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Showtime Sets Documentary On The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Showtime Sets Documentary On The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
Showtime has announced The Show, a 90-minute feature documentary that looks at the making of the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, starring The Weeknd.

Directed by Nadia Hallgren (Becoming), The Show is produced by the Pepsi in-house content studio and Boardwalk Pictures and will premiere later this year on Showtime.

The documentary will look at the months of collaboration among first-time Halftime Show executive producer Jesse Collins, second-time executive producers Roc Nation and more “to pull off one of the biggest musical productions during one of the most challenging, unprecedented times,” Showtime said in its announcement.

“This historic year with Jesse Collins as the first Black EP of the Halftime Show brought an opportunity to tell a new story,” said Hallgren. “We get a window into the process of a diverse team of executives and creatives working at the highest level, in front of and behind the camera. It’s
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The Weeknd Super Bowl Halftime Doc ‘The Show’ Heads to Showtime

The Weeknd Super Bowl Halftime Doc ‘The Show’ Heads to Showtime
The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Lv halftime performance will be the focus of the new Showtime documentary The Show that goes behind the scenes of the 13-minute gig.

The 90-minute Pepsi-produced documentary, directed by Nadia Hallgren, will air later this year. Pepsi also dropped a teaser for the upcoming film.

The Show will showcase the months of planning that went into the halftime show — watched by an audience of nearly 100 million — as well as an in-depth look into the Jesse Collins’ Super Bowl production.

“Anchored by the Weeknd’s dynamic performance,
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Showtime Sets Making-of Documentary About The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Showtime Sets Making-of Documentary About The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
Showtime has picked up a documentary about The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime show, the premium cable network announced Friday.

Titled “The Show,” the 90-minute feature will be directed by “Becoming’s” Nadia Hallgren and is set to premiere late this year. Pepsi, which produces the halftime show each year, will produce the doc with Boardwalk Pictures.

The Weeknd’s performance, helmed by longtime Super Bowl halftime show director Hamish Hamilton, was broadcast on Sunday from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Featuring hits like “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Starboy” and “Blinding Lights,” the performance was generally well-received by critics with its immersive stages and moody atmosphere. In a profile published in Billboard, it was revealed that the performer himself kicked in $7 million to deliver the show.

Showtime describes the halftime show, executive produced by Jesse Collins and Roc Nation, as “one of the biggest musical productions during one of the most challenging,
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Showtime to Air 90-Minute Documentary on the Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Showtime to Air 90-Minute Documentary on the Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
Showtime has announced that it will air “The Show,” a 90-minute feature documentary that will provide a look into the making of the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, starring the Weeknd. “The Show” is directed by Emmy nominee Nadia Hallgren (“Becoming”), produced by the Pepsi in-house content studio and Boardwalk Pictures and will premiere later this year.

Nearly 100 million people around the world tuned in to watch the Weeknd’s halftime performance, and “The Show” will take a look at just how much work went into those 13 minutes: hours, days and months of collaboration among first-time Halftime Show executive producer Jesse Collins, executive producers Roc Nation and many more to pull off one of the biggest musical productions in an unprecedented time.

“The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is undoubtedly the world’s biggest stage, producing the most viewed and talked about moment in music every single year. The pressure to deliver an iconic,
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Gold House Movement Supports Filipina Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ — Film News in Brief

Gold House Movement Supports Filipina Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ — Film News in Brief
Monday, Oct. 5 Filipina Music Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ Backed by Gold House

Cultural movement Gold House is supporting the Filipina music drama “Yellow Rose” through its #GoldOpen campaign, which backed “Parasite,” “The Farewell,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Just Mercy.”

The Sony release, which opens Oct. 9, centers on an undocumented Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.

The film, directed by Diana Paragas in her narrative feature debut, stars Eva Noblezada and Lea Salonga. Events include a live Twitter watch party on Oct. 8 and a streamed Q&a on Oct. 9 with the “Yellow Rose” cast and Paragas director moderated by Jazz Tangcay of Variety. The campaign also includes efforts to celebrate Filipino American history and Filipino storytellers through Cinema Sala and the Filipino American Historical Society.
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2020 Creative Arts Emmy winners: Full list of winners in all 100 categories [Updating Live]

