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The Man Who Built Sears Built Something Much More Incredible

New documentary explores Julius Rosenwald's philanthropy

(Newser) - Julius Rosenwald is well known as the 20th-century American businessman who co-founded what we now call Sears. But a new documentary by Aviva Kempner explores Rosenwald's lesser-known role as a Jewish philanthropist who brought education to thousands of African-American children at a time when most had no schools to... More »

Winehouse Film Has Something for Everyone (to Hate)

Her dad especially says Asif Kapadia film is 'horrible'

(Newser) - Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, about late singer Amy Winehouse, is due out Friday, and there are already droves of people who may not be happy about it, reports the New York Times . Although the director "avoids definitive finger-pointing," the paper notes, among those who don't come... More »

Cannes Film Spotlights Hollywood Child Abuse

Victims hope the documentary will help others come forward

(Newser) - A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen at Cannes in An Open Secret, a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film, screened outside the festival selection, features interviews with former child actors... More »

Cobain Documentary 'Brilliant,' 'Uncomfortable'

Director Brett Morgen probes the man behind the myth

(Newser) - It's pretty much unanimous: Critics are in love with Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary produced by Cobain's daughter , which hits theaters today before premiering on HBO next month. With interviews from his parents, Courtney Love, and more, it offers an intimate look at the star who... More »

Durst Charged With Murder, May Face Death Penalty

Subject of HBO documentary had revolver when arrested

(Newser) - Los Angeles prosecutors today charged wealthy eccentric Robert Durst with murder, meaning he may face the death penalty. The heir to a New York real estate fortune was arrested in a New Orleans hotel over the weekend and agreed to face a murder charge in Los Angeles in the shooting... More »

Scientologists Angry About Unflattering Documentary

'Going Clear' due to premiere on Jan. 25

(Newser) - A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to... More »

Joan Didion Documentary Funded on Kickstarter

Project exceeds goal of $80K in one day

(Newser) - The early results of a new Kickstarter campaign make it safe to say that the world very much wants to see a documentary on author Joan Didion. In its first day, the funding campaign exceeded its goal of $80,000, reports Time . By this morning, it had reached $123,000... More »

DiCaprio, Netflix Team Up on Gorilla Documentary

Leo is executive producer of 'Virunga'

(Newser) - Netflix's latest celebrity collaborator is Leonardo DiCaprio, reports CNN . But instead of starring in something a la Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, DiCaprio is serving as executive producer of a documentary on endangered mountain gorillas in Africa. The film, called Virunga after the park in eastern Congo where... More »

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Alec Baldwin produced new documentary on ex-lawmaker

(Newser) - Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by... More »

Couple Unveils True-Crime Mystery in Galapagos Affair

Filmmakers investigate murder story on famous islands

(Newser) - A pair of married San Francisco filmmakers stumbled on an unexpected mystery at the Galapagos Islands—and it had nothing to do with Darwin, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller were visiting for a film project when they read about a German philosopher and his mistress... More »

Gadhafi Ran School Rape Dungeon, Film Says

Documentary describes late Libyan leader's barbaric ways

(Newser) - Late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's diet of rape and torture is well-documented , but a new film delves deeper into his sexual predilections and habit of keeping dead enemies on ice—literally, the New York Post reports. Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi, slated for Showtime this... More »

Trailer for MITT Documentary Shows a Very Human Romney

Netflix film debuts next month

(Newser) - Netflix released the trailer today for its Mitt Romney documentary airing next month, and "we get a glimpse of the candidate his aides wish the public had gotten to see more," observes Emma Roller at Slate . That is: funny, droll, emotional, and human. It opens with a shot... More »

CNN's Hillary Documentary Falls Apart

Director backs out due to lack of interview subjects

(Newser) - CNN has decided to cancel its controversial Hillary Clinton documentary, Time reports—and it's only partially because Republicans pressured the network into it . Behind the scenes, prominent Democrats were just as hostile to the film, director Charles Ferguson reveals in a Huffington Post blog post today. Clinton's people... More »

NFL Pushed ESPN to Drop Concussion Documentary

Goodell and company reportedly told network they weren't happy: sources

(Newser) - ESPN yesterday backed out of a documentary on NFL concussions that it's been working on with PBS' Frontline for more than a year, in a surprise, last-minute move. Today, the New York Times hints at an explanation: The NFL pressured the network into it. Commissioner Roger Goodell and other... More »

BBC Blasted for Covert Reporting Trip to N. Korea

London School of Economics irate journos traveled with students

(Newser) - On the heels of a child abuse scandal , the BBC finds itself embroiled in another controversy—this time over covert reporting in North Korea. The London School of Economics says the media organization "deliberately misled" and endangered 10 of its students during a trip to the country that included... More »

Nora Ephron Getting an HBO Documentary

Ephron's son Jacob Bernstein to co-direct, co-produce

(Newser) - Nora Ephron, the celebrated writer and filmmaker who died last June of complications from leukemia, will be getting an HBO documentary about her life, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Her son, journalist Jacob Bernstein, is developing the film, titled Everything Is Copy after a lesson that Ephron's screenwriter mother taught... More »

Beyonce Documentary Is More Like 'Infomercial'

HBO piece doesn't deliver on its promise, say critics

(Newser) - Beyonce promises to provide an authentic look at her real self in the HBO documentary Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream that debuts tomorrow night. Critics say she doesn't even come close, and they've got a common complaint:
  • "It’s an infomercial, not just about Beyonce’s
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Adam Lanza Had Sensory Disorder: Report

New documentary to address relationship with mother

(Newser) - Adam Lanza had a sensory disorder that impeded his ability to process the world around him, a Hartford Courant journalist tells NPR . His Sensory Integration Disorder diagnosis meant "he wasn't able to guide touch and smell and sight," Alaine Griffin says. "He wasn't able to... More »

Up Next: Lady Gaga, the Movie

Terry Richardson making a documentary about Gaga and her next album

(Newser) - All you little monsters better get ready, because Lady Gaga is set to make her movie debut. In a Christmas Day tweet, the Poker Face diva announced that she'll be teaming up with often-controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson to make a documentary about her life and upcoming album, ARTPOP,... More »

Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn Plan Reality Show

Documentary makers will compete on Beck's network

(Newser) - The newest entry in the world of reality shows probably isn't what you expected: Glenn Beck is teaming with actor and director Vince Vaughn to create a competition for documentary filmmakers, reports Politico . The Pursuit of Truth will air on Beck's TheBlaze TV sometime next year, with 20... More »

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