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George Clooney to Narrate Shimon Peres Documentary (Exclusive)

George Clooney to Narrate Shimon Peres Documentary (Exclusive)
George Clooney has come on board to narrate Moriah Films’ documentary “Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres,” Variety has learned.

It’s the 16th film produced by Moriah, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. The production company generates documentaries focused on the Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights. Two of its films, “Genocide” and “The Long Way Home,” have won the Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Nine months before he died last year, the 92-year-old Peres asked Moriah Films to create a documentary on his life story. “Never Stop Dreaming” includes interviews with President Clinton, President George W. Bush, President Obama, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Barbra Streisand. The film will be released later this year.

“We deferred production on our documentary about David Ben-Gurion to start working on ‘Never Stop Dreaming,'” director Richard Trank said.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Waldheim Waltz’

With Austria currently the only West European nation since World War II governed by the far right, it’s time (heck, it’s long past time) that someone of Ruth Beckermann’s intelligence made a film investigating the country’s odious collective whitewashing of its Nazi-era past. In her incisive documentary “The Waldheim Waltz,” the director treats former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim as a poster boy of the phenomenon. Using only footage from the 1970s and ’80s, some of which she shot herself while protesting Waldheim’s successful bid for the Austrian presidency, Beckermann methodically reveals the timeline of revelations detailing her subject’s Nazi affiliations, and how notwithstanding the evidence, a majority of the electorate in 1986 still voted him into office.

If it sounds like a dry history lesson, think again. Thanks to her smart narration — clear, impassioned but never polemical — and the astute way she allows exceptional footage to play out to
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'Naila and the Uprising': Film Review | Dubai 2017

'Naila and the Uprising': Film Review | Dubai 2017
Julia Bacha’s militant documentary Naila and the Uprising is by turns startling and dismaying as it traces the central role Palestinian women played in the First Intifada of the late 1980s. Integrating animated scenes with interviews and archive footage, it paints an indelible picture of how, with many men deported or arrested, women stepped into the arena of political and social organizing, only to be told their role was over when Yasser Arafat returned from exile to form the Palestinian Authority in 1994 with a crew of all-male leaders.

It’s a painful story, but also an illuminating one that is...
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What’s This Year’s Hamilton? Your Guide to Broadway’s Best Ahead of the 2017 Tony Awards

What’s This Year’s Hamilton? Your Guide to Broadway’s Best Ahead of the 2017 Tony Awards
If you have a theater fan in your life who has been extra hyped these days, it’s likely because the 2017 Tony Awards are nearly here.

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (as the Tonys are officially known) recognize the highest honor in U.S. theater — the equivalent of television’s Emmys or the film industry’s Oscars.

With no Hamilton-sized hit this year, the race in the top categories has been pretty wide open and hard to predict — with only Bette Midler’s turn in the revival of Hello, Dolly! a lock for the best actress in a musical prize.
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Shimon Peres, Former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 93

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Shimon Peres, Former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 93
Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, died Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reports. He was 93. After suffering a massive stroke on September 13, Peres, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding fathers, suffered severe organ failure on Tuesday. He also suffered irreversible brain damage a a result of the stroke. Peres, who held many offices in the Israeli government including prime minister, defense minister and foreign minister, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, along with then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Plo chairman Yasser Arafat, for their work creating the Oslo Accords peace deal. Also...
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‘Daily Show With Jon Stewart’: 17 Famous Moments

‘Daily Show With Jon Stewart’: 17 Famous Moments
After nearly two decades of punny headlines, media skewering and much, much Washington bashing, Jon Stewart is signing off as host of “The Daily Show.” While it is impossible for us to round up all of the show’s noteworthy moments under Stewart’s watch, Variety offers these 17 moments of, well, not always zen:

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Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck’s brand of hyperbolic talk on Fox News presented an irresistible target to Stewart (and helped inspire his “Rally to Restore Sanity”), prompting an epic parody of Beck’s brand of performance art/apocalyptic warnings/old-school chalkboard antics.

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Jim Cramer

Stewart displayed his serious (and angry) side in a grilling of CNBC’s Jim Cramer, dissecting how the financial-news network and its
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Jerusalem fest threatened by government over 'Beyond The Fear' screening

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Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.

In a conflict that some are already calling The Clash of the Regevs, the new Minister for Culture and Sport, Miri Regev, told the director of the Jerusalem Film Festival, Noa Regev (no relation) that she will cut off all of the event’s subsidies unless a documentary entitled Beyond the Fear is taken off the program.

