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‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

1 hour ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As “The Vietnam War” reaches its halfway point Thursday night with Episode 5, “This Is What We Do,” viewers will recognize a familiar face: John McCain. The Arizona senator is one of the most high-profile POWs during the Vietnam War, and his ordeal was brought back into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump said, “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

The PBS documentary will reveal just a fraction of the ordeal that McCain went through after he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967. As the son of Admiral McCain, John McCain was an important prisoner and therefore was also interviewed for television at that time. He underwent various beatings and tortures that have left him with lifelong health issues and disabilities.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As “The Vietnam War” reaches its halfway point Thursday night with Episode 5, “This Is What We Do,” viewers will recognize a familiar face: John McCain. The Arizona senator is one of the most high-profile POWs during the Vietnam War, and his ordeal was brought back into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump said, “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

The PBS documentary will reveal just a fraction of the ordeal that McCain went through after he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967. As the son of Admiral McCain, John McCain was an important prisoner and therefore was also interviewed for television at that time. He underwent various beatings and tortures that have left him with lifelong health issues and disabilities.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $20 Million in Environmental Grants

19 September 2017 6:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his foundation will give $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmentally focused organizations.

The new grants, ranging from wildlife and habit conservation and combating climate change to the defense of indigenous rights, increase the organization’s total direct financial impact to over $80 million since 1998.

“These facts have been presented to the world time-and-time again for decades. Quite simply, we are knowingly doing this to ourselves, to our planet and to our future, and the cost of our inaction is becoming clearer,” DiCaprio said during a Yale Climate Conference hosted by John Kerry. “Yet with all of this evidence – the independent scientific warnings, and the mounting economic price tag – there is still an astounding level of willful ignorance and inaction from the people who should be doing the most to protect us, and every other living thing on this planet.”

DiCaprio encouraged everyone to vote in midterm elections for political candidates who believe »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Leonardo DiCaprio Announces $20 Million Grant to Battle Climate Change and 'Build a Brighter Future'

19 September 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is shelling out big to help combat climate change.

The Revenant star announced his foundation will be donating a $20 million grant to help combat climate change Tuesday evening during a speech at Yale University. He also reserved some harsh words for President Donald Trump and his administration’s position on global warming.

“We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad,” the actor said. “These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations – and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”

“There exist today »

- Mike Miller

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Beyoncé Speaks Out About Climate Change as Stevie Wonder Calls Out Global Warming Deniers: You ‘Must be Blind’

12 September 2017 8:14 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder made their feelings on climate change clear to viewers of the star-studded Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon on Tuesday.

Before Wonder, 67, kicked off the one-hour special a performance of “Lean on Me,” the 25-time Grammy winner did mince his words – but did throw in a little joke – as he addressed those who deny the effects of global warming.

“We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes. When love goes into action, it prefaces no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Final Year’

9 September 2017 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For most of the 90 days director Greg Barker and his crew followed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team for “The Final Year,” they surely believed they were making a documentary about the merits of diplomatic engagement, which led to hard-won achievements like the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accord, and the normalization of relations with Cuba. But Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the 2016 presidential election casts the film in a different light, exposing the fragility of policies and agreements that can be upended with the stroke of a pen. Yet “The Final Year” clings to a precooked thesis about the Obama Doctrine that misses the behind-the-scenes drama and candor of superior political documentaries like “The War Room” or “Weiner.” Political junkies, particularly those pining for the last eight years, may want to see Obama’s ideals in action, but any election-year tension is conspicuously absent.

Shot over 90 days in 21 countries, “The Final Year »

- Scott Tobias

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'The Final Year': Film Review | Tiff 2017

8 September 2017 3:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s hard not to watch Greg Barker’s film about President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during the final year of his administration without feeling a twinge of nostalgia. Indeed, for most viewers inclined to check out a film about the subject, it will be hard not to cry. This compelling documentary receiving its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival should prove irresistible to anyone interested in politics, and thanks to a certain businessman elected president, that number has definitely swelled in recent years.

The Final Year provides a fly-on-the-wall perspective of its principal figures: Secretary of State John Kerry, »

- Frank Scheck

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‘The Final Year’ Director on Capturing Obama’s Last Months in Office

8 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Greg Barker set out to make a thematic bookend to “The War Room” with “The Final Year,” a look at Barack Obama’s foreign policy team over their last 12 months in office.

Whereas “The War Room,” the 1993 American documentary film about Bill Clinton’s White House campaign, captured the rough and tumble nature of a national election and the quest for power, “The Final Year” examines how people use the power they achieved and how the office changes the men and women who orbit the president.

“I had this fascination with the inner workings of government and how it functions because of these ordinary people who are operating in extraordinary jobs,” Barker told Variety on the eve of the film’s premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. “They have these taxing jobs where they’re dealing with complicated issues without any easy solution.”

The film doesn’t just focus on the 44th president. It »

- Brent Lang

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Toronto Film Festival: 12 Hot Titles Likely to Spark Bidding Wars

6 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.

Hostiles (pictured above)

Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster

Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will »

- Brent Lang

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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

1 August 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze »

- Anne Thompson

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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

1 August 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze »

- Anne Thompson

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Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

25 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there’s one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley, Md.-based TV-station giant, is ready to end months of speculation that his company was preparing to mount a competitive threat in the wake of its $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media in May.

“After we acquired Allbritton [Communications] in 2014, we looked hard at launching a national cable news channel, but we decided the world didn’t need another cable news platform,” says Ripley, who makes clear that the rise of Donald Trump and the upheaval at Fox News haven’t changed his calculus. “Our strength is local news,” he maintains. “The market for national cable news is very well served.”

