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Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90

Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90
Murray Lerner, a seminal music documentary filmmaker of the ′60s and ′70s, has died at age 90 in New York City. The cause of death was kidney failure.

Though less famous than his contemporaries D.A. Pennebaker and the fraternal duo Albert and David Maysles, Lerner was every bit their equal in the cultural significance of his work, recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving the final performance of their careers in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Lerner died Saturday in his home in Long Island City, N.Y., following an illness of about three months, according to his son Noah Lerner, a writer and producer at HBO. “He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner tells Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced, and directed.”

Film producer and friend Martin Lewis remembers Lerner as “one of the most significant music
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Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days a Week’ Reached Out to Fans for Footage

Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days a Week’ Reached Out to Fans for Footage
The Beatles today live on through their famed recording catalog, but during the first half of the ‘60s, fans around the world also knew them as a live, touring act. While hundreds of thousands saw them perform during Beatlemania’s peak, there are only four people who knew what it was like inside the bubble — the Beatles themselves. Director Ron Howard sought to portray that experience in his documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” a massive research project that took its own long and winding road to get to movie screens on Sept. 16, one day before a streaming launch on Hulu.

“To me, it was a natural ensemble/adventure/survival story, much like ‘Apollo 13,’” the director says. “It was a real chance to track these four guys, this brotherhood, and learn about their experience by understanding how they navigated the challenges.”

The project actually got
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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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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:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room
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‘The Rising’ Charts the Health and Environmental Dangers of the Bp Oil Spill

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Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Rising

Logline: Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the risk of chemical illness when the U.S. government and Bp sprayed millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in the Bp Horizon Disaster ‘clean-up’ operations.

Elevator Pitch:

An acclaimed filmmaker turns his lens to the frontlines of the Bp Horizon disaster and the large scale cover-up of the tragic health effects following the infamous spill in 2010, in an upcoming documentary called “The Rising.” The film exposes the true health effects for tens of thousands of people and the ramifications of unregulated corporate power and government collusion to our nation.
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Remake of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' in Development

Remake of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' in Development
Less than 15 years after its U.S. theatrical release, Christopher Nolan's Memento is already being eyed for a remake. The film's remake rights were acquired when Exclusive Media Group's extensive film library was sold to Ambi Pictures in September, and among Ambi's first orders of business is to remake Nolan's Oscar-nominated, mind-bending thriller, Variety reports.

"Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade," Ambi chief investor Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. "People who've seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time.
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Ron Howard To Direct The Beatles Documentary

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Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career — the touring years.

The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.

Howard said, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

This film
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Ron Howard Will Direct 'The Beatles' Early Touring Years Documentary

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Ron Howard Will Direct 'The Beatles' Early Touring Years Documentary
Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized Documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles ' career - the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse's Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Ron Howard. Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East will serve as executive producers.

Ron Howard said,

"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

This film will focus
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Ron Howard to direct Beatles doc

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Documentary will focus on The Beatles’ touring years from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg to their last public concert in 1966.

Ron Howard is to direct an official documentary about The Beatles’ years on tour in the early 1960s, produced with the cooperation of band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr alongside Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Howard, director of Apollo 13, Rush and the upcoming Heart Of The Sea, said: “I am excited and honoured to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

The film will focus on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and gigs in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco
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Ron Howard Directing Beatles Documentary on Touring Years

Ron Howard Directing Beatles Documentary on Touring Years
Ron Howard, a fan of The Beatles for most of his life, will direct and produce an authorized documentary on the group’s touring years between 1960 and 1966.

Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment will produce the documentary with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Besides Howard, producers are White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Howard’s longtime producing partner Brian Grazer. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will executive produce along with Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde for Apple Corps — which represents the interests of The Beatles.

