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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’

Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’
Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Morrison are in negotiations to star in CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Bening starred in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” and “The Seagull,” which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Driver will again portray Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and is also set for Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman.
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Martin Scorsese Unveils 38-Film Curriculum Surveying Democracy in American Cinema

Recently completing one of the longest shoots of his career with The Irishman, most other directors would consider that an accomplishment enough, but in between takes, Martin Scorsese somehow found time to construct a new curriculum as part of his “The Story of Movies” film course, produced with his company Film Foundation. This latest edition is “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” and is free for students. However, if one would just like to follow along with their own personal screenings, the full list is available.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing. For young people born into this world now, it’s absolutely crucial that they get guided,” Scorsese says (via IndieWire). “They have to learn how to sort the differences between art and pure commerce, between cinema and content, between the secrets of images that are individually crafted and the secrets of images that are mass-produced.
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Spotlight: Al Gore's Charity Work

Al Gore was born in Washington DC in 1948, the son of a Us Representative and Senator. His early life was divided between life in the political capital of the United States and the family farm in Tennessee. In the 1970s, he served as a military journalist in Vietnam. 1993 saw Gore become the 45th Vice President of the United States, a position he held under President Bill Clinton until 2001. He narrowly missed out being voted into the Presidency himself in 2000.

Gore founded the Alliance For Climate Protection – which he describes as “a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the Us and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis” – and is the driving force behind Live Earth.

He is the author of An Inconvenient Truth, a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the same title,
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Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More

Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More
Martin Scorsese and his nonprofit organization The Film Foundation have announced their brand-new film curriculum, “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.” The curriculum is the latest addition to the group’s ongoing film course “The Story of Movies,” which aims to teach students how to read the language of film and place motion pictures in the context of history, art, and society. Both “Democracy on Film” and the course are completely free for schools and universities.

“Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” is broken down into eight different sections, all of which include in-depth looks at some of the most important American films ever made, from Chaplin to Ford, Coppola, Spielberg, and ultimately Scorsese himself. The program is presented in partnership with Afscme. Scorsese announced the curriculum at a March 27 press conference in New York City.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing,” Scorsese explained. “For
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Flashback: NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon received her first Emmy from future President Donald Trump [Watch]

Flashback: NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon received her first Emmy from future President Donald Trump [Watch]
Cynthia Nixon, who announced her NY gubernatorial candidacy on Monday, is just missing the Oscar from her Egot quest. She won the first of the top showbiz awards in 2004 for “Sex and the City” and received the statuette from another TV star-turned-politician: Donald Trump.

Remember, this was 2004, aka the height of the popularity of “The Apprentice.” Trump and Simon Cowell presented Nixon with the Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes on the final season of the HBO hit. Last year, Nixon told Variety that she had forgotten about the handoff.

See Cynthia Nixon: Emmy, Tony and Grammy champ doesn’t have an Oscar yet, but may win NY governor’s race in the meantime

“Do I wish I had gotten my Emmy from somebody else?” she said. “Yes, I do. Absolutely I do. But, it’s not like he picked me. He just passed off the trophy.
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The march continues: why documentary sequels are on the rise

Can belated follow-ups to hits like March of the Penguins, An Inconvenient Truth and Fahrenheit 9/11 prove their necessity?

Hey, remember March of the Penguins? It’s been 13 years since a National Geographic-produced documentary about emperor penguin migration grew into a global phenomenon, and in a sense, it feels even longer. The year 2005 now looks like a foreign country, where Labour still ruled Britain, we thought the Bush family was the worst thing that could happen to American politics, and a family-friendly nature doc could become a hot-button topic: lest we forget, Luc Jacquet’s film wasn’t just a popular hit and an Oscar winner, but a beloved cause of conservative politicians, who argued for its cutely anthropomorphised presentation of penguin mating as a celebration of traditional family values. To be clear, the world was insane in 2005 too – just differently so.

