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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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‘Dina’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association

‘Dina’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association
Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ documentary “Dina” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2017.

Laura Checkoway’s “Edith+Eddie” won for best short. Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s “La 92” won the ABC News VideoSource award and PBS’ “Independent Lens” won for best curated series. HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” won for best limited series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for best episodic series, “The New York Times Op-Docs” for best short form series, and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary award.

The 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards, hosted by Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani, took place Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood.

Dina” focuses on the unconventional love story between Dina Buno, an eccentric suburban woman, and Walmart door greeter Scott Levin. The couple has already decided to get married when the film begins, but their relationship
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David Lynch, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, and More Creators Tell IndieWire What Drove Them in 2017

David Lynch, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, and More Creators Tell IndieWire What Drove Them in 2017
Words have always had great power, but over the course of the last year — a one of massive change and upheaval in Hollywood and the rest of the world — that old chestnut has never seemed more prescient. 2017 saw the rise of believing those who speak out, even if it hurts to hear, and plenty of the industry’s biggest voices had plenty to say. We talk to a lot of Hollywood’s brightest talents, about the projects which have inspired them most and the industry which at times supports, and at times hinders, their efforts to make their best work.

As individuals, we’re often blown away by their insights; in gathering them together, we end up with a portrait of a community of artists and creators who love their art and their industry, for better and for worse, and refuse to keep quiet about it.

Here are some of
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Grammy Best Music Film Nominations Go to ‘Long Strange Trip,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’

Grammy Best Music Film Nominations Go to ‘Long Strange Trip,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’
One More Time With Feeling,” “Long Strange Trip,” “The Defiant Ones,” “Soundbreaking,” and “Two Trains Runnin'” have received Grammy nominations for best music film.

The nominations were announced Tuesday with the winner unveiled Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years” won the category this year.

One More Time with Feeling,” directed by Andrew Dominik, documents Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ recording their 16th studio album, “Skeleton Tree,” following the death of Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur in a fall from a cliff.

Long Strange Trip” is a sprawling four-hour documentary about the history of the Grateful Dead and its place in cultural history. It’s directed by Amir Bar-Lev. Martin Scorsese was one of the executive producers. The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Defiant Ones,” directed by Allen Hughes, aired on HBO. It explores the partnership between producers Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre
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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Nominees Announced, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘The Keepers,’ and ‘The Vietnam War’

The International Documentary Association has announced its initial round of nominees for the 2017 Ida Documentary Awards, including special mentions and nods for limited series, curated series, episodic series, and more. Nominees for Best Feature and Best Short, and awards for creative recognition, will be announced on November 1. The Ida will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen’s “Watani: My Homeland” with the Pare Lorentz Award. Also receiving a special mention in the category is Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy.”

Other standouts from this first list of nominees include Bryan Fogel’s controversial “Icarus,” Ryan White’s Netflix series “The Keepers,” Ken Burns’ revelatory miniseries “The Vietnam War,” and many more of the year’s best in documentary offerings.

Read More:Joan Didion and Arthur Miller Get the Documentary Treatment From Family Members, And That Makes All the Difference — Nyff

The 33rd edition of the annual ceremony will take place Saturday, December
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Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct ‘Akira’ for Warner Bros.

It looks like Warner Bros.’ long-developing adaptation of the graphic novel Akira is heating back up, this time with an extremely buzzworthy director. Deadline reports that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is now in talks to take the helm of the Akira remake, which takes place in a rebuilt New Manhattan and revolves around the leader of a biker gang. The studio has been developing this project for a long time, with Ruairi Robinson originally attached to take the helm, followed by the Hughes Brothers with Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves working on the screenplay. The Hughes Brothers departed, …
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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi

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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi
With his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in November, director Taika Waititi has just landed his next high-profile project, Warner Bros.' Akira. The director has entered negotiations to take the helm of this manga adaptation, which has languished in development hell for several years, and has never been able to get off the ground yet. This long-gestating Akira movie last made headlines back in May, when Jordan Peele turned down the project, following the success of his hit movie Get Out.

