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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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‘Zero Days’ Helmer Alex Gibney On Stuxnet, The Piece Of Malware That Launched A New Era Of Cyber Warfare

Though a veil of secrecy still hangs over the subject of Alex Gibney’s timely Showtime documentary, Zero Days, it is now generally acknowledged that in the mid-to-late 2000s, the United States and Israel jointly developed Stuxnet, one of the most elegant, ingenious and terrifying pieces of malware ever created, which was used to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. Stuxnet was designed as an invisible tool for covert operations, which would aid in sabotaging Iran’s nuclear…
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‘Zero Days’ Helmer Alex Gibney On Stuxnet, The Piece Of Malware That Launched A New Era Of Cyber Warfare

‘Zero Days’ Helmer Alex Gibney On Stuxnet, The Piece Of Malware That Launched A New Era Of Cyber Warfare
Though a veil of secrecy still hangs over the subject of Alex Gibney’s timely Showtime documentary, Zero Days, it is now generally acknowledged that in the mid-to-late 2000s, the United States and Israel jointly developed Stuxnet, one of the most elegant, ingenious and terrifying pieces of malware ever created, which was used to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. Stuxnet was designed as an invisible tool for covert operations, which would aid in sabotaging Iran’s nuclear…
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Peabody Award Winners Celebrate Individuality, Investigative Reporting and ‘Enemies of the People’

Peabody Award Winners Celebrate Individuality, Investigative Reporting and ‘Enemies of the People’
The 76th annual Peabody Awards was a celebration of investigative journalism, independent filmmaking and singular visions that illuminate universal truths.

The gathering at Cipriani Wall Street, hosted by actress Rashida Jones, honored 30 programs running the gamut from radio to local TV to network and international news coverage to documentaries to narrative comedies on FX and HBO. This year’s ceremony included special achievement kudos for prolific producer Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service.

The shadow of the upheaval in Washington and media circles wrought by the Trump administration was ever-present throughout the presentation. More than one honoree made reference to President Trump’s assertion that journalists are “enemies of the people.”

As CBS News’ Jim Axelrod observed: “It’s really wonderful to be able to share the evening with so many other distinguished enemies of the people.”

Frontline” executive producer Raney Aronson assured the crowd that the PBS institution is committed to “practising serious journalism and
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2016’s films ranked

04.27.17: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2016, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/05.12.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/02.24.17/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake
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Newswire: 13th, O.J.: Made In America top this year’s Peabody documentary winners

It’s a good day for pretty much everybody in the documentary business, as the winners of this year’s batch of documentary Peabody Awards come from a wide array of studios and filmmakers. This comes from Deadline, which reports that the biggest names in the list are Ava DuVernay’s American criminal-justice system deconstruction 13th, Espn’s Oscar-winning O.J. Simpson film O.J.: Made In America, and Alex Gibney’s cyber warfare-based political thriller Zero Days. There are also two Frontline specials from PBS, two non-Frontline specials from PBS, HBO’s Mavis Staples doc Mavis!, and Audrie & Daisy and Hip-Hop Evolution from Netflix.

The winners of the other entertainment Peabody Awards will be announced later this week, and you can see the full list of documentary winners below.

2017 Peabody Award Documentary Winners

Audrie & Daisy

4.1 Miles

Frontline: “Confronting Isis”

Frontline: “Exodus”

Hip-Hop Evolution ...
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Peabody Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America, ‘13th’, ‘Zero Days’ Among Documentary Winners

Oscar winner O.J.: Made In America, Ava DuVernay’s criminal justice docu 13th and Alex Gibney’s cyber warfare pic Zero Days are among the 12 winners of Peabody Awards for documentaries. PBS scored four of the 12 spots, with Frontline pieces on Isis and the refugee crisis, Independent Lens: Trapped and Pov: Hooligan Sparrow. Netflix, which has ramped up its documentary slate considerably in the past year, has three titles on the list: Audrie & Daisy, DuVernay’s…
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Peabody Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America, ‘13th’, ‘Zero Days’ Among Documentary Winners

