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Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Dirty Money’s Trump episode is shocking, eye-opening and ruthless
The Fisher Stevens-directed installment of the Alex Gibney docuseries, titled “The Confidence Man,” really delves into Trump’s business history and suggests that The Donald was never meant to be taken seriously on The Apprentice.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Netflix’s Dirty Money is “an excellent antidote to News Noise”
Now available to stream, the Alex Gibney six-part documentary series on corporate greed actually does follow the money. “Meticulously researched and presented from a variety of perspectives, they tend to let the facts speak for themselves and they tend to have a lot of them,” says Amy Glynn.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
Fox News announces Scandalous, a Bill Clinton impeachment docuseries
The seven-episode series, premiering Sunday, promises an “honest and detailed account of one of the most intense political and legal stories in American history.” featuring interviews with main players like Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and Linda Tripp. The program will also feature “never-before-seen photos of the investigation.” 20 years on, the Clinton impeachment continues to be fodder for the true crime genre. In December, HLN aired an episode of 'How It Really Happened with Hill Harper' focusing on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the History Channel is developing a scripted series titled The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, and TV Line reports that FX’s American Crime Story is looking at the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the future.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Hank Azaria: The Simpsons will “definitely address” criticism over the Apu character
Azaria didn’t say if The Simpsons reached out to comedian Hari Kondabolu to discuss Apu after his The Problem with Apu documentary made headlines. But Azaria said at the TV press tour, while promoting Brockmire for IFC, that “they will definitely address, maybe publicly but certainly creatively within the context of the show, what they want to do, if anything, differently with the character.” Azaria also said he’s been thinking a lot about the criticism about the Indian immigrant character. "The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased — or worse — based on the character of Apu on The Simpsons, or the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing, especially in post-9/11 America," he said. "The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally."
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
HBO to air Judd Apatow’s 4-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary in March
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres on March 26 — two days after the second anniversary of Shandling’s death — and concludes the next night, featuring interviews with everybody from Conan O’Brien to Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. Why is the documentary more than four hours? “O.J. got seven hours and he murdered people. So don’t you deserve more time for not murdering people?” Apatow responded at the TV press tour.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
Patricia Hearst blasts CNN and Jeffrey Toobin for their docuseries The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
Hearst released a lengthy statement today accusing Jeffrey Toobin of writing an unauthorized book, American Heiress, that “romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure.’” Hearst’s statement prompted 20th Century Fox to cancel a movie project based on the book. But Toobin also serves as executive producer of The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, premiering Feb. 11 on CNN. “This six-part documentary series includes unprecedented access to Patty's lovers, comrades and confidants,” according to a description on CNN’s website. “The series explores who Patty Hearst really is: victim or villain?” Citing the #MeToo movement, Hearst wrote that she is “saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin’s book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that CNN has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries through Toobin’s distorted lens. I refuse to give Jeffrey Toobin, 21st Century Fox, CNN or anyone else involved in these projects about my life the power to make me a victim again, or the power to provide a platform where victim blaming is ok.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Another British TV Harvey Weinstein documentary is in the works
Weeks after the BBC announced two Weinstein docs, Channel 4 said it is making its own documentary on Weinstein as part of its Dispatches series. Channel 4's doc will pay special attention to Weinstein’s deep connections to the U.K. film industry.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Chelsea Manning will be the subject of a Showtime documentary
XY Chelsea, featuring the whistleblower who was imprisoned for revealing state secrets, has been filming over the last two years. But it will pick up on the day of Manning’s release last May.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
CNN will air big-game hunting/wildlife conservation film Trophy with limited commercial interruption
The critically acclaimed film will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Report: BBC has two separate Harvey Weinstein documentaries in the works, resulting in internal competition
The 90-minute BBC documentary announced Monday is intended for an initial theatrical release and Oscar consideration. But another unannounced documentary is being produced by the BBC’s “News & Current Affairs Department,” according to Roger Friedman. That project, for the documentary series Panorama, is being produced in conjunction with PBS’ Frontline. The Panorama documentary is aiming for an April premiere date, while the higher profile theatrical film will be released in late 2018. ALSO: Weinstein’s former assistant breaks her silence in a BBC interview.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
BBC announces a Harvey Weinstein documentary that “promises to be the definitive take on the Weinstein scandal”
The full-length TV documentary, with the working title of Weinstein, is set to run 90 minutes. The BBC says "as well as revealing the inside story of the past few months in minute detail, it will also look to the past to tell the story of abuses of power within Hollywood since its very origins and chart the rise of Harvey Weinstein himself over many decades. This is a film which will ask difficult and challenging questions about complicity, the price of silence and the corrosive effects of power ..."
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
HBO’s acclaimed documentary chief Sheila Nevins is exiting the cable network after 38 years
“There’s something exciting about leaving a job. I can’t explain it,” she tells The New York Times, which dubs her "The Grande Dame of Documentary Films." “I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.”
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 2:13PM EST
HBO teases David Bowie: The Last Five Years
The documentary, airing Jan. 8 on what would have been Bowie’s 71st birthday, documents the iconic singer's fertile period in the final years of his life.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
HBO’s The Newspaperman is a puff piece on legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee
The documentary based on the late Bradlee’s 1995 memoir focuses on his greatness, while declining to delve into any flaws, such as his friendship with President John F. Kennedy while he was Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
HBO teases the Andre the Giant documentary
WWE and Bill Simmons’ The Ringer website are behind the HBO Sports film about the legendary wrestler, titled Andre the Giant.