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Dp Kirsten Johnson on Filming the Kronos Quartet Documentary A Thousand Thoughts

Kirsten Johnson was among the most in-demand documentary DPs even before her much-celebrated 2016 film Cameraperson. Johnson has shot more than 50 films for such directors as Laura Poitras, Alex Gibney and Kirby Dick. Her latest film, A Thousand Thoughts, is a doc on the Kronos Quartet from directors Sam Green and Joe Bini. The film will be presented at Sundance as a “live documentary” with Green narrating live and the Quartet conducting the score in person. Before its premiere, Johnson spoke with Filmmaker about finding innovative ways to film a concert and how a shot from Cameraperson wound up in A […]
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‘The Post’s’ Liz Hannah, Josh Singer to Be Honored by Writers Guild

Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Paul Selvin Award for their screenplay for “The Post.”

The film chronicles the decision by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon administration in 1971. The award is given each year for the script that “best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Hannah and Singer will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Liz and Josh’s work on ‘The Post’ embodies what the Selvin Award is all about. Using the lens of history, they’ve created a movie that dramatizes a timeless struggle: the vital importance of journalists holding our government accountable in the face of public servants’ bald and desperate efforts to hinder freedom of speech and the press. The Wgaw Board
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Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’

Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’
Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in Berlinale Series, which is part of the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Looming Tower” also features in the lineup, which is rounded out by Danish series “Liberty,” Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and Norway’s “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”).

Although hailing from different parts of the world, all the projects deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them, say the organizers of Berlinale Series, which is open to the public and has been growing in size and importance.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgment,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil
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Berlinale Series selection includes 'Picnic At Hanging Rock', 'The Looming Tower'

Seven series selected for TV strand.

The Berlin Film Festival (Feb 15-25) has unveiled the seven titles set to be screened in this year’s Berlinale Series programme.

Source: Hulu

The Looming Tower

Opening the festival’s TV strand is Australian series Picnic At Hanging Rock, FremantleMedia’s Natalie Dormer-starring TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which previously spawned Peter Weir’s Bafta-winning 1975 feature.

The series tells the story of a strict headmistress at a boarding school whose dark past catches up with her after three pupils mysteriously disappear during a school outing.

Also in the selection is Legendary Television and broadcaster Hulu’s The Looming Tower, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name. Chronicling the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the series stars Jeff Daniels as counter terrorism expert John O’Neill and is being exec produced by Alex Gibney.

Further series in the
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Berlin Fest: 'The Looming Tower,' 'The Terror' Among Series Highlights

Hulu's 9/11 drama The Looming Tower, from Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, and AMC's anthology series The Terror, featuring Mad Men and The Crown star Jared Harris, have been picked for Berlinale Series, the showcase of high-end TV series that runs alongside the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Terror, based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons, will have its world premiere in Berlinale while The Looming Tower, which bows on Amazon outside North America, will celebrate its international premiere. 

Also in the lineup are critically acclaimed Australian series Picnic at Hanging Rock, starring Game of...
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‘Everything Sucks!’ Trailer: Nostalgic Netflix Comedy Relives Your ’90s High School Experience

‘Everything Sucks!’ Trailer: Nostalgic Netflix Comedy Relives Your ’90s High School Experience
Last year, chenille sweaters were a holiday party staple and Jenny Slate made frizzy hair cool again in “Landline.” With Netflix’s latest comedy driving a Volvo station wagon back to 1996, it appears ’90s nostalgia is far from reaching a saturation point. The first trailer for “Everything Sucks!” promises plenty of VHS tapes, flannel, and CD-skipping jokes, plus a crew of scheming pre-teens who are just trying to deal. Looking like a cross between “Stranger Things” and “Big Mouth,” “Everything Sucks!” could be the latest Netflix comedy to go make waves.

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Per the official synopsis: “Set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, ‘Everything Sucks!’ is a quirky, funny coming of age story that revolves around Boring High School’s A/V Club and Drama Club— two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders, who join
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Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’

Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’
Leah Remini has written an open letter along with Mike Rinder, her co-host of the A&E docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which the pair defend “Crash” director and fellow ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis against multiple sexual misconduct allegations, including two rape claims. Haggis was accused of sexual harassment and abuse by four women in a January 5 report from the Associated Press. Three of the four women spoke anonymously.

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“Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law,” Remini and Rinder write in the letter. “Because claims of anonymous accusers who have Not gone to law enforcement are not credible.”

