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‘Documentary Now’: A Missed Opportunity Reveals The IFC Show’s Biggest Flaw

16 September 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The most impressive thing about “Documentary Now,” the Bill Hader/Fred Armisen/Seth Meyers collaboration that’s just launched its second season on IFC, is the attention to detail. In creating these stand-alone tributes to iconic docs like “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “Grey Gardens,” the team prides itself on accuracy beyond compare for all elements of production, even going so far as using 1920s camera lenses for the first season’s “Nanook of the North” homage, or traveling to Tijuana to capture that edgy “Vice” feel.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Exclusive First Look at ‘Globesman’ & ‘Parker Gail’s’ Posters

That stunning ability to recreate the look and feel of the original documentaries is of course accompanied by jokes. But to some degree, it’s the basic act of recreating the docs with Hader and Armisen in the lead that serves as the primary gag — and it’s now clear »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Documentary Now’: A Missed Opportunity Reveals The IFC Show’s Biggest Flaw

16 September 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The most impressive thing about “Documentary Now,” the Bill Hader/Fred Armisen/Seth Meyers collaboration that’s just launched its second season on IFC, is the attention to detail. In creating these stand-alone tributes to iconic docs like “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “Grey Gardens,” the team prides itself on accuracy beyond compare for all elements of production, even going so far as using 1920s camera lenses for the first season’s “Nanook of the North” homage, or traveling to Tijuana to capture that edgy “Vice” feel.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Exclusive First Look at ‘Globesman’ & ‘Parker Gail’s’ Posters

That stunning ability to recreate the look and feel of the original documentaries is of course accompanied by jokes. But to some degree, it’s the basic act of recreating the docs with Hader and Armisen in the lead that serves as the primary gag — and it’s now clear »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Documentary Now! Season 2 Review

14 September 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Returning to IFC this fall is one of the most peculiar, inventive comedies on TV, the veritable documentary spoof factory Documentary Now! Created by SNL MVPs Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and their ever-loving godfather Lorne Michaels, the show found its niche on the “always on, slightly off” cable network by spoofing some of the most popular documentaries of all time, appealing to the indie-minded set while providing enough surface-level humor to appease fans of their famous late-night shenanigans. The show’s first season goofed on classics like The Thin Blue Line, Grey Gardens and Nanook of the North, and now the comedy triumvirate is back with a new lineup of 20-minute spoofs.

The new one-off episodes each have unique charms, from “Globesman,” a take on Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin’s Salesman, to “Bunker,” a timely homage (considering the »

- Bernard Boo

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Seth Meyers on ‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2: ‘Nothing Feels Like Anything From Last Season’

13 September 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“We’re like brothers, like close brothers,” said Fred Armisen, on the “Documentary Now!” Season 2 red carpet at The New Museum in New York Monday evening. “We laugh a lot and we can’t believe our luck.”

He’s talking about his friends Seth Meyers and Bill Hader, his fellow show creators, who are back at it again with the second season of a hilarious series that spoofs famous documentaries.

The new season features seven drastically different episodes, including “Juan Likes Rice & Chicken,” a parody of “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” and “The Bunker,” inspired by “The War Room.”

“We mostly learned that it’s really fun when they’re all different,” Meyers said. “Nothing feels like anything from last season so I’m pretty happy about it.”

Season 2 guest stars include Anne Hathaway, Mia Farrow, Peter Fonda and Faye Dunaway. Helen Mirren also returns as the show’s elegant host.

“The »

- Christina Dun

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Best TV to Watch in September: 'The Exorcist,' 'Atlanta' and More

6 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The TV calendar resets itself this month, with networks getting their dependable properties out of mothballs and shining up their brand-new programming for a grand debut. As students sullenly trudge back into classes, TV starts to get good again, following a long, blistering summer with a cavalcade of series premieres from well-pedigreed creators. While some of cable's edgiest returning programming turns up the sex and violence once again, budding visionaries such as hip-hop polymath Donald Glover, Selma director Ava DuVernay, and frequent Louis C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon all get their »

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Chef's Table: Netflix offers up food porn par excellence

3 September 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Gelb’s foodie documentary heads to France to profile cuisine that’s too haute to handle. Shame you won’t be able to afford any of it

While it sometimes feels as if Netflix is commissioning in a vacuum (who was rallying for a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer?), the platform does occasionally hit the zeitgeist squarely on the head.

