Britney Spears’ residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino begins tonight, and while people may be anticipating the show, they weren’t that excited about E!’s two-hour documentary, I Am Britney Jean, following the four months of preparation for it. USA Today reports the Dec. 22 premiere garnered just 706,000 viewers. As of now, you can catch the full documentary here, though the first riveting question Spears is asked — “What’s your favorite bubble gum?”* — may have you switching YouTube channels. READ FULL STORY
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For the past few months, wild child Miley Cyrus has provoked one question from professional pearl-clutchers: “Where on Earth is that poor girl’s mother?!” (And fine, maybe one more: “Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!”)
The answer? “My mom is my homie,” Miley says in a clip from her upcoming MTV documentary. “If I win, she wins — not because she’s my manager; because she’s my mom.”
As for “anyone that’s ever said, ‘Where’s her mother?’” adds Tish Cyrus, the answer is “right beside her — through good, through bad, through arguments, through crying, through I don’t care what — right there.” Though foam finger thrusting, through naked pendulum swinging, through hour upon hour of tongue aerobics…
Leading up to the Nov. 10 premiere of its original movie Killing Kennedy starring Rob Lowe as JFK, the National Geographic Channel will debut a two-hour documentary titled JFK: The Final Hours narrated by Bill Paxton on Nov. 8. It features first-hand accounts from people who were among the last to interact with the president on the day of his assassination 50 years ago. Why is Paxton a fitting choice for narrator? He was actually among the crowd gathered in the parking lot of Fort Worth’s Hotel Texas, where Kennedy gave one of his last public speeches just hours before his death on Nov. 22, 1963. Paxton’s the child sitting on someone’s shoulders in the photo above. “I was eight years old that day, and I remember thinking it was like seeing a movie star,” Paxton says in the announcement. “There stood a man at the peak of his life and his career, but little did he or any of us know that in three hours he would be murdered in cold blood.”
In addition to restored footage shot by a White House film crew following Kennedy that day, JFK: The Final Hours features: READ FULL STORY
The knee whack heard ’round the world will be revisited near the 20th anniversary of the rivalry between Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, as one of six new documentaries on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
The series’ second season begins Oct. 1 with “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau,” about the big wave surfer and lifeguard.
It wraps up Nov. 5 with “Tonya and Nancy,” a look back at the Jan. 6, 1994, incident in which Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee after practice for the U.S. championships in a plot masterminded by Harding’s ex-husband. The film includes new interviews with Harding and people close to Kerrigan.
ESPN Films Vice President Connor Schell said Wednesday that they’re still trying to persuade Kerrigan to do an interview. She has mostly shunned the spotlight to focus on raising her family.
“Several people close to her have done interviews,” he told the Television Critics Association summer meeting. “We’re still working to get Nancy and hope by November that we do.”
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Basketball coach Vivian Stringer is maybe most famous outside the sports world for her role as a spokeswoman during the Don Imus scandal, when the former radio host made racist and sexist remarks about Stringer’s players. But there’s much more to Stringer’s career and life — maybe too much even for Coach, the new ESPN documentary about her.
The film kicks off a new series called Nine for IX: Nine documentaries airing over nine weeks for the 40th anniversary of Title IX. We spoke with the doc’s director, Bess Kargman, about working with Stringer — and Coach‘s producer, Whoopi Goldberg.
See an exclusive clip from the documentary, and read our Q&A, below. READ FULL STORY
For Mother’s Day, Lifetime is celebrating the most important mama of all: Georgia Holt, who gave us Cher. The result is Dear Mom, Love Cher, a candid, if blithely rose-colored documentary. There are great revelations: Mama Cher can sing! Mama Cher almost aborted baby Cher!
Writer-director P. David Ebersole gathers Cher (billed as a producer and “creator”), her sister Georganne, and Georgia all together on a massive Malibu couch that anchors the hour. We keep coming back to it, with mom in the middle, as she and her daughters spill out more and more details about the family’s extended, hardscrabble history. Once, the family matriarch dreamed of Georgia’s grandfather coming “down in little pieces” from the sky (she was psychic, you see) and the next day, he blew himself up with dynamite. “I think we can walk the narrow razor of white trash only so long,” Cher worries — and we still haven’t heard about Georgia’s father.
Late filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died last summer at age 71, will soon have her life and career memorialized on HBO. The cable network is planning to make a documentary about Ephron, EW has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news.
Ephron’s son Jacob Bernstein (also son of famed Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, to whom Ephron was married for four years) will direct and co-produce the documentary, which HBO describes as “an intimate portrait” of his mother.” The film will be called Everything is Copy, a lesson taught to Ephron by her mother, who also used her life as inspiration for her writing. READ FULL STORY
Make no mistake: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is powerful. More powerful than her mind can even digest and understand. But even so, the superstar singer sometimes feels insecure. “I’m a human being,” she reveals in this new trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary. “I cry. I get scared. I get nervous.” Say it ain’t so, Bey!
