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The Emperor's New Clothes review

20 April 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom team up for a compelling documentary that asks sizeable questions ahead of the UK general election.

Back in 2004, Michael Moore scored the biggest box office hit of his career. Fahrenheit 9/11 was Moore's reaction to the horrific events of September 11th 2001, and specifically the political changes that followed in its aftermath. Savagely critical of the George W Bush administration, the film also leaked online, and was widely seen ahead of the 2004 Us presidential election.

In said election, Bush grew his vote, won a majority in the popular ballot, increased his electoral vote tally, and was re-elected as President of the United States.

Why? Well, amongst the many reasons, maybe Moore was preaching a little to the converted. And the same may well be said of Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom's new documentary, The Emperor's New Clothes.

At heart, this is an extension of the political »

- simonbrew

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Cannes: Thierry Fremaux Shares Secrets Behind the 2015 Selection

16 April 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After announcing 43 films selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today, festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux sat down with Variety to parse some of the artistic and personal decisions his team faces, explaining how the committee justifies the 2015 lineup’s seemingly uneven distribution of nationalities (with France and Italy faring best) and a mostly male-dominated pool of directors: Just six of today’s new titles were directed by women, only two of them in official competition.

Praising the previously announced opening-night selection “Standing Tall” as “magnifique” in its own right, Fremaux insisted that audiences not fixate on the gender of its director, Emmanuelle Bercot, stressing how the film responds to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and touches on issues important to this year’s program. Here, Fremaux opens up about the inclusions, omissions and other surprises still in store with Cannes’ 2015 lineup.

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The world thinks of Cannes as the »

- Peter Debruge and Elsa Keslassy

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Bold Films, Participant Media Team On ‘Shot Caller’

9 April 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bold Films, the production company behind the critically acclaimed films Whiplash and Nightcrawler as well as Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, has just joined with Participant Media which has produced such films as Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., The Help (to name a few) to produce a new film, Shot Caller. The feature, which takes a look behind the scenes at prison life, will be fully financed by Bold Films. In order to get a real-world… »

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Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant’s ‘Broken’ Parts

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”

Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.

“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »

- James Rainey

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Fox Searchlight Grabs Malala Yousafzai Doc

30 March 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights, except for France and other French-speaking territories, to the documentary "He Named Me Malala." Directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth" and also directed "Waiting for Superman," the film is slated for 2015 release. The documentary, produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant Media, follows Yousafzai as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide who became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Davis and his filmmaking team spent 18 months with Yousafzai in making this film. The film will also launch an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with the Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization working to empower adolescent girls globally through secondary education.   Executive producers include Mohamed Al »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Malala Yousafzai documentary acquired by Fox Searchlight

30 March 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights (excluding French-speaking territories) to documentary He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Al Gore’s eco-doc An Inconvenient Truth.

Studiocanal will distribute in France. The film is scheduled for release this year. There is speculation that the film may debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The documentary is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. 

An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Fox Searchlight acquires 'Malala' doc

30 March 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights (excluding French-speaking territories) to documentary He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Al Gore’s eco-doc An Inconvenient Truth.

Studiocanal will distribute in France. The film is scheduled for release this year. There is speculation that the film may debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The documentary is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. 

An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Film Review: ‘Racing Extinction’

28 March 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whereas marine activist Louie Psihoyos’ “The Cove” took an environmental crisis — specifically, the slaughter and sale of dolphins off the coast of Japan — and turned it into a white-knuckle suspense thriller, his even higher-stakes follow-up, “Racing Extinction,” feels disappointingly conventional by comparison, like something junior-high kids might watch on a slow day in science class. Though extremely well produced and loaded with even more covert save-the-world stunts, the film doesn’t engage in quite the same way, perhaps because Psihoyos’ squad has been so good about getting the word out along the way. Still, he’s right to recognize that a documentary will have a wider reach than his National Geographic and other old-media contributions do, bound to be amplified when Discovery Channel puts its muscle behind a worldwide broadcast premiere later this year.

