texting video has received nearly 400,000 views on YouTube. We called Alamo owner Tim League to ask him a few questions about the patron, the policy and the PSA. iW reports.
- This Week's Best of Home Viewing: Mike Leigh's 'Another Year.' This week in Small Screens, Mike Leigh's latest character study hits a home run with critics, 'The Housemaid' gets a kinky redo, Bill Hicks gets the doc treatment and more.
- Fox Searchlight to Take 'Tree of Life' to the U.K. Fox Searchlight announced that it will distribute Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' in the U.K., finally giving a home to the film that was orphaned after a contract dispute with Icon Entertainment. More here.
- Small Town Canada Gets a Big Time Film Event. From July 7-10, in Picton, a summer destination town in rural Ontario, Canada, a group of the greater Toronto area's (and beyond) biggest filmmaking talents will be participating in a film festival and immersive workshop for aspiring young filmmakers. More about the festival here.
- 10 Indies Win California's $100 Million Lottery. The California Film Commission has awarded $100 million in tax subsidies to 27 film and TV projects, 10 of which are independent films. The process sounds a little like an old-fashioned land grab. More here.