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Relativity, Condé Nast Entertainment Partner on Met Costume Institute Gala Documentary (Exclusive)

16 April 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Relativity Studios is partnering with Condé Nast Entertainment and Vogue to produce and distribute a documentary about the making of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibition and gala.

The companies have tapped Andrew Rossi, the filmmaker behind “Page One: Inside the New York Times” and “Ivory Tower,” to direct the look at how the annual showcase of haute couture is created.

It’s the latest example of a news company teaming up with a movie studio on a joint venture. In recent months, the likes of Newsweek, “60 Minutes” and BuzzFeed have all collaborated with studios or production companies on projects that mine their areas of coverage for bigscreen entertainments.

In this case there’s some natural overlap. The gala tends to bring out a crowd of A-list Hollywood players, eager to show off their high fashion bona fides on the red carpet.

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- Brent Lang

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Screen Talk: We Say Goodbye to David Carr, Debate What Will Win Best Picture and Foreign Film

13 February 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Carr died with his boots on, at his office desk, after moderating a panel with "Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden (here). I first met David when he created his alternative Carpetbagger persona at The New York Times, which allowed him to experiment with blogging and awards coverage as an outsider (a status he lost before long), doing video interviews and playing with social media, which he knew, instinctively, would inform his understanding of the digital universe that was transforming journalism at The New York Times and everywhere else. He soon returned to the paper's media beat and applied his reporter chops and insight to parsing the larger media world as it morphed into something new, from the travails at The Chicago Tribune, to newbie Vice, all covered in the 2011 documentary "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times." Carr wisely dodged filmmaker Andrew Rossi's offer to center the film on him, »

- Anne Thompson

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'Page One' Director Andrew Rossi Remembers Late New York Times Journalist David Carr

13 February 2015 8:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor's note: David Carr, the New York Times' indefatigable media reporter, passed away suddenly last night in the Times newsroom. Moments earlier, Carr had moderated a conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about the Oscar-nominated documentary "Citizenfour." It was hardly the first time Carr's career entered the arena of the movies. The energetic, raspy-voiced writer launched the Times' popular "Carpetbagger" feature, which continues to distinguish its awards season coverage, and became a frequent presence on the film festival circuit. In 2010, Carr was one of the first journalists from a mainstream outlet to write about Lena Dunham after "Tiny Furniture" won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. Later, he brought her to the attention of Judd Apatow, effectively paving the way for HBO's hit show "Girls." But in addition to covering the movies, Carr was actually the star of one. Andrew Rossi's 2011 »

- Andrew Rossi

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