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Cat Power to narrate Janis Joplin doc

29 July 2015 3:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The musician also known as Chan Marshall has boarded Janis ahead of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere in Venice. Content holds worldwide rights.

According to a press release Amy Berg’s documentary examines the “raw, sensitive, innocent, uncensored and powerful woman behind the legend”.

Marshall’s voice will help bring Joplin to life through her letters to family and lovers.

The Joplin Estate has supported the production and the soundtrack will feature hits like ‘Cry Baby’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘Piece Of My Heart’.

Alex Gibney produced Joplin via his Jigsaw Productions with Berg and Jeff Jampol from Jam, Inc. Susan Lacy, Michael Kantor, Noah Haeussner, Michael Raimondi and Stacey Offman serve as executive producers.

Disarming Films, Jigsaw Productions and Thirteen Productions LLC’s ‘American Masters’ co-produced in association with Sony Music Entertainment and Union Entertainment Group.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cat Power Voicing Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin Documentary

29 July 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chan Marshall, known by her stage name Cat Power, will supply the voice narration for the upcoming Janis Joplin documentary “Janis” from director Amy Berg.

The documentary will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was selected Wednesday to screen out of competition.

The film will include Marshall reading Jolpin’s own letters to her family and lovers, while the soundtrack will have her hits “Cry Baby,” “Summertime” and “Piece of My Heart.”

“After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen,” Berg said. “This has been a labor of love, and I cannot wait to share Janis’ unique, intimate story with the world. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis’ by reading her letters.”

Footage includes Joplin performing at Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and »

- Dave McNary

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Announcing the 2015 Emmy Nominations!

17 July 2015 | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Emmy Award Nominations: 10 Things the TV Academy Got Right

16 July 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Emmy Award nominations are out. Unleash the hounds!

What new outrages have the TV Academy committed? Who have the voters overlooked? How can the process ever be taken seriously again after, well, insert your favorite oversight here?

Other than being announced this year at a less-ungodly hour, the annual unveiling has assumed an element of predictability in the digital age. Early-morning phone calls extending congratulations to and soliciting thoughts from the nominees, almost immediately followed by peals of righteous indignation on behalf of the deserving souls who are not, alas, among them.

Both of these are legitimate pursuits, but neither really tells the full story – or, for that matter, exhibits much perspective about the expanded roster of options now available and the increased viability of niche-oriented programming, which can survive on prestige longer than was once feasible in the days of ad-supported broadcast networks and a couple of premium channels. »

- Brian Lowry

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Emmy Award Nominations: Full List of 2015 Emmy Nominees

16 July 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.

Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The nominees are below:

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie

Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

Lead Actor, Drama

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan

Lead Actress, Drama

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Claire Danes, “Homeland

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men

Robin Wright, “House of Cards

Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie

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- Variety Staff

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Listen to Harper Lee Receive a Copy of Her New, Published Book, Go Set a Watchman

13 July 2015 8:22 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Surrounded by publishing acquaintances, Harper Lee lunched in Monroeville, Alabama, roughly two weeks ago to celebrate the release of her long-lost, 58-year-old novel Go Set a Watchman. What made the outing extra special was the presence of filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy, who nabbed exclusive video footage and pics of the elusive author for PBS — a first since news broke months ago about the writer's exit from the one-hit-wonder book club. In this American Masters web video, Murphy & Co. shed more light on the book's torturous publishing journey in one-on-one video interviews with Lee's lawyer, agent, and friends. "It's not Mockingbird," Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, says. "Anybody expecting the wonderful, flowing flower of Mockingbird might be disappointed, because this is a first submission. It is a complete book, but it is not edited." In a 1950s-dated note from Lee's original agent to an editor, Watchman is called an "eye-opener »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Harper Lee Photographed for First Time in Six Years Ahead of Go Set a Watchman Release: Pic

10 July 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

She's back! Harper Lee was photographed for the first time in six years last week. The iconic author, 89, made a rare appearance to promote her new book, Go Set a Watchman. Lee will debut her sophomore novel to much hype more than 55 years after the release of To Kill a Mockingbird.  Lee was snapped discussing her new book in a chat with her longtime friend and benefactor, Joy Brown, and documentary filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. Murphy, who led the new PBS special Harper Lee: American Masters, [...] »

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To Kill a Mockingbird Author Harper Lee Seen for the First Time in 6 Years on Eve of New Book's Release: See the Photo!