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2020 Creative Arts Emmy winners: Full list of winners in all 100 categories [Updating Live]
The Primetime Emmys take place on September 20 and air live coast-to-coast on ABC. But the majority of awards are handed out at the five Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies that take place in the week leading up to TV’s biggest night. The Creative Arts trophies will be awarded at five events on: September 14 (reality and nonfiction; Sept. 15 (variety); Sept. 16; Sept. 17 and Sept. 19 (mix). The first four of these will stream live on Emmys.com while the last will air on Fxx.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced TV productions, film shoots and entertainment events to shut down all year to slow the spread of the easily transmitted disease, all of this year’s Emmy ceremonies will be held virtually. While Jimmy Kimmel emcees just one show — the Emmys next Sunday — Best Reality Host nominee Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”) has been tapped to preside over all five of the Creative Arts awards.
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‘Tiger King’ goes 0-for-5 at Monday’s Creative Arts Emmys, but it can still win the big prize on Saturday

‘Tiger King’ goes 0-for-5 at Monday’s Creative Arts Emmys, but it can still win the big prize on Saturday
If you were watching Monday’s live stream of the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys (and we were — watch our reactions here), then you definitely heard the name “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” a lot. But not when it came to the winners. Indeed, Netflix’s behemoth docu-series lost five Emmys at the virtual ceremony: directing, music composition, picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing. However, there’s still hope on the horizon as the big prize — Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series — doesn’t get handed out until Saturday, September 19.

See‘Tiger King’ directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin give update on possible Season 2 [Exclusive Video Interview]

During Saturday’s upcoming ceremony, “Tiger King” will face off against ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” Hulu’s “Hillary,” PBS’s “American Masters” and HBO’s “McMillion$.” None of these contenders took home any Emmys on Monday night, so it’s an even playing field heading into
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The Latinx Absence: One Working Actor’s Journey as Case Study (Guest Blog)

The Latinx Absence: One Working Actor’s Journey as Case Study (Guest Blog)
The movement toward greater inclusivity by the Television Academy advanced when this year’s record-breaking Emmy nominations were announced on July 28. About a third of nominees in acting categories were Black performers. That’s really important. Black lives matter. As a queer Latino immigrant, my basic rights have been shaped and impacted by the work of Black leaders, some of whom I consider my lifelong teachers. The fight, sweat and tenacity of one community help another’s efforts. We must all stand united to celebrate the wins, and we must also hold each other up to endure the losses. And at the Emmys, the Latinx torch will be carried by a scant few nominees in yet another year of paltry recognition.

I applaud and am inspired by the Emmy breakthroughs of artists like Linda Mendoza (up for Director of a Variety Series), Jessie Mojica (hairstylist extraordinaire on “Pose”) and Nadia Hallgren
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Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams On His Emmy-Nominated ‘The Apollo’ And Upcoming Special With Oprah, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams On His Emmy-Nominated ‘The Apollo’ And Upcoming Special With Oprah, Ta-Nehisi Coates
In 2019 filmmaker Roger Ross Williams contended for an Emmy with his VR documentary Traveling While Black, a sensory experience that told the true story of the Negro Motorist Green Book.

With final 2020 Emmy voting now underway, Williams is back in contention with The Apollo, another documentary that speaks forcefully to the African-American journey. The HBO film, nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, is at once an exploration of the historic theater in Harlem—the premiere showcase of Black entertainment talent for generations—and a monument to a people refusing to be erased despite systemic oppression.

“We succeed in spite of racism. We flourish in spite of racism,” Williams tells Deadline. “There’s a line in The Apollo that I think says it all, where Ta-Nehisi [Coates] says, ‘Our music is so beautiful that even those with their boots
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Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels Lead Film Academy’s Race and Gender Equity Conversation Series

Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels Lead Film Academy’s Race and Gender Equity Conversation Series
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a series of virtual panels aimed at addressing issues of race and gender equity in conversations led by Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels and others.

The series called “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is part of the Academy Aperture 2025 equity and inclusion initiative and is a step toward the Oscars’ continued push for more diversity. The series kicked off with a virtual chat between Goldberg and civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson that was held on July 21 and is available online now.

Other panelists included in the series are Victoria Alonso, Lisa Cortés, Debra Martin Chase, Carmen Cuba, DeVon Franklin, Nadia Hallgren, Taraji P. Henson, Franklin Leonard, Delroy Lindo, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Bao Nguyen, Dawn Porter, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Ivette Rodriguez, Bird Runningwater, Misan Sagay, Bryan Stevenson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Ligiah Villalobos, Lulu Wang, Emil Wilbekin and Roger Ross Williams.

