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17 HBO Original Programs to Be Excited About in 2021

17 HBO Original Programs to Be Excited About in 2021
After a year filled with production delays and shutdowns, Hollywood has persevered, and HBO — still the premiere destination for prestigious new shows and returning favorites — has a full slate of confirmed 2021 TV releases in the offing. Though the pandemic is still causing mayhem when it comes to any kind of long-term scheduling, some series have managed to wrap, others are in the middle of shooting, and still more have a plan to finish in time for audiences to appreciate them this very year.

Below, IndieWire has compiled a list of upcoming programs either already scheduled or fully expected to premiere this year, so you can rest assured in what’s coming. In the list below, learn all about HBO’s 2021 dramas, comedies, limited series, and more, from plot descriptions and cast lists to production timelines and possible premiere dates.

To be clear, this is a 2021 preview for HBO, not HBO Max.
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RSVP now for the premiere of our new video series featuring chats with 4 Oscar rivals for Best Documentary: ‘All In: The Fight for Democracy,’ ‘Boys State,’ ‘Miss Americana’ and ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ [Special Event]

RSVP now for the premiere of our new video series featuring chats with 4 Oscar rivals for Best Documentary: ‘All In: The Fight for Democracy,’ ‘Boys State,’ ‘Miss Americana’ and ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ [Special Event]
On Nov. 23, Gold Derby will debut a major new video series featuring lively discussions with filmmakers competing in the same awards race. First up: Best Documentary. Our senior editor Joyce Eng will conduct one-on-one interviews with each contender, followed by a group discussion involving all participants in a lively chat about their differing views of what makes a documentary great and how these filmmakers cope with the gravest challenges of their careers.

RSVP today by clicking here to reserve your booking for the premiere of our special new video series. . This one-hour event will debut on Monday, November 23, at 5:00 p.m. Pt. 8:00 p.m. Et. Sign up now and we will reserve your reservation and then follow up later by sending you a reminder a few hours before the show begins.

This “Meet the Btl Experts” panel welcomes the following 2021 Oscar contenders:

All In: The Fight for Democracy
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Crazy, Not Insane Review: HBO Serial Doc Examines Haunted Minds

Crazy, Not Insane Review: HBO Serial Doc Examines Haunted Minds
“Bigotry and insanity are different,” Psychiatrist Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis says at the beginning of HBO’s documentary Crazy, Not Insane. The idea that someone can kill for perfectly sane, yet irrational reasons goes to the heart of the controversial doctor’s work. Her mother seemed to be able to name every famous anti-Semite. Henry Ford, Richard Wagner, Joe Kennedy and “even Walt Disney,” Lewis lists. The man who made Bambi, which made Lewis cry as a little girl, hated Jews, she bemoans as the film unfolds. You never know what lies underneath even the most innocent appearing exteriors, director Alex Gibney’s documentary, highlights.

The documentary then cuts to one of Dr. Lewis’ earliest cases, the serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. He preferred to be called a multiple slayer. While Lewis explains how she hoped, at the time of her interviews, she would not be prejudiced, the documentary explores
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Javier Bardem’s ‘The Good Boss’ Sells Across Europe for MK2 (Exclusive)

Javier Bardem’s ‘The Good Boss’ Sells Across Europe for MK2 (Exclusive)
MK2 Films has lured key European buyers with “The Good Boss,” starring Javier Bardem. The film started shooting last month in Spain.

Described as an offbeat satire with darkly comedic elements, “The Good Boss” is being produced by Fernando León de Aranoa through the label Reposado P.C. and Mediapro Studio.

The major distributors that have boarded the movie include Bim in Italy, Alamode in Germany and Austria, Cascade in the Cis and Baltics, and Spentzos in Greece. MK2 launched sales on the movie during the Toronto Film Festival.

Discussions are underway in other territories, according to Fionnuela Jamison, head of international sales at MK2 Films.

Bardem stars in the film as a seemingly benevolent owner of a family factory who thinks he could be up for another local award for business excellence. In order to improve productivity within a week and win, the boss will cross every line imaginable,
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MK2 Films to Represent ‘Silver Star’ With ‘Euphoria’ Star Sydney Sweeney (Exclusive)

MK2 Films to Represent ‘Silver Star’ With ‘Euphoria’ Star Sydney Sweeney (Exclusive)
MK2 Films has come on board “Silver Star,” a timely crime drama headlined by “Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney and directed by Ruben Amar (“Swim Little Fish Swim”).

