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Academy Award Submission for Best Documentary Feature: ‘The Price of Free’

After seeing this movie, whenever you look at the cheap Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas decorations displayed in stores around the country, your perception of them will be forever changed.Directed by Doneen and produced by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony, ‘The Price of Free’ (formerly titled ‘Kailash’) follows Nobel Prize winner Satyarthi and his team of leaders around the world through gripping secret raids and quests for missing children. They have rescued over 87,000 children and have created a global movement, resulting in legislation which helps protect young children.

Every time I see glitter-covered tzachkes to hang on a Christmas tree or put out with the pumpkins I will think of this movie. All those silly cheap pieces of junk littering the checkout counters at grocery stores and drug stores at holiday times are made by children enslaved and hidden inside overcrowded factories around the world. The Price
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Digital Platforms Boost Documentary Financing

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Theatrical documentaries are a risky financial proposition at best. Few have major theatrical runs. However, 2018 saw several exceptional releases garner multimillion-dollar grosses domestically, demonstrating the genre’s cyclical ability to appeal and compete in a crowded field.

Five documentaries are among 2018’s top 100 box office grossers: Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” ($22.6 million), Magnolia Pictures’ “Rbg” ($14 million), Neon’s “Three Identical Strangers” ($12.3 million), Briarcliff Entertainment’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” ($6.3 million) and the still-in-release “Free Solo” ($3.6 million) from National Geographic Documentary Film.

“In 1986, when I began in the business, I felt like I’d missed the parade,” says Davis Guggenheim (Oscar winner for “An Inconvenient Truth”), producer of the 2018 Sundance documentary Grand Jury prizewinner “The Price of Free,” which chronicles Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s crusade against child labor and slavery.

The film was co-financed through his Concordia Studio shingle and Participant Media and picked up by YouTube Originals. “I
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Lady Gaga would be the 14th woman to win the Best Original Song Oscar

Lady Gaga would be the 14th woman to win the Best Original Song Oscar
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) is in a heated Best Actress Oscar race with Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), but even if she comes up short there, chances are she’ll still leave Oscar night a winner. Gaga is considered a near lock to prevail in Best Original Song with “Shallow,” which would make her just the 14th woman to win the category.

Best Original Song was first introduced at the 7th Academy Awards, honoring the films of 1934, but like nearly all of the non-gendered categories, it’s been dominated by men. Dorothy Fields was the first woman to win the category for co-writing “The Way You Look Tonight” from “Swing Time” (1936) with Jerome Kern, but it would be another 32 years before a second woman triumphed; Marilyn Bergman won for penning “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) with Michel Legrand and her husband Alan Bergman.
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27 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Cynthia Nixon to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)

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27 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Cynthia Nixon to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)
The Egot — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

A select group of entertainers can round out their trophy cases with a competitive win from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Harry Belafonte (1927 – )

Emmy: Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, “The Revlon Revue” (1960).

Grammys (2): Folk Performance, “Swing Dat Hammer” (1960); Folk Recording, “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba” (1965).

Tony: Supporting Actor in a Musical, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Emmy: 7 individual wins, including for “Omnibus” (1957 and 1958); “Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic” (1961); “New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts” (1965); “Beethoven’s Birthday” (1972); and “Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening” (1987).

Grammy: 16 wins, most for best classical album.

Tony: Best Musical, “Wonderful Town” (1953).

Jerry Bock

Martin Charnin

Cy Coleman

Fred Ebb

Cynthia Erivo (1987 – )

Daytime Emmy: On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program,
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‘Free Solo’ Soars Ahead of Slower ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ at Strong Specialty Box Office

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Fall releases continue to show promise for a strong fall season. “Free Solo” (National Geographic/Greenwich) is the standout, with exceptional initial results for this documentary about a perilous Yosemite mountain wall climb. While the Robert Redford vehicle “The Old Man & The Gun” opened to lower initial figures, Fox Searchlight should be able to push it to upcoming success as it goes wider.

Solo” wasn’t the only documentary draw, as two initial runs for “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A” (Abramorama) did excellent initial business in New York and Los Angeles. Meantime, holdovers “Colette” (Bleecker Street) and “The Sisters Brothers” (Annapurna) found more interest in their second weekends, and “The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) continued to set a strong pace in wider release.


Free Solo (National Geographic/Greenwich) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2018

$300,804 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $75,201

Toronto’s documentary audience award-winner showed major audience appeal.
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‘Free Solo’ Sets Documentary Record at Indie Box Office

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‘Free Solo’ Sets Documentary Record at Indie Box Office
While “Fahrenheit 11/9” wasn’t was box office analysts expected, this weekend saw The Year of the Documentary strike again with the arrival of National Geographic’s “Free Solo” in the indie box office, and with it, a new per screen average record for docs.

Telling the story of climber Alex Hannold’s quest to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without any equipment, the thrilling, critically-acclaimed doc earned $300,804 from its four screen release, earning a per screen average of $75,201. That breaks the 12-year PSA record for documentaries held by “An Inconvenient Truth,” which had a starting average of $70,333. It’s also the best PSA of 2018, beating the $63,000 average of A24’s “Eighth Grade.”