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Film Academy Launches Conversation Series on Race, Gender, Inclusion

Film Academy Launches Conversation Series on Race, Gender, Inclusion
Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels, Marvel executive Victoria Alonso and more Hollywood heavyweights are on board for a new virtual conversation series from the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The series, titled “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us,” is part of the group’s Aperture 2025 equity and inclusion initiative. Topics will include race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

“With our ‘Academy Dialogues’ series, the Academy is creating a space for our members — and the public — to talk about inclusion in a way that is timely, relevant and allows for a meaningful exchange on how to bring systemic change to Hollywood,” said Lorenza Muñoz, exec VP of member relations and awards. “These conversations may be uncomfortable for some, but they are necessary to broaden the stories that are getting told and increase opportunities for those who have been excluded.”

First up is a chat with
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Motion Picture Academy Announces New Series Of Diversity Conversations Available To Public And Industry

Motion Picture Academy Announces New Series Of Diversity Conversations Available To Public And Industry
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking part of its Academy Aperture 2025 initiative public by expanding its in-house conversation series “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” to include access not only for their entire membership but also the public — which, of course, includes a larger swath of the non-member industry members as well.

Aimed to provide discussions on race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking, the series notably included one edition in July featuring AMPAS board member Whoopi Goldberg interviewing civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson on the “Power of Narrative.” It is available for view now on YouTube, but AMPAS is ramping up the volume, as it were, as these issues move front and center in a more urgent way, not only for the Academy
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Big Cats Vs. The Goat: ‘Tiger King’, Michael Jordan-Fueled ‘The Last Dance’ Tip Off At Emmys

Big Cats Vs. The Goat: ‘Tiger King’, Michael Jordan-Fueled ‘The Last Dance’ Tip Off At Emmys
When directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin began collaborating on a documentary series about the strange world of exotic animal breeders, they thought it might generate modest attention.

“We were certainly fascinated by it,” Chaiklin recalls. “But we sort of thought it was our own little story that maybe a few people would be interested in.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness wound up attracting not just a “few people”, but a stampede after it dropped on Netflix in March. And when the Emmy nominations were announced, Tiger King snared half a dozen of them, the most of any documentary.

Tiger King’ Zoo Permanently Closed; Jeff Lowe Says New Park Will Be Private Set For TV Content

Netflix earned a record 160 Emmy nominations in all, a tidy number coming in documentary categories, where it lapped the field: Traditional documentary powerhouse HBO scored eight nonfiction nominations, fewer than half of what Netflix collected.
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‘Becoming,’ ‘Hillary,’ ‘The Cave,’ ‘American Masters’ Documentarians on Capturing Their Formidable Subjects

‘Becoming,’ ‘Hillary,’ ‘The Cave,’ ‘American Masters’ Documentarians on Capturing Their Formidable Subjects
Between 2008 and 2018, four documentary directors focused their lenses on a quartet of formidable women. Women who are remarkably similar, yet incredibly different. Who defy patriarchy and inspire change. Women whose names are Dr. Amani Ballour, Hillary Clinton, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin and Michelle Obama.

While Clinton and Obama, two former first ladies, are better-known then Ballour and Le Guin, all four of these females have lives that contain an arsenal of dense material through which each filmmaker had to carefully sift and then whittle down in order to construct a project that succinctly and effectively told each groundbreaking story. The result is four Emmy nominated nonfiction projects: “The Cave,” “Hillary,” “American Masters” and “Becoming.”

National Geographic’s “The Cave,” nominated in the exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking category, focuses on unlikely heroine Ballour, who was Syria’s first and only female hospital administrator. Director Feras Fayyad first laid eyes on
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Kenya Barris, Roger Ross Williams Team for Netflix Documentary on Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump

Kenya Barris, Roger Ross Williams Team for Netflix Documentary on Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump
Netflix has ordered a documentary feature based on the life and career of civil rights attorney Ben Crump, Variety has learned.

The yet-to-be-titled documentary will be directed and produced by Nadia Hallgren, who recently received two Emmy nominations for her work on Netflix’s Michelle Obama documentary “Becoming.” Kenya Barris will produce via Khalabo Ink Society, while Roger Ross Williams will produce under his One Story Up Productions banner. Lauren Cioffi will also produce, with Geoff Martz executive producing.

