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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Documentary Trailer Confirms Netflix Release Date

Netflix releases a trailer for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé and confirms an April 17 release date. The documentary explores Beyoncé’s groundbreaking 2018 Coachella performance, in which she became the first woman of color to headline the popular music festival in Indio, California. 

In the late ‘90s, Beyoncé rose to fame as part of the group Destiny’s Child. In 1998, the band released their self-titled debut featuring the hit single “No, No, No.” However they truly become a pop culture sensation upon releasing 1999’s The Writing’s on the Wall and 2001’s Survivor, the latter of which reached #1 on the Billboard charts. By 2003, Beyoncé formed a romantic relationship with hip-hop icon Jay-Z, and she released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love that same year. To date, Beyoncé has released six solo albums, along with a 2018 collaborative album with Jay-Z entitled Everything Is Love. The couple married in 2008. Beyoncé has sold over 100 million albums in her recording career.

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Netflix released the official trailer for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, this coming just days after Beyoncé teased the project on social media. In the clip’s first half, the voice of the late Maya Angelou plays over a video montage of Beyoncé’s past accomplishments. The interview recording emphasizes kindness, and ends with Angelou offering the advice that new generations “tell the truth.” In the second half, the trailer ramps up with footage of Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance, complemented by graphics that emphasize the cultural relevance of the event. At the end of the clip, Netflix confirms the release date and presents a yellow and black graphic with the official title. Watch the trailer for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé below. 

After two decades in the music business, Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of her time. The same applies to her husband Jay-Z, who is a self-made mogul in his own right, and the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Together, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have won a combined 45 Grammy Awards. In anticipation of Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé’s release, Netflix released the following description:

“Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities. Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”

The sudden trailer release for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé falls in line with Beyoncé’s history of releasing new material with little promotion. Most recently, she and Jay-Z released the aforementioned Everything Is Love as “The Carters,” and Beyoncé famously released a visual album on HBO in 2016 to complement her solo album Lemonade.

The trailer for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé marks yet another big moment in Beyoncé’s career, along with a big moment for Netflix. Given Beyoncé’s international influence, a world of fans will undoubtedly stream the documentary special, if only to re-experience the singer’s 2018 Coachella performance, or perhaps to see it for the first time. What the trailer doesn’t show, however, is Beyoncé discussing her preparation, so the April 17 release of Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé will be enlightening for long-time fans, along with those who are simply curious about how someone gets ready for such an event. 

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Source: Netflix


2019-04-08 10:04:51

Q.V. Hough

Documentary Now! Renewed for Season 4 At IFC

IFC renews Documentary Now! for season 4. Known for its retro visual aesthetic, the mockumentary series has twice been nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Inspired by a 2013 Saturday Night Live sketch entitled “Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros: History of Punk,” Documentary Now! was first ordered by IFC in March 2014. Former Saturday Night Live cast members Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Bill Hader created the series, along with former Saturday Night Live director-producer Rhys Thomas. For IFC, they co-produce with Saturday Night Live’s creator Lorne Michaels. The seven-episode Documentary Now! season 1 premiered in August 2015, and concluded with a popular two-part production called “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Parts 1 & 2,” in which the aforementioned Hader and Armisen parody the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles. Comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney scripted three episodes of Documentary Now! season 2, along with the Documentary Now! season 3 episode “Original Cast Album: Co-Op,” which parodies D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company.

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Per Deadline, IFC has officially renewed Documentary Now! for season 4. The press release statement aligns with the series’ comedic premise, as Armisen notes, “Every project in existence is great. All shows are of equal money and value, and this one is no different.” In addition, Meyers suggests, “This has been, and always will be, a cash grab.” An official premiere date for Documentary Now! season 4 hasn’t been set, primarily because “Fred, Bill and Seth are super-busy.” Since 2014, Meyers has hosted the NBC talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, with Armisen serving as the bandleader. Prior to that, Meyers was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 2001 to 2014, while Armisen appeared on the series from 2002 to 2013, and also co-created the IFC satire series Portlandia.

As for Hader, he’s the co-creator and star of the HBO series Barry. On March 31, Barry season 2 premiered, and will complement the return of HBO’s most popular program, Game of Thrones. On Barry, Hader portrays the title character, a hitman trying to jumpstart his acting career in Los Angeles. Barry season 1 premiered in March 2018, and Hader ultimately won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition, his Barry co-star Henry Winkler also won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As a whole, Barry received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and was renewed in April 2018. 

While Documentary Now! is fundamentally about comedy, it’s also a series that takes pride in attention to detail, and being faithful to its original source material. At times, the Documentary Now! jokes are so dry that some viewers may gloss over the inherent comedy, all the while reveling in the authenticity and quality filmmaking. All of the Documentary Now! creators are well-versed in comedic writing and improvisation, while Hader is known to be a knowledgeable cinephile, one who appreciates international and independent cinema. Moving forward, Documentary Now! will be able to provide laughs while making astute commentaries about pop culture, both past and present.

