The Incredible Jessica James trailer 2

Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams has had bit parts in movies like Delivery Man and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but she made a big splash earlier this year when she headlined an indie dramedy called The Incredible Jessica James that played at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix picked up the movie, and now the streaming service has dropped an energetic new trailer that showcases Williams’ eye-catching performance.
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Steven Spielberg Documentary Coming From HBO

Steven Spielberg has been making great movies so consistently for so long that it sometimes feels like we take him for granted. Maybe a new documentary, titled Spielberg and coming to HBO later this year, can remind us that the man behind Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List is probably the greatest filmmaker of all time and that we should treasure his filmography. Heck, even his duds inspire interesting conversations.

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Icarus Trailer

While the United States is still trying to determine how/if Russia tampered with the presidential election of 2016, Netflix has a new original documentary from Sundance that will show how the nation has been corrupting the athletic world by cheating at the Olympics for decades.

Icarus is a new documentary that set out to investigate doping in sports, but found so much more. Director Bryan Fogel ended up connecting with renegade Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the man behind Russia’s so-called “anti-doping” program that was actually a cover for helping Russia cheat at the Olympics, tainting the most revered athletic competition in the world.

Watch the Icarus trailer below to get an idea of how crazy this story gets. Read More »

The Fight for Fallujah

Affordable virtual reality is finally here for the world to experience, but that doesn’t mean that people have figured out what to do with the technology. Games have been the obvious first use, horror tiles in particular because it’s so easy to scare someone by placing them in a terrifying situation and scaring them with creatures and ghosts lurking around them.

But it turns out that one of the absolute best uses of VR is for documentaries. It may seem strange, but it’s really a brilliant idea if you think about it – what better way is there to connect with the subject matter of a doc than by immersing yourself in their world?

The proliferation of cheap VR cameras and increasing know-how by filmmakers means that they’re just going to get better and better from here. Right now, there are a ton of stunning short documentaries that you can check out for yourself. Most of them are free, even with a device as simple as Google Cardboard. Here’s what you need to check out.

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Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video

The time has come for Lightning McQueen to prove whether he still has some race left in him in Pixar Animation’s sequel, Cars 3. The next chapter in the racer’s story sees his career on the verge of ending as Jackson Storm and a whole crew of high-tech race cars enter the fray, leaving him as the resident old man on the track.

Now ESPN has chronicled Lightning McQueen’s career in a documentary short called 95: The Untold Story of Lightning McQueen, inspired by their acclaimed 30 for 30 series.

Watch the Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video below. Read More »

Nobody Speak Trailer

When news spread of Hulk Hogan having a sex tape leaked online, it felt like nothing more than tabloid gossip. But when the former wrestler and reality TV star began a legal battle between his rights to privacy and the freedom of the press, the story turn a much more significant turn, one that makes this lawsuit even more important than most realize.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press is a new documentary that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and it illustrates why the verdict ruling against Gawker and founder Nick Denton, especially when it comes to those who funded the lawsuit itself, has the potential to create a slippery slope that threatens the freedom of the press.

Watch the Nobody Speak trailer below. Read More »

An Inconvenient Sequel

Al Gore‘s documentary sequel An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to plenty of acclaim, despite the depressing subject material focusing on the continued threat that global warming poses to our planet, especially coastal cities and countries. Now we have word that the film will arrive a little bit later than expected.

An Inconvenient Sequel had been slated for a wide release on July 28, but now that wide release has been pushed back to August 4. It’s only a week delay, but with two months left before the film hits theaters and headlines today revealing Donald Trump’s plan to pull back out of the Paris climate accords, will the movie be updated with new details? Read More »

HBO Real Sports Pinball Story

As someone who opts not to spend much time paying attention to athletics, my familiarity and interest in sports comes in the form of movies about them. Whether it’s a drama like Remember the Titans, a comedy like Semi-Pro, a childhood favorite like The Mighty Ducks or a compelling documentary like the classic Hoops Dreams, I have fallen in love with plenty of stories from the world of sports.

That’s why I find myself occasionally sucked into a segment from HBO’s long-running program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Since the series takes an in-depth look at athletes, teams, training and all the good stuff that is blasted all over ESPN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a format akin to something like NBC’s Dateline, I’m not usually interested in what’s being covered. But every now and then a piece comes along that just connects, and the story of pinball wizard Robert Gagno is one of them.

Watch the HBO Real Sports pinball story after the jump. Read More »

‘The King of Kong’ Musical in the Works

the king of kong musical

We’re still waiting on New Line’s remake of The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersSeth Gordon‘s excellent 2007 doc about Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell competing over the world record for Donkey Kong. Gordon, who went on to direct Horrible Bosses and Baywatch, has been wanting to dramatize their rivalry in a feature film for years now – but that’ll have to wait until he’s done adapting the doc for the stage.

Below, learn more about the King of Kong musical.

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Pennywise documentary

I read Stephen King’s iconic 1986 horror novel It for the first time earlier this year in preparation for the upcoming feature film adaptation. The book is phenomenal, but for many, their introduction to the novel’s demonic antagonist – who often takes the form of a murderous clown named Pennywise (aka Robert Gray) – came in the 1990 miniseries, in which Tim Curry played the title role.

With the new movie quickly approaching, a group of filmmakers are taking this opportunity to crowdfund a documentary called Pennywise: The Story of It that reveals behind-the-scenes details about the making of that miniseries and features interviews with the cast. And Curry himself is already on board. Check out the pitch video for the new Pennywise documentary and get more information below.
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