MK2 Films has acquired international sales to the indie road movie, and will introduce the project to buyers at the virtual American Film Market this week. Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2021 in the U.S.

Silver Star” tells the story of a Bonnie-and-Clyde-type couple, Buddy, a 20-year-old Civil War re-enactor who’s fresh out of jail and struggling to root himself in today’s world, and Franny (Sydney Sweeney), an impulsive, pregnant 19-year-old with nothing to lose. Buddy is determined to reconnect with his estranged parents by saving their home from foreclosure, whatever it takes. During a botched bank robbery, Buddy takes Franny as his hostage and together they embark on an unexpected road trip across America.

Sweeney’s credits include “Euphoria,
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Crazy, Not Insane Doc Studies Serial Killers’ Minds on HBO

Crazy, Not Insane Doc Studies Serial Killers’ Minds on HBO
Psychiatrist Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis is an influential and controversial figure. She interviewed Ted Bundy four times in 1986 at the request of the defense. Dr. Lewis pioneered psychiatric legal avenues by exploring trauma as root causes of horrific crimes in many cases. HBO’s upcoming Crazy, Not Insane will explore Dr. Lewis’ “lifelong attempts to look beyond the grisly details of homicides into the hearts and minds of the killers themselves,” according to the advance press. The documentary debuts Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9 pm.

Directed and produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, Crazy, Not Insane seeks to challenge “the very notion of evil and proposing that murderers are made not born,” according to the press statement. The documentary, which includes videotaped death row interviews, examines formative experiences and neurological dysfunction as contributing factors in crimes of serial killers such as Bundy and Arthur Shawcross.

The videotapes of her interviews reveal the way
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Alex Gibney’s ‘Totally Under Control’ offers a chilling play-by-play of the Trump administration’s mishandling of Covid-19

Alex Gibney’s ‘Totally Under Control’ offers a chilling play-by-play of the Trump administration’s mishandling of Covid-19
Oscar winner Alex Gibney‘s new documentary “Totally Under Control,” which he wrote and co-directed with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, is already available to rent on demand via streaming services, but will be more widely available through Hulu beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20. The film is another addition to the sea of information about how the United States government mishandled the initial response to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. In that regard, it’s not as much an enlightening documentary as a timely one, seemingly aimed at giving voice to scientists and public health experts who appear in the film to narrate all the ways the Trump administration’s response failed the country.

As the documentarian behind the 2019 Emmy nominee “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” and 2015 Emmy winner “Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief,” as well as the film for which he won the Oscar
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Trump’s Failure to Control Covid-19 Gets Examined in First Trailer for Alex Gibney’s Totally Under Control

Trump’s Failure to Control Covid-19 Gets Examined in First Trailer for Alex Gibney’s Totally Under Control
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage our nation and, now, much of The White House, a group of filmmakers secretly began making a documentary helping detail the tragedies of the pandemic and the government malfeasance which exacerbated it.

Totally Under Control is from award-winning director Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutuyuna, and Suzanne Hillinger and follows how the Trump administration utterly failed in their response to the pandemic, from downplaying the severity of the virus to out-right lying about key facts.

The trailer for the film features infamous moments from Trump’s press conferences regarding the pandemic as well as interviews with government officials and medical workers who were on the front line of fighting the pandemic. Coming from Neon, Totally Under Control will be released October 13th on demand and October 20th on Hulu.

See the trailer and poster below.

Totally Under Control will be released October 13th on demand and October 20th on Hulu.
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‘Totally Under Control’: Neon To Release Alex Gibney Docu About White House’s Failed Response To Pandemic

‘Totally Under Control’: Neon To Release Alex Gibney Docu About White House’s Failed Response To Pandemic
As film and TV try their best to get back into production amidst the constraints of a global pandemic, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has been quietly filming a documentary for the past four months with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger. The project, titled Totally Under Control puts a spotlight on the White House’s failed response to the global pandemic and how it could have been prevented. Neon announced today that they will be releasing the docu in October.

Gibney, Harutyunyan and Hillinger dive deep into how this happened and the pandemic’s devastating impact. The film gives damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.

“With an extraordinary team of collaborators, I was compelled to mount this production when I saw the scale of incompetence and political corruption by the Trump Administration in the face of a global pandemic,
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‘Agents of Chaos’ Trailer Explores Russia’s Alleged Interference in 2016 Election

‘Agents of Chaos’ Trailer Explores Russia’s Alleged Interference in 2016 Election
Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election is examined in the new trailer for Agents of Chaos, Alex Gibney’s two-part HBO documentary out September 23rd.