Thankfully, the trailer also proves that doc will be more than a two-hour therapy session. It looks like there’ll be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage in the film, as well as a subplot about Beyoncé struggling to keep her pregnancy under wraps while on tour. The artist’s plans for world domination may also be revealed — as Bey says at one point, “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”
Viva la Beyoncé, and check out the new trailer here:
Millennials, your moment is here.
It’s no secret much of entertainment goes after the desirable sweet spot of viewers in the 18-49 demo. Now, that ideal segment is getting even more specific: Participant Media announced today that they are launching a new television channel in summer 2013, specifically designed for viewers ages 18 to 34.
The United States’s 42nd president is finally getting his close-up.
HBO announced today that Martin Scorsese will direct and produce a documentary about Bill Clinton for the cable channel. This will be the Oscar winner’s fourth collaboration with HBO; Scorsese helmed a pair of HBO documentaries in 2011 and 2010, as well as the pilot of Boardwalk Empire the latter year. The new film will be made with Clinton’s full cooperation — much like 41, the HBO doc about George H.W. Bush that premiered last summer.
Oliver Stone has more than tackled — he’s practically smothered himself — in controversial politics on film, from directing 1986′s Vietnam classic Platoon to features about presidents (Nixon, JFK, W.) to Wall Street, its sequel, multiple documentaries on Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and beyond. So when Stone told journalists at a small press dinner EW attended on Monday night celebrating next week’s Blu-ray release of his latest film Savages about his upcoming Showtime documentary series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, he sounded uncharacteristically nervous.
He’s worked on the ten-episode TV series — which premieres its first episode next Monday, Nov. 12 — since February 2008, for four and a half years.
“You can understand, I’m a little bit on edge,” said Stone. “I’ve delivered seven episodes, but eight’s almost done, and nine and ten are still in the process. When you see one hour, you’ll understand the work that goes into it. It’s like ten movies.”
The episodes delve into what Stone sees an under-reported events throughout the 20th century, from the bombing of Japan during World War II to the fall of Communism. He worked with Peter Kuznick, a history professor at American University.
“It started as an atomic bomb movie, because I was born in that age,” Stone said. “We thought it would make a great film, but it would also make a great documentary. … Because of Bush, it was 2008, and I was so upset with the nightmare our country was going through. I decided to expand it to understand George Bush, and how he could get away with this. As crooked as the 2000 election was, with the 2004 election, ‘How could we vote the guy into office for what he’s done?’”
A passion project, the series was a long, twisty road, diverging him from movies.
“It detoured me from my film career,” Stone acknowledged. “I could have done five movies in those years instead of three. But I’ll be back, I hope.”
Oliver Stone on Obama: ‘I hope he wins’
The air in the room is heavy when Meg Ryan, Diane Lane and America Ferrera take a seat at a large round table for their chat with Entertainment Weekly at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The subject at hand — gender violence — is a tough one to tackle, but not talking about it directly contradicts the mission that brought all the women together for the PBS documentary Half the Sky.
The two-part, four-hour doc, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, begins airing tonight on the network. And if follows the actresses, normally seen to audiences in a number of beloved movies and television shows, in the belly of a very real global issue. (On the second page, watch an exclusive clip from Ryan’s segment, airing tonight.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about what drew each of you to this specific cause and project.
DIANE LANE: After reading the book, I was so electrified by the heroism I’d read. READ FULL STORY
Make some room, Maggie Smith: The newest distinguished face on PBS is actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci, who EW can exclusively report has been tapped as the host of the network’s long-running documentary series Independent Lens.
The Hunger Games and Devil Wears Prada star follows in a long time of distinguished past Independent Lens hosts, including Mary-Louise Parker, America Ferrera, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, and Don Cheadle.
“Stanley Tucci truly embodies the spirit and essence of Independent Lens,” says Lois Vossen, Lens’ senior producer. “Incapable of giving a bad performance, he owns each role, yet continues to surprise audiences with every new character. His acclaimed work as an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter demonstrates how much he understands what it means to be an independent filmmaker. We are deeply honored that he chose to support our series.”
Independent Lens launched in August 1999, and the coming Tucci-hosted season — which features Brad Lichtenstein’s As Goes Janesville on Oct. 8, before fully launching on Oct. 29 with Macky Alston’s Sundance award-winning documentary Love Free or Die — will be its eleventh. The series airs at 10 p.m. on Monday.
To mark the announcement of his new hosting duties, Tucci recorded a short video, which EW has exclusively below.
“I’ve been on both sides of the camera, and I can tell you: There’s no easy way to make these films,” Tucci says of the series’ documentaries. “Behind every risk-taking expose and intimate portrait is an independent filmmaker who has spent years building trust, gaining access, and getting the story right. In the end, you get a great film told with passion told with passion and perspective.”
Watch the clip here:
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