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For any new parent, the pros and cons of feeding your baby with breastmilk versus formula opens up no shortage of opinion from experts, doctors, other mothers and more. But one documentary is tackling the topic, and not just exploring the choice to breastfeed, but the various other areas the decision often touches upon. Directed and produced by Dana Ben-Ari and executive produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein—the creative team behind the highly celebrated doc "The Business Of Being Born"—"Breastmilk" follows five New York City mothers from late pregnancy until their babies are a year old, exploring the truth, sexuality, politics, and emotions surrounding modern breastfeeding. And in this extended segment of clips from the film, we visit each of the mothers profiled in the movie in a nice cross-section of the subjects explored from feeding in public to how breastfeeding has possible ramifications on the physical »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Featuring documentaries about an eclectic mix of subjects: from an unknown photographer and a family-owned strip club to missionaries in Rwanda and the 90s indie film scene, this year's Doc NYC lineup touches on the personal and political. "The films range from profound and mysterious to humorous and sexually provocative," said Doc NYC's artistic director Thom Powers, who also programs for the Toronto International Film Festival and curates Doc Club on SundanceNOW. In its fourth year, Doc NYC, now the largest documentary festival in the U.S., will host panels and events featuring Errol Morris, Sarah Polley, Oliver Stone, Michel Gondry, Ricki Lake, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Lee Boggs, Jehane Moujaim and other filmmakers. With such a wealth of rich material, it wasn't easy to pare down the list of 132 films being shown at Doc NYC to these 10 titles and they are by no means the only films worth seeing. Check »
The film-maker talks about hitchhiking, his one-man show in Liverpool – and what his parents thought of Pink Flamingos
William Burroughs called the film director John Waters "the pope of trash". Waters, 67, was born, raised and still lives in Baltimore, Maryland where his close friend Divine, whom he made a star, also grew up. Waters's best-known movies include Pink Flamingos (in which Divine ate dog faeces), Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and Serial Mom. He is also a writer, artist and art collector and will perform his one-man show, This Filthy World – about film, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films and "fashion lunacy" – at this year's Homotopia arts festival in Liverpool. Waters is writing a book about hitchhiking across America last year.
How was the road trip?
I hitchhiked from my front door in Baltimore to my flat in San Francisco. I last hitchhiked when I was 16. It's a bit different when you're 66. Before, »
- Tim Teeman
On a quiet street in late-1950′s suburban Baltimore – Baltimore! – an apple-cheeked upper-middle-class family moves in and two young men become neighbors by sheer coincidence. No one in their right mind could have predicted that these two boys would form a friendship that would last decades and unleash onto an unsuspecting public some of the most gloriously perverse collaborations in film history.
Then again, the world had never seen the likes of John Waters and Harris Glenn Milstead before.
The criminally entertaining new documentary I Am Divine yanks the cha-cha heels and wipes the liberally-applied makeup off of one of our true queer pop culture pioneers: Divine. Part drag queen, part vixen, part psychopath, and all woman (well, not quite), Divine subverted pretty much everything Hollywood had to say about women, sexuality, glamor, and common decency. Her face – often made up in garish, twisted masks and screaming to bring the walls down – is known everywhere. »
- Brian Juergens
Doc NYC is set to mark its fourth annual return from November 14-21 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea's Sva Theatre. Having swiftly expanded into the largest documentary festival in the U.S., the week-long lineup will showcase 131 films and events including 72 feature-length film screenings, 39 shorts in addition to 20 panel discussions and master classes. The festival's highlights will include the opening night premiere of Errol Morris's "The Unknown Known" and a closing night world premiere of Michel Gondry's "Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?" Doc NYC will also feature a panel discussion with guest attendee Noam Chomsky as one of its main highlights. Echoing the anticipated special guest appearances Errol Morris, Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Oliver Stone, Sarah Polley, Kathleen Hanna, Ricki Lake, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Lee Boggs, Chuck Workman, Donna McKechnie, Nat Hentoff, Doug Pray and more, Doc NYC artistic director Thom Powers remarked, »
- Ramzi De Coster
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
Sylvester Stallone recently made headlines for becoming the latest in a seemingly endless parade of rich movie stars coming to the Internet hat in hand to get some of that sweet sweet Kickstarter cash. The crowdfunding site has been a magnet for celebs looking to fund oddball projects the studios are gunshy on (a la David Fincher's animated comic book adaptation "The Goon") or to obtain greater creative control through fan-supported cashflow, like Zach Braff's controversial Kickstarter campaign.
