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How Long-Lost Footage Was Revived for the New Jane Goodall Doc

How Long-Lost Footage Was Revived for the New Jane Goodall Doc
Jane, which recounts how the trailblazing primatologist Jane Goodall began her lifelong study of chimpanzees, to a "cinematic opera," but getting there was like solving "the ultimate jigsaw puzzle."

Morgen, an Oscar nominee for 1999's On the Ropes, boarded the project, which opened in theaters Oct. 20, when National Geographic offered him a trove of 16mm footage that Goodall's then-husband, wildlife filmmaker Hugo van Lawick, shot in the 1960s. Sitting in Nat Geo's archives, the footage was rediscovered in 2014, but, says Morgen, it was "140 hours of random shots — no...
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Brett Morgen on Jane, Syncing Philip Glass’s Score to Chimp Sounds and Organizing 140 Hours of Archival Footage

Brett Morgen prides himself on adventurously pushing artistic boundaries in documentaries such as The Kid Stays in The Picture, where he used photo animation to capture Paramount producer Robert Evans’ life; Cobain: Montage of Heck, where he integrated the singer’s music and sound collages with archive footage and stylised interviews; and June 17, 1994 an episode of Espn’s 30 for 30 series that detailed the sporting events of that day — also the day of O.J. Simpson’s police chase — via a 60-minute montage that excluded narration and interviews. He has been Oscar-nominated for boxing doc On The Ropes (1999) (directed with […]
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‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch

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‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch
National Geographic has released the trailer for “Jane,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival — and potentially the year. Brett Morgen’s film about Jane Goodall was described by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland as “the definitive portrait of Goodall, one that is also remarkably accessible and almost unbearably tender.” Also, there are monkeys, so what are you waiting for?

Read More:Jane Goodall’s Remarkable Career Gets a Much-Deserved Documentary in Revelatory ‘Jane’ — Tiff Review

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Jane’ is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life.
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Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Featurette Reveals How the “Spoils of War” Battle Came to Life

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, “The Spoils of War”, was—to be perfectly frank—badass. This is a show that has been promising dragons breathing fire on hordes of people for years, finding a plethora of ways to keep Danaerys stalled and her dragons “on hold.” But last night, in the final moments of “Spoils of War”, Dany finally let loose. On the ropes, she struck back at the Lannister army as it was shipping its Tyrell loot back to King’s Landing, and the result was one of the biggest—and certainly most deadly—battles …
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The top 11 Amsoft games you completely forgot existed

Steve McNeil Jun 16, 2017

Go 8-Bit's Steve McNeil on his Amstrad Cpc 464, and his favourite Amsoft games for it...

As anyone who’s watched my show Go 8 Bit will almost certainly be aware (because I mention it on there at every possible opportunity), I’m a big fan of the Amstrad Cpc 464. It was my first home computer and I recently treated myself to a new one…why, yes, it does have a reconditioned tape deck, thank you for asking.

Anyway, it’s as good a reason as any to put together this – my top eleven Amsoft games you completely forgot existed, unless you didn’t forget they existed, in which case this is my top eleven Amsoft games you totally can remember existed. Regardless, I’m pretty sure writing this means my Amstrad’s now tax-deductible, so that’s ace.


11. Sultan’s Maze

This game is dreadful to play,
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WTFilms Boards SXSW Player ‘Meatball,’ and Actioner ‘On the Ropes’ (Exclusive)

Paris-based sales company WTFilms has boarded Yoshihiro Nishimura’s SXSW-bound “Meatball Machine Kodoku” and James Mark’s English-language action-thriller “On the Ropes

Meatball Machine Kodoku” marks the reboot of the cult pic “Meatball Machine,” which turns on alien parasites turning humans into monstrous killing machines called necro-borgs. Nishimura is a renowned makeup effects supervisor (“Shin Godzilla,” “Machine Girl,” “Yakuza Weapon,” and “Dead Sushi”).

WTFilms and King Records will co-repesent “Meatball” at international markets.

On the Ropes” toplines Can Aydin, Phong Giang, and Cha-Lee Yoon, a stunt team that worked on the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Skyfall,” the “Point Break” remake, and “Hitman: Agent 47,” among other films. Mark is also a busy stuntman, having worked on “Pacific Rim,” “RoboCop,” “Marco Polo,” and “Resident Evil: Retribution.”

Now in post-production, “On the Ropes” features Aydin as a young man who starts watching over his family’s criminal business after the death of his
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Preview of Jem: The Misfits #1

Idw launches its new series Jem: The Misfits this Wednesday, delving into the origin of The Misfits with the story arc ‘Green Is the New Everything’. Check out a preview of the first issue here…

“Green Is The New Everything,” part 1! Their songs may be better, but the Misfits have lost their label and nobody will touch them in the music business. On the ropes and desperate to get back on top, they’re forced to consider the worst case scenario…A Misfits Reality TV Show. Though it promises the chance to get them back in the spotlight, it comes with a heavy, privacy-destroying price.

