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Chris Hegedus on Her Partnership With D.A. Pennebaker

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Chris Hegedus on Her Partnership With D.A. Pennebaker
In the doc world, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker are a legendary filmmaking combo, and their presence has been felt at Idfa since the festival first began. The pair attended regularly over the years, but this year, sadly, only Hegedus was able to make the trip, having bade farewell to her longterm partner just a few months before. It was expected, then, that Hegedus’s Film Talk would be a sombre affair, but the filmmaker spoke brightly and articulately about the pair’s work together, opening with a fascinating clip from Pennebaker’s 1962 film “Jane,” a portrait/sketch of Jane Fonda’s disastrous attempt to conquer the Broadway stage, at the age of 25.

Speaking to writer Pamela Cohn, Hegedus said she came to the film world almost by accident. “When I grew up,” she said, “I didn’t really know that women could be filmmakers. I mean, I’d heard
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Song You Need to Know: Bonny Light Horseman, ‘Jane Jane’

The new folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman (Anais Mitchell, Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats and Josh Kaufman) have already given a few teases from their upcoming eponymous debut album, slated for early 2020. But “Jane Jane,” the trio’s third preview, offers the clearest portrait of the type of folk re-imagining at the core of the band’s mission statement.

Sung by Johnson and Mitchell, “Jane Jane” is a Southern traditional, first captured as “Jane-Jane (Three Mocking Birds)” in a field recording by a singer named Lila May Stevens in Vicksburg,
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Robert Evans Remembered by Francis Ford Coppola: ‘May the Kid Always Stay in the Picture’

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Robert Evans Remembered by Francis Ford Coppola: ‘May the Kid Always Stay in the Picture’
Francis Ford Coppola, Brett Morgen, actress Ali MacGraw and many more are mourning the Monday death of Robert Evans, the legendary film producer and Paramount Pictures chief in the ’60s and ’70s.

Coppola honored Evans for his contributions to “The Godfather” films when he was at Paramount and for his help as an independent producer on Coppola’s “The Cotton Club” from 1984.

“I remember Bob Evans’ charm, good looks, enthusiasm, style, and sense of humor. He had strong instincts as evidenced by the long list of great films in his career,” Coppola said in a statement to TheWrap. “When I worked with Bob, some of his helpful ideas included suggesting John Marley as Woltz and Sterling Hayden as the Police Captain, and his ultimate realization that ‘The Godfather’ could be 2 hours and 45 minutes in length; also, making a movie out of ‘The Cotton Club’ — casting Richard Gere and Gregory Hines,
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A ‘Free Solo’ win would make Nat Geo scale to new Emmy heights

Fresh off its Oscar victory for Best Documentary, “Free Solo” could add an Emmy to its trophy haul in September, which would make it the second film to snag the E and the O. But it’d also make some history for Nat Geo as well if it takes home the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking statuette: Nat Geo would be the first non-HBO and non-PBS network to win the category more than once.

Established in 2005, the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking category has been dominated by HBO and PBS, two of the biggest heavy-hitters and stalwarts in documentary film. Between 2005 and 2015, the only winners were HBO and PBS — sometimes they were the only nominees as well — and they even tied in 2006 and ’07; HBO won eight during that time period to five for PBS.

But things have been changing in the past few years as more and more
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Disney+ to Launch in November, Priced at $6.99 Monthly

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Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12, 2019, and will cost $6.99 per month, the company announced — nearly half Netflix’s standard $12.99 plan.

The subscription VOD service represents Disney’s biggest and most aggressive move into the video-streaming wars. By pricing it well below Netflix, the Mouse House is betting it can rapidly drive up Disney+ customer base with a mélange of content that appeals to multiple demographics, including movies and TV shows from its Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Disney brands.

The company announced the pricing, launch date, and other details Thursday at Disney’s 2019 Investor Day in Burbank, Calif. Asked by an analyst about why it set the $6.99 price point, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “This is our first serious foray in this space, and we want to reach as many people as possible with it.”

Disney+ in the U.S. also will be available for
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‘Charmed’ Reboot Changes Showrunners – Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger to Take Over

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The CW’s “Charmed” reboot is changing bosses.

Faking It” creator Carter Covington, who served as showrunner on Season 1 of the supernatural drama, is exiting ahead of the previously announced second season.

Covington will be replaced by “Salvation” duo Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger, who are under an overall deal at CBS Television Studios, as the CBS-produced series heads in a new creative direction.

Also Read: The CW Renews 10 Shows, Including Freshmen 'Charmed' and 'Legacies'

Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery star in the freshman series about a trio of sister witches, a reboot of the WB series of the same name, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006.

Developed by “Jane the Virgin” duo Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin along with “Jane” creator Jennie Snyder-Urman, the show was picked up for a second season by The CW along with nine other shows earlier this year.
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"Doom Patrol: Patrol"

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the upcoming "Doom Patrol" episode "Patrol", based on the DC Comics' characters, streaming March 22, 2019:

"...in the episode 'Patrol', 'Jane', 'Larry' and 'Rita' visit a school where the original 'Doom Patrol' has retired'. Meanwhile, 'Cliff' and 'Vic' bond over their mutual 'father issues'..."

