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Here's a chart of 2013's the highest grossing indie documentaries, led by Morgan Neville's "20 Feet From Stardom," which was released by RADiUS-twc (and is now the distributor's highest grossing film ever). We only specify "indie" documentaries for one reason: One Direction, whose Morgan Spurlock directed studio film "This is Us" was not tracked by Indiewire's box office charts, which only includes films that open in limited release. Though 1D fans be calmed: "This Is Us" is indeed the highest grossing documentary of 2013 (and one of the top 10 of all time). Read More: The 25 Highest Grossing Indies of 2013 (A Running List) The list below tracks films as of December 17, 2013. It will be updated on a weekly basis, and only includes North American grosses for documentaries that opened in 2013. So far, 6 docs have crossed the $1 million mark. Last year, 8 docs ended up hitting that mark. Check out the list below: 1. 20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS) - $4,794,407 2. The. »
- Peter Knegt
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This little Texan indie is part romance and part dramatic thriller. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster headline this top-notch cast about a man on the run, the woman he loves, and the sheriff who tries to get between them. (Not in a romantic way, just, you know, because he's a man of the law and Affleck's character broke out of jail.)
Why We're In: It's a slow and sweet Sundance favorite, and the Texas weather looks a whole lot hotter than the snow most of us are dealing with every day.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) - Deluxe Edition
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- Jenni Miller
As the world continues to get smaller, the impact of celebrity is felt more strongly across the continents. Thanks to Twitter and Instagram and every other little niche social network out there, if a celebrity passes wind in Los Angeles, people in England know about it before the smell is gone.
Perhaps no year in the history of time illustrated this reality as much as 2013, as everything that happened in celebrity was known worldwide in the instant it was happening. Seemingly no one did anything without a hashtag attached, and we all sat around and watched it unfold.
This is likely to be the case going forward, as humanity is known for it’s obsession with two things: more and bigger. 2014 will outdo 2013 in terms of celebrity excess and influence, and that will be outdone by 2015. Who knows how things will look in a decade?
Deeper thoughts for another day, »
- Matthew Ryder
Heart are an unlikely bunch of revolutionaries. But the American soft rockers' decision to cancel a concert at SeaWorld in Florida may mark a turning point in the relationship between humans and one of the most magnificent mammals of the ocean. The band this week joined Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies in cancelling shows at the Orlando theme park because they had watched Blackfish, a film about Tilikum, a five-tonne male orca that has been involved in the deaths of three people. This modest yet riveting documentary has made ever-bigger ripples across the pond since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, with an audience of 20 million recently watching it on CNN. It is now on the Oscar longlist.
Tilikum's plight – enduring »
- Patrick Barkham
Rod Perth, prexy of the National Assn. of Television Program execs, said registration for the confab, which runs Jan. 27-29 at the Fontainebleau Hotel, is pacing “well ahead” of the same period last year. The 2013 programming conference brought in around 5,000 attendees.
Perth emphasized that the conference is aiming to be a magnet for all the programming activity in the digital arena. A good portion of the conference sessions will be devoted to navigating emerging digital platforms, their need for programming and advertising support.
“They’re doing television shows,” Perth said, citing the long-form programming boom at Netflix, AOL, Yahoo and other Netcasters. “It’s just an amazing time right now to be a creator. We think Natpe has a unique »
- Cynthia Littleton
Registration for both domestic and international buyers attending January’s 2014 Natpe conference in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of last year, with double digit growth, Natpe president and CEO Rod Perth said this morning, citing more exhibitors, more buyers, advertisers, more stations groups, and a more prominent digital presence. Forty-four percent of the registered buyers are international, representing 46 different countries, and 28 station groups are participating this time, Perth said on a conference call with the press. At last count, there were 225 exhibitors — 34 of them attending Natpe for the first time, and five returning in January after years of absence, said Perth, who is in his second year at Natpe. For the second year in a row, each of the major studios will be at Natpe. Exhibitors, meanwhile, come from 23 different countries, including increased participation from the UK, France, Spain and Germany, he said. Oscar and Emmy-winning director/producer James L. Brooks »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Stories We Tell? The Act Of Killing? No, it was Jehane Noujaim’s The Square that took the Ida’s top prize from under the Oscar frontrunners’ noses. One of the Academy’s fifteen shortlisted documentaries and winner of the Sundance Audience Award, this is a notable win for Netflix’s first film acquisition.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Limited Series Award:
Best Continuing Series Award:
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award:
My Sister Sarah
Humanitas Documentary Award:
Pare Lorente Award:
Abcnews Videosource Award:
The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
Creative Recognition Award Winners:
- Emma Thrower
Jehane Noujaim's "The Square" edged out Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" to emerge as the big winner of the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards! The documentary about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution also beat Jason Osder's "Let the Fire Burn," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell" for the prize.
