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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Documentary Captures Castro Era, Evolution of Video

Participants in the personal video revolution of the 1970s will be thrilled as they watch the credits roll at the end of Jon Alpert’s documentary “Cuba and the Cameraman,” which debuts on Netflix and in theaters on Nov. 24.

Alpert, the pioneering journalist and filmmaker, has through the years reported from places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, China and Afghanistan and has made films for broadcast networks PBS and HBO.

His latest project for Netflix encapsulates his travels to Cuba over five decades, during which he shot life on the island under Fidel Castro. He used portable technology that was in its infancy when he began and became more sophisticated over the years.

“This documentary is basically a museum of the entire evolution of electronic image-gathering.”

Jon Alpert

“The pot has been boiling for a long time, so to speak,” says Alpert. “We knew we wanted to make this film. I felt that it was an important mission
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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Review: Netflix Presents an Enthrallingly Intimate Look at 50 Years of Life in Cuba

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When Americans think of Cuba, we tend to think of a place, and not a people. The same was true of East Germany, it’s still true of North Korea, and it will always be true of countries that are defined by their inaccessibility. Borders are blinding, and islands are isolated by more than just water. Only 105 miles separate Havana from Key West, but you can’t see anything on the horizon when you stand at the bottom tip of the United States and stare into the ocean.

Filmmaker Jon Alpert has spent his entire adult life trying to bring those two worlds closer together, and his simple but enthralling new documentary culls from almost 50 years’ worth of footage from his trips to the land of Fidel. Alpert has two Oscars to his name (both for Best Documentary Short), but most of his work in Cuba has been for archival purposes,
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Los Cabos: ‘Museum’s’ Panorama Unveils 1960s CIA Mexico Espionage TV Drama ‘Litempo’ (Exclusive)

Los Cabos: ‘Museum’s’ Panorama Unveils 1960s CIA  Mexico Espionage TV Drama ‘Litempo’ (Exclusive)
Mexico City — Currently in post-production on Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Museum,” one of the most-anticipated Latin American movies of 2018, Mexico’s Panorama is advancing on its first TV drama, “Litempo,” an early 1960s’ CIA espionage drama-thriller set at the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

With its top floor staffed by CIA agents, controlling Latin American operations, including with Cuba, the embassy was arguably the most important foreign base of CIA operations in the Western hemisphere, said co-screenwriter Manuel Alcala.

The release on Nov. 3 of 500 never-before-seen CIA files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, including Lee Harvey Oswald’s visit to Mexico City in the weeks before he shot Kennedy, takes the interest of “Litempo” “to another level,” said Panorama producer Gerardo Gatica.

Conceived as a 13-part TV drama, and to be presented at this week’s Los Cabos Festival, as a TV series in development, “Litempo” is currently being written by Alcala, “Museum
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Pitbull’s Las Vegas Residency Extends Into 2018

Pitbull’s Las Vegas Residency Extends Into 2018
Days after receiving the first-ever Latin Ama Dick Clark Achievement Award at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards, Live Nation announced that Pitbull would be returning to Las Vegas for a 13-show residency, after a successful three-year run.

The show, “Time of Our Lives,” presented by Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation, will run during the months of January, April and May. Mr. Worldwide shared the news on Instagram with a promo video, captioning it with details.

“That’s definitely a part of making history right there, to even have this opportunity to perform in Vegas, because it’s something that I
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First Trailer for Documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman' from Netflix

"The story of Cuba, told by one filmmaker over five decades." Netflix has released the trailer for the new documentary titled Cuba and the Cameraman, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year. This is made by filmmaker Jon Alpert, who has spent more time documenting and filming in Cuba than just about anyone else. Compiled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over 45 years, Alpert follows three families and Fidel Castro to tell the story of modern Cuba. He was one of the last Americans to see Castro before his death. But the doc is also all about the people of Cuba, and the country itself, all the history is has gone through and the culture that has remained intact despite all of this. "He documented how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious challenges gripping their country." Check it out. Here's
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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Trailer: Jon Alpert’s Decades-in-the-Making Doc Chronicles a Country in Flux — Watch

For nearly a half a century, pioneering documentarian Jon Alpert has been compelled by the country of Cuba — once such a mystery to America, and now only recently open to us — and the people who populate it, especially its iconic (and brutal) long-time leader. The result of that obsession is Alpert’s latest film, “Cuba and the Cameraman” which was ultimately assembled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over the course of 45 years, Alpert’s film follows three families…and Fidel Castro.

As the film’s official synopsis tells us, Alpert was present for most of Cuba’s biggest moments, documenting it every step of the way: “He was there for Cuba’s optimistic socialism of the early ’70s, and for the 1980 Mariel Bay boatlift, when over 100,000 Cubans fled the island accompanied by inmates released from prisons and insane asylums. He returned to cover the hardships
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From the Grassy Knoll to Ted Cruz's Dad: The Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories and How They've Been (Mostly) Debunked

From the Grassy Knoll to Ted Cruz's Dad: The Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories and How They've Been (Mostly) Debunked
On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding through the streets of Dallas in an open-topped motorcade. With wife Jackie Kennedy by his side, the 46-year-old president was struck by two bullets — one in the head and one in the neck. Former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder, and a presidential commission later found that the gunman had acted alone.

