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Why aren't there more serious movies about cheerleading?

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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

Mondo debuts new poster for acclaimed documentary 'The Overnighters'

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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.

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Dan Harmon crowd surfs in exclusive clip from 'Harmontown'

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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James Franco's 'Saturday Night Live' documentary to debut Friday

James Franco is never lacking for work, from big-budget comedies to novel adaptations to poetry collections. One of his longest-gestating projects, however, now finally has a release date after years without a home.

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Watch Nick Cave consider his will in this '20,000 Days on Earth' clip

Calling 20,000 Days on Earth “a documentary about Nick Cave” is both accurate and deeply reductive. Yes, its primary focus is a walk through Cave’s life and career and zeroes in on the creation of his last album, 2013’s Push the Sky Away, but it is so full of stunningly considered ideas and cheeky surrealism that it is unlike any rock doc ever made.

That was the point, according to Cave. “Music documentaries are often very similar to meeting a hero, you know? You love the person’s music but you wish you never met them,” he told EW during a discussion of the film. “They often do more damage than good, I think. They attempt to make the subject of the documentary human, and that’s not really what we want to see.” READ FULL STORY

Fantastic Fest Preview: Tim League talks movies, MondoCon, and mayhem

Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith‘s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch‘s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).

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Tim League vows to 'knock out' director Ti West in Fantastic Fest duel

Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.

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Snoop Dogg on music doc 'Take Me to the River': 'I cried when I watched it'

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Snoop Dogg wasn’t even born yet when William Bell released “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” in 1968, but he managed to get in on it decades later for Take Me to the River, a documentary that brings the older musical legends of Memphis together with newer artists to re-record updated versions of songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Trying to Live My Life Without You.”

Take Me to the River director Martin Shore worked with Snoop before on 2006’s Hood of Horror so when the rapper found out Shore was working on this documentary, he immediately knew he wanted to be involved. Snoop later paired up with Bell to record “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” for the documentary and its accompanying album. “I’ve been a fan of William Bell many years,” Snoop tells EW, “so to be able to go in the studio and actually record with him was a blessing.” READ FULL STORY

New York City rats are getting their own 'Blackfish'-style documentary

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And you thought SeaWorld was a problem.

Dakota Group and Submarine, the company behind the documentaries Blackfish, about the mistreatment of killer whales in SeaWorld, and The Cove, about dolphin hunting practices in Japan, have chosen their next species to shine some light onto. The team has bought the rights to the book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan and are developing a feature-length documentary based on the often hidden world beneath the streets and sidewalks of New York City. READ FULL STORY

Eva Longoria explores 'Food Chains' in new documentary from 'Fast Food Nation' writer

As executive producer Eva Longoria points out in her new documentary Food Chains, the hands that sort much of America’s food are themselves often forced to live hand-to-mouth due to exploitative policies established by businesses involved with commercial agriculture.

In an exclusive trailer for the film, Longoria joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr., fellow producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), and other activists in arguing to stop the systemic (and sometimes physical) abuse of farm workers while securing their rights. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker narrates Food Chains, which hits theaters Nov. 21. READ FULL STORY

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