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Arthouse Audit: ‘Moonlight’ Shines as Iggy Pops With ‘Gimme Danger’

30 October 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Moonlight” (A24) remains the top story. Barry Jenkins’ best-reviewed film of the year expanded to a range of big city theaters this week. The movie continued as the top 2016 specialized performer in head to head comparisons this year. This performance is more than enough to buttress its elevated awards expectations, as critics groups start voting in in a few weeks.

But it wasn’t the only successful widened release. Subtitled film “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia) continued to impress, as it added far more than the usual number of second week theaters. It’s playing to both Korean-American and conventional arthouse audiences.

On a Halloween-adjacent weekend that seemed to scare off most distributors, two rock-related documentaries braved the competition. Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger,” with an initial conventional theater release, scored well, while “Oasis: Supersonic” (A24) mostly went for initial one-night events before adding streaming as its main venue.

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- Tom Brueggemann

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The Weekend Warrior 10/28/16: Inferno, Gimme Danger and More

26 October 2016 7:54 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

In one of the busier weekends of the month, two of the movies did better than I predicted and two did worse. The real winner of the weekend was Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which did far better than anyone thought with an opening weekend of $28.5 million in just 2,260 theaters or $12,611 per theater. It ended up completely demolishing Tom Cruise’s action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which opened in almost 1,500 more theaters, but at least that ended up around where I predicted with $22.9 million. Ouija: Origin of Evil came out slightly below my prediction to take third place with $14 million, while the Fox comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses bombed even worse than I expected with $5.5 million in 3,000 theaters. »

- Edward Douglas

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‘By Sidney Lumet’ Director on the ‘Moral Message’ Behind Film Icon’s Work

25 October 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest chroniclers of New York City. Films like “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” serve as gripping time capsules to the five borough’s mean old, pre-gentrified, “Ford to the City: Drop Dead” days, when crime was on the rise and the population on the decline.

But while Lumet has been praised for his depiction of urban life, he doesn’t rank among top auteurs such as Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. He wasn’t splashy enough. He was too prolific. He was more work horse than show horse.

By Sidney Lumet” may put the lie to those assessments. The gripping new documentary from Nancy Buirski (“The Loving Story”) opens in limited release this Friday and puts the focus squarely on Lumet. There are no talking heads. No testimonials from the actors he worked with, his directing cohorts, or family members. It’s just Lumet, »

- Brent Lang

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Norman Lear on his PBS American Masters documentary Just Another Version Of You

25 October 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

PBS’s American Masters presents Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You tonight, the first ever documentary about the screen legend. Lear, now 92 and still hard at work, is responsible for changing our minds and appetites, showing life in a radical new way and enlightening millions of viewers about topics previously unaddressed on prime time television. All in the Family, Maude and The Jeffersons dispensed with the sugar-coated artifice of typical fifties and early sixties programming. Lear’s realism mixed with laughter had never been seen on TV. He gave us a taste of what was going on outside and inside and...read more »

- Anne Brodie

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Film Review: ‘By Sidney Lumet’

22 October 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “By Sidney Lumet,” a documentary portrait of the late director who was one of the defining filmmakers of the ’70s — but whose ability to charge a scene with dark moral turbulence and excitement was right there, from his first feature, “12 Angry Men,” in 1957 — Lumet tells an extraordinarily candid story about an event that shaped and changed his entire worldview. He was a young man in the military, in Calcutta, when he saw that a group of his fellow soldiers were inside a train compartment sexually abusing a young girl. “Do I do anything about this?” he thought. He knew the answer was yes, that he should try to stop this hideous crime, but he lacked the courage to do so. Instead of acting, he simply let it happen.

To any Lumet watcher, it’s obvious that the story fuses with themes that run through his work: the preoccupation with corruption, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Exclusive: Norman Lear Interviewed By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

21 October 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Norman Lear- Just Another Version of You

By Eddy Friedeld

The first two people in my life who taught me to think deeply about social and political issues and argue cogently and passionately for what I believed in were my late father David and Norman Lear.

Lear, the 94-year-old entertainment icon is the subject of a terrific American Masters documentary: Norman Lear- Just Another Version of You, which premieres nationwide Tuesday, October 25, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles about both the documentary and his masterful 2014 autobiography, Even This I Get to Experience, he still has an energy level that would put people a quarter of his age to shame.