Jem: The Misfits #1 is out on December 21st, priced $3.99.
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WestEnd Closes Raft of Deals on Ballet Documentary ‘Dancer’ (Exclusive)

WestEnd Closes Raft of Deals on Ballet Documentary ‘Dancer’ (Exclusive)
London — WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on the documentary about ballet star Sergei PoluninDancer,” directed by Academy Award nominee Steven Cantor and produced by another Oscar nominee, Gabrielle Tana (“Philomena”).

Rights on the film have gone to Universum (Germany), TF1 Video (France), Teodora (Italy), Smile (Scandinavia), Karma (Spain), Praesens (Switzerland), Vendetta (Australia and New Zealand), Pnw (Canada), Uplink (Japan), At9 (Korea), DDDream (China), Edko (Hong Kong) and United King (Israel), in addition to the U.S. rights deal signed with IFC/Sundance Selects announced recently.

Dancer” offers “an immersive personal portrait” of Polunin, the youngest principal dancer ever at the British Royal Ballet. The film includes the exclusive clip “Take Me to Church,” directed by David Lachapelle, which reached over 14 million views. “Dancer” itself is directed by Cantor, who was Oscar nominated with Peter Spirer in 1993 in the documentary (short subject) category for “Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
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Women to Watch: Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber's New Senior VP, Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions

Congratulations to Wendy Lidell, whom we have known during her outstanding career spanning over 25 years, for being appointed as the Kino Lorber'snew Senior Vice President, Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions.

As the head of Kino Lorber’s theatrical division, Ms. Lidell will oversee and manage all aspects of the company’s theatrical and non-theatrical slate, over 25 films per year, reporting directly to CEO Richard Lorber. Reporting to her are the company’s current team: Jonathan Hertzberg, Director of Theatrical Sales (who will continue to handle film bookings nationwide), Sylvia Savadjian, Director of Marketing, and Rodrigo Brandão, VP of Marketing and Publicity.

In addition to her new duties, Lidell will work directly with Richard Lorber to drive new business opportunities for the company, including identifying new content acquisitions and strategic growth areas.

She previously worked with Richard Lorber when he acquired International Film Circuit in 1998, to become the theatrical division of his company Fox Lorber. While at Fox Lorber, which later became Wellspring Media, Lidell released six to eight titles per year, including Alexander Sokurov’s "Russian Ark", François Ozon’s "Under the Sand", starring Charlotte Rampling, "Yi Yi“ by Edward Yang (named Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics), and "On the Ropes" (nominated for a documentary Academy Award).

After returning to International Film Circuit in 2004, Lidell released dozens of films, including "Don't Move," starring Penelope Cruz, "Darwin's Nightmare," which earned her a second documentary Academy Award nomination, and "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, "which joined the elite group of documentaries that have grossed over $1 million theatrically. Other notable successes included "My Perestroika," "The Waiting Room," Nancy Spielberg’s "Above and Beyond" and "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness."

“It’s a very happy opportunity for Kino Lorber and me, personally, to work with Wendy again,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “She has distinguished herself as a brilliant forward thinking film executive and passionate entrepreneur in our challenging environment, regularly acquiring and bringing to screen films of exceptional quality and commercial promise. In all my earlier years working with her, she never disappointed me – while her eye for quality and intelligence of execution never failed her. We couldn’t be more pleased to have her lead our theatrical team into the future. “

“It will be an enormous pleasure to join the Kino Lorber team,” wrote Wendy Lidell. “There are few film companies that combine a passion for great cinema with the business acumen required to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing distribution landscape. Together, I hope we can continue for many years to bring more great films to bigger and more diverse audiences.”

Current and upcoming released from Kino Lorber include Amos Gitai’s "Rabin, the Last Day, Jia Zhangke’s "Mountains May Depart," Jayro Bustamante's "Ixcanul," and "Sons My Brother Taught Me. "
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NatGeo Greenlights Documentaries on the L.A. Riots, Jane Goodall

The National Geographic Channel has greenlit two new documentaries that will chronicle the research of beloved British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and the proceedings of Los Angeles’ infamous 1992 race riots, the network announced Thursday.

Brett Morgen, known for the Emmy-nominated doc “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and Oscar-nominated film “On the Ropes,” is set to direct, produce and write the untitled Jane Goodall biopic, which will feature never-before-seen video archives from Goodall’s findings at Tanzania’s Gombe National Park in the 1960s. Now, over fifty years later, the recently re-discovered video footage of her early chimpanzee research will be unveiled.

“While Jane’s story has been told before, our hope is that this film will invite viewers to experience the joy, exhilaration, and thrill that Jane herself experienced in Gombe,” said Morgen. “This promises to be a truly immersive cinematic experience.”

The project will be produced for the
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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Filmmaker to Direct Jane Goodall Doc

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Brett Morgen is partnering with the National Geographic Channel to create a documentary on Dr. Jane Goodall, the network announced Thursday. Morgen, known for the Emmy-nominated documentary “Cobain: Montage of Heck” and the Academy Award-nominated movie “On the Ropes,” will direct, produce and write the untitled feature biopic about the world’s most beloved primatologist. The director will draw on recently re-discovered archived film from Dr. Goodall’s early research at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania during the 1960s. The documentary will have a theatrical release followed by a global television premiere on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages.
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The Hauntingly Difficult Montage of Heck

A cherubic blond toddler is shown in Super 8 film: playing on a lawn, sitting on his parents' laps, celebrating birthdays. He's a lovely child and clearly adored. It's easy to imagine his future as, essentially, peaceful and stable, full of strong connections—and very hard to imagine what actually happened: that this babe in arms, Kurt Cobain, grew up to be a tormented artist who would take his own life at age 27.

