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American Masters: Misty Copeland Talks American Ballet Theater: A History, Her Career

15 May 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Premiering on American Masters on PBS, the documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History, celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary, delves into the rich history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies. Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns has combined intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with Abt’s key figures from the past and present to showcase why it’s one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. During this exclusive interview with Collider, professional ballerina Misty Copeland (the third African American female soloist and first in two decades at Abt) talked about the incredible honor of being a part of American Ballet Theatre, the importance of making ballet more accessible to contemporary audiences, her experience as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, that her love and passion for ballet was instantaneous, why her naivete about the challenges of becoming a professional dancer worked to her advantage, »

- Christina Radish

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American Masters honors 75 years of the Abt with Ric Burns’ American Ballet Theatre: A History

15 May 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

At the very start of Ric Burns’ duly masterful American Masters documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History, which premieres tonight on PBS, dance historian Jennifer Homans offers up this assessment of the dancer’s experience: “If you are a dancer and you stand at the barre in these positions which have been prescribed for over 400 years and you go through this ritual — it’s a ritual of repetition, a ritual of physical discipline — you have to focus purely on the body. On what’s going on inside you. As you do that, you sort of end up letting go of all … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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How Ric Burns Used Technology to Capture the Immediacy of Ballet (with Exclusive Video)

14 May 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns signed on to his latest project, "American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History," he knew that capturing the immediacy of dance onscreen would be a challenge. With dance, "one of its fundamental shaping conditions is that it is happening in the present tense...when you take out that immediacy, it doesn't matter how great the dance is, on-camera it loses something significant," Burns told Indiewire recently. Read More: The Best Documentary Filmmaking Advice from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival To complete the film, which began production back in 2006, Burns was given unprecedented access to the company and shot hundreds of hours of original footage including live performances in Paris and Havana, rehearsals at Abt’s flagship studio in New York City and slow-motion captures at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y. Burns felt confident that his frequent collaborator, Emmy award-winning »

- Paula Bernstein

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How Ric Burns Used Technology to Capture the Immediacy of Ballet (with Exclusive Video)

14 May 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns signed on to his latest project, "American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History," he knew that capturing the immediacy of dance onscreen would be a challenge. With dance, "one of its fundamental shaping conditions is that it is happening in the present tense...when you take out that immediacy, it doesn't matter how great the dance is, on-camera it loses something significant," Burns told Indiewire recently. Read More: The Best Documentary Filmmaking Advice from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival To complete the film, which began production back in 2006, Burns was given unprecedented access to the company and shot hundreds of hours of original footage including live performances in Paris and Havana, rehearsals at Abt’s flagship studio in New York City and slow-motion captures at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y. Burns felt confident that his frequent collaborator, Emmy award-winning...

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- Paula Bernstein

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“Beauty Can Save the World” – Ric Burns’ Doc ‘American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History’

10 May 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The American Masters — American Ballet Theatre: A History premieres May 15, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of the ballet company’s 75th anniversary.Ric Burns’ beautiful and informative documentaries for PBS have celebrated Eugene O’Neill, Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, the Civil War, whaling, the movement west and the unforgettable New York: A Documentary Film, among many other subjects. Burns’ latest American Ballet Theatre: a History became a labour of love as he wasn’t especially interested in ballet. Then one night, he stood in the wings of an Abt performance and was transfixed. He dedicated the next eight […] »

- Anne Brodie

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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour

29 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.

Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.

The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.

Orson Welles

Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.

The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Roger Mayer, Advocate of Film Preservation, Dies at 89

25 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roger L. Mayer, best known as a strong advocate of film preservation, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Mayer received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2005, presented by Martin Scorsese. He was also chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Scorsese said Wednesday in a statement that “the film preservation community has lost a beloved friend.

“I met him early on when he was working for Ted Turner, and though we disagreed at that time about colorization, we shared the core belief that film libraries were of vital importance to our culture. Throughout his successful career in the industry, Roger consistently put the care and preservation of collections at the forefront. He was absolutely key in helping the Library of Congress establish the National Film Preservation Foundation in 1996, and over the years, he gave tirelessly of his time and expertise.

Because of his leadership and guidance, »

- Dave McNary

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If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now!

21 February 2015 12:57 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It premiered on PBS last night, as part of its American Masters series; if you missed it, or didn't DVR to watch later, you can now watch "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," in full, online, embedded below. Directed by Emmy and Peabody-winner Sam Pollard (long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as a director and producer in his own right), the documentary explores the life and legacy of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson - the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet, to his indelible mark on Broadway.  Unprecedented access to Wilson's theatrical archives, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Metallica' Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Passes Away at 58

21 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky passed away at the age of 58 on Saturday morning. The news was confirmed by longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger. Bruce Sinofsky reportedly died from complications of diabetes, but there are no further details at this time.

