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John Lithgow on Channeling Trump in Beatriz at Dinner | Exclusive

John Lithgow on Channeling Trump in Beatriz at Dinner | Exclusive
John Lithgow is a devilish delight in the black comedy Beatriz at Dinner. Directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) and written by Mike White (Orange County, School of Rock), Beatriz at Dinner is a satire about class differences. Beatriz (Salma Hayak) is a Mexican immigrant that works as a massage therapist at a healing center. She is a Buddhist, extremely spiritual, with a deep respect for all living things. Her car breaks down at the mansion of a wealthy client (Connie Britton) and her husband. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner instead of calling a tow truck.

The dinner is a victory lap for a billionaire real estate developer, Doug Strutt (John Lithgow). Strutt is an obnoxious tycoon with a lot of media publicity. He at first mistakes Beatriz for a maid, then proceeds to ask if she is in the country illegally. Beatriz starts drinking and gets
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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’
Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

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“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as
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Lizzy Caplan Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Friend of Bill’

Lizzy Caplan Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Friend of Bill’
Bron Studios and Gloria Sanchez Productions have tapped Lizzy Caplan to star in the dark comedy “Friend of Bill” with production set to start in November on Vancouver Island.

The film is written by Harper Dill and will be directed by Amy Rice. The producers are Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Prods., Margot Hand of Picture Films and Lizzy Caplan. Jason Cloth and Richard McConnell are executive producers via Creative Wealth.

The script was named to the 2011 Blacklist. Bron Studios, Hand and Gary Sanchez Productions previously collaborated on ” Welcome To Me,” starring Kristen Wiig.

“’Friend of Bill” has been a passion project for both Lizzy and I since we first became aware of Harper’s screenplay,” said Elbaum. “We’re delighted that Bron Studios shared our commitment and wanted to partner again.”

Caplan plays a writer arrested for public intoxication
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Bron Studios, Gloria Sanchez Mount Dark Comedy ‘Friend Of Bill’

Bron Studios, Gloria Sanchez Mount Dark Comedy ‘Friend Of Bill’
Bron Studios (Birth of a Nation) and Gloria Sanchez Productions are partnering to produce the dark comedy Friend of Bill, a 2011 Blacklist screenplay. The film will star Lizzy Caplan (Now You See Me 2) and will be directed by Amy Rice (By the People: The Election of Barack Obama). The film is written by Harper Dill. Bron Studios, Hand and Gary Sanchez Productions previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed indie hit Welcome To Me, starring Kristen Wiig. The…
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Here's What You're Watching on Netflix This Month

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Here's What You're Watching on Netflix This Month
We're living a tidal wave of content. It's hard to know what to watch, when, and where. We're here to help! By telling you that you can and should watch a movie about a tsunami entitled The Wave from the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug, on Netflix next month. The streaming service has released the titles for their July 2016 movies and TV shows, though they are subject to change. Also available are those titles leaving Netflix in July. Highlights of what you can look forward to include: Back to the Future 1- 3, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 (if you want to get ready for the upcoming sequel), All of the Lethal Weapon movies (get a look at The Predator director Shane Black's first script brought to life), BoJack Horseman Season 3, The Sting, and more. Make sure to check out these titles before they leave: A Clockwork Orange,
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‘The Big Short,’ ‘The Invitation,’ ‘Mustang’ & More Coming to Netflix This July (Plus IndieWire Picks)

‘The Big Short,’ ‘The Invitation,’ ‘Mustang’ & More Coming to Netflix This July (Plus IndieWire Picks)
Netflix has revealed their slate of films that will be hitting the streaming service in July. Next month is filled with classic franchises such as “Back To The Future Parts I-iii,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” There’s a bit of everything for every member of your family, from comedies like “Mean Girls,” action films like “Big Trouble In Little China” and indies like “Mustang,” Netflix has you covered.

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Below are the titles hitting the streaming library next month, plus IndieWire’s personal picks on what to check out.

