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AOL’s ‘Connected’ Heads To Roku One Week Before Its Debut

23 March 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

AOL is set to release Connected, its first long-form series. Most viewers will have to wait until March 31st to see the first installment of the 20-episode documentary, but Roku users are getting a sneak peek. The streaming video player has cut a deal with AOL through which the debut episode of Connected will arrive exclusively on Roku devices one week before its web-wide premiere.

Connected, based on an Israeli TV show and co-produced by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, follows six New Yorkers as they document their lives over the course of six months. AOL first announced the series in April 2014 and its official trailer arrived close to a year later.

On March 24th, the Roku deal will bring the first episode of Connected to all of the company's devices, where it will be available for free. “We’re focused on providing Roku customers with a streaming experience they can’t find anywhere else, »

- Sam Gutelle

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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- and That's Ok

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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We Were All Suckered by 'The Jinx' -- And That's Ok

19 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You'd think people would be happy with the finale this past Sunday of HBO's docu-series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Not only did the six-episode true-crime drama end with the kind of neat apparent-confession that real life seldom drops into the laps of journalists, but the episode was preceded by less than 24 hours by the actual arrest of its subject on a murder charge related to the crimes discussed on the show. Viewers got a bang-up ending, and the victims' families finally get to see the alleged killer face a court of law. Everybody wins, right?

And yet, there's been nothing but handwringing over the ethical questions raised by the conduct of filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling and the fortuitous timing of the arrest. Jarecki and Smerling taped Durst's seemingly self-incriminating remarks ("What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.") during a 2012 interview, »

- Gary Susman

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Biz Heavyweights Talk Netanyahu Star Power, U.S.-Israeli Adaptations at Jerusalem TV Conference

16 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerusalem – The second and final day of Intv, Keshet Media Group’s annual confab on innovation in the television industry, kicked off on Monday with a nod to the looming Israeli elections — a conversation about whether real-world politics make for good scripted television.

HBO topper Richard Plepler, Wme’s Rick Rosen, bestselling author Ari Shavit and Arab-affairs journalist and television creator Avi Issacharoff sat down with Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan for the day’s first session, which Dayan opened by asking the men how they would write the smallscreen version of Benjamin Netanyahu’s unfolding political battle.

Israelis will go to the polls on Tuesday morning to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election contest which remained, on Monday evening, neck-to-neck between right-wing leader Netanyahu and the more left-leaning upstart Isaac Herzog.

“Would he make great TV? He is great TV,” Plepler said of Netanyahu. Rosen agreed, saying, “I »

- Debra Kamin

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AOL Drops Trailer For First Long-Form Series ‘Connected’

11 March 2015 3:23 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

AOL Originals is giving audiences a sneak peek at its first-ever long-form web series. The digital network released the trailer for Connected, set to premiere on March 31, 2015.

Based on a hit Israeli reality television series by Koda Communications, AOL’s Connected will feature 20 episodes personally filmed by several different New York City residents. The New Yorkers with varying roles, ranging from interior designer to tech executive to stand-up comedian, were given cameras to document their lives over the period of six months. The resulting stories exemplify the lives of New York society as a whole.

AOL announced the development of Connected back in April 2014. The media corporation had hoped to release the series starting in January 2015, but eventually settled on a release date of March 31. Sponsored by Sprint, Connected is produced by Koda alongside Warrior Poets. AOL’s Dermot McCormack, Warrior PoetsMorgan Spurlock, and Koda’s Ram Landes and Ami Teer are executive producers. »

- Bree Brouwer

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CNN To Launch W. Kamau Bell Series, Steve Jobs Documentary In 2016

10 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After finding success in filling its primetime schedule with documentary films and docu-series, CNN will continue the strategy in months to come, launching three new docu-series and five new efforts under its CNN Films banner in 2016.

W. Kamau Bell, the former FX host, and author Reza Aslan will each host a new docu-series, while actor Kevin Spacey will produce and narrate a new series focused on various Presidential races. Mike Rowe, John Walsh, Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock and Lisa Ling will all return for new seasons of their respective programs. CNN will co-produce five new films under its CNN Films unit, each of which is expected to debut in U.S. theaters before appearing on its U.S. network.

The original programming “is a really important part of our agenda of audience and advertiser growth,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, in an interview. “We have made a huge push in new original series, »

- Brian Steinberg

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CNN, Kevin Spacey Team Up On ‘White House’ Documentary Series

9 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin Spacey will go from playing the U.S. president on Netflix’s “House of Cards” to telling stories about how to become the U.S. president in a new primetime series for CNN.

