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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 »

Beyonce Directing Documentary About ... Beyonce

Knowles shopping autobiographical film to studios

(Newser) - Beyonce is adding yet another hyphen to her already-multi-hyphenate career: documentary director. What type of documentary, you ask? Well, it's autobiographical, so the director will be quite an expert on the subject matter. Knowles and her reps have been shopping the film, which will be a mix of concert... More »

Bush 41 on Ross Perot: 'I Don't Like Him'

Says in HBO documentary that Perot cost him the election

(Newser) - George HW Bush usually keeps to himself—but in an HBO documentary airing tonight, he doesn't mince words regarding formal rival Ross Perot. When documentarian Jeffrey Roth asks Bush if he'd be willing to comment on Perot, Bush refuses, then adds: "I think he cost me the... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Makes Cameo on Chinese TV

Facebook chief appears with wife Priscilla Chan in documentary

(Newser) - Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country's police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan. The documentary by CCTV was part of a series on Chinese police and high-tech crime-solving... More »

Boeing 727 Crashes in Mexico—as Part of TV Show

Discovery Channel will air footage later this year

(Newser) - A Boeing 727 crashed in a Mexican desert on Friday—on purpose. The staged event was carried out by the Discovery Channel, which will air the "groundbreaking" footage as part of a documentary series called Curiosity. With a name like that, it doesn't take much of a stretch... More »

Marley Doc Offers Personal Perspective

Ziggy-produced film an 'oral history': Dana Stevens

(Newser) - A new documentary about the life of Bob Marley is an "exemplary music documentary in almost every way," writes Dana Stevens at Slate : It's "thoughtful and leisurely paced," it's positive without fawning, and it gives an in-depth look at Marley the youth, Marley the... More »

Documentary on Bullying Has Some Serious Flaws

'Bully' simplifies and 'distorts' connection to suicide: Emily Bazelon

(Newser) - There's much to like about the documentary Bully, especially the parts depicting kids who show "inspiring resilience," writes Emily Bazelon at Slate . But she's worried that Lee Hirsch's film "oversimplifies and distorts" the connection between bullying and suicide, which could end up sending a... More »

Get Ready for Obama the Movie

David Guggenheim, Tom Hanks involved in 17-minute campaign flick

(Newser) - Based on its trailer, The Road We've Traveled looks like a Hollywood documentary about President Obama's first term in office, boasting impressive talent like Tom Hanks, who provides the voiceover, and Davis Guggenheim, who directed. But watch until the very end and you'll see a screen reading,... More »

PBS Clinton Documentary Has Lewinsky in Spotlight

Two-part series begins airing Monday

(Newser) - PBS begins airing a two-part documentary on Bill Clinton's presidency Monday night, with much of the early press focusing on its coverage of the Monica Lewinsky affair. Many advisers speak publicly about it for the first time, notes the Los Angeles Times , including Dick Morris: "When the Lewinsky... More »

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