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Betty Buckley Looks Back From 'Eight is Enough' Through 'Cats' to 'Grey Gardens' (Q&A)

11 July 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Betty Buckley says she'd love to be at the Neil Simon Theatre Thursday to welcome Cats back to Broadway after a 16-year absence. But the musical's now-and-forever Grizabella will be otherwise engaged with a feline ensemble of a different sort. The night before Cats' first New York preview, Buckley opens at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, starring as Big Edie in Grey Gardens. The Tony-winning 2006 Broadway musical has been restaged by director Michael Wilson, whose 2016 Grey Gardens now includes live and filmed media sequences inspired by the 1975 Albert and David Maysles cult

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- Deborah Wilker

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‘Documentary Now!’ Clip: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Parody the Maysles Brothers’ ‘Salesman’ in First Look at Season 2

16 June 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

 

After sending up the likes of “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line” during its successful first season, “Documentary Now!” is set to return later this year. IFC has released the first clip from this next go-round, which features stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a smoke-filled living room as they hawk their wares.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Stands Out in the Emmys’ Variety Sketch Race

The scene comes from “Globesmen,” a parody of Albert and David Maysles’ “Salesman” — a landmark of vérité nonfiction filmmaking, also known as direct cinema. The black-and-white aesthetic matches that of the 1968 film, which follows door-to-door Bible salesmen, as Hader tries to sell a globe to a family of four but has that attempt derailed by Armisen’s decision to lewdly draw attention to the family’s 13-year-old daughter.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Documentary Now!’ Clip: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Parody the Maysles Brothers’ ‘Salesman’ in First Look at Season 2

16 June 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

After sending up the likes of “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line” during its successful first season, “Documentary Now!” is set to return later this year. IFC has released the first clip from this next go-round, which features stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a smoke-filled living room as they hawk their wares.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Stands Out in the Emmys’ Variety Sketch Race

The scene comes from “Globesmen,” a parody of Albert and David Maysles’ “Salesman” — a landmark of vérité nonfiction filmmaking, also known as direct cinema. The black-and-white aesthetic matches that of the 1968 film, which follows door-to-door Bible salesmen, as Hader tries to sell a globe to a family of four but has that attempt derailed by Armisen’s decision to lewdly draw attention to the family’s 13-year-old daughter.

Read More: IFC’s ‘Documentary Now’ Season 2 to Parody Albert Maysles and More

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- Michael Nordine

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Doc Corner: Mayles' In Transit is a Stunning Achievement

7 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand. This week we look at the final work of Albert Maysles, In Transit.

Last week we looked at Chantal Akerman's final film, and this week completely by accident I am reviewing another final film by another towering name in documentary filmmaking. In a career that includes Grey Gardens, Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Monterey Pop, Albert Maysles has made many films that are considered among the greatest non-fiction titles ever made. And while last year’s glimpse into the life of aging fashion icon Iris Apfel, Iris, was billed as his last work, it is in fact this deeply searching piece of cinema verite made in collaboration with Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, and Benjamin Wu that is his last work and an incredibly fitting one, too. It’s the »

- Glenn Dunks

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Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen Laugh Through ‘Documentary Now!’ Season One

15 May 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen were on a panel for their IFC series “Documentary Now!,” it felt like a mini-“Saturday Night Live” reunion as the three easily slipped into bits and had the audience — as well as each other — in stitches. Their discussion was held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday.

On the red carpet before the panel, Meyers told Variety about “Sandy Passage,” an episode he wrote based on “Grey Gardens.” He revealed that it was one of the last ideas they came up with in season one.

“We just knew it would be such a good look and a good entry to the idea of what ‘Documentary Now!’ was,” Meyers said. “Here’s this iconic documentary, here it is with these guys and maybe a move you didn’t see coming. We felt like that was the poster people would look at and say, »

- Diane Gordon

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Documentary Pioneers Robert Drew and Richard Leacock

26 April 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Robert Drew‘s name is attached to a team of filmmakers who made revolutionary changes to documentary in the early 1960s. But today he’s probably the least-appreciated member of Drew Associates and the Direct Cinema movement after Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, and Ricky Leacock. Part of that is because he never became as well-known a solo director as his colleagues. He didn’t go on to make more revered classics like the Maysles Brothers’ Salesman and Grey Gardens or Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and The War Room, and he didn’t have the kind of film history-spanning career and influence that Leacock’s legacy entails. That’s why Criterion’s new set “The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates” is so important. Not that it totally isolates Drew from the others — he barely gets to stand out alone even in the new bonus-feature documentary Robert Drew in His Own Words — but it at least »

- Christopher Campbell

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Criterion Review: Grey Gardens

19 April 2016 12:37 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Albert and David Maysles' cult documentary Grey Gardens evokes horror, humour, disgust and pathos, often all in the same moment. It finds its subjects, former high society ladies and would-be stars Edie Bouvier Beale and daughter 'Little' Edie (aunt and first cousin to none other than Jackie Kennedy), living in squalour in their dilapidated mansion in upscale East Hampton, New York. Filmed in the Maysles Direct Cinema style, Grey Gardens offers no overt commentary on proceedings and little in the way of context, save for a few preliminary shots of newspaper cuttings represent the media scandal surrounding the Beales' living conditions. The style allows Big and Little Edie to speak for themselves. More importantly, however, the film resists a focus on the eponymous house's restoration, instead representing the women's chaotic lives as a non-linear series of moments, with the film's editing often seeming to merge chronologically distinct events into singular emotional images. »

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Piff 39: Five Films Criterion Collection Fans Should See at the Portland International Film Festival

10 February 2016 9:10 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Tomorrow night, the Northwest Film Center kicks off their 39th annual Portland International Film Festival. They’ll be screening Klaus Härö’s The Fencer as the opening night film (unfortunately the screenings are sold out, but there will be an additional showing on Sunday the 14th).  Over the course of the next sixteen days there will be over 90 feature films shown around town at various theaters.

This is one of my favorite festivals that I’ve had the privilege of attending, and I cannot wait to see a some of the films that they have programmed.

As usual, we here at the site will be covering a number of the films throughout the festival, but I wanted to make sure that any local Criterion Collection fans were alerted to some of the treats that we have in store. While there are many films at the festival that will align with »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Cats!

12 January 2016 2:08 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films featuring cats!

Need we say more? Meet the furry feline familiars that have graced some of the world’s greatest movies with their mercurial and mesmerizing presence.

Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

L’Atalante, the French Classic Drama by Jean Vigo

In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope.

Cléo from 5 to 7, the French Drama by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.

Grey Gardens, the Documentary by Ellen Hovde, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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