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‘McMillions’: Sundance TV Review

  • Variety
a documentary series premiering at Sundance ahead of a bow on HBO, to tell — even with the benefit of six episodes.

The story we’re told here is less about what happened — a scam involving accumulating all the most powerful stickers in the fast-food chain’s annual sweepstakes, as reported in a Daily Beast piece designed to lend itself to a screen adaptation — than how it did, with a cast of characters who are made to seem likelier to have emerged from the pens of Joel and Ethan Coen than from life. But the film seems uncertain how to handle the bounty of both incident and of peculiar humanity that flows out of its story. The pacing, for instance, forces the viewer to hurry up and wait. We’re told very early in the first episode that a Jacksonville field office of the FBI had been tipped off to inconsistencies in the contest,
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Vice Studios Signs With Wme for Unscripted Projects (Exclusive)

Vice Studios has signed with Wme to represent its unscripted projects in the United States, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Past nonfiction work from the company includes Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which Netflix said was watched by more than 20 million American households within a month of its January 2019 release and became its third-most-watched documentary in the U.S. last year. In addition to Fyre's four Emmy nominations, Vice Studios also received an Emmy nomination in 2018 for its Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Carrey's preparation for the ...
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Fyre Festival's Viral Breakout Andy King Now Has An Evian Campaign

Fyre Festival's Viral Breakout Andy King Now Has An Evian Campaign
The gift that keeps on giving.  Up from the ashes of the Fyre Festival rose a hero. He may not have been the hero we wanted, and he definitely wasn't the hero we needed, but nonetheless, he was the hero who gave us one of the most viral moments of 2019. That heroes name was Andy King, and he's here to save the day once more. When Netflix dropped the documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, the world wasn't ready for the story of Andy and what exactly he was willing to do in order to bring water to the thirsty attendees of the Fyre festival. For those unfamiliar with the situation, at one point, truckloads of Evian water got held up at customs in the Bahamas. Billy McFarland...
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Australians and Americans find common ground on Netflix shows

Murder Mystery’ (Photo credit: Netflix).

While Australians might like to think their tastes in movies and TV shows often are markedly different to Americans, that isn’t true when it comes to the most watched shows on Netflix.

There is a high degree of overlap between the two countries in the lists of the most popular titles of 2019 released by the streamer last week.

Murder Mystery, the feature comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston was the top show while Michael Bay’s 6 Underground, an action thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, ranked second in Australia and third in the Us.

Stranger Things 3, The Irishman, The Witcher, Triple Frontier and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile also figured among the top 10 in both.

Netflix’s The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a true-crime series directed by Chris Smith, was the most popular documentary in Australia, resonating more strongly here than in the
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Hear Ja Rule’s New Fyre Festival-Inspired Song ‘Fyre’

Hear Ja Rule’s New Fyre Festival-Inspired Song ‘Fyre’
Ja Rule has shared a new track titled “Fyre” that is inspired by the rapper’s role in the disastrous Fyre Festival.

Released Friday to Ja Rule’s Instagram page, the song is an acronym for “For Your Real Entertainment.” Ja Rule details the disaster behind the now-infamous Bahamas festival on the track, which samples the backdrop of the instrumental portion of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1985 song, “The Show.” The single’s artwork also boasts a drawing of the festival’s viral cheese sandwich.

“The fest—the
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You Can't Miss Alicia Keys' Epic 2019 Year in Review Song

You Can't Miss Alicia Keys' Epic 2019 Year in Review Song
Alicia Keys just wrapped 2019 up in a pretty, little bow. The singer served as the guest host of James Corden's The Late Late Show on Monday night, putting her own twist on the talk show by performing a 2019 in review song. Lifting the lid of Corden's desk to reveal a piano underneath, the "Fallin'" singer reminded everyone of her singing/songwriting talents as she crooned about the events of the past year. With every event, came a picture for reference. And she began with everyone's favorite member of the church. "Fleabag's priest couldn't get much hotter," she said, then shouting out the blowjob guy from Netflix's Fyre documentary, "We learned what...
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Imagine Docs Powers Up Slate, Including Scorsese’s Return to Unscripted (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Imagine Docs Powers Up Slate, Including Scorsese’s Return to Unscripted (Exclusive)
In just over a year, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has stealthily assembled a slate of nearly 20 documentary feature and TV series projects, with distribution partners such as Netflix, Showtime and Apple TV Plus in place.

