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‘The Looming Tower’ Producers on Creating a 9/11 ‘Origin Story’ for Americans Who Demand Answers

One of the main reasons Lawrence Wright wanted to turn his Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book into a TV series was he thought people were losing touch with what happened — and why it happened.

“What had become apparent to me is that enough time has passed, [and] a new generation has grown up, and they don’t understand what 9/11 was,” Wright said in an interview with IndieWire. “For them, it was like World War II was for me: It was something that happened in my parent’s generation that really changed the world, and they speak of it in hushed tones. But what was the world like before then?”

So when Wright set out to turn “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” into a limited series, he didn’t think of it as another 9/11 story. He and his chosen collaborator — Alex Gibney, who worked with Wright on the HBO documentary
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Does America Need Its Own Cannes Competition? — Analysis

When attending American film festivals, I’ve often felt a twinge of envy for the Cannes Film Festival’s competition section: Here, a festival’s competition slot is a rite of passage, where filmmakers establish themselves before moving on; there, it’s a permanent destination. Cannes’ competition houses few rookies and implies only a select few films deserve consideration for the venerable Palme d’Or, reflecting elitist standards specific to Gallic culture. While a little elitism can go a long way, it has the power to drive international debates and create grand discussions about the medium. At a moment of extreme uncertainty about the future of the movies, that comes in handy.

So why are there no major American film festivals celebrating homegrown auteurs? Among the major North American film festivals, only a handful of feature competition sections carry a measure of prestige, but the Sundance Grand Jury Prize stands
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TVLine Items: Last Man on Earth Return, Spielberg's Hate Docu and More

A familiar face is returning to Fox’s The Last Man on Earth.

It seems that Mike Miller is not dead, as Jason Sudeikis is set to return to the post-apocalyptic comedy on Sunday, April 15, after exiting during the Season 2 finale. He will then stick around for the remainder of the Season 4 Last Man on Earth episodes, EW.com reports.

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* Oscar winners Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are producing a Discovery Channel documentary series titled Why We Hate, which will explore humans’ capacity to hate and how to overcome it.

* Frank Whaley
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‘Deadly Intelligence': ‘Project Artichoke’ Had Some, Uh, Interesting Interrogations (Exclusive Video)

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Throughout history, a number of scientists have had untimely deaths, and The Science Channel is out to see what were the shadowy circumstances behind them.

“Deadly Intelligence” explores those deaths and searches for answers to the open-ended questions still surrounding them.

Its premiere episode takes a closer look at the death of Frank Olson, a biological scientist who worked for the CIA in the early 1950s. He fell from a window of a New York City hotel in 1953, but the incident remains shrouded in mystery.

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Olson worked on an “above top-secret” project for the CIA known as “Project Artichoke,” which used questionable interrogation methods — including drugs. Olson’s job was to “refine” the methods for using the drugs.

The episode will explore whether he committed suicide after witnessing Project Artichoke, or murdered for knowing too much about it.

In the clip above, which is exclusive to TheWrap, experts explain that Olson was “deeply traumatized” by what he saw.

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“There was one school of thought when he was in Germany, that he had seen things that disturbed him,” one expert says, adding that Olson found the experiments to be “unethical.” But when the hotel room from which he fell is visited, the question arises of how he could have fallen from the window.

Watch the full clip above.

“Deadly Intelligence” premieres on the Science Channel Sunday, April 8.

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Steven Spielberg & Alex Gibney Team On ‘Why We Hate’ Docuseries For Discovery

Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are teaming to executive produce Why We Hate (working title), a six-part television event series the probes the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. It’s slated for a 2019 premiere on Discovery Channel. Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, the series traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from both past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal…
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Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney Team for Discovery Channel Series 'Why We Hate'

Discovery Channel has tapped Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney to executive produce Why We Hate, a six-part series on why people have hatred, and how to overcome it.

Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard, who earned an Emmy for their documentary When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, will direct the series, to debut on Discovery in 2019.

Why We Hate will be produced by Spielberg's Amblin Television and Gibney's Jigsaw Productions, in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel. "Why We Hate has been a four-year discussion with Steven and Alex on how to best capture the domestic...
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Weapon-Making Competition Series ‘Master of Arms’ Heads to Discovery (Exclusive)

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Discovery has given a series order to the gun-making competition series “Master of Arms,” the network announced on Friday.

Each episode of the planned series will pit three builders against each other in two historical challenges, in which they will re-create era-specific weaponry, from the firearms of the frontier to the blades of the Vikings.

A former Army Special Operations Sniper will determine each weapon’s velocity, accuracy, and durability in the armory and in the field, and a panel of expert judges will score each build. The winner of each episode will receive a $10,000 prize.

