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‘Lady Bird’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record as the Website’s Best Reviewed Movie of All Time

‘Lady Bird’ Sets Rotten Tomatoes Record as the Website’s Best Reviewed Movie of All Time
Major congratulations are in order for Greta Gerwig. “Lady Bird” has become the best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% score after 165 reviews. The previous record holder was “Toy Story 3,” which has a 100% score from 163 reviews. “Lady Bird’s” critical success has been matched at the box office, where the A24-released film has already earned over $10 million without even playing in 800 theaters yet.

Read More:Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

Count IndieWire has one of the 165 positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Eric Kohn gave Gerwig’s solo directorial effort an A-, citing Saoirse Ronan’s lead performance as the best work of her career so far. As for Gerwig, “the film is indisputable proof of a shrewd storyteller at the top of her form. The movie may capture a woman in transition, but there’s no question that
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Watch the trailer for acclaimed documentary Freedom for the Wolf

Following its European premiere earlier this month, we have a poster and trailer for the acclaimed documentary Freedom for the Wolf; check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

Democracy is in crisis. A new generation of elected leaders are dismantling freedom and democracy as we know it. A ground-breaking, powerful and original statement on the status of quo of global politics, Freedom For The Wolf is the first film that provides the global context for understanding the Trump phenomenon.

Filmed over three years in five countries, from the young Umbrella movement students of HongKong, to a rapper in post-Arab Spring Tunisia and the viral comedians of Bollywood, we discover how people from every corner of the globe are fighting the same struggle. They are fighting against elected leaders who trample on human rights, minorities, and their political opponents.

Freedom for the Wolf is directed by Rupert Russell, with
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz Sail the High Seas

The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire director James Marsh is once again looking back to history for his next film. In The Mercy, he’s shipping Colin Firth around the globe as infamous yachting fraud Donald Crowhurst, who sent falsified reports of his location as his vastly underprepared crew tried to stay the course.

Also starring Rachel Weisz, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a February release in the United Kingdom. With a mix of romance and adventure, hopefully it has more of a bite than Marsh’s last film. Lionsgate haven’t set a U.S. release date yet, but one see the preview below.

Following his Academy Award® nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away

Once upon a time, “The Mercy” had the makings of an Oscar player. With a cast led by Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, tackling a true story directed by James Marsh (“The Theory Of Everything,” “Man On Wire”), the ingredients were there for something special. However, the film — which started shooting in early 2015 — has been conspicuously quiet and hasn’t appeared at any prestigious festivals.

Continue reading ‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away at The Playlist.
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20 Overlooked Documentaries You Need to Stream on Netflix

20 Overlooked Documentaries You Need to Stream on Netflix
After you’ve streamed “Man on Wire,” “The Look of Silence,” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” take a chance on one of these great non-fiction titles.

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Indie Film Invades the Emmys: Jean Marc-Vallée, Reed Morano and More Cinematic Voices Dominate

Indie Film Invades the Emmys: Jean Marc-Vallée, Reed Morano and More Cinematic Voices Dominate
They say television is the new film, and that’s certainly true when you look at how many actors, directors, writers, cinematographers and more from the film world are counted among this year’s Emmy nominees. A majority of the biggest contenders, from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to “The Night Of,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Crown,” brought some of the best film talent to the small screen over the last year, and their work resulted in major recognition from the TV Academy.

Read More: 2017 Emmy Nominations List: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ Nominated for Best Drama Series

All of these nominations for film stars and behind-the-scenes talent shouldn’t come as a surprise in the era of Peak TV, but they confirm that the small screen is offering certain opportunities that Hollywood just isn’t these days. Between stronger female roles and a directorial freedom studios don’t allow, TV is
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Man On Wire’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Man on Wire.

Personal Memories:

In the article centered on The King of Kong I mentioned how I was reluctant to get into the medium of documentaries. That film helped me realize just how darn entertaining a documentary can actually be, while Man on Wire demonstrated the power of documentary film making.