Haggis left the Church of Scientology in 2009 after being a member for 35 years. Remini followed in
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The Looming Tower Trailer: Hulu's Limited Series Has the (Terrifying) Goods

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Have communications between the (now increased) number of Federal agencies tasked with protecting the United States citizens improved since 9/11/2001?

We sure as hell have to hope they have.

Hulu is bringing to the small screen an adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."

The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.

The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.

Needless to say,
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Jeff Daniels, Lawrence Wright Talk Story Behind Hulu’s ‘The Looming Tower’

Lawrence Wright spent five years working on “The Looming Tower,” his Pulitzer prize-winning book about the lead-up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The book has been adapted into a drama series for the streaming service Hulu.

“My main sources were terrorists and intelligence agents,” Wright said Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “They’re not the most open people to deal with. But honestly it was a mission for me. It’s probably the most important thing I’ll do in my professional life.”

Wright said that he “had to find a way to take this vast tragedy and make it human,” and his approach was to find key individuals and focus on their stories. One of those was individuals was John O’Neill, a counter-terrorism expert who became focused on Al Qaeda, was forced out of the FBI, and was hired as head of security at the World Trade Center — a job he
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Jeff Daniels Liked Having “No Idea” How To Play Doomed Terror Expert In ‘The Looming Tower’ – TCA

Documentarian Alex Gibney says he got on board as an exec producer of Hulu’s drama series The Looming Tower because it “seemed like a story that could not be told in pure documentary terms,” but he knew his experience would be a “very useful” tool to “find the reality of the drama.” The 10-episode straight-to-series adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer-winning 9/11 exposé traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and takes a controversial look at how…
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Jamie Carmichael steps down as president of film at Kew Media Group (exclusive)

Industry veteran was formerly head of Content Film.

Jamie Carmichael

La-based international sales veteran Jamie Carmichael is stepping down from his role as president of film at Kew Media Group.

The long-time Content Film head is understood to be lining up another venture in the film and TV sector but details have yet to be confirmed.

Kew told Screen in a statement:

”Kew is further combining its film and television units. This allows for more cohesion and synergies across our sales and marketing teams and better positions the company for its growth and expansion. The new joint division will be led by Greg Phillips, President, Distribution. Jamie Carmichael, President of Film, has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.”

Recent titles on the Kew slate include Zach Fox and Omri Dorani’s teen comedy How To Get Girls, Bees Make Honey starring Alice Eve, comedy An Actor Prepares with Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston and sci-fi
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Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’

Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Set for ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’
Leading British actors Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave will head the cast of “Mrs. Lowry & Son.” The film examines the relationship between early 20th century British painter L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth.

To be directed by Adrain Noble, former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the film will shoot from mid-January in Greater Manchester and London. Production is by Geniuses Pictures in association with Moya Productions and Ipg Media in Australia. International sales are being handled by Robbie Little for The Little Film Company.

Known for his unique depictions of the industrial northwest of England, Lowry lived all his life with an overbearing, bedridden and depressed mother. He spent his days as a rent collector and his evenings at art classes, undeterred by his antagonistic mother’s criticism.

The screenplay is by Martyn Hesford (“Fantabulosa!”), adapted from his stage play of the same name. The producer is Debbie Gray (“Northern Soul,” “Maxine Peak as Hamlet,
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‘The Looming Tower’ Trailer: Hulu Takes On 9/11 With Jeff Daniels & Alec Baldwin

Two reasons to get excited for Hulu‘s upcoming new series “The Looming Tower:” a grey-haired Michael Stuhlbarg and a bearded Peter Sarsgaard. On a less important note, the series seems to be a sort of 9/11 prequel, “an investigative thriller” detailing “the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s.” It is executive produced by documentarian Alex Gibney and “Capote” screenwriter Dan Futterman.

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‘The Looming Tower’ Trailer: Hulu Drama About the Path to 9/11 Looks Like Another Prestige Heavyweight

Hulu might have another hit drama on its hands.

The streaming service released the first full look at “The Looming Tower,” the upcoming original drama charting the extensive counterintelligence efforts in the U.S. as the efforts of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda began to come into view.

Jeff Daniels stars as John O’Neill, an FBI Special Agent whose pursuit of bin Laden played out against a divide between the FBI and the CIA. Peter Sarsgaard, Tahar Rahim, Bill Camp, Wrenn Schmidt, and the ever-present Michael Stuhlbarg round out one of the most promising casts of the new year.

