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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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“Charismatic, Ruthless”: Director Alex Gibney On Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes, Focus Of Emmy-Contending Doc ‘The Inventor’

“Charismatic, Ruthless”: Director Alex Gibney On Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes, Focus Of Emmy-Contending Doc ‘The Inventor’
Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced Silicon Valley entrepreneur once touted as the next Steve Jobs, will be portrayed in two upcoming fictionalized projects, one starring Jennifer Lawrence and the other with Kate McKinnon.

Lawrence’s big screen dramatization and McKinnon’s Hulu miniseries won’t be out for a while, but no waiting is required to see a nonfiction treatment of the Holmes story—The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is available right now on HBO on demand. It’s in contention for multiple Emmy nominations.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the documentary, about the Stanford University dropout who launched blood-testing company Theranos and became the youngest self-made female billionaire ever before the enterprise collapsed in a blizzard of fraud allegations. Gibney says he didn’t anticipate how much The Inventor would resonate with viewers.

“The way it broke through kind of surprised me in the sense that now
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Elizabeth Holmes Appears in Court for the First Time Since Release of HBO Documentary

Elizabeth Holmes Appears in Court for the First Time Since Release of HBO Documentary
Elizabeth Holmes is back in court.

The 35-year-old appeared at a San Jose, California, federal courthouse on Monday for a status hearing.

It marks her first appearance since the March release of the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley which follows the rise and fall of her company Theranos.

Holmes, who faces charges in wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, appeared calm and was dressed in a light blue button-down shirt, gray slacks and gray blazer.

Also in the courtroom was former Theranos president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, who is also facing charges of fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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Nxivm: HBO Is Teaming With Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers Of ‘The Square’ For Docuseries About Hollywood Sex Cult

Fresh off the successful docuseries “The Case Against Adnan Syed” and the documentary “The Inventor,” HBO is on a roll in the realm of unscripted filmmaking. And the network hopes to continue that string of hits with the upcoming docuseries focused on one of the wildest stories to hit Hollywood in the last year – Nxivm.

Read More: ‘The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley’: Tackles Scammer Elizabeth Holmes & Her Fraudulent Theranos Company

The cable network has just announced that production has begun on a new documentary series that will tell the unbelievable true story of the Nxivm cult that has been all over the news in recent months.

Continue reading Nxivm: HBO Is Teaming With Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers Of ‘The Square’ For Docuseries About Hollywood Sex Cult at The Playlist.
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Kate McKinnon Cast as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’

Kate McKinnon Cast as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’
Former Theranos executive Elizabeth Holmes has already made history in some infamous ways. Now, on the heels of a buzzy HBO documentary, she is now the subject of two different scripted projects. The latest one, as reported by Deadline on Wednesday, comes in the form of a Hulu limited series starring Kate McKinnon.

“The Dropout,” adapted from the ABC News podcast of the same name, will star the current “Saturday Night Live” cast member as the founder of the ill-fated blood home testing kit company, which went from being valued at billions of dollars to the center of one of the biggest financial scams in American history.

Bad Blood,” a feature film based on the reporting of John Carreyrou, is still in the works. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Adam McKay, both were attached to the project as far back as the summer of 2016.

Meanwhile, last June Holmes was
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Kate McKinnon Will Play Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series "The Dropout"

Kate McKinnon Will Play Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series
Not long after the HBO aired the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, about the twisted relationship between Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose, Hulu launched their scripted take on the events with The Act. Similarly, not long after HBO aired its documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (about the absolutely crazy behind-the-scenes events around the rise and fall of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes), Hulu is again submitting a scripted take in the form of The Dropout. The icing on top is that Deadline reports SNL's Kate McKinnon is set to …
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Kate McKinnon to Play Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for Hulu

Kate McKinnon to Play Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for Hulu
Kate McKinnon‘s next small-screen role is no laughing matter. The Saturday Night Live standout will reportedly executive-produce and star in a limited series about disgraced entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, according to our sister site Deadline.

Once billed as the next Steve Jobs, Holmes founded a privately held health technology company called Theranos in 2003 when she was just 19 years old. By 2013, the company — which claimed to have developed more accurate blood tests that required less blood than traditional exams — was worth about $10 billion, but a series of reports and scandals eventually exposed Theranos as a scam.

