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Film-maker Ken Burns to fight The Central Park Five subpoena

Burns withholds notes and documentary footage about controversial case from New York City lawyers

Renowned Us film-maker Ken Burns has refused to comply with a subpoena served on him by New York City in connection with his film The Central Park Five, about a notorious miscarriage of justice.

Lawyers for New York are demanding to examine footage and notes that Burns and his team compiled during the making of their film as the city seeks to defend the actions of its officials in the aftermath of the horrific rape in 1989 of a jogger in Central Park.

Five black teenagers were convicted in 1990 for the attack, but they were cleared in 2002 after convicted murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. The five subsequently launched legal action against the city for malicious prosecution, but the city has refused so far to settle.

Burns's documentary about the case, which premiered at the Cannes film festival earlier this year,
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Can Espn score at Emmys with '30 For 30' documentaries? [Video]

Can Espn score at Emmys with '30 For 30' documentaries? [Video]
Why would major Hollywood directors want to enter the sports arena by helming documentaries for the Espn series "30 For 30"? According to sports journalist, author, and executive producer Bill Simmons, it was a hard sell at first. "I don't know if people trusted Espn with creative documentaries like that," Simmons admitted. "The first five or six (directors) were the toughest ones. Once we got them, it was like dominoes... 'Oh, this is real! I want in on this!'". Espn, not known for contending at the primetime Emmys, is entering "30 For 30" into the Best Nonficiton Series race. Last year's champ was the PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" from filmmaker Ken Burns. "30 For 30" profiles major and minor sports figures covered by Espn in its first three decades. Among those hired to tell these stories were feature helmers Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, Frank Marshall, Ron Shelt...

Announcing the 2010 Emmy Winners!

This year's Emmys have come to a close, and I'm still surprised by some of the unexpected winners. The voters gave lots of love to new shows with Modern Family winning the big award for outstanding comedy series (and a win for Eric Stonestreet!). It was also a night for repeat honorees with the cast of Mad Men and Bryan Cranston both taking the stage for a third time. Jimmy Fallon kicked things off with a fun musical number (watch it again here), and the night had several laugh-out-loud moments (George Clooney's Modern Family video cameo was a personal fave). I was in the press room throughout the night, so don't forget to check out what the stars had to say about winning, along with our Emmys coverage from across the Sugar network. Then stop by later as I recap all of the major highlights right here on Buzz.
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Announcing the 2010 Emmy Winners!

This year's Emmys have come to a close, and I'm still surprised by some of the unexpected winners. The voters gave lots of love to new shows with Modern Family winning the big award for outstanding comedy series (and a win for Eric Stonestreet!). It was also a night for repeat honorees with the cast of Mad Men and Bryan Cranston both taking the stage for a third time. Jimmy Fallon kicked things off with a fun musical number (watch it again here), and the night had several laugh-out-loud moments (George Clooney's Modern Family video cameo was a personal fave). I was in the press room throughout the night, so don't forget to check out what the stars had to say about winning, along with our Emmys coverage from across the Sugar network. Then stop by later as I recap all of the major highlights right here on Buzz.
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Emmys 2010 winners list

The 2010 Emmy Awards were a bit surprising -- very few of the favorites actually took home the hardware. Did your favorites win?

Here is the complete list of Emmy winners from the Sunday, Aug. 29 telecast, followed by the list of Creative Arts Emmys, which were given out Saturday, Aug. 21:

Drama Series:

"Breaking Bad"

"Dexter"

"The Good Wife"

"Lost"

"Mad Men"

"True Blood"

Best Comedy Series:

"30 Rock"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Glee"

"Modern Family"

"Nurse Jackie"

"The Office"

Lead Actress in a Comedy:

Lea Michele, "Glee"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"

Lead Actor in a Comedy:

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Matthew Morrison, "Glee"

Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Lead Actor in a Drama:

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall,
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Betty White Scores Emmy Win for `SNL' Hosting Gig

