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Bad News for Oklahoma Murder Convict of Netflix Fame

Tommy Ward's 1989 conviction in murder of Donna Haraway is reinstated

(Newser) - The murder conviction of a prisoner featured in the Netflix documentary series The Innocent Man will stand after all because he waited too long to raise concerns about suppressed evidence, a court has ruled. Tommy Ward, convicted in the 1984 murder of 24-year-old convenience store clerk Donna Haraway in Oklahoma,...

Inside the 'Real Tragedy' of Manti Te'o Catfish Hoax

Netflix doc shows 'just how easy it was for him to get hoodwinked,' writes SI's Jimmy Traina

(Newser) - In 2013, the sports world was turned upside down when Deadspin reported that the girlfriend of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o, who was said to have died of leukemia, didn't exist . Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who has since come out as a trans woman named Naya, admitted to creating...

You've Sung It Plenty in Bars. Now, This Song Gets Its Own Film

Paramount+ documentary on Don McLean's 'American Pie' is 'mandatory viewing' for fans

(Newser) - Don McLean has listened for decades as people belted out his classic song "American Pie" at last call or at karaoke—and applauds you for the effort. "I've heard whole bars burst into this song when I've been across the room," McLean told the AP...

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Trailer for Trump Documentary Emerges

Politico obtains the clip for Alex Holder's 'Unprecedented'

(Newser) - The trailer for a documentary about former President Trump that caught the attention of the Jan. 6 House panel has been obtained by Politico . The approximately two-minute teaser for Alex Holder's documentary contains no bombshells. Instead, it demonstrates what Politico describes as the "filmmaker's unique access to...

Little-Known Film Project Gets Attention of Jan. 6 Panel

House committee subpoenas filmmaker who had inner-circle access to Trump, shot footage of riot

(Newser) - The House Jan. 6 panel gavels back into session on Tuesday afternoon, with the focus expected to be on efforts by former President Trump and his allies to pressure state officials to reject election results, reports NBC News . But Politico is reporting an intriguing new wrinkle expected to be sussed...

Eddie Van Halen's Son: Show About Dad Is 'Pathetic'

Wolfgang calls out cable network's detailed look at rock star's illness

(Newser) - An episode of a Reelz docuseries immersed in the details of Eddie Van Halen's cancer death has drawn fury from the rock star's family. His son, Wolfgang Van Halen, called the program "pathetic and heartless." Actress Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie Van Halen for...

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Sean Penn Had to Hoof It to Polish Border

Actor-director shares photo of himself walking out of Ukraine

(Newser) - Update: Sean Penn has left Ukraine and it doesn't look like the process was easy. The actor-director, who flew to the country to work on a Vice Studios documentary about Russia's invasion, tweeted a photo showing him walking toward the Polish border, luggage in hand, with a line...

Hulu Users Did Not Approve of Astroworld Special

Service has yanked locally produced 'Astroworld: Concert From Hell' after backlash

(Newser) - Hulu has yanked a news special it released this week that recapped the events of the Travis Scott concert in Houston last month that injured hundreds and left 10 people dead, including a 9-year-old boy . Per the Los Angeles Times , the 50-minute Astroworld: Concert From Hell was pulled from Hulu'...

Get Back Gives a New Look at Beatles' Twilight
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Peter Jackson Restores the Beatles

Documentary listens in shortly before the band's breakup

(Newser) - If the Beatles' final days are legend—a collision of various, usually conflicting narratives argued by fans for decades—Peter Jackson would seem a logical choice to reconsider the myth. In his hands, The Beatles: Get Back provides a fresh take, per a Wall Street Journal review: "joyous, tedious,...

Docuseries to Dig Deep on Blues Brothers

Aykroyd and Belushi's wife sign on to project that will feature unreleased material

(Newser) - When the film the Blues Brothers was honored last year, Dan Aykroyd says, the renewed attention "made us realize there remains more to this story." So a docuseries about Jake and Elwood Blues, as played by Aykroyd and John Belushi, who died in 1982 , is being assembled, per...

