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“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” is now the top-grossing documentary of 2016, placing ninth last weekend in 1,216 theaters and grossing $4.6 million to date. Together with his 2012 film, the $33.4 million hit “2016: Obama’s America,” right-wing writer/activist/director Dinesh D’Souza is now the conservative Michael Moore.
And the doc beats out Moore’s recent “Where to Invade Next?,” which underperformed at $3.8 million, lower than his four most recent films since “Bowling for Columbine” as well as his first, “Roger and Me,” in 1989. His biggest hit was Cannes winner “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which grossed $119 million, the highest-grossing documentary of all time. He also has three others (“Columbine,” “Sicko,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story”) among the 20 biggest.
D’Souza isn’t close to that level, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. But first, here are 10 recommendations from below's incoming crop of movies: 1. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 2. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) 3. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 4. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) 5. The Little Prince (2016) 6. 13 Cameras (2016) 7. Septembers of Shiraz (2015) 8. The Road (2009) 9. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) 10. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Avail 8/1/16 The American Side (2016) An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Apex: The...
- Peter Hall
Each month, one of the best and worst things in life is finding out the selection of movies and TV shows that will either be coming to Netflix or leaving the streaming service. August 2016 is no different, and there’s a host of titles that will be doing both. Take a look below at the comings and goings for 2016. Titles in italics are my personal recommendations to either check out when they debut or before they leave. Coming in August 2016 August 1 The American Side (2016) An Inconvenient Truth (2008) Apex: The Story of the Hypercar (2016) Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Find Out What’s Coming and Going on Netflix in August 2016 »
- Jasef Wisener
Jim Berk, who left Participant Media last year, has joined podcast advertising network PodcastOne as its new CEO.
The appointment was announced Thursday. Berk will replace founder Norm Pattiz in the CEO slot while Pattiz retains his title of executive chairman.
Berk resigned from Participant as CEO in April 2015 following eight years in the post amid rising tensions inside the company as founder Jeff Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by television and digital operations. Berk’s tenure included the releases of “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Citizenfour” and “An Inconvenient Truth” along with the launches of the cause-related digital hub TakePart and the Pivot cable network.
PodcastOne sells advertising for more than 200 podcasts, including shows from Larry King, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Dan Patrick. The company asserts that it generated 1.5 billion podcast downloads last year and works with more than 100 brand advertisers. »
- Dave McNary
“An Inconvenient Truth,” the epochal Al Gore/Davis Guggenheim documentary about climate change (which back then was still routinely called global warming), came out 10 years ago last week. There have been any number of climate-change docs since, and none of them has summoned anything like the impact of Gore’s seismic cinematic lecture. But one of the few nonfiction filmmakers who’s come close to inspiring that level of conversation — on any subject — is Charles Ferguson, who directed the definitive, awards-showered Iraq War doc “No End in Sight” (2007) and also “Inside Job” (2010), his penetratingly skeptical, ahead-of-the-curve look at the 2008 financial meltdown and its aftermath.
“Time to Choose” is only Ferguson’s third feature, and his first in five years, and given that it’s his own highly ambitious inquiry into climate change, you’d think that it would be something of an event. But “Time to Choose” enters a different »
- Owen Gleiberman
Paramount and Participant Media celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Oscar-winning landmark documentary An Inconvenient Truth last night with a party at SmogShoppe that featured its star, former Vice President Al Gore. The several other notable guests including its director Davis Guggenheim, Norman Lear, Ed Begley Jr., Frances Fisher and other like-minded defenders of environmental causes. The movie opened May 24, 2006. Participant founder Jeff Skoll made opening… »
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” online movie service Vudu is making the Oscar-winning documentary available to own for free today. “I am Al Gore. I used to be the next President of the United States.” With those words, Al Gore began his transition from former U.S. vice president and failed presidential candidate to one of the most well-known advocates for environmental regulation and climate change awareness in the world. Director’s Davis Guggenheim film showed Gore making a presentation about the dangers of global warming through detailed infographics and scientific research. He also put forth worst-case. »
- Jeremy Fuster
On Jan. 20, 2001, Al Gore left the White House after losing one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history. His future was unclear, but he knew it would include combating climate change. Gore resurrected a slide show he'd put together while still in the Senate that became the inspiration for An Inconvenient Truth, the 2006 film that was named best feature documentary at the 79th Academy Awards. (Gore, now 68, was not an Oscar recipient, but he did win a Nobel Peace Prize the following year.) The $1.1 million picture became one of the
- Stephen Galloway
The Cannes Marche featured an enhanced documentary offering this year.