Here's a full list of winners of the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards:
Best Feature Award
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Producer: Karim Amer; Executive Producers: Geralyn Dreyfous, Mike Lerner, Sarah Johnson, Jodie Evans, Lekha Singh, Gavin Dougan, Dan Catullo III, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, Khalil Noujaim, Alexandra Johnes, Jeff Skol; Noujaim Films, Netflix Originals
Best Short Award
Best Limited Series Award
Not a bad week for Jehane Noujaim’s film about Egyptian activists battling the establishment. The Square scored the Best Feature trophy tonight at the 29th annual Ida Documentary Awards, three days after it made the Oscar shortlist. The film, which also is up for a Spirit Award, is the first documentary picked up by Netflix. Other winners announced at the ceremony hosted by Paul Provenza at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles included Slomo for Best Short, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Continuing Series and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock-hosted Inside Man for Best Limited Series. Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi To The Dark Side and was nominated for Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, received a Career Achievement Award. Here is the full list of winners at the 2013 Ida Documentary Awards, presented by the International Documentary Association: Career Achievement Award Alex Gibney Ida Amicus Award »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Academy shortlisters were the toast of the evening when the International Documentary Association unveiled their 2013 Ida Documentary Award winners at the DGA in Los Angeles. The top honor for Best Feature went to Jehane Noujaim's Egyptian revolution doc "The Square", set to premiere on Netflix in January and currently sitting on the 2014 documentary Oscar shortlist. From Ted Hope to Werner Herzog and Morgan Spurlock -- who won the Best Limited Series Award for his incisive CNN series "Inside Man -- the who's who of the indie film world assembled Friday night to honor 2013's top documentaries. Joining "The Square," two other Oscar-shortlisted films won prizes: "WikiLeaks: We Steal Secrets" and "The Armstrong Lie" director Alex Gibney took home the Career Achievement Award, while Zachary Heinzerling picked up the Emerging Filmmaker Award for his feature debut "Cutie and the Boxer." In his acceptance speech, Heinzerling thanked mentor Albert Maysles for telling. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian Revolution documentary “The Square” has won the best feature award from the International Documentary Association.
“I am dedicating this award to my fellow Egyptians,” Noujaim said in her acceptance Friday night at the Directors Guild of America theater.
The Ida trophy adds to a growing list of kudos for the film, which depicts the revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. “The Square” won the Audience Award for World Cinema in the documentary category at Sundance and — after Noujaim updated the film with new footage — won the People’s Choice Award in the doc category at the Toronto Film Festival. It was also nommed Nov. 26 for a Spirit Award.
“Thank you for proving the power of interconnected stories can change the world,” said producer Karim Amer in his acceptance speech.
Netflix recently closed a deal for distribution rights to “The Square,” the first documentary deal »
- Dave McNary
Jehane Noujaim’s The Square and Morgan Spurlock's The Inside Man were among the top winners at the Ida Documentary Awards in Los Angeles on Friday night. The Square, which follows a group of Egyptian activists, won the best feature award at the 29th annual event, held at the Directors Guild. The film became the first major acquisition for Netflix's original documentary initiative when it was acquired in early November. It was also recently named to the Oscar doc shortlist. Spurlock's The Inside Man won for best limited series. The CNN original series, which bowed last spring, included examinations of migrant
- Rebecca Ford
Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights for Web Junkie.
Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia’s documentary takes an intimate look inside a Beijing clinic that specialises in treating teens addicted to the internet, centring on three teens sent down by their parents and their three month stint in rehab.
The deal was negotiated by Vesna Cudic of Dogwoof Global direct with the filmmakers.
Dan Cogan, Impact Partners, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the great team at Dogwoof. They’ve distributed a number of our films in the UK in the past with great success, such as The Queen of Versailles and The Island President, and we are now excited to work with them as they expand into the business of world-wide »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 “Nanook of the North” set the standard for documentaries: An impartial filmmaker points his camera at a subject to give audiences a glimpse into a different world. It eventually emerged that Flaherty staged had some scenes, and the blurred lines between neutrality and dramatic license have been confusing audiences ever since.