“People think when you’re over 90 you’ve changed. It’s everyone else who’s changed. Suddenly I’m extremely wise,” Lear says. Charming and reflective, he explains why he wears the »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

13 October 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s unfair to cram any life — least of all the truly extraordinary ones — into a neat, two-hour package meant for handy cinematic consumption, a point that is driven home repeatedly throughout Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s admirably comprehensive documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” Though the film endeavors to cover all of Angelou’s incredible life, complete with significant and compelling interviews featuring the subject herself, a series of essential talking heads and plenty of archival footage, it can hardly match the spark and originality of the woman it attempts to honor. Angelou’s life and work was rich, significant, influential and hugely varied, and yet “And Still I Rise” is hobbled by unimaginative delivery and direction.

In short, it’s limited, and Angelou’s own history proves that limitations must be fought against at every turn.

Still, Hercules and Whack’s attempts to distill »

- Kate Erbland

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Maya Angelou Documentary ‘And Still I Rise’ Gets National Theatrical Release

5 October 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

 The first documentary about the late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou will roll out in select theaters across the country this month after a successful one-theater run in Chicago. Maya  Angelou: And Still I Rise, from directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, will now open in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco on October 14 via American Masters Pictures. Watch the trailer above. Angelou’s story is told through home movies, footage, archival photos… »

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Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch

3 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

See just how much legendary sitcom writer and producer Norman Lear values creative integrity over monetary gain in this Indiewire exclusive clip. With an $11 million syndication deal with CBS in the balance, Jerry Perenchio, Lear’s former business partner at Tandem Productions and Embassy Television, tells how Lear refused to compromise the integrity of his shows, compared his life’s work to the most famous painting in history: Michelangelo’s “Mona Lisa,” and insisted on consulting his psychiatrist before signing over syndication rights.

The clip is a never-before-seen DVD extra from the first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend, “American MastersNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” which premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 pm on PBS. PBS Distribution will release the film, with additional bonus features, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD the same day.

Read More: Sundance Review: Norman Lear Fans Will Get a Kick Out of ‘Just Another »

- Alec McPike

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Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch

3 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

See just how much legendary sitcom writer and producer Norman Lear values creative integrity over monetary gain in this Indiewire exclusive clip. With an $11 million syndication deal with CBS in the balance, Jerry Perenchio, Lear’s former business partner at Tandem Productions and Embassy Television, tells how Lear refused to compromise the integrity of his shows, compared his life’s work to the most famous painting in history: Michelangelo’s “Mona Lisa,” and insisted on consulting his psychiatrist before signing over syndication rights.

The clip is a never-before-seen DVD extra from the first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend, “American MastersNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” which premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 pm on PBS. PBS Distribution will release the film, with additional bonus features, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD the same day.

Read More: Sundance Review: Norman Lear Fans Will Get a Kick Out of ‘Just Another »

- Alec McPike

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Us Briefs: Arnon Milchan to receive Gothams Industry Tribute

22 September 2016 3:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The New Regency chairman and producer will receive the Industry Tribute at the 2016 Ifp Gotham Awards in New York on November 28.

The award is awarded each year to an individual “whose unique vision and contributions have made a significant impact on the motion picture industry.”

Milchan’s producing credits include recent best picture Academy Award winners 12 Years A Slave and Birdman, as well as Revenant, Once Upon A Time In America, The King Of Comedy and Brazil.

New Regency’s upcoming films include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, Assassin’s Creed and A Cure For Wellness.

Legendary Entertainment has hired veteran branding, consumer products and licensing executive James Ngo to the newly created role of senior vice-president of franchise management. Ngo will set to work finding additional revenue-generating streams for such properties as Godzilla and Pacific Rim and will also manage the company’s brand collaborations on established IP such as Pokémon.The American »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Trailer: October 14 Release Date Set For Documentary

21 September 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Arc Entertainment has released the trailer for Sundance doc Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. The film, presented by American Masters Pictures, will bow in theaters October 14. Directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, the film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words in her voice with rare and intimate archival photographs, home movies and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining civil rights moments… »

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

12 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quick Hits

Last Year’s Winner: “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” Was It an Upset? Nope. Still Eligible? Nope. Hot Streak: “American Masters” has been nominated three years in a row – every year the category has existed. Fun Fact: Though only around for the past three years, four trophies have been handed out in this category. In 2014, “American Masters” and “Years of Living Dangerously” tied.