Peabody Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America, ‘13th’, ‘Zero Days’ Among Documentary Winners
Oscar winner O.J.: Made In America, Ava DuVernay’s criminal justice docu 13th and Alex Gibney’s cyber warfare pic Zero Days are among the 12 winners of Peabody Awards for documentaries. PBS scored four of the 12 spots, with Frontline pieces on Isis and the refugee crisis, Independent Lens: Trapped and Pov: Hooligan Sparrow. Netflix, which has ramped up its documentary slate considerably in the past year, has three titles on the list: Audrie & Daisy, DuVernay’s…
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‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ’13th,’ ‘Frontline’ Episodes Among Peabody Documentary Winners

‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ’13th,’ ‘Frontline’ Episodes Among Peabody Documentary Winners
Espn’s “O.J.: Made in America,” Netflix’s “13th,” HBO’s “Zero Days” and two episodes of PBS’ “Frontline” are among the 2016 Peabody Award winners for documentary programming.

The Peabody jury selected 12 programs for honors in the documentary category. A total of 30 Peabody kudos will be handed out on May 20 at a ceremony in New York hosted by Rashida Jones. Winners in the entertainment field will be unveiled on Thursday, followed April 24 by winners in the news and radio/podcast category.

Veteran producer Norman Lear and Independent Television Service last week were named the recipients of the individual and institutional awards.

The Peabody Awards, administered by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, rank high on the list of TV’s most prestigious laurels.

Here is a full list of 2016 documentary winners:

“Audrie & Daisy

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Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk present a heartbreaking
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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta,’ Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists

Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” and Donald Glover’s freshman FX series “Atlanta” were among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

Other notable finalists this year include the first season of the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage,” which stars Mike Colter as a man with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin, and Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” which explores racial issues within the U.S. prison system.

The full list of finalists below represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.m
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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’, Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists

Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’, Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Among Peabody Awards Finalists
Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” and Donald Glover’s freshman FX series “Atlanta” were among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

Other notable finalists this year include the first season of the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage,” which stars Mike Colter as a man with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin, and Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” which explores racial issues within the U.S. prison system.

The full list of finalists below represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.
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‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor

‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor
Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film explores the life and career of the longtime Donald Trump advisor, who helped launch his political run.

Read More: Sarah Paulson Nominates Herself to Play Donald Trump in New Season of ‘American Horror Story

“Get Me Roger Stone” features interviews with the infamous political strategist and self-proclaimed “agent provacateur,” as well as with people who have followed and studied his career. The documentary explores the career of the man who sports a tattoo of President Nixon in his back as a badge of honor.

“Those who say I have no soul, those who say I have no principles are losers,” Stone says in the trailer, sounding a lot like Trump. “Those are bitter losers.”

Read More: Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike
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‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor

‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Explores the Career of the Infamous Trump Advisor
Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.” The film explores the life and career of the longtime Donald Trump advisor, who helped launch his political run.

Read More: Sarah Paulson Nominates Herself to Play Donald Trump in New Season of ‘American Horror Story

“Get Me Roger Stone” features interviews with the infamous political strategist and self-proclaimed “agent provacateur,” as well as with people who have followed and studied his career. The documentary explores the career of the man who sports a tattoo of President Nixon in his back as a badge of honor.

“Those who say I have no soul, those who say I have no principles are losers,” Stone says in the trailer, sounding a lot like Trump. “Those are bitter losers.”

