There are far too many great talents who have left us all too soon. Fame can be hard to tame, and its satisfaction can sometimes only last so long until you’re looking for other outlets, like drugs or alcohol, to keep that emotional and mental high going. Such was the success and ultimate tragedy of Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley.
Now the life and legacy of the late comedy star is examined in a new documentary called I Am Chris Farley, featuring interviews with those who knew him best. Fellow SNL stars like Mike Myers and Adam Sandler chime in, comedians like Bob Odenkirk and Bob Saget reminisce, and his best friend and frequent co-star David Spade has plenty to say too. If you’re a fan of Farley, this one is going to be tough to watch without shedding a tear or two.
Watch the Chris Farley documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
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It’s rare that we can point to one specific point in time where media really changed; the way we communicate is a flow of evolution rather than a series of specific formative events. But there are some cases where we really can say “it all began here.” One point in time is the set of debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, organized by ABC in 1968 as the network’s coverage of the Republican and Democrat national conventions.
Each man was known and notorious for his own reasons. Each was blessed with dextrous verbal wit. And each hated the other, viciously. Pairing them for televised political debates was genius, and their verbal sparring nearly spilled over into physical combat.
Best of Enemies is a wonderful documentary that chronicles not just their debates, but the ways in which the event set a template for so much of the television we’re familiar with now. Check out the Best of Enemies trailer below. Read More »
Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary that tells the story of the great Marlon Brando. Unlike so many profile documentaries, however, this one is based primarily on material from the late Brando’s own archives, including audio and video recordings made by the actor — so this is Brando taking you on a tour through his life and mind. It’s a rare opportunity to engage with a screen legend on his own terms. Check out the first Listen to Me Marlon trailer here. Read More »
Director Morgan Spurlock has tackled a variety of topics in documentary films. He looked at the nutritional value of McDonald’s in Super Size Me, tried to hunt a terrorist in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, exposed marketing tricks in Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even followed around One Direction.
Now Spurlock has pointed his camera at artisans for a new documentary short called Crafted, and the first trailer has just arrived online. Watch the Crafted trailer after the jump! Read More »
The Sony email hack that caused so much embarrassment and consternation at the end of 2014 will (of course) be the subject of a film. The first project to tackle the event is a documentary from Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, who made The Square, the Egyptian Revolution documentary that was seen on Netflix and won three Emmys and scored an Oscar nomination.
The documentary won’t exclusively be the story of Sony’s travails, but early information suggests that the story of Sony’s breach will be used as a prime example of the dangers of sophisticated and well-targeted cyber-crime.
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Just this past week, we learned a documentary is in the works that will chronicle the abandoned attempt by director George Miller to adapt the DC Comics superhero team Justice League for the big screen. Now the team behind the documentary is getting some buzz started for the project by revealing art via Twitter.
What claims to be the official Twitter account for the documentary, tentatively titled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, has revealed three pieces of concept art created when the film was still developing several years ago. Two pieces feature Wonder Woman in action, while the other shows what Aquaman potentially could have looked like. Check out George Miller’s Justice League concept art after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Well, folks, the day is finally here. A little bit more than a year after we first shot a concert film at the Moore Theatre with Stephen Tobolowsky, the World Premiere of The Primary Instinct is finally upon us. Tomorrow, all the people who backed us on Kickstarter will get the opportunity to watch the film with us when it plays at the Seattle International Film Festival.
But there’s good news for those who live near the Seattle area as well: You can still buy a ticket to see the film in person! The Primary Instinct will play at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Capitol Hill for two showings: Friday at 9:45 PM, and Saturday at noon. Stephen and I will both be there to do a Q&As afterwards.
For those who won’t be able to be there and are still interested in seeing the film: stay tuned! We’ll have more exciting news about the film in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider joining us in person. If you do, be sure to say hi. And for those who have been with us every step of the way on this journey, right from the very beginning: Thank you, so so much.
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Way back in 2007, George Miller was set to direct Justice League Mortal for Warner Bros. He got as far as casting, with Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), and Common (Green Lantern) set for the main roles, before things fell apart.
Warner Bros. now has other plans for Justice League, as we’ve extensively covered here. But with the recent success of Mad Max: Fury Road, people are wondering once again about the George Miller Justice League movie that never was. Now a new documentary will shed some light on the aborted project. Read More »
Batkid Begins will restore your faith in humanity. We live in a cynical world; hate and conflict are things we all deal with every day. But in the documentary Batkid Begins, you get to see how pop culture can not only bring out the best in people, it can unite us in ways that are absolutely remarkable.
You probably remember back in 2013, a young boy diagnosed with leukemia was chosen by the San Francisco Make-A-Wish foundation to get his wish. The boy, Miles Scott, wanted to be Batman. Granting that wish would be no easy task. As news of his wish got out, the event snowballed into something bigger than anyone imagined. From his family to the planning to the worldwide reaction, you see all facets of this incredible event in Batkid Begins.
Directed by Dana Nachman, Batkid Begins will be released by New Line Cinema on June 26. (Julia Roberts is also producing a narrative version of the story.) Check out the first Batkid Begins trailer below. Read More »