‘Jane’ First Look: Doc On Jane Goodall’s Early Work With Chimps Culled From 100 Hours Of Unseen Footage
EXCLUSIVE: One of the highlights of the recent Toronto Film Festival (and sure to be at the upcoming New York Film Festival) was the premiere of the extraordinary National Geographic documentary Jane which is based on 100 hours of recently discovered 16MM film footage of Jane Goodall’s first foray into the world of chimpanzees in 1962. Long thought lost, the footage shows a brave young woman at the beginning of what would become a remarkable lifelong journey with these… Read
‘I, Tonya’ To Close Hamptons Film Festival As Lineup Set
I, Tonya, the Margot Robbie-starring movie about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan figure-skating scandal that just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and scored a big distribution deal from Neon and 30West, is headed to the Hamptons. The Hamptons Film Festival today said the Craig Gillespie-helped pic will serve as the closing-night film of the fest, which runs October 5-9.
The fest announced its full slate today for its 25th edition, which will highlight more than 65… Read
Lili Fini Zanuck On Documenting Icon’s Highs & Lows In ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ – Toronto Studio
Lili Fini Zanuck hasn't made a feature since 1991’s Rush, a '70s-set thriller in which Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play undercover cops getting in over their heads in the Texas drug scene. That film features original music by British blues veteran Eric Clapton, whose call to Zanuck kickstarted the Toronto Film Festival entry Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. A candid look at the musician's public and private life, it covers his early days with '60s legends The… Read
‘Last Chance U’ Athlete Charged In Murder; Netflix Series Chronicles Hard-Knock Team
One of the college football players featured in the Netflix series Last Chance U and his brother have been charged in a Tennessee stabbing death.
Isaiah Wright, 20, and Camion Patrick, 22, are among four men charged in connection with the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Radford, who was stabbed multiple times on a street in Louisville, Tennessee.
Wright and Patrick were charged on Wednesday (two other men, Keshawn Hopewell and Itiq Green, were arrested last… Read
YouTube & Fulwell 73 Team For Soccer Comedy Docuseries
YouTube will release a new unscripted series from Fulwell 73 that celebrates soccer and its biggest stars off the field, relaxed and having a laugh. Training Days (working title) will debut exclusively on the web video giant in the spring.
The 10-week series will be executive produced by James Corden, Ben Winston, Gabe Turner and Leo Pearlman. Turner also will serve as both director and showrunner. The show was announced onstage at the DMEXCO Conference in Cologne… Read
Comedy Dynamics Is Flush With ‘Poop Talk’ Documentary – Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Some documentaries’ topics just stink. And Comedy Dynamics is holding its nose after acquiring theatrical and worldwide distribution rights to Poop Talk — a film about exactly what you think it’s about — at the Toronto Film Festival. Director Aaron Feldman’s pic will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets along with a global VOD release early next year.
Poop Talk is described as an open and honest look at a taboo topic in today's… Read
Jim Carrey On His ‘Jim & Andy’ Documentary & The Art Of Self: “Everybody’s Interested In Invisible Men” – Toronto
Who is Jim Carrey? Seeing the actor—one of the most indelible, singular performers of his generation—mobbed by fans as he exits Deadline's Toronto Studio, this seems an absurd question. Beloved for his signature, almost athletic gifts before the screen, Carrey has carried such comedic classics as Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, The Truman Show and Man On The Moon.
If you were to ask Carrey himself who he is, his answer would likely surprise you. Much… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Scores ‘Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words’ – Toronto
Sony Pictures Classics has taken all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to the Maria Callas documentary Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words. Helmed by first-timer Tom Volf, the film features never before seen or heard footage and performances of the great Greek-American opera singer.
The film, which Volf spent five years working on, is co-produced by Emma Lepers of Petit Dragon and Gaël Leiblang and Emmanuel Chain of Elephant Doc. Paris-based MK2 has… Read
‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ Director Chris Moukarbel On The “Superhero Character” That Is Lady Gaga — Toronto Studio
A documentary filmmaker known for works including Banksy Does New York, director Chris Moukarbel is very familiar with the portrait of an artist as a form.
Skilled at honing—and fascinated by—the “story behind the story”—Moukarbel was ultimately the perfect fit to helm Gaga: Five Foot Two, a TIFF-premering documentary that takes viewers into the life of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and her performative alter ego, Lady Gaga.
Speaking with Live Nation execs about… Read
Netflix Acquires Docu ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’; The Orchard Grabs Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’; A24 & DirecTV Pick Up ‘1%’ – Toronto
Netflix has made its second pickup of the day at Toronto, snagging worldwide rights to Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, a documentary that chronicles Jim Carrey’s four-month transformation into the late comic Andy Kaufman for the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon. WME Global and Cinetic Media made the deal, which is for north of $3M.
Carrey earned a Golden Globe for the role, but many of the production's most Kaufmanesque moments played out in behind-the-scenes video taken by… Read
Plowright, Dench, Smith To Reflect In BBC’s ‘Nothing Like A Dame’; Fremantle Buys Oz’s Easy Tiger – Global Briefs
As part of a new series of arts programming, the BBC has set a one-off program of insights and revelations from Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. The four old friends will reflect on their lives and careers in BBC Two's Nothing Like A Dame, directed by Roger Michell, as they spend a weekend together at the retreat once shared by Plowright and Laurence Olivier. The channel will also celebrate the world of Harry Potter on its 20th anniversary… Read
‘Super Size Me 2’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Penetrating Food Industry Illusions — Toronto Studio
Earning an Oscar nomination for his fast food exposé Super Size Me—which debuted out of Sundance in 2004—documentarian Morgan Spurlock is back 13 years later with a sequel to that cultural staple. Titled Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, the film provides penetrating insights into the food industry of today—an industry which uses trigger words like “all natural” and “free-range” to sell people on the illusion of health and self-improvement.
In the making of Super Size Me 2… Read