Deadline broke the news today, also revealing that the studio has always planned to make two Akira movies, each of which would cover three books apiece in the 6-volume Akira graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo. The last we heard about this project was that Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has final approval over every aspect of the Akira movie, which may explain why it's taken so long to come to fruition.
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias

Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Scribe Signs

Novelist and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias has signed with Verve. He most recently served as an executive producer on NBC’s Aquarius. In addition to penning 10 novels, Yglesias also wrote the screenplays for Peter Weir’s Fearless, Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Billie August’s 1998 version of Les Miserables, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell and Walter SallesDark Water. He continues to be managed by Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment.

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Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Scribe Signs

Novelist and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias has signed with Verve. He most recently served as an executive producer on NBC’s Aquarius. In addition to penning 10 novels, Yglesias also wrote the screenplays for Peter Weir’s Fearless, Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Billie August’s 1998 version of Les Miserables, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell and Walter SallesDark Water. He continues to be managed by Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment.

Posed...
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The Best TV Episodes of July 2017 — Watch

The Best TV Episodes of July 2017 — Watch
[Editor’s Note: The following contains light spoilers for the included series.]

The Defiant Ones

Season 1, Episode 3

Written by: Allen Hughes, Lasse Jarvi, Doug Pray

Directed by: Allen Hughes

Allen Hughes’ well-cut music documentary is populated with enough industry giants that just listening to them babble for four hours would’ve been well worth the time. But Hughes skillfully incorporated historical footage with those fascinating reflections, and never is the combination more captivating than in Episode 3.

Taking us back to the release of Dr. Dre’s “Chronic” album, Episode 3 features vital discussions about free speech, how rap was a misunderstood tool of rebellion, and why Jimmy Iovine and Dre persevered despited persecution. It’s not just about overcoming censorship and catering to the demand of customers: “The Defiant Ones” shows and tells us why this was a make-or-break moment for the most popular music in the country (especially as coastal rap battles turned deadly).

Where to Watch: HBO Now

Read MoreWhy ‘The Defiant Ones
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The Best TV Episodes of July 2017 — Watch

The Best TV Episodes of July 2017 — Watch
[Editor’s Note: The following contains light spoilers for the included series.]

The Defiant Ones

Season 1, Episode 3

Written by: Allen Hughes, Lasse Jarvi, Doug Pray

Directed by: Allen Hughes

Allen Hughes’ well-cut music documentary is populated with enough industry giants that just listening to them babble for four hours would’ve been well worth the time. But Hughes skillfully incorporated historical footage with those fascinating reflections, and never is the combination more captivating than in Episode 3.

Taking us back to the release of Dr. Dre’s “Chronic” album, Episode 3 features vital discussions about free speech, how rap was a misunderstood tool of rebellion, and why Jimmy Iovine and Dre persevered despited persecution. It’s not just about overcoming censorship and catering to the demand of customers: “The Defiant Ones” shows and tells us why this was a make-or-break moment for the most popular music in the country (especially as coastal rap battles turned deadly).

Where to Watch: HBO Now

Read MoreWhy ‘The Defiant Ones
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Alpha is a Pre-Historic Action Adventure [Trailer]

On paper the description for Alpha doesn't exactly sound like the most exciting of movies but the first trailer for the Albert Hughes directed action adventure suggests some great things to come.

Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, the movie unfolds in 20,000 BC - during the last Ice Age. Smit-McPhee plays a boy who is left for dead by his clan after a hunting accident. He survives, makes friends with a wolf and the pair go on an adventure in search of the boy's family. As previously noted, this doesn't exactly sound thrilling but just go with it for a moment...

Hughes, one half of The Hughes Brothers who last brought us the excellent The Book of Eli, isn't exactly making cookie-cutter movies and if this first trailer is any indication, it looks like we may have a silent act [Continued ...]
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First Trailer For Survival Epic ‘Alpha’ Journeys Home

Next spring, just as winter is winding down, the action will be heating up with “Alpha” (formerly known as “The Solutrean”), a survival epic about a young caveman struggling against the elements to find his way home. Set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, the film comes from director Albert Hughes, marking his first solo effort outside of directing as part of The Hughes Brothers (“The Book of Eli,” “From Hell”).

