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In ‘Risk,’ the Radical Chic of Julian Assange Reaches its Sell-By Date

In ‘Risk,’ the Radical Chic of Julian Assange Reaches its Sell-By Date
There’s a smoking gun in “Risk,” Laura Poitras’ scrappy, tossed-together documentary about hanging out with Julian Assange, although it has nothing to do with leaked documents or scurrilous government behavior. It has to do with the revelation of Assange’s psyche. The movie, which finally opened this weekend, was shot starting back in 2010, shortly after Assange came to prominence as the founder of the renegade website WikiLeaks. It’s clear that Poitras thought she’d signed on to catch the inside story of a freedom fighter whose cause aligned with her own. Before long, though, a monkey wrench gets tossed into the vérité manifesto when Assange is accused of sexual assault by two women in Sweden. Those accusations, now seven years old, worm their way into the center of the movie.

A murky cloud of confusion still hangs over the acusations. Assange, who has never been formally charged, has
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First Trailer for Laura Poitras' New Doc 'Risk' Examining Julian Assange

Showtime has debuted an official trailer for the new documentary made by Laura Poitras, who won the Academy Award a few years back for her doc CitizenFour about Edward Snowden. Risk follows a different whistleblower, the infamous Julian Assange, who founded WikiLeaks and has gotten himself in all kinds of trouble over the last few years. Similar to CitizenFour, this doc follows Assange very closely, with Poitras taking us on an intimate journey into the life of Assange and the situations he has put himself in. The film already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Director's Fortnight last year as a work-in-progress titled Asylum. I saw the film there and was not a big fan, it's nowhere near as good as CitizenFour, and I much prefer the other Assange doc titled We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks made by Alex Gibney. But after the election of Trump, she
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‘Zero Days’: How the World Caught Up with Alex Gibney’s Oscar-Shortlisted Cyberwarfare Documentary

‘Zero Days’: How the World Caught Up with Alex Gibney’s Oscar-Shortlisted Cyberwarfare Documentary
Gibney now has two films that explore the myriad ways that the internet can wreak havoc, with 2013’s “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and the Oscar-shortlisted “Zero Days,” which stemmed from the U.S. and Israeli Stuxnet operation that destroyed 1000 nuclear centrifuges. Initially, producer Marc Shmuger, who brought him both projects, “knew more about it than I did,” said Gibney. “He had access to people telling him interesting things about the Stuxnet operation. It seemed like an event that deserved a deeper dive.”

Gibney dug deeper and found out how scary the world of cyberwarfare could be. And as the election took its twisty turns, revealing the Russia hacks, more of us caught up with a new reality that had only been imagined in science-fiction. The Matrix is here.

Read More: ‘Zero Days’ Exclusive Promo: See Alex Gibney’s New Cyberwar Documentary Thriller

“What is jaw-dropping,” Gibney said,
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‘Zero Days’: How the World Caught Up with Alex Gibney’s Oscar-Shortlisted Cyberwarfare Documentary

‘Zero Days’: How the World Caught Up with Alex Gibney’s Oscar-Shortlisted Cyberwarfare Documentary
Gibney now has two films that explore the myriad ways that the internet can wreak havoc, with 2013’s “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and the Oscar-shortlisted “Zero Days,” which stemmed from the U.S. and Israeli Stuxnet operation that destroyed 1000 nuclear centrifuges. Initially, producer Marc Shmuger, who brought him both projects, “knew more about it than I did,” said Gibney. “He had access to people telling him interesting things about the Stuxnet operation. It seemed like an event that deserved a deeper dive.”

Gibney dug deeper and found out how scary the world of cyberwarfare could be. And as the election took its twisty turns, revealing the Russia hacks, more of us caught up with a new reality that had only been imagined in science-fiction. The Matrix is here.

Read More: ‘Zero Days’ Exclusive Promo: See Alex Gibney’s New Cyberwar Documentary Thriller

“What is jaw-dropping,” Gibney said,
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2016 Movie Titles: Rise of the Colons – From ‘Captain America’ to ‘Rogue One’

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2016 Movie Titles: Rise of the Colons – From ‘Captain America’ to ‘Rogue One’
There’s a punctuation party raging throughout Hollywood, which is in desperate need of a colon cleanse. This year alone, Hollywood will release 20 films with colons in their titles, which appears to be a record. The colon proliferation is indicative of the industry’s reliance on sequels and reboots that need to distinguish themselves from their predecessors with a pair of dots and a subtitle. And we’re not even counting all the foreign films and documentaries released in less than 100 theaters, projects like “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla” and “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
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Cinema Eye Names Top Documentaries and Directors of the Past Decade

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Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.

Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees

Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.

“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a
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Alex Gibney to make narrative feature film debut with The Action

Alex Gibney, the director behind such documentaries as Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, The Armstrong Lie and the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, is set to make his narrative feature film debut with The Action, a 1970s-set political thriller which is being produced by Lionsgate.

According to Deadline, the film ” follows eight anti-war activists who stole and made public classified FBI documents that exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign of spying on and blackmailing troublemakers.” The script has been written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), who will also produce alongside Meredith Milton (Step Up) and Michael Sugar (Spotlight).
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Alex Gibney Boards Vietnam War Political Thriller ‘The Action’

Documentarian Alex Gibney is attached to direct 1970s political thriller “The Action” for Lionsgate.

The story, set in 1971, follows eight anti-war activists who stole classified FBI documents from an office near Philadelphia and exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s Cointelpro campaign of spying and blackmail against Vietnam War protesters. Details of documents were leaked to Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger, who disclose the FBI campaign wrote the 2014 “The Burglary: The Discovery Of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”

The FBI was never able to apprehend the eight, who called themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the F.B.I.. The identities of the eight activists were unveiled in 2014.

Gibeny will direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”). Producers are Burns, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, Ashley Zalta, Meredith Milton and Participant Media. Sugar won the Academy Award for best picture with “Spotlight” on Feb. 28.

The film will be
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Berlinale ’16: Zero Days review

Zero Days review: Super scary spy stuff from one of the best documentary makers working today.

Zero Days review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Alex Gibney returns for his latest expose in a long line of revealing documentaries, and after exposing the Church Of Scientology in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015), Edward Snowden and the Wikileaks controversy in We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) and Lance Armstrong in The Armstrong Lie (2013), the prolific documentary-filmmakers turns his attention to Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer virus in Zero Days. The film makes its international debut at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Gibney’s intriguing and eye-opening film provides evidence that this highly-threatening, and potentially lethal computer virus, first detected back in 2010, may have been commissioned by the Us and Israeli governments, potentially, and I will used the word allegedly here, to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Zero Days’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Zero Days’
Whereas nearly all forms of 20th-century combat go boom, the next frontier of cyberwarfare goes beep — or scarier still, it makes no sound at all as hyper-targeted malware disables or destroys its adversaries’ infrastructure. It is this silent threat, made all the more intimidating by a muzzle of secrecy in which those involved are forbidden even to speak about computer network attacks, that Alex Gibney not just exposes but almost miraculously manages to explain in “Zero Days,” a white-knuckle nonfiction thriller whose geek-speak title effectively announces that this new threat is already here and the world is now playing catch-up to contain it.

Clear, urgent and positively terrifying at times, the latest bombshell from one of America’s most prolific and unapologetically probing docu directors should do well for Magnolia Pictures, which acquired the film in advance of its Berlin Film Festival premiere, having previously backed Gibney’s no-punches-pulled films about Steve Jobs,
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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Surrender if UN Denies Appeal

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Surrender if UN Denies Appeal
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will surrender to British authorities on Friday if the UN rules against him.

In a statement on the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, Assange said he would “accept arrest” and leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he’s lived since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he currently faces charges of sexual assault.

“Should the Un announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police, as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal,” he said.

“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”

Assange and his supporters believe the rape allegations are an attempt to extradite him to the United States, where he
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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Surrender if Un Denies Appeal

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Surrender if Un Denies Appeal
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will surrender to British authorities on Friday if the Un rules against him.

In a statement on the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, Assange said he would “accept arrest” and leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he’s lived since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he currently faces charges of sexual assault.

“Should the Un announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police, as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal,” he said.

“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”

Assange and his supporters believe the rape allegations are an attempt to extradite him to the United States, where he
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Review: Alex Gibney Doesn't Pander to Steve Jobs in His Unsparing New Doc

Review: Alex Gibney Doesn't Pander to Steve Jobs in His Unsparing New Doc
Described as "a renegade, but legit," "a study in contrasts," "a monk among priests," "maniacal" and "a rebel," Steve Jobs is sketched in contradictory terms by prolific documentarian Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," "Finding Fela") in "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine." This bracing film (which hits CNN January 3 following Magnolia's Oscar-qualifying theatrical release) at first seduces you with the charms of the man, and then guts you with what a tricky riddle he was, an at-times sociopathic mogul who flew close to the Sun, touched it and never quite fell as he should have. Jobs, upon whose shoulders the entire Apple empire grew and rested, inspired a nation's worth of outpouring and grief when he died in 2011 of complications of pancreatic cancer. While...
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Alex Gibney’s new documentary ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ gets its first trailer

Over the past few years, documentarian Alex Gibney has risen to prominence for his willingness to tackle a number of controversial subjects, directing The Armstrong Lie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, about the controversial website and its founder Julian Assange, among others. With his last documentary, released earlier this year, looking at Scientology, Gibney is poised to turn his focus next to the late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The documentary will be titled Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and the synopsis is as follows.