It’s hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for »

- Cynthia Littleton

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John Kerry on London Attacks: ‘Travel Ban Will Be Cannon Fodder to the Recruiters’ (Video)

4 June 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former secretary of state John Kerry did not mince words appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning just hours after the latest terror attack to hit England. Kerry told NBC News moderator Chuck Todd that a Muslim travel ban — as demanded in a series of tweets by President Trump Saturday night after the London attacks that killed seven people — would be “cannon fodder to the recruiters.” Kerry said that Britain has “had a longstanding problem with respect to greater levels of alienation, a harder time assimilating into the broader British society, a lack of similar opportunity … I’m. »

- Debbie Emery

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Celebrities, Business Moguls and Politicians Sound Off on President Trump’s Decision to Leave Paris Agreement: ‘Climate Change Is Real’

1 June 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Today, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be pulling out of the historic Paris Accord, an agreement on climate change and environmental policy, signed just over a year ago by then-Secretary of State John Kerry. Every country in the world but Syria and Nicaragua signed the agreement.

It didn’t take long following Trump’s announcement (which he gave jointly with Epa chief Scott Pruitt) for the reactions from famous names to start rolling in.

Politicians, of course, spoke out. Former President Barack Obama said that the U.S. was no longer a global leader when it comes to climate change. »

- Diana Pearl

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Film Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’

14 May 2017 5:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The right-wing campaign consultants who brought negative advertising, mud-slinging, and — let’s call it what it is — lying into the center of the American media ecosphere used to keep themselves out of sight. That was part of their mystique: They plied their trade from the shadows. (It’s part of what gave their lies power — that the lies seemed to emerge from the ether.) In the ’90s, though, documentarians and TV news divisions began to shine a light on people like Lee Atwater and Karl Rove and the way they conjured their media voodoo. Richard Nixon’s dirty tricksters paved the way, but these were the new visionaries of the attack-dog political culture; they were the rock stars of fake news. (It’s no accident that Atwater was literally a blues-rock guitarist — his whole ethos was to make scorched-earth campaign tactics seem wild-ass and cool.)

Yet when you watch “Get Me Roger Stone, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Read President Obama’s Speech Urging Congress to Do ‘What They Believe Deep in Their Hearts Is Right’

8 May 2017 7:49 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

President Barack Obama was given the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday, and he used his speech to urge members of Congress to exhibit courage in the current battle over health care. The John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation honors political leaders each May who have exhibited “the qualities of politically courageous leadership” President Kennedy outlined in his 1957 book. In the book, Kennedy profiled eight senators who took unpopular but ultimately good positions despite the political risk. In his 30-minute speech, President Obama invoked the fight over the Affordable Care Act and called on members of Congress »

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JFK’s Grandson Jack Introduces Obama for Profile in Courage Award

8 May 2017 4:33 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If it weren’t for former President Barack Obama, Jack Schlossberg, 24, “might still be sitting on my couch, eating Doritos and watching sports.”

The comment, from John F. Kennedy’s only grandson, came as he introduced Obama at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s May dinner gala Sunday night, where Obama was honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award.

Schlossberg and mother Caroline Kennedy presented Obama with the award. The recent Yale graduate likened the impact the 44th president had on him with the influence his grandfather, JFK, had on the country.

“Throughout his presidency, my grandfather made »

- Juliet Pennington

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73

26 April 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday in New York of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old.

Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash, a critical triumph, and introduced moviegoers to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic serial with a yen for Chianti, fava beans, and cannibalism. The story of a novice FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) on the trail of a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. In particular, he showed a great humanism and an empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard, »

- Brent Lang and Carmel Dagan

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Trump Spokesman Boris Epshteyn Joins Sinclair Broadcast Group as Political Analyst

17 April 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Boris Epshteyn, a Trump campaign spokesman whose brief stint in the White House ended last month, has joined Sinclair Broadcast Group as chief political analyst.

Epshteyn will serve as a commentator on political news coverage offered by Sinclair’s 173 television stations. The hire is part of Sinclair’s efforts to provide “political context that goes beyond the podium” for viewers, said Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s VP of news.

“We understand the frustration with government and traditional institutions,” Livingston said. “Mr. Epshteyn brings a unique perspective to the political conversation and will play a pivotal role in our mission to dissect the stories in the headlines and to better inform and empower our viewers.”

Epshteyn was most recently Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations for the Executive Office of President Trump. Before that he was communications director for Trump’s inaugural committee and a senior advisor to the Trump campaign.

“I »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Harvey Weinstein reveals surprise favourite 'movie' and how John Kerry intervened to help 'Lion'

10 February 2017 6:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hollywood boss also praised Oscar boycott director Asghar Farhadi during speech in London.

Harvey Weinstein spoke about Donald Trump’s immigration ban, visa problems for the star of Lion and his favourite ‘film’ of the year at an industry event in London yesterday (Feb 9).

The co-chairman of The Weinstein Company criticised the President’s controversial visa ban and offered his support to Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of The Salesman who is boycotting the Oscars because of the policy.

Delivering a keynote speech at the Power Of Film And Moving Image conference, held at The Royal Institution, he said:

“If that ban sticks it will be terrible. We’ve already seen [the effect with] this wonderful movie The Salesman [nominated for best foreign language film]. The director at this point can probably come in now before the appeals court rules but he couldn’t come in before.

“So when you start to lose talent, especially the director of an academy award-nominated movie and a man who »

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