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Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio

Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio
Elvis Presley’s 1974 minor hit “My Boy” might serve as the alternative title for The Colonel, a film bio of the King’s Svengali-like manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is in the works from music and media producer Spencer Proffer (Chasing Trane, Gods & Monsters), producer-director Steve Binder (Elvis '68; Diana Ross In Central Park) and filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster; Paul Simon's Under African Skies tour). Production is slated for early 2018…
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Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)
Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker.

Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder.
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Elvis Presley manager biopic set to go into production

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, Joe Berlinger join forces for 2018 production start on ‘The Colonel’.

Music and media producer Spencer Proffer, producer-director Steve Binder and filmmaker Joe Berlinger have teamed up to bring the profile of long-time music manager Colonel Tom Parker to the big screen.

Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87, was a music business entrepreneur who lived an intriguing personal life. He arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. According to biographer Alanna Nash, he may have been involved in a murder in his native Holland.

Berlinger will direct from a screenplay based on Nash’s 2003 book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, published by Simon & Schuster. It was one of four books Nash authored on Presley.

The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay.

Berlinger is producing
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Rosario Dawson Joins Epix Documentary Series ‘America Divided’ (Exclusive)

Rosario Dawson Joins Epix Documentary Series ‘America Divided’ (Exclusive)
Rosario Dawson has joined Epix’s upcoming documentary series “America Divided.” Dawson will be featured as a correspondent in a segment about the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Dawson will profile the citizen scientists who first identified the existence of lead in the city’s water supply. She will also investigate the political decision to switch the city’s water supply from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River, a decision that precipitated the crisis.

Production on Dawson’s segment is set to begin this month.

Executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common, “America Divided” is a four-and-a-half-hour series that follows high-profile correspondents exploring subjects related to inequality and their own personal backgrounds. Among the correspondents are Lear, Common, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Williams.

Solly Granatstein (“Years Of Living Dangerously,” “60 Minutes”), Lucian Read (“Years of Living Dangerously,” 99%), Richard Rowley (Dirty Wars, “Years of Living Dangerously”), Jon Kamen (The Fog of War, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Justin Wilkes (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Under African Skies) and Dave O’Connor (Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger, You Don’t Know Bo) also serve as executive producers on the series. Co-executive producers are Nicole Dow and Derek Dudley (Freedom Road Productions), and Brent Miller (“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”).
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A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs

A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs
Tucked into the Manhattan skyscraper that serves as the home base of A+E Networks is a small division that looks like nothing you’d expect to find in a broad corporate portfolio of television holdings: a feature film production company with an emphasis on premium content and robust theatrical releases.

But for 10 years now, A&E IndieFilms, with a dedicated staff of two led by senior VP Molly Thompson, has parlayed an unorthodox business model and a keen eye for story into a low-volume but enduring generator of noteworthy independent features, especially documentaries such as “Cartel Land,” “The Imposter” and “The September Issue.”

“Molly and A&E have an established position in the space, and they have impeccable taste and amazing instincts in terms of finding stories,” says Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and TV at distributor The Orchard. “If we see they’ve got something at a festival,
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American Documentary Film Festival Reflects Growth in Nonfiction Genre

American Documentary Film Festival Reflects Growth in Nonfiction Genre
A superstar of the self-help world, doctors aiding Syrian refugees and an array of relationships ranging from intimate to obsessive are among the subjects showcased at the fifth annual American Documentary Film Festival. The event will feature more than 150 feature-length and short-form documentaries, including 50 world premieres, during its six-day run from March 30 to April 4 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and the Indian Wells Theater and Oliphant Auditorium on the Palm Desert campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose latest film, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” officially opens the festival March 31, will receive the annual Seeing the Bigger Picture Award, which has been previously bestowed on Oliver Stone, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich.

“Joe is one of today’s most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival,
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Watch: Keith Richards Deals With Growing Old in ‘Under the Influence’ Trailer

Watch: Keith Richards Deals With Growing Old in ‘Under the Influence’ Trailer
Keith Richards offers up a wistful look at life in Netflix’s trailer for “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.”

“Life’s a funny thing,” he notes. “No one wants to get old but no one wants to die young, either.”

The iconic guitarist for the Rolling Stones, who was a heroin addict in the 1970s, continues to perform at the age of 71.

“A lot of guys want to play like Chuck Berry,” he muses. “That’s like taking on the devil. I’ll take it on.”

