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Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio

Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio
Elvis Presley’s 1974 minor hit “My Boy” might serve as the alternative title for The Colonel, a film bio of the King’s Svengali-like manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is in the works from music and media producer Spencer Proffer (Chasing Trane, Gods & Monsters), producer-director Steve Binder (Elvis '68; Diana Ross In Central Park) and filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster; Paul Simon's Under African Skies tour). Production is slated for early 2018…
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Elvis Presley manager biopic set to go into production

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, Joe Berlinger join forces for 2018 production start on ‘The Colonel’.

Music and media producer Spencer Proffer, producer-director Steve Binder and filmmaker Joe Berlinger have teamed up to bring the profile of long-time music manager Colonel Tom Parker to the big screen.

Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87, was a music business entrepreneur who lived an intriguing personal life. He arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. According to biographer Alanna Nash, he may have been involved in a murder in his native Holland.

Berlinger will direct from a screenplay based on Nash’s 2003 book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, published by Simon & Schuster. It was one of four books Nash authored on Presley.

The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay.

Berlinger is producing
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Remembering Maya Angelou, Gordon Willis and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in May

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) - Author and poet. Her classic book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was adapted into a 1979 TV movie. She also scripted the film Georgia, Georgia and scripted Down in the Delta. She appears in Poetic Justice (see below), How to Make an American QuiltMadea's Family Reunion (pictured above), Porgy and Bess and the documentaries Under African Skies and Good Hair. She died on May 28. (CNN...

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Joe Berlinger, Director of 'Whitey' Doc, Tells a Different Story About Whitey Bulger

Joe Berlinger has made a career of heart-hitting, intellectually provocative documentaries that also manage to be immensely entertaining. The many films he has directed, such as the Oscar-nominated "Paradise Lost" series he crafted alongside long-time colleague Bruce Sinofsky, manage to balance being educational and engaging, providing avenues for advocacy while rarely succumbing to polemicism.

His latest solo effort, "Whitey: The United States of America V. James J Bulger," tells the tangled tale of James "Whitey" Bulger, the convicted kingpin of South Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang. Bulger's exploits were mined for Nicholson's character in "The Departed," and the figure of Whitey seems the stuff of Hollywood concoction -- street thug, gang leader, community Robin Hood, brother of a former State Senator, and fugitive on the run for a decade-and-a-half.

Moviefone Canada spoke with Berlinger about the challenges of dealing with such a complicated narrative in a fixed amount of time,
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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Mandela And Movies

Slightly different take this week, as the passing of Madiba has (justifiably) captured the world's attention, while the coincidental release of a film starring Idris Elba is set to make its wide release. We were to chat about other releases, but talk of Nelson Mandela, and biopics in general, took up our allotted time. We chatted about Under African Skies, the documentary by Joe Berlinger about the recording of the Graceland record, and the political and musical circumstances that surrounded that project. I do encourage those who may dismiss it as a mere music doc to take a look at it, it very much ties in with far more nuanced take on the latter part of the Apartheid regime, and how the culture of South...

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Emmys: Beatles Film vs. Stones Film - It's the Beatles by a Walrus Hair

Emmys: Beatles Film vs. Stones Film - It's the Beatles by a Walrus Hair
This story appears in TheWrap's EmmyWrap Reality Issue. Last year, the Emmys' Outstanding Nonfiction Special category saw a head-to-head battle between George Harrison and Paul Simon, with Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" winning over a field that also included Joe Berlinger's "Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies."  But wouldn't the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones be an even more delicious battle? After all, that's a time-honored rivalry, as Keith Richards explains in the Stones doc "Crossfire Hurricane" when he talks about how manager Andrew Loog Oldham consciously positioned
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What to Watch Friday: Merlin Conjures Its Final Season, Welcome Back to Portlandia and More

What to Watch Friday: Merlin Conjures Its Final Season, Welcome Back to Portlandia and More
On TV this Friday: Merlin begins its magical final season, CSI: NY kills two vics with one weapon, Blue Bloods look for a green murderer and Portlandia gets back to quirk. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

7 pm – 1 am (Saturday) Californication marathon (Showtime) | Relive Hank’s Season 5 return to Los Angeles – in all of its tawdry glory. (Check out what’s in store for Season 6, which gets underway Jan. 13.)

