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‘3 Generations’: Weinstein Company to Protest R Rating Received by Transgender Drama

6 April 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company has announced its plan to protest the R rating received by “3 Generations,” co-writer/director Gaby Dellal’s film about a transgender teenager played by Elle Fanning. Formerly known as “About Ray,” the film co-stars Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.

Read More: Tiff Review: ‘About Ray’ Starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts & Susan Sarandon

The MPAA cites language, including sexual references, in its decision. TWC has once again enlisted attorney David Boies to aid their legal battle, as they did when “Bully” likewise received a controversial R rating; the company successfully brought the anti-bullying documentary’s rating down to a PG-13 in that case.

“This film is a beautiful and touching story about family and identity,” said Watts, who also serves as executive producer. “It is important for teenagers to see it and the ‘R’ Rating doesn’t reflect today’s society. ‘3 Generations’ doesn’t have a bad bone in its body, »

- Michael Nordine

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Jay Z and Weinstein Company Team Up for Ambitious Film and Docuseries About Trayvon Martin

24 March 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shawn “Jay-z” Carter will team up the Weinstein Company to make a series of documentary projects about the life and death of Trayvon Martin, Variety reports.

The music mogul and the indie distributor won a bidding war for the rights to two books about the 2012 shooting of the unarmed black teenager:  “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The first is by Lisa Bloom, a reporter who covered the trial of George Zimmerman. The second is by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and tells the story of Martin’s childhood and the impact of his death on the family.

Read More: Jay Z’s Documentary ‘Time’ Trailer: Six-Part Series Details the Life and Legacy of Kalief Browder

Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a »

- Jude Dry

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Gets ‘Escapes,’ Amazon and IFC Films Date ‘City of Ghosts’ and More

10 March 2017 7:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Grasshopper Film has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Michael Almereyda’s new documentary “Escapes,” a dynamic portrait of Hampton Fancher, executive produced by Wes Anderson. “Escapes” will open in theaters this summer followed by a VOD and Home Video release in the fall.

“Escapes” showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher, flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049.”  Fancher’s running commentary – with a little help from Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott – works in concert with extensive archival footage as Fancher relates death-defying escapades from a remarkable life. »

- Kate Erbland

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Cph:dox to host 75 world premieres

1 March 2017 3:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Syria doc Last Men In Aleppo will open the Copenhagen documentary festival.

Cph:dox has announced the full programme for its first spring edition (March 16-26), boasting 200 films including 75 world premieres.

The festival will open with Last Men In Aleppo [pictured], which was directed by Firas Fayyad and co-directed by Steen Johannessen.

Other highlights include a new cultural summit Cph:meetings – about the political and social role of art in society; a Vr cinema; a new children’s programme; a new science section; a focus on the rise of populism; and an 11-film programme curated by musician Anohni.

Themes to be explored include the rise of populism and a “talk show” about the alternative facts of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.

The children’s programme will include titles such as Obscure about kids with Ptsd; Childhood about a Norwegian kindergarten in the forest, and a film about Chinese children whose parents are in prison, Waiting For The »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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‘Rock and a Hard Place’ Trailer: The Rock Tells Young Inmates ‘Don’t F***’ Up Their Best Chance to Stay Out of Jail — Watch

22 February 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“You don’t feel it right now, but you’re lucky. You’re lucky because you’ve got another shot. Don’t fuck this thing up. I mean that.”

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the nicest guy in the world, speaks to you like that, you listen. In HBO’s upcoming documentary “Rock and a Hard Place,” the action star makes an appearance to give a reality check to young inmates who are about to take part in the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp.

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The boot camp is an essential tool to fight crime: When seven out of 10 prisoners who are released return to prison within three years, it’s clear that jail time by itself is not a deterrent. The Miami-Dade boot camp is a harrowing six-month program that puts inmates »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Rock and a Hard Place’ Trailer: The Rock Tells Young Inmates ‘Don’t F***’ Up Their Best Chance to Stay Out of Jail — Watch

22 February 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“You don’t feel it right now, but you’re lucky. You’re lucky because you’ve got another shot. Don’t fuck this thing up. I mean that.”