Related: From Rabbit Hunt to Edith+Eddie, why
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Cynthia Nixon: Emmy, Tony and Grammy champ doesn’t have Oscar yet, but may win NY governor’s race in the meantime

Cynthia Nixon: Emmy, Tony and Grammy champ doesn’t have Oscar yet, but may win NY governor’s race in the meantime
Cynthia Nixon is used to winning votes. The actress has won Emmys, Tonys and a Grammy in her career. All she needs is an Oscar to complete her Egot grand slam of show business awards, but for now she has her sights set on another prize: the New York State governor’s mansion. If she wins that this fall and then eventually claims Oscar, what should we call that — the Gegot? Watch Nixon’s official announcement above.

Nixon will first be running in the Democratic primary against the incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who has been the governor of New York since 2011. “Our leaders are letting us down,” says Nixon in her announcement. “We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty … Something has to change … We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.
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‘Rbg’ trailer: Documentary shows how Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘changed the world for American women’ [Watch]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a popular progressive icon, inspiring a Kate McKinnon impression on “Saturday Night Live” as well as the admiring nickname “Notorious Rbg.” Now she’s the subject of the new biographical documentary “Rbg,” which opens on May 4. Magnolia Pictures has released a new trailer for the documentary just in time for National Women’s Day on March 8. Watch it above.

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” says Ginsburg at the opening of the trailer. She’s quoting 19th century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Moore Grimke, which highlights the influence of feminism on Ginsburg’s life and consequently her own influence on American life as a lawyer and a judge. The film explores her life and career, how she “became a lawyer when women were not wanted by
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set “The Handmaid’s Tale” creative team of Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss and Warren Littlefield as speakers for its 10th annual Produced By Conference on June 9-10 at Paramount Pictures.

Other notable speakers include TV creator Marta Kauffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Seeing Allred”); documentarian Errol Morris (“Wormwood,” “The Fog of War”); producer Rosa Tran (“Final Space,” “Anomalisa”); producer Charles D. King (“Mudbound,” “Fences”); and showrunners Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) and Lena Waithe (“The Chi”).

Last year’s Produced By conference included a panel with Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey and another with Norman Lear and Jordan Peele.

Confirmed panelists to date:

Allison Abbate, Evp, Warner Animation Group; “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Corpse Bride

Adrian Alperovich, Chief Operating Officer, Mwm Studios

Bonnie Arnold, Producer, DreamWorks Animation; “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Toy Story

Dan Braun, Co-President, Submarine; “Kusama – Infinity,” “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict”

Lesley Chilcott,
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set “The Handmaid’s Tale” creative team of Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss and Warren Littlefield as speakers for its 10th annual Produced By Conference on June 9-10 at Paramount Pictures.

Other notable speakers include TV creator Marta Kauffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Seeing Allred”); documentarian Errol Morris (“Wormwood,” “The Fog of War”); producer Rosa Tran (“Final Space,” “Anomalisa”); producer Charles D. King (“Mudbound,” “Fences”); and showrunners Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) and Lena Waithe (“The Chi”).

Last year’s Produced By conference included a panel with Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey and another with Norman Lear and Jordan Peele.
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“That Sweet Spot of Story and Science”: Editors Dan Swietlik and Stephanie Mechura on The Game Changers

Louie Psihoyos, the Oscar-winning director of The Cove, returns to the Sundance Film Festival with The Game Changers, his new documentary on the health and environmental impacts of plant-based diets. Psihoyos premiered his previous doc, Racing Extinction, at the festival in 2015. To edit Game Changers, Psihoyos hired seasoned doc editor Dan Swietlik (An Inconvenient Truth, Sick0) to cut the film. He soon brought on a second editor, Stephanie Mechura (The Price of Sex), to help finish the job. Below, Swietlik and Mechura share their experiences on cutting The Game Changers. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […]
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‘Hangover’ Producer Scott Budnick Forms Good Films, Endeavor is Lead Investor (Exclusive)

Scott Budnick, the producer of “The Hangover” movies and “Old School,” has launched Good Films, a film and TV production company that plans to leverage the movies and shows it makes to effect positive social change. Good Films is in the process of raising a $150 million content fund with Endeavor Content as the lead investor.

Budnick made a name for himself as the producer of hit comedies, but he switched gears in 2013, and moved away from moviemaking to get involved in prison reform. He formed the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which provides a support network for formerly incarcerated men and women.

