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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up

4 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laura PoitrasJulian Assange film, a Jo Cox documentary, and a Walter Murch talk all feature.

UK documentary Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full 2017 programme.

This year’s closing night event will be the world premiere of Jo Cox: Death Of An MP, a BBC2 documentary that focuses on the investigation of the politician’s murder, including contributions from eye witnesses, Cox’s family, and people who knew her attacker.

As previously announced, the festival will open with a screening of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama, featuring a live Performance From John Grant.

This year’s Doc/Fest grand jury will include American Honey director Andrea Arnold, as well as Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and ex-Channel 4 news broadcaster Paul Mason.

UK premieres in the programme this year include Laura PoitrasJulian Assange portrait Risk, Whitney Houston doc Whitney: Can I Be Me, Ramona Diaz’s Motherland, Joseph Beuys doc [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Sheffield Doc/Fest Announces Full Lineup, Including Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’

4 May 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winner Laura Poitras’ “Risk” (pictured) will compete for the Grand Jury Award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which will see fellow Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold serving on the jury. Nick Broomfield and Louis Theroux will headline a packed program for the 24th Sheffield Doc/Fest, which announced its full lineup Thursday.

American Honey” director Arnold will serve on the panel that selects the winner of Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury Award from a selection of seven films. The other jurors are British journalist and broadcaster Paul Mason and Indian documentary director Anand Patwardhan.

Films competing for the Grand Jury Award include Poitras’ “Risk,” which sees the Oscar-winning director of Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” turn her focus to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ “Dina”; “Cartel Land” director Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts”; Gethin Aldous and Jairus LcLeary’s “The Work,” which goes inside an intense »

- Robert Mitchell

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Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights

13 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When television actress, former dancer, podcaster, and proud Scientologist Jenna Elfman signed up for a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything), she clearly had no inkling of the onslaught of hilarious Scientology questions Redditors had coming. While promoting “Imaginary Mary,” her new ABC show about a woman and her imaginary friend, the “Dharma and Greg” star politely answered a few questions from the same handful of brand-new Reddit accounts before the barrage began.

Read More: ‘Imaginary Mary’: Jenna Elfman on Acting Opposite 25 Co-Stars Who Can’t Stop Staring at Her

Here are some of the best questions she received:

A sassy user named Ruddiver asked: “When you are on vacation do you visit volcanoes or are you too scared to be close to the thetans?” Another noted that the competition was stiff for who asked the best question, adding: “Pay to win! Wait, sorry, that’s Scientology.” One cheeky fella »

- Jude Dry

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Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights

13 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When television actress, former dancer, podcaster, and proud Scientologist Jenna Elfman signed up for a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything), she clearly had no inkling of the onslaught of hilarious Scientology questions Redditors had coming. While promoting “Imaginary Mary,” her new ABC show about a woman and her imaginary friend, the “Dharma and Greg” star politely answered a few questions from the same handful of brand-new Reddit accounts before the barrage began.

Read More: ‘Imaginary Mary’: Jenna Elfman on Acting Opposite 25 Co-Stars Who Can’t Stop Staring at Her

Here are some of the best questions she received:

A sassy user named Ruddiver asked: “When you are on vacation do you visit volcanoes or are you too scared to be close to the thetans?” Another noted that the competition was stiff for who asked the best question, adding: “Pay to win! Wait, sorry, that’s Scientology.” One cheeky fella »

- Jude Dry

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Louis Theroux (Justin’s Cousin!) on His New Scientology Documentary: ‘No One Has the Right to Use Religion as a Cloak for Abuse’

10 March 2017 5:07 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Louis Theroux’s latest documentary, My Scientology Movie, posed a unique challenge for the veteran filmmaker: How do you make a movie about a subject that has no interest in cooperating?

The answer, he learned, is you get creative. Theroux’s film has all the hallmarks of other notable Scientology exposés like Paul Haggis’ Going Clear and Leah Remini’s A&E series, including emotional interviews with ex-members and bizarre confrontations with parishioners and private investigators.