Masterminded by Jiro Dreams Of Sushi director David Gelb, Chef’s Table serves up artsy profiles of the world’s most renowned culinary artists, lingering over their craft in the detail demanded by the burgeoning food porn set. So popular was its debut last year that 2016 has already seen the creation of two more seasons, with the most recent launched yesterday. Four new episodes — already being broken down into three-second gifs of chopping and sauteing on Tumblr — focus exclusively on French chefs. Gelb himself directs a portrait of Alain Passard, »

- Charlie Lyne

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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Trailer: Netflix Doc Series Returns With New Season On French Cuisine

1 September 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In 2011, David Gelb released a documentary film entitled “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Located in a Tokyo subway station, Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant and Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses. The film received widespread critical acclaim and enraptured foodies and cinephiles alike. As a follow-up to “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” Gelb created the Netflix documentary series “Chef’s Table,” with each episode profiling a single world-renowned chef. The first season covered chefs from the United States, Italy, Argentina, Australia, and Sweden; the second season traveled to Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, and Thailand. Now, the upcoming third season will profile all French chefs. Watch the trailer below.

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- Vikram Murthi

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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Trailer: Netflix Doc Series Returns With New Season On French Cuisine

1 September 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2011, David Gelb released a documentary film entitled “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Located in a Tokyo subway station, Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant and Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses. The film received widespread critical acclaim and enraptured foodies and cinephiles alike. As a follow-up to “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” Gelb created the Netflix documentary series “Chef’s Table,” with each episode profiling a single world-renowned chef. The first season covered chefs from the United States, Italy, Argentina, Australia, and Sweden; the second season traveled to Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, and Thailand. Now, the upcoming third season will profile all French chefs. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: ‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Poster: Netflix Series to Showcase the Crème de »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 Trailer: Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Return for More Mockery

26 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The funniest fake documentary show on television now has a trailer for its second season.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 First Clip: Watch The Twisted & Morbid Spin on ‘The War Room

Season two of IFC’s “Documentary Now!” starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Bill Hader and Fred Armisen will parody films including Albert and David Maysles’s “Salesman,” Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads music documentary “Stop Making Sense,” D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ presidential election doc “The War Room,” and David Gelb’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, every episode is shot in a unique style of documentary filmmaking to honor “some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.” The seven-episode first season earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The new season will have a total of six episodes.

Season one parodied films including “Grey Gardens, »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 Trailer: Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Return for More Mockery

26 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The funniest fake documentary show on television now has a trailer for its second season.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 First Clip: Watch The Twisted & Morbid Spin on ‘The War Room

Season two of IFC’s “Documentary Now!” starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Bill Hader and Fred Armisen will parody films including Albert and David Maysles’s “Salesman,” Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads music documentary “Stop Making Sense,” D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ presidential election doc “The War Room,” and David Gelb’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, every episode is shot in a unique style of documentary filmmaking to honor “some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.” The seven-episode first season earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The new season will have a total of six episodes.

Season one parodied films including “Grey Gardens, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Watch 'Documentary Now' Parody Talking Heads, Maysles in New Trailer

25 August 2016 12:42 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spoof the Talking Heads, D.A. Pennebaker, the Maysles Brothers and more in the new trailer for Season Two (or "Season 51") of Documentary Now!

The clip opens with host Helen Mirren reintroducing the "long-running" documentary showcase and offers a peak at Hader and Armisen's absurd parodies. Among the highlights are the duo's expertly retro takes on the Maysles' Salesman, in which Hader and Armisen play inept globe salesmen ("It says 'Bermuba' instead of 'Bermuda,'" a young boy points out).

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Film Review: ‘Kampai! For the Love of Sake’

19 August 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As a movie genre, food porn came of age in the 1980s, when art-house curios like “Babette’s Feast” and “Tampopo” left audiences salivating into their popcorn buckets. To this foodie, however, the taste-sensation aspect of those movies tended to be superior to the stories they told. If you asked me whether I’d prefer to watch a mouth-watering documentary about the succulence of Japanese noodle soup or a wild fairy tale about a samurai/cowboy searching for the ultimate noodle-soup recipe (“Tampopo” was that movie, and it had its fans, though I wasn’t among them), the answer is: The documentary, please!

A great many of us were made for the Food Channel era, in which the spectacle of chefs and recipes and kitchen-confidential trade secrets became a theater all its own. That, in fact, is why the food-porn genre ultimately evolved into documentary — impassioned portraits of culinary mania »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Chef’s Table’ Emmys 2016: How One Chef’s Ruined Palate Inspired Duncan Thum’s Luscious Score

19 August 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A chef’s worst nightmare came true, and not only did composer Duncan Thum set that to music, it earned him his second Emmy nomination, for Original Dramatic Score for Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.”