Avail 7/1/16

“41 on 41” (2014)

A Long Way From Home” (2013)

Back to the Future” (1985)

Back to the Future Part II” (1989)

Back to the Future Part III” (1990)

Bad Boys II” (2003)

Batman: The Movie” (1966)

Beavis and Butt-head Do America” (1996)

Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987)

Big Trouble in Little China
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Tyler Oakley’s ‘Snervous’ First Trailer Pulls at Heartstrings (Video)

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Tyler Oakley’s ‘Snervous’ First Trailer Pulls at Heartstrings (Video)
The first official trailer for “Snervous Tyler Oakley” has been released, and it pulls at the heartstrings as it highlights the social media star’s struggle to come out to his father. Directed by Amy Rice (“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”), the film follows the life and career of the 26-year-old digital icon through his sold-out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. After eight years of seeing snippets of his life online, viewers will see the intimate truth of Oakley’s relationship with family, followers and fame on his international tour. Oakley
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Tyler Oakley Documentary Film ‘Snervous’ From AwesomenessTV Set For 2015 Theatrical Release

Tyler Oakley can soon add “documentary film star” to his list of accolades. The 26-year-old YouTube celebrity and Lgbt advocate is the main focus of a new documentary from Awesomeness Films called Snervous, set for a limited theatrical run in winter 2015.

Directed by Amy Rice (HBO’s By the People: The Election of Barack Obama), Snervous follows the life of Oakley during the summer of 2014 when he traveled across the U.S., UK, and Ireland for his Slumber Party tour. Snervous will hit select theaters in December 2015 (though there’s no word yet on which venues those will be). The documentary will then be released across all major digital platforms thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Snervous is produced by Oakley, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli (Oakley's manager at Big Frame, which was acquired by AwesomenessTV not so long ago), and Laura Flanagan. AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins and Awesomeness FilmsMike Kaplan,
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Awesomeness Films’ Tyler Oakley Documentary To Bow In December

Awesomeness Films will release its documentary Snervous Tyler Oakley, about digital star Tyler Oakley, in December 2015 through a limited theatrical release and globally on all major digital platforms. Directed by Amy Rice (By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama), the film follows the life and career of 26 year-old Oakley through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., UK and Ireland. Producers of the film include Awesomeness FilmsBrian Robbins and Matt…
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Awesomeness Films to Release Tyler Oakley Documentary in December

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Awesomeness Films will release their Tyler Oakley documentary “Snervous” in December in select theaters and on all major digital platforms worldwide, the studio announced Wednesday. Directed by Amy Rice (“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”), the film follows the life and career of the 26-year-old digital icon through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. After eight years of seeing snippets of his life online, viewers will see the intimate truth of Oakley’s relationship with family, followers and fame on his international tour. Oakley produced the documentary with Awesomeness FilmsBrian Robbins and Matt Kaplan,
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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Doc Acquired by Amplify Releasing (Exclusive)

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Doc Acquired by Amplify Releasing (Exclusive)
Amplify Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2001 cult indie “Wet Hot American Summer.”

The film, which is available on iTunes starting today, will be released on digital platforms.

“The Making of Wet Hot” is directed by Amy Rice (“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”), who served as the set photographer of the original film. Rice shot 25 hours of footage at the time that she used to stitch together her doc.

“If your friends buried a time capsule for you 15 years ago, filled it with stuff that would make you really happy, and you just came upon it, ‘Hurricane of Fun’ would pretty much be that,” said Dylan Marchetti, chief creative officer for Amplify Releasing, who negotiated the deal with producer Jack Turner of Matador. “If your home movies were this much fun,
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Netflix to Debut 'My Own Man' from Producer Edward Norton

Netflix to Debut 'My Own Man' from Producer Edward Norton
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will premiere the original documentary My Own Man, from executive producer Edward Norton, on March 6, 2015. The film was written, produced and directed by David Sampliner (Dirty Work), and will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available.

When director Sampliner learns he's about to become a father to a baby boy, he fears he must "man up" and finally embrace the latent masculinity he's rejected all his life. But as he immerses himself in a strange new world of masculine ideals, including vocal lessons, warrior weekends and hunting, he realizes all roads lead back to his own fraught relationship with his father. Intimate, funny and moving, My Own Man reveals the sometimes painful truths that are often left unspoken between fathers and sons. The film made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014.

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Michael Sam gets reality show on Oprah net

Michael Sam gets reality show on Oprah net
Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, is getting his own documentary series.

Oprah Winfrey’s cable network Own announced a series following Sam as he prepares to play pro ball. The show will be produced by Craig Piligian and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama), who also made Own’s recent candid Lindsay Lohan docu-series.