On the feature side, Fox Searchlight, which released Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water” last winter, made a return to the indie charts with “The Old Man & The Gun,” which features the final acting performance of the legendary Robert Redford.
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‘Free Solo’ Documentary Climbs Indie Box Office With Best Screen Average of 2018

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‘Free Solo’ Documentary Climbs Indie Box Office With Best Screen Average of 2018
Free Solo,” National Geographic’s exhilarating adventure documentary about the first free solo rock climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan, notched the best screen average of the year to date. It picked up $300,804 when it debuted this weekend on four screens, translating to $75,201 per location.

That distinction previously belonged to Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.” The A24 coming-of-age film starring Elsie Fisher launched earlier this year in four theaters with $255,000 — or $63,071 per venue. Prior to that, Fox Searchlight’s “Isle of Dogs,” the Wes Anderson stop-motion animation film, topped records with $60,011 per screen after opening in March with $1.6 million from 27 locations.

If weekend estimates hold, “Free Solo” will also rank as the best theater average ever for a documentary, besting “An Inconvenient Truth.” Al Gore’s global warming doc pocketed $70,333 per screen when it launched in four locations in 2006. It went on to earn $49 million worldwide.

Filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
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‘Free Solo’ Ascends To 2018’s Best Per-Theater Average; Redford’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

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Telluride/Toronto documentary Free Solo ascended to some of the best opening box office stats of the year and even scaled new peaks in the nonfiction realm. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the National Geographic Film/Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a massive $300,804 in just four theaters, averaging $75,201, the best opening-weekend PTA of 2018, climbing over previous title holder, Eighth Grade. The bow for the film about Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope also is the best opening-weekend PTA for a documentary ever, overtaking 2006 Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth, which averaged $70,333 in its opening frame in four locations. Free Solo’s opening all but assures it’ll join the year’s big three docs, Rbg Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers as 2018’s nonfiction behemoths.

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s The Old Man & The Gun starring Robert Redford,
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Toronto: Neon Lands Documentary ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ (Exclusive)

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Neon has harvested John Chester’s crowd-pleasing critical hit “The Biggest Little Farm,” a documentary feature following the director and his wife, Molly, as they attempt to develop a sustainable farm by reawakening the ecosystem on 200 acres just an hour north of Los Angeles.

After what some close to the film described as “insane competition” — with seller UTA Independent Film Group fielding multiple offers from studios, mini-majors, and streamers shortly after the film’s world premiere at Telluride — the $2-million deal for North America was reached last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film had its international premiere Friday.

Finding a strong domestic theatrical partner for the film, which Variety’s Peter Debruge dubbed “fresh air for the soul,” was the filmmakers’ goal. Neon plans a major U.S. theatrical release in 2019, screenings at major festivals, and a robust marketing campaign and P&A support.

“Making this
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Inside CNN Films, the Company Behind ‘Rbg’ and ‘Three Identical Strangers’

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CNN Films became the belle of the indie box office last summer thanks to a pair of unlikely popcorn-season smashes. The film arm of the cable news channel produced “Rbg,” a deep dive into the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gibsberg, and “Three Identical Strangers,” the incredible story of triplets separated at birth. The two documentaries went on to gross $14 million and $11.5 million, respectively. Those are lofty numbers for niche movies, particularly of the non-fiction variety.

“Both movies benefited from a lot of water-cooler talk,” said Courtney Sexton, vice president of CNN Films. “There is a hunger out there for meaningful stories.”

In each instance, CNN Films partnered with outside distributors to release the films in theaters. Neon handled the rollout of “Three Identical Strangers,” while Magnolia oversaw the release of “Rbg.” The company will mount Oscar campaigns for the movies. It has already sent out screeners for
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YouTube Premium Acquires Award-Winning Doc About Child Trafficking, To Air On SoulPancake

YouTube has acquired a documentary feature titled The Price Of Free that follows Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on his global mission to end child labor and trafficking.

The 90-minute feature, complete with gripping secret raids as well as profiles of children who have been freed from captivity and given a second chance at life, is slated to arrive on YouTube Premium on Nov. 27 to coincide with #GivingTuesday -- which was founded to counteract the consumerism that surrounds the post-Thanksgiving holiday season. The film, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, was directed by newcomer Derek Doneen and produced by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).

The Price Of Free will premiere on the SoulPancake YouTube channel, which is dedicated to emotionally resonant content on a weekly basis. SoulPancake is the digital division of Participant Media, which co-produced and co-financed the film alongside Concordia Studio.
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Will Oscars’ Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

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Last week’s announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituting a new Oscars category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” was met with a swift backlash and mockery on social media.

“Seriously, this ‘best pop movie’ category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White,” tweeted actor Rob Lowe, whose embarrassing appearance alongside the first Disney princess at the 1989 ceremony was launched into infamy. Other naysayers ranged from former Oscars producer Craig Zadan to ex-Focus Features honcho James Schamus.