This year, several documakers are taking things a step further. In three very different ways, Alex Gibney with “The Armstrong Lie,” Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing”) and Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell”) have made films that question the role of documentarians and the objectivity of their works.
The directors of both “Armstrong” and “Killing” set out to make uplifting films, but circumstances gave them very different results. Polley’s film (from Lionsgate) starts out as a traditional docu, in which she interviews relatives and acquaintances about family lore. It’s like a Canadian version of “Rashomon, »
- Tim Gray
The Academy’s documentary branch has revealed its list of the 15 films eligible for the Oscar this year, reducing from a total of 147 movies.
Among the semi-finalists is Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, about her quest to untangle her family history. The movie was a question mark for the short list since it includes some fictionalized elements and re-creations of events from the past. Ultimately, it made the cut, voted in by the 210 members of the doc branch.
Left off the list: One Direction: This Is Us, the documentary with the biggest box office tally of the year at $29 million. »
- Anthony Breznican
This is a tough awards season! Lots of great movies to see, so little time! I'm catching up like crazy before we vote for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So I apologize if I haven't updated you with the latest on the awards season 2013-2014! And there were many award-giving bodies announcing nominations.
We already told you about the Rome Film Festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, now let's talk about the 2013 Gotham Awards, the Ida Documentary Awards, the Cinema Eye, and the Producers Guild announcing its best documentary choices.
First stop, we have the 2013 Gotham Awards where Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations with three nods including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o.
Having long been agnostic on the subject of James Toback's manly genius, I can't say that this whimsical HBO (mock?)-doc was a disappointment – merely a confirmation. Toback and Alec Baldwin team up to raise financing for a feature film that will transpose the eroticism of Last Tango in Paris to battle-scarred Iraq – or so they claim. So it's off to Cannes for a series of meetings with international money-men, interspersed with cosy conversations with their famous friends (Scorsese, Coppola, Bertolucci) and punctuated by what the makers presumably feel are funny/touching/profound personal vignettes. The revelations about Cannes (the glitz is tacky, the market is real) are all as old as the festival itself; the insights into the movie biz (art doesn't matter, stars »
- Mark Kermode
If this year’s Morgan Spurlock “documentary” about UK pop whiz kids One Direction didn’t seem beefy enough or juicy enough or some other adjective that can also be applied to food (cheesy enough? No, there’s no way it could get much cheesier than Spurlock’s glorified and dumbed down commercial for the mega-popular boy band) for your tastes, you just might be in luck. We’ve got two words for you – unauthorized documentary. That’s right, 2013 is the year of One Direction docs, and now a fully unauthorized is prepped to whiz right at your eyeballs, though presumably with less panache than Spurlock’s One Direction: This Is Us. Is it still them? We have no idea, but we know that whatever it is/whoever it is, it will be unauthorized. But what difference will an “unauthorized documentary” have on anything if said unauth-doc sounds just as damn fizzy, light »
- Kate Erbland
“The Daily Show’s” research department has a way of seizing upon gaffes in the most unflattering (and funny) way possible. Yet the piece Jon Stewart aired on CNN Tuesday — and its desire to boil down complex questions to “Is it a good thing or a bad thing?” — appeared to expose a larger, dumb-it-down strategy in particularly devastating fashion.
As Stewart noted, the totality of the segment felt like a conscious attempt to reduce complicated issues to their “mood-ring essence,” with clips of Wolf Blitzer (an especially egregious offender in this regard) and others interrupting guests who were trying to make nuanced points and prodding them to boil the whole matter down to “good” or “bad.”
Admittedly, some of these issues are over the heads of the average viewer, who doesn’t devote all of his or her time to wonky dissection of policy. Still, there’s an implied disdain »
- Brian Lowry
Allison Gollust has been named Chief Marketing Officer for CNN Worldwide, president Jeff Zucker said Tuesday. Gollust, who came to CNN Worldwide earlier this year, has been serving as senior vice president of communications for CNN, a position she will continue to maintain. Also read: CNN Renews Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Inside Man’ for Second Season Under her new position, Gollust will oversee the company’s strategic marketing, creative services and event marketing groups, who will work closely with the communications group. “As we put even greater emphasis in the year ahead on re-imagining our content, and in parallel, our brand, »
- Tim Kenneally
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