But that conclusion has hardly satisfied the public, with JFK’s assassination fueling conspiracy theories for decades to come.

On Thursday, nearly 54 years later, the government is expected to release thousands of long-blocked
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Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)

Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)
Chrissie Fit is recognizable to fans across the world for her portrayal of foreign exchange student Flo in Pitch Perfect 2, but like most Latina actresses, her road to success in Hollywood hasn't been easy.

The 33-year-old actress grew up in Miami Florida, surrounded by other Latinos, "so in school, we didn't have the option of casting by race. It was just whoever could do the best job," she explained to Et over the phone on Monday -- but things quickly changed once she entered the big leagues.

"I remember my first audition was for The Secret Garden, and I auditioned for Mary Lennox, which was like, the Caucasian, British actor, and the director was looking at me, like, perplexed. Like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?' And he really politely said, 'That was great. Next season we're doing the King and I, and I think you're better suited for that,'" she recalled
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The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination

The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination
President John F. Kennedy‘s tendency toward extramarital romances has been well-documented in the decades since his assassination – but did one of his relationships play a direct role in his untimely death?

Judith Exner famously had a 2½-year affair with JFK, ending in 1962 – just one year before his assassination in Dallas.

Now – ahead of the 18th anniversary of her death at age 65 after a battle with breast cancer – People is looking back on her stunning 1977 memoir, which was full of revelations about the president’s much-debated relationship with the mob.

Life Among the Stars

Exner, the daughter of an architect,
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'Cuba and the Cameraman': Film Review | Venice 2017

Four decades on the Caribbean island whiz by in Cuba and the Cameraman, veteran documentarian Jon Alpert's tribute to the Communist-run island and its citizens. Completed in the wake of longtime leader Fidel Castro's death late last year, it compiles footage shot for numerous earlier projects including some up-close-and-personal encounters with El Comandante himself — juxtaposed with visits with regular folks in town and country. After bowing to generally warm reactions in a non-competition slot at Venice, this accessibly illuminating Netflix production will likely score further festival slots, especially at events favoring non-fiction and political themes.

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Where the Boys Are

Heading for Spring Break somewhere? Long before Girls Gone Wild, kids of the Kennedy years found their own paths to the desired fun in the sun, and most of them came back alive. MGM’s comedic look at the Ft. Lauderdale exodus is a half-corny but fully endearing show, featuring the great Dolores Hart and the debuts of Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton.

Where the Boys Are

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Warner Archive Collection

1960 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date July 25, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Connie Francis, Dolores Hart, Paula Prentiss, Jim Hutton

Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, Frank Gorshin, Barbara Nichols, Chill Wills.

Cinematography: Robert Bronner

Art Direction: Preston Ames, George W. Davis

Film Editor: Fredric Steinkamp

Original Music: Pete Rugolo, Neil Sedaka, George Stoll, Victor Young

Written by George Wells from a novel by Glendon Swarthout

Produced by Joe Pasternak

Directed by Henry Levin

Ah yes, in 1960 first-wave Rock
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Gabe Pressman, Broadcast News Pioneer, Dies at 93

Gabe Pressman, Broadcast News Pioneer, Dies at 93
Journalism legend Gabe Pressman, whose career spanned over 60 years, has died at age 93. Pressman’s wife told NY1 that he died in his sleep early Friday morning. During his career, Pressman interviewed Marilyn Monroe to Fidel Castro, and covered everything from the Beatles arriving in America in 1964 to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Jr. Also Read: Tucker Carlson Slams CNN's Trump Coverage as 'Advocacy,' 'Not Really Journalism' (Video) The Bronx native started his television career at Wnbc in 1956 as one of the first local broadcast reporters in New York. He would go on to.
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10 Most Wtf Things We Learned From Oliver Stone's Putin Interviews

10 Most Wtf Things We Learned From Oliver Stone's Putin Interviews
What's the Russian equivalent of Kool-Aid? Whatever it is, it's definitely red – and Oliver Stone has eagerly drunk it down. The trailers for The Putin Interviews, Showtime's four-part series documenting a series of conversations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Stone, would have you believe that you're going to hear some pretty hard-hitting stuff as the autocrat and the filmmaker face off, Frost-Nixon style. What we got instead was a series of softballs lobbed lovingly in the direction of one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the world.
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Gloria Estefan's Mother Dies at 88, Singer Mourns: 'I Will Miss Her Every Moment of Every Day'

Gloria Estefan's Mother Dies at 88, Singer Mourns: 'I Will Miss Her Every Moment of Every Day'
It's a tough day for Gloria Estefan.

The singer lost her beloved 88-year-old mother, Gloria Fajardo on Tuesday night, taking to Instagram with a moving remembrance.