This was another film that got on my radar due to podcasting. When I was looking for podcast counting down their top films of the 00’s (because at that time I was obsessed with seeing
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Film Festival Roundup: AFI Docs Reveals Full Slate, Laff Announces Its Opener, and More

Film Festival Roundup: AFI Docs Reveals Full Slate, Laff Announces Its Opener, and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the full slate of films for AFI Docs 2017, a five-day documentary celebration in the nation’s capital. Each year, the festival is committed to providing artists with the opportunity to present powerfully told, artfully constructed stories — and to connect audiences and filmmakers with policy leaders. AFI Docs 2017 runs June 14 – 18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

“The 2017 slate of films reflects AFI Docs’ mission to celebrate powerfully told stories and the people at the heart of them,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI Docs. “Documentaries continue to play an important role in our country regardless of partisan lines. No matter your background, these human stories have the power to inform and inspire. We look forward to another year of dynamic nonfiction cinema.
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Films added to Sundance London line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-05-19 14:45:08

Sex, Lies, And Videotape, starring Andie MacDowell, joins the Sundance London line-up. Three films have been added to this year's Sundance London line-up under the strand title 'Redford Recommends'.

The films, which will be screened from original 35mm prints, are Steven Soderbergh's 1989 directorial debut Sex, Lies, And Videotape, Miranda July's debut Me And You And Everyone We Know (2005) and James Marsh's 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire.

The festival say the trio of films have been personally selected by the Sundance founder. Tickets for the additional screenings go on sale today....
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A Bafta for Nick Fraser, grandmaster of the documentary

As Storyville’s former editor is honoured with a Bafta special award, film-makers Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki share their experiences of working with him

Documentary editor and producer Nick Fraser will receive the Bafta special award on 14 May. Fraser was commissioning editor of the BBC’s Storyville from 1997 to 2016. Over that time the series won five Baftas and four Oscars, among other awards. He has worked on documentary films including Man on Wire, Notes on Blindness, Project Nim and India’s Daughter; in 2016, he founded documentary streaming service Yaddo. We talk to two film-makers whose careers he kickstarted.

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British Doc Veteran Nick Fraser to Receive BAFTA Special Award

Renowned documentary executive Nick Fraser is set to be honored with the special award at this Sunday's Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.

Best known as the former commissioning editor of the BBC's doc strand Storyville — a position he held from its inception in 1997 until 2016 — Fraser helped the series win a total of five BAFTAs, four Oscars, 15 Griersons, three Peabodys and three International Emmys.

With a career spanning decades, Fraser is internationally renowned for documentaries such as BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning Man on Wire (2008); BAFTA-nominated Notes on Blindness (2016) and Project Nim (2011); India’s Daughter (2015);...
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Chris Pine and Michelle Williams to Star in ‘All the Old Knives’ (Exclusive)

Chris Pine and Michelle Williams to Star in ‘All the Old Knives’ (Exclusive)
Chris Pine and Michelle Williams are in negotiations to co-star in the Mark Gordon Company’s spy thriller “All the Old Knives,” sources tell Variety. “Theory of Everything” helmer James Marsh is also in negotiations to direct, the sources add.

The Mark Gordon Company and eOne will finance. Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist”) adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name.

Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz who will serve as a co-producer. Mgc’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will executive produce, with Sara Smith overseeing the project on behalf of Mgc.

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Chris Pine to Play Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ With David Mackenzie Directing

The story is set in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where ex-lovers Henry and Celia — one a CIA spy and one an ex-cia
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‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch

‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch
With the recent heavy media spotlight placed on police brutality, “La 92” does not seem as though it consists of footage from 25 years ago. The new National Geographic Documentary film finds itself immersed in the tumultuous period of the Rodney King trial and riots.

Read More: National Geographic and Jason Silva Tell Humanity’s ‘Origins’ Story – Exclusive First Look

The official synopsis states, “…after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, ‘La 92,’ revisits the period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.”

The film is produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.
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‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch

‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch
With the recent heavy media spotlight placed on police brutality, “La 92” does not seem as though it consists of footage from 25 years ago. The new National Geographic Documentary film finds itself immersed in the tumultuous period of the Rodney King trial and riots.

Read More: National Geographic and Jason Silva Tell Humanity’s ‘Origins’ Story – Exclusive First Look

The official synopsis states, “…after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, ‘La 92,’ revisits the period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.”