Related | Your January Premieres/Finales Calendar

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Mood Media goes undercover at his company that helps stores “communicate with consumers” via sounds, sights and…
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Joe Berlinger’s Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker

A longtime friend of the festival, Joe Berlinger has brought along with Bruce Sinofsky docu titles such as Brother’s Keeper (Sundance ’92), 1996′s Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (the first part in the trilogy), Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Sundance ’04) and Crude (Sundance ’09). We can forgive Berlinger for getting sidetracked and not delivering Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker sooner, after all, he was helping the innocent finally spring free from incarceration (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory) and he followed Paul Simon’s return to Graceland (Under African Skies). Shot in 2011 (here’s a long preview trailer), there appears to have been a little bit more work added over the years to Barker’s own creations which in sort perhaps added more girth to this docu-exploration. Park City at Midnight folks? Perhaps.

Gist: Inspired by an interview with Clive which he filmed in April 2009 for the Dream The Impossible commercial project,
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Your Guide to the Best Documentaries of 2012 as Nominated by the Cinema Eye Honors

Last night, at a special event in conjunction with the AFI Fest, the nominees for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors were announced. And once again, the titles contending for the ten feature categories, all of which focus solely on nonfiction films (to make up for the Oscars’ minimal recognition), represent the year’s best in documentaries. As someone who professionally concentrates on docs elsewhere, I tend to feel kinda useless or redundant when Cinema Eye names its nominees, because now when someone asks me what’s great this year I can just point to their list of 31 features. Of course, some of these films are only up for specific honors, like those for original music score and graphic design, and may not be quite as necessary as the six up for the top award or the 10 nominated for the Audience Choice Prize (which sadly, for publicity-sake, lacks a Justin Bieber movie like last year). Also, I
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Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival announces line up

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has announced its 2012 full line up which includes the world premiere of Australian documentary Semi Colin about Colin Murray, as well as local films Save Your Legs, A Common Purpose and Coral Rekindling Venus.

The announcement:

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (Bofa) has announced an outstanding 2012 program featuring 30 of the world’s best features and documentaries from the last 12 months.

The 2012 Bofa Festival, to run from November 8-11 in Launceston and Hobart, will offer a wide range of screen based entertainment ranging from the latest Woody Allen production To Rome with Love to the extraordinary and award winning Us feature Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Documentaries include Under African Skies, which follows Neil Simon’s return to South Africa 25 years after Graceland, and Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the story of the world’s greatest sushi master.

Premieres include the world premiere of Semi Colin,
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Voting For Ifp Gotham Awards Audience Award Now Open (Several Familiar Titles On The List)

Several films we've covered on S&A like Bay Of All Saints, Call Me Kuchu,The Girls In The Band, Under African Skies, and Trash Dance are all candidates for the 3rd annual Gotham Awards Audience Award, brought to you by Ifp and Festival Genius. And since it's called the Audience Award, that means You get to choose the winner. How? By voting for your favorites... how else?! The finalists for the award will be selected based on how many votes each receives, and those films and filmmakers will all be invited to attend the Gotham Awards, where the winner will be announced live, at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards...
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Complete Lineup of 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012

14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)

Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)

2. The Last Elvis (El Último Elvis)

Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)

3. The Sapphires

Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)

4. The Wall (Die Wand)

Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)

5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)

Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)

6. Augustine

Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col.
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Winners of 2012 Emmy Awards Announced!

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place on Sunday (September 23rd). Showtime's "Homeland" won in the Best Drama category, denying "Mad Men" a record fifth consecutive win. "Modern Family" took home its third straight Best Comedy award. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" won its 10th consecutive Emmy, which resulted in Jon Stewart being censored during his acceptance speech for saying the F-word. Julianne Moore (pictured) won for Best Actress in a Mini-Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change." Moore stated: "Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down." And Jon Cryer won Best Actor for "Two and a Half Men," something he admitted was not possible with Charlie Sheen around. "The show was really structured around [Sheen's] character, so it was silly for me to be in the lead character [category]. That's changed [with Ashton Kutcher]. It's more of a partnership
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Homeland sweeps the Primetime Emmys, Kidman and Davis miss out

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Showtime series Homeland swept the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards netting popular awards for Damien Lewis (Best Actor), Claire Danes (Best Actress), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Best Drama Series.

The Primetime wins helped Homeland secure its place as the Emmy's surprise hit of 2012. Lewis beat out Emmy favourites Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston, who himself won the award twice for his role as Walter White in AMC.s Breaking Bad.