Cast includes Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade and Diane Guerrero.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Doom Patrol: Patrol"...

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Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold

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Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold
Known as a notoriously unpredictable bunch, the Academy’s documentary branch has become rather predictable in the past two years.

The evidence lies in the films they choose not to recognize come Oscar time: Films such as Brett Morgen’s 2017 Jane Goodall docu, “Jane,” and two of last year’s biggest nonfiction box office successes — Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and Tim Wardle’s “Three Identical Strangers.” Both Neville’s Mr. Rogers doc and Wardle’s film about identical triplets separated at birth premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Both films also went on to do the seemingly impossible and strike a chord with audiences all over the country. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” grossed $22.8 million domestically, making it the 12th-highest-grossing doc of all time. Meanwhile, “Strangers” also defied documentary theatrical odds when it drew in $12.3 million.

Morgen’s “Jane” grossed just
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'Riverdale,' 'Jane' Spinoffs, 'Lost Boys,' Nancy Drew Reboots Nab CW Pilot Orders

The CW entered the pilot season fray late Wednesday, handing out pickups for four dramas — each based on intellectual property — that hope to earn a spot on the network's 2019-2020 schedule.

Ordered to pilot are the Jane the Virgin spinoff (now called Jane the Novela); Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene; a reboot of Nancy Drew from the creators of The O.C.; and the long-gestating Lost Boys drama.

Those join Batwoman, the Greg Berlanti-produced Ruby Rose DC Comics drama that launched in December as part of the network's annual Arrow-verse crossover. They bring The CW's pilot orders for the 2019-2020 ...
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Oscars predictions slugfest 2019: Documentaries, foreign films and animation, oh my! [Watch]

Oscars predictions slugfest 2019: Documentaries, foreign films and animation, oh my! [Watch]
To really nail your Oscar predictions you don’t just need to get the lay of the land when it comes to Best Picture. You also need to know your stuff when it comes to Best Foreign Language Film, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Animated Feature, which are often notorious for leaving out perceived front-runners in favor of out-of-left-field inclusions. Gold Derby contributors Charles Bright and Riley Chow recently joined me for a slugfest to debate these tough-to-call races. Watch our video above.

See our slugfest predicting the eight below-the-line races.

Best Foreign Language Film seems like a race to see which four films will lose to Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Roma,” which is a strong contender not just for this award but for Best Picture after its multiple victories at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. The other eight titles shortlisted by the academy are “Ayka,” “Birds of Passage,
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” has been named the best documentary of 2018 at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday evening at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The film about “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” star Fred Rogers won in a category whose other nominees were “Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” “Minding the Gap,” “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Wild Wild Country.”

Michael Moore received a lifetime achievement award from Robert De Niro, who called him “an American hero.” Moore new film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” was not nominated in the Best Documentary category, instead receiving a mention only in Best Political Documentary, where it lost to “Rbg.”

Also Read: 'Minding the Gap' Leads All Films in Nominations for Cinema Eye Honors

“Quincy” won the award for best music documentary, while “Free Solo” won for best sports documentary and most innovative documentary.
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National Geographic Solidifies TV Leadership Team Ahead of Disney Sale

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National Geographic has solidified the leadership team of its TV wing with new deals for top executives in advance of the company’s move to Disney as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets.

Courteney Monroe has renewed her contract to remain president and CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. Carolyn Bernstein will add oversight of Nat Geo’s feature documentaries in addition to scripted programs in her new role as exec VP of global scripted content and documentary films . Geoff Daniels, formerly head of the Nat Geo Wild channel, has been promoted to exec VP of global unscripted entertainment. Monroe and Daniels are based in D.C. while Bernstein works in Los Angeles.

The Nat Geo group is expected to operate with autonomy after the Disney transaction is complete, just as it has within the Fox fold for the past two decades. Nor is there expected to
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60 Jane Fonda Pictures That Will Make You Feel Like You Jumped Into a Time Machine

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60 Jane Fonda Pictures That Will Make You Feel Like You Jumped Into a Time Machine
Jane Fonda truly is the definition of Hollywood royalty. The 80-year-old actress may be the daughter of legendary actor Henry Fonda, but Jane has paved her own way in the entertainment industry through her acting career and political activism. Jane first rose to fame in the '60s and made her movie debut as June Ryder in Tall Story. Since then she's starred in hits like Klute, 9 to 5, Barbarella, Fun With Dick and Jane, and Coming Home. In addition to her movie career, Jane also became involved with antiwar activism when she traveled to North Vietnam in 1972 and fought for women's rights and civil rights. Jane has accomplished so much over the years, and her evolution is just as impressive. Yep, just like fine wine, Jane only gets better with time.