CNN and Spacey will debut a six-part documentary series in 2016 that examines individual campaigns for president of the United States, a sign the Time Warner-owned cable-news network will continue to highlight its original programming as TV networks begin to talk more seriously with Madison Avenue for this year’s upfront marketplace.

The series, currently titled “Race for the White House,” will use previously unseen archive footage, interviews with key players and dramatic re-creations to tell the story of a specific campaign for the U.S. presidency. Spacey will narrate each episode.

The original series will be executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti, and co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions.

“When we created the CNN Original Series brand, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Interview: Morgan Spurlock Talks We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss (Exclusive)

8 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

While the economy can often powerfully affect every aspect of a person’s life, from how much they’re able to spend on essential items to how often they can indulge their desires, they don’t often think how their decisions can play a critical role in the state of local and global financial stability. So to help Americans become more aware of the basic fundamentals that drive the economic system, producer Morgan Spurlock has released an engaging documentary, ‘We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss,’ on such platforms as online, VOD, broadcast and mobile, through his distribution company, Cinelan. Not only did the producer direct the project’s introductory  [ Read More ]

The post Interview: Morgan Spurlock Talks We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss (Exclusive) appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin's Relationship 'Continues to Evolve,' He Says

5 March 2015 10:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Has the romance cooled between Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin? According to the New York Post, the pair split while shooting the new AOL documentary series Connected. But Bricklin tells People their relationship is complicated. "Susan and I have a lot of respect and great admiration for each other," Bricklin, 37, says of the Oscar-winning actress, 68. "It's impossible to concisely characterize our relationship, other than to say that it continues to evolve in new and unexpected ways. She supported my decision to be a part of AOL's Connected, and making this series about my life has brought up real and somewhat unexplored issues, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin's Relationship 'Continues to Evolve,' He Says

5 March 2015 10:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Has the romance cooled between Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin? According to the New York Post, the pair split while shooting the new AOL documentary series Connected. But Bricklin says the project isn't to blame - and their relationship is complicated. "Susan and I have a lot of respect and great admiration for each other," Bricklin, 37, says of the Oscar-winning actress, 68. "It's impossible to concisely characterize our relationship, other than to say that it continues to evolve in new and unexpected ways. She supported my decision to be a part of AOL's Connected, and making this series about my life »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

27 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Super Size Me Screens Thursday March 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks

23 February 2015 10:04 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“See, now’s the time of the meal when you start getting the McStomach ache. You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I’ve got some McGas that’s rockin’. My arms… I feel like I’ve got some McSweats goin’. My arms got the McTwitches going in here from all the sugar that’s going in my body right now. I’m feeling a little McCrazy!”

Super Size Me screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood next Thursday, March 5th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together

Super Size Me is a 2004 documentary by Morgan Spurlock who basically does an experiment to see what eating McDonald’s three times a day for 30 days can do to the body. When the film opens, he’s in excellent health. His girlfriend is a »

- Tom Stockman

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Damon Gameau's sweet experiment

19 February 2015 4:28 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Damon Gameau in That Sugar Film..

Actor Damon Gameau has put his body through the wringer for That Sugar Film, a documentary that explores the effect of sugar on physical and mental health.

Gameau, who writes, directs and stars in the project, embarks on an experiment akin to Morgan Spurlock.s Super Size Me, whereby he reintroduces refined sugar into his diet after a three-year hiatus.

Gameau committed to the project for 60 days, during which he ingested the average adult intake of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. The catch? The sugar had to come from perceived healthy foods, such as low-fat yoghurt, juices and muesli bars.

.That.s the thing that has proved really interesting,. says producer Nick Batzias, who worked with Gameau previously on Save Your Legs! .If you have a can of Coke, it.s like having a ciggie at a party. You know you.re being a dick. »

- Emily Blatchford

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‘Downton Abbey’ Duo Among Innovative TV Conference Speakers; Acorn Brings ‘Jamaica Inn’ To U.S.

18 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Keshet Media Group's Intv Innovative TV Conference continues to add big names to its roster for the March 15-16 event in Jerusalem. Joining such executives as HBO's Richard Plepler, Sony Pictures Television's Andrea Wong, and ITV Studios' Orly Adelson are new guest speakers Morgan Spurlock, Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame and AMC's Joel Stillerman. Topics discussed at the two-day confab will include the intersection of politics and programming and the… »

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‘Auteur’ Review

14 February 2015 1:49 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Tom Sizemore, B.J. Hendricks, Ian Hutton, Madeline Merritt, Eli Jane, Matt Mercer, Ace Marrero, Hannah Dawson, Lucy Dawson, Elina Loukas, Val Mulligan, L. Stephen Phelan | Written by James Cullen Bressack, Jd Fairman, Michael Sean Gomez | Directed by Cameron Romero

Filmmaker baggage doesn’t come much heavier than having a world famous dad in the business. As horror names go, George A. Romero is about as big as they get, being director of the iconic Night of the Living Dead, Dawn and Day of the Dead, plus underrated gems like Monkey Shines, Martin and Land of the Dead too. Son of the great man, director Cameron Romero attempts to step out of his shadow with Auteur, a found footage film-about-a-film in which an aspiring documentary maker attempts to track down an elusive, now-missing horror director.

