For gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples, her music was more than just her profession. It became a large part of the performer’s contribution to the American civil rights movement of the 1960s.
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Pretty soon there may be more films about cult movie The Room than people who actually saw the hilariously awful movie when it was originally released in 2003. We exaggerate—but not by much. James and Dave Franco are set to star in a big-screen adaptation of Room star Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist while Sestero’s fellow cast member Robyn Paris recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a mockumentary called The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? And that’s not all! Grab your cutlery, folks, because a trailer for a real documentary about writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau’s passion project called Room Full of Spoons has just been released. You can check out the clip below.
In movies, if the cast and filmmaker don’t get along, at least there’s an end date. Television is a different story — specifically, it’s a long form story. Discord on set can last for years if you’re not careful.
So how do you solve that trouble once it starts? That’s one question explored in the new documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show – which debuts today in limited release and is also available on demand. The film, directed by Des Doyle, takes fans behind the scenes of hit TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, putting their creators (and their headaches) in the spotlight.
More than a quarter of a century ago, author and Hellraiser director Clive Barker set out to create what he intended to be “Star Wars for monsters,” a film called Nightbreed in which a group of freakish-looking creatures would be the heroes and mankind itself the villains. But the Nightbreed thathit theaters in 1990 was both a box-office flop and far removed from Barker’s vision following edits mandated by Morgan Creek Twenty-five years later, horror imprint Scream Factory is releasing this week a long-awaited “Director’s Cut” of the film on Blu-ray—with the approval of Barker and the support of Morgan Creek—that utilizes long-lost film elements recently discovered in a midwest storage facility.
In addition to the longer cut of the film, the Blu-ray also boasts a number of bonus features, including a documentary called Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed. You can see a clip from that film below—and you can read more about the story of Nightbreed in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. READ FULL STORY
The next Sesame Street character to receive his own documentary for the big screen is about as big as they come.
CNN Films in a partnership with The Weinstein Company’s Radius studio announced today that they will produce a film examining sex crimes on college campuses.
When you Google “cheerleading movies,” the top hits include the likes of Bring It On (and its four straight-to-DVD sequels), Sugar & Spice, Ninja Cheerleaders, and (no joke) Cheerleader Ninjas. When you Google “football movies,” the top hits include Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday, The Blind Side, and Rudy, just to mention a few. Why does the entertainment business see cheerleading as a sport that lends itself to comedy, while the world of football’s the idea place to set a drama? Does Hollywood believe that cheerleading isn’t serious enough to sustain a movie that isn’t tongue-in-cheek?
A new documentary called American Cheerleader might just help to change that.The documentary takes a very honest, straightforward look at two high school cheerleading squads—one in New Jersey and one in Kentucky—as they prepare mentally and physically for competition and, hopefully, find their way to nationals. New Jersey-based Burlington Township is returning to the game as the former National champions; Southwestern, the other school, made it to nationals the previous year, but suffered a heartbreaking defeat after one of the girls got dropped during their routine. READ FULL STORY
Directed by Jesse Moss, new documentary The Overnighters , details the attempts of a Lutheran pastor named Jay Reinke to help the homeless migrants who flocked to the oil boom town of Williston, ND, in search of work.
“The lure of the boomtown and its powerful place in the American imagination resides in its seductive promise of redemption and fortune for the brave and the desperate,” Moss says in his director’s statement. “It is this theme—played out in stark, raw terms in North Dakota and viewed through the prism of Pastor Reinke’s Church—that drew me to this story. As a student of American history, I was fascinated by the idea that a boomtown existed in modern-day America. Stories about Williston suggested an intoxicating and possibly combustible mixture of oil, men, money, opportunity and crime.” The Overnighters enjoyed an acclaimed festival run, currently boasts an impressive 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and was awarded a B+ by EW‘s Leah Greenblatt.
Community creator Dan Harmon is a comedy heavyweight. He’s also something of an actual heavyweight. (I write this as a man who could stand to lose a pound or 20 myself.) But did that stop the mercurial, mirth-creating madman attempting to crowd surf when he took his Harmontown podcast on the road in early 2013? It most certainly did not, as the exclusive clip below from the tour-documenting, and utterly fascinating, new film Harmontown very much makes clear.
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