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Chyna's Brain to Be Screened for CTE

'We want to know what made Chyna tick,' says manager

(Newser) - Chyna's brain will be donated to science following her death last week , reports NBC4 Los Angeles . The former wrestler's manager says her brain will be screened for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to repeated knocks to the head. Anthony Anzaldo tells the New York Daily News... More »

ESPN Hopes OJ Simpson Will Help It Break Into the Oscars

It plans to qualify its new documentary series for an Academy Award

(Newser) - As the so-called golden age of television rolls on, ESPN is attempting to strike another blow for the idiot box against the silver screen. The Los Angeles Times reports ESPN will be qualifying its new 7.5-hour OJ Simpson documentary series, OJ: Made in America, for the Academy Awards by... More »

Winehouse's Dad Not Happy With Amy's Oscar Win

He calls the documentary a 'negative, spiteful, misleading' vision of his daughter

(Newser) - If you thought Mitch Winehouse would be celebrating the Oscar win for Amy , the documentary about his daughter, think again. Winehouse has decried the biopic in the past, Newsweek reports, and on Monday he was at it again. "Always proud of my baby. Amy will not get an [O]scar... More »

Calls to VA Suicide Line Went to Voicemail

In-crisis veterans put on hold, sent to voicemail, with calls never returned: report

(Newser) - The Oscar-winning film Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 documents the counselors who man the phones for the 24-hour service, but it never mentions the suicidal veterans who are put on hold or sent to voicemail, with calls never returned—a fact made public last week in a report from the... More »

Filmmakers on Subject's Guilt: 'We Don't Know'

'Making a Murderer' case continues to resonate

(Newser) - The number of people who have signed a Change.org petition requesting a pardon for convicted murderer Steven Avery is now north of 265,000. Avery, of course, is the subject of the true-crime documentary Making a Murderer on Netflix, which raises doubts about the fairness of his trial. Some... More »

Why Dave Navarro Met With the Guy Who Killed His Mom

The rocker's mother was murdered when Navarro was 15

(Newser) - When Dave Navarro was 15, a spurned ex-boyfriend of Navarro's mom killed her and a friend who was also at her LA condo. Due to a custody scheduling swap, Navarro was with his dad at the time; otherwise, the rocker says, he believes John Riccardi would have murdered him... More »

New Lawsuit Could Leave Robert Durst Penniless

$100M suit relies on arcane 'right to sepulcher' law

(Newser) - Robert Durst never admitted to killing first wife Kathleen Durst 34 years ago, and no conclusive evidence has been found—but her death could still cost him his fortune. Kathleen's three sisters and 101-year-old mother have filed a $100 million lawsuit against Durst contending he infringed upon their "... More »

Study Sees Roots of 'Gay Lisp' in Boyhood

It may explain the stereotype, says researcher

(Newser) - A documentary that's new on Netflix called Do I Sound Gay? explores the controversial topic of how some gay men sound, well, stereotypically gay. When it comes to the gay voice, Medical Daily notes that "as a society we associate" a lisp with being gay, though the lisp... More »

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 »

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