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‘Hal’ Trailer: Documentary On Iconoclastic ‘Coming Home’ & ‘Harold And Maude’ Director Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby directing a string of acclaimed movies in the 1970s, scoring an Oscar nom for Coming Home, but he’s largely overshadowed by the filmmaking kings of the Me Decade. Now a new documentary turns the lens on the iconoclast who also helmed such enduring pics as Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Being There. Here’s the logline: Hal explores his curious historical oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters and audio recordings… Read


Ma Anand Sheela, Meme-Worthy Star Of Netflix Docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country,’ On Why She Won’t Attend The Emmys

The woman known for uttering the defiant phrase "tough titties" isn't backing down. Ma Anand Sheela, whose dogged defense of the controversial Rajneesh spiritual movement and its attempted takeover of a small Oregon town made her the star of the hit documentary series Wild Wild Country, says there's nothing about her actions she would change. "I do not regret anything," she insists. "If there is again opportunity I would do it exactly the same. Maybe little bit even more… Read


Jonathan Gold Tribute To Include Unseen Footage From ‘City Of Gold’ Documentary

Jonathan Gold

The Los Angeles Times said today it is planning a public tribute for restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and longtime fixture of L.A.’s diverse food scene, who died July 21 at age 57. The events set for August 26 include the debut of unseen footage from Laura Gabbert’s documentary City of Gold, which bowed in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by IFC Films. The event will be held on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall… Read


‘Jane’ Director Brett Morgen Talks Meaningful Posthumous Emmy Nom For Hugo van Lawick – Awardsline Screening Series

Of the seven Emmy nominations for Brett Morgen's National Geographic documentary Jane—depicting the life and work of pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall—one makes the director particularly proud. Competing for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Nonfiction Directing, with well-deserved nominations in various craft areas, the film's most extraordinary recognition came in the form of a posthumous Cinematography nomination for wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawi… Read


Emmy-Contending ‘Blue Planet II’ Reveals Ocean’s Wonders, From Transgender Fish To Creatures That Use Tools

At the age of 92 Sir David Attenborough finds himself an Emmy nominee, in the category of Outstanding Narrator. But he's not the oldest contender in the field. That honor falls to 96-year-old Carl Reiner, recognized for his work on the documentary If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. Attenborough's nomination—the fourth of his career—comes for his narratorial efforts on the BBC America documentary series Blue Planet II, a vibrant exploration of the abundant life… Read


‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’ Among Nine Documentaries Acquired By Starz

Starz has added nine documentaries to its slate, including Matt Tyrnauer’s critically praised Scotty and the Secret of History of Hollywood, which will premiere in early 2019. In addition, Starz has acquired Fail State, executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, which investigates the dark side of American higher education; Half the Picture, about gender bias in Hollywood as told by leading female film directors; This is Congo, an unflinching look into Africa's longest… Read


Michael Moore Tees Up Big Bang ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Poster

“Tyrant. Liar. Racist. A Hole In One.” The poster for Michael Moore’s upcoming Fahrenheit 11/9 doesn’t mince words – or visuals. (See the full poster below). The photo illustration featured in the new poster depicts President Donald Trump, from behind, in khakis, polo shirt, red MAGA hat and finishing up a golf swing on the White House’s beautifully manicured front lawn. Just behind the White House itself is a big ol’ mushroom cloud. The documentary Sept. 21 release… Read


“I Had It Killed For Two Or Three Years”: Jimmy Iovine Explains What Changed His Mind About Making ‘The Defiant Ones’

Many lessons can be drawn from the experience of Jimmy Iovine, the Italian-American son of a New York longshoreman who became a record industry mogul and co-founder of Beats Electronics. One of them is how to deal with fear. "When I was a kid, I was a guy in right field saying, 'Don’t hit the ball to me,'" he tells Deadline. "And when I got in the [recording] studio, all of a sudden something happened, and fear became a tailwind. And I said, 'Hit the ball to me. Give me… Read


‘Jane’ May Help Acclaimed Director Brett Morgen Break Long Emmy Drought

Brett Morgen

Brett Morgen qualifies as one of the most successful directors in documentary film, with credits that range from Cobain: Montage of Heck to The Kid Stays in the Picture, and a raft of awards to his name. But, surprisingly, his long list of honors doesn't include a Primetime Emmy. "I have a terrible track record at the Emmys. I am currently 0-for-21 with my movies. The day tends to be very long," he says of the Creative Arts ceremony, where Emmys in documentary categories… Read


‘Inside The Manson Cult’ Trailer: Fox Sets Premiere Date For “Lost Tapes” Special

A two-hour documentary called Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes has been set for a Sept. 17 debut on Fox, the network announced, also releasing a teaser featuring audio of Manson. The crime doc, produced by Naked Television and narrated by Liev Schreiber, will include new and archival interviews with former Manson cult members. Included will be an exclusive prison interview with Bobby Beausoleil, who is serving a life sentence for a murder he committed in association… Read


With ‘What Haunts Us’, Paige Tolmach Confronts Devastating Legacy Of Porter-Gaud Sexual Abuse Scandal

Charleston, South Carolina native Paige Goldberg Tolmach is a local girl made good. She co-founded a successful eco products business in LA and recently earned an Emmy nomination for her directorial debut, the documentary What Haunts Us. Those accomplishments might seem enough for Charleston to take pride in Paige, but to hear Tolmach tell it, the city has decidedly mixed feelings about her. "Still, in my hometown, right now, they’re really angry at me," Tolmach tells… Read


Toronto Sets ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’, ‘Predator’ And ‘Halloween’ World Premieres In Sidebar Slates

Michael Moore The Predator

The 2018 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled lineups for its key TIFF Docs and Midnight sidebars, which features a host of strong world premieres including for Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, Alexis Bloom’s Roger Ailes pic Divide and Conquer and Rashida Jones’ Quincy in the documentary section and Shane Black’s The Predator and David Gordon Green’s Halloween in the genre pic lineup. The fest, which kicks off its 43rd edition September 6, also revealed its classics sidebar… Read