Netflix releases the documentary on Sept. 18, a day after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The film follows Richards on the road during the creation of his first solo album in 23 years, “Crosseyed Heart,” and offers up interviews with his musical collaborators, who include Tom Waits and musician/ co-producers Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

The film includes a journey to Chicago — where Richards first encountered Buddy Guy,
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Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards Doc to Premiere on Netflix

Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards Doc to Premiere on Netflix
“Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” Morgan Neville’s documentary that promises to give an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of the Rolling Stones legend, will have its worldwide premiere in September on Netflix.

Neville received an Academy Award in 2014 for the documentary on backup singers, “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” which includes mentions of the Stones’ classic “Gimme Shelter.”

“There’s no one who could bring this unprecedented look into the musical influences of Keith Richards to life as distinctively as Morgan Neville,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix veep of original documentary programming. “Our viewers around the world are going to love the rare moments he has captured.”

Neville’s credits also include documentaries on Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, but, he said, “if there’s a Mount Rushmore of Rock ’n’ Roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of
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Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards Doc to Premiere on Netflix

Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards Doc to Premiere on Netflix
Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” Morgan Neville’s documentary that promises to give an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of the Rolling Stones legend, will have its worldwide premiere in September on Netflix.

Neville received an Academy Award in 2014 for the documentary on backup singers, “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” which includes mentions of the Stones’ classic “Gimme Shelter.”

“There’s no one who could bring this unprecedented look into the musical influences of Keith Richards to life as distinctively as Morgan Neville,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix veep of original documentary programming. “Our viewers around the world are going to love the rare moments he has captured.”

Neville’s credits also include documentaries on Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, but, he said, “If there’s a Mount Rushmore of rock ’n’ roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of
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Remembering Maya Angelou, Gordon Willis and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in May

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Maya Angelou (1928-2014) - Author and poet. Her classic book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was adapted into a 1979 TV movie. She also scripted the film Georgia, Georgia and scripted Down in the Delta. She appears in Poetic Justice (see below), How to Make an American QuiltMadea's Family Reunion (pictured above), Porgy and Bess and the documentaries Under African Skies and Good Hair. She died on May 28. (CNN...

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Cannes: Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Evan Rachel Wood Join Crime Tale ‘Facing the Wind’

Cannes: Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Evan Rachel Wood Join Crime Tale ‘Facing the Wind’
Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Evan Rachel Wood will star in Joe Berlinger’s true-crime movie “Facing the Wind.”

Berlinger will produce the film along with Elizabeth Fowler (“Devil’s Knot”).

Fabrication Films will be selling the $5 million project at Cannes. Production is set to begin later this year in and around New York City.

The movie is based on Julie Salamon’s book “Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation,” which recounts the story of Bob Rowe, a New York lawyer and model husband who killed his wife and three children in 1978 — leading to his subsequent search for redemption after avoiding a prison sentence by pleading the insanity defense at trial.

Farmiga is attached to play Rowe’s first wife, who was killed. Wood plays his second wife, with whom he starts a new life after the trial.

Rita Wilson and Jennifer Beals are also attached for supporting roles.
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Joe Berlinger, Director of 'Whitey' Doc, Tells a Different Story About Whitey Bulger

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Joe Berlinger has made a career of heart-hitting, intellectually provocative documentaries that also manage to be immensely entertaining. The many films he has directed, such as the Oscar-nominated "Paradise Lost" series he crafted alongside long-time colleague Bruce Sinofsky, manage to balance being educational and engaging, providing avenues for advocacy while rarely succumbing to polemicism.

His latest solo effort, "Whitey: The United States of America V. James J Bulger," tells the tangled tale of James "Whitey" Bulger, the convicted kingpin of South Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang. Bulger's exploits were mined for Nicholson's character in "The Departed," and the figure of Whitey seems the stuff of Hollywood concoction -- street thug, gang leader, community Robin Hood, brother of a former State Senator, and fugitive on the run for a decade-and-a-half.

Moviefone Canada spoke with Berlinger about the challenges of dealing with such a complicated narrative in a fixed amount of time,
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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Mandela And Movies

Slightly different take this week, as the passing of Madiba has (justifiably) captured the world's attention, while the coincidental release of a film starring Idris Elba is set to make its wide release. We were to chat about other releases, but talk of Nelson Mandela, and biopics in general, took up our allotted time. We chatted about Under African Skies, the documentary by Joe Berlinger about the recording of the Graceland record, and the political and musical circumstances that surrounded that project. I do encourage those who may dismiss it as a mere music doc to take a look at it, it very much ties in with far more nuanced take on the latter part of the Apartheid regime, and how the culture of South...