A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

The documentary made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and is poised to be released to On-Demand platforms in the Us on September 4th, following a Canadian release on August 21st. The first trailer
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‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ Trailer

‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ Trailer
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a new documentary film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side). Produced by CNN films and released by Magnolia Pictures, the […]

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Alex Gibney interview: journey into the seductive world of Scientology

He’s investigated Wikileaks, Enron, the war on terror and the Catholic church. Now, Oscar-winning film-maker Alex Gibney has tackled another multinational organisation accused of abuse in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Mark Kermode reviews Going Clear

Alex Gibney isn’t just one of America’s most prolific documentary makers, he’s also one of the best. He’s taken on whistleblowers (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks), corporate corruption (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and the war on terror (Taxi to the Dark Side), for which he won an Oscar for best documentary. Esquire has described him as “becoming the most important documentarian of our time”.

Exploring the murky terrain between truth and lies has become something of a speciality (he’d finished a film on Lance Armstrong’s comeback when revelations about his doping finally came out. Gibney went back and remade
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Alex Gibney interview: journey into the seductive world of Scientology

He’s investigated Wikileaks, Enron, the war on terror and the Catholic church. Now, Oscar-winning film-maker Alex Gibney has tackled another multinational organisation accused of abuse in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Mark Kermode reviews Going Clear

Alex Gibney isn’t just one of America’s most prolific documentary makers, he’s also one of the best. He’s taken on whistleblowers (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks), corporate corruption (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and the war on terror (Taxi to the Dark Side), for which he won an Oscar for best documentary. Esquire has described him as “becoming the most important documentarian of our time”.

Exploring the murky terrain between truth and lies has become something of a speciality (he’d finished a film on Lance Armstrong’s comeback when revelations about his doping finally came out. Gibney went back and remade
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Cinema Libre acquires The Police doc

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Cinema Libre acquires The Police doc
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.

The documentary, based on guitarist Andy Summers’ memoir One Train Later, recounts the story of the UK band’s rise to fame, their break-up and 2007 reunion tour.

Andy Grieve directed and recently served as editor on The Armstrong Lie and We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks.

Norman Golightly, Nicolas Cage and Bob Yari produced and William J Immerman served as executive producer. Summers composed the score.

Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police screens at 8.30pm at the Palais – Bory.
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HBO Doc 'Sinatra: All or Nothing at All' Trailer Profiles Old Blue Eyes

"The word icon is much overused, but if it applies to anybody in American popular culture, it's Frank Sinatra." On what would be the 100th birthday of the crooning legend, Frank Sinatra is getting the documentary treatment from HBO with a two-part profile titled Sinatra: All or Nothing at All. Director Alex Gibney, fresh off his HBO documentary on James Brown, brings hours of archived interviews and commentary from those closest to Old Blue Eyes. This looks to have something for everyone, even the most die hard of Sinatra fans will probably learn things they didn't know about the beloved singing star. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Alex Gibney's Sinatra: All or Nothing at All from HBO: Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, directed by Alex Gibney (Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks), is an up-close and personal examination of the life,
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Alex Gibney, Going Clear

Alex Gibney, Going Clear
Judging by the Park City crowds that attempted to elbow their way into the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief one might say this is Alex Gibney’s most talked-about film to date.

And that is saying a lot for the veteran documentarian who has made a career out of pushing boundaries.

The film adopts a similar structure to Lawrence Wright’s 2013 bestseller of the same name, focusing on eight people who broke away from the grip of the Scientology community and their difficult, often troubling, stories that resulted.

As the title of both film and book suggests, ‘The Prison Of Belief’ is what Gibney and Wright refer to as the boxed-in walls that confine a person into believing what they are told. It is, as Gibney puts it, “that ‘terrifying certainty of faith’ that gives comfort in not having to ask the tough questions everyday.”

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