McKinnon’s series is currently titled The Dropout,
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Kate McKinnon to Play Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’

  • Variety
Hulu is eyeing a series order for “The Dropout,” a limited series about Elizabeth Holmes, with Kate McKinnon set to play the disgraced tech whiz, Variety has learned.

The prospective show, based on the ABC Radio and ABC News podcast about Holmes, would hail from Fox Searchlight TV, with McKinnon also on board as an executive producer.

The title refers to the fact Holmes dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a company which invented the Edison machine, a revolutionary diagnostic tool that promised to give patients a cheap way to test their blood for 200 diseases at their local drug store with just a finger-prick.

However, the machine did not work as Holmes claimed, and her lies allowed her to reap a fortune from investors, and even appear on the front cover of Fortune magazine. Wealthy investors who fell for Holmes’ scheme and poured money into the company include Betsy DuVos and Rupert Murdock.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Wild Wild Country

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since Netflix earned its first nomination (and win) in the category, only Netflix original series — or series that have benefitted from streaming on its platform — have won the category. “Making a Murderer” broke through for the digital giant in 2016, earning the initial nod and win, while “Wild Wild Country” took home the title again in 2018. In between, “Planet Earth II” won for BBC America (while “Chef’s Table” and “The Keepers” were nominated as Netflix originals). The initial “Planet Earth” and its sequel both stream on Netflix (and have for some time).

Fun Fact: In the 21 years this category has been active (it was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series before this and Outstanding Informational Series before that), PBS has won in 14 of those years and has 15 trophies, thanks to two of its programs tying in 1999. There has never been
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Everything to Know About Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' Hotel Heir Fiancé

Everything to Know About Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' Hotel Heir Fiancé
Elizabeth Holmes may still be facing 20 years in prison, but the one-time Silicon Valley darling has a new man by her side.

Inside Edition recently spotted the disgraced Theranos CEO smiling while out and about in San Francisco with fiancé Billy Evans and her dog Balto.

In video obtained by the outlet, Holmes, 35, had traded in her signature black turtleneck in favor of a plain white T-shirt and a pair of black yoga pants. Meanwhile Evans wore a shirt emblazoned with the words “Take a walk on the wild side.”

The couple was also filmed holding hands while walking the dog on a separate occasion.
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James Corden Mocks Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos With ‘Poo’ Company Sketch

James Corden Mocks Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos With ‘Poo’ Company Sketch
James Corden parodies the infamous Elizabeth Holmes and her failed blood-testing technology company, Theranos — the subject of the recent HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — in a goofy sketch from Wednesday’s Late Late Show.

The clip looks back at Corden’s fake, “multi-billion-dollar heath company” that aimed to “transform the landscape of modern medicine as we know it — “no more disease, no more doctors, no more death.” His process? Collecting feces in Skechers shoe boxes. He never figures out the next step.

Throughout the pre-filmed segment,
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Here's Everything You Need to Know About Elizabeth Holmes's Partner in Crime, Sunny Balwani

  • BuzzSugar
Just a few years ago, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was pronounced the youngest self-made female billionaire in America, but now, she is potentially facing 20 years in prison. Following the wild success of the recent pair of notable Fyre Festival docs, HBO recently released a documentary called The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley, and it may be even crazier than the story of Fyre Fest.

The documentary tells the story of the brilliant Stanford dropout who founded Theranos. With her mission of performing blood tests using only small quantities of blood, Holmes received billions of dollars through fundraising efforts and investor enthusiasm - which would have been great if the technology actually existed. Once known for her trademark Steve Jobs-inspired black turtlenecks and revolutionary blood testing aspirations, Holmes is now better known for her decade of deception and her notably deep voice.

However, just like Fyre Media's CEO Billy McFarland,
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He May Not Be as Culpable as Elizabeth Holmes, but Sunny Balwani Is Still Pretty Damn Suspicious

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He May Not Be as Culpable as Elizabeth Holmes, but Sunny Balwani Is Still Pretty Damn Suspicious
Just a few years ago, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was pronounced the youngest self-made female billionaire in America, but now, she is potentially facing 20 years in prison. Following the wild success of the recent pair of notable Fyre Festival docs, HBO recently released a documentary called The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley, and it may be even crazier than the story of Fyre Fest.

The documentary tells the story of the brilliant Stanford dropout who founded Theranos. With her mission of performing blood tests using only small quantities of blood, Holmes received billions of dollars through fundraising efforts and investor enthusiasm - which would have been great if the technology actually existed. Once known for her trademark Steve Jobs-inspired black turtlenecks and revolutionary blood testing aspirations, Holmes is now better known for her decade of deception and her notably deep voice.