Producer Lawrence Bender remembered that it was a decade ago at Cannes when he launched Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth [pictured], the climate change film that starred Al Gore. “Every once in a while you get lucky, lightning strikes, we didn’t change the world but we added a few bricks to the process,” he said. “Millions of people saw the movie a lot was affected… We have made an enormous amount of progress.”
Bender was speaking at the first Doc Day conference at Cannes yesterday, organised by the Marche’s Doc Corner and The Ford Foundation’s Just Films with Screen International as the media partner. The Day had the theme of Global Awareness For Social Justice: Impact-Making Documentaries.
Bender said to make the most impact on audiences, filmmakers need to remember that it’s not just issues that draw people to documentaries, it is stories »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world, came onboard Hany Abu-Assad’s "The Idol" during the film’s final postproduction phase.
"The Idol" will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today in the Special Presentations section.
Directed by acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now," "Omar"), "The Idol" tells the inspirational true life story of Mohammad Assaf, a wedding singer from Gaza who became a worldwide sensation after winning the live-singing competition Arab Idol in 2013.
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Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation said: “Hany Abu-Assad is one of the Arab region’s most gifted filmmakers and we greatly admire his work. Image Nation’s decision to join the project at this stage is a validation of the quality of that work. Not only is this a great team, but it’s a great film and we are thrilled to be part of it. ”
Added Abu-Assad: “This is the first time I’ve worked with Image Nation and I am very happy with our first collaboration on 'The Idol.' I hope this film will mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship".
"The Idol" is one of Image Nation’s two high-profile screenings at Toronto Film Festival, which will feature the highly-anticipated feature documentary "He Named Me Malala," directed by Academy Award®-winner Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"). The film is being released by Fox Searchlight, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media, and National Geographic Channel. The documentary was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term partnership with Image Nation.
"The Idol" will then be showcased at BFI London Film Festival, where Image Nation will be celebrating the European premieres of three other titles – "He Named Me Malala," Majid Al Ansari’s "Zinzana" and Ali Mostafa’s "From A to B."
Garin added: “Image Nation is starting the festival season strong with notable lineups at Toronto Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. It’s a particular high point for us to be able to bring the work of two gifted Emirati filmmakers to international audiences, and it’s a testament to the rapid development of our narrative and documentary slates.”
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"The Idol" has already made an impact in the market. Seville Sales is handling international rights to the film outside the Middle East and has already closed a number of deals in over 20 territories including France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Japan (New Select), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Taiwan (Spring International), and South Korea (Kaon Contents & Media). Mbc is releasing in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm. EOne will distribute in Spain. U.S. rights are still available. »
- Sydney Levine
Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through astronaut training, it’s difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by “A Beautiful Planet,” the latest collaboration between Imax and Nasa. Through an International Space Station module called “The Cupola” — a hemisphere of windows installed in 2010 — and 4K digital cameras more compact than previous-generation Imax gear, our sparkling blue jewel of a planet looks like the centerpiece of a celestial Tiffany’s. In her follow-up to “Hubble 3D,” multitasker Toni Myers (who writes, directs, produces and edits) delivers another 45-minute, once-over-lightly mix of science and spectacle, with Jennifer Lawrence’s voiceover patching the footage together like Scotch tape.
“A Beautiful Planet” may be little more than an Epcot attraction with broader distribution, but it delivers emphatically on its title and should wow field-trip takers and large-format devotees. Myers’ cinematographer, James Neihouse, trained the astronauts to »
- Scott Tobias
Directed by Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, Disneynature’s Born In China follows the stories of three animal families, transporting audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery captured in the remote wilds of China, the film is produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and »
- Cate Marquis
Fathom Events and SpectiCast are giving a major push to the anti-global warming documentary “Climate Hustle,” with plans for showings at nearly 400 theaters on May 2.