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"She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends, very especially, the two beautiful ladies in each side in this picture, Carmen Corpion & Clara Bris. They were an integral part of her posse not only throughout her life but to her last breath," Estefan, 59, shared. "I know it was exactly the way she would have wanted her departure from this earth to be, surrounded by love and the true representations of everyone that was special to her in life."

"I will miss her every moment of every day and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many
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Demian Bichir on ‘Alien: Covenant’: ‘You Can’t Say No to Ridley Scott’

Demian Bichir on ‘Alien: Covenant’: ‘You Can’t Say No to Ridley Scott’
Demian Bichir’s background in theater prepared him for the diverse roles he has come to play in TV and cinema. The Mexico-born actor has starred in films and television shows such as “Weeds,” “Che,” “A Better Life” (for which he was Oscar nominated) and “The Hateful Eight.” He’s portrayed characters as varied as a drug kingpin, Fidel Castro, an immigrant gardener and an assassin. In Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” he plays Sgt. Lope, part of a same-sex couple on a colonizing space mission. The film hits theaters May 19.

What has been the most challenging part about adjusting to so many different types of roles?

Stepping out of my comfort zone; that’s the only way you can surprise yourself. You have to say no many times to find the right roles. You do get the same offers — once the industry sees you play, for example, a gardener,
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Tape me to your leaders: which films should our politicians watch?

For his latest doc, Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin watched Dr Strangelove and had a natter about the horrors of nuclear war. Could May, Merkel and co learn a few things from the big screen?

Let’s call it Ruskie business: for his latest documentary, a four-hour series to be screened in the Us next month, Oliver Stone has interviewed Vladimir Putin. It’s not the first time the Oscar-winning writer and director has had a face-to-face with a contentious world leader, having previously profiled Fidel Castro and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. But this project has an irresistible movie twist, featuring footage of Stone and Putin watching Dr Strangelove together. Apparently, the Russian president had never seen Stanley Kubrick’s pitch-black 1964 satire, so Stone screened it for him.

Hopefully, Putin learned something about the dangers of atomic brinksmanship from the film, rather than imagining himself shirtless, rodeo-riding a nuclear bomb.
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Tribeca Review: ‘Elián’ is a Deep Geopolitical Dive into a Symbolic Historical Moment

Exploring the personal and geopolitical political fall-out of the Elián González saga, Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden’s documentary is a comprehensive look at what occurred and its ramifications as the media and various stakeholders take charge of a narrative that the film’s narrator, Raul Esparza, points out was really only a five-year-old’s story to tell. Along with extensive archival materials, there’s also new interviews with subjects linked to the saga: Elián himself, now 23; his then-21-year old cousin, Marisleysis Gonzalez, who would become his caretaker and voice in the media; Jose Antonio Llama, the former head of the Cuban American National Foundation; Ins commissioner Dorris Meissner; Alan Diaz, an AP reporter who took the iconic picture of an Ins agent taking Elián at gun point; and, of course, Donato Dalrymple, the fisherman who found González tied to an inner tube and who never missed a chance to tell his story then,
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Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’: Why the Showtime Series Could Help the Legendary Filmmaker Get His Mojo Back

Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’: Why the Showtime Series Could Help the Legendary Filmmaker Get His Mojo Back
Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin are a match made in heaven. Stone’s upcoming documentary series “The Putin Interviews” could be just the project to give the filmmaker’s career the shot in the arm in desperately needs. The director of iconic films like “Platoon” and “JFK” has never wavered from tackling challenging political stories, both documentaries and narrative features, but the results as of late have been lackluster.

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“The Putin Interviews,” a four-night series airing on Showtime this June, could change all that. While Stone has always been an outspoken critic of governments around the world, the recent rise of issues like surveillance, hacking and cyberwarfare have made him even more energized, and concerned, about current events.

“What’s going on right now is pretty shocking,” Stone said at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
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Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’

Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’
Oliver Stone has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years. Now, Stone and his documentary producer Fernando Sulichin have turned those chats into “The Putin Interviews,” a four-hour documentary series airing over four nights this June on Showtime.

Check out a first look at “The Putin Interviews” below. Stone most recently interviewed Putin in February, after the U.S. presidential elections (in which Putin and Russia are believed to have actively influenced). Showtime compares “The Putin Interviews” to David Frost’s famed conversations with Richard Nixon in 1977.

Stone and Sulichin were granted wide access to Putin’s personal and professional lives. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald. “”It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard… He talks pretty straight. I think we did him
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Well, This Won’t Be Controversial: Oliver Stone Releasing Documentary On Vladimir Putin Soon

Update: Showtime have revealed that they have the rights to Stone’s film(s), which will be called “The Putin Interviews.” They’ll air across four nights between June 12th and June 15th, and you can watch a teaser trailer below.

The career of Oliver Stone has often been marked with uproar on the release of his films, whether it was his anti-war Vietnam picture “Born On The Fourth Of July,” the conspiracy theories put forth in “JFK” and “Nixon,” the debates over copycat killings on “Natural Born Killers,” his documentaries about Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, or George W.

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