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Netflix has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Greg Whiteley’s “Mitt,” a documentary following former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s race for the 2012 presidency, the company announced Monday. The documentary will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17 and be available for streaming on Netflix in all territories January 24. “Mitt” adds to the streaming company’s growing slate of original and exclusive documentaries. Netflix announced in November that it had obtained rights to “The Square,” a controversial documentary focusing on the events in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Egyptian uprising and Arab Spring. Whiteley, who had previously »
- L.A. Ross
Greg Whitely’s documentary, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at Romney’s campaign, will debut on Jan. 17 at Sundance. Netflix will stream the film in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, the Nordic territories and the Netherlands.
It’s the second high-profile documentary that Netflix has acquired recently. The streaming service bought rights last month to “The Square,” the Jehane Noujaim documentary about the unrest in Egypt. “The Square” is on the Oscar shortlist and won the Intl. Documentary feature prize on Friday.
Netflix is also launching its first exclusive documentary — “The Short Game,” which follows eight competitive kid golfers — this month.
“Mitt” follows Romney’s presidential aspirations beginning in Christmas 2006 to his initial run to become the Republican nominee »
- Dave McNary
Greg Whiteley's documentary about Mitt Romney's presidential run "Mitt" was just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival premieres slate. And alongside that announcement comes another piece of good news for the film -- it's the latest to be added to Netflix's slate of original docs. Netflix announced today that it has acquired "Mitt" for an exclusive debut on the streaming site on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:01am Pt, a week after the film's world premiere on Friday, January 17th. It will be available in all Netflix territories. Directed by Greg Whiteley ("New York Doll," "Resolved") and executive produced by Seth Gordon ("Undefeated," "The King of Kong"), "Mitt" is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Romney's presidential aspirations, beginning Christmas 2006 and following the candidate through his concession speech in 2012. Whiteley travels alongside the Romney campaign through interactions with potential voters, preparations for the debates and family...
- Alison Willmore
Greg Whiteley's documentary about Mitt Romney's presidential run "Mitt" was just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival premieres slate. And alongside that announcement comes another piece of good news for the film -- it's the latest to be added to Netflix's slate of original docs. Netflix announced today that it has acquired "Mitt" for an exclusive debut on the streaming site on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:01am Pt, a week after the film's world premiere on Friday, January 17th. It will be available in all Netflix territories. Directed by Greg Whiteley ("New York Doll," "Resolved") and executive produced by Seth Gordon ("Undefeated," "The King of Kong"), "Mitt" is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Romney's presidential aspirations, beginning Christmas 2006 and following the candidate through his concession speech in 2012. Whiteley travels alongside the Romney campaign through interactions with potential voters, preparations for the debates and family »
- Alison Willmore
Netflix is casting its vote for Mitt Romney. The subscription streaming service, which has become an increasingly influential player in the original content sphere, will premiere the Romney documentary Mitt exclusively beginning Jan. 24 at 12:01 Am Pst. Mitt, which also was announced Monday as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Premieres lineup, provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at a candidate running for the presidency. The Greg Whiteley-helmed film will make its debut at Sundance on Jan. 17. Photos: The Top Celebrity Political Twitter Commentators The film follows Romney’s Oval Office aspirations beginning Christmas 2006 to his
- Tatiana Siegel
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
Michael Fassbender’s “Frank,” Keira Knightley’s “Laggies,” Ryan Reynolds’ “The Voices” and “The Raid 2″ highlight the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s lineup of premieres along with documentaries about Whitey Bulger, Roger Ebert, Fela Kuti, Mitt Romney, Jerry Sandusky and George Takei. “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “In many of the. »
- Jeff Sneider
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
"Today" reports that a family of four crashed an SUV into a Utah house on Thanksgiving night due to a medical emergency that the driver experienced. Luckily, all of the passengers and occupants of the house are Ok.
But Romney's tweet of the above picture, captioned, "Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful," has received a mix reaction on Twitter.
Users write things like "Glad you was able to help them" and "He did a great thing." However, others were outraged he would use the accident as a photo opportunity.
"His altruism is bested only by his humility," writes one user. Another says, "Are U serious? »
Title: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Director: Liam Lynch Sarah Silverman has embraced edginess and shock throughout her career – from joking about hoping investigators find semen in her dead grandmother’s vagina (a comment about dying from natural causes) to courting controversy with a Conan O’Brien appearance satirizing the racist thought process and, last year, offering to scissor “through to completion” casino magnate and Mitt Romney financial backer Sheldon Adelson if he instead donated money to Barack Obama. The inimitable stamp of her dark, tart personality is again on rich display in her latest stand-up comedy offering, and somehow her first HBO special, ”Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.” Directed by frequent collaborator Liam Lynch, the show was taped [ Read More ]
The post Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Rick Santorum was glad-handing a friendly crowd at a cocktail reception the other night, seeking support just as he did for many grueling months on the 2012 campaign trail for the Republican presidential nomination.
But this time he wasn’t looking to get on a ticket — well, not yet, anyway — but rather, to sell tickets. Movie tickets.
Many might not know that Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and darling of America’s social conservatives, is now a movie mogul. In June, he became CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas-based Christian film company that produces and distributes what it calls faith-based family films. In the past few weeks he’s been promoting his first theatrical release since taking over; Aptly, given the season, it’s a Christmas film.
