Have you recovered from the Orca “wave wash” scene in the Frozen Planet premiere? We hope so, because nature’s emotional roller-coaster ride continues in the next installment of the seven-part series from the makers of Planet Earth. In “Summer” (premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Discovery), you’ll watch an adorable fur seal pup get caught between two 400 lb. bulls fighting for females. Warning: The battle is brutal, but the reunion between the lost pup and its mother is joyous. Watch it below. In our second exclusive clip, you just have to trust that the music and narrator Alec Baldwin wouldn’t sound so upbeat if the scene of a female caribou being chased by a herd of “amorous males” ended the way you’re worried it might… READ FULL STORY »
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This Sunday, Discovery debuts the new seven-part series Frozen Planet, from the makers of Planet Earth and Life. During four years of production, the temperatures went as low as -58°F and the winds as high as 148 miles per hour. In total, the crew spent 2,356 days in the field, 840 hours trapped in blizzards, and 134 hours filming under the ice. Among the jaw-dropping footage seen in the first two programs premiering Sunday: the killer whale “wave wash” behavior in which orcas swim in a line to make waves that knock a seal off an ice floe, and a pack of 25 patient wolves working together to separate a bison from its herd. We sat down with series producer Vanessa Berlowitz and director Chadden Hunter. READ FULL STORY »
The release of the famed West Memphis Three earlier this year captivated even those who just tangentially knew about the case, i.e. the three then-teenagers who were convicted in 1994 — wrongly, in the view of many — of murdering three boys in West Memphis, Ark. One of the central engines of their release was the Paradise Lost documentaries by directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who had just finished their third film on the case, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, two days before Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols stepped out of a Jonesboro, Ark., courthouse as free men.
After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, the filmmakers amended their film with footage from the remarkable conclusion to this nearly two-decade long ordeal, which then played at the New York Film Festival. The documentary will have its exclusive public debut on HBO on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the exclusive trailer below: READ FULL STORY »
Morgan Spurlock knows a thing or two about failure. Almost 10 years ago, he had been evicted from his apartment and was sleeping in a hammock in his office as he tried to dig himself out of $250,000 in debt. He “decided to roll the dice” and make one more film. That film became his Oscar-nominated documentary Supersize Me.
Spurlock uses his experiences to inform his role as mentor to the participants of Failure Club, a new series premiering on Yahoo! Screen this Friday. EW chatted with Spurlock about the show, which follows seven people who want to change their lives over the course of a year. READ FULL STORY »
MSNBC will air a documentary about Conrad Murray this Thursday that features an interview with the doctor who was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter. The interview for Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship was conducted in November 2009, prior to Murray being charged.
October Films, which produced the documentary, filmed Murray throughout the subsequent two years and continued to record him during the trial.
UK Broadcaster Steve Hewlett conducted the interview with Murray. Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media Group, has pre-sold the program to major broadcasters around the world.
NBC has the rights to use limited excerpts of the documentary for Dateline and The Today Show. NBC recorded its own interview with Murray that was arranged by Zodiac.
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
The protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street have had a variety of supporters champion their cause, from politically-minded musicians like Pete Seeger and Kanye West, to actors like Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon. But the grassroots uprising, which continues to gain the attention of those in Hollywood and beyond (OWS protests have popped up in cities across the United States since it began in New York City in September), may have no bigger name backing them than MTV. READ FULL STORY »
When EW recently spoke with Trey Parker and Matt Stone about the new documentary Six Days To Air: The Making Of South Park, the pair promised that the film would be a relatively sober affair. “It’s about the making of the show,” said Stone. “It’s not a documentary that’s going to be like, ‘Oh my god, here’s Matt taking a p—.’”
The 32nd Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary took place at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Monday night, and CBS walked away the biggest victor of the evening, with 10 wins. Larry King was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades-spanning career in broadcasting, including 25 years of Larry King Live. King was presented with the award by NBC anchor Brian Williams, who King cited alongside Dan Rather as one of his “two favorite people.” An emotional King told the audience, “I was lucky enough to be in a business where I really didn’t have to work. It was unbelievable to go in every night and meet people and ask them questions. It was a privilege.”
Here’s a list of some of the most notable winners (check out the complete list here), including Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Lara Logan and the late Restrepo director Tim Hetherington:
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast:
Anderson Cooper 360 — “Haiti in Ruins” (CNN) READ FULL STORY »
Roseanne’s nutty new show is no more. Lifetime has decided against renewing her docu-series about her Hawaiian macadamia farm that debuted in July. On Friday, the cable network aired the show’s 16th episode, completing its order, and yesterday, Roseanne tweeted, “Roseanne’s Nuts has been cancelled. thanks everyone for watching!”
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military, should be history on Sept. 20. That’s when President Obama’s repeal of the law is scheduled to go into effect — and when a documentary on the controversial policy, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, premieres on HBO. The film, by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), tracks the 17 years it took to overturn the policy — starting with President Clinton’s signature signing into law in 1993 and ending with Obama’s repeal in Dec. 2010. Along the way, it tells the history of gay people in the military as well as the stories of some of the estimated 60,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently on active duty. HBO will air a sneak preview of the doc from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and then will premiere the film at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. You can watch an exclusive clip of it below: READ FULL STORY »
In an exclusive first look from National Geographic Channel’s George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, the former president recalls his first visit to New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “I remember the West Side Highway was lined with our fellow citizens,” Bush says with a warm smile. “It was a real sign of solidarity. As [then New York mayor] Rudy [Giuliani] pointed out, it’s a unique moment. ‘Most of them didn’t vote for you,’ is what he told me.” Check out the full clip below: READ FULL STORY »
After the success of 2008′s Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese set his sights on another musical giant: George Harrison. George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Scorsese’s doc on the former Beatle, has been acquired by HBO for a two-part airing on Oct. 5 and 6 of this year. READ FULL STORY »
Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon
Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon, a documentary about the formation of the Grammy-winning band, will premiere on Showtime on Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. The film, directed by newcomer and friend of the band, Stephen C. Mitchell, uses old home videos and interviews to tell the story of three brothers and their cousin who rebelled against their religious Southern upbringing to form a rock band. The film had premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY »
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