HBO.s Game Change tied with Homeland with four awards won, including Jay Roach.s Best Director for a Miniseries and Outstanding Miniseries. Combined with the Creative Arts Emmy wins, Homeland won a collective six awards this Emmy season.

Despite Showtime.s popular wins, HBO came out on top earning six awards in total for their programs nominated. ABC came soon after with five awards with its flagship show Modern Family earning an Outstanding Directing for a
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Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 complete winners list: 'Homeland' takes home the hardware

"Homeland" broke "Mad Men's" Emmy streak by winning Outstanding Drama Series -- it also took home Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series for stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

The complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones


Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Glenn Close, Damages

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Claire Danes, Homeland

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul,
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Announcing the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award Winners!

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Homeland and Modern Family were the big winners at this year's Emmys! Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, opening with a cute monologue that boasted tons of stars like Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham (just to name a few). As the show went on, we were treated to Josh Groban covering One Direction, Breaking Bad getting the old-timey treatment, and Aziz Ansari showing off an impressive British accent. As for the winners, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, and Aaron Paul all added their second trophies to their cases, while Damian Lewis was among the first-time winners. One of the biggest shocks of the night was that Mad Men was completely shut out for the first time ever, and Bryan Cranston lost out in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for the first time ever. Check out all of the winners when you read more. Outstanding Drama Series
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Game of Thrones, HBO Lead Creative Arts Emmys

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With the Emmy Awards set for a week from tonight on ABC, HBO got off to a terrific start last night, racking up 17 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with Game of Thrones netting six and Boardwalk Empire, Girls and Hemingway & Gellhorn all faring well for the cable network.

Here's a rundown of the winners:

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Michael J. Fox - "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - HBO

Greg Kinnear - "Modern Family" - ABC

Bobby Cannavale - "Nurse Jackie" - Showtime

Winner: Jimmy Fallon - "Saturday Night Live" - NBC

Will Arnett - "30 Rock" - NBC

Jon Hamm - "30 Rock" - NBC

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Mark Margolis - "Breaking Bad" - AMC

Dylan Baker - "The Good Wife" - CBS

Michael J. Fox - "The Good Wife" - CBS

Winner: Jeremy Davies - "Justified" - FX Networks

Ben Feldman - "Mad Men" - AMC
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Emmys 2012: HBO, Fueled by Game of Thrones, and CBS Lead Early Winners; Smash Pulls Upset

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Emmys 2012: HBO, Fueled by Game of Thrones, and CBS Lead Early Winners; Smash Pulls Upset
If this year’s Creative Arts Emmys took place in Westeros, HBO would’ve easily ascended to the Iron Throne.

Fueled by its original series Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, with a little love thrown at the Clive Owen-Nicole Kidman movie Hemingway & Gellhorn to boot, the pay cabler walked away from the evening with 17 total wins, including six for Thrones alone. (Last year, the fantasy saga grabbed gold just twice, even including at the Big Show.)

CBS placed a solid second with 13 wins, including five total for its coverage of the Grammys and Tonys, plus a pair for,
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Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard And Brian Grazer Sign On To Film Jay Z’s Budweiser Made In America Festival

Imagine Entertainment partners, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, have announced that they are filming Jay Z’s Budweiser Made in America music festival, September 1-2 in Philadelphia.

Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation will be co-producing alongside Grazer and @radical.media, with the legendary Howard directing. Along with headlining and curating the festival, Jay Z is also taking on an executive producer role in the film along with Paul Chibe, Anheuser.Busch’s U.S. Marketing vice president.

“This will not be a concert film; it’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America . what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist,” said Howard.

The two-day festival will feature artists such as Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Drake, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future, and Janelle Monae, all who speak to a new generation of fans.
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Ron Howard, Brian Grazer To Film Jay-z’s ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Music Festival

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer To Film Jay-z’s ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Music Festival
As was rumored, Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will film Jay-z’s Budweiser Made In America music festival, September 1-2 in Philadelphia. The feature will be released next year. Translation CEO Steve Stoute will be co-producing alongside Grazer and @radical.media, and Howard will direct. Jay-z headlines the festival and will share exec producer role with Paul Chibe, Anheuser–Busch’s U.S. Marketing vice president. The two-day festival will feature artists such as Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Drake, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future, and Janelle Monáe, all who speak to a new generation of fans. “This will not be a concert film; it’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made In America – what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist,” Howard said in a statement. Grazer and Stoute previously collaborated in
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