What separates My Scientology Movie from its predecessors is Theroux’s use of dramatic reenactments as a way not only to capture a version »

- Michael Miller

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How to Film Scientology Without Getting Into Trouble: Lessons From Louis Theroux

10 March 2017 1:40 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On a recent Sunday morning in London, BBC documentary host Louis Theroux was cooking pancakes for his children in his pajamas when local police came to his home to look into a reported threat on his life.

Then things got stranger. The police said they learned of the threat because the Church of Scientology had reached out to them … to pass along word of someone else purportedly out to harm Theroux.

Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘My Scientology Movie’ Is a Tinseltown Riff on ‘The Act of Killing

“Maybe, thanks to them, I was saved from having some deranged Louis Theroux-hater coming around and whacking me around the head,” said Theroux, whose latest documentary, “My Scientology Movie,” opens in theaters today. “I just thought, this is vaguely comical.”

A certain amount of strange behavior is to be expected when making a movie about Scientology. The organization is well known for »

- Andrew Lapin

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'My Scientology Movie': Film Review

10 March 2017 11:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Taking a just-fresh-enough approach to justify another trip to the deep "Isn't Scientology bizarre?" well, John Dower's My Scientology Movie sends journalist Louis Theroux on a straight-faced mission to let the organization's muckity-mucks speak for themselves, knowing full well that's never going to happen. The backup plan in this case involves not just the usual interviews with prominent apostates, but an intriguing use of actors to re-create some of the stories we've been hearing for years about what it's like to be in the inner circle. Those whose curiosity wasn't sated by Alex Gibney's highbrow Going Clear will appreciate this »

- John DeFore

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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

8 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies. 

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend »

- Edward Douglas

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‘My Scientology Movie’ Exclusive Clip: BBC’s Louis Theroux Explores the Controversial Church in New Documentary

6 March 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

BBC journalist Louis Theroux explores the Church of Scientology in his new documentary, “My Scientology Movie.” “Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down,” reads the official description of the film.

Read More: Louis Theroux Takes On Xenu With Documentary ‘My Scientology Movie’ — Review

Besides unscripted scenes, the film, directed by John Dower (“Ronald,” “The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain”), also includes a series of scripted scenes in which actors replay incidents former Scientology members claim they experienced being part of the church. The film features interviews with Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley and Marty Rathbun, who all worked for the Church of Scientology in the past, and actors Tom De Vocht, Paz de la Huerta and Steven Mango, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Indie Movie Guide: Scientology, Obituaries and Catfighting

1 March 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Scientology is a touchy subject, especially in Hollywood, which is why we rarely see any kind of "insider" documentation about it. Bespectacled documentarian Louis Theroux (The Most Hated Family in America) attempts to investigate the organization in My Scientology Movie, in theaters March 3, with his unique spin using interviews with ex-members and actor reenactments. Also this week in limited release is The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine as a controlling businesswoman who hires...

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My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman

23 February 2017 7:22 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

My Scientology Movie Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: John Dower Writer: Louis Theroux, John Dower Cast: Rob Alter, Tom Cruise, Paz de la Huerta, Tom De Vocht, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley, Steven Mango, Andrew Perez, Marty Rathbun, Stacia Roybal, Conner Stark, Louis Theroux Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/22/17 Opens: […]

The post My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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BBC Films: who’s in the running for the top job?

14 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen considers potential runners and riders.

The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.

Scroll down for potential candidates and the original job spec

That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.

The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.

The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.

The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director »

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

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Reggie Yates webchat – your questions answered on Russian racists, growing up on TV and being a vampire

24 January 2017 6:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The children’s TV presenter turned documentary film-maker joined us to answer questions from talking to people with repellent views to a new project on London, via his five top tunes right now

2.28pm GMT

Reggie Yates has finished

Thank you so much for all your questions, an absolute pleasure to hear what you the Guardian readers think and feel about the work I've done. There's lots more to come this year so thank you for your support, and for your questions - there's nothing worse than an echo chamber, and it's always great to be challenged on what you're doing. See you again soon, I'm sure.

2.27pm GMT

saulholland asks:

What topics are you planning to cover in the future?

We are in development at the moment on a series I've wanted to make for years, about identity. I love the city I was born in is as integrated as it is. »

- Guardian Staff

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