Also Read: Discovery Orders Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney Docuseries 'Why We Hate'

No host or judges for the series have been announced.

The series will be produced for Discovery Channel by Matador Content. Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson and Brian Nashel are executive producers for Matador, alongside Chris Rantamaki, Matthew Vafiadis and Bill Howard of Discovery.

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Discovery Orders Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney Docuseries ‘Why We Hate’

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The Discovery Channel is about to tackle a tricky topic with filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney: hatred.

The network has ordered a six-part docuseries, with the working title “Why We Hate,” from the pair, which examines the origins and dangers of hate, Discovery announced Friday.

“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” states Spielberg. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”

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The project hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) will co-direct the docuseries, which is slated to air on Discovery in 2019.

“When I think about the name of the network Discovery, it connotes a sense of curiosity about the world,” said Gibney. “This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry – an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin to get to a point of being able to hope that we can overcome hate.”

“Why We Hate” will draw on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, to trace the evolutionary basis of hate and use stories from both the past and present to reveal the nature of this primal and universal emotion.

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The television event aims to reveal contemporary links to ancient behavior and use science as a basis for explaining the nature of hatred and the human mind. At the heart of the show is this question: If we can figure out why we hate, where hate originates, and how it is amplified, can we find a way to prevent it?

“This is exactly the kind of story Discovery should be telling,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, Inc. “‘Why We Hate’ has been a four-year discussion with Steven and Alex on how to best capture the domestic and global trends that are growing around the world and bring those facts and stories to a worldwide audience. Our aspiration is to be working with great storytellers like Steven and Alex all over the world on the most important and consequential stories and issues. ‘Why We Hate’ is even more relevant today, and the Discovery team and I are “all in” on this project. It is Discovery’s commitment and a critical part of our heritage and mission. I really look forward to collaborating on such an important topic and bringing it to over 1 billion people across our domestic and global platforms in over 220 countries.”

“To say we are excited to work with Steven, Alex, Geeta, and Sam is an understatement,” said Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and Factual. “Understanding the why behind our actions can help us change those actions. That leads to a hopeful future for us and generations to come.”

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“Why We Hate” is executive produced by Spielberg, Gibney, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch. Jon Bardin and David McKillop will executive produce for Discovery.

Variety first reported the news.

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Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Exclusive)

Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Exclusive)
Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate.

The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled “Why We Hate.”

Spielberg’s Amblin Television partnered with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on Discovery in 2019. Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) and Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) are co-directing the project.

The series will investigate the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The subject
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Exclusive Interview – Composer Will Bates talks scoring The Looming Tower

Red Stewart chats with composer Will Bates…

Will Bates is an English composer who has been working in the film and television industry since the late 2000s. Though known initially for his compositions for documentary features, he has since earned praise for his work on acclaimed television shows like The Magicians and The Path. His most recent scores are for the Hulu exclusive series The Looming Tower and NBC’s musical drama series Rise.

Flickering Myth had the chance to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

I want to talk about your recent work on The Looming Tower, but also your filmography in general because it’s absolutely impressive. I’m seeing things on your IMDb page that I’ve watched but never realized it was the same person.

Oh thank you, that’s cool to hear.

In the last few years you’ve
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Patti Smith to perform at Tribeca Film Festival

Time’s Up to stage inaugural festival event scheduled.

Top brass at the Tribeca Film Festival presented by At&T announced on Thursday (March 29) that Patti Smith and her band will perform after the world premiere screening of Steven Sebring’s documentary, Horses: Patti Smith And Her Band.

The Smith documentary screening is on April 23 and chronicles the final concerts of the 40th anniversary of Smith’s seminal album Horses, performed in full in at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Additions to the festival’s film, TV, Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Immersive programmes, as well as the first event by Time’s Up,
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Time’s Up to Host First New York Event at Tribeca Film Festival

Time’s Up to Host First New York Event at Tribeca Film Festival
Time’s Up, the movement founded to combat sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo, will hold its inaugural New York event as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, which will showcase conversations with some of the movement’s most prominent filmmakers and activists including Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore and Fatima Goss Graves.

The event is one of a handful of late additions to this year’s edition of Tribeca. Also on the docket is the world premiere screening of “Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band,” Steven Sebring’s documentary about the final concerts of the tour that celebrated the 40th anniversary of Smith’s album “Horses.” After a Tribeca screening at the Beacon Theater, Smith and her band will perform signature tunes.