Related: 30 Times Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin Were the 3 Best Friends Anyone Could Have
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Listen: Jane Fonda on Revealing Herself ‘Warts and All’ in New Documentary

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, chats with Jane Fonda and director Susan Lacy ahead of the Sept. 24 release of their HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

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Lacy says she had long admired the Academy Award winner, known for films like “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “On Golden Pond.” Lacy wanted to make a “portrait” of Fonda after reading her memoir, “My Life So Far,” and split the documentary into five parts to emphasize the influences on the woman who would become both a lauded actress and a controversial anti-war advocate. She said that in many ways, Fonda was defined by the men in
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TV Critics Predict Which New Shows Could Flop and How They’d Fix Them – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: Last week we talked hits, so now for the misses. Which new TV show do you think will flop, and how would you fix it?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

This new season lacks that one network show that stands out as just total shit. Some are weak, like “Rel,” because it wastes the star’s talent and others, like “The Kids Are Alright,” are mostly unnecessary since we already have like, five sitcoms about large messy families set in different decades with voiceovers. But most have something going for them to spare the viewer from inescapable TV hell. So I am giving this Jeers to The CW’s “Charmed” reboot for making several missteps, some thankfully fixable. First off, even though it provides some nice representation with a Latinx central trio,
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Listen: Jane Goodall on ‘Revisiting the Best Days of Her Life’ in ‘Jane’ and Her Message to Trump

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with Jane Goodall, who stars in the NatGeo documentary “Jane,” which has been nominated for seven Emmy awards, including cinematography, directing, editing, writing, and documentary filmmaking.

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The doc, which was written and directed by Brett Morgen, was compiled from footage long considered lost of Goodall’s first days in Africa, as a young scientist who would go on to make groundbreaking discovering about chimpanzees.

The trip down memory lane was “revisiting the best days of my life,” says Goodall. She’s been the subject of numerous documentaries before, but she says “Jane” stands apart — and not just because the footage
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NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars

NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars
One of the best things about showbiz awards is that there are a lot of them, so it’s possible for worthy contenders to rebound triumphantly at a new trophy show after previously getting skunked at another. Call it the Hollywood Happy Ending Syndrome and now it looks like it is about to play out at the Emmys for NatGeo’s hugely popular, successful and critically acclaimed “Jane,” according to Gold Derby’s predictions (1/4 odds).

The documentary about the life and career of chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall got cruelly slapped down by the doc branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences earlier this year when it was left off of the list of Oscar nominees. The snub wasn’t “Jane’s” fault. The academy’s doc branch has a shameful history of denying gold to worthy
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Emmys Love Docs but There’s Confusion About the Categories

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In 2005, when the public’s love affair with theatrical feature documentaries was at an all-time high, the Television Academy decided to create a juried Emmy award for nonfiction projects. The new kudo, called exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, would not be part of the overall Primetime Emmy ballot. Instead the category’s nominated films, up to five, would be selected by a nominating and voting jury of “experienced filmmakers” selected from the TV Academy’s Nonfiction Peer Group.

That same group recommended the new award, which, according to the Academy “honors and encourages exceptional achievement in one or more of the traditional components of documentary filmmaking, including profound social impact, significant innovation of form and remarkable mastery of filmmaking technique.”

While the nonfiction community cheered the new award, others were puzzled: What distinguished it from the award already established, the documentary or nonfiction special?

According to the Academy, the juried
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Emmy Nominations by the Numbers: Netflix Surpasses HBO, ‘Game of Thrones’ Scores 22 Nods

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The 2018 Emmy Awards nominations are all accounted for, with Netflix surpassing HBO to grab 112 nominations. HBO finished with 108 nominations.

Netflix broke HBO’s 17-year streak of being the most nominated network, increasing its count from 91 in 2017. HBO drew three fewer nods compared to last year, when it had 111. Netflix and HBO were the only two to have their nomination count in the triple digits.

However, the pay-cable network still had two of the top three most-nominated shows. “Game of Thrones” led all shows with 22 nominations, with “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” also grabbing 21 nods each. Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” leaped from 13 nods in 2017 to 20 nominations this year.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Just Became the Emmys' Most Nominated Primetime Series Ever

NBC was again the most nominated broadcast network with 78 nods, up from 64 in 2017. FX and CBS rounded out the top five.

Of the newcomers, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” landed 18 nominations,
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Jane Goodall Joins ‘Wild Immersion’ Vr Experience to Promote Conservation

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Jane Goodall Joins ‘Wild Immersion’ Vr Experience to Promote Conservation
Jane Goodall, whose work was recently featured in the Brett Morgen documentary “Jane,” is pushing the boundaries of wildlife conservation once more, this time by backing a virtual-reality nature reserve.

The Wild Immersion is the brainchild of Adrien Moisson who, having ditched a career in marketing, came up with the Vr reserve as part of a wider plan to develop social, economic, and ecological projects with conservation at their core. “I wanted to transport people into the wilds of nature, to captivate people in order to inspire them to take action, to reconnect people with nature with the aim of funding real nature reserves,” he said.

Moisson sought out primatologist Goodall and the institute bearing her name as partners. “Adrien was passionate in saying he has made his money but now he really wanted to focus on conservation and the natural world,” Goodall said. “We first met at Heathrow where
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