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At the beginning of this week, Cable News Network (CNN) announced that they have created a division entitled CNN Films. The organization intends to secure feature-length documentaries for air on CNN and CNN International, alongside theatrical distribution. The move is part of a wider strategy to acquire original non-fiction content to complement CNN’s award-winning news programs.
The strategy was announced by CNN Worldwide Managing Editor Mark Whitaker.
Girl Rising, the first documentary acquired by CNN Films — which you can watch below — will air in spring 2013. The film, which inspired a global action campaign to promote girls’ education called 10×10, tells the extraordinary stories of several girls from around the globe fighting to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams. The film includes voice performances by Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep, Academy Award Nominee Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez. Girl Rising is directed by Academy Award Nominee Richard E. Robbins »
- Sergio Vess
CNN is getting into the distribution game. With the creation of CNN Films, the news company plans to acquire feature documentaries to air on its domestic and international channels as well as theatrically, beginning with the global education doc “Girl Rising” in the spring. CNN Films also has signed development deals with Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) and Andrew Rossi (“Page One: Inside the New York Times”) to create original documentaries for the label. “CNN Films will bring distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to our global audiences on all our television, online and mobile platforms,” said CNN worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker. “We want these documentaries to tell compelling stories and stimulate important discussions across CNN's other programs and websites." Read More: Documentary Filmmakers Laura Poitras and Natalia Almada Named MacArthur Fellows The CNN »
- Jay A. Fernandez
8 October 2012 6:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
CNN has created a film unit to acquire feature-length documentaries to air on the cable news organization's U.S. and international networks. CNN Films has signed development deals with Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) and director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) to create original documentaries for CNN. Gibney has worked closely with HBO, where many of his films including Taxi to the Dark Side and the upcoming Mea Maxima Culpa, about child sexual
- Marisa Guthrie
The creation of CNN Films is consistent with parent company Time Warner’s stated plan to experiment with new strategies to rejuvenate the news network’s flagging prime time ratings. CNN says that it will acquire and commission original feature-length documentaries that will “examine an array of political, social, and economic subject matters.” Documentaries will premiere in prime time, but also may show up in theaters and film festivals. The network will help to promote them by arranging interviews, discussions, and debates about the documentary subjects in additional programs to run on its multiple networks and Web sites. CNN Films has development deals with directors Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) and Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times). It also has acquired Girl Rising, a Meryl Streep-narrated documentary »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
1 February 2012 9:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Twitter's new censorship policies are getting a great deal of attention, but one shouldn't ignore the fact that the microblogging service also has released a year's worth of Dmca takedown notices. In total, there were 4,410 claims made to remove tweets, and Twitter's disclosure shows that Hollywood was responsible for many of them. In fact, one film studio accounts for a third of all takedown notices sent to Twitter in 2011. Magnolia Pictures, whose films last year included Melancholia and Page One: Inside the New York Times, sent 1,466 takedown notices to Twitter last year, mostly to remove
- Eriq Gardner
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.
The group’s Dorian Award winners this time include two big victories for the bold gay romance “Weekend” (for Film of the Year as well as Lgbt Film of the Year).
Meryl Streep earned Film Performance of the Year for her uncanny turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “The Iron Lady,” while Michael Fassbender nabbed the We’re Wilde About You Rising Star of the Year honor for his daring performance as a sex addict in “Shame.”
In the more unusual film categories, the comic drama “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, was named Unsung Film of the Year, and “The Muppets” took Campy (Intentional or Not) Film of the Year.
On the TV side, »
- Sean O'Connell
Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Film Of The Year Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics The Artist / The Weinstein Company The Descendants / Fox Searchlight The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight * Weekend / IFC Films Film Performance Of The Year Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features) Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment) * Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company) Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight) Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia) Documentary Of The Year (Film, DVD or TV) Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures Pina / IFC Films * We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing Lgbt-themed Film Of The Year Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment Beginners / Focus Features Pariah / Focus Features Tomboy / Rocket Releasing * Weekend / IFC Films Lgbt-themed »
- Steve Montgomery
Behold, the complete list of the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards winners, which were announced on Thursday on VH1.
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Best Supporting Actor
Andrew Serkis – "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Best Supporting Actress
- Bryan Enk
"The Help" was the big winner at the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Awards, as it took home three major awards, including Best Actress for Viola Davis, though "The Artist" took home both Best Director and Best Picture.