The story of Chef Grant Achatz, the Chicago wunderkind who is one of the leaders in progressive cuisine, is almost unbelievable in its irony: the chef lost his ability to taste food while undergoing treatment for cancer. That’s not the end of his narrative, but it is part of the reason why Thum settled on Achatz’s episode as the standout for Emmy submission, even though he had scored all six episodes of the series’ second season.

Read More: ‘Chef’s Table’: The Directors’ Secret Recipe for the Best Food Show on TV

“There’s something special about Grant’s story that I just personally related to, because my sister also struggled with cancer, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Chef’s Table’ vs. ‘Top Chef’ for Emmys as Haute Cuisine Rides High on TV

10 August 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The signature moment in each episode of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated “Chef’s Table” is no more than a succession of plates. Composer Duncan Thum’s melodramatic strings herald abstractions of texture and color, labeled as if on view at the Met: A rough pile of gray shards and purple flowers spattered with orange liquid (Grant Achatz’s “Graffiti, Carrot Spray Paint, Wild Mushrooms”); a wood husk filled with delicacies in the guise of dirt, twigs, and moss (Dominique Crenn’s “A Walk in the Forest”). Each montage is an expression of the belief that haute cuisine is high art, one shared by the series’ renowned subjects. “There [are] other disciplines that we can draw on for inspiration,” Achatz remarks. “There are no rules. Do whatever you want.”

For a series defined by cuisine that defies convention, however—gold-leafed ants and pillows of nutmeg air, flights of fancy and sleights of hand »

- Matt Brennan

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IFC’s ‘Documentary Now!’: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Break Down the Docs Spoofed in Season 2

31 July 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

IFC announced at its press day for the Television Critics Association on Sunday that its spoof series “Documentary Now!” will return for its second season September 14 at 10pm.

The second season continues the series’ winning formula of paying homage to well-known documentary films, but with a Fred Armisen and Bill Hader twist. Each episode, Dame Helen Mirren acts as host to introduce the faux docs.

The six lucky films that get the “Documentary Now!” treatment this season are as follows:

Inspiration: “The War Room

Spoof: “The Bunker” — A 1990s gubernatorial race shot by camcorder is as gloriously low-rent and ethically dubious as can be expected.

Hader plays a campaign manager named Teddy Redbones, who has echoes of Hader’s impersonation of James Carville. “Teddy Redbones is different. He just wants to win,” the actor told the TCA. “He’s this super insane campaign guy. He keeps forgetting [his client’s] name. It doesn »

- Hanh Nguyen

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IFC’s ‘Documentary Now!’: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Break Down the Docs Spoofed in Season 2

31 July 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

IFC announced at its press day for the Television Critics Association on Sunday that its spoof series “Documentary Now!” will return for its second season September 14 at 10pm.

The second season continues the series’ winning formula of paying homage to well-known documentary films, but with a Fred Armisen and Bill Hader twist. Each episode, Dame Helen Mirren acts as host to introduce the faux docs.

The six lucky films that get the “Documentary Now!” treatment this season are as follows:

Inspiration: “The War Room

Spoof: “The Bunker” — A 1990s gubernatorial race shot by camcorder is as gloriously low-rent and ethically dubious as can be expected.

Hader plays a campaign manager named Teddy Redbones, who has echoes of Hader’s impersonation of James Carville. “Teddy Redbones is different. He just wants to win,” the actor told the TCA. “He’s this super insane campaign guy. He keeps forgetting [his client’s] name. It doesn »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Documentary Now!’ Clip: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Parody the Maysles Brothers’ ‘Salesman’ in First Look at Season 2

16 June 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

 

After sending up the likes of “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line” during its successful first season, “Documentary Now!” is set to return later this year. IFC has released the first clip from this next go-round, which features stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a smoke-filled living room as they hawk their wares.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Stands Out in the Emmys’ Variety Sketch Race

The scene comes from “Globesmen,” a parody of Albert and David Maysles’ “Salesman” — a landmark of vérité nonfiction filmmaking, also known as direct cinema. The black-and-white aesthetic matches that of the 1968 film, which follows door-to-door Bible salesmen, as Hader tries to sell a globe to a family of four but has that attempt derailed by Armisen’s decision to lewdly draw attention to the family’s 13-year-old daughter.