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Emmys: Beatles Film vs. Stones Film - It's the Beatles by a Walrus Hair

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Emmys: Beatles Film vs. Stones Film - It's the Beatles by a Walrus Hair
This story appears in TheWrap's EmmyWrap Reality Issue. Last year, the Emmys' Outstanding Nonfiction Special category saw a head-to-head battle between George Harrison and Paul Simon, with Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" winning over a field that also included Joe Berlinger's "Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies."  But wouldn't the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones be an even more delicious battle? After all, that's a time-honored rivalry, as Keith Richards explains in the Stones doc "Crossfire Hurricane" when he talks about how manager Andrew Loog Oldham consciously positioned
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Radical Media Preps Nina Simone Documentary

Radical Media, the production company with credits including doc “Paradise 3: Purgatory” and Sundance Channel skein “Iconoclasts,” has begun development on a documentary about the life of Nina Simone, partnering on the untitled pic with the Simone estate and the singer’s daughter, the single-monikered Simone.

Project is in its very early stages, with Radical in talks with potential directors and as well as with possible distribution partners, targeting a theatrical release. Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes and Sidney Beaumont produce the brewing feature with Jayson Jackson and the performer’s daughter, both repping the singer’s estate.

The documentary is unaffiliated with the bio-pic that’s also in the works with Zoe Saldana on board to play the singer. Simone’s estate is not involved in that project.

Doc will incorporate previously unseen archival and performance footage following Simone’s life and career, from her youth in the south to her 2003 death in France.
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What to Watch Friday: Merlin Conjures Its Final Season, Welcome Back to Portlandia and More

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What to Watch Friday: Merlin Conjures Its Final Season, Welcome Back to Portlandia and More
On TV this Friday: Merlin begins its magical final season, CSI: NY kills two vics with one weapon, Blue Bloods look for a green murderer and Portlandia gets back to quirk. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

7 pm – 1 am (Saturday) Californication marathon (Showtime) | Relive Hank’s Season 5 return to Los Angeles – in all of its tawdry glory. (Check out what’s in store for Season 6, which gets underway Jan. 13.)

Related | Your January Premieres/Finales Calendar

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Mood Media goes undercover at his company that helps stores “communicate with consumers” via sounds, sights and…
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Joe Berlinger’s Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker

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A longtime friend of the festival, Joe Berlinger has brought along with Bruce Sinofsky docu titles such as Brother’s Keeper (Sundance ’92), 1996′s Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (the first part in the trilogy), Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Sundance ’04) and Crude (Sundance ’09). We can forgive Berlinger for getting sidetracked and not delivering Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker sooner, after all, he was helping the innocent finally spring free from incarceration (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory) and he followed Paul Simon’s return to Graceland (Under African Skies). Shot in 2011 (here’s a long preview trailer), there appears to have been a little bit more work added over the years to Barker’s own creations which in sort perhaps added more girth to this docu-exploration. Park City at Midnight folks? Perhaps.

Gist: Inspired by an interview with Clive which he filmed in April 2009 for the Dream The Impossible commercial project,
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Your Guide to the Best Documentaries of 2012 as Nominated by the Cinema Eye Honors

Last night, at a special event in conjunction with the AFI Fest, the nominees for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors were announced. And once again, the titles contending for the ten feature categories, all of which focus solely on nonfiction films (to make up for the Oscars’ minimal recognition), represent the year’s best in documentaries. As someone who professionally concentrates on docs elsewhere, I tend to feel kinda useless or redundant when Cinema Eye names its nominees, because now when someone asks me what’s great this year I can just point to their list of 31 features. Of course, some of these films are only up for specific honors, like those for original music score and graphic design, and may not be quite as necessary as the six up for the top award or the 10 nominated for the Audience Choice Prize (which sadly, for publicity-sake, lacks a Justin Bieber movie like last year). Also, I
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Voting For Ifp Gotham Awards Audience Award Now Open (Several Familiar Titles On The List)

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Several films we've covered on S&A like Bay Of All Saints, Call Me Kuchu,The Girls In The Band, Under African Skies, and Trash Dance are all candidates for the 3rd annual Gotham Awards Audience Award, brought to you by Ifp and Festival Genius. And since it's called the Audience Award, that means You get to choose the winner. How? By voting for your favorites... how else?! The finalists for the award will be selected based on how many votes each receives, and those films and filmmakers will all be invited to attend the Gotham Awards, where the winner will be announced live, at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards...
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Complete Lineup of 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012

14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)

Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)

2. The Last Elvis (El Último Elvis)

Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)

3. The Sapphires

Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)

4. The Wall (Die Wand)

Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)

5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)

Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)

6. Augustine

Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col.
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