FILM—UNDERESTIMATE JAMES FRANCO AT YOUR PERIL. The latest project from artist/writer/star of everything from Freaks and Geeks to Spring Breakers is My Own Private River—with the blessing of Gus Van Sant, Franco re-edited My Own Private Idaho using the film's dailies and outtakes to create something altogether new. True, it might be terrible! But also true: Franco's made wildly entertaining stuff out of less. EH
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RIOT READING—Thanks to weird loopholes in Russia's prison system, journalist Masha Gessen managed to correspond with the jailed members of Russia's infamous punk-rock feminist collective, Pussy Riot. What followed was the first book anyone's ever written on the group, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Gessen, a citizen of both Russia and the United States, will present her remarkable, intimate portrait of the group. DCT
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