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‘Cartel Land’ Director Matthew Heineman to Helm Marie Colvin Biopic

20 July 2016 6:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman will direct the biopic “Marie Colvin” about the life of the war correspondent of the same name.

Marissa McMahon and Thunder Road Pictures are producing with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah company. The film has not yet been cast.

Arash Amel adapted the script, based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin was the American reporter who died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.

She reported from several conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001.

Heineman’s “Cartel Land” received five Emmy nominations. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 for best documentary feature and premiered in the U.S. documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the best director award »

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The Evolution of Matt Damon, From ‘Mystic Pizza’ to ‘Jason Bourne’ (Photos)

16 July 2016 6:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matt Damon was just 18 when he made his movie debut with a small role in 1988’s “Mystic Pizza,” which was also the second feature of Julia Roberts. In 1992’s “School Ties,” Damon played a prep school bully who antagonized a Jewish student played by Brendan Fraser. Damon grew a peculiar, Ethan Hawke-like goatee for his role as Lt. Britton Davis in 1993’s “Geronimo: An American Legend.”   Damon famously dropped 40 pounds off his already thin frame to play a drug-addled Gulf War veteran opposite Meg Ryan in 1996’s “Courage Under Fire.”   For the role, he famously dropped 40 pounds off his already. »

- Thom Geier

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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Boyz n the Hood was a history-maker. It made John Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar and the first African-American honored in the category. If those celebrating that landmark had gotten a peek into America 25 years after Boyz n the Hood’s release, they’d probably be rather disappointed — probably some mix of horrified and furious too. As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines following the deaths of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling, and as the Academy recovers from a season marked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (though, on the other hand, Broadway got #TonysSoBlack trending), today marks a quarter century since Boyz n the Hood opened in theaters. Though the 1992 Oscar nominations announcement came with the notable milestone for Singleton, the release of the movie in July 1991 was marked by tragedy: Despite the film’s concluding words, “Increase the Peace,” the movie’s opening weekend »

- Emily Rome

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It’s Dracula vs. Hitler in New Book Coming in October

5 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What if Dracula were brought back to life to fight the Nazis? Acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland’s Opus, Courage Under Fire, Nick of Time) answers this question in his new novel, Dracula vs. Hitler, a spirited and… Continue Reading →

The post It’s Dracula vs. Hitler in New Book Coming in October appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Debi Moore

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Oscars: Documentary Field Is Strong With No Sure Bets

27 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While it’s been a strong and crowded year for documentaries, the nonfiction Oscar race is just as unpredictable as this year’s narrative awards race.

The consistently unpredictable Academy docu branch narrowed down 124 eligible features to a remarkably strong shortlist of 15 back in December. That batch was whittled down to five nominees — “Amy,” “Cartel Land,” “The Look of Silence,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”

Even though high-profile, high-pedigree fare including Alex Gibney’s Emmy-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” and Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon” were left out, there remains five powerful, beautifully crafted movies from five formidable helmers.

And unlike previous years, each director has a real shot of winning. While “Amy” is the highest-grossing film of the quintet, it isn’t necessarily a shoo-in like last year’s Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour, »

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The 10 Best Post 9/11 War Movies, Ranked

18 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As long as war exists, there will always be filmmakers who try to attempt to capture its horror, and its glory. As the years press on and wars come and go, different filmmakers have endeavored to craft different war films that represent the tone and thought process of a given era. All Quiet on the Western Front framed Wwi as a time of lost innocence, while The Longest Day presented the Second World War as an hour of glory against the Nazis. This trend has persisted, from the way Platoon dealt with Vietnam, to Courage Under Fire.s take on the first Gulf War.   Michael Bay.s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has been in theaters since this weekend, but represents only the latest in a long line of movies that have attempted to deal with the idea of war in a post 9/11 world. Some films about our most »

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From 'Glory' to 'Malcolm X' - The Ten Best Denzel Washington Performances and Why

6 January 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Denzel Washington will be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this Sunday's Golden Globes, and as a result, we thought we'd look back at the ten films that I think best showcase his undeniable movie star charisma. Are these the ten best Denzel Washington films? The ten best Denzel Washington performances? It feels to us like it's hard to make a distinction between the two, since his best work occurs when people actually challenge him or give him something great to do. There are some very solid films and performances that didn't make this list, like Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, 2 Guns, and Philadelphia, but we feel like we picked the ten movies that best exemplify why Washington has been electrifying audiences for 30 years now. Washington paid his dues in the early days, and I'm sure he'd be perfectly happy to just forget Carbon Copy or Heart Condition ever happened. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Watch: Why Oscar-Shortlisted Doc 'Cartel Land' Is Must-See