Some of these images, however -- presented in a powerful, sensitive, and gorgeously rendered new documentary, Montage of Heck, about the life of the Nirvana frontman -- convey qualities that remained in the singer's life to the day he died. He was adored. And he fostered a sense of connection among millions of fans around the world, though he was, tragically, unable to feel secure in their embrace.

The project began when Cobain's widow, singer/actress Courtney Love,
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Brett Morgen: The Making of 'Montage of Heck's Mad Scientist

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Brett Morgen: The Making of 'Montage of Heck's Mad Scientist
Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations. I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years. However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind,
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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs,
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First-Ever Authorized Kurt Cobain Doc, 'Montage of Heck,' Coming to HBO

First-Ever Authorized Kurt Cobain Doc, 'Montage of Heck,' Coming to HBO
For the first time ever, Cobain's story will be told in this documentary set to air exclusively on HBO in 2015. Brett Morgen, Oscar-nominated filmmaker of boxing doc "On the Ropes," Rolling Stones tribute "Crossfire Hurricane" and "The Kid Stays in the Picture," directs the film, which Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain executive-produces. Named for Cobain's 1988 4-track mixtape from his own favorite records, "Montage of Heck" is the first doc to be made in cooperation with the Cobain family, allowing no-holds-barred access to his archives, with never-before-seen footage, newly unearthed recordings, demos, journey entries and more. The doc also features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances leading up to his controversial death in 1994 at the unlucky age of 27. Few filmmakers have successfully captured Cobain as he was. To name a few: In 1998, "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" director Nick Broomfield investigated Courtney...
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Kurt Cobain Doc 'Montage of Heck' to Premiere on HBO in 2015

Kurt Cobain Doc 'Montage of Heck' to Premiere on HBO in 2015
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, will see release on HBO in 2015. The film is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain's family, and was written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominee Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, Crossfire Hurricane).

Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain's entire personal and family archives, and the film will consequently boast footage from numerous Nirvana performances, plus previously unheard songs and never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.
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Blu-ray Release: Million Dollar Baby 10th Anniversary

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

Time has flown by since Million Dollar Baby won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 2004, but now we have this 10th Anniversary Blu-ray.

Directed and starring Clint Eastwood (Trouble With the Curve), the drama movie follows Eastwood’s Frankie Dunn, a hardened boxing trainer who’s given up on the professional circuit until Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank, Conviction) walks into his gym. Maggie talks him into training her, and they form a bond that goes beyond the ring.

The PG-13 movie also stars Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain) and Michael Pena (End of Watch).

Million Dollar Baby also won an Oscar for Hilary Swank as Best Actress, Morgan Freeman as Best Supporting Actor and Eastwood as Best Director. It was also nominated Eastwood as Best Actor, the
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Comic Book Release List – Week of February 27, 2013

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

AC Comics

Crypt Of Horror #16, $29.95

Action Lab Entertainment

NFL Rush Zone Season Of The Guardians #1 (Denver Broncos Variant Cover), $3.99

NFL Rush Zone Season Of The Guardians #1 (Arizona Cardinals Variant Cover), $3.99

NFL Rush Zone Season Of The Guardians #1 (San Diego Chargers Variant Cover), $3.99

NFL Rush Zone Season Of The Guardians #1 (Chad Cicconi & Dave Dwonch Regular Cover)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99

NFL Rush Zone Season Of The Guardians 32 Team Variant Pack (not verified by Diamond), $125.00

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman Cover Gallery #5 (Budd Root Special Edition), Ar

Cavewoman Cover Gallery #5 (Budd Root Regular Cover), $4.25

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger #147, $3.99

Applause Publishing

Doctor Who Faq All That’s Left To Know About The Most Famous Time Lord In The Universe Sc, $22.99

Archaia Entertainment

Jim Henson
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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:

U.S. Documentary Jury

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker.
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Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s ‘Margate Sands’ Is A Bloody, Intense & Satisfying Finale To Season 3

As we’ve repeated almost like a maxim: The creators and writers of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” like to play the long tail game. And while it can be slow going in the moment at times, that planning, patience and vision usually pays off. Such is the case in “Margate Sands,” the finale of season 3 and the conclusion to the three-episode arc where creators rewarded audiences by blowing the doors off, causing the body count to rise. On the ropes all season long, it appeared that Atlantic City kingpin and bootlegger Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) would finally succumb to rival mobster Gyp Rosetti’s (Bobby Cannavale) attack. At the beginning of the season, Rosetti, a hot-headed gangster, was an irritation, but his hubris grew and grew and his meddling continued. When his counter-attacks backfired, his boss, New York mobster Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi), essentially gave him an ultimatum (though Rosetti
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