Miri Regev, a former Army censor and a leader of the victorious Likud party which swept recent elections, had already created furor in the media when she first announced that she will not hesitate to clamp down any attempt by artists of any kind to slander the present Israeli policies. Harshly criticized after she threatened to deprive an Arab theatre troupe of all financial assistance because it refused to take its productions on tour through the West Bank territories (that conflict was settled
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Film Review: ‘The Wanted 18’

Film Review: ‘The Wanted 18’
Only the tragically absurd Israeli-Palestinian situation could transform the simple act of milking cows into a perceived threat to national security, yet that’s the amazing story of Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali’s ingenious documentary, “The Wanted 18.” Mixing talking heads, a smattering of archival footage, and smile-inducing claymation, the helmers bring to life a time during the First Intifada when the residents of Beit Sahour, in the Occupied Territories, started a dairy collective. Highlighting the ridiculous without losing track of the seriousness of all acts of resistance, the film should open minds thanks in part to Abu Dhabi’s best Arab docu prize, spurring fest and targeted arthouse exposure.

The story holds special resonance for co-helmer/narrator Shomali, a Palestinian visual artist-animator whose family was intimately tied to the events. In 1988, during the early days of the First Intifada, a group of citizens from Beit Sahour decided they
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – first look review

This belated sequel sags despite the gags but will still be the best news Ron Burgundy's fans have had for a decade

Nearly a decade on from the original Anchorman film, affection for Will Ferrell's hapless newscaster Ron Burgundy has reached thermonuclear levels; it's hardly surprising, therefore, that this belated sequel is arriving on a wave of Burgundy-mania, where every marketing opportunity (ice-cream, trailer release, talk-show appearance, book tie-in) is treated as a major news event. In this Burgundy has its equivalent in the UK in Alan Partridge – as well as, of course, using its mocking take on broadcast-industry second-raters as a vehicle for broader social satire.

Well, lovers of Ron Burgundy – and I don't mean the kind that revs his engines – will find a lot to enjoy here. The Legend Continues picks up several years later with Burgundy co-anchoring with wife Veronica (Christina Applegate); a vacancy on the
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Film Review: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

Film Review: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’
Making a sequel to a cherished cultural totem is no easy business, but director Adam McKay and his muse Will Ferrell keep things very classy in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” a modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy, here catapulted into 1980 and the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle. Mindful that bigger isn’t often better, McKay and Ferrell have scaled up 2004’s “Anchorman” without compromising its core of freewheeling prankishness, while making a not-unserious movie about the devolution of TV news into pandering infotainment. (Imagine “Network” as directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder.) Sure to leave a smile on the faces of all but the overly botoxed, this early Paramount Christmas present should easily power past the original film’s $85 million domestic haul, and possibly even the $148 million earned by Ferrell-McKay’s 2006 “Talladega Nights.”

Probably the most willfully absurd,
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Brian Barr obituary

Journalist and documentary film-maker whose investigations brought him into conflict with police and government

The Scottish documentary film-maker Brian Barr, who has died aged 70 from cancer, was one of those journalists for whom integrity was more important than self-promotion or material reward. In 1986, Brian helped reveal one of Britain's greatest postwar security scandals, when he and the investigative journalist Duncan Campbell exposed the existence of a £500m spy satellite which the government had somehow omitted to mention to parliament – Project Zircon. Working on a tipoff, they confirmed the existence of the project by putting a surprise question, during a filmed interview, to a visibly shocked government scientist, Professor Sir Ronald Mason.

Afterwards, special branch officers raided the Glasgow headquarters of BBC Scotland in the middle of the night and seized all film related to the programme, which had been made for the Secret Society series. This ignited one of the
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Brian Barr obituary

Journalist and documentary film-maker whose investigations brought him into conflict with police and government

The Scottish documentary film-maker Brian Barr, who has died aged 70 from cancer, was one of those journalists for whom integrity was more important than self-promotion or material reward. In 1986, Brian helped reveal one of Britain's greatest postwar security scandals, when he and the investigative journalist Duncan Campbell exposed the existence of a £500m spy satellite which the government had somehow omitted to mention to parliament – Project Zircon. Working on a tipoff, they confirmed the existence of the project by putting a surprise question, during a filmed interview, to a visibly shocked government scientist, Professor Sir Ronald Mason.

Afterwards, special branch officers raided the Glasgow headquarters of BBC Scotland in the middle of the night and seized all film related to the programme, which had been made for the Secret Society series. This ignited one of the
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Two Alternate Versions of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues May Debut in Theaters

Two Alternate Versions of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues May Debut in Theaters
Back in June, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues director Adam McKay revealed to us exclusively that he wants to make two different versions of his sequel, one rated PG-13 and the other rated R. The director revealed once again that he is hoping to release two separate cuts, with the alternate release containing over 250 new jokes.

The quote comes from the director's Empire Magazine breakdown of the recent trailer that was released earlier this week. Take a look at key moments from the video, along with the filmmaker's comments. The information about two separate versions is found underneath the seventh photo.

Good Evening, I'm Richard Whtimore

The trailer begins with a clip from an actual news broadcast - but not just any news broadcast. This is Richard Whitmore, former BBC anchor. Why start with a nod to Auntie Beeb?