4 January 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy doc branch selected their shortlist of 15 semifinalists in December. No one, least of all documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman, who is not a frontline war reporter, expected "Cartel Land" (July 13, The Orchard) to be among the titles.  But, with nominations voting set to close Friday, January 8, it is—after the border drug wars movie broke at Sundance, where it won directing and cinematography prizes, nabbed support from director Kathryn Bigelow, scored the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield, and landed on the coveted Doc NYC shortlist as well. Now, "Cartel Land" will be available to its widest audience yet: it airs tonight at 10pm on A&E.   What's the big deal? Well, Heineman will receive the International Documentary Association's "Courage Under Fire Award," which honors "conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth." Last year's Oscar winner Laura Poitras ("Citizenfour") also won this »

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Highlights and Winners at the 2015 Ida Documentary Awards

2 January 2016 4:14 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The 2015 Ida Documentary Awards took place at the Paramount Theater hosted by comedian Tig Notaro. Notaro was quick to point out this was the first year of the awards being “broadcasted…” on Periscope, and for that reason alone maybe the last.

The Best Feature Award was given to Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” which made the Oscar shortlist earlier in the week and happens to be the film companion for “The Act of Killing.” “The Look of Silence” has been banned in Indonesia and screenings of the film are only available through NGOs, schools/universities, religious organizations and other limited outlets.

Read More: 12 Things Joshua Oppenheimer Wants You to Know About 'The Look of Silence

The winner for Best Short Award went to the animated short “Last Day of Freedom” directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. The directors thanked the Ida for giving the award to an animated film.

Read More: Oscar Shortlisted Doc Short 'Last Day of Freedom' is a Gentle Animated Look at Complex Issues

Ida’s Career Achievement Award was presented to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. The award was presented by Chaz Ebert, whose husband Roger Ebert was the subject of Quinn’s film “Life Itself” and by Haskell Wexler, influential cinematographer, producer, and director.

Academy Award® winning director Kathryn Bigelow presented the Courage Under Fire Award to Director Matthew Heineman for his immersive and brave work in the pursuit of truth in “Cartel Land.” Bigelow executive produced Heineman’s “Cartel Land.”

Read More: Matthew Heineman on Going Beyond the Headlines and Body Count in 'Cartel Land'

Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer at Netflix, was awarded with The Pioneer Award, in recognition to the company’s game-changing and support to the production of non-fiction programming. The Pioneer Award is presented by the Ida to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to advancing the nonfiction form and providing exceptional vision and leadership to the documentary community.

Read More: 'Best of Enemies' Co-Director Morgan Neville on Intellectual Divas and the Theatricality of Politics

Actor, director and political activist Danny Glover presented Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation ( www.berthafoundation.org) with the Ida’s Amicus Award in recognition of their work supporting the essential needs of the non-fiction media landscape.

Full List of 2015 Ida Documentary  Awards Honorees & Winners:

Career Achievement Award

Gordon Quinn

Pioneer Award

Ted Sarandos

Amicus Award

Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation

Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe

Courage Under Fire Award

Matthew Heineman

Best Feature Award

"The Look of Silence"

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media

Best Short Award

"Last Day of Freedom"

Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Pare Lorentz Award

"How to Change the World"

Director: Jerry Rothwell

Creative Recognition Award Winners

Best Cinematography

"The Russian Woodpecker"

Cinematography by: Artem Ryzhykov

Best Editing

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"

Edited by: Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen

Best Writing

"Listen to Me Marlon"

Written by: Stevan Riley

Co-Writer: Peter Ettedgui

Best Music

"Best of Enemies"

Original Score by: Jonathan Kirkscey

ABC News VideoSource Award

"Best of Enemies"

Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

Magnolia Pictures

Best Curated Series Award

"Independent Lens"

Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen

Itvs, PBS

Pov

Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White

Pov, PBS

Best Limited Series Award

"The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst"

Executive Producer: Jason Blum

Co-Executive Producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier

Produced by: Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling

HBO

Best Episodic Series Award

"Chef’s Table"

Executive Producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried

Netflix

Best Short Form Series Award

"Do Not Track"

Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney

National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and Br

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

"The Archipelago"

Director: Benjamin Huguet

The National Film and Television School »

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