The film is produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.
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Get Out Is a Horror Hit and Still Has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Get Out Is a Horror Hit and Still Has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
There has been a demand for a quality horror movie in recent years, following the successes of genre affair such as It Follows, Lights Out and Don't Breathe. Even though horror movies often do well financially, they don't often land with critics. Even those previously mentioned movies weren't immune to their fair share of critics who simply disagreed with the general consensus. But that is what makes Jordan Peele's horror movie Get Out a truly big deal, because the movie miraculously still holds a perfect 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

As of this writing, with 135 reviews counted, the hit horror flick still boasts an unblemished, 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. That isn't just unreasonably impressive for a horror movie, it is borderline impossible for any movie to achieve. Plenty of movies hold perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes, but they are often classics such as Citizen Kane, or well-liked,
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Bafta improves diversity initiatives in response to new report

Bafta improves diversity initiatives in response to new report
Research highlights problems with class and “unconscious bias”.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has ramped up its diversity schemes in response to a new report.

The research (which can be read in full here) was commissioned in partnership with Creative Skillset and the BFI. It examined the factors impeding people from under-represented groups from having a successful career in the film, television and games industry.

The report identified that key issues for employers were: “challenging unconscious bias and risk aversion; opening out recruitment; and acknowledging social class as a key issue”.

Those involved in the research included Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and editor Jinx Godfrey (Man On Wire).

Bafta has taken steps to address the issues highlighted in the report, firstly by launching Bafta Elevate. This new program will support a group of female directors seeking to progress in high end-television and feature films (applications are open
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Hulu Inks Deal With Magnolia Pictures for Pay-tv Window Streaming Rights, After Netflix Pact Expires

Hulu reached a new multiyear output-licensing agreement with indie film distributor Magnolia Pictures, under which Hulu will obtain pay-tv window streaming rights to films to future releases starting in the second half of 2017.

The deal comes after Netflix’s output deal with Magnolia recently expired after three years. Under Hulu’s pact with Magnolia, films will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical run; the companies did not say how long the agreement will run.

“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content, films are essential to that mix,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior VP and head of content, said in a statement. “Magnolia Pictures continuously releases thought-provoking and award winning titles that we know our viewers will love.”

Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles added, “We are very proud and excited to have struck such a meaningful partnership with a great company like Hulu.
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Nat Geo Greenlights Miniseries On Gorilla Researcher Dian Fossey; Sigourney Weaver To Narrate

National Geographic is partnering with Oscar-winning executive producer James Marsh (Man on Wire, Theory of Everything) and Endemol Shine Group’s Tigress Productions on a three-part miniseries to honor the life and legacy of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fossey in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, will narrate. Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist is currently in production and…
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — J. Ralph ('Jim: The James Foley Story')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — J. Ralph ('Jim: The James Foley Story')
"They're all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next," says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music through the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008's Man on Wire and 2009's The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012's Hell and Back Again and 2014's Virunga). However, 2016's Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which...
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‘The Times of Harvey Milk’ to Receive Legacy Award at 2017 Cinema Eye Honors (Exclusive)

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‘The Times of Harvey Milk’ to Receive Legacy Award at 2017 Cinema Eye Honors (Exclusive)
More than three decades later, “The Times of Harvey Milk” is still earning accolades. Rob Ebstein’s 1984 documentary about the life and assassination of California’s first openly gay elected official is set to receive the 2017 Legacy Award at the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, which will take place next month.

Read More: Cinema Eye Names Top Documentaries and Directors of the Past Decade

Epstein will be present for a screening of his documentary on Tuesday, January 10 at the Museum of the Moving Image; the Honors Lunch takes place the following day. Milk’s life also served as the basis of Gus Van Sant’s 2008 biopic “Milk,” which starred Sean Penn in the title role alongside James Franco and Josh Brolin.

Read More: Oscars 2017: Best Documentary Shortlist Announced, Led by ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ‘Cameraperson’ and ‘Weiner’

10 filmmakers and 20 films were named to Cinema Eye’s List of Essential Nonfiction earlier this year,
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