However, just like Fyre Media's CEO Billy McFarland,
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Everything to Know About the Elizabeth Holmes Movie Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Theranos CEO

Everything to Know About the Elizabeth Holmes Movie Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Theranos CEO
Elizabeth Holmes jolted into the spotlight in 2015 when Forbes named the Theranos CEO and founder the world’s youngest and wealthiest self-made billionaire. Then it all came falling down when her allegedly revolutionary blood testing tool, once valued at $9 billion, faced fraud claims, leaving Holmes with a net worth of zero.

HBO’s new documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, inspired by John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, explores Holmes’ quick rise and fall — and it won’t be the only movie to capture the 35-year-old’s journey from Silicon
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How ‘Lean In’ Feminism Created Elizabeth Holmes and the Toxic Ladyboss

In recent years, the corporate world has given rise to a new figure: the Ladyboss. The Ladyboss is usually white. She is usually young. She is usually pretty. She pays lip service to promoting diversity and equality in the workplace, even though it’s hard not to notice that there are very few people of color being promoted to leadership roles, and that the office maternity leave policy sucks (if there is even one to begin with). Perhaps she will take on a protégé, or a string of protégés, all of whom,
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All About Elizabeth Holmes' 'Uniform' of Black Turtlenecks: 'I Probably Have 150 of Them'

All About Elizabeth Holmes' 'Uniform' of Black Turtlenecks: 'I Probably Have 150 of Them'
It’s been a bad few weeks — make that a bad year — for former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, the one-time Silicon Valley superstar who was charged in 2018 with fraud for lying to investors about her company’s technology.

Between the recent ABC podcast The Dropout, HBO’s new documentary The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley and the upcoming movie Bad Blood, starring Jennifer Lawrence (based on the book by John Carreyrou), the public has suddenly become fascinated with the story of the wide-eyed woman with the oddly low voice, who loves to wear black turtlenecks.

One of the (frankly,
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Elizabeth Holmes Didn't Have a 'Low Voice' When She Was a Student, Claims Stanford Professor

Elizabeth Holmes Didn't Have a 'Low Voice' When She Was a Student, Claims Stanford Professor
Elizabeth Holmes’ integrity is being called into question with HBO’s documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley and ABC Radio’s podcast The Drop Out detailing the former CEO’s fall from grace.

What’s also being scrutinized? Her deep baritone voice.

In the fall of 2014, the Theranos CEO was named one of Forbes’s richest women in America and her start-up company valued at $9 billion. Around 20 months later Holmes’ net worth was estimated at $0 and she was charged with an “elaborate years-long” fraud having duped millions.

Now she’s also being accused of another alleged lie.
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Elizabeth Holmes: Everything to Know About Alleged Silicon Valley Con-Artist Who's Now Engaged

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Elizabeth Holmes: Everything to Know About Alleged Silicon Valley Con-Artist Who's Now Engaged
Elizabeth Holmes first rose to prominence in 2014 as the CEO of healthcare start-up Theranos, but the entrepreneur became infamous about 20 months later, after being charged with an “elaborate years-long” fraud having duped millions.

Ahead of the release of HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley on Sunday, which traces the rise and fall of the one-time Silicon Valley darling, it was revealed that Holmes, 35, is currently engaged.

Vanity Fair was the first to break the news, reporting in a February story that Holmes is currently living in San Francisco, and “engaged to a younger hospitality heir, who
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After More Than a Decade of Scamming Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes Has the Internet Shook

Billy McFarland, you've been de-fraud-throned. On Monday night, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley aired on HBO, showing the sociopathic tendencies of former founder Elizabeth Holmes, her failed blood-testing startup Theranos, and its shocking impact on the tech industry. We have to admit, Holmes's ideas were definitely there. If the technology was there as well, Theranos could've revolutionized blood testing as we know it, buuuuut instead, a company that at one point was valued at $9 billion with 800 employees, failed to deliver on any of its promises, and attempted to defraud all of its very powerful investors.

For those who read Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou or listened to the podcast The Dropout, the recently released HBO documentary provides a scarily vivid look at Holmes - the so-called "brilliant" Stanford dropout who was once compared to Steve Jobs
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