Budnick will serve as president and CEO of Good Films, while entertainment and media finance expert Roy Salter will serve as non-executive chairman of the board and investment committee. A significant amount of the $150 million has been committed.

In an interview with Variety, Budnick said he and Salter believe that entertainment properties are uniquely capable of “changing hearts
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Sundance: Changing of the Guard Opens Door for Forward-Thinking Players

Micah Green is no stranger to the marathon deal-making frenzy that gives the Sundance Film Festival its energy and excitement.

The former CAA agent spent two decades on the front lines of the indie film gathering, hammering out distribution deals for the likes of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” This year, Green’s flying out to Utah on a different mission. Last spring, he co-founded 30West with entrepreneur and producer Dan Friedkin. The 10-person company buys films, sells them and invests in them at various stages of production. As more and more independent movies are consigned to on-demand debuts or forced to forgo a stint in cinemas, 30West wants to fill a vacuum.

“It remains a buyer’s market for theatrical independent films,” said Green. “Just look at [the Toronto Film Festival]. Only a handful of the promising films that premiered there walked away with a legitimate theatrical release commitment.”

Green’s company is a signal of the tectonic
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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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Oscar Narrows the Documentary Feature Field

Chris here, with more Oscar bake off lists. Today we have the 15 films advancing in the Documentary Feature race, many of which we have covered here at The Film Experience in Glenn's column Doc Corner. The eventual lineup could include two recent Honorary Oscar winners: Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: New York Public Library) and Agnès Varda (Faces Places, with Jr), neither of who had ever been nominated in the category. Al Gore could be returning to the Oscars, as the follow-up to winning climate change doc An Inconvenient Truth has also advanced. Take a look at the rest of the list:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Chasing Coral City of Ghosts Ex Libris: New York Public Library Faces Places Human Flow Icarus An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Jane La 92 Last Man in Aleppo Long Strage Trip One of Us Strong Island Unrest

Some beloved players that missed the lineup include Kedi,
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Exclusive Interview – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power directors Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk on the energy revolution, documentary making and more

Alex Moreland talks to the directors of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk

So, it’s been a decade since the first movie came out. Why was now the right time for a sequel?

Jon: Well, Al Gore and Participant Media, who made the first film, had been talking about a follow-up in the years after An Inconvenient Truth. And, I think, a number of things happened. One was that the story really has changed significantly in the last years, partly because of the cost down-curve of solar, wind, and other sustainable sources of energy has really become equal – if not lower – in many parts of the world to generate electricity that way. And so, that was a significant update to the story. When an “Inconvenient Truth” came out it was sort of a hopeful thing that solar and wind might someday help us solve the problem.
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Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features

Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline.

Director Steve James

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.

Chasing Coral, Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund. Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
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Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted

Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.

Notable titles include “Jane,” “Long Strange Trip,” “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting from 170 films that were originally submitted. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline

Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund

City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions

“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films

Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris

Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC
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‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review]

Advocacy documentaries are a huge risk — such blatantly opinionated content risks alienating viewers, playing to an already established audience, and, in the end, failing to educate anyone. Still, some manage to make a big splash, for better or worse (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Super Size Me”), but others can truly be sickeningly partisan garbage (anything by Dinesh D’Souza and his manipulative ilk). It’s quite a wide spectrum, but how could it not be?

Continue reading ‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review] at The Playlist.
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Ifp Gotham Awards recipients announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-11-07 17:21:00

Dustin Hoffman to receive an Ifp Gotham Award career tribute Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Independent Filmmaker Project will present six career honors at their 2017 Gotham Awards, hosted by How To Talk To Girls At Parties director John Cameron Mitchell. Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner for The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola (Director Tribute); Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer star Nicole Kidman (Actress Tribute); Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) star Dustin Hoffman (Actor Tribute); longtime Todd Haynes collaborator (Wonderstruck, Carol, Far From Heaven) Edward Lachman (Cinematographer Tribute); former Vice President and An Inconvenient Truth presenter Al Gore (Humanitarian Tribute), and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Industry Tribute).

Dee Rees's Mudbound cast of Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks will receive a special Gotham Jury Award for their ensemble performance.

The Ifp...
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