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TV Review: ‘All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State’

24 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ann Richards is best remembered for her skewering of George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Democratic National Convention (“Poor George. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth”), and later — somewhat poetically — for losing the Texas governorship to Bush’s son. “All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State” putties in the gaps, painting Richards as the life of every party, albeit someone who had the misfortune to be a Democrat in a deeply red state. HBO’s warmly felt doc isn’t a hard-hitting look, but it does give the late Texan a curtain call she no doubt would have relished.

A former schoolteacher, Richards became the first woman elected to statewide office in Texas when she ran for treasurer in 1982. A gubernatorial race against Clayton Williams — a comically gaffe-prone Republican candidate who kept having to apologize for his more inane and inarticulate statements — swept Richards into the governor’s office, »

- Brian Lowry

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Tribeca: Between Nas and 'Begin Again,' what are the festival's must-see movies

16 April 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.

After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »

- Jeff Labrecque

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival Must-See Movies: 'About Alex,' 'Begin Again' And More

15 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.

This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.

Features Premiering At Tribeca

TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.

Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 17, 2014

17 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

SXSW Film announced its 2014 jury award winners. Former Austinite Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible (Elizabeth's review), about the Bp oil spill and its effect on Gulf states, won the documentary feature competition. Local filmmaker Kat Candler Texas-shot Hellion (Debbie's review) received special mention in the Gamechanger Award category, and Richard Linklater's film Boyhood (Debbie's review) won the Louis Black "Lone Star" Award. Anne S. Lewis's short Some Vacation took home the Texas Shorts award, and the Texas short Krisha won special jury recognition in the short film competition.In more SXSW Film award news, the festival's audience award winners were announced over the weekend. Before I Disappear (Don's review), based on the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, won in the Narrative Feature Competition; audiences voted the San Marcos River documentary Yakona (Jordan's dispatch) as the best in the Visions category »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

6 March 2014 9:01 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »

- Jeff Labrecque

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HBO Firms Up 12-Title Documentary Slate For First Half Of 2014

9 January 2014 3:10 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The premium channel has a pair of dramas bowing this month in True Detective and Looking, and now it has confirmed premiere dates for a dozen documentaries. Along with Herblock: The Black And White — about the political cartoonist Herbert L. Block, which it picked up and scheduled in October — HBO has cemented dates for programs on topics ranging from terminally ill prison inmates and a study of the working poor to bios of former Texas Governor Ann Richards and painter Robert De Niro Sr. It also slated YoungArts Masterclass programs featuring Josh Groban and Anna Deavere Smith for HBO Family. Here’s the release, which includes descriptions of each docu: Los Angeles, Jan. 9, 2014 – HBO will debut an array of diverse, timely and thought-provoking documentary films in coming months, including: Paycheck To Paycheck: The Life And Times Of Katrina Gilbert, executive produced by Maria Shriver, a look at the complex issues »


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