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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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‘Birdman’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Movie

24 January 2015 8:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film 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.

The award went to director Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, 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, our only ambition was to make a risky »

- Dave McNary

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The Criterion Collection announces April releases

21 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Criterion has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in April, which are sure to get film lovers on both sides of the pond excited.

On April 14th, it will release Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels (1941) and Carol ReedOdd Man Out (1947).

On April 21, it will release Jean Renoir’s The River (1951). And on April 28th, it will release Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le silence de la mer (1949) and Peter YatesThe Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973).

All details of each release, as well as the artworks are below, and all available to pre-order over at Amazon.com.

Sullivan’s Travels

Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, »

- Scott J. Davis

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TCA: To Cos or Not to Cos? That was no question.

20 January 2015 11:50 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

There have been many good questions asked by reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. There have been many so-so questions that elicited good answers. And there have been questions and answers that can only be described as “Wha?” But today, the story might be the question that no one asked. During the PBS session for American Masters: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (Feb. 20), Phylicia Rashad was present to discuss the documentary about “America’s Shakespeare,” August Wilson. Informed and astute questions were asked about the documentary, but simmering underneath was Rashad’s response to the … Continue reading →

The post TCA: To Cos or Not to Cos? That was no question. appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Ryan Berenz

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Sam Pollard Directs New Doc on Life & Legacy of August Wilson - Coming to PBS in February

13 January 2015 12:29 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Coming to PBS primetime next 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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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'

7 January 2015 8:45 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're about 15 minutes from the start of the winter 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, or TCA for short. If you've been following me for a while, you know all the ins and outs of press tour. If you haven't, the primer that I published again back in the summer is still very useful(*). (*) Tweeting a link to that primer last night led a fellow TCA member to unearth this picture of me inadvertently photobombing a young, unknown Jennifer Lawrence, back when she played Bill Engvall's daughter on a short-lived TBS sitcom. Press tour is a strange place, man. I actually won't be there for the tour's first few days, or its last few, as I'm trying to cut down the amount of time I'm away from my family, but Fienberg will be there today, and for virtually the entire tour (look for coverage on his blog), and I wanted »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Producers Guild of America announced the 2015 PGA Awards nominations

5 January 2015 10:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for the 2015 PGA Awards, giving us an indication of how the field for Best Picture at the Academy Awards may look when the Oscar nominees are revealing on January 15th.

Set to contest the main award, Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

You can check out the full list of nominees 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, p.g. »

- Gary Collinson

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