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The 14 Best Documentaries of 2014

19 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

2014 is the year documentaries began to take over. At least this seemed to be the case. The most acclaimed fiction film of the year, Boyhood, has primarily been praised for its nonfictional element of showing the actual 12-year growth of its cast. Another critical favorite is Under the Skin, a sci-fi/horror film that prominently features non-actors interacting with its protagonist, unknowingly captured with hidden cameras. Then there’s the footage from The Dust Bowl in Interstellar, the footage from Baraka and Samsara in Lucy and documentary material in Selma, Godzilla and Foxcatcher. Meanwhile, some of the best nonfiction films of 2014 veer into fiction film territory. Although this kind of blurring of real and scripted isn’t new, docs like Robert Greene‘s Actress and Roberto Minervini‘s Stop the Pounding Heart continue to find creative new ways of mixing up modes of storytelling as the most appropriate way of exploring and presenting certain subjects. More »

- Nonfics.com

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Watch: Christopher Nolan On The Colbert Report; Says ‘Interstellar’ Borrows Clips From Ken Burns’ ‘Dust Bowl' Documentary

6 December 2014 6:50 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Don’t do me down on the blowing shit up department,” Christopher Nolan says hilariously on "The Colbert Report." “I think you can have a film that makes people think and blow shit up.” It’s nice to see Nolan, who many think takes himself too seriously, having a good laugh, smiling it up, and thoroughly enjoying himself while being subjected to the host’s faux ignoramus routine. And there’s an interesting little reveal in the interview too. The “Interstellar” director has spoken often of how Ken Burns’ 2012 documentary “The Dust Bowl” was a source of inspiration for the early moments of the film on Earth, when massive dust storms threaten the protagonists. But it turns out some of the interviews conducted at the beginning of the film—people looking back on the blights that effected Earth’s crops—are actual real footage from Burns’ doc. “Those are real people, »

- Edward Davis

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Talking 'Interstellar' with Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey

4 November 2014 5:50 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, the film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet. It was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, Christopher combined his idea with an existing script by his brother that was developed in 2007. At a recent press conference in Los Angeles we had the opportunity to sit and speak with the filmmaker himself and Matthew McConaughey, this is what they had to say about their new film.

Jonathan Nolan wrote the original screenplay how did you finally get involved in the project? 

Christopher Nolan: Jonah (Nolan) was working on the script for Steven Spielberg at the time but we always go back and forth with each other on ideas and it just sounded  exciting. What it was that got me was that. »

- Fernando Esquivel

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Netflix Renews PBS Deal for Multiple Series and Specials (Exclusive)

23 June 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix will continue streaming multiple PBS kids’ series, Ken Burns documentaries and other fare under an extension with the pubcaster covering subscribers in the U.S.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The PBS content had been slated to expire from Netflix’s streaming service in the U.S. effective June 30.

The shows covered under the renewal include: “Wild Kratts” season one (along with the addition of season two), “Dinosaur Train” season two, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” season one, “Martha Speaks” season one and “Caillou” season five.

Under the renewal, Netflix also will add PBS’s “Peg + Cat” (pictured above), which won the 2014 Daytime Emmy award for outstanding preschool children’s animated program.

Also covered under the Netflix deal with PBS are Ken Burns documentaries including “The Civil War,” “The Central Park Five,” “The War,” “The Dust Bowl,” “Prohibition,” “The West,” “Baseball” and “Jazz.” The renewal also gives Netflix »

- Todd Spangler

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Ken Burns launches new iPad app

10 February 2014 8:44 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

History class just got a little more interactive.

Ken Burns — the documentary filmmaker known for his style of using archival footage — partnered with digital agency Big Spaceship to create an app that curates his films into hour-long “mixtapes,” according to Wired.

The app, “Ken Burns,” allows users to surf a timeline year by year, seeing how clips from each film line up chronologically with each other. “Zoom in on 1869, for example, and a cloud of clips from The Civil War, The West, and The National Parks orbit in parallax formation around one another; swipe to 1930, and it’s clips from Jazz, »

- Erin Strecker

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Writers Guild of America Nominees

1 February 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.   Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures   Winner

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- Dave McNary

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Writers Guild of America Nominees

1 February 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.   Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures   Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by »

- Dave McNary

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