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Watch: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Hilariously Parody 'Grey Gardens'

21 August 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This clip from last night's episode of "Documentary Now!" — IFC's spoof series that will send up such docs as "The Thin Blue Line" and "Nanook of the North" — will probably be lost on anybody who hasn't seen the Maysles' 1975 film. Read More: How "Grey Gardens" Was Restored to Its Squalid Glory In the clip from the parody, titled "Sandy Passage," Bill Hader as Little Edie aka "Vivvy" shares her fashion sense ("This is a skirt I safety-pinned on, and if I want, I can make it a cape"), while hitting on the crew, of course. Meanwhile, Fred Armisen makes an appearance as her adorably clueless mother Big Edie. We seriously can't wait to see what they have in store next week. (Longer clip here.) var bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"88218671001","playerKey":"Aq~~,AAAAAAAn_zM~,B6LaFUvNnt2RhwK5cjOvZ4hHQyd5XXC9"};brightcove.createExperiences(); »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Can an Oddball Be the Star of a TV Show?

20 August 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Welcome to your tour of This Is TV in 2015. Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. On our left, you can see Blunt Talk, and if you watch the first episode, you'll spot Patrick Stewart suckling on the breasts of a sex worker. Yes, the real Patrick Stewart! Don't worry, the show is not actually bad. Okay, you can put on your safety glasses, we're entering the Fred Armisen wing. Did you know that Fred Armisen is himself on 9,000 shows? It's true! One of them is Documentary Now. Right over there is Bill Hader wrapping sweatpants around his head, not unlike Oola in Star Wars. Wave hi to Bill Hader, everyone. Now, who here has seen the 1922 Ur-documentary Nanook of the North? Oh, no one? Well, if you get a chance, that'll really enhance your appreciation of the full-on parody of it »

- Margaret Lyons

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Bill Hader and Fred Armisen on Bringing Laughs to ‘Documentary Now!’

20 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Thin Blue Line,” Errol Morris’ gripping 1988 documentary about a wrongly convicted man, isn’t something that would first come to mind as a project that lends itself to a comedic parody. But, so help him, Bill Hader is trying.

Dressed in prison garb on a tiny set on a dreary April day in downtown Los Angeles, Hader does his best to stay in character as he tries out lines thrown at him by John Mulaney.

Eventually, they break from filming the fourth episode of their IFC comedy series “Documentary Now!,” which Hader created and is executive producing with Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers. Mulaney co-wrote this episode — titled “The Eye Doesn’t Lie” — along with Hader, and serves as consulting producer. (Executive producers also include Lorne Michaels, Rhys Thomas and Andrew Singer. Erik Kenward is supervising producer).

The seven-episode project lampoons various documentary films, although they promise that their »

- Whitney Friedlander

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TV Review: ‘Documentary Now!’

18 August 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While it’s easy to understand why a little network like IFC would be enamored with programs that features former “Saturday Night Live” stars, that’s a poor excuse for turning what would have been sketches from the show’s last 30 minutes into full-blown series. So after Will Ferrell’s adventures with “The Spoils of Babylon” and its sequel comes “Documentary Now!,” which should produce peals of laugher among, oh, 12 to 15 people. Fred Armisen and Bill Hader serve as producers (along with Seth Meyers) and performers, but despite the occasional chuckle, the jokes seem too inside for their own good.

Actually, the series peaks in its opening credits and introduction, which cleverly approximate the fictional public-tv documentary showcase from which the show derives its name. Helen Mirren, no less, strides out to soberly describe each week’s offering – presented under a shingle that has brought viewers such fare, she notes, »

- Brian Lowry

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#TCA15: IFC’s “Documentary Now!” is history as it never was

1 August 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

As Comedy Central’s Drunk History revolutionized the way we look at the past, IFC’s Documentary Now! (Thursdays beginning Aug. 20) hopes to alter how we remember some of history’s most important documentary films. Former Saturday Night Live castmates Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are the creators of this new six-part comedy series that spoofs famous documentaries like Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North and Reportero. Each installment has the appearance and tone of a serious documentary (they even got Helen Mirren to introduce each episode!). But the seriousness ends when Armisen and Hader appear onscreen as parodies of eccentric … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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BFI Takes Sight and Sound Documentary Poll to the Big Screen

1 July 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The British Film Institute has a mouth-watering July program for across-the-pond documentary buffs and moviegoers. The series culls from BFI's most recent Sight & Sound Poll of 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers in search of the greatest docs of all time. The program, detailed here, spans the birth and life of the genre, from early ethnographic classic "Nanook of the North" and earth-shaking Soviet experiment "Man with a Movie Camera" to Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust epic "Shoah" (here screened in its entirety) and Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line," which in 1988 was an early example of the true crime mysteries that are now the craze of the zeitgeist.  Read More: British Film Institute Unlocks Ambitious Plan to Digitize Films The rest of the series includes a double bill of Chris Marker's ode to memory, "Vertigo" and cats "Sans Soleil" and Alain Resnais' profoundly upsetting concentration camp doc »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Daily | AFI Docs 2015

17 June 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

As AFI Docs opens in Washington, DC, the Post's Ann Hornaday sketches a brief history of the American documentary, from the cinéma vérité of the 60s (Robert Drew, Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles) through the personal essays of the 80s (Ross McElwee and Michael Moore) to the day "Errol Morris revolutionized the industry by introducing reenactments and stylized cinematic flourishes in the true-crime thriller The Thin Blue Line. (Actually, he reintroduced reenactment, if you consider the work of Robert Flaherty in 1922’s Nanook of the North.)" We're gathering previews of this year's 13th edition. » - David Hudson »

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King Kong Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks May 7th

23 April 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”

King Kong screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, May 7th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together

Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www. »

- Tom Stockman

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Ever Wonder What Orson Welles' Top Ten Favorite Films Arec Well, Here You Go...

20 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Orson Welles indisputably made a huge impact on the film industry, both in terms of technical proficiency and storytelling sophistication. However, Welles was never the biggest fan of films themselves. He just saw it as a way to tell stories he wanted to. That makes sense to me of how he approached filmmaking. Had he been a movie fan, I don't know if he would have thought so much outside of the box about to make them than he did. That isn't to say he didn't like all movies. In the early 1950s, Welles managed to cobble together a list of his ten favorite films for Sound on Sight (via Open Culture). As he had only been exposed to a couple of decades of cinema, I think this is a very interesting list, and one that makes a lot of sense for someone like Welles. City Lights (dir. Charles Chaplin) Greed (dir. »

- Mike Shutt

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