By essentially busking to their many followers, these celebs have given life to personal projects that may never have seen the light of day otherwise, but is it worth it? Stallone's indie movie "Reach Me" became a red flag when the star pulled the project from Kickstarter two days before its deadline, despite already reaching its funding goal. Sly turned to a rival site, Indiegogo, after his film found a more traditional financier. »
- Max Evry
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“She used to be Snow White, but she drifted.”
Thanks to John for this week’s winning caption!
Speaking of Dan Sells: “Gay Stars Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of Sexuality”
God Hates Gays Who Own Chandeliers?
Rosie O’Donnell Sounds Off On The Fosters‘ Role, Doma, Russia’s Gay Law And Miley Cyrus
Russian Group Issues Virulently Homophobic Video. Be warned. This is horrific.
Nph talks about The Emmys and channeling Billy Zapka in the new Seth MacFarlane western. Dance! »
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
Updated: The bulk of syndicated daytime talk show premiered yesterday, including one of two new talkers, Warner Bros’ Bethenny, which debuted nationwide after a test on several Fox stations in summer 2012. Bethenny, hosted by Bethenny Frankel, opened with a 0.9/3 in households and 0.6/4 in women 25-54. That was in line with the debuts of the two new talk shows last fall that didn’t make it to second season: Jeff Probst (1.0, 0.7) and Ricki Lake (0.8, 0.4). The bright spot for Bethenny was its demo performance, which was up double digits from its lead-in and the time period’s average last September, while the show was down in households. But there was good news for Warner Bros as its other talker Ellen, whose host Ellen DeGeneres also produces Bethenny, topped all syndication talker openers for a second year in a row. Ellen drew a 3.1/8 in households and 1.8/11 in women 25-54. That was up a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Peter Bogdanovich and Mira Nair have been tapped to receive awards at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival, with the 14th annual fest in upstate New York announcing its complete 2013 slate and adding a keynote address to be given this year by Slava Rubin, the co-founder of crowdfunding site IndieGogo.
Bogdanovich will take home the festival’s annual Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award for his string of film credits that includes “The Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up Doc,” among other pics. Nair (“The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Monsoon Wedding”), meanwhile, will score the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award, handed out each year to a filmmaker with a strong commitment to philanthropy and social justice.
This year’s Wff launches with Dick Fontaine’s jazz doc “Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes,” in a screening that also includes a live perf from the Jd Allen Trio, and will continue with spotlight screenings of “At Middleton, »
- Gordon Cox
Ricki Lake took to Twitter on Aug. 28, offering her condolences to Kris Jenner on her talk show getting canceled — but is Ricki’s tweet accurate? HollywoodLife.com has spoken to multiple sources about Kris Jenner’s show — read on!
Ricki Lake recently had her new talk show canceled after one season. And the strange thing is, her executive producer was Stephen Brown, who also produces Kris Jenner’s show, Kris. Well, Ricki had some not so nice comments to make about him on Twitter on Aug. 28, during which she also appeared to be announcing that Kris’ show had been canceled. Is Ricki right? Does Ricki have new inside information, or did she simply read a report on Radar Online? HollywoodLife.com went to our own sources. Here’s what they had to say.
“@KrisJenner Sorry to hear your show was #cancelled. »
- Hollywood Life Staff
Crowd-funding sites have helped pay fora new video game console, a customizable watch and a copy of Lionel Richie's head, bringing the dreams of many creative individuals to life. They have also become a resource for creative-types who do not fit the struggling artist mold.
Actor and director Zach Braff and the film-makers behind Veronica Mars raised more than $2m for their respective projects this year. Last Saturday, Spike Lee reached his $1.25m goal to fund a new film. Their success has rankled those who believe it is unfair for celebrities who already have the backing of major studios to ask fans to pay for their projects.
