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Alec Baldwin And Jeff Daniels Star In ‘The Looming Tower’ Trailer From Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime shares a look at the upcoming 10-episode miniseries “The Looming Tower”. Related: Amazon Publishes Holiday Highlights: Michael Buble Reigns Supreme Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels (“The Martian”) stars alongside Alec Baldwin (“3o Rock”) in the new drama adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Dan Futterman (“Foxcatcher”) and directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney. “The Looming Tower” is based
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Behind Hulu’s Next Big Bet: 9/11 Espionage Drama ‘The Looming Tower’

Spoiler alert: This story doesn’t have a happy ending.

Hulu’s adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, “The Looming Tower,” centers on FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill, who had been advocating for a deeper investigation into al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

But O’Neill was pushed out of the FBI, and on 9/11, he was working at the World Trade Center as the head of security. He died in the collapse of the towers, along with nearly 3,000 other people.

“This guy truly believes he was right,” says Jeff Daniels, who embodies the charismatic, bombastic yet deeply flawed O’Neill. “And in hindsight he was. But no one would listen to him.”

Perhaps they’ll listen now. It’s been 16 years since the towers fell, 12 years since Wright published his book. Yet questions linger about the events that led up to the tragedy. And while “The Looming Tower” — which debuts Feb. 28 — may not provide
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'The Looming Tower': TV Review

Having finally established its prestige series credentials with the award-winning The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu is getting in on the competitive limited series action with The Looming Tower.

Through the first three of its 10 hours, this adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer-winning book is the sort of slice of history that one used to find on HBO: sturdy, serious and star-studded.

The Looming Tower begins in 1998 and, as conceived by Wright and co-creators Dan Futterman (Capote) and prolific Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, it's a horror story of inevitability as dueling teams of FBI and CIA operatives begin to recognize the...
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HBO Developing ‘Stuxnet’ Miniseries Based On Alex Gibney’s ‘Zero Days’ With Carnival Films

Exclusive: HBO is developing Alex Gibney's cyberwarfare project Stuxnet (working title) as a miniseries with Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films. I hear the Time Warner-backed premium broadcaster is working up the project as a limited drama with Stephen Schiff (The Americans) writing, and Oscar-winning documentarian Gibney set to direct as well as produce alongside Marc Shmuger. Carnival Films, the British production company run by Gareth Neame that is part of…
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Trailer Lands For Prime Video’s ‘The Looming Tower’

It is set to debut in Berlin later this week and will head online in March, and now Prime Video from Amazon have debuted the trailer for The Looming Tower.

Starring Emmy-Award winner Jeff Daniels (The Martian, Newsroom) and Golden Globe Award-winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, The Departed), the 10-episode season is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning exposé of the same name by Lawrence Wright. Produced by Legendary TV, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

Adapted for television by Academy Award-nominated writer Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher, Capote) and directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning Director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side, and We Steal
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Get Out and Call Me By Your Name win big at the 2018 WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2018 WGA Awards in both L.A. and New York City last night, with the guild honoring Get Out (Jordan Peele) and Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory) for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay respectively.

Other winners on the night included Jane (Best Adapted Screenplay), The Handmaid’s Tale (Best Drama Series and Best New Series), Veep (Best Comedy Series), Big Little Lies (Best Adapted Long Form), Better Call Saul (Best Episodic Drama), Will & Grace (Best Episodic Comedy), BoJack Horseman (Best Animation) and Horzion Zero Dawn (Best Achievement in Videogame Writing).

Here’s a full list of the winners, via Variety

Feature Film Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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2018 Writers Guild Awards winners: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Get Out’ win on way to Oscars

2018 Writers Guild Awards winners: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Get Out’ win on way to Oscars
Winners of the 2018 Writers Guild of America Awards were revealed on Feb. 11 in ceremonies held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York. As only screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are eligible for consideration, these kudos, which are celebrating their 70th anniversary, have not been the most reliable barometer of the Oscars.

Indeed, one of this year’s leading contenders for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars — Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — was ruled out of the running by the guild. However, that WGA race does include four of the other Academy Awards nominees — “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird” and “The Shape of Water.” It is rounded out by “I, Tonya.” Jordan Peele won for “Get Out” edging out Greta Gerwig, who had been predicted to win for “Lady Bird.”

All five of the Oscar contenders for Best
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2018 Writers Guild Awards: Full list of nominations in 3 film and 14 TV categories

The 2018 Writers Guild of America Awards take place on Feb. 11 with simultaneous ceremonies held in both New York and Los Angeles. Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards. As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the Oscars.

In the past nine years only 59 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 90 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids. Indeed, 2014’s Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, “Birdman,” was deemed ineligible. Likewise for one of this year’s leading contenders for that award: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

On the television side, the leading nominees are “Better Call Saul,” which competes for best drama series writing as well as for two individual episodes and “The Americans,” which is up for both overall drama series writing and an individual episode. Over in comedy, reigning Emmy
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2018 Writers Guild Awards predictions: Odds in 10 categories include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ …

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2018 Writers Guild Awards predictions: Odds in 10 categories include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ …
The 2018 Writers Guild Awards will be handed out on Sunday night, February 11, during a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. Representing industry scribes, the WGA honors the best writing in film, television, radio and more. So who will be the big winners? We’re forecasting 10 categories. Scroll down to see our complete list in the order of our racetrack odds. The projected winners are highlighted in gold.