Read More: IFC’s ‘Documentary Now’ Season 2 to Parody Albert Maysles and More

Also returning »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Documentary Now!’ Clip: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Parody the Maysles Brothers’ ‘Salesman’ in First Look at Season 2

16 June 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

After sending up the likes of “Grey Gardens” and “The Thin Blue Line” during its successful first season, “Documentary Now!” is set to return later this year. IFC has released the first clip from this next go-round, which features stars Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a smoke-filled living room as they hawk their wares.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Stands Out in the Emmys’ Variety Sketch Race

The scene comes from “Globesmen,” a parody of Albert and David Maysles’ “Salesman” — a landmark of vérité nonfiction filmmaking, also known as direct cinema. The black-and-white aesthetic matches that of the 1968 film, which follows door-to-door Bible salesmen, as Hader tries to sell a globe to a family of four but has that attempt derailed by Armisen’s decision to lewdly draw attention to the family’s 13-year-old daughter.

Read More: IFC’s ‘Documentary Now’ Season 2 to Parody Albert Maysles and More

Also returning »

- Michael Nordine

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Dominique Crenn on ‘Chef’s Table’: ‘It’s Not About Me Cooking’

13 June 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In its second season, Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” visits Dominique Crenn. She’s the only female chef in the U.S. to garner two Michelin stars, for her innovative modernist San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn. Created by David Gelb, the director of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” the series goes far beyond a typical food show, blending exquisitely photographed dishes with deep conversations about the chefs’ lives and influences. Raised in Brittany, Crenn also presides over a second restaurant, Petit Crenn, and will be cooking at the Desert Trip music festival.

How was this experience different from other TV you had done such as “Iron Chef”?

I didn’t think it was about food, it was about something so much deeper. I spent a lot of time with the director and the team, it was just about getting to know each other. It’s important to bring some transparency of the person who you are. It’s not about me cooking, it’s about me being a human, getting into my emotions, my way of thinking.

What can viewers take away from the episode, even if they never get to your restaurants?

It’s a platform for me to express that you can do whatever you dream to do, you just have to go for it. It’s not about perfection, it’s about evolution. Maybe it can help young women — I hope it can inspire a lot of them.

Why do you provide diners with a poem as part of their meals?

I’m very strong but also very sensitive, very connected to everything that has to do with memory and emotion. It’s a window of who I am. I’ve never been trained as a chef, I was lucky enough to have incredible parents who gave me the chance to look at the world through art and literature and politics — it’s a continuation. We live in a poetic world.

Do chefs these days face too much pressure to become media personalities?

As a chef, you need to understand who you are — you have to use the branding or any other things as a tool to continue what you’re doing. But don’t get too much over your head, the core of who you are is to cook. I’m at Atelier Crenn basically every night, I connect with each of my guests, it’s super-important. It’s such a hard job to do — you have to really make sure you have your head on your shoulders so you don’t get burned.

You’re cooking at Desert Trip – Is it possible to experience good food at a music festival? 

Food and music and poetry — everything comes together. I’ll be having fun, not trying to be too serious. When you think about it it makes sense — food can be a type of song, you feel it in your heart and your tummy. You have to make sure that there is a lot of water. When I think about those kind of events, it’s about bringing different art forms together. Maybe I’ll do something crazy — maybe I’ll do a cocktail!

How are San Francisco and Los Angeles different as restaurant cities?

San Francisco was a special place to be. A lot of things started here: political movements, Alice Waters, spotlighting farmers, wineries. This is a progressive city, with a lot of diversity. San Francisco has people thinking outside of the box, it’s is always at the forefront of new stuff.

Los Angeles is getting a lot of incredible talent and restaurants, and it’s ready for it. L.A. has a different type of lifestyle. I would love to do something in L.A. that would feed what Los Angeles is about. I would love to do Petit Crenn if someone would let me. I love Los Angeles.

 

 

 

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- Pat Saperstein

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Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen Laugh Through ‘Documentary Now!’ Season One

15 May 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen were on a panel for their IFC series “Documentary Now!,” it felt like a mini-“Saturday Night Live” reunion as the three easily slipped into bits and had the audience — as well as each other — in stitches. Their discussion was held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday.

On the red carpet before the panel, Meyers told Variety about “Sandy Passage,” an episode he wrote based on “Grey Gardens.” He revealed that it was one of the last ideas they came up with in season one.

“We just knew it would be such a good look and a good entry to the idea of what ‘Documentary Now!’ was,” Meyers said. “Here’s this iconic documentary, here it is with these guys and maybe a move you didn’t see coming. We felt like that was the poster people would look at and say, »

- Diane Gordon

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