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the nicest guy in the world, speaks to you like that, you listen. In HBO’s upcoming documentary “Rock and a Hard Place,” the action star makes an appearance to give a reality check to young inmates who are about to take part in the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp.

Read More: ‘Baywatch’ Super Bowl Trailer: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Save Lives and Fight Crime

The boot camp is an essential tool to fight crime: When seven out of 10 prisoners who are released return to prison within three years, it’s clear that jail time by itself is not a deterrent. The Miami-Dade boot camp is a harrowing six-month program that puts inmates »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch

20 February 2017 12:52 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.

Read More: ‘Veep’: Selina Meyer Tells People to Vote or You’ll Be ‘Giving Your Power to Someone Else’ – Watch

Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch

20 February 2017 12:52 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.

Read More: ‘Veep’: Selina Meyer Tells People to Vote or You’ll Be ‘Giving Your Power to Someone Else’ – Watch

Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »

- Michael Nordine

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Film Acquisition Rundown: HBO Picks Up ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years,’ TWC Buys ‘Perfetti Sconosciuti’ and More

17 February 2017 3:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” directed and produced by Francis Whately. The film spotlights two critically acclaimed albums and the stage musical “Lazarus,” offering new insights into Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the final five years of his life.

Featuring a wealth of rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators, the film is a tribute to one of the greatest rock icons of all time.

Read More: Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

– The Weinstein Company will »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer: Richard Quits Pied Piper

17 February 2017 1:46 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO has just released the new trailer for season 4 of “Silicon Valley.” The clip begins with Richard (Thomas Middleditch) gathering the Pied Piper crew to inform them he’s quitting. Richard insists in keeping the name, and lets the team know that he won’t budge. But the rest of the guys couldn’t care less.

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From there, things continue to get awkward as Richard looks to the future, hoping to invent something new to revolutionize the tech game. If the first three seasons have been any indication, it’s going to be a long way to the top.

Read More: ‘The Sinner’ Trailer and Photos: Jessica Biel Is in 7th Hell After Committing a Heinous Crime — Watch

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, “Silicon Valley” focuses on six guys who struggle with »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer: Richard Quits Pied Piper

17 February 2017 1:46 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO has just released the new trailer for season 4 of “Silicon Valley.” The clip begins with Richard (Thomas Middleditch) gathering the Pied Piper crew to inform them he’s quitting. Richard insists in keeping the name, and lets the team know that he won’t budge. But the rest of the guys couldn’t care less.

Read More: Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ Looks Like Another Impressionistic Romance — Trailer

From there, things continue to get awkward as Richard looks to the future, hoping to invent something new to revolutionize the tech game. If the first three seasons have been any indication, it’s going to be a long way to the top.

Read More: ‘The Sinner’ Trailer and Photos: Jessica Biel Is in 7th Hell After Committing a Heinous Crime — Watch

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, “Silicon Valley” focuses on six guys who struggle with »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: One of the Best Shows on TV Returns More Nihilistic Than Ever

17 February 2017 8:38 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO has released a new teaser for the final season of its cult hit “The Leftovers,” and it’s every bit as provocative as the show’s explosive second season.

The third and final season of the wrenching drama heads down under. Series creator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) told Entertainment Weekly of the decision: “Australia is the end the world geographically, and our show is about the end of the world emotionally.” “The Leftovers” is based on a book by series co-creator Tom Perrotta, whose previous novel inspired Alexander Payne’s “Election.”

