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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...

Britney Spears: I Just Want to Be 'Normal' for a While

Meanwhile, singer's boyfriend, Sam Asghari, has the knives out for her dad, Jamie

(Newser) - Britney Spears has spoken—and it's in defense of normalcy. Framing Britney Spears, the new documentary examining Spears' rise and very public breakdown, shows the pop star never had what most people would consider a "normal" life. But she'd like one now. "I'll always love...

Britney Film Puts Timberlake, Diane Sawyer in Hot Seat

Not many people come out looking good in 'Framing Britney Spears,' airing on FX and Hulu

(Newser) - As the saga continues to swirl around Britney Spears' conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement that seeks to yank her out from under the control of said conservator (her dad, Jamie), a new documentary on the 39-year-old singer sheds some light on how things got to this place—and has raised...

Director's Death Leaves Legacy Project in Limbo

Michael Apted was best known for his ongoing 'Up' documentary, which spanned decades

(Newser) - So what happens in 2026? That's the big question left in the wake of the death of director Michael Apted , best known for his ongoing Up series of documentaries . If you're unfamiliar, just know that it's "the greatest documentary television series of the last century,"...

Williams' Widow: He Killed Himself Days Before Neuro Test

(Newser) - Robin's Wish, a documentary about Robin Williams' final days and his struggle with a neurodegenerative disorder, has been out since September on streaming platforms and on demand. Now, his widow is speaking more on why she wanted to make the film, including about how angry she was immediately following...

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

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...

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

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,...

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...

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...

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