The complete winners list:
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Best Supporting Actor
Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer in Tate Taylor's The Help George Clooney, Viola Davis: Critics Choice Awards Ceremony Speeches Best Picture * The Artist The Descendants Drive Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life War Horse Best Foreign Language Film In Darkness Le Havre * A Separation by Asghar Farhadi The Skin I Live In Where Do We Go Now Best Director Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close * Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Martin Scorsese, Hugo Steven Spielberg, War Horse Best Actor * George Clooney, The Descendants Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Jean Dujardin, The Artist Michael Fassbender, Shame Ryan Gosling, Drive Brad Pitt, Moneyball Best Actress * Viola Davis, The Help Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Charlize Theron, Young Adult Michelle Williams, »
- Steve Montgomery
Every year, it seems the documentary branch of the Academy goes out of their way to embarass themselves, and this year is no exception. When the shortlist for the Oscar nominees landed back in November, it was arguably more notable for what was left off the list than what was included. A number of high profile, well reviewed films -- Errol Morris' "Tabloid," "Being Elmo: A Pupeteer's Journey," Werner Hezog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life," "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "Senna" -- didn't make the cut, but luckily the DGA have righted some of those wrongs. The guild have revealed their nominess in the documentary category today, and finally, Steve James' excellent, moving, must-see "The Interrupters" got some deserved love from the industry. The film is a powerful portrait of various members of CeaseFire in Chicago, a group commited to »
I am currently sitting in my room at the W hotel, only two blocks away from the Hollywood Palladium where tonight I will be attending the 17th annual Critics Choice Awards. It will be my first awards show and I cannot wait, but on top of that this is the first time I have ever attempted to predict the winners at the Critics Choice Awards, an award show I actually was part of the nomination and winner process. Taking a look at the field I notice I'm only predicting six of the categories to match up with my actual votes. I'm not going to break my votes down here, but you can hear how I voted by listening to our podcast from Tuesday right here. As for my predictions, my big winners for the night, should my predictions hold true, will be The Descendants and The Help, each going home with four awards, »
- Brad Brevet
By Eric Ditzian
Viola Davis backstage at the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Twenty-four hours after the People's Choice Awards and three days before the Golden Globe Awards, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held the cinematic spotlight Thursday evening (January 12). Hosted by "Human Giant" funnymen Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the show welcomed in Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and many other celebs.
"The Artist" (two awards, including Best Picture and Best Director) and "The Help" (three total awards) won big, as did Scheer and Huebel, who delivered a bunch of witty bits and video pieces, keeping the show moving swiftly along.
Check out the full list of nominees below, with winners' names bolded:
"Extremely Loud »
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris Gay Romance Weekend, Breaking Dawn, Woody Allen, Justin Bieber: Gay & Lesbian Critics Nominations Film Of The Year Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics The Artist / The Weinstein Company The Descendants / Fox Searchlight The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight Weekend / IFC Films Film Performance Of The Year Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features) Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment) Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company) Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight) Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia) Documentary Of The Year (Film, DVD or TV) Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures Pina / IFC Films We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing Lgbt-themed Film Of The Year Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment Beginners / Focus Features »
- Andre Soares
As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), I vote in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. They air January 12 on VH1, and my wife and I will be in the audience (look for the tall couple, she’ll be in some impressive heels). Every year I list my ballot before the awards. Thanks again to the Bfca for allowing me to do this.
The Oscars are a secret. You never see the ballot of Meryl Streep, George Clooney or Martin Scorsese come awards time. I’m not a fan of that. I know they don’t want to admit they have favorites, but I do. My ballot is below, and I think all critics should show what they consider the best, whether they vote in the Ofcs (Online Film Critics Society), Cfca (Chicago Film Critics Society), or Golden Globes.
The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations – with »
- Jeff Bayer
Oscar is doing a doc block.
The organization that puts on the Academy Awards has created a new rule aimed at narrowing awards eligibility next year to documentary films that are reviewed in The New York Times or the Los Angeles Times.
Why deputize newspaper film critics as arbiters of whether a movie qualifies for an Oscar?
It’s part of an effort to shrink the number of qualifying films and weed out movies designed primarily for TV. “The more the merrier” is not the attitude at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where members of the documentary »
- Anthony Breznican
16 items from 2012
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