From the release, the as-yet-untitled show is described as “a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports,
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Own Announces New Docu-Series On Michael Sam - 1st Openly Gay Football Player Drafted Into The NFL

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new multi-part documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams. Own partners with Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama) to produce "The Untitled Michael Sam Project” which spotlights the former University of Missouri football player and his historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America. This special documentary series will feature a deeply personal, up-close look at...
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Netflix Acquires 3D Printing Documentary ‘Print the Legend’

Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to “Print The Legend,” a documentary about the nascent American 3D printing industry that premiered at SXSW this month.

The film explores the people and companies racing to deliver consumer 3D printing — a potentially disruptive and controversial technology that enables reproduction of everything from guns to human organs.

Print the Legend” will premiere on Netflix in 2014 in all territories where Netflix is available. The docu won the 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s special jury recognition award for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature category.

Other documentaries the streamer has acquired include “The Square,” an Oscar-nominated film about political unrest in Egypt; “The Short Game,” about kid golfers; Mitt Romney docu “Mitt”; and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” about pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, which won the Oscar this year for documentary short.

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TV Review: ‘Lindsay’

TV Review: ‘Lindsay’
Own has sought to surround “Lindsay” – its docu-series devoted to Lindsay Lohan – with a patina of seriousness and quality, from touting the involvement of director Amy Rice (“By The People: The Election of Barack Obama”) to preceding it with a showcase in which the channel’s namesake interviews Russell Brand about addiction. But seriously, who’s fooling whom? In the best Hollywood tradition, the Oprah Winfrey-Discovery network and the tabloid-plagued actress are using each other, the irony being that if Lohan stays on the straight and narrow, she’ll yield a show as boring as Sunday’s not-screened-in-advance premiere.

Frankly, one appreciates Lohan’s efforts to stay clean and sober. But it shouldn’t come as a newsflash to anyone – starting with Oprah – that the dramatic needs of reality TV and straightening out her life are mutually exclusive.

The show picks up last August, right after Lohan has finished her sixth stint in rehab.
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Lindsay Lohan doc to launch at MipTV

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Lindsay Lohan doc to launch at MipTV
FremantleMedia International (Fmi) acquires worldwide distribution rights to the Lindsay Lohan documentary series.

Fmi has completed a distribution deal with Own: Oprah Winfrey Network for the worldwide distribution rights (excluding North America) to Lindsay.

The eight-part documentary series follows troubled actress Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama), the series will launch at this year’s MipTV in Cannes.

It is set to premiere on Own in the Us this Sunday (March 9).

Lindsay is produced with Own by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Johnny Gould. Amy Rice, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are co-executive producers.
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Linday Lohan doc to launch at MipTV

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Linday Lohan doc to launch at MipTV
FremantleMedia International (Fmi) acquires worldwide distribution rights to the Lindsay Lohan documentary series.

Fmi has completed a distribution deal with Own: Oprah Winfrey Network for the worldwide distribution rights (excluding North America) to Lindsay.

The eight-part documentary series follows troubled actress Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama), the series will launch at this year’s MipTV in Cannes.

It is set to premiere on Own in the Us this Sunday (March 9).

Lindsay is produced with Own by Pilgrim Studios and is executive produced by Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Johnny Gould. Amy Rice, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are co-executive producers.
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Miptv: FremantleMedia International Takes Lindsay Lohan Own Series

Miptv: FremantleMedia International Takes Lindsay Lohan Own Series
FremantleMedia International has picked up world distribution rights outside of North America for Lindsay, the 8-part documentary series on scandal-prone actress Lindsay Lohan. The series premieres in the U.S. on the Oprah Winfrey Network March 9. Fremantle will shop the series, directed by Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama), to international buyers at the Miptv market in Cannes next month. The series is billed as a no-holds-barred account of the life of the actress as she struggles with addiction and recovery and tries to re-start her career. It features an

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Hot TV Trailer: Own’s First Look At ‘Lindsay’ Docu-Series

Lindsay is premiering this Sunday at 10 Pm, and Own has unveiled the 2-minute promo that TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014 got to see in January. Last July, Oprah Winfrey’s Own network scored a big one when it signed train-wreck Lindsay Lohan to an eight-episode docu-series following her as she tried to stay sober and re-launch her career after a court-ordered rehab stint; it was part of a deal that also included Lohan’s post-rehab interview special on Oprah’s Next Chapter. The docu-series, directed by filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama ), taped in August. “There’s nothing left in having a drink for me. There’s no party I haven’t gone to, nobody I haven’t hung out with, no situation I haven’t been exposed to,” 27-year-old Lohan tells the camera as she swans here and there. “I don’t
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