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Doc Corner: 'The Price of Gold' Brings Clarity to 'I, Tonya'

By Glenn Dunks

The defining trait of I, Tonya that has separated it from a glut of biopics is that darkly comedic tone achieved significantly through fake direct-to-camera interviews by an assortment of ghoulish villains and anti-heroes. One could argue that with its cast of monstrous characters and flamboyant yet true-to-life costumes and wig-work, the film’s mock documentary device was entirely unnecessary at achieving its desired laughs.

Yet while I saw the value of its method as a sort of short-hand directorial device used to wrangle the story’s many real life contradictions and he-said-she-said-he-said-she-said-he-said narrative, having watched Nanette Burstein’s sublime The Price of Gold, it comes off as actually just lazy...
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8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’

8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’
There’s nothing quite like the drama (and, on occasion, trauma) of Olympic-level sports to rally even the most relaxed of audience members. When this year’s Winter Olympics — the 23rd in the contemporary iteration of the event — stages its opening ceremony this Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it will herald in over two weeks of the very best that the athletic world has to offer. Even better: it’s all real.

But for those interested in cinematic renditions of stories of grit, determination, and often a metric ton of sequins, the movie world has provided a few choice picks. From the drama of such classics as “Downhill Racer” to the joy of “Cool Runnings” and the wacky happenstance of “I, Tonya,” check out eight solid gold picks for some Olympics-centric binge-watching below (if you can find the time during watching the actual events unfold in the coming weeks).

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Female Filmmakers Dominated the Sundance Awards, But That Doesn’t Guarantee a Career Boost

Female Filmmakers Dominated the Sundance Awards, But That Doesn’t Guarantee a Career Boost
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the annual event broke some of its own barriers, doling out each of its four directing awards to female filmmakers. For the first time in the festival’s 34-year history, directing prizes went only to women, spanning all four major categories — narrative and documentary, U.S. and world cinema: Sara Colangelo (“The Kindergarten Teacher”), Alexandria Bombach (“On Her Shoulders”), Sandi Tan (“Shirkers”), and Isold Uggadottir (“And Breathe Normally”). The festival’s juries also awarded Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” the Grand Jury Prize, the festival’s highest honor; Sundance’s sole dedicated screenplay honor, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, went to Christina Choe for “Nancy.”

In short, it was a big festival for women. But what does winning an award at Sundance actually mean for female filmmakers? How does it impact future projects? Does it guarantee further success in the industry?
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Heather Lenz — “Kusama — Infinity”

“Kusama — Infinity”

Writer, director, and producer Heather Lenz has worked on film and television projects in various roles including as a researcher on programs for The History Channel and Food Network. She was also an Associate Producer for a PBS series about the environment. Her short documentary “Back to Back” was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

“Kusama — Infinity” premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Hl: “Kusama — Infinity” is the story of a woman breaking free of the restrictive society in which she was raised and overcoming sexism, racism, and mental illness while pursuing her dream of becoming a successful artist.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Hl: At the time I became interested in Yayoi Kusama, I felt that she had not been properly appreciated by the American art world. I was also drawn
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‘I, Tonya’: How the Man Who Wrote ‘Hope Floats’ Created the Year’s Most Unexpectedly Empowering Feminist Biopic

‘I, Tonya’: How the Man Who Wrote ‘Hope Floats’ Created the Year’s Most Unexpectedly Empowering Feminist Biopic
There’s little on screenwriter Steven Rogers’ resume to indicate that he was interested in writing something like “I, Tonya,” the year’s most irreverent – and unexpectedly inspiring – biopic that follows the exploits of one of America’s signature fallen stars. After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September (where Neon and 30West acquired it for 2017 release), the film has steadily picked up awards steam, particularly for the mother-daughter performances of Allison Janney and Margot Robbie, who are both nominated for Critics’ Choice and Indie Spirit awards.

“I’m loving this,” Rogers said with a laugh. “Because you don’t get it on every movie, so when you do get it, you just hold it closely. Never one time, ever, when I started to write about Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly, did I think about awards season. The whole experience has been kind of miraculous.”