Ahead of the upcoming 2020 election, the film aims to interpret what really happened in 2016, untangling all the conspiracies, confusion and public reaction. In the trailer, Russian President Vladimir Putin is asked if his country is attempting to influence the 2016 election. “Here, I’ll tell you a secret,” he says. “Yes, we will absolutely be doing that.”

The film features previously unseen footage captured inside
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Alex Gibney Examines Russian Election Interference in HBO Documentary ‘Agents of Chaos’ (Exclusive)

Alex Gibney Examines Russian Election Interference in HBO Documentary ‘Agents of Chaos’ (Exclusive)
Alex Gibney, the Emmy and Oscar winning documentary filmmaker who has previously investigated everything from Scientology to Theranos, will pull back the curtain on Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Dubbed “Agents of Chaos,” the two-part film will debut on HBO on Sept. 23 in advance of the 2020 presidential contest. The second installment will air on Sept. 24. Gibney previously collaborated with HBO on the likes of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and “The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley.”

“The was a Herculean effort that was reminiscent of the cleaning of the Augean stables in terms of difficulty,” Gibney told Variety. “While a lot has been written about certain aspects of this story, much of it was done in such a superficial way that it was hard for people to penetrate. We felt there was value in presenting this as one all-encompassing narrative.”

The resulting film
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‘The Reunited States’: The Exchange Boards Sales Rights To Timely Documentary About Bridging The U.S. Racial & Political Divide

‘The Reunited States’: The Exchange Boards Sales Rights To Timely Documentary About Bridging The U.S. Racial & Political Divide
Exclusive: LA-based sales firm The Exchange has boarded world sales rights to timely documentary The Reunited States, which follows unsung heroes on the journey to bridge the political and racial divides in the U.S.

Subjects of the new film include Susan Bro, who’s daughter Heather Heyer was killed when a car drove through a crowd of counter-protestors at the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally three years ago today; Steven Olikara, the founder of the Millenial Action Project, a bipartisan coalition of 1,500 young lawmakers; Greg Orman, an independent politician who ran for Governor of Kansas in 2018; and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travelled to all fifty states with their three kids in an Rv in an effort to understand how to heal national divisions.

The documentary follows Bro on her quest for social justice from the first anniversary of the Charlottesville rally up until her
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Newly Formed Artists Film Group Sets ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Actor Drew Van Acker For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Back Home’

Newly Formed Artists Film Group Sets ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Actor Drew Van Acker For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Back Home’
Exclusive: Artists Film Group, the recently launched film investment and production company set up by Wes Hull (Zone 414), Robert Rippberger (The Inventor) and David Lugo (Welcome Home), has unveiled details on two of its debut projects.

The company has acquired sci-fi spec script Back Home, written by Anne Vithayathil, and has set Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars) to star, with Drew Mylrea (Spy Intervention) attached to direct. The pic is a contained thriller with heavy VFX components and the team is fast-tracking with an aim to go into production in the fall. The movie will be produced by Hull, Lugo and Rippberger with Sunil Perkash (Premonition) and Van Acker.

Back Home is a riveting thriller where the audience is always one step behind, guessing what will happen next. Director Mylrea’s vision can best be described as if Hitchcock made a modern sci-fi thriller where the audience delights in the created tension,
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Virtual Cannes Has Movies, Tests Covid-19 Ravaged Markets

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Virtual Cannes Has Movies, Tests Covid-19 Ravaged Markets
Despite the pandemic and disruption of the global entertainment industry, at the Cannes virtual market, it’s game on. Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Nick Jonas, Laurence Fishburne, Lily James and Tessa Thompson all headline projects being brought onto Cannes’ pre-sales market and directed by the likes of Michael Mann, Antoine Fuqua, Baltasar Kormakur, Pablo Larrain and Pablo Trapero.

Deals are already going down on select movies, even before the Hollywood agencies present their A Demain Marché online platform of projects over June 22-23.

At a second virtual market, Cannes Marché du Film Online, which screens completed films, trading has also kicked off on a line-up led by such Cannes Official Selection titles as Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round,” Fernando Trueba’s “Forgotten We’ll Be,” Francois Ozon’s “Summer 85” and Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers.”

Both digital markets were initially conceived as being mainly initiatives to reconnect industry players.
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Cannes virtual market: buzz titles from France

Cannes virtual market: buzz titles from France
French sellers will market premiere a number of Cannes 2020 label titles.

