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Sean Spicer’s Emmy Cameo: Why Not Everyone Is Laughing

18 September 2017 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Washington — In a surprise appearance on the Emmys, Sean Spicer did what a lot of celebrities, politicians, and other controversial figures do when they are trying to reset their image: They turn to comedy.

So why aren’t people laughing?

On Monday, Dan Rather wrote that “It is not funny that the American people were lied to. It is not funny that the press was attacked for doing its job. It is not funny that the norms of our democracy have been trampled.”

NPR’s Eric Deggans: “Isn’t it funny! Sean Spicer comes out @ Emmys to lampoon moment he tried intimidating White House press corps over inauguration crowd. Sigh.”

After an evening in which he was hounded for selfies at post-Emmy parties, Spicer told the New York Times on Monday that he now has regrets chiding reporters over their reporting on the inaugural crowd size.

Kellyanne Conway, in an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” credited »

- Ted Johnson

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Mikhail Gorbachev feature doc, series in the works

20 June 2017 7:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Werner Herzog collaborator Spring Films plots ambitious project.

UK documentary producer and director André Singer (The Act Of Killing) has revealed he is working on an ambitious new project about iconic former Russian statesman Mikhail Gorbachev and his role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. 

Singer, the regular Werner Herzog collaborator who produces under the banner of London-based Spring Films, unveiled the project – titled The Enigma Of Mikhail Gorbachev – as one of the central pitches at Sunny Side Of The Doc (Ssd) on Tuesday (June 20). 

The feature documentary and series will focus on Gorbachev’s six-year reign as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Cpsu) from 1985 to 1991, during which time his policies of “glasnost” (openness) and “perestroika” (restructuring) hastened the dissolution of the Soviet Union, fall of Russian-style communism and the end of the Cold War. 

“There’s a surprising amount of material about Gorbachev in film but there has not been »

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The Long Legacy of Conservative Media’s Assault on Truth: Ailes, Stone and Bannon (Column)

23 May 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The death of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes last week underscored what an epoch we are currently witnessing in modern newsmedia. Ailes’ creation, Fox News, sparked and facilitated a polarization in American media that is unparalleled to this day; Stephen Metcalf, writing in the New Yorker, posited that “Ailes did more to degrade the tone of public life in America than anyone since Joseph McCarthy.” Since his dismissal in July 2016, the network has been embroiled in sexual harassment and racial discrimination lawsuits as well as an ongoing FBI investigation.

More significantly, the network is in hot water with its viewership, too. After years of reigning as the #1 cable news source, in the last few weeks it lost ground to competitors CNN and MSNBC. And last week, for the first time ever, MSNBC took the top slot. MSNBC is not a perfect analogue to Fox News — MSNBC flirts with moderation, while »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Film Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’

14 May 2017 5:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The right-wing campaign consultants who brought negative advertising, mud-slinging, and — let’s call it what it is — lying into the center of the American media ecosphere used to keep themselves out of sight. That was part of their mystique: They plied their trade from the shadows. (It’s part of what gave their lies power — that the lies seemed to emerge from the ether.) In the ’90s, though, documentarians and TV news divisions began to shine a light on people like Lee Atwater and Karl Rove and the way they conjured their media voodoo. Richard Nixon’s dirty tricksters paved the way, but these were the new visionaries of the attack-dog political culture; they were the rock stars of fake news. (It’s no accident that Atwater was literally a blues-rock guitarist — his whole ethos was to make scorched-earth campaign tactics seem wild-ass and cool.)

Yet when you watch “Get Me Roger Stone, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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UTA Signs Peabody-Winning Director Eugene Jarecki (Exclusive)

26 April 2017 5:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He previously was with CAA.

Both of his documentaries — Why We Fight, about the rise of the military-industrial complex, and The House I Live In, about the war on drugs — won Sundance Grand Jury Prizes and Peabody Awards. His other credits include the Emmy-winning HBO documentary Reagan and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, which won an award from Amnesty International and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Jarecki, the brother of fellow filmmakers Andrew Jarecki (The Jinx) and Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage), will »

- Rebecca Sun

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Tribeca Documentaries Showcase Timely Political Issues

19 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While social justice and eco-themed documentaries are once again prevalent at Tribeca, portrait docs focusing on politically controversial subjects dominate the nonfiction lineup.

Ronald Reagan, Elián González, Frank Serpico, Roger Stone, Rodney King and WeCopwatch member Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal Staten Island arrest, are among the many famous and infamous figures being explored by 11 directors including Sierra Pettengill, Camilla Hall and Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The six films explore subject matter that still makes headlines today including fake news, race relations and immigration.

Cara Cusumano, Tff director of programming, says including politically driven docs into this year’s lineup was a “priority.”

“We were very much in the thick of the election season when we started to program the festival and politics was on a lot of people’s minds,” Cusumano says. “We felt that it was essential to look back in »

- Addie Morfoot

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Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

17 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.

Read More: Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

“A Gray State”

It might be the craziest story »

- Indiewire Staff

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‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor

29 March 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film explores the life and career of the longtime Donald Trump advisor, who helped launch his political run.

Read More: Sarah Paulson Nominates Herself to Play Donald Trump in New Season of ‘American Horror Story

“Get Me Roger Stone” features interviews with the infamous political strategist and self-proclaimed “agent provacateur,” as well as with people who have followed and studied his career. The documentary explores the career of the man who sports a tattoo of President Nixon in his back as a badge of honor.

“Those who say I have no soul, those who say I have no principles are losers,” Stone says in the trailer, sounding a lot like Trump. “Those are bitter losers.”

Read More: Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor

29 March 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film explores the life and career of the longtime Donald Trump advisor, who helped launch his political run.

Read More: Sarah Paulson Nominates Herself to Play Donald Trump in New Season of ‘American Horror Story

“Get Me Roger Stone” features interviews with the infamous political strategist and self-proclaimed “agent provacateur,” as well as with people who have followed and studied his career. The documentary explores the career of the man who sports a tattoo of President Nixon in his back as a badge of honor.

“Those who say I have no soul, those who say I have no principles are losers,” Stone says in the trailer, sounding a lot like Trump. “Those are bitter losers.”

Read More: Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Ron Reagan Calls Ivanka Trump Donald’s ‘Security Blanket’ (Video)

25 March 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The children of presidents are part of an exclusive and usually genteel club — but that hasn’t stopped one of them from speaking out against the highest-profile latest occupant of that role. On Saturday’s episode of “Am Joy” on MSNBC, Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, called Ivanka Trump her father’s “security blanket” and blasted the president for having Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner in prominent advisory roles. During a panel discussion that also included attorney Lisa Bloom and Politico’s Annie Karni, host Joy-Ann Reid turned to Reagan, saying he’s the only person »

- Matt Pressberg

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Reagan’s Chief of Staff Jim Baker Assesses Trump Presidency So Far: ‘We Have Allies That Are Just Scared to Death’

6 February 2017 12:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a successful businessman and deal-maker who gets things done. But former Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III warns that “running a business and running the government are two entirely different functions.”

In a wide-ranging new interview with Politico, the widely respected Republican — who counts admirers from both sides of the aisle and reigned as Washington’s top backstage power broker under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan — shares his criticisms, hopes and advice for the 45th president.

Rule No. 1: “Process matters, »

- Tierney McAfee

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