The doc will examine a number of Crump’s past and current cases, his impact on American civil rights and racial justice, and the toll such work takes on him and his family. The founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law, he first gained recognition while representing the family of Trayvon Martin and is currently working with the families of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. His other clients
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Kenya Barris To Produce Netflix Doc On Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump; Breonna Taylor, George Floyd & Ahmaud Arbery’s Families Repped By Lawyer

Kenya Barris To Produce Netflix Doc On Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump; Breonna Taylor, George Floyd & Ahmaud Arbery’s Families Repped By Lawyer
#blackAF creator Kenya Barris is making the move from fictionalized documentary to a real documentary on high-profile attorney Ben Crump.

In the works for the past several pivotal months, the as-yet untitled film on the lawyer is set to stream on Netflix next year. Well known to cable news viewers and more than a few chastened police departments and delinquent corporations, the Tallahassee, Florida-based Crump is currently representing the grieving families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, among others.

The documentary will be produced by Barris and Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams. Hot off two Emmy nominations for the Michelle Obama doc Becoming (read our review here), Nadia Hallgren is set to direct the Crump project. Hallgren will also produce, along with Lauren Cioffi and EP Geoff Martz, co-founder with Williams of production shingle One Story Up.

Production on the project includes the much-watched June 8 memorial for Floyd.
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Kamasi Washington Breaks Down His Process to Score ‘Becoming’

Kamasi Washington Breaks Down His Process to Score ‘Becoming’
Arguably the most forward-thinking jazz artist of his generation, Los Angeles saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington has never hesitated to step outside his comfort zone. He’s logged studio time with Kendrick Lamar and St. Vincent, and performed onstage with Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg. But he’s most famous as the visionary bandleader behind sprawling albums like “The Epic” and “Heaven and Earth,” where song lengths routinely stretch beyond 10 minutes, and nearly three-hour runtimes are standard issue. So it required a massive change of focus for him to craft the score to Nadia Hallgren’s Michelle Obama documentary “Becoming” (Netflix), composing and performing miniature jazz suites whose brevity proves no obstacle to Washington’s typical musical adventurousness. It seems the effort was worth it: he is nominated for an Emmy in the docuseries or special music composition category.

What convinced you to sign on to score “Becoming”?

Nadia actually
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‘Becoming’ Director Nadia Hallgren On Traveling The World With Michelle Obama For Emmy-Nominated Documentary

‘Becoming’ Director Nadia Hallgren On Traveling The World With Michelle Obama For Emmy-Nominated Documentary
Two of the documentaries to earn the most Emmy nominations this year come from Netflix and Higher Ground Productions, the production company established by former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama.

The Oscar-winning American Factory claimed three nominations; Becoming did one better, claiming four, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, and directing and cinematography nominations for filmmaker Nadia Hallgren.

For the documentary, Hallgren followed the former first lady from North America to Europe as Mrs. Obama made promotional appearances for her bestselling memoir, Becoming. She says the project began with an unexpected call.

“I was just home one day, sitting at my kitchen table, my phone rang, and it was Priya Swaminathan, who runs Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company,” Hallgren recalls. “She tells me that Mrs. Obama is getting ready to go on this worldwide book tour, and that they thought it could be a great opportunity to document it.
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Inch by inch, female TV writers and directors come closer to Emmy parity with males

Inch by inch, female TV writers and directors come closer to Emmy parity with males
Inclusion and parity are all the rage right now — a process that has been long in coming and is far from over — but creating an equal environment among colleagues in the entertainment industry isn’t as easy as it might seem. That includes the Emmy candidates for directing and writing. Actors are traditionally divided by gender, but not so with the other categories.

As Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the television academy, remarked before host Leslie Jones kicked off the virtual socially-distanced reading of the nominees, “This year we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history, and it is our duty to use this medium for change. That is the power and responsibility of television — not only delivering a multitude of services or a little escapism, but also amplifying the voices that must be heard and telling the stories that must be told.
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Capturing Michelle Obama, Michael Jordan and Hillary Clinton: "I Had to Move Past My Own Intimidation"

Becoming director Nadia Hallgren remembers getting the call from the Obamas' production company, Higher Ground Productions, about Michelle Obama floating the idea of documenting her 2018-19 book tour. "It was one of those conversations that you hang up and you're like, 'That's awesome. Appreciate being considered. I'm never going to get the gig,'" says Hallgren. But a few weeks later, the veteran cinematographer (whose credits include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Trouble the Water and CNN's Girl Rising) found herself face to face with the Obamas, and the former first lady hired her on ...
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