Los Angeles – The Betty White phenomenon keeps getting bigger.White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as "Saturday Night Live" host. The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show.The trophy is the fifth prime-time Emmy received by the 88-year-old White, according to the TV academy. Her previous honors came for classic sitcoms including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."So far this year, besides the "SNL" gig, White made a splash with the new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," scored with a clever Super Bowl commercial and played a mad librarian on ABC's sitcom "The Middle."She did not attend Saturday's ceremony, which included presenters Jane Lynch of "Glee," Elizabeth Mitchell of "Lost" and Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men."Neil Patrick Harris was a presenter and winner,
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Emmys: 'The Pacific,' Betty White and 'Modern Family' score Creative Arts Emmys

Will "The Pacific" sweep the technical awards or will the miniseries share some of the love with its sister HBO program, the moving biopic "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes?

It's Saturday, Aug. 21 and time for the Creative Arts Emmys, held a week and a day before the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. It's the awards event that honors the people behind the scenes who deserve recognition, but apparently didn't make the cut to be on the already overflowing live event.

The winners:

Best Casting of a Drama Series: "Mad Men"

Best Casting of a Movie/Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Casting of a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"

Best Prosthetic Makeup for Series, Movie or Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for Movie or Mini (Non-Prosthetic): "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for a Single-Camera Series, Movie, Mini or Special (Non-Prosthetic): "Grey's Anatomy" for episode "Suicide Is Painless"

Best Makeup/ Multi-Camera (Non-Prosthetic): "Saturday Night Live
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Awards Roundup: June 29-July 8 2010

Can it be Awards Season already? The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and the lion's share of the nods went to American: The Story of Us, from Nutopia and History; Deadliest Catch, from Original Productions and Discovery Channel;  Life, from Discovery Channel, BBC, Skai and Rti Spa; and The National Parks: America's Best Idea, from Florentine Films, Weta and PBS. Two docs about political figures--By the People: The Election of Barack Obama and Teddy: In His Own Words, about the late Senator Edward Kennedy--took a total of five nominations ...
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Emmy nominations: The complete list

All the nominees for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

H. Jon Benjamin, "Archer"

Dave Foley, "Disney Prep & Landing"

Seth Green, "Robot Chicken"

Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"

Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons"

Anne Hathaway, "The Simpsons"

Outstanding Animated Program

"Alien Earths" (Ngc)

"Disney Prep & Landing" (ABC)

"The Ricky Gervais Show" - "Knob at Night" (HBO)

"The Simpsons" - "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (Fox)

"South Park" - "200/201" (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

"Adventure Time" - "My Two Favorite People" (Cartoon Network)

"Chowder" - "The Toots" (Cartoon Network)

"Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" - "Racing the Schoolbus" (Disney Channel)

"The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack" - "Tee Hee Tummy Tums" (Cartoon Network)

"Robot Chicken" - "Full-Assed Christmas Special" (Cartoon Network)

"Uncle Grandpa" (cartoonnetwork.com)

Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Hell's Kitchen"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The New Adventures Of Old Christine
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Announcing the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees!

Joel McHale and Sofia Vergara were up bright and early this morning to give us our annual exciting Emmy announcements! Vergara's accent provided plenty of giggle fodder (particularly for Joel), but she had the last laugh - Vergara scored a nomination, along with a whole slew of her Modern Family costars. Community was sadly snubbed, but I did score a few choice nominations from my wish list, including a much-deserved nod for Matthew Fox for Lost and a lot of love for Glee. Before I give away too much, let me just say this - Friday Night Lights fans, I think you'll be happy. To see the list, just read more. Outstanding Comedy Series Glee Modern Family Nurse Jackie Curb Your Enthusiasm The Office Glee 30 Rock Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Damages Lost True Blood Dexter Mad Men The Good Wife Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Larry David,
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PBS signs up with Nielsen

PBS signs up with Nielsen
For the first time in nearly 40 years of broadcasting, PBS has signed on as a weekly Nielsen subscriber, a move that will allow the public television service to provide clients with a more accurate look into its audience deliveries.