Read More: 2017: The Year of ‘The Leftovers’… Plus 9 Other, Less Exciting TV Shows To Look Forward To

The final teaser arrives with a Mature Content warning, as we catch harrowing glimpses of fiery deaths, angry mobs, crucifixions, and a tear-stained Laurie (Amy Brenneman). Kevin (Justin Theroux) looks anxiously over at Carrie Coon (Nora Durst) as she tucks in »

- Jude Dry

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TV News Roundup: HBO Acquires TV Rights to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’

16 February 2017 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, HBO will air “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” this summer after acquiring the U.S. TV rights, Cartoon Network’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” set to premiere in March, and more.

Deals

HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” Directed and produced by Francis Whately, the film spotlights the legendary singer and actor’s last two albums and Broadway musical, offering new insights into the final five years of Bowie’s life through rarely-seen interviews of the man himself, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators. Earlier this month, Bowie posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for his final album “Blackstar.”

Casting

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge for the upcoming »

- Will Thorne

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HBO Acquires David Bowie Documentary ‘The Last Five Years’

16 February 2017 10:31 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately. The documentary focuses on the final segment of Bowie’s life, when he recorded his albums The Next Day and Blackstar and co-wrote the stage musical Lazarus. Whately directed 2013’s David Bowie: Five Years, which examined five earlier eras of Bowie’s extraordinary career, including the Ziggy Stardust period and his Berlin days. The Last Five Years, a BBC Films… »

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HBO to Air ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Documentary

16 February 2017 10:06 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to the documentary film “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, spotlights the critically acclaimed albums “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” as well as the stage musical “Lazarus” and offers new insights into Bowie’s creativity during the final five years of his life. It features rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators. Also Read: David Bowie, Prince Songs Among 2017 Grammy Hall of Famers “Looking »

- Joe Otterson

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Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails and Tame Impala to Headline Panorama Festival 2017

9 January 2017 10:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It may only be January, but it’s never too soon to celebrate the musical acts performing at this year’s Panorama Music Festival on New York’s Randall’s Island in July.

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The three-day fest from July 28-31 will include headliners and co-headliners Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-j, Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest. Vulture noted that the event marks the first major performance by A Tribe Called Quest since the death of former member Phife Dawg.

Other notable acts include Mgmt, Future Islands, Tyler the Creator, Spoon, Nick Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Belle & Sebastian, Justice, Glass Animals, Cashmere Cat, Angel Olsen, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, Vance Joy, Isaiah Rashad, MØ, Breakout, Vince Staples, Jaguar Ma, Matoma, Mitski, Hot Since 82, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, »

- Graham Winfrey

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David Bowie Reportedly Learned His Cancer Was Terminal as He Filmed His ‘Lazarus’ Video 3 Months Before Death

7 January 2017 7:38 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The video for David Bowie‘s last single “Lazarus” — released days before the late singer lost his 18-month battle with cancer — hauntingly referred to death and rebirth. And in a new documentary about the 69-year-old music legend, the video’s director reveals Bowie learned his cancer was terminal while filming the video.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which premieres on British television Saturday, covers the final years of Bowie’s life — including his 2003-4 A Reality Tour, and the making of his 25th (and final) studio album Blackstar.

Directed by Francis Whately, it’s a follow-up to the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years. »

- Dave Quinn

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David Bowie Music Video Director Says Bowie Only Discovered He Was Dying During Last 3 Months

6 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” may not have been the singer-songwriter’s so-called death record. Jonah Renck, the director of the music video for Bowie’s single “Lazurus,” told the Guardian that the concept of the video was conceived before Bowie knew his cancer was terminal, and that it was his idea — not Bowie’s — to have the singer lie in a hospital bed for the video. 

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: David Bowie Was Going To Be On The Showtime Series Before His Death

“I immediately said ‘the song is called Lazarus, you should be in the bed’,” Renck told the Guardian. “To me it had to do with the biblical aspect of it … it had nothing to do with him being ill.”

The shooting of the video took place around the time Bowie received his final diagnosis, roughly three months before his death last January.

Later this month, »

- Graham Winfrey

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