Variety has learned exclusively that former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is participating in the event. The screening of the documentary, produced by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and Marc Morano’s ClimateDepot.com, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Palin, with opening remarks by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
The discussion will be moderated by Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center. Bill Nye, best known as “the science guy,” is also scheduled to appear. The invitation-only panel discussion will take place Thursday in Washington, D.C., following a screening of “Climate Hustle.”
“I’m very passionate about this issue,” Palin told Variety. “We’ve been told »
- Dave McNary
The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of Us national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. “The Age of Consequences” premieres at the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival running April 28 – May 8 in the Special [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
The 87-minute documentary centers on Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was severely wounded in an attack by Taliban militants for advocating for girls’ education when she was returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2012. The shooting, which occurred when she was 15, sparked international outrage.
“He Named Me Malala,” which made its TV debut on National Geographic Channel on March 1, will be available on Hulu’s subscription VOD service this summer under the pact with National Geographic Channels. Hulu also is joining National Geographic Channels and Fox Searchlight Pictures in partnership with the Malala Fund to raise awareness for girls’ rights to education and safe schools.
The documentary from Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman »
- Todd Spangler
"I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, even if it isn't the case, I want to dedicate this to the Lgbt community all around the world," Smith said in his speech. "I stand here tonight as a proud gay man, and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day."
Backstage, Smith reacted to winning on a night of diversity, during a year when there was an increase in Lgbt visibility with films like "Carol" and "The Danish Girl": "It means the world to me. When I read the Ian McKellen piece, »
- Gina Carbone
At the Oscars Sunday, Sam Smith followed up his moving performance with an even more emotional acceptance speech. "I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar," said Smith, 23, who won Best Original Song thanks to his hit "Writing's on the Wall" from the latest James Bond film, Spectre. Smith continued: "If this is the case - even if it isn't the case - I want to dedicate this to the Lgbt community all around the world." Although there aren't any openly gay male »
- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow
Amy took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night. Director Asif Kapadia took the stage, along with producer James Gay-Rees, dedicating the trophy to Amy Winehouse and her fans. "Really this film's all about Amy, showing the world who she truly was, not a tabloid version of her," said Kapadia said. He continued, "This is for the fans, Amy's fans who loved her through thick and thin - that's all she ever really wanted." Winehouse's parents, Mitch and Janis, have been vocal about their negative feelings towards the film, with Mitch expressing his distaste for it on Twitter in January. »
- Aurelie Corinthios and Naja Rayne
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held over the weekend to honor some of the biggest names in music. In years past a number of the night’s biggest winners and nominees have also found themselves nominated for Oscars.
This year, however, only The Weeknd managed to even earn a nomination, for best R&B performance, which he won, for the song “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, despite the fact that he, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and Sia are all nominated in the best original song category at the Oscars, and all four are high-profile artists.
Interestingly, last year’s best original song Oscar winner, “Glory”, written and performed by Common and John Legend, took home the Grammy for best song written for visual media at this year’s Grammy Awards, edging out “Earned It”.
- Patrick Shanley
Glenn here bringing you some more trivia from this year’s best original song category. Obviously, I could be mistaken about some of these, but, well, in which case la la la, not listening, move along.
Trivia #1 – 2016 marks the first time in Oscar history that two documentaries have ever been nominated in a category outside of the non-fiction categories. While documentaries have been nominated in the original song category in the past – Mondo Cane in ’62 being the first, I believe – and Hoop Dreams scored a best editing nomination in 1995, this year both The Hunting Ground’s “Til It Happens to You” and Racing Extinction’s “Manta Ray” make for a first that two have been cited.
Trivia #2 – This year’s nomination for “Manta Ray” is the third nomination for an enviro-doc in this category in the last decade. While Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth »
- Glenn Dunks
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