9 July 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Harper Lee probably wasn't expressly trying to drum up interest in her second book in..well, ever... But the girl can't help it! The first new photo in six years of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has surfaced thanks to the documentary Harper Lee: American Masters, which has been updated ahead of the release of Go Set a Watchman, the 55-years-in-the-offing sequel to the 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird. (Which, incidentally, Lee wrote before Mockingbird.) In the picture, taken in late June in her hometown of Monroeville, La., at the Prop & Gavel Restaurant, Lee is flanked by director Mary McDonagh Murphy and Joy Lee, described as the writer's friend and benefactor, hardback copy of the »

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Dick Van Patten Working And Hanging With Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner

23 June 2015 7:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Raise your hand if you remember The New Dick Van Dyke Show. Ok, a few of you wily veterans. How about When Things Were Rotten? Anyone? Well, Dick Van Patten sure remembered them. The TV stalwart, who died Tuesday at 86, was in both 1970s series, and he tells the story in this outtake from PBS’ American Masters program Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Van Patten relates how series creator-writer Carl Reiner cast him as the title star’s boss in New Dick Van Dyke, which aired for… »

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Woody Allen’s Producer Jack Rollins Dies at 100

18 June 2015 5:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime comedy producer-manager Jack Rollins, who handled Woody Allen, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Lenny Bruce, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100.

Rollins, a native of Brooklyn, was a co-producer with the late Charles H. Joffe on many of Allen’s films. The duo managed many of the industry’s top comedy acts starting in the 1960s.

Rollins appeared briefly in Allen’s 1984 film, “Broadway Danny Rose,” in which Allen played a manager of a variety of strange acts — a character he loosely modeled on Rollins.

Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »

- Dave McNary

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PBS celebrates the arrival of “Go Set a Watchman” with American Masters: Harper Lee

12 June 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Harper Lee’s fans were stunned — and then thrilled — by recent news that a rumored early manuscript by the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird scribe was unearthed and being readied for publication. With Go Set a Watchman set for release on July 14 (and in celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird‘s 55th anniversary on July 11), PBS will present an updated edition of Mary McDonagh Murphy’s glorious documentary Harper Lee: Hey Boo, which aired on the network in 2012. American Masters: Harper Lee will premiere July 10 at 9/8Ct (check your local listings to confirm the air time in your area). According to the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, Watchman takes … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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PBS Series 'American Masters' Marks Release of Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' with Updated Doc

12 June 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fifty-five years after Harper Lee published her first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was later adapted into the iconic American film starring Gregory Peck as unshakably decent attorney Atticus Finch, PBS docuseries "American Masters" will celebrate the release of her second by presenting an updated version of filmmaker Mary Murphy's "Hey, Boo." The re-airing comes as part of a 13-day slate of on air, online and community programming by New York PBS affiliate Thirteen, which produces "American Masters." Murphy, who updated the film after receiving advance access to Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman" (to be published by HarperCollins July 14), also plans to live tweet the premiere, set for July 10 at 9pm on PBS. The highly anticipated novel, which is the most preordered book in the history of the HarperCollins, according to the publisher, arrives under a cloud of. »

- Matt Brennan

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PBS Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule - New Drama Series, Documentaries, Performances & More

4 June 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters.  Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere on September 4.  The network has also set a November celebration of America’s diverse musical history in American Epic, a series that will document the roots of modern music. Over 3 nights, audiences will rediscover the families whose music was recorded (early blues,...

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PBS Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule - New Drama Series, Documentaries, Performances & More

4 June 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters.  Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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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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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 »

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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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