Our odds are based on the combined predictions of more than 1,200 users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes Expert journalists from top media outlets, the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s WGA Awards and our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ WGA predictions.

Based on our collective wisdom
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2018 Writers Guild Awards predictions: ‘Jane’ should watch out for WGA fave Alex Gibney (‘No Stone Unturned’) in Documentary race

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2018 Writers Guild Awards predictions: ‘Jane’ should watch out for WGA fave Alex Gibney (‘No Stone Unturned’) in Documentary race
One of the biggest surprises on Oscar nominations morning on January 23 was the absence of “Jane” from Best Documentary Feature. The film recounts the life and career of famed primatologist Jane Goodall, and going into the announcement it had actually been our front-runner to win the award based on the combined predictions of thousands of awards watchers at Gold Derby. Despite that omission, however, its script by Brett Morgen is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Documentary Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards on February 11. It has leading odds of 1/10. But Morgen will have to watch out for one of the WGA’s favorite documentarians, Alex Gibney (“No Stone Unturned”).

As of this writing more than 1,200 users have made their WGA Awards predictions. That includes nine Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, who are unanimous that “Jane” will win: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Erik Davis (Fandango), Edward Douglas,
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'What We Did Was a Scam': The Apprentice Creators Give Behind the Scenes Reveal of Trump's Show

In the recently released Netflix documentary The Confidence Man, two creators of The Apprentice discuss creating the “character” of Donald Trump as a billionaire business tycoon.

“What we did, that was a scam,” says producer Bill Pruitt. “That was an entertainment.”

Pruitt describes Trump’s real office within New York’s Trump Tower as dated, so the show built the boardroom where Trump uttered the now famous line “You’re Fired!” The famous boardroom was a set based on the classy, high-powered office portrayed in the movie Network.

“If you walked around Trump’s actual office in Trump Tower you
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Alex Gibney: ‘Every business Trump touched withered and died’

The documentary-maker on his new Netflix series, Trump’s ‘trail of slime’ and how tennis keeps him sane

Alex Gibney was born in New York City in 1953 and educated at Yale and UCLA film school. He was 52 when he scored his first major success as a documentary film-maker with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005). Three years later, he won a best documentary Oscar with Taxi to the Dark Side. Since then, he has been hugely productive, turning out films about political sex scandals (Client 9), WikiLeaks (We Steal Secrets), doped-up cyclists (The Armstrong Lie) and Scientology (Going Clear). The theme of high-level corruption, which runs throughout his work, lies at the heart of Dirty Money, a six-part series he has produced for Netflix.

What drew you to these particular stories?

We were looking for stories in which the characters seemed larger than life and in those stories you find the larger themes.
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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,” but Morris was never nominated again. The doc branch nominated
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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Read More:Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,
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Dirty Money review – Alex Gibney left choking with rage by Vw

To open a new series about business malpractice, the film-maker presents a thorough – and thoroughly angry – investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal

I thought I knew the Vw emissions scandal story quite well. But I’ve never seen it so well laid out as in this documentary, Hard NOx, one of a new investigative Netflix series from Alex Gibney about scandal and corruption in the business world.

It is mainly told from a Us viewpoint but the story is a global one, from 2015, when the German car manufacturer was discovered to have installed defeat devices to dupe emissions tests, affecting 11m vehicles.

Continue reading...
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Dp Kirsten Johnson on Filming the Kronos Quartet Documentary A Thousand Thoughts

Kirsten Johnson was among the most in-demand documentary DPs even before her much-celebrated 2016 film Cameraperson. Johnson has shot more than 50 films for such directors as Laura Poitras, Alex Gibney and Kirby Dick. Her latest film, A Thousand Thoughts, is a doc on the Kronos Quartet from directors Sam Green and Joe Bini. The film will be presented at Sundance as a “live documentary” with Green narrating live and the Quartet conducting the score in person. Before its premiere, Johnson spoke with Filmmaker about finding innovative ways to film a concert and how a shot from Cameraperson wound up in A […]
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‘The Post’s’ Liz Hannah, Josh Singer to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘The Post’s’ Liz Hannah, Josh Singer to Be Honored by Writers Guild
Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Paul Selvin Award for their screenplay for “The Post.”

The film chronicles the decision by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon administration in 1971. The award is given each year for the script that “best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Hannah and Singer will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Liz and Josh’s work on ‘The Post’ embodies what the Selvin Award is all about. Using the lens of history, they’ve created a movie that dramatizes a timeless struggle: the vital importance of journalists holding our government accountable in the face of public servants’ bald and desperate efforts to hinder freedom of speech and the press. The Wgaw Board
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Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’

Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’
Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in Berlinale Series, which is part of the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Looming Tower” also features in the lineup, which is rounded out by Danish series “Liberty,” Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and Norway’s “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”).

Although hailing from different parts of the world, all the projects deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them, say the organizers of Berlinale Series, which is open to the public and has been growing in size and importance.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgment,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil
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