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The series is based on the Pulitzer-winning book of the same name by author Lawrence Wright, whose work also led to the 2015 Alex Gibney doc “Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief.
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This Trailer For Netflix's Series Dirty Money Will Kinda Piss You Off

We all know that the world is, unfortunately, filled with greed and corruption, especially within Wall Street and some of the biggest corporations in the world. Netflix has released the first trailer for a new documentary series called Dirty Money, which deals with the scumbags of the world, and it's probably going to piss you off.

The series will offer us an "up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business." Some of the subjects of the series include Vw, Big Pharma, Hsbc, Trump Inc, and more. Watch the trailer and then below that you'll find information on each of the six episodes of the series:

Dirty Money was developed by documentary filmmakers that include award-winning directors Alex Gibney, Jesse Moss, Erin Lee Carr, Kristi Jacobson, Brian McGinn and Fisher Stevens.

Here's a breakdown of each of the episodes:

Hard NOx (Directed by
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Hulu Content Chief Joel Stillerman Unveils His Post-‘Handmaid’ Programming Strategy

Hulu chief content officer Joel Stillerman outlined the company’s originals strategy going forward, admitting that there’s pressure to produce another big hit after “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“The expectations are there, and you have to keep that in mind when you make your next round of choices,” said Stillerman, speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment Summit at CES 2018.

“Handmaid’s Tale” preceded Stillerman’s arrival at Hulu last summer, after he spent nearly a decade as head of original programming at AMC Networks. “If there’s a career tip in this session, it’s to take a job at Hulu after ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'” Stillerman quipped.

Stillerman described Hulu’s approach to originals as being in “three lanes”: 1, continuing to “double down on big, broad, hopefully event-series television in both comedy and drama” — which Hulu loosely calls “core content”; 2, “brand elevating” content aimed at garnering critical acclaim and awards recognition; and 3, “emerging content
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‘Dirty Money’ Trailer: Wall Street Greed Exposed in Alex Gibney’s New Netflix Series

The latest project from “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” director Alex Gibney aims to expose corporate greed, examining powerful forces that extend all the way up to the White House. The six-episode series, titled “Dirty Money,” features direction from prominent documentary filmmakers hand-picked by Gibney, including Fisher Stevens and Kristi Jacobsen. In the newly released trailer, the investigative series pillories figures like Martin Shkreli, Hsbc, and Trump, Inc.

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Gibney’s episode explores a Vw scheme that put thousands of lives at risk; Big Pharma and the notoriously loathed Martin Shkreli are the subjects of Erin Lee Carr’s (“Mommy Dead and Dearest) section; Fisher Stevens (“Before the Flood”) profiles the rise and reign of Trump, Inc. On a lighter note, “Amanda Knox” director Brian McGinn takes an unexpected topic: A Candian maple syrup cartel.
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Netflix’s ‘Dirty Money’ Trailer Takes On Greed And Corruption

Corporate con artists and swindlers have a spotlight turned on them by Netflix’s new documentary series Dirty Money. Documentary filmmaking machine Alex Gibney and others helm six episodes that tackle corporate greed and corruption and the depressing reality that is the modern world as we know it. The exciting Dirty Money trailer awaits you below. Netflix is at it […]

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Netflix’s ‘Dirty Money’ Explores Greed and the Root of All Evil in the First Trailer

Hey, do you need another incredibly infuriating thing to add to your life? Great! Because Netflix's new documentary series Dirty Money just released its first incredibly frustrating trailer (unless you belong to the 1%, of course). Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning director behind such explosive documentaries as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Zero Days, and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, to name just a few, is the mind behind this exploration of corporate greed, corruption, and the legal loopholes that keep the immoral and the amoral out of jail and in the black. This …
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Movie Review – No Stone Unturned (2017)

No Stone Unturned, 2017.

Written and Directed by Alex Gibney


An in-depth examination of the unsolved pub massacre that took place in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland, as the locals were watching World Cup ’94.

Revered documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has deconstructed icons (The Armstrong Lie, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and shined a light on impenetrable organisations (Going Clear, My Trip to Al-Qadea), but by examining ‘the troubles’ that plagued Northern Ireland, he has perhaps chosen his most complicated subject matter yet. One with hidden shades of grey, folds in history that are still to be unturned, and which begins in a sleepy rural pub in Loughinireland.

It was here on the eve of The Republic of Ireland’s World Cup ’94 triumph over Italy, that unidentified assailants gunned down six men as they watched the match on television. To this day the murder remains unsolved, caught in a tangled web of purported collusion,
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