Kickstarter, the more popular crowd-funding site for celebrities, said its job is to bring creative projects to life and that these »
- Amanda Holpuch
Shortly after Evan Rachel Wood gave birth to her baby boy, she made sure to thank hubby Jamie Bell…and Ricki Lake! The reason? Wood tweeted Tuesday that the talk-show host's 2008 documentary, The Business of Being Born, helped her make the decision to have a natural home birth. "I have to say thank you @RickiLake for your inspiring documentary…I never knew I had a choice when it came to labor. It taught me so much & aided my decision in having a natural home birth which my son & I are now forever grateful for," she wrote on the social networking site, just one day after announcing her happy baby news. Lake, a mom of two, tweeted the actress back, writing, "You are so »
Just a few days in, Evan Rachel Wood's transition into motherhood seems like it's been smooth sailing thus far -- and the Mildred Pierce actress has a rather unexpected pal to thank for that. The first-time mom took to Twitter on Tuesday, July 30, to express her gratitude to daytime talk show host Ricki Lake for her documentary The Business of Being Born. "I have to say thank you Ricki Lake for your inspiring documentary 'the business of being born,'" the 25-year-old actress wrote. "I never knew [...] »
Congratulations to the new parents! Kate Middleton, 31, and Prince William, 31 welcomed their first child, a little boy, on July 22! While no one is happier than the new parents, all of Hollywood is buzzing about the new heir to the royal throne!
Kate Middleton Gives Birth — Celebs React On Twitter
Celebs from all over the world are absolutely thrilled for Prince William and Kate, taking to Twitter to offer their kind words of support and advice for the new family after news broke about the royal delivery! So, what do your favorite celebrities have to say?
Bethenny Frankel: “Congratulations to the Royal Family on their new baby boy!”
Ellen DeGeneres: “It’s a boy! So happy »
- HL Intern
The 13-year-old beauty guru tragically died on July 16 after fighting a 7-year battle with cancer. Celebrities spoke out about their grief on Twitter, and the impact the beautiful young woman made on their lives.
Talia Joy Castellano, 13, touched celebrities and fans alike with her inspiring YouTube beauty videos, and uplifting social media posts on Instagram and Twitter. She tragically died on July 16 after fighting a 7-year battle with cancer, and celebrities shared their sadness on Twitter.
Talia Joy Castellano Dies — Celebrities React On Twitter
Ellen Denegeres, who brought the brave girl on her show a few times and made her an honorary CoverGirl, revealed her grief in a July 16 tweet after the sad news broke. Ellen tweeted:
This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad.
Kendall Jenner wrote, “just heard about Talia. Rip beautiful. »
- Christina Stiehl
There aren't many soap operas left on daytime TV these days, but that doesn't mean it lacks drama. The early-morning blood feud between NBC's crumbling Today and ABC's ascendant Good Morning America has provided media writers with an epic and continuing narrative for years, rivaling the Great Late Night Troubles of the nineties and the Lesser Late Night Troubles of the 2010s. Over in the kingdom of syndicated talk shows, would-be successors to the throne abdicated by Oprah Winfrey two years ago keep popping up (like Meredith Vieira, who announced this week that she’ll seek to conquer the format in fall 2014) and flaming out (Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake, and Anderson Cooper). And then there's The View, which continues to do a good job fulfilling ABC’s on-air drama requirement in the wake of soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. Today, longtime co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her »
- Josef Adalian
As part of News Corp.’s broader restructuring of 21st Century Fox, Fox News chief Roger Ailes has lost a chunk of his turf — the syndie distrib arm — to 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
The shuffle, announced Monday by 21st Century Fox prexy-coo Chase Carey, reflects the fact that much of the division’s focus is on selling off-network broadcast and cable rights to the primetime series generated by the production divisions that Newman and Walden oversee, as well as shows from FX Prods. Meidel’s group spearheads traditional off-net sales and barter deals for the shows but digital licensing, a fast-growing area for all major TV studios, is handled by a separate division, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. »
- Cynthia Littleton
What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?
1. James Gandolfini Dies in Italy
Actor James Gandolfini, perhaps best known for his role as Tony Soprano died June 19 in Italy. He was 51.
Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders confirmed that the Golden Globe winner passed away while on holiday in Rome, Italy. Reports suggest that his death came after a possible heart attack.
"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply," Armstrong and Sanders said in a joint statement. "He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving."
HBO also released a statement, saying, "We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years »
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