Continue reading First Trailer For Survival Epic ‘Alpha’ Journeys Home at The Playlist.
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'The Defiant Ones' Director Allen Hughes Talks Ambitions of HBO Series

HBO's The Defiant Ones, which aired on July 9, focuses all four of its episodes on the careers of and ultimate collaboration between hip hop mogul Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine.

Stopping by The Hollywood Reporter offices for a candid conversation, director Allen Hughes says of the 20-year relationship between Dr. Dre and Iovine, “It’s unheard of, to have partners that disparate of backgrounds and still going as strong as they are.”

“Their greatest success, to me, is their partnership,” says Hughes. “And how long it has endured and the fact that they respect one another and appreciate...
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‘Mogul’: How the Hit Podcast Expertly Presents the Full, Complicated Picture of a Music Icon

‘Mogul’: How the Hit Podcast Expertly Presents the Full, Complicated Picture of a Music Icon
Glamour and introspection don’t always intersect, especially in the realm of documentary. Sometimes, the life and achievements of a particular individual shine so brightly that it’s easy to be blinded to the full effect that one life has on the other people in their orbit. But “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty,” the latest podcast from Spotify, Gimlet Media and the Loud Speakers Network, chronicles the life of a hip-hop entrepreneur with awe, concern and a heavy heart.

It’s a tricky combination of emotions that powers a show like this, but finding a delicate, satisfying balance has helped gain some much-deserved notoriety. “Mogul” is one of the most popular new shows in the podcast world, firmly in the top ranks of the iTunes charts and with an additional prominent placement in Spotify’s growing foray into the podcast sphere.

Read More: The 50 Best Podcast Episodes
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Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’

Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’
Even in a project as mammoth as “The Defiant Ones,” director Allen Hughes still points to one installment of the four-part series as an especially daunting task: the feature-length third episode, premiering Tuesday night on HBO.

What began as a one-off project quickly grew to, in Hughes’ mind, a potential five part series. Hughes explained as part of a recent interview with IndieWire that a fateful conversation with HBO VP of Programming Nina Rosenstein. (Hughes describes her as “my godmother at HBO.”)

“At one point, I was like ‘Nina, I’m telling you, it’s five.’ I was fighting Jimmy and Dre on that, as well. Nina said, ‘It’s four.’ I said, ‘But, mathematically, that’s gonna make my job–‘ She goes, ‘Yeah, but that’s what it is. It’s four.’ I took that as a challenge. I said fuck it. That’s why Part 3 is like ‘Apocalypse Now.
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Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’

Why ‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Calls the Tupac-and-Marilyn-Manson Episode 3 His ‘Apocalypse Now’
Even in a project as mammoth as “The Defiant Ones,” director Allen Hughes still points to one installment of the four-part series as an especially daunting task: the feature-length third episode, premiering Tuesday night on HBO.

What began as a one-off project quickly grew to, in Hughes’ mind, a potential five part series. Hughes explained as part of a recent interview with IndieWire that a fateful conversation with HBO VP of Programming Nina Rosenstein. (Hughes describes her as “my godmother at HBO.”)

“At one point, I was like ‘Nina, I’m telling you, it’s five.’ I was fighting Jimmy and Dre on that, as well. Nina said, ‘It’s four.’ I said, ‘But, mathematically, that’s gonna make my job–‘ She goes, ‘Yeah, but that’s what it is. It’s four.’ I took that as a challenge. I said fuck it. That’s why Part 3 is like ‘Apocalypse Now.
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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage
HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

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Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes,
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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ is Back for Season 9 and Larry David is Dressed Like a Roman For Some Reason — Watch

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ is Back for Season 9 and Larry David is Dressed Like a Roman For Some Reason — Watch
TV’s favorite misanthrope is back and this time, he’s… Julius Caesar?

Larry David’s meta-discomfort comedy has been off the air for six years, but “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has an official return date to go along with its increased costume budget.

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Along with this goofy “Veni, vidi, vici”-inspired Season 9 confirmation comes word that the show will be returning with its usual cast of characters. In addition to David as a fictionalized version of himself, ensemble favorites Jb Smoove, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman (and some other favorites) will all be returning to the HBO series.

Curb Your Enthusiasm” has always had an irregular release plan, but the break between Seasons 8 and 9 is by far the longest in the show’s history. When the show was last on the air in 2011, the
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