- Associated Press
Scandal is in a junior-year slump. Last season, ABC’s political soap was one of the best series on television, the writers expertly shoving characters together and wrenching them apart for maximum delicious conflict. Showrunner Shonda Rhimes achieved a kind of baroque storytelling that was grotesquely convoluted, yet stunning to behold. The season didn’t culminate in a single and-then-the-earth-stopped-spinning revelation, but four or five. (Spoilers ahead.) The president had the election rigged for him — and didn’t know it. When he discovered the truth, the Potus killed one of the people who got him his gig in retaliation: a dying Supreme Court justice. The First Lady threatened to expose her Republican husband’s interracial affair on live TV and use the sympathy vote to get herself elected to office. As a pre-emptive measure, the president’s gay chief of staff counter-threatened to “out” the Flotus as a lesbian. Oh, and »
- Inkoo Kang
Summit Entertainment is back in the Kellan Lutz business now that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Millennium Films’ “Hercules: The Legend Begins.” The “Twilight” star headlines the movie, which is directed by Renny Harlin of “Die Hard 2″ and “Cliffhanger” fame. It’s one of two projects based on the mythological hero currently making their way to the screen — the other, “Hercules,” stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Brett Ratner. Summit will release Team Lutz’s edition in 3D and good old two dimensions nationwide on Feb. 7, 2014. Also read: Mitt Romney a Twihard? Candidate and Wife Take in. »
- Brent Lang
A surreal slice of presidential primary campaigning is chronicled with dogged verite detail in “Caucus,” director Aj Schnack’s portrait of eight Republican nomination hopefuls engaged in good old-fashioned retail politics during the run-up to the 2012 Iowa caucus. As political contests go, this particular Gop race offers a fortuitously movie-ready dogfight complete with larger-than-life personalities and seismic shifts in the polls. Regardless, few viewers on either side of the political aisle are likely to be eager to revisit such a polarizing and already well-documented chapter of the recent past, signaling limited commercial prospects for Schnack’s fascinating but only intermittently insightful film.
Although every candidate from early dropout Tim Pawlenty to presumptive frontrunner and eventual nominee Mitt Romney is accounted for here, the opposing trajectories of Tea Party darlings Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann ultimately earn the most attention. It’s a sharp contrast: the underdog appeal of former Senator »
- Geoff Berkshire
You may want to make sure that you’re not watching Today this morning, because Al Roker and Matt Lauer will be getting prostate exams live on the air. While I agree that this is an important topic that needs to be discussed, this just isn’t an image that I need in my head. Why does Thomas Roberts have to be in Russia right now?
Gore Vidal had more sex than you. A lot more. With famous people, with hustlers. In Los Angeles. In Italy. He even had it scheduled, like some people do with lunch.
Every two years when the Olympics happen, the United Nations passes a truce resolution of goodwill. This year, they added to it, calling “upon host countries to promote social »
- Ed Kennedy
Book claims Mitt Romney was 'starstruck' by actor, whose national convention address caused one adviser to vomit
Clint Eastwood's eccentric performance at last year's Republican National Convention earned the veteran actor and film-maker some of the most bemused reviews of his illustrious career. Now a new book sheds light on how it played to the Republican faithful within the auditorium. One senior strategist was so horrified by the spectacle, it is alleged, that he promptly took himself off to vomit.
Double Down, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, details the negotiations that led to Eastwood making a surprise appearance at the August 2012 convention. It is claimed that Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, was "starstruck" by his association with Eastwood and that the film-maker's speech was not vetted beforehand. Once at the podium, the Unforgiven star implied that Barack Obama had directed profanities at both himself and Romney. He »
- Xan Brooks
“Double Down,” Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s follow up to “Game Change,” answers one of the more perplexing questions of the 2012 presidential campaign: Why did Mitt Romney’s team give carte blanche to Clint Eastwood to say whatever he wanted in the final hour of the final night of the Republican National Convention?
That’s when Eastwood famously spoke to an empty chair, in which the actor went well over his alloted time and left most of the audience baffled. Romney’s senior strategist, Stuart Stevens, was backstage with Romney watching Eastwood, and while the Republican nominee “seemed to think it was funny — at least at first,” the authors write, Stevens was so upset by the “disaster occurring on stage” that he “excused himself, went into another room and vomited.”
Eastwood’s imaginary conversation with Obama instantly generated a storm of Twitter quips and a few parody handles, but »
- Ted Johnson
One of the revelations contained in the book Double Down is that Jon Huntsman Sr., father to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., was the source of the information which led Sen. Harry Reid (D-nv) to claim Mitt Romney paid no taxes. MSNBC host Abby Huntsman took issue with this claim on Monday saying that many of the reports in the book are misleading and are as thinly supported as “high school gossip.” »
- Noah Rothman
Video of the Year is definitely the biggest award of the night, going to the video with the most fan engagement on YouTube. Girls’ Generation shocked everyone and took home the big award for their song ‘I Got A Boy’ — beating out some of the biggest names in music!
Congratulations to Girls’ Generation! On Nov. 3, the South Korean girl group took home the biggest award of the night at the first-ever YouTube Awards! Up against Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, it was by far the toughest competition of all!
Girls’ Generation Wins Video Of The Year
The live show (with no script) took place in New York City at Pier 36. Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany Hwang was there to accept the award on behalf of her band — the nine girls.
She was adorable and shocked thanking YouTube as well as her fans. The group was formed in 2007 by S. »
- Emily Longeretta
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