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August 24, 2012 | By John Horn
The anti-President Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America," is off to a strong start in its first weekend of national release and could gross more than $6 million between Friday and Sunday, placing it far ahead of the new horror movie "The Apparition" and in a virtual dead heat with the new action comedy "Hit & Run. " Preliminary box office estimates show that "Obama's America," which is based on conservative author  Dinesh D'Souza's book...
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman
This recount worked out well for the right wing. With final ticket sales tallied Monday, the conservative documentary "2016: Obama's America" was the top new movie this weekend, selling $6.5 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada. Estimates compiled by studios Sunday morning showed Sony Pictures' thriller "Premium Rush" with a slight lead at $6.3 million, compared with $6.2 million for the anti-Obama film, directed by conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza. It's a remarkable achievement for the movie, distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, given that it played at only 1,091 theaters, compared with 2,225 for "Premium Rush," which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a New York City bike messenger in danger.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In the days since we first told you that Netflix was getting into the documentary game with the Egyptian nonfiction film “The Square,” we've heard from people across the entertainment spectrum about the wisdom of the move. Netflix devotees like the idea of more choice on the service (the company, of course, already carries plenty of documentaries, but this puts it front and center and gives it skin in the game). Competitors worry about being outbid (“The Square” price is said to be in the solid six figures)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
On Monday, we brought you news that Dave Grohl's filmmaking debut, "Sound City," would premiere next month at Sundance. Now, the Foo Fighters frontman has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming documentary, which is named after the film's subject: a grungy Van Nuys recording studio where Grohl's old band Nirvana (among many other acts) created some of its best-known music . The trailer boasts an abundance of famous rockers -- including Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin and two dudes from Ratt -- opining on Sound City's incomparable vibe.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that they have picked up the documentary “After Tiller” for distribution in North America. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the film is an intimate, close look at the four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. Oscilloscope announced plans for a nationwide release followed by VOD, digital and home video platforms. The film recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will soon screen at the doc-oriented True/False Film Festival.  In a statement, the filmmakers said, “We made 'After Tiller' to shed more light, rather than more heat, on this issue, and know that Oscilloscope's smart, sensitive approach will get it out to the widest audience possible.” Oscilloscope announced earlier this week that it had acquired the drama “A Teacher,” which also premiered at Sundance.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Academy Awards' documentary short subject category is often one of the trickier Oscar races to predict. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist narrowing the field of contenders down to eight films. That should allow office pollsters and prognosticators to get a jump on the race. Three to five films will be announced as the final nominees along with all the other Oscar nominations on Jan. 16, 2014. OSCARS 2014: Full coverage In alphabetical order, with their production companies, the eight films are: “CaveDigger,” Karoffilms “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions “Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films “Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed Entertainment “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Prison Terminal “Recollections,” Notrac productions “SLOMO,” Big Young Films and Runaway Films Malcolm Clarke, director of "The Lady in Number 6," won in the same category in 1989 for "You Don't Have to Die. " The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2. ALSO: A record 76 foreign-language Oscar submissions 'Wadjda' first Saudi entry for foreign language race With 'Wadjda' director makes her mark in Saudi cinema Follow Mark Olsen on Twitter: @IndieFocus
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Three Los Angeles filmmakers making a documentary about the crowd-funding phenomenon have turned to the most logical place to find backing for their project: Kickstarter. The film, "Kickstarted," is to chronicle the rise of this revolutionary form of financing creative projects by focusing on the people behind some of the most high-profile campaigns, including actor and filmmaker Zach Braff, musicians Amanda Palmer and John Vanderslice and video game industry veterans Brian Fargo and Chris Roberts.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Lady Gaga and famed photographer Terry Richardson are teaming up to make a documentary about her life and the making of her forthcoming album "Artpop," she said in a Christmas tweet. [Styleite] Also busy tweeting over Christmas was Jessica Simpson, who confirmed that, seven months after having a baby girl, she is pregnant again. It won't affect her gig as a Weight Watchers' spokeswoman, apparently, though she won't be dieting again until after the baby is born. [The Cut] The wetsuit that allows surfers to catch waves in frigid Pacific waters no matter the season was invented 60 years ago in California and has now grown into a $100 million a year industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The documentary "Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed" unpacks the complex and, what may be for many, under-the-radar issue of the inhumane slaughter of wild and domestic horses (and burros) chiefly for human consumption abroad. Writer-director Katia Louise (the lifelong horsewoman also produced and narrated) has crafted a revealing, disturbing look at how political and corporate forces have seemingly undermined the freedom and safety of our nation's equine population. Tens of thousands of horses are said to be rounded up each year by the Bureau of Land Management, largely from public rangelands.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Life Itself," a documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, launched a crowd-funding campaign Wednesday to raise $150,000 through the website Indiegogo. The film, which is directed by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James and produced by Martin Scorsese, is based on Ebert's memoir of the same name. In exchange for a $25 donation, supporters will receive a link to view "Life Itself" in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early 2014 under the CNN Films banner.
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