Rogers isn’t exaggerating.
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Review: ‘Snatched’ is a Tedious, Low-Energy Action Comedy

A dim-witted offering released in time for Mother’s Day, Snatched — directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Katie Dippold — is a low-energy action comedy without much laughter. (You know you’re in trouble when a frequent joke involves misunderstanding “come” for “cum.”) Much of the humor falls painfully flat as Amy Schumer does her usual shtick as Emily, a woman with deep insecurities who enjoys a party or two. Goldie Hawn, who has been absent from the silver screen since 2002’s The Banger Sisters, plays her cat-loving mom Linda. She lives with her mentally challenged son Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz), a shut-in who makes a living teaching piano lessons. When Emily breaks up with musician boyfriend, she’s stuck with a non-refundable trip to a resort in Ecuador and convinces the adventure-adverse Linda to “come” with her. She mistakes a “welcome” drink given by porters in the hotel lobby with “whale cum,
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Drew Barrymore Thought She Was High After Smoking Fake Weed

Drew Barrymore once thought she got high whilst smoking fake marijuana on a film set.

The 42-year-old actress was shooting for 2010's 'Going The Distance' with Justin Long when she was tasked with smoking from a fake bong, but according to the prop expert Jeff Butcher, the blonde beauty believed she had actually smoked the drug, and both her and director Nanette Burstein thought she was high.

Jeff said: "There was a scene with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long where they smoke out of a bong, and it was kind of a mixed experience. [We used a] herb that looks like weed but doesn't get you high.

"I spent like an hour smoking this bong to try and make it look like a bong that had been smoked in before. And then, you know, we did the scene and Drew thought that she was high and the directors thought that she was high!
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Julianne Nicholson To Coach Margot Robbie’s Disgraced Ice Skater In Figure Skating Drama I, Tonya

Production is already well underway on the Atlanta set of Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, but the figure skating drama has made room in its ranks for Julianne Nicholson, star of Black Mass, August: Osage County, and Sophie and the Rising Sun.

Joining Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser, Sebastian Stan and Margot Robbie for the upcoming sports pic, Nicholson has landed the part of Diane Rawlinson, the first skating coach to train disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding (Robbie). Once celebrated as the ice princess of the figure skating world – Harding made history after becoming the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions in the early ’90s – Tonya Harding’s career and public image were left in tatters after her and her husband Jeff Gillooly (Stan) were found guilty of ordering a vicious attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. However, karma prevailed after Kerrigan’s limped out of
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Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee review – proto-Trump figure chills the blood

  • The Guardian - Film News
This documentary about the software whizz who fled to Central America before running for president is a timely tale of ego, malevolence and fanatacism

Right now it is tempting to find parables and parallels everywhere for the current Us situation. With this documentary from Nanette Burstein, the zeitgeist-paranoia is justified. Her film is about a man who, in political terms, was John the Baptist to the non-Jesus that is the president-elect.

One of the candidates running for the Us presidency in the early stages this year was a very rich, entitled and arrogant businessman with a huge social media presence, what this film suggests is a troubling attitude to women, a strong “eccentricity” (rather than the simple madness of lesser, poorer people) and a tendency to get riled by the media.

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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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Tech Pioneer John McAfee Says New Showtime Documentary Linking Him to a Rape and Two Murders Is 'Nonsense'

  • PEOPLE.com
A new documentary sets its sights on the controversial computer antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who made headlines four years ago while on the run from authorities in Belize after they sought to question him in the execution-style murder of his neighbor. In Showtime's Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, which premiered on Sept. 24, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein travels to the impoverished South American nation where the multi-millionaire software developer moved in 2009 and digs into his alleged involvement in two homicides and the alleged rape of his business partner. Not surprisingly, McAfee, whose popular antivirus software was acquired by Intel in 2010 for $7.68 billion,
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Tech Pioneer John McAfee Says New Showtime Documentary Linking Him To A Rape and Two Murders is 'Nonsense'

  • PEOPLE.com
A new documentary sets its sights on the controversial computer antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who made headlines four years ago while on the run from authorities in Belize after they sought to question him in the execution-style murder of his neighbor. In Showtime's Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, which premiered on Sept. 24, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein travels to the impoverished South American nation where the multi-millionaire software developer moved in 2009 and digs into his alleged involvement in two homicides and the alleged rape of his business partner. Not surprisingly, McAfee, whose popular antivirus software was acquired by Intel in 2010 for $7.68 billion,
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‘Gringo’ Review: John McAfee Doc is Both Testament and Antidote to Media Manipulation – Toronto

  • Indiewire
John McAfee isn’t fooling anyone. In a documentary profile filled with damning evidence, there’s something self-incriminating in McAfee’s “You probably read about me” response to being arrested by police, all caught on squad car dashcams.