The prestigious lineup features filmmakers and producers including Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Berg, Morgan Neville and Howard himself. The subjects range from deep dives into icons like New York gossip queen Cindy Adams, star chef José Andrés, and former NBA star Dwyane Wade (now an agent), to penetrating looks at guitar hero Carlos Santana and last year’s wildfire that devastated Paradise, Calif.

Imagine’s documentary unit was founded in September 2018 and is headed by former RadicalMedia executive Justin Wilkes and longtime HBO Documentary Films senior vice president Sara Bernstein. The pair have been pulling their weight in an established film and television production company that has been investing heavily
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Bird Box, Murder Mystery and Stranger Things Top Netflix's Most Watched Original Programming

Netflix has disclosed its viewership figures for original films and television shows released over the past year.

The streaming juggernaut, which reportedly has more than 158 million subscribers worldwide, released its viewership data from October 2018 to September 2019 to shareholders on Wednesday, and the report was obtained by The New York Times and Deadline.

By Netflix’s data, a single viewership qualifies as someone having watched at least 70 percent of a movie or episode.

With 80 million views, Bird Box easily took the no. 1 spot for Netflix’s programming. The film, starring Sandra Bullock, was released in December to huge numbers from the start.
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‘Fire in Paradise’ Trailer: Netflix’s Gripping Oscar Contender for Documentary Short

In 2018, Americans watched in horror from afar as the tiny town of Paradise in Northern California became engulfed in flames. Eighty-five people died in what would become the deadliest and most destructive forest fire in the state’s history, and the sixth deadliest in United States history. The devastating outcome of that fateful disaster has been chronicled in a 40-minute documentary “Fire in Paradise,” titled for the ironically named town at the center of the destruction. The film, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, has now released its first gripping trailer.

The synopsis provided by the Hamptons International Film Festival reads: “On the morning of November 8, 2018, a seemingly small fire broke out in Butte County, California, near the town of Paradise. Over the course of a few short hours, the Camp Fire grew into
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From Fyre festival to Hustlers: why are we so obsessed with scammers?

This year has seen a treasure trove’s worth of scamming documentaries, podcasts, TV shows and movies, all appealing to a collective interest in the con

2019 is shaping up to be the year of the scam. This is not a new idea; scams have been on the mind since at least January, when the mother of all Schadenfreude cannons, Fyre festival, was memorialized in two warring (and ethically questionable) Netflix and Hulu documentaries. I arrived at this conclusion around then, when I created a Google Doc (“Scammed”) to document a single week in which Fyre content competed for space with the Caroline Calloway influencer meltdown, the exposé on bestselling author and serial liar Dan Mallory, and a special series of the Atlantic in which 50 articles catalogued Donald Trump’s gaslighting of America.

Related: Fighting Fyre with Fyre: the story of two warring festival documentaries

On Becoming a God in Central
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Netflix Reaches Settlement on Fyre Fest Documentary Lawsuit

  • The Wrap
Netflix Reaches Settlement on Fyre Fest Documentary Lawsuit
A copyright lawsuit against Netflix over footage used in its Fyre Festival documentary was dropped on Tuesday after the streaming company reached an undisclosed settlement with the plaintiff, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.

The lawsuit was filed by Clarissa Cardenas, an attendee at the ill-fated 2017 Caribbean music festival who claimed that footage she took at the festival was used in Chris Smith’s documentary “Fyre” without her permission. Filed in March, the suit requested $150,000 in damages. Legal reps for Cardenas and Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment.

Also Read: Move Over, Fyre Festival: Woodstock '99 Was Even Worse (Podcast)

The much-publicized festival, which promised luxurious accommodations and musical performances from top pop stars, captured the world’s attention after attendees flooded social media with pictures of poorly constructed tents and widespread chaos at the Bahamas island they had spent thousands to fly to.
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The Bj Dude From That Fyre Festival Documentary Is Getting His Own Show(s)

The Bj Dude From That Fyre Festival Documentary Is Getting His Own Show(s)
Remember Andy King?