It’s a more promising concept than Romero Jr.’s clichéd, forgettable Staunton Hill – done well, »

- Joel Harley

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How Indie Filmmakers Have Transformed TV

30 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's a paradox. Independent films -- the kind that are often dramas or comedies about everyday people, rather than superheroes -- have all but vanished from theaters, which now show mostly popcorn action blockbusters. And yet, many of the filmmakers who used to make those indie movies have found a home on TV, where that same character-driven sensibility makes their work a critical and commercial success.

Exhibit A is surely Lena Dunham. Her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" never played in more than 21 theaters or sold as much as $400,000 in tickets, but her HBO series "Girls," which has a similar directorial and thematic approach, has made her a star.

In recent years, a number of her fellow indie directors and writers have made the same transition, from the art-house to your living room, mostly via premium cable or streaming outlets Netflix and Amazon. Alongside Dunham at HBO, there's Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective »

- Gary Susman

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Oscar Documentaries Take Diverse Approaches to Subjects

28 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From photography to warfare, conservation to whistleblowing, this year’s five Oscar nominated documentaries are united by overlapping themes and topics of interest, but remain uniformly distinct in their approach.

Leading the quintet is Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” the highest-grossing and highest-profile nominee. The verite-style portrait of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden gives audiences a voyeuristic peek inside Snowden’s week in Hong Kong when the information he leaked started going public, and shows the human side of a man who the media nearly turned into a myth.

The pic has cleaned up in Oscar precursors, garnering best doc wins from the Gotham and Intl. Documentary Assn. awards, the four top critics groups (New York, Los Angeles, London and National Society) and nominations from BAFTA and the Spirits. It also marks Poitras’ second Oscar nom. She was in contention in 2007 for “My Country, My Country” but lost to heavyweight “An Inconvenient Truth. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Nicolas Cage to Hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Satirical But True Story Army of One

21 January 2015 10:36 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The hunt for Osama bin Laden was so significant that we’ve already had a few movies about missions to find and/or kill the al-Qaeda leader. Most famously, of course, is Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatizes the operation that resulted in bin Laden’s death. Before that was the comedic documentary Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, in which director Morgan Spurlock jokingly travels through Africa and the Middle East in search of the wanted terrorist. Spurlock wasn’t the only “regular guy” on the hunt, though, as we’ll see soon enough in the comedy Army of One. Described as a satire, the movie will also be based on a true story of the “Rocky Mountain Rambo,” Gary Faulkner, a Denver-based construction worker who in 2010 went to Pakistan armed with a pistol, a knife and a samurai sword to take out bin Laden all by himself. Who »

- Christopher Campbell

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Slamdance Film Festival Selects Jury Members (Exclusive)

19 January 2015 6:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 21st Slamdance Film Festival has selected  jury members for its documentary, narrative and shorts competitions at the festival, which runs Jan. 23-29.

Narrative feature jury members: Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber; Todd Looby and Emily Upzcak. Documentary just members are Paige Williams, Josh Leake and Bryan Storkel.

Narrative and animation shorts jury members are Sarah Cornell, Rory Haines and Elle Schneider. Experimental and anarchy shorts jury members: Eve Cohen, Laura Merians and Dan Brawley.

Members for the micro short films competitition are Amber Benson (actress, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and writer, “The Witches of Echo Park”), Todd Berger (director, ” It’s A Disaster”), Laura Merians (cinematographer for “Björk,” “Atoms For Peace”), Kent Osborne (writer, “Adventure Time,” “Spongebob Squarepants”) and Damon Russell (producer, “Curfew” and director, “Snow On Tha Bluff”).

The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U. »

- Dave McNary

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Top CNN Executive Leaving Network (Exclusive)

14 January 2015 2:51 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lucy Spiegel, executive director for contributors and audience at CNN, is leaving the network after six years.

Senior vice president for talent and content development, Amy Entelis, informed staff in an email obtained by TheWrap.

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Spiegel has overseen network commentators ranging from Jesse Jackson and the married duo of James Carville and Mary Matalin, to current contributors such as Jay Carney, Ana Navarro and Donna Brazile.

Read Entelis’ full note below:

Lucy Spiegel, who for six years has recruited and managed all of CNN’s commentators and analysts, »

- Jordan Chariton

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