MK2 Films is launching Carine Tardieu’s romantic drama The Young Lovers, starring Fanny Ardant opposite Melvil Poupaud as a 70-year-old woman who embarks on an affair with a married doctor 25 years her junior, and Ratatouille screenwriter Jim Capobianco’s stop-motion animation feature The Inventor about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, featuring Stephen Fry and Daisy Ridley in the voice cast. It will also market premiere Cannes 2020 titles The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol and Israeli filmmaker Nir Bergman’s father-and-son tale Here We Are.

Charades is running
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​MK2 boards ‘The Young Lovers’ starring Fanny Ardant and Melvil Poupaud (exclusive)

​MK2 boards ‘The Young Lovers’ starring Fanny Ardant and Melvil Poupaud (exclusive)
Romantic drama will challenge societal norms.

Paris-based mk2 films has boarded sales on Carine Tardieu’s upcoming romantic drama The Young Lovers, starring Fanny Ardant opposite Melvil Poupaud as a 70-year-old woman who embarks on an affair with a married doctor 25 years her junior.

“It’s a modern and nuanced drama where love defies society’s standards,” said mk2 films sales chief Fionnuala Jamison.

Ardant plays an elegant, retired architect whose path crosses with a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years previously.

Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair.
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​MK2 boards ‘The Young Lovers’ starring Fanny Ardant and Melvil Poupard (exclusive)

​MK2 boards ‘The Young Lovers’ starring Fanny Ardant and Melvil Poupard (exclusive)
Romantic drama will challenge societal norms.

Paris-based mk2 films has boarded sales on Carine Tardieu’s upcoming romantic drama The Young Lovers, starring Fanny Ardant opposite Melvil Poupard as a 70-year-old woman who embarks on an affair with a married doctor 25 years her junior.

“It’s a modern and nuanced drama where love defies society’s standards,” said mk2 films sales chief Fionnuala Jamison.

Ardant plays an elegant, retired architect whose path crosses with a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years previously.

Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Daisy Ridley & Stephen Fry Board Animation ‘The Inventor’ For ‘Ratatouille’ Writer; MK2 & The Exchange Pact For Sales – Cannes

Daisy Ridley & Stephen Fry Board Animation ‘The Inventor’ For ‘Ratatouille’ Writer; MK2 & The Exchange Pact For Sales – Cannes
Exclusive: Star Wars star Daisy Ridley and Brit national treasure Stephen Fry have boarded the voice cast of The Inventor, a feature stop-motion animation about Leonardo da Vinci written and directed by Jim Capobianco, the Oscar-nominated scribe of Ratatouille.

Fry will voice da Vinci and Ridley will be the French Princess Marguerite. Pic will follow the life of the insatiably curious and headstrong inventor as he leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines, and studying the human body. There, joined by the princess, he looks to answer the ultimate question – what is the meaning of it all?

Deadline can also reveal a first look at the movie below.

French major mk2 films is handling international rights with The Exchange overseeing the U.S. sale; the film will take part in next week’s Cannes Marche.

The $10M project is being
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Watching Quiz? The True Story Is Even More Wild Than the Miniseries

Watching Quiz? The True Story Is Even More Wild Than the Miniseries
Quiz is a different kind of true-crime show. The miniseries traces an infamous game-show scam from 2001, in which a trio of seemingly ordinary people were convicted of rigging the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? through a system of - wait for it - coughing. If you're into the particular niche that is movies, docs, and miniseries about scams - see Fyre, McMillions, The Inventor, and more - this three-part series is for you. If you're already wondering how much of the story is true, keep reading for the real and equally wild story.
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‘The Innocence Files’: Liz Garbus, Roger Ross Williams & Alex Gibney On Exploring Wrongful Convictions In Netflix Doc Series

‘The Innocence Files’: Liz Garbus, Roger Ross Williams & Alex Gibney On Exploring Wrongful Convictions In Netflix Doc Series
Thirty years ago, Levon Brooks was accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a three-year old girl in Mississippi. Despite having an alibi, he was sentenced to life in prison based on bite mark analysis. A few months, later a second young girl was raped and murdered and Kennedy Brewer, the boyfriend of the victim’s mother was arrested and sentenced death for the crime, based on similar bite mark analysis.

Brewer subsequently wrote to The Innocence Project, which was able to get the pair exonerated and freed after having DNA evidence at the crime scene tested.

These cases form the first three episodes of Netflix’s The Innocence Files and were directed by American Jail director Roger Ross Williams,
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