No worries if not: It's a scientific fact that 2019 has felt like an entire decade thus far, so no one can blame you for forgetting things that happened way back in January. That was the month Netflix released the documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened -- the

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The Best Of The First Half Of 2019

Welcome to July folks. Here’s something fun, which we do every single year right around this time. This article should come as no surprise, as you see me write this around the same point, but time really flies, doesn’t it? We’re officially in the month of July now and have entered into the second half of the year. That of course means one thing…well, it means a lot of things, but here it means one thing specifically: it’s time for my mid year look at the best of the first half! As of the writing of this piece, I’ve seen just over 175 movies so far in 2019, which is a bit more than the normal amount for me, for what that’s worth. It’s going to be a fairly thorough and doesn’t really omit any huge early year releases, so that’s good.
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Netflix casts its spell over Sunny Side of the Doc

Attendees debate impact of SVoD on European documentary marketplace.

The impact of Netflix on the global documentary market was the big talking point of this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc market in La Rochelle, France.

Sunny Side, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, scored a coup for its 2019 edition by attracting Netflix director of original documentaries Diego Bunuel as a keynote speaker, who set out his ambition to commission more feature docs and series from European talent. The auditorium was packed to hear him speak, with some delegates struggling to get in.

The fact is, however, that
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Do theatrical documentaries have a future in European cinemas?

Execs talking on Sunny Side of the Doc panel spoke of a crisis at the cinema.

Leading European executives have expressed fears for the future of documentaries in the cinema at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc.

In a session devoted to documentaries on cinema, television and platforms, German executives spoke of a crisis in terms of documentary theatrical releasing and said they believed the future of many feature documentaries was on streaming platforms such as Netflix.

Christian Beetz, executive director at Beetz Brothers Film Production, whose credits include Open Heart and The Wagner Files, said theatrical releasing
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Netflix’s Diego Buñuel sets out streamer’s European documentary ambitions

”Our goal is not to compete with the broadcasters, but to give something different.”

Diego Bunuel, director of original documentaries at Netflix, has spelt out the content he is looking for, emphasising the streaming platform is in the market for feature documentaries and that he wants to commission more non-English language projects from European talent.

Delivering a wide-ranging keynote at a packed session at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France, today (June 25), Bunuel set the scene by stressing the global scale of Netflix, which is available in 190 countries, has 155 million subscribers and around 400 million viewers (as each
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Documentary Producers On Boom in Medium: ‘People Are Starving for the Truth’

  • Variety
Documentary Producers On Boom in Medium: ‘People Are Starving for the Truth’
Several prominent documentary producers lauded the fact that the medium has seen a major resurgence in recent years during Variety’s TV Summit on Wednesday.

“People are starving for the truth,” said Lance Bass, former Nsync member and producer of the documentary “The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story.” “It’s crazy how all of our stories are all about lying and people are gravitating to this lie they want to believe. If you give them any excuse, they are going to believe it wholeheartedly. It’s a weird time right now. You can prove that this is wrong but they still won’t believe it, so it’s important for us to tell our stories just to combat that any way we can.”

The panel, moderated by Variety‘s Daniel Holloway, also featured Leah Remini, executive producer and host of the A&e docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath;” Danny Gabai,
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Ryan Reynolds Redeems Fyre Festival Meme King

In a now-infamous anecdote told in Netflix’s Fyre documentary, Andy King, an event producer for the disastrous fest, revealed that he was tasked with taking “one big thing for the team” by performing oral sex on a customs officer in order to clear four truckloads of water for the then-impending festival.

“I literally drove home, took a shower, I drank some mouthwash,” King says in the documentary. “I got into my car, to drive across the island to take one for the team. And I got to his office,
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Madeleine McCann Vanished 12 Years Ago — and Theories Abound About What Happened to Her

Madeleine McCann Vanished 12 Years Ago — and Theories Abound About What Happened to Her
Editor’s Note:

It’s been exactly 12 years since Madeleine McCann, then just 3 years old, vanished from her British family’s vacation villa in the Algarve region of Portugal.

To shine a fresh light on the long-standing, still unsolved case, in March 2019 Netflix debuted an 8-part docuseries about the case, entitled The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The following article was originally published on People to mark the series’ debut.

The circumstances surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance were any parent’s worst nightmare. And the ensuing years have only compounded the anguish of Madeleine’s physician parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, who
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“High Flying Bird” and “Us”: The Best Of The First Quarter Of 2019

Somehow, March is about to end. Ladies and gentlemen, as I seem to find myself saying around this point each and every single year…time really does fly. Believe it or not, we’re now a full three months into the 2018 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate for the year. Wow. Just…wow. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been, as I’m prone to do around this time each year. Since now is around the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer releases and counter programming independent fare ramps up, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2019 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. Once again,
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