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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Pits Band Against Ex-Member

Lawsuit seeks to block ex-drummer's account of plane crash

(Newser) - Current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with representatives of members now deceased, are suing to block a new documentary, claiming it tells only a "compressed" and "sensationalized" story about the group. Judith Van Zant—the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, one of six people killed... More »

Blogger Might've Crushed Amelia Earhart Theory

Says newly surfaced photo was published before Earhart vanished

(Newser) - Even when a History documentary claimed a photo showed that Amelia Earhart had survived a 1937 plane crash in the Marshall Islands and was taken prisoner, Kota Yamano didn't buy it. "I have never believed the theory that Earhart was captured by the Japanese military, so I decided... More »

Putin: 'I'm Not a Woman, So I Don't Have Bad Days'

A look at Oliver Stone's Putin documentary

(Newser) - Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews, a four-part documentary for which the director got "extensive access" to the Russian president between July 2015 and February 2017, airs on Showtime June 12-15, and Bloomberg got early access to the first two episodes. Bloomberg notes that they offer "little that'... More »

Trump Gives Gore's Film a New Ending

Withdrawal from Paris accord will be added to An Inconvenient Sequel

(Newser) - Al Gore's latest climate change documentary hits theaters next month, but filmmakers have some new editing to do. That's because the final cut of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will include President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, reports the Wrap . Mike Allen... More »

7 Revelations From I Am Heath Ledger

Including actor's struggle with self-doubt

(Newser) - I Am Heath Ledger, the new documentary featuring previously unreleased home movies of the late actor, premiered on Spike TV Wednesday night. Rolling Stone , Entertainment Weekly , and USA Today round up highlights from the film:
  • He knew right away he wanted to play the lead in 10 Things I Hate
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Michael Moore Has Been Secretly Making Trump Film

He says 'Fahrenheit 11/9' will help bring president down

(Newser) - Michael Moore has been secretly making an anti-Trump documentary that he says will be powerful enough to bring down the president. The documentary, titled Fahrenheit 11/9 in reference to the day Trump's election win was confirmed, has been acquired by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Heath Ledger Is Returning to the Big Screen

'I Am Heath Ledger' premieres at Tribeca, features late actor's home movies

(Newser) - An upcoming documentary offers a glimpse at previously unseen Heath Ledger home movies. I Am Heath Ledger premieres April 23 at the Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a limited theatrical run beginning May 3; it will air on Spike TV May 17. The documentary also features interviews with friends, family,... More »

'Born Burglar' Details How He Pulled Off Van Gogh Heist

Octave Durham spills all the details on 2002 theft in new documentary

(Newser) - "I'm a born burglar," says Octave Durham, per the New York Times , which looks at a new documentary about Durham's notorious theft of two Vincent Van Gogh paintings. Set to be broadcast Tuesday on Dutch TV, the 45-minute special by filmmaker Vincent Verweij gets the inside... More »

War of Words Breaks Out Over Michael Brown Footage

No love lost between Robert McCulloch, Jason Pollock

(Newser) - Protesters have returned to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of a new documentary's claim that Michael Brown didn't rob a store before he was shot dead by police in 2014. On Sunday night, three people were arrested outside Ferguson Market & Liquor for assaulting police... More »

5 Reveals From Carrie Fisher- Debbie Reynolds Documentary

'Bright Lights' hits an emotional nerve

(Newser) - HBO's Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds documentary premiered Saturday; People and Vanity Fair list some of the biggest reveals and emotional moments from Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds:
  • Their bond was incredibly close and complicated. Says Fisher at one point in the documentary, "I’m trying to
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Bowie Didn't Know He Was Dying Until the Very End

Yet he was still fighting, 'Lazarus' director says in new doc

(Newser) - The music video for "Lazarus" shows David Bowie in a hospital bed, his eyes masked by bandages, as he sings, "Look up here, I'm in heaven, I've got scars that can't be seen." It was while filming that video three months before his death... More »

A 'New Take' on JonBenet Case Coming to Netflix

'Casting JonBenet' will premiere at Sundance, then head to theaters, Netflix

(Newser) - Interest in the JonBenet Ramsey case was resurrected with the 20th anniversary of the 6-year-old's December 1996 death, and now Netflix is joining the revival. Per Variety , the company has acquired the rights to Casting JonBenet, a documentary by Kitty Green set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival... More »

Reynolds Once Worried She Wouldn't 'Survive' Losing Carrie

Meanwhile, a new documentary on the mother and daughter is set to air next year

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds filmed a final love story before their deaths: their own. HBO's Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is "about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties—age on the one hand, and mental illness on the other,... More »

A&E Series Could Be 'Most Controversial Yet'

Network filmed KKK leaders, family members who want out for 'Generation KKK' documentary

(Newser) - They say any publicity is good publicity, but the #GenerationKKK hashtag trending on Twitter Monday morning didn't hold many kind words for A&E's new series, or for the New York Times weekend review of it. The Generation KKK eight-episode documentary, which sources confirm to the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

New Elvis Film Includes Never-Before-Seen Footage

HBO is putting finishing touches on Presley project

(Newser) - America's got a new president on the way but there's only ever going to be one King—and his fans are in for a treat. HBO says a new documentary on Elvis Presley directed by Thom Zimny, maker of two acclaimed Bruce Springsteen films, is almost complete, Rolling ... More »

Found: College Basketball Star Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

Benny 'the Outlaw' Anders discovered by filmmaker in Detroit area

(Newser) - In the 1980s, the University of Houston's Cougars basketball team—aka the Phi Slama Jamas—made their way into three Final Fours. The player described by the Houston Chronicle as "one of the more flamboyant members" has now been found in the Detroit area by a filmmaker, three... More »

Well-Made Amanda Knox Comes to the Obvious Conclusion

The new true-crime documentary was released Friday on Netflix

(Newser) - As befitting one of the most talked-about crimes of the past decade, the Meredith Kercher murder and ensuing Amanda Knox saga are the subject of a new true-crime documentary. Amanda Knox, released Friday on Netflix, has a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It opens with Knox herself looking at... More »

Katie Couric: Yes, My Gun Film Had 'Misleading' Edit

She regrets 8 seconds of silence in the documentary

(Newser) - Katie Couric initially stood by her gun documentary after critics said it included deceptive editing , but now she's acknowledging that it was indeed "misleading" at one key point, reports the Hollywood Reporter . In a statement posted Monday at the Under the Gun website, Couric says she took another... More »

Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Edit in Guns Film

She and documentary maker stand by the final cut

(Newser) - Katie Couric is taking serious flak over the edited version of an interview with gun supporters in a documentary. In Under the Gun, Couric asks the group, "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?" As this... More »

Inside an Adventurer's Search for Son Lost in Jungle

'National Geographic' set to air a 6-week series on the dad's search in central America

(Newser) - In early 2014, the son of a biologist and legendary Alaskan adventurer took time off of school for an an epic trip into the depths of Central America. In July, after scuba diving with whale sharks, climbing Guatemala's 14,000-foot Tajumulco, and surfing in Nicaragua, 27-year-old Cody Roman Dial... More »

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