Whether you believe the Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years, or just 6,000; whether you consider »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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HBO’s Scientology Exposé Going Clear Is Jaw-Dropping

13 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The revelations in Alex Gibney’s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who’s read Lawrence Wright’s devastating, similarly titled book-length exposé. But a movie is a very different thing than a book, for better and for worse. There were numerous books about SeaWorld’s shady practices before Blackfish came around; there was tons of literature on climate change before An Inconvenient Truth came out. Raise your profile and you raise your stakes. This is something Gibney and Wright understand. It’s also something Scientology understands. That’s probably why they’ve been fighting back so vehemently against this film, which is opening in limited theatrical release this week and will show on HBO later this month. (It premiered at Sundance in January, with a heavily buzzed-about screening that saw festival volunteers forming a human chain »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Mockumentary A Convenient Truth Is a Tad Late to the Party

17 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

A Convenient Truth, a mockumentary that sends up corporate and political can-do-ism, lame energy policy, and maybe the documentary genre itself, is a tad late to the party. We have many projects of this ilk, from the quarter-century-old The Onion to relative newcomers The Daily Show and the late Colbert Report. Unfortunately for A Convenient Truth, those productions are consistently sharp, quick, and timely, and delivered to a slice of the population eager to laugh at any skewering of the day's corporate, political, and cultural bullshit. Dominick Bagnato's film suffers from the direct comparison he's made to Al Gore's powerful An Inconvenient Truth, which sparked our current climate change conversation and the grinding denier-m »

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Tim McGraw Performing Glen Campbell’s Best Original Song Nominee ‘Not Gonna Miss You’ at Oscars

29 January 2015 7:07 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tim McGraw will step in for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars to perform the country music icon’s Best Original Song nominee, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

The song, co-written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me,” is among four other nominees: “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Campbell himself is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and is in an assisted-living facility specializing in Alzheimer’s care in Tennessee. He is no longer able to perform the song, »

- Greg Gilman

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Oscar Documentaries Take Diverse Approaches to Subjects

28 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From photography to warfare, conservation to whistleblowing, this year’s five Oscar nominated documentaries are united by overlapping themes and topics of interest, but remain uniformly distinct in their approach.

Leading the quintet is Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” the highest-grossing and highest-profile nominee. The verite-style portrait of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden gives audiences a voyeuristic peek inside Snowden’s week in Hong Kong when the information he leaked started going public, and shows the human side of a man who the media nearly turned into a myth.

The pic has cleaned up in Oscar precursors, garnering best doc wins from the Gotham and Intl. Documentary Assn. awards, the four top critics groups (New York, Los Angeles, London and National Society) and nominations from BAFTA and the Spirits. It also marks Poitras’ second Oscar nom. She was in contention in 2007 for “My Country, My Country” but lost to heavyweight “An Inconvenient Truth. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

26 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

23 January 2015 8:16 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.)  Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Make a Movie, Change the World: What It's Like to Work with Impact Partners

22 January 2015 7:05 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including award-winning documentaries such as "The Cove," "An Inconvenient Truth," "The Garden," "Hell and Back Again," How to Survive a Plague" and many more. These films have not only been critical successes but have also succeeded in changing public opinion. This year, six films supported by the company will be screening at Sundance: "Sembene!," "How to Change the World",  "Dreamcatcher," "Chuck Norris vs. Communism," "Censored Voices" and "The Hunting Ground." "Impact Partners was a key piece in the puzzle of putting ‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ together," said John Battsek, managing director of Passion Pictures and an executive producer on the film. "Companies like Impact are invaluable when it comes to social issue documentaries." Cogan's »

- Paula Bernstein

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From Meryl Streep to Alexandre Desplat: Oscar Oddities and Factoids

15 January 2015 11:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 87th Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and with it came a number of oddities, including triple nominees, first-timers and the inevitable extension of the reign of Meryl Streep. Below is a list of factoids from this year’s Academy Award nominations:

-Meryl Streep extended her Oscar record with a 19th nomination, this time for “Into the Woods.” The actors with the runner-up number of noms are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who have 12 each.

-With “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper becomes the 22nd actor to earn three consecutive nominations. The last two were Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. Bette Davis and Greer Garson hold the record, with five consecutives.

-Of the 20 actors in the four acting categories, nine are first-timers: Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone.

-In the foreign language race, Estonia (“Tangerines”) and Mauritania »

- Tim Gray

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