The festival’s TV lineup has added the premiere of ESPN series “Enhanced,” from exec producers Alex Gibney and Brad Herbert, looking at new developments in sports training,
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‘Succession,’ ‘American Woman,’ ‘Autonomies,’ ‘Rain’ Set for Series Mania in Lille

After moving to the northeastern French city of Lille from its longtime base in Paris, Series Mania will open its newest edition April 27 with HBO’s media empire drama “Succession,” written and created by Jesse Armstrong. The festival will close May 5 with the French premiere of Sky’s “Babylon Berlin,” a Beta Film co-produced series that pushed the bounds of scale and production values for high-end foreign-language European series.

Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
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Alex Gibney To Develop 10-Episode Tiger Woods Docu-Series Based On Upcoming Biography

The controversial story of golf’s most famous player, Tiger Woods, is getting a 10-episode docu-series from Oscar-winning producer, director, and writer Alex Gibney. According to recent reports, Gibney, and his Jigsaw Productions, has signed on to develop a new series based on the early life and career of Tiger Woods.

The series is said to be based on the new biography of the golf legend.
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Tiger Woods Biography To Be Adapted As Docuseries By Alex Gibney

The story of golf’s most legendary American player is being adapted for television. Oscar-winning producer, director and writer Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions are developing a docuseries based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s anticipated biography, Tiger Woods, which is being released today. The docuseries will showcase the authors' three years of work, which includes over 400 extensive interviews and in-depth research of Woods' life. Gibney will use the book…
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Tiger Woods Docuseries in the Works From Alex Gibney

Tiger Woods Docuseries in the Works From Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions are developing a docuseries based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s new biography on Tiger Woods. The book went on sale Tuesday.

New York Times best-selling author Benedict and Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Keteyian will executive produce the project with Gibney.

The docuseries, which doesn’t have a home yet, will chronicle Woods’ life, revealing intimate details of his past. Gibney will use “Tiger Woods” — the first biography that offers a comprehensive account of the athlete’s history — as the foundation for the series about Woods’ early years as an introverted child prodigy,
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Alex Gibney to Adapt Tiger Woods Biography as TV Docuseries

Alex Gibney has set his sights on Tiger Woods for his next TV project.

Ahead of Tuesday's publication of the biography Tiger Woods, Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions have signed on to adapt authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian's book as a docuseries. A network is not yet attached.

New York Times best-selling author Benedict and Emmy-winning investigative journalist Keteyian will executive produce the docuseries alongside Gibney. The project will showcase the authors' three years of reporting, during which they conducted more than 400 interviews and on top of in-depth research of Woods' life, uncovering intimate and unexpected details of his past. Tiger Woods is...
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Emmys 2018: Will streaming shows take over Best Limited Series like they have for dramas and TV movies?

2017 was a historic year at the Emmys thanks to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won Best Drama Series, and Netflix’s “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” which won Best TV Movie. Those were the first streaming shows ever to win those awards, and now streaming services are looking to expand their territory even further by launching an invasion into the Best Limited Series race.

According to the early predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, the strongest streaming contender for Best Limited Series appears to be “Godless,” which ranks third with 7/2 odds. The seven-episode Western starring Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell and Michelle Dockery premiered last November, and it got off to a strong start in the awards season with a nomination for Daniels at the SAG Awards and bids for Daniels, O’Connell and Best Limited Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Oscar nominated creator Scott Frank (“Out of Sight,
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Watch an exclusive clip from Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge featuring Cameron Crowe

To celebrate the iTunes release of the six-part series documentary series Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, we’ve got an exclusive clip featuring filmmaker and former contributing editor on Rolling Stone, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Check it out here…

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture through the story of the magazine that understood rock ‘n’ roll was more than music — it was a cultural force that re-shaped America. Drawing on previously unheard recordings provided by some of Rolling Stone’s greatest writers, as well as original interviews, rare photos and footage, the series is an inside look at how Rolling Stone helped shape the zeitgeist and has endured for a half-century.

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge is narrated by Jeff Daniels and directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (HBO’s Taxi to the Dark Side and
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Scientology Unveils Network Launch Set for Monday

The Church of Scientology on Sunday surprised the media business by unveiling its plan to launch the Scientology Network on platforms including DirecTV, Apple and Amazon starting Monday.

Scientology distributed a “network countdown” video Sunday afternoon via social media touting the launch of “a new voice, a new network” at 8 p.m. Et on March 12. The two-minute video obliquely references Scientology’s battered reputation after numerous exposes about the church’s practices and tactics in dealing with those who leave their orbit.

Actress Leah Remini and filmmaker Paul Haggis are among the former industryites who have sounded the alarm about the organization and its leadership.
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