The TV Guide
The night before Thanksgiving is commonly known as the Biggest Bar Night of the Year … so naturally, I spent my Thanksgiving Even laying on the couch watching TV. Yesterday was one of my trademark No Shower DaysTM where I lounged around in my comfies, only venturing out in public to forage for food, before I settled in to do absolutely nothing at all. I managed to catch a showing of the HBO documentary Banksy Does New York which chronicles the street artist’s month-long residency in NYC in October of 2013 and I finally started watching the Twin Peaks TV series all over again. Honestly, ’twas a very nice night, indeed. More »
'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
HBO has announced that it will air a new documentary on Kurt Cobain in 2015, which is fairly interesting news … but the really exciting part of this announcement is the revelation that Kurt‘s daughter Frances Bean Cobain will executive produce the project (making this new doc the first ever to include cooperation from Cobain‘s family). Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a documentary project that director Brett Morgen has been working on since 2007. With Frances‘s involvement in the project, it would appear that HBO finally saw fit to procure the rights for this documentary … which is a brilliant move on their part, I must say. Read on to learn more. More »
MUST SEE TV
Last weekend, Lifetime aired their much-ballyhooed made-for-TV biopic movie about Aaliyah which Timbaland hated, Twitter hated, everyone hated. This weekend, VH1 comes to our rescue because they are re-airing Behind the Music: Aaliyah tomorrow night as a brilliant (yet SHADY) way of making up for the horrid Lifetime movie. Behind the Music is a documentary series that tells the stories of some of our favorite artists using interview footage of the artists themselves, as well as people who worked with the artists, family and friends. If you want to see the real deal when it comes to Aaliyah‘s life story, you’re gonna wanna tune in and watch Behind the Music: Aaliyah tomorrow night. More »
'The Death of Superman Lives'
Remember way back in January of 2013 when we saw previously unreleased photos of Nicolas Cage in costume as Superman on the set of a failed movie that never got made titled Superman Lives? If so, you should also recall that we learned at the time that a documentary was being made about that failed Nic Cage Superman movie. Today we get to see the first trailer for the doc and LORDE HAVE MERCY, does it look great! The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? doesn’t have a release date yet but it has been fully funded by fans and should be out soon. While I think that Nic Cage as Superman was probably the worst idea that ever ALMOST became a reality, I am really freaking anxious to see a documentary about how such a terrible idea for a movie almost came to be (I’m most interested in hearing from director Tim Burton and screenwriter Kevin Smith). Click the embed above to watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives and you tell me that it doesn’t look like the must-see doc of the year (hint: you can’t).
REPEAT: This Is A Documentary. As In, A TRUE STORY.
Watching this horrifying trailer, I was reminded of my interview with Natasha Lyonne. I got to chat with her at an Orange Is The New Black press day, and I brought up her 1999 movie But I’m A Cheerleader. One thing she said was that it’s absolutely insane that she made that movie so long ago and we’re still, basically, having the same discussion about homosexuality. She went on a great rant, and I was thinking of it while watching this. So, there’s a Christian behavioral modification program called Escuela Carib that sends unknowing kids to the Dominican Republic to… what? Kidnap the gay out of them? This is a true story. ‘N Sync‘s Lance Bass, and The Real World star Mike C. Manning executive produced Kidnapped For Christ, and you won’t believe what you see. Also great to know this is a billion dollar industry. Jesus, Yeezus, somebody take the wheel.
The documentary won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Slamdance Film Festival this year. It premieres on Showtime July 10th.
And this: “We’re in the business of trying to save prodigals.” Dude, this is sooo not what that scripture means. Literally, “prodigal son” means someone who willingly comes home… Grrr…. step up your Bible game before you come at me!
25 years ago today, the Tim Burton-directed movie Batman opened in theaters, setting the stage for the massive success of superhero movies in theaters (and I distinctly remember seeing Batman at Star Theaters at the stroke of midnight 25 years ago today). In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film, we get to check out today a rare making of video that was made back in 1988 that was meant to calm the worries of the film’s investors. Distributors and investors were afraid that Batman would turn out to be a silly, campy farce like the 1969 TV series of the same name. Warner Bros. commissioned this making of video to show the non-believers that they were serious about making a serious Batman film. Today, superhero movies are so commonplace that many of us have forgotten that there once was a time where no one believed that superheroes could be taken seriously at the movies. Burton‘s Batman remains one of my fave movies and this making of video is just too interesting not to share. Happy 25th Batman!
Posted under: 'Batman'
But, Yes, They Should Still Get The $40 Million
Back in 2012 I wrote about some movies that changed my life, and the Ken and Sarah Burns documentary The Central Park Five was one of them. I didn’t know much about Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise before I watched the film—and, obviously, there’s still plenty that I don’t know—but at least now I am informed about a huge case in American history that deeply effected their lives. So now that I’m seeing that the 5 men who were wrongly convicted by both the court of racist public opinion, New York politicians/racists, and an actual court that accepted racist and false evidence. Y’all know I question the over-use of the term ‘racist’ but this is THE example of a racist state if there ever was one. Forty million dollars is not enough, and if you watch the documentary you’ll see why. Click inside for more.
Stand-Up special, Docu-series AND Talk Show!
Chelsea Handler announced earlier this year that she is leaving the E! network when her contract is up later this year and ever since she made that announcement, folks have been clamoring for information about where she might end up next. Today, Netflix has announced that they have signed Chelsea to a multi-tier deal that will give her a stand-up comedy special, a docu-series type show AND a revolutionary new talk show — which will all air on demand on Netflix. The future of television programming is here, y’all. More »
Posted under: Chelsea Handler, Netflix
'Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.'
As many of you know, I’m a sucker for a good father/son movie. Last year I wrote about characters from Silver Linings Playbook, 2 Days in New York, and The Place Beyond the Pines (which I’ve since seen!) in a list on Movie Dads Who Changed My Life. This year I want to highlight one documentary that I really think you all should see. Robert De Niro teamed up with an amazing director (Perri Peltz, who I got to interview for Paste) to create a short film about his father. Robert De Niro, Sr. was a well-known painter who achieved some success in his time, but also struggled with his life as a gay man, and as an artist who never completely fit in with the different stylistic waves. I really loved the movie so if you get a chance to catch Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. on HBO or have any opportunity to watch, I highly recommend! You’ll get an extremely intimate look inside this father/son relationship that, to me, was both incredibly unique and relatable.
A documentary is on the way
David Beckham will be featured in a new documentary project titled David Beckham Into the Unknown which will be broadcast on BBC One this June and to get folks excited for the doc, he posted two photos from his trip to the Amazon on his official Facebook page. Whether he is posing next to a motorcycle or he’s got a cute indigenous kid hanging off his back, Becks looks all kinds of HAWT in these photos … which means he’ll be lookin’ just as hawt in this new documentary. Check out the photos below and learn a bit more about David Beckham Into the Unknown. More »