Brittany Murphy Documentary: 'She Was In So Much Pain'

Film suggests weight loss, urged by her husband, contributed to death

(Newser) - Amid reflection on the harsh Hollywood treatment of young 2000s celebrities including Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes comes What Happened, Brittany Murphy? , a two-part HBO Max docuseries examining the star’s sudden death in 2009 at the age of 32. Murphy's death was attributed to pneumonia, anemia, and intoxication...

Ex-Security Worker Alleges 'Extremely Sensitive' Britney Audio

New documentary says dad Jamie Spears had singer's phone, bedroom surveilled

(Newser) - There's a new documentary out on Britney Spears, and this one makes even more damning allegations against her father, Jamie Spears. In the New York Times' investigatory Controlling Britney Spears, released Friday on FX and Hulu , "key insiders" speak about the conservatorship she's been under since 2008,...

'Dead-Fart Leggings': Go Inside LuLaRoe's Rise and Fall

'LuLaRich' is now available to watch on Amazon

(Newser) - If you're captivated by the rise and fall of LuLaRoe , Amazon is here to feed your curiosity. The four-part docuseries LuLaRich is now available to watch, and it's getting plenty of coverage. It tells the story of the multilevel marketing (MLM) company found in 2012 by DeAnne and...

Spike Lee Edits HBO Episode After Criticism

Filmmaker cuts discussion of Twin Towers' collapse from 'NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½'

(Newser) - Spike Lee has re-edited the final episode of a four-part HBO series on the Sept. 11 terror attacks after criticism that it gave a platform to conspiracy theorists. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, the first episode of which aired Sunday, explores how New York City has weathered events like the coronavirus pandemic...

What Critics Are Saying About New Bourdain Documentary
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New Bourdain Film Shows 'the Empath and the Narcissist'

'Haunting,' 'brilliant,' and 'troubling' are just some of the descriptors for Morgan Neville's documentary

(Newser) - It's been just over three years since celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61, and a new documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville hopes to shed some light not only on Bourdain's life, but also on the aftermath of his death. Roadrunner: A Film ...

Throat Cancer, Voice Box Can't Silence Val Kilmer

Actor speaks through personal footage spanning decades in new doc

(Newser) - Val Kilmer's speaking ability was severely limited by an operation on his trachea, but no matter. The actor speaks volumes, through footage personally shot over four decades, in a new documentary premiering this week at the Cannes Film Festival. Val utilizes home video footage "from virtually every chapter...

Britney Spears Sees Hypocrisy in Documentaries About Her

Singer complains about negative portrayals of long-ago struggles

(Newser) - Britney Spears has weighed in on two recent documentaries about her, finding them "so hypocritical." The criticism was posted on Instagram Monday, the Guardian reports. "They criticize the media and then do the same thing?????" the singer wrote. The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship ...

He Lived Out Titanic Scene. What Came Next Wasn't Easier

Documentary tells of discrimination against Chinese survivors including Fang Lang

(Newser) - You'll recall that famous scene in Titanic when Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack, clinging to a wooden door in the frigid ocean, lets go. His companion, Kate Winslet's Rose, eventually gets the attention of rescuers in the lone lifeboat that had returned to the scene to search for survivors....

Ken Burns Film Takes New Look at Hemingway

Three-part documentary on PBS begins on Monday

(Newser) - A new Ken Burns documentary on Ernest Hemingway—powered by vast but little-known archives kept at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston—is shedding new light on the acclaimed novelist, per the AP . Hemingway, premiering on PBS on three consecutive nights starting April 5, takes a...

Mia Farrow: Woody Allen Will Do Anything 'to Save Himself'

Comments come from new documentary focusing on child abuse allegations

(Newser) - Mia Farrow says her biggest regret is meeting Woody Allen, and that she's "scared" of the Oscar-winning writer/director 30 years after their tumultuous split, in a new documentary, the result of a two-year investigation. Allen v. Farrow covers the better years of Allen and Farrow's relationship in...

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