It’s the opening scene of Nanette Burstein’s “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” a detailed look at the trail left behind by a millionaire untethered from social and legal norms. From his time as progenitor of the once-ubiquitous McAfee antivirus software, through his business ventures overseas in Belize and his recent bid for the Libertarian presidential nomination, Burstein looks at the consequences of empowering an individual to trade on his name and not his abilities. In a media landscape that hasn’t fully realized how to cover business mogul presidential candidates, “Gringo” shows what it takes to truly examine the past of a volatile public figure.

“Gringo” is light on McAfee’s pre-Belize exploits,
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History Developing ‘50 States’ Documentary Series With Asylum Entertainment (Exclusive)

History is developing a documentary series from Asylum Entertainment that will tell the unique stories of the 50 U.S. states. Under the working title “50 States,” the series will ask directors to explore the history of their home states, with a different director focusing on a different state in each episode.

The directors will each employ his or her own unique filmmaking style to tell the stories that will make up the series. The directors will be announced at a later date.

Asylum Entertainment will produce for History. Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch will executive produce for Asylum. Sean Boyle will executive produce for History.

Asylum Entertainment is the producer of several documentaries in Espn’s “30 for 30” series, including “Trojan War” by director Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, which explores head football coach Pete Carroll’s nine seasons at the University of Southern California, and “Tonya and Nancy: The Price of Gold,” by director Nanette Burstein, about
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Trailer for Showtime's Doc 'Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee'

"He would talk about his hitmen, he would talk about how he could have people hurt or killed." Showtime has debuted a trailer for the documentary Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, from director Nanette Burstein, which is playing at the Toronto Film Festival now. You probably remember hearing about this story - John McAfee, founder of the popular anti-virus software that bears his name, was accused of murdering his ex-pat neighbor in Belize in late 2012. He escaped the country and was eventually deported back to the United States, but never charged. The doc examines the story and the wild side of McAfee, and reviews from Tiff indicate that this shows he was involved in not one, but two, murders. This looks crazy. First trailer for Nanette Burstein's doc Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, found via Tmb: Documentary about the bizarre and scandalous life of tech
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TV News Roundup: Amazon Casts ‘Black-ish’ Star as First American Girl; Tracey Ullman Returning to HBO

TV News Roundup: Amazon Casts ‘Black-ish’ Star as First American Girl; Tracey Ullman Returning to HBO
Amazon has found its first American Girl in Marsai Martin for upcoming live-action special, Tracey Ullman is returning to HBO, and more in Thursday’s TV news roundup.

Casting

Amazon has announced that Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”) has been cast in their upcoming American Girl live-action special “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story.” This is the first of four upcoming American Girl specials. The special is based in 1963 Detroit, where Melody becomes aware of the racial inequality dividing the country. “Melody, 1963” is produced by Common (“Selma”), Tina Mabry (“Queen Sugar”) and executive produced by Alison McDonald (“Roots”). “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story” is set to premiere this fall on Amazon Prime Video.

Dates

The airdate for the 48th NAACP Image Awards has been announced as February 11, 2017. Submissions for the Image Awards begin on September 6 and close on October 31. The 48th NAACP Image Awards will be telecast live on TV One
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

  • ScreenDaily
Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

  • ScreenDaily
Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has
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Margot Robbie To Play Tonya Harding In 'I, Tonya'

Margot Robbie To Play Tonya Harding In 'I, Tonya'
A few years back, as part of their excellent, ongoing documentary series "30 For 30," Espn unveiled "The Price of Gold," a look at the scandal that made headlines around the world when in 1994, when figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and injured by her rival Tonya Harding. It was a story that had it all — sports, jealousy, high stakes intrigue — but as the documentary by Nanette Burnstein ("Going The Distance," "American Teen") revealed, there was even more going on beneath the surface. Now, the tale will be dramatized in "I, Tonya" with a rather interesting choice for the lead. Deadline reports that Margot Robbie will take the role of Tonya Harding in the picture. Screenwriter Steve Rogers interviewed Harding and her husband Jeff Gillooly as he put together his script, getting the perspective of an athlete who was well outside the wealthy world that Olympians are often part of. However, Harding was also.
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