"It starts off legitimate and then falls apart. That's the idea.
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Barbara Walters: 'She was bigger than life to me'

So it's farewell to Barbara Walters, the inspirational doyenne of Us television, who is retiring aged 83. Here's hoping she can be a role model in the UK too, where only men age on TV

Tribute packages to Barbara Walters, the 83-year-old doyenne of American television who has confirmed her retirement, are like century-end potted histories of a nation. Since starting out reporting on the weather and "women's interest stories" in 1961, Walters has interviewed every president from Richard Nixon onwards and famous people from Yassir Arafat to Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber. She was the first woman to co-host both America's biggest morning TV show and the evening news, and has won 12 Emmy awards.

Yet in an interview with the New York Times to confirm that she is going, she said that "she probably took most pride in the comments from other women in the television business who told her she inspired them". Connie Hung,
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Giulio Andreotti obituary

Controversial politician at the heart of power in Italy who was prime minister seven times

Giulio Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was the ultimate insider of Italian political life. For half a century he was at the heart of power. His tenure at the highest echelons of government was unequalled in Europe. From the early 1960s to the early 90s, he was – almost uninterruptedly – either prime minister or a senior minister. Andreotti was in all but six of the 45 governments that ran from May 1947 to April 1992, led seven of them and, at various times, was the minister of defence, foreign affairs (five times), finance, treasury, and interior. He held the post of prime minister for longer than any other postwar Italian politician except Silvio Berlusconi, yet he never led the Christian Democratic party.

His tenacity in remaining at the centre of affairs became a source of fascination in itself. Just
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Robert Beers obituary

My friend and colleague Robert Beers, who has died aged 66, will be remembered for his work as an award-winning television correspondent, a documentary producer and latterly as a respected teacher.

Robert was born in Seattle and was undoubtedly influenced in his determination to become a reporter by his uncle William Calhoun Baggs, who edited the Miami News from 1957 to 1969. After a BA in international relations and an MSc in journalism and mass communication at Florida State University (where he eventually returned as a guest lecturer), Robert began his broadcasting career in the early 1970s with CBS. He was their youngest ever bureau chief in Miami, reporting on conflicts in Central and South America, and he was one of the first Us journalists to return to Cuba and report on how the country had progressed since the American embargo. His other assignments included three Us elections; travelling aboard the presidential plane
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Geraldo Struggles To Defend Palestinian ‘George Washington,’ Yasser Arafat, To Baffled Fox Hosts

Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday where he struggled to defend the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, as well as the decision by President Barack Obama to stand beneath his portrait during a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday. Rivera attempted to explain to the incredulous Fox hosts that Arafat, implicated in scores of terrorist acts, was the Palestinian equivalent of George Washington.
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Anti-Islam Film Promoter Bashes Muslim 'Monsters'

Anti-Islam Film Promoter Bashes Muslim 'Monsters'
Hemet, Calif. — The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

With the Coptic Christian filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in hiding, film promoter Steve Klein has taken center stage in the unfolding international drama. He's given a stream of interviews about the film and the man he says he knew only as Sam Bacile, and is using the attention to talk about his own political views.

Nakoula, who used Bacile spelled multiple ways as a pseudonym, contacted Klein months ago for advice about the limits of American free speech and asked for help vetting the movie's script, Klein said in an interview with The Associated Press. The filmmaker asked the 61-year-old grandfather if he would
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The Dictator: are we right to laugh?

Sacha Baron Cohen's film joins Team America and The Producers in depicting despots as one-dimensional buffoons. But why are we obsessed with satirising tyrants – and is it right to find them funny?

Ever since His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, self-styled beloved oppressor and chief ophthalmologist of the People's Republic of Wadiya, inadvertently spilled Kim Jong-il's ashes over Ryan Seacrest's tux outside the Oscars, the world has had to deal with some pretty awkward questions.

What is it with our obsession with satirising dictators? Was Aristotle correct when he suggested that the right genre for dramatising bad men is comedy not tragedy, or should it be beneath us to find power-crazed nutjobs funny? Why can't Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Aladeen (slogan: "Death To The West!") in the upcoming movie The Dictator, find some tougher targets? If it was wrong of the Sun to mock Roy Hodgson for his inability to pronounce rs,
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Watch: Mika Reveals A Little Too Much

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Watch: Mika Reveals A Little Too Much
Mika Brzezinski revealed that she once saw Jimmy Carter in nothing but a Speedo in her appearance on "Letterman" on Tuesday night.

The "Morning Joe" co-host recounted her colorful childhood as the daughter of Carter's national security advisor. Brzezinski jokingly called her family the "Polish hillbillies of Washington."

She described sitting in on a secret meeting between her parents and Yasser Arafat in her early teens, and having heads of state over for dinner.

"You got to know Jimmy Carter?" Letterman asked.

"I did. I... I... I saw him in a Speedo," Brzezinski said, looking embarrassed at the admission. "Wow, I don't know why I just said that. I'm a little nervous."

She explained that it happened at Camp David. She also told Letterman that one of her brothers grew up to be a Republican, so “he didn't turn out so well."
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