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Before the Flood documentary review: DiCaprio takes celebrity climate-change advocacy to a new level (#LFF2016)

2 November 2016 5:54 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Leonardo DiCaprio’s abashed personal journey to learn about global warming, overcome his pessimism, and find hope that there’s still time to make a difference. I’m “biast” (pro): we need to take serious action on global warming now…

I’m “biast” (con): …but making more documentaries about the subject is not enough

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Are you tired of celebrities getting involved in politics and acting like experts in fields they know nothing about? Leonardo DiCaprio agrees with you! At the beginning of Before the Flood which documents the first two years of his ongoing stint as the Un Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, the actor admits that, despite his longtime philanthropic efforts on environmentalism, he doesn’t know much about climate science and wonders whether the Un made the right choice. And then, after »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Diamond Docs: Team who helped make Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood

28 October 2016 4:46 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

“It’s been said a lot and by a lot of people, but we’re truly living in the golden age of documentaries.” The words of Mark Monroe, part of the team at Diamond Docs — an Oscar-winning film and television production company right at the forefront of that golden age. Their slate includes Ron Howard’s recently released The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Steven Spielberg’s harrowing Finding Oscar, about the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary Before the Flood. DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens’s National Geographic-produced film, which Monroe wrote and which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese,...read more »

- April Neale

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Documentary ‘Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?’ Scheduled for January Release

27 October 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has set a digital release for Eve Marson’s documentary “Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?” starting on Jan. 31, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film tells the story of pain specialist Dr. William Hurwitz and the the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. The film had its World Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year where Variety’s Dennis Harvey called it “engrossing.”

Gravitas Ventures has signed deals with Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Microsoft Xbox, YouTube (for transaction), Cox, Charter Communications, Dish, Suddenlink and Verizon Fios. Prior to the digital release, the film will have a limited theatrical release opening Dec. 30 in New York at Cinema Village, followed by dates to be announced for January in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Hurwitz was convicted in 2004 of over 50 counts of narcotics distribution and given a 25-year prison sentence. “Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?” traces the trial and eventual appeal, »

- Dave McNary

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Before The Flood Review

26 October 2016 5:32 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With his string of celebrated performances over the past decade-plus, it’s safe to say that Leonardo DiCaprio is part of an elite group of Hollywood actors, balancing respect and influence within the industry with widespread popularity among moviegoers. Take, for instance, the rapturous response online from the actor’s long-awaited Oscar victory earlier this year for his fiercely committed performance inAlejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. That film’s period setting took a stark look at mankind’s relationship with nature, an appropriate subtext given DiCaprio’s devotion to the environment. The now-Oscar-winning actor takes a far more direct approach to his passion for Earth’s future with Before the Flood, a brand-new documentary that fervently tackles the battle against climate change.

The film follows DiCaprio’s two-year journey of discovery as he travels the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to examine the far-reaching effects that »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Before The Flood Movie Review #Potus

16 October 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Before The Flood National Geographic Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Fisher Stevens Written by: Mark Monroe Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Pope Francis, Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 10/6/16 Opens: October 21, 2016 The Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch executed a triptych between 1495 and 1505, yet even then he knew more than Donald Trump.  Trump says that global warming is a hoax and that even if true, human beings contributed nothing toward it.  Bosch, however, tells another story.  In the first panel, a youthful, matchmaking God introduces Eve to Adam in the Garden of Eden surrounded by nature.  In the middle panel, people are enjoying  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Film Review: Funny, Spontaneous ‘Storks’ Really Delivers

23 September 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I’ve waited all week to write that headline, and I will be joining the 100,000 other similar headlines out there. Hey-ooh! “Storks” is a lot of fun, without the dire need for any “message” or heavy handedness that is too familiar in the current animation environment. It’s just funny.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Much of the credit has to go to writer/co-director Nicholas Stoller (“Get Him to the Greek”), doing his first animated film. He has a light touch with comedy, pressing the accelerator when he needs to, but also getting laughs from wacky dialogue and strange asides. Staying close to the roots of the story (storks no longer deliver babies, but packages), and employing a great voice cast, combined for “Storks” to join “Sausage Factory” as the funniest full-length cartoon of the year.

The old days of storks delivering babies has gone the way of the rotary phone. The new delivery model is packages, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: History & Pure Fun in ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years’

20 September 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – They were the greatest show on earth, for what it was worth. But what they also were was one of the most fascinating show business stories in history. Director Ron Howard encapsulates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during their initial meteoric rise in the descriptively titled ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.’