“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

Howard and
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Casting Net: Tom Hardy plugging into 'Splinter Cell.' Plus: Benicio del Toro, Alexander Skarsgard, Evan Rachel Wood

Casting Net: Tom Hardy plugging into 'Splinter Cell.' Plus: Benicio del Toro, Alexander Skarsgard, Evan Rachel Wood
Tom Hardy has logged on to a big screen adaptation of the long-running videogame franchise Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. He’d play Sam Fisher, the stealthy, deadly spy at the heart of the six Splinter Cell titles. Game publisher Ubisoft is heading up the effort, and has tapped Eric Warren Singer (The International) to pen the script; no director has yet been attached. [Deadline]

Benicio del Toro is finishing talks to play drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost. The fact-based film follows a surfer who falls for a Columbia girl whose uncle just happens to be the most notorious cocaine trafficker of the 1980s.
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Michael Fassbender to Narrate the Formula One Documentary 1

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Long time Formula 1 enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures' new documentary film 1, it was announced today by the film's producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender, is the German-Irish actor who stars in Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus. For his acclaimed performance in Shame he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick's latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on Jane Got a Gun also starring Natalie Portman and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here's what producers Nigel Sinclair and Michael Shevloff had to say in a joint statement.

"We are honored that Michael has
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Michael Fassbender Signed To Narrate Exclusive Media.s Spitfire Pictures Formula 1 Documentary “1″

Long time Formula 1. enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media.s Spitfire Pictures. new documentary film .1., it was announced today by the film.s producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender is the German-Irish actor who stars in Inglourious Basterds, X-men: First Class and Prometheus. For his acclaimed performance in Shame he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick.s latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on Jane Got A Gun also starring Natalie Portman and X-men: Days Of Future Past.

.We are honored that Michael has agreed to lend his voice to our film. He is one of the most
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Afm 2012: Exclusive Media to Bow Paul Crowder's Formula One Doc '1' at U.S. Grand Prix in Austin

Afm 2012: Exclusive Media to Bow Paul Crowder's Formula One Doc '1'  at U.S. Grand Prix in Austin
Paul Crowder's new documentary on Formula One racing, 1, will premiere at the inaugural Formula One U.S. Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas on Nov.15. The doc, produced by Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures label together with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs, is described as an "action documentary" which tells the story of the golden age of Formula One racing. Crowder's credits as a director include music docs Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who and The Last Play at Shea, both of which Spitfire produced. Crowder is also an acclaimed film editor of such documentaries as Dogtown

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SXSW – Foo Fighters: Back and Forth – Documentary Trailer

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Austin, TX – The Foo Fighters have a documentary coming along which will coincide with the bands seventh studio album release this spring.

Foo Fighters: Back And Forth, chronicles 16 years of the Foo Fighters history, the formation, good times and rocky times for the band.

The film had its premiere here at the SXSW Film festival.

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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Exclusive Media Group’S Spitfire Pictures And RCA/Jive Announce Foo Fighters Feature-length Documentary

Film Theatrical Release Slated For Spring 2011

Directed by Academy Award winner James Moll

Produced By Spitfire Pictures

Co-Financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records

To Have World Premiere at 2011 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA (February 1, 2011) – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear a/k/a the Foo Fighters and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group, announced today that Exclusive’s documentary film
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The Cove's Mark Monroe to Make Formula One Documentary

One of the most daring and revealing documentaries of last year is also one of the most talked about. The Cove is an eye-opening look into the dolphin slaughtering in a secret cove off the coast of Japan which has gone from its Audience Award winning premiere at Sundance last year to an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary. Now Variety says the film's writer, Mark Monroe is teaming up with Paul Crowder (who has edited docs like Riding Giants, and co-directed Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who) to make a documentary on the world's fast paced and most expensive sport Formula One auto racing. Read on! No on has successfully crafted a narrative film based on Formula One auto racing, but the most recent was the 2001 film Driven with Sylvester Stallone, so it sounds like a doc might give the sport its due diligence. Three production companies (Spitfire
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Formula One racing to be subject of doc

Spitfire Documentary Films, the doc unit of Exclusive Media Group, is teaming with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs to produce a feature documentary about Formula One motor racing.

Paul Crowder, whose credits include the Spitfire doc "Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who," has been tapped to direct, and Mark Monroe, who wrote the Oscar-nominated "The Cove" and "The Tillman Story," has been commissioned to pen the project about the golden age of grand prix motor racing from the late '60s through the 1970s.

"The heyday of Formula One racing was a very different time, when the risks were high and the characters were larger than life," said Spitfire Pictures co-chairman and CEO Nigel Sinclair, who will produce along with Michael Shevloff of Flat-Out Films.

Jake Eberts will serve as exec producer on the project, which is being produced with the support of Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management.
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