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Cannes: Music Box Hears Israeli Documentary ‘Censored Voices’

13 May 2015 2:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Specialty distributor Music Box has picked up U.S. rights to “Censored Voices,” an Israeli documentary about young soldiers returning from the battlefield. Music Box is planning a theatrical release later this year setting the film up for an Oscar-qualifying run.

The film was directed by Mor Loushy with author Amos Oz and editor Avraham Shapira. In the week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day’ war, a group of young kibbutzinks, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. “Censored Voices” reveals the original recordings for the first time.

“’Censored Voices’ is a fascinating reflection on war and remembrance. We think it will be a timely and provocative experience for Us audiences,” said Edward Arentz, MD of Music Box.

Sales of the film are handled by U.K.-based documentary specialist Dogwoof. The company scored a string of other sales. »

- Patrick Frater

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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

1 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Chicken & Egg Puts Focus on Non-fiction Films From Female Directors

21 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Gamechanger Films is aimed at funding female-directed fiction features, Chicken & Egg Pictures, which was launched eight years earlier in 2005, focuses on nonfiction films from women directors. The non-profit was the idea of Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello and Judith Helfand.

“We were all filmmakers and wanted to create an entity that gave other women filmmakers the support we wished we had had,” recalls Ettinger. “We discovered that whatever resources we provided — be it mentorship or funding — the filmmakers ran with it. The films got better and the community we were serving grew.”

The nonprofit receives 600 applications annually for 15 grants and provides mentorship programs.

Lately, it has been addressing the issue of career sustainability in the face of burnout. Says exec director Jenni Wolfson, “Often the first film a woman makes is a passion project that will bleed her dry financially and emotionally and take years to make. »

- Thelma Adams

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Morgan Spurlock -- Harry Styles Is Next to Bolt ... In New Direction

20 April 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Harry Styles is about to go the way of Zayn Malik -- bolting from the ranks of One Direction ... at least according to acclaimed director and honorary 1Der Morgan Spurlock.  Spurlock directed the docufilm "One Direction: This Is Us" -- which, outside of Simon Cowell, makes him the foremost expert on the band ... among grown men. Morgan told our photog the band will be fine as a foursome for now, but it's only a matter of time before Harry splits. »

- TMZ Staff

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Round-Up: Marvel Mysterio Zombie Mini Bust, An Irish Exorcism Trailer, Release Date for The Boy, Starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan

14 April 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Mysterio spills his guts out in Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details and a trailer for An Irish Exorcism and the release date for The Boy, a horror film starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan.

Mysterio Zombie Mini Bust: Set for release in early 2016, Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust is now available to pre-order for $99.00. We have details and images of the bust below (photos via Figures.com):

"Several characters have donned the Mysterio costume to plague Spider-Man in the character’s long history. None, however, have been as grotesque as the Mysterio that appeared in the Marvel Zombies Universe! In the Marvel Zombies series, the world has been infected by a virus that turns the living, into rotting corpses, who retain their intelligence and abilities.

This incarnation of Mysterio has been digitally sculpted by the »

- Derek Anderson

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Susan Sarandon to Guest Curate for SundanceNow Doc Club

9 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Susan Sarandon will share her favorite non-fiction films as part of the SundanceNow Doc Club, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Oscar winner will spotlight eight films that touch upon a range of social, political and artistic issues including “Pink Ribbon, Inc.,” a critique of the lack of progress in breast cancer treatments; “Trouble the Water,” an examination of Hurricane Katrina survivors; and “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” a profile of the Chinese artist and activist. She will also share two films that she executive produced: “Storied Streets,” a look at homelessness, and “Waiting for Mamu,” a portrait of social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year Pushpa Basnet. It’s the first time that the films have appeared on streaming video-on-demand.

Sarandon’s selections will go live on Friday.

“Susan has a unique point-of-view and she’s a passionate patron of documentaries,” said Linda Pan, general manager of SundanceNow Doc Club. »

- Brent Lang

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Zayn Malik "Always Struggled" With Life on the Road, Says 1D Filmmaker

2 April 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

When Zayn Malik walked away from his $75 million-a-year gig with One Direction last month in search of a simpler life, it wasn't a total shock to those in the know. Fans may still be trying to come to terms with the British hunk's 1D departure, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock — who directed the band's 2013 One Direction: This Is Us documentary — saw the signs loud and clear. "He always struggled with being on the road," Splurlock, 44, said in a March 31 interview with HuffPost [...] »

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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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