Tina Turner is the definition of an icon. With incredible pipes and boundless energy, she’s a tour de force, whether it’s in the recording booth or on the stage. But her life and career are filled with tragedy and struggle alongside her immense success, and the new HBO documentary Tina will tell the whole story, complete with perspective from Tina Turner herself. Watch the Tina Turner documentary trailer below for a glimpse at the upcoming film. Read More »
Spike Lee and HBO Documentary Films are teaming for NYC Epicenters 9/11?2021 1/2 (yes, that’s the full title), a multi-part documentary that will cover the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks, and the docuseries is said to “offer an unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic.”
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Documentaries like I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey have already dug into a couple slices of the magic that makes Sesame Street so beloved by children and adults alike. Now Marilyn Agrelo‘s new film Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (inspired by Michael Davis’ book of the same name) goes back to the origins of the groundbreaking series created by producer Joan Ganz Cooney and writer/director Jon Stone, and shines a light on the hurdles, milestones, and memorable moments that have turned Sesame Street into a worldwide sensation beloved by millions. Read More »
Sesame Street is about to re-enter the spotlight in a major way. Not only is there a new theme park supposedly on the way and a major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Chance the Rapper that’s slated to be released in 2022, but HBO has a new documentary about the making of the classic children’s series that will debut in 2021.
HBO Documentary Films’ Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street will take audiences “inside the minds and hearts of the Sesame Street creators, artists, writers and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history.” Learn more about the upcoming documentary below. Read More »
Even if you didn’t grow up during the disco era, you undoubtedly know at least one song by The Bee Gees. The trio of brothers Barry, Maurice & Robin Gibb delivered such hits as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” from the hit film Saturday Night Fever, not to mention other classic tunes like “How Deep Is Your Love” and “You Should Be Dancing.” But there’s a lot you probably don’t know about the meteoric rise to fame enjoyed by The Bee Gees, which will be chronicled in a new documentary on HBO, and you can watch the full trailer below. Read More »
Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, both of whom appear in HBO’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, are reuniting for another HBO project: Oslo. Based on the stage play by J.T. Rogers, who will also pen the script, the film chronicles the real-life secret back-channel talks that lead to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Bartlett Sher will direct the film while Steven Spielberg will serve as one of the executive producers.
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“Thanks for leaving your house,” David Byrne tells the audience at the start of David Byrne’s American Utopia. He couldn’t have realized it at the time, but the statement is surreal now. This is the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and many of us can’t leave our houses. I myself am covering the festival remotely, watching American Utopia in my house rather than somewhere nestled into Toronto. It’s not the last time the surreality will take hold, because ultimately, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a show about connections. About reaching out and connecting with others – and it arrives at a time where doing such a thing in person is near impossible. Read More »
Back in June, Judd Apatow revealed he was working on a documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin. Now we have official word on what Apatow and company are cooking up: a two-part documentary headed to HBO reuniting the key creative team behind HBO’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, which Apatow also directed. The Carlin doc will be helmed by Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.
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HBO has consistently put out some of the best documentaries for a long time now, and that trend continues throughout the rest of 2020 and in the coming years. The cable channel has just unveiled the upcoming roster of documentary movies and shows that will be premiering in the second half of the year, including plenty of true crime stories. HBO Documentary Films also announced two new documentary projects in the works from Insecure creator Issa Rae and Room 104 creators Mark & Jay Duplass. Get the lowdown on all the 2020 HBO documentaries and more below. Read More »
Following the success of the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance earlier this year, ESPN fast-tracked several more sports documentaries to help fill the void left by the absence of the regularly scheduled sports seasons this summer. Now HBO Sports is jumping on the bandwagon later this year with the two-part documentary series Tiger, a look at the rise, fall and surprising triumphant return of one of the greatest golfers of our time, Tiger Woods. Read More »