Bruce Sinofsky spent the past thirty years as a documentary director, helping to create some of the most important true-life films of the past three decades. He is best known for co-directing Metallica: Some Kind of Monster with Joe Berlinger, which looks at the band as they go through relationship counseling while trying to create a new album. Both Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are also created with helping to free the West Memphis Three with their Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, which helped uncover evidence in the case against three wrongly convicted men accused of child murder. The final chapter in this harrowing saga, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, earned both Joe Berlinger »

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Daily | Bruce Sinofsky, 1956 – 2015

21 February 2015 9:55 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Devastated to report death of my best friend and #documentary partner Bruce Sinofsky this morning," tweeted Joe Berlinger earlier today. "Details to follow. Great man, sad day #Rip." Sinofsky, winner of a Directors Guild of America Award, two Emmys, a Peabody and an Independent Spirit Award, began his career as a senior editor for Maysles Films. Among the projects he directed on his own are Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records for PBS/American Masters and episodes of the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts. But he'll most likely be remembered for his work with Berlinger, the Paradise Lost trilogy, Brother's Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. » - David Hudson »

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Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 58

21 February 2015 9:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky died early Saturday morning in his sleep from complications stemming from diabetes, his frequent collaborator Joe Berlinger told Variety. He was 58.

Sinofsky covered a range of topics in his career — from heavy metal to murder cases.

He is best known for the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, a series of films he made with Berlinger about the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers convicted, despite a lack of evidence, of murdering and sexually mutilating three prepubescent boys. Prosecutors claimed the children were killed as part of a satanic court ritual. Those films helped draw attention to miscarriages of justice associated with their trial and conviction. A number of celebrities including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins and Johnny Depp also rallied to the cause.

Public pressure resulted in the Arkansas Supreme Court allowing the three men — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin — to be »

- Brent Lang

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Get Ready for Tonight's Premiere of the Definitive August Wilson Documentary w/ this Panel Conversation

20 February 2015 10:05 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Coming to PBS tonight, as part of its American Masters series, is the documentary, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," starting at 9pm Et. Directed by Emmy and Peabody-winner Sam Pollard (long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as a director and producer in his own right), the documentary explores the life and legacy of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson - the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet, to his indelible mark on Broadway.  Unprecedented access to Wilson's theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews, and new dramatic readings, bring to life »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Publicists Guild Celebrates Life and Career of Bob Newhart

19 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Not long before his 1960 debut comedy album “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” soared to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart, the now legendary comedian was nearing 30, living at home with his parents in Chicago and working as an accountant and a copywriter.

“People kept telling me, you’re funny, you should go to New York, go on Broadway,” says Newhart, who will be honored with the Publicists of the Intl. Cinematographers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award at the org’s 52nd annual luncheon on Feb. 20. “I had to find out if I could make a living doing comedy.”

But the runaway sales of “Button-Down,” which earned Newhart his first of three Grammys and remains the 20th best-selling album of all time, took the neophyte by surprise.

“You’d have to coin a new word for shock,” says Newhart of his reaction to this sudden fame. “I thought if we got »

- Malina Saval

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Watch New August Wilson Panel Conversation w/ Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sam Pollard, Others

12 February 2015 1:37 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Coming to PBS primetime this month, as part of its American Masters series, is the documentary, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," airing on February 20 at 9pm Et. Directed by Emmy and Peabody-winner Sam Pollard (long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as a director and producer in his own right), the documentary explores the life and legacy of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson - the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet, to his indelible mark on Broadway.  Unprecedented access to Wilson's theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews, and new dramatic »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Trailer for Sam Pollard-Directed August Wilson Documentary - Coming to PBS Feb 20

2 February 2015 10:10 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Coming to PBS primetime this month, as part of its American Masters series, is the documentary, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," airing on February 20 at 9pm Et. Directed by Emmy and Peabody-winner Sam Pollard (long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as a director and producer in his own right), the documentary explores the life and legacy of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson - the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet, to his indelible mark on Broadway.  Unprecedented access to Wilson's theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews, and new dramatic »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Producers Guild Redeems "The Lego Movie," "Life Itself"

26 January 2015 7:22 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Two films forgotten by the Academy, the animated adventure "The Lego Movie" and the Roger Ebert Documentary "Life Itself," triumphed at the recently concluded 2015 Producers Guild Awards.

"The Lego Movie" took home the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures for producer Dan Lin while "Life Itself" won the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures for producers Garrett Basch, Steve James, and Zak Piper.

Meanwhile, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole took the Oscar glitter away from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" when "Birdman" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The Oscars just got interesting! Will "Boyhood" triumph over "Birdman" at the Academy Awards?

In TV land, NBC was the big winner of the evening with two of their shows taking home trophies for Competition Television ("The Voice") and Live Entertainment & Talk Television ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon »

- Manny

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Birdman, The Lego Movie and Breaking Bad among the winners at the 2015 PGA Awards

25 January 2015 2:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The road to the Oscars continued last night in Los Angeles as the Producers Guild of America presented the 2015 PGA Awards, with Birdman scooping the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Despite being snubbed by the Oscars, The Lego Movie was victorious in the Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures category, while the television winners including Breaking Bad (Episodic Television, Drama), Orange Is the New Black (Episodic Television, Comedy) and Fargo (Long-Form Television).

Check out a full list of the winners (highlighted in red) here…

Motion Pictures:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Bradley Cooper, p.g.a., Clint Eastwood, p.g.a., Andrew Lazar, p.g.a., Robert Lorenz, p.g.a., Peter Morgan, p.g.a.

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood (IFC Films)

Producers: Richard Linklater, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for best movie — elevating its status as an awards-season front-runner since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up film star, topped “American Sniper,’ “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Boyhood” had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy — based on voting by more than 6,700 PGA members — with “American Sniper,” “Birdman” and “Imitation Game” pegged as the most likely to score an upset.

See More: Analysis: ‘Birdman’ Adds Plot Twist at PGA Awards

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Inarritu said. “On behalf of all of us, »

- Dave McNary

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