PBS is not ponying up for overnight ratings, but the weekly Nielsen NPower data will offer sponsors a more timely read on programming performance.

Although PBS does not run traditional call-to-action advertising, it does solicit marketers to underwrite its programming expenses through sponsorships. Rather than a 30-second spot shilling a product or service, PBS sponsors are identified by short creative that runs immediately before and after the supported program.

In the past, sponsors backed PBS programs for a 52-week run. This spring, the broadcaster began accepting shorter commitments, some as brief as a week. The decision to loosen the sponsorship guidelines reflects clients' increasing desire for greater flexibility -- a phenomenon
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Jack Black And Michael Cera Go Biblical, An 'Anvil' Gets Dropped And More, In The DVD Report For Tuesday, October 6

Last week's major release was a 70-year-old classic, and coincidentally today brings yet another iconic film that's actually two years older. "Snow White" was Disney's first animated feature, and appropriately enough it marks the launch of their new "Diamond Series" Blu-ray line. But blasts from the past aren't the only highlights of the week, as Jack Black and Michael Cera rock it old school in today's DVD Report.

"Year One" combines the talents of mega-producer Judd Apatow and legendary director Harold Ramis for a old-fashioned road trip through the ancient world. Starring Black and Cera as down-on-their-luck cavemen, the film draws together an eclectic cast from the comedy scene, including Paul Rudd, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hank Azaria and many others. "Year One" had an underwhelming response at the box office, but Sony is hoping this Blu-ray and DVD release will bring in new fans. Audio commentary with Raims, Black
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New The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD Clip

We have a brand new exclusive DVD clip from The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which will be released in a six-disc DVD and Blu-ray on October 6. Click below to watch our exclusive DVD clip, which shows the majestic beauty of our national parks.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea traces the birth of the national park concept in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters and stunning cinematography, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction. It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and of the American landscape.

The six-part series is narrated by Peter Coyote and features first-person voices read by some of America's greatest actors including Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Josh Lucas, Eli Wallach, Campbell Scott, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow,
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea - 22 clips from the Paramount Home Entertainment documentary.

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the documentary from Paramount Home Entertainment, has just been filled with 22 clips. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales, "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea" is a six-part, 12-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan on the history of America’s national parks. This is a story of people...
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Ken Burns' National Parks: America's Best Idea is more about people than places

The documentaries I cover on reality blurred are those that, like the very best reality shows, tell the true, dramatic, entertaining stories of real people. So, while I had no doubt it'd be informative and interesting, I didn't plan to cover Ken Burns' latest documentary opus, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which began its six night, 12-hour run on PBS last night. Then, in August, I heard Burns tell this story to TV critics.... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about tv documentary

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Price of a Movie: 9.23.09

With this week's Price of a Movie, time travel to many fabulous places: our country's national parks, museums across the country, the 1930s, Oz, and the mind of the common man. Feel Free: A Celebration of the National Parks Did you know it's National Parks Week? To celebrate, and in conjunction with Ken Burns' latest PBS opus, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the National Parks Conservation Association and PBS invite you to a very special event. Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park will feature highlights the documentary (premiering September 27 on PBS) and musical acts by some fantastic performers. The live show will be shared via satellite to PBS affiliates and other partners assembled in various locations around the country. For more information, visi: www.feelfree.org. Scheduled to perform: Eric Benet, Gavin DeGraw, Jose Feliciano, Carole King, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Peter Yarrow.
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Ken Burns Joins Carole King, Alison Krauss in National Park Celebration

When Ken Burns' name is attached to a project, you better believe it's going to be good.

The man could make a nine-hour documentary about suburban lawn maintenance and keep you riveted for every minute. Burns' films on jazz and baseball, to name just a couple, stepped inside their subjects with a flashlight and explored every dark corner, making for a truly engaging watch. But for Burns' latest documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the filmmaker has called upon some musical pals to reveal the film in style.
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