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CAS Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among Winners – Full List


The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing have wrapped, with La La Land taking home the top live action motion picture trophy, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big winner in the animated film category. And for the first time this year, CAS honored outstanding sound mixing for a motion picture documentary. The Music of Strangers: Y… Read


Oscars: A Look at the Politically Charged 2017 Documentary Feature Contenders


This year's documentary feature nominees are a particularly news-centric bunch, with four out of the five tackling the subjects of current furious worldwide debate. Ava DuVernay's 13th, Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro and Ezra Edelman's O.J: Made in America all address the issue of racial discrimination in the U.S., while Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea handles refugee immigration. Weighty, vital topics such as these must surely appeal to the Academy from the get-go… Read


‘The Quiet One’ Documentary About Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman Rolls To Sundance Selects – Berlin

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Rolling Stones - 1964

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to The Quiet One, a documentary about former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman that is being directed by Oliver Murray. The still-in-production film, made in collaboration with the Stones’ founding member, follows the highs and lows of Wyman's career and features unseen film footage he shot and photographs he took over the years, amassing a vast archive of memorabilia. He also kept a daily diary. "My life has been an… Read


HBO Acquires David Bowie Documentary ‘The Last Five Years’

David Bowie

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately. The documentary focuses on the final segment of Bowie’s life, when he recorded his albums The Next Day and Blackstar and co-wrote the stage musical Lazarus. Whately directed 2013’s David Bowie: Five Years, which examined five earlier eras of Bowie’s extraordinary career, including the Ziggy Stardust period and his Berlin days. The Last Five Years, a BBC Films… Read


Syrian Refugee Subject Of Nominated ‘Watani: My Homeland’ Will Attend Oscars


Hala Kamil, whose story is told in Marcel Mettelsiefen’s Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Watani: My Homeland, is now confirmed to attend the Academy Awards on February 26. The news comes amid the limbo status of millions of refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries who have been targeted by President Donald Trump’s late-January executive order to ban them from entering the United States. A refugee from Syria, Kamil had a valid visa and was planning to… Read


Buzzfeed & NBCU’s Wilshire Studios Developing Docuseries On Murder Of Mississippi Teen


Buzzfeed News and Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, are developing an active crime docuseries on the still unsolved death of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire in December of 2014. The series is inspired by the investigative reporting of BuzzFeed News' Senior National Reporter Katie J.M. Baker, who reported Chambers' story, uncovering developments and helping raise… Read


‘Kedi’ Review: Documentary Is Deeper Than A Cat Video & Purrfect Movie Entertainment


The Turkish cat documentary Kedi opened Friday in one New York theater, where it broke records and scored the top per-screen average of any movie in current release. With a 100% perfect (or is that purrfect?) rating at Rotten Tomatoes and what the theater reported as 21 sold-out shows, this little four-legged sleeper about the felines of Istanbul looks to be a breakout hit. It already has scored the best per screen of any documentary released this year or even in 2016… Read


‘Andre The Giant’: WWE, Bill Simmons & HBO Tag Team On Documentary


“The Eighth Wonder of the World” is coming to a TV near you — ideally a big-screen. WWE, HBO and Bill Simmons Media Group are teaming to produce Andre the Giant, a feature-length documentary about the pro wrestling legend who helped build an entertainment empire. Sports Emmy winner Jason Hehir will direct the first project from Bill Simmons since HBO canceled his talk show in November. "Going back to 2007 and 2008 when I was creating and developing 30 for 30 for ESPN… Read


ABC To Air Princess Diana Docu Miniseries On Anniversary of Her Death

FILE - In this March 9, 1981 file photo, Lady Diana Spencer, then-fiancee of Britain's Prince Charles attends her first official engagement, a charity event at the Goldsmith's Hall, in London. The strapless silk taffeta dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer is expected to fetch between 30,000 pounds and 50,000 pounds ($36,000 to $61,000) at auction Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Skingley, pool, file)

ABC will premiere a four-hour documentary miniseries on the life of Princess Diana marking the 20th anniversary of her death. The untitled project, a co-production of ABC and Time Inc’s People, will air over two nights in August, and include interviews with those who knew her best, as well as leading Diana experts. The interviews will be woven together with People's reporting, as well as archival footage of the Princess of Wales. The documentary will explore Diana's life… Read


Magnolia Acquires Sundance Docu ‘In Loco Parentis’


Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to In Loco Parentis, the documentary that bowed at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Neasa Ní Chianáin directed and David Rane co-directed and produced the pic, which follows a year in the lives of Amanda and John Leyden, an inspirational teaching couple at Headfort, an unconventional (and the only) primary-age boarding school in the village of Kells, Ireland, and the students under their charge. It focuses on their… Read


Showtime Tunes Up ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ For Theatrical & TV Release


EXCLUSIVE: Showtime Documentary Films has boarded Lili Fini Zanuck’s upcoming documentary, Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, which it will distribute in North America. The plan is to roll it out at domestic and international film festivals later this year, followed by a theatrical run in the U.S. and Canada with a TV airing set for 2018. An unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of the legendary musician, A Life In 12 Bars is produced by Searching For Sugarm… Read


Participant, AC Films Partner On Ai Weiwei Refugee Doc ‘Human Flow’ – Berlin

'Django' premiere, 67th Berlinale International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany - 09 Feb 2017

Participant Media and AC Films are teaming on documentary Human Flow from activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei. The feature explores the global refugee crisis using footage and interviews shot in over 20 countries. Ai is producing with Chin-chin Yap and Heino Deckert. AC’s Andy Cohen and Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant are executive producing. The film is currently in post-production. Filmed over one year, the doc was shot by 25 film crews in Afghanistan… Read