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I Am Richard Pryor Trailer

Trailblazer, comic, icon. 

Richard Pryor always spoke his truth and opened the doors for countless comics and performers who came after him.

Directed by Jesse James Miller, the film explores and celebrates the life and career of the iconic comedian who lifted himself out of poverty to achieve worldwide success. The film features interviews with Tiffany Haddish, Sandra Bernhard, Mike Epps, Lily Tomlin, Howie Mandel, Jimmie Walker, Jennifer Lee Pryor, and more. 

I Am Richard Pryor comes to the Paramount Network on March 15th at 10/9c.

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Peter Jackson To Direct A New Beatles Documentary

Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson. 

The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. These studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The album was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.

The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but organically turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.” 

Although The Beatles were filmed extensively during the 1960s – in concerts, interviews and movies – this is the only footage of any note that documents them at work in the studio.

The Let It Be album and movie, having been released in the months following The Beatles’ breakup, have often been viewed in the context of the struggle the band was going through at that time. 

“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate”.   

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Jackson will be working with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, Producer Clare Olssen and Editor Jabez Olssen. The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, to a pristine standard, using techniques developed for the WW1 documentary film which has been nominated for a BAFTA for best documentary.

The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced in due course. This film is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.

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See Brandi Carlile Sing For Women In Prison In New Mini-Doc

“My greatest heroes have really paired their music with humanitarian efforts, activism, so I wanted to do that right away,” Brandi Carlile says in a mini-documentary depicting her work with her own charitable Looking Out Foundation. The short film chronicles Carlile’s visit during the holidays to the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.

For the past 10 years, the Washington native has gone inside to perform an acoustic set for inmates. In the above clip, shot during the 2017 holiday season, she sings her deeply personal “The Mother,” which she wrote after the birth of her first child, daughter Evangeline. Carlile is also seen being presented a Christmas wreath made by the inmates.

Read more HERE.

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Ana DuVernay To Direct Prince Documentary For Netflix

Filmmaker Ana DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) will direct a documentary about the late musician Prince. The as-yet-untitled documentary, which began shooting early this year, will be available to stream on Netflix.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” DuVernay shared. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

Prince’s estate selected DuVernay specifically to helm the project, though Prince himself had reached out to her about collaborating on a project prior to his death in April of 2016. As part of the project, the director has full access to Prince’s estate, included his vast library of unreleased material.

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The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man Trailer

The documentary, The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man directed by Tommy Avallone follows one man’s journey to find meaning in Bill Murray’s many unexpected adventures with everyday people. 

Featuring rare and never-before seen footage of the comedic icon participating in stories previously presumed to be urban legend. Whether it be singing karaoke late at night with strangers or crashing a kickball game in the middle of the afternoon, Bill Murray lives in the moment and by doing so, creates magic with real people.

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Watch The Love, Gilda Trailer

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Gilda Radner puts a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, where she created and portrayed such now-classic comic characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies and on Broadway, and was declared ‘one of America’s sweethearts.’ Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer. This never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story– through the laughter and sometimes the tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times. Gilda’s spirit lives on in comedy as a female trailblazer who continues to inspire many present day comedic performers, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong. Also interviewed are SNL original cast members– Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman and Paul Shaffer– as well as, Lorne Michaels (SNL creator and producer), Alan Zweibel (SNL writer), Stephen Schwartz (Broadway composer); Andrew Alexander (CEO of Second City) and long-time friend Martin Short. Love, Gilda opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

In theaters September 21st. 

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Watch Hulu’s The Search For Castle Rock Documentary 

Castle Rock may be the most notorious fictional town created by Stephen King, and it’s also the setting of a new Hulu Original series, premiering July 25. 

In this short documentary, we visit the actual places in Maine and explore the actual events which inspired King to write about Castle Rock. Then, we learn how the co-creators of the on-screen version of Castle Rock incorporated the town’s dark history into this original story set inside the Stephen King universe.

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Watch The Trailer For Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

It’s been almost five years since the world lost the incredibly talented Robin Williams and the upcoming HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind will give audiences a look into the comedian’s past and his work. 

Directed by Marina Zenovich, the documentary debuted at this year’s Sundance for Zenovich’s third time and earned rave reviews from critics, currently holding a 100% rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind will follow Williams through his life from childhood to his explosive popularity on stage as a stand-up comic and theater performer, as well as his personal family life as he got older and got married and had three children.

Williams’ career had a long and varied list of hits throughout including his starring role in Mork & Mindy plus feature films like comedies Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam, the family-adventure movie Jumanji, dramas like Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting (for which he won an Oscar), and even thrillers like One Hour Photo.

The documentary will feature interviews with many of Williams’ colleagues and fellow comedians from over the years including Billy Crystal, Lewis Black, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pam Dawber and Zak Williams. The documentary is set to debut on HBO and HBO Go on July 16.

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Making Fun – The Story of Funko Will Be Available On Netflix Starting May 24th

Since the first trailer for Making Fun – The Story of Funko was released, Funko Funatics have had just one question: How can I watch this?!

Funko is proud to announce that Making Fun – The Story of Funko will be available on Netflix starting Thursday, May 24th at 12AM in your local time!

From a small garage in Redmond, WA to the furthest corners of the earth, Funko’s story is one that is centered around the fans and the global community that arose from their unique passion – a story that spans twenty years, full of joy, ambition, adversity, and…well…toys. The Eddie Grace film crew spent two years traveling to dozens of locations around the globe, from Vietnam to NYC, Philippines to Everett, WA, to meet and document the unique and diverse individuals who have shaped the story of Funko.

Be prepared to share photos of your Making Fun viewing party and red carpet outfit with #MakingFunTheMovie on Twitter for the chance to win special Making Fun prizes!

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HBO Begins Production On I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Documentary Series

HBO Documentary Films has announced they have begun production on a documentary series based on the bestselling true crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara. Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Liz Garbus (HBO’s Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper; HBO’s There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane; What Happened, Miss Simone?) is directing.

Journalist Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath she dubbed “The Golden State Killer,” who terrorized California in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, committing 50 home-invasion sexual assaults and ten murders. He then disappeared for more than three decades, eluding multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in a nearby suburb, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious serial killer and charging him with a number of the crimes.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a comprehensive exploration of the case of an elusive, violent predator by McNamara, who died suddenly while investigating the unsolved crimes. It is also a haunting personal memoir and self-examination of McNamara’s obsessive quest for justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of the crimes. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and afterword by McNamara’s husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara’s lead researcher, Paul Haynes, and a close colleague, Billy Jenkins.

Published earlier this year, the book debuted at #1 on the New York Times combined print and e-book bestseller list. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer was hailed by the New York Times as “a vivid and meticulous investigation” and “a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject.”

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