But at least one major star appreciated the gesture. “Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.” Some of Wahlberg’s recent hits include “Ted,” “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Jimmy Kimmel Made a Climate Change PSA Just for Trump

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Jimmy Kimmel Made a Climate Change PSA Just for Trump
Climate change affects everyone, but on his late-night show on Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel showed a special PSA just for Donald Trump, if only to show the president how it will affect him in the coming years.

The faux ad starts with shots of steaming forests and an industry plant straight out of “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s 2006 documentary about the environment. Then the narrator explains what would happen to the world’s golf courses, should we continue to ignore climate change: “Scientists say that by 2050, 80 percent of the world’s coastal golf courses could be submerged.”

“Droughts will dry up fairways, and make putting greens un-puttable,” the narration continues. Then we get a shot of a “destroyed” Mar-a-Lago: “Rising sea levels in Florida will make exclusive luxury waterfront clubs uninhabitable.”

Also Read: Here's a Montage of Trump Saying 'It's True,' Courtesy of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Video)

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15 Top Grossing Documentaries at the Box Office, From ‘Monkey Kingdom’ to ‘Sicko’ (Photos)

Documentaries are rarely big money makers, but we talk about them as having the power to influence change and motivate people to action in a way even narrative films cannot. So when a documentary does make a splash at the box office, it’s an even bigger surprise. This summer, “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” are big hits when it comes to documentaries. And the Mister Rogers doc is well on its way to cracking this list of the top 15 grossing documentaries at the box office. This list is an interesting mix of political, nature and concert documentaries, and several of them likewise went on to win Oscars and critical acclaim. All numbers are domestic totals via Box Office Mojo.

15. “Monkey Kingdom” (2015) – $16.4 million

You’ll see a lot of Disneynature documentaries on this list. The newest of the bunch to crack the Top 15 is
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime in July 2018

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What better way to ring in the country’s 242nd birthday than by streaming “Madam Secretary,” “American Psycho,” or “Election”? Those patriotic titles are among some of the earliest coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in July 2018.

A healthy mix of classics and new originals are on their way to Netflix in the coming month, including films such as the original “Jurassic Park” saga and “The Princess Diaries,” as well as TV shows like “The Sinner” and “Sofia the First.” Among the original series returning to the streaming giant are “Orange Is the New Black” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” along with some new premieres.

Amazon and Hulu will acquire overlapping titles including the sequel to the hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Sahara.” Exclusive inbound content to Amazon includes the “Twilight” and “Jaws” franchises, as well as the final season of “The Americans.” Hulu
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Kendrick Lamar, Jk Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Also Read: Oscars Academy Has Doubled Non-White Members Since 2016, on Track to Double Women Too

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling.
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Kendrick Lamar Invited to Join Movie Academy

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Kendrick Lamar Invited to Join Movie Academy
Forty-four were invited to join the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, including Kendrick Lamar, whose contributions to the “Black Panther” soundtrack are riding high on the album charts; songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who won an Oscar for her song for “An Inconvenient Truth”; and recent Oscar nominees Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (“Lion”), Sufjan Stevens (“Call Me By Your Name”), Carlinhos Brown (“Rio”) and Benoit Charest (“The Triplets of Belleville”).

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, whose work with Prince catapulted them into the limelight and who have gone on to do films (“Dangerous Minds”) and considerable television, were also invited, as were composers Jeff Beal, Fil Eisler and Sharon Farber, whose best-known feature-film credits are in the documentary arena.

Classical composers Osvaldo Golijov and Joanna Bruzdowicz are on the list, as are other composers from England and the Continent: Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”), Eric Serra (“The Fifth Element
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John Oliver: Is Mexico Electing Its Own Donald Trump?

John Oliver: Is Mexico Electing Its Own Donald Trump?
In a detailed piece on the upcoming Mexican election, John Oliver talked about the real prospect of the country electing its own version of President Trump. It's a contradictory image, the comedian said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. He dubbed Mexico "Number Seven on the list of things Donald Trump is frightened of, just ahead of Muslims and just behind the concept of self-reflection."

Mexico's candidate in question is frontrunner Andres Manuel López Obrador ("Amlo"), who has "tapped into populist anger" by rallying against political corruption. He's "kind of like
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‘Rbg’: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Summer Box Office Avenger

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While “Avengers: Infinity War” has dominated the box office in recent weeks, a new documentary about a different kind of hero has still managed to draw crowds.

Rbg,” a look at the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the glass-ceiling shattering jurist who became a meme), secured the 10th-biggest opening at the domestic box office this weekend with $1.16 million. That’s a major feat considering that the non-fiction film, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, was showing in just 180 screens. Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media’s collaboration launched in limited release on May 4, with $560,000 in 34 locations for an impressive per screen average of $16,471.

“It’s a gutsy move on paper,” box office analyst at comScore Paul Dergarbedian said of “Rbg’s” summer release. In comparison, Magnolia’s highest-grossing documentary to date, “I am Not Your Negro” ($7 million), bowed in February during the height of awards season.
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Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’

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Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’
Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Ben McKenzie, and Matthew Rhys have joined the independent CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Previously announced cast include Annette Bening, Adam Driver, and Jon Hamm. Imr International is launching foreign sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Production began last week in New York.

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.

Nelson’s credits include “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
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