Read More: ‘Making a Murderer’ Wins Emmy For Outstanding Documentary Series

Last year, HBO walked away with this category because “The Jinx” became such a dominant cultural presence everyone and their brother was talking about it. The same could be said for “Making a Murderer, ” Netflix’s original docu-series that swept the nation upon its release and remains a talking point to this day.

That being said, “Chef’s Table” is nothing to sneeze at. If viewers check it out, they »

- Ben Travers

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WGA Reaches Deal For New Contract With Public TV

23 August 2016 4:31 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The WGA East and West have reached an agreement with public television stations Wgbh Boston and Wnet New York on terms for a new three-year contract covering writers employed on such shows such as Frontline, Nova, American Experience and American Masters. The new contract provides for a 3% increase in all minimums, retroactive to July 1, with 0.5% of that amount diverted to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund. Two other increases, effective July 1, 2017, and July 1… »

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Public Television Employees Ratify Writers Guild Contract

23 August 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America has reached agreement on a new three-year public television contract, which has been unanimously ratified by the members.

The deal covers about 200 employees working on shows such as “Nova,” “Frontline,” “American Experience”  and “American Masters.”

The new contract — negotiated jointly by the WGA East and WGA West — provides a 3% increase in all minimums retroactive to July 1, with 0.5% of that amount diverted to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund.

Other increases to all minimums will be effective on July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, and will be the same as those negotiated next year for the successor deal for the WGA’s master contract, which expires May 1. All other terms in the previous Public Television contract will remain in effect.

The WGA has not yet scheduled negotiations on a successor deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The WGA-pbs negotiating committee authorized the union to pursue a “cut through” negotiation with the the »

- Dave McNary

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Sound ace Roger Jay Pietschmann dies at 71

10 August 2016 6:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

It emerged on Tuesday that Roger Jay Pietschmann died in his Los Angeles home on July 26 after a six-year battle with multiple symptom atrophy. He was 71.

Pietschmann grew up in Los Angeles, attending University High School, Santa Monica Community College, and California State University at Long Beach.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Pietschmann worked as a boom operator, sound recordist and mixer.

He began his career as the sound recorder on Taxi Driver and assembled a roster of credits that included Batman Returns, Project X, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The X Files.

Pietschmann’s work in television and documentary include sound operator on 60 Minutes, Dexter, Nature, American Masters, and Sleeper Cell

He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Sleeper Cell and a Cinema Audio Society Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing nomination for the same show, as well as »

- govi2016@lawnet.ucla.edu (Alec Govi)

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‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Trailer: New Doc Examines Rosamond Purcell’s Essential Work

21 July 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Molly Bernstein’s “An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell” examines the life and career of photographer Rosamond Purcell, bringing light to a major presence long unrecognized by the art world. A collector of objects that’s curious about human beings’ obsessive need to collect, Purcell is not an easily classifiable artist, but she’s someone who uses material objects as a medium to understand the collective human psyche. The daughter of an eminent Harvard University historian, she grew up in an academic environment where the written word was sacred, but eventually gravitated towards images both emotionally and intellectually challenging. Some of the images in her work include an old, discarded book transformed by the steady work of hungry termites, and a meticulously arranged box of human molars collected by Peter the Great. The documentary features interviews with not only Purcell, but admirers such as author Jonathan Safran Foer, »

- Vikram Murthi

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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

13 July 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

 

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

13 July 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

 

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and »

- Anne Thompson

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Hollywood Pioneer Lena Horne Talks Racial Inequality In Decades-Old Interview

9 July 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Episode two of PBS’ “American Masters Podcast” features American singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne as she discusses the difficulties of navigating the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood studio system and her involvement in the civil rights movement.

In the 30-minute podcast, Horne also recollects the times she spent with Count Basie, Medgar Evers, Billy Strayhorn and others.

Read More: Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Talks Playing Lena Horne In ‘A Lady Must Live’ + Kickstarter Campaign To Finance

Then in a never-before-seen video from “In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive,” the legend shares her disappointment in the lack of progress made toward racial equality throughout her lifetime.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a black woman, but maybe because I’m a woman, I don’t see as much as I wanted,” Lena says in an interview released on August 29, 1996. “I don’t see it happening as »

- Liz Calvario

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