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It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?

Some experts believe the dead man is Abraham Lincoln

(Newser) - The image is haunting, depicting a gaunt-faced man with a familiar beard, staring ahead lifelessly. The right eye is bulging and appears disfigured from an unseen wound. Some experts believe the man is Abraham Lincoln, captured hours after the nation's 16th president succumbed to an assassin's bullet on... More »

Netflix Film Reveals Last Texts of Chris and Shanann Watts

Final messages between doomed Colo. mom, husband ranged from loving to mundane

(Newser) - As Chris Watts serves life without parole in a Wisconsin maximum security prison, the story of what got him there is debuting on Netflix. American Murder: The Family Next Door, which begins streaming Wednesday, is, per Mashable , a "stomach-churning, emotional missing-persons story," focusing on the August 2018 disappearance... More »

Michael Moore's New Film Is Denounced—by the Left

Critics say 'Planet of the Humans' is wildly inaccurate and smears the green movement

(Newser) - Michael Moore is used to taking all kinds of criticism over his films. His new one, however, offers a twist on that. Many environmentalists and other usual Moore supporters on the left are outraged over the documentary Planet of the Humans, while conservative sites, including Breitbart , are singing its praises.... More »

Ken Burns Has a Big Problem With The Last Dance

'That's not the way you do good journalism'

(Newser) - Ken Burns hasn't seen any of ESPN's new 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan —but he already knows he has a big problem with it. The Last Dance was made in partnership with Jump23, Jordan's production company, and Burns, one of America's leading documentary makers,... More »

Obama's Title in Jordan Film Gets a Laugh

But director has his reasons for labeling him 'former Chicago resident'

(Newser) - ESPN began airing its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary Sunday night, and one small moment from The Last Dance drew a bit of attention online. When Barack Obama appeared in the film, the chyron described him only as "Former Chicago Resident," notes People . Sites such as BuzzFeed and Vulture... More »

How an $80M Scandal Blew Up NYC's Art World

Barry Avrich chronicles a con in his new film, 'Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art'

(Newser) - When a prestigious gallery sells $80 million of modern art, it's a day at the office. When it's all fake, that's news—and the story behind a new documentary called Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art, the CBC reports. Filmmaker Barry Avrich says he... More »

Judge Gives 'Joe Exotic' Exactly What He Wants

Joseph Maldonado-Passage says he needs more time to argue for his lawsuit

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and federal wildlife violations has been granted an extra month to argue why his lawsuit challenging the convictions shouldn't be dismissed, the AP reports. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic,"... More »

Taylor Swift Raises Her Left Hand, and Boom —It's On

The singer's 'massive diamond ring' appears in Netflix documentary

(Newser) - Taylor Swift was talking politics when she raised her left hand, and bang—that's the story. Seems the singer is wearing an engagement ring in her new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, with Cosmopolitan calling it a "massive diamond ring" and In Style a "pear-shaped sparkler." Since... More »

New Technology Changes Faces in Film to Protect Identities

Process uses artificial intelligence to replace the usual shadowy images

(Newser) - In documentaries, people whose identities need to be kept secret have often been reduced to shadowy, voice-distorted figures—or worse, pixelated blurs. But a documentary premiering Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival has, with the aid of advanced digital technology, gone to greater lengths to preserve the secrecy of its... More »

Taylor Swift Makes Big Reveal in New Documentary

In 'Miss Americana,' star says she had an eating disorder

(Newser) - One of the most highly anticipated films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival was Miss Americana, a Netflix documentary about Taylor Swift. The film premiered Thursday night, and one big headline emerged from it: Swift's revelation that she struggled with an eating disorder, triggered by comments about her appearance,... More »

Aaron Hernandez's Sexuality Was a Huge Struggle: Ex-Teammate

College teammate talks about NFL star ahead of 2 upcoming documentaries

(Newser) - A teammate of Aaron Hernandez's at the University of Florida tells People the football star, who went from the Florida Gators to the NFL before ultimately killing himself in prison in 2017 at age 27, was dealing with a lot. "Everything about Aaron was a struggle," the... More »

Animated Nazi Thriller Comes With Warning for America

Randall Christopher's 'The Driver Is Red' documents capture of Adolf Eichmann

(Newser) - He could see the hairs on the back of Adolf Eichmann's neck. Seated behind the architect of the Nazi genocide on a crowded bus rolling through Buenos Aires in 1960, Mossad special agent Zvi Aharoni thought of the family members who'd died at Eichmann's direction, and he... More »

Looks Like Billie Eilish's Big Year Will Get Bigger

'Massive' deal nearing completion with Apple TV Plus for documentary on teen musician

(Newser) - It's clear people are interested in Billie Eilish: Her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, notched two Grammy nominations and became the most-played album of 2019 on both Spotify and Apple Music. That fascination with the 17-year-old singer (she'll turn 18 later... More »

She Made Film History. So Why Is She Mostly Unknown?

A new documentary revives the career of Alice Guy-Blaché

(Newser) - Heard of Alice Guy-Blaché? Don't worry, you're not alone. That's why there's a new documentary about the pre-World War I film pioneer, the Smithsonian reports. Born in 1873, Guy-Blaché directed hundreds of movies and was among the first to use synchronized sound, close-ups, and hand-tinted... More »

Obamas' First Film for Netflix Seen as 'Anti-Trump'

An Oscar-nominated duo from Ohio directed Sundance winner 'American Factory'

(Newser) - The first project from Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions arrived on Netflix on Wednesday. American Factory , a documentary showcasing tensions between Chinese and American attitudes at an auto glass-manufacturing operation at a former General Motors plant in Ohio, comes from Dayton directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar,... More »

Patrick Swayze's Widow: 'Complicated' Mom Abused Him

Lisa Niemi reveals late husband's volatile relationship with mother in new documentary

(Newser) - Patrick Swayze's mother was a "complicated woman," one the Dirty Dancing star "absolutely loved and respected," his widow, Lisa Niemi, told People in an interview ahead of Sunday night's premiere of the I Am Patrick Swayze documentary on the Paramount Network. What made the... More »

There's an Odd Connection to Glee in Suicide Text Case

Some of Michelle Carter's texts were dialogue from the show

(Newser) - Michelle Carter's "words alone" shouldn't be to blame for the death of Conrad Roy, who killed himself in 2014 after a then-17-year-old Carter sent him texts encouraging him to do so. That's the argument her lawyers are making in trying to get her case reviewed by... More »

HBO Releases Trailer for Game of Thrones Documentary

'The Last Watch' documents the making of the final season

(Newser) - We won't know how Game of Thrones ends until Sunday, but you can catch a glimpse of Daenerys Targaryen's final shot, sort of, thanks to a new trailer released by HBO. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, a two-hour documentary about the filming of the show's final... More »

AOC May Get 2nd Documentary

Report says it would be on her Green New Deal; another is currently on Netflix

(Newser) - A sign that the buzz around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't dying down: She's prominently featured in one documentary currently on Netflix, and Axios reports that she might get more of a solo treatment in a second film. AOC is one of four women in the 2018 elections featured in... More »

Durst's Final Jinx Words Seem 'Damning.' They Were Also Edited

As trial approaches, documentary makers under fire for presenting his words out of order

(Newser) - Dramatic storytelling or manipulation of the truth? That's the question posed by the New York Times about the HBO documentary The Jinx, which in 2015 aired an apparent "confession" by Robert Durst—accused of killing friend Susan Berman and long suspected of killing his wife—in its final... More »

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