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Beatles history, in ten short years, continues to intrigue and delight rock music scholars and admirers. Ron Howard does a spectacular job of focusing on three crucial years, the years that The Beatles were a traveling road show. Beginning with their conquering of America in February of 1964, through their last organized live concert in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966, the four boys in the band became men, and faced a tsunami of adoration, backlash, surreality and collective joy. This is a love fest by Ron Howard, dedicated »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Leonardo DiCaprio doc added to London Film Festival line-up

19 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Before The Flood, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, to get European premiere in London.

The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5 – 16) will host the European premiere of environmental documentary Before The Flood by Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The special presentation addition will screen on Saturday 15 October.

Actor-producer-director Stevens directs the feature, produced by DiCaprio, about how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

The National Geographic presentation is made with Ratpac Documentary Films and Appian Way in association with Insurgent docs and Diamond docs.

Executive music producers are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and executive producers include Martin Scorsese, Adam Bardach, Mark Monroe and Zara Duffy. Produced are DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Trevor Davidoski, Jennifer Davisson, Brett Ratner and James Packer.

Stevens said: “We can no longer turn a blind eye to the issue of climate change; we are at a crucial »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Finding the Fab Four by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 September 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Paul Shaffer in the spotlight on the Beatles: "I was so enthralled with Jackie Wilson already and The Four Seasons that this was a new sound, brand new." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

I must confess, before I go on with this feature, that when I was 12, my girlfriends were obsessed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison, so much so that when they played Beatles, I was Yoko Ono.

Paul Shaffer and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member, Steven Van Zandt, hosted the rock 'n' roll New York premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, written by Mark Monroe. Whoopi Goldberg, Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd, Bobby Cannavale, Bob Gruen, Vincent Pastore, Max Weinberg, Tony Sirico, Maureen Van Zandt, and many other guests attended.

Favorite Beatle for Alessandro Nivola: "My »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Beatlemania by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 September 2016 5:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Steven Van Zandt recalls his first Beatles song: "Yeah, it was I Want to Hold Your Hand." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer hosted the Imagine, Apple Corps and White Horse Films New York première of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years at Village East Cinema last night. Elvis Costello, Sigourney Weaver, Larry Kane, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Howard Goodall, and The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night and Help director Richard Lester share their memories in Howard's loving Beatles tribute, written by Mark Monroe.

Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd and Bobby Cannavale at The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years reception Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind director's latest film erupts like a sudden familiar, yet fresh, scent that engulfs you and carries you back to a place half-imagined, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days a Week’ Reached Out to Fans for Footage

15 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Beatles today live on through their famed recording catalog, but during the first half of the ‘60s, fans around the world also knew them as a live, touring act. While hundreds of thousands saw them perform during Beatlemania’s peak, there are only four people who knew what it was like inside the bubble — the Beatles themselves. Director Ron Howard sought to portray that experience in his documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” a massive research project that took its own long and winding road to get to movie screens on Sept. 16, one day before a streaming launch on Hulu.

“To me, it was a natural ensemble/adventure/survival story, much like ‘Apollo 13,’” the director says. “It was a real chance to track these four guys, this brotherhood, and learn about their experience by understanding how they navigated the challenges.”

The project actually got »

- Matt Hurwitz

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Film Review: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years’

16 August 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directing rock documentaries may outwardly seem something of a departure for Ron Howard, but that’s not to say he’s gone entirely off-brand: It’s fitting that one of Hollywood’s preeminent merchants of wholesome mainstream entertainment has made a portrait of the biggest band in music history that ends comfortably before things turned sour. Covering, as the title implies, the very zenith of Beatlemania from 1963 to 1966, the indecisively named “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” does, to its credit, gradually capture the growing sense of fame-induced panic and ennui that prompted the Liverpudlians’ premature retreat from live performance, just as their music began to rock that little bit harder. But it comes as little surprise that Howard — a nimble and proficient storyteller in nonfiction and fiction alike, who previously helmed the Jay-z concert pic “Made in America” — hasn’t a natural documentarian’s drive for information: This diverting, »

- Guy Lodge

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‘The Rising’ Charts the Health and Environmental Dangers of the Bp Oil Spill

9 August 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Rising

Logline: Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the risk of chemical illness when the U.S. government and Bp sprayed millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in the Bp Horizon Disaster ‘clean-up’ operations.

Elevator Pitch:

An acclaimed filmmaker turns his lens to the frontlines of the Bp Horizon disaster and the large scale cover-up of the tragic health effects following the infamous spill in 2010, in an upcoming documentary called “The Rising.” The film exposes the true health effects for tens of thousands of people and the ramifications of unregulated corporate power and government collusion to our nation. »

- Steve Greene

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Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days’ to Include Shea Stadium Concert

28 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The upcoming documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years” will include 30 minutes of footage from the group’s iconic Shea Stadium concert in 1965.

Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about the early years of the Beatles has been set for U.S. theatrical release on Sept. 16 through Abramorama. The film will become available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers on the next day, Sept. 17.

The Shea Stadium event, one of the first rock concerts ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people, was filmed at the peak of the group’s popularity about a year and a half after their “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances.

The footage was shot with 14 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and has been restored in the 4K format with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. It includes performances of “A Hard Day’s Night, »

- Dave McNary

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Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days a Week’ Gets September Launch

20 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about the early years of the Beatles has been set for U.S. theatrical release on Sept. 16 through Abramorama.

The film, titled “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years,” will become available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers on the next day, Sept. 17.  It will be the first feature film to debut on Hulu following its theatrical premiere.

The film features exclusive footage and is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Producers are White Horse PicturesNigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainement with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Studiocanal is an anchor partner on the film having acquired U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand rights. »

- Dave McNary

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A+E Studios Developing National Lampoon Workplace Dramedy

8 June 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A+E Studios is developing a National Lampoon workplace dramedy, Variety has learned.

The scripted series — titled “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” — is based on Douglas Tirola’s 2015 documentary film “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” which was produced by History Films. The doc premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on History this January.

The project marks A+E Studios first development project for a scripted series using one of A+E Studios’ Indie Films feature documentaries as primary source material.

Tirola’s 4th Row Films will develop and produce the project with A+E Studios with Tirola serving as exec producer and 4th Row’s Susan Bedusa serving as co-exec producer. National Lampoon co-founder Matty Simmons, who produced “Animal House” and National Lampoon’s “Vacation films, will serve as consulting producer.

The documentary film, written by Tirol and Mark Monroe, also hailed from 4th Row Films. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Katie Couric’s Sundance Documentary ‘Under the Gun’ Acquired by Epix

18 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance documentary “Under the Gun” has been acquired by premium network Epix for the U.S. and Canada. Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, the film aims to present a balanced look at the gun debate.

The feature length doc will make its world television premiere on Epix and all its platforms on May 14 at 8 p.m., Epix announced Thursday.

Lionsgate will coordinate the release of “Under the Gun” in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, as well as manage digital distribution on platforms including Est and VOD. Lionsgate will also manage distribution in Canada.

In “Under the Gun,” Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate »

- Laura Prudom

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Katie Couric’s Sundance Documentary ‘Under the Gun’ Acquired by Epix

18 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sundance documentary “Under the Gun” has been acquired by premium network Epix for the U.S. and Canada. Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, the film aims to present a balanced look at the gun debate.

The feature length doc will make its world television premiere on Epix and all its platforms on May 14 at 8 p.m., Epix announced Thursday.

Lionsgate will coordinate the release of “Under the Gun” in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, as well as manage digital distribution on platforms including Est and VOD. Lionsgate will also manage distribution in Canada.

In “Under the Gun,” Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up”) examine why, despite the increase in deaths at the hands of guns and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate »

- Laura Prudom

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Lee Daniels to Direct Apollo Theater Documentary

28 January 2016 2:39 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Lee Daniels will direct a new documentary, The Apollo Theater Film Project, that will chronicle the history of the famed Harlem concert hall.

To make the film, Daniels is seeking the help of the public, requesting any film footage, photographs, audio recordings or other memorabilia related to either Harlem or the Apollo. Details and a submission form are available on the documentary's website.

The Apollo Theater Film Project marks Daniels' first documentary. "I used to go to the Apollo Theater as a kid and never in a million years would »

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Lee Daniels to direct Apollo Theater doc

28 January 2016 1:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-nominated director of Precious and The Butler is preparing his first foray into non-fiction features with White Horse Pictures and Piper Cub Productions on board to produce.

The Apollo Theater Film Project will be an authorised account of the Harlem venue that famously started the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald and The Jackson Five.

Daniels and Apollo Theater president Jonelle Procope issued on Thursday a public request for film footage, home movies, photographs or other memorabilia.

“We will, of course, respect everybody’s ownership of their property,” said Daniels, who said he attended the theater in his youth, and Procope. Members of the public can click here for further information.

Impact Partners, StudioCanal, Universal Music Group and Chicago Media Project are jointly financing the film, while StudioCanal, Impact Partners and White Horse Pictures represent Us rights. 

StudioCanal will distribute directly in the UK, Australia, France and Germany and is looking to commence sales on remaining »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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