Read More: Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike
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WGA winners include “Arrival” and “Moonlight”

Yesterday evening, the Writers Guild of America handed out their awards, marking one of the season’s final precursor stops and last guild ceremony. As with many of the guilds this year, a slight curveball was tossed our way, namely in that one potential frontrunner is nominated in a different category at Oscar. You’ll see what I mean shortly, along with a few other precursors that went down over the weekend. Ballots for the Academy Awards are due by tomorrow, so voters are making their final decisions literally as you read this. It’s very much the moment of truth, with the results of it all less than a week away now… Below you will see not just the WGA winners, but also the Cinema Audio Society, which basically predict Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, as well as the victors from the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists guild.
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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big
Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening.
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Which Documentaries Help Make Sense of the World Today? — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Which Documentaries Help Make Sense of the World Today? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: This past Friday saw the release of Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary that speaks to our present moment through the writings and actions of the late James Baldwin. What other documentaries — recent or not — might help people better understand and / or respond to the state of the world today?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

“The state of the world today” is too big a matter for any one documentary, because there’s no one state of things, there’s an overwhelming diversity of experiences — and the history of movies is as much the history of the ones that it doesn’t show.
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Vr In the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

Vr In the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World
The Sundance Film Festival has long included documentaries that tackle hot button issues, but this year some of those films included virtual reality companion pieces in the New Frontier section. In addition to longstanding issues regarding technical, ethical and narrative complexities of telling stories with new technologies, these Vr additions raised serious questions about the capacity for the medium as an agent of change.

Environmental issues were at the forefront of this year’s festival, and two of the most prominent climate documentaries, “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Chasing Coral,” presented Vr shorts as well. “An Inconvenient Sequel” shows how grave the climate change crisis has become since Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted a decade ago. In the companion piece, “Melting Ice,” Gore and the film’s creator Danfung Dennis take us on a 360-degree tour of how rising temperatures have wreaked havoc on the climate of Greenland.

The
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Kneejerk Reactions To The Oscar Nominations And The Final Word On 2017

Even when you live in Los Angeles, as I do, if you’re not in the network of critics groups and press screening and screener DVDs it can be a challenge to keep up with everything you tell yourself you have to see before attempting an informed roundup of the year currently in the rearview mirror. And I also try to not let more than a couple of weeks of the new year go by before checking in, regardless of how many of the year’s big presents I have left to unwrap, though in past years I have not lived well by this dictum—let’s just say that if I’m still posting stuff on the year’s best after even Oscar has thoroughly chewed over the goods, as has happened in the past, well, I’ve overstayed my welcome.

2016 was, in most ways, a disaster of a year,
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Sundance: Controversial Vr Project Takes Viewers Inside Mission to Bring Down Iranian Nuclear Facility (Exclusive Video)

Sundance: Controversial Vr Project Takes Viewers Inside Mission to Bring Down Iranian Nuclear Facility (Exclusive Video)
Ever want to poke around an Iranian nuclear facility but didn't have the proper clearance?

A virtual reality project at Sundance is giving viewers just that opportunity. Scatter's Zero Days Vr takes the Oculus headset-clad participant deep inside the facility that was brought down by the Stuxnet virus. As centrifuges explode, viewers listen to a National Security Agency whistleblower explain how the cyber weapon worked.

Director Yasmin Elayat's 12-minute project, which is based on Alex Gibney's feature-length documentary from Participant Media/Showtime also titled Zero Days, is certain to spark controversy given that it spills intelligence secrets and attributes the attack...
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Alex Gibney to Take on Fox News’ Roger Ailes in Upcoming Documentary

Alex Gibney to Take on Fox News’ Roger Ailes in Upcoming Documentary
Fox News would love to move beyond the Roger Ailes era, but the film community is not ready to let go of the story of the fallen cable network news titan. At least not yet.

According to reports, acclaimed documentary director Alex Gibney is developing an independent film on Ailes, who was forced to step down after multiple reports that he sexually harassed women at Fox, including stars Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.

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Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions did not immediately respond to requests to discuss the project about Ailes. The former Richard Nixon political aide built himself into one of the most powerful figures in news until last summer, when Carlson became the first in a string of Fox News women to say she was targeted with unwanted advances.

Ailes is already the subject of attention on the feature side,
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