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Source: Deadline


2019-04-08 08:04:42

Q.V. Hough

Game of Thrones Documentary On Final Season Airing Week After Series Finale

HBO has announced it’ll air a documentary on the final season of Game of Thrones, one week after the show’s finale. Premiering in 2011, Game of Thrones brought to life the fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and went on to become a pop culture phenomenon and a huge critical success. Over the course of its first seven seasons, Thrones has racked up 47 Emmy awards, including 3 wins for Outstanding Drama Series.

Beginning in April, Game of Thrones will wrap up its epic saga with six final episodes, including one episode that includes the reputed longest battle scene ever shot for television or movies. In addition to that epic battle, the show will also resolve the fates of its many popular characters, including Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and dozens more. Perhaps most importantly, the show will also potentially deliver the showdown fans have been waiting for between the two Cleganes, Gregor “The Mountain” and Sandor “The Hound.”

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One week after Game of Thrones finally wraps up, with what will no doubt be one of the biggest and most discussed finales in TV history, HBO says it will air a two-hour documentary looking back on the making of the series’ final season (via THR). Entitled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, the doc will delve “deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland.”

The documentary’s director Jeanie Finlay reportedly had “unprecedented access” to the goings-on behind the scenes during the shooting of the final season, so the doc promises to deliver a lot of juicy material for Game of Thrones fans everywhere. This is on top of the six episodes set to air, which reportedly add up to 432 minutes of action, with the final four episodes all set to run for over 70 minutes each. By the time those 432 minutes have elapsed, fans should finally have answers to all the burning questions that have been consuming them since the show began.

Of course, Game of Thrones fans have even more to look forward to beyond the final season and the documentary. After GoT ends, HBO plans on moving forward with a prequel series reportedly titled The Long Night, set thousands of years before the events of the main series. The pilot for The Long Night should arrive some time in 2020, with Oscar nominee Naomi Watts heading up the cast. HBO has talked about developing more prequel series, but for now it seems The Long Night is the only one that’s actually going ahead.

Obviously, Game of Thrones has been a huge money-maker for HBO in the nearly ten years since it first hit the air. It’s no surprise to see the network trying to max out Thrones-related content while hype for the show is at an all-time high. As of now, the final season of Thrones is shaping up to be one of the biggest events in TV history, and social media will no doubt be on fire as the events of season 8 play out.

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Source: THR


2019-03-27 04:03:58

Dan Zinski

Netflix’s Madeleine McCann Documentary: The Evidence & Suspects

Netflix’s new documentary series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann explores the evidence and suspects of one of the most high-profile true crime mysteries of the 21st century – as well as the worldwide fascination with it. On the evening of May 3, 2007, British 3 year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from her family’s vacation apartment at the Ocean Club resort, in the village of Praia da Luz in Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. Despite exhaustive investigation by police forces and private firms, she has yet to be found.

The Madeleine McCann case is particularly notable because of the media frenzy that surrounded it, clouding the facts with endless speculation and nonsense rumors invented by the tabloid press. With all the wild claims and theories and controversies, it’s actually quite hard to drill down into the hard facts and evidence, and The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann falls down a lot of the same rabbit holes as the original news coverage. Over the course of eight hour-long episodes, the docuseries veers off into discussions about the history of the Algarve and the holiday resort, unrelated missing children cases, and leads that ended up going nowhere.

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So, for viewers who aren’t interested in the tabloid drama, the in-fighting, or the wider cultural context of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, and instead just want to get down to the nitty-gritty of evidence and suspects, we’ve assembled the biggest leads that were found during their investigation.

  • This Page: The Key Pieces of Evidence
  • Page 2: The Main Suspects

On the evening of May 3rd, Madeleine McCann was put into bed and left in the apartment with her two younger siblings. Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, went out to dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant with their friends at 8:30pm. The table they ate at had been block-booked four nights in a row, with a note saying that the families’ children would be sleeping in their apartments while the parents dined (it was later speculated that the kidnapper may have seen this note). The McCanns and their friends had arranged to take it in turns to go and check on their children periodically throughout the night. Gerry McCann checked on the children at 9:05pm and found them sleeping, and a friend checked on the apartment at 9:30pm – though notably did not actually look into the bedroom to confirm that the children were still there.

At 10pm, Kate McCann went to the apartment to check on the children and found that Madeleine was missing. She said that the window was open and the outside shutter had been lifted all the way up. After a quick look around, Kate McCann ran back to the restaurant shouting, “Madeleine’s gone! Someone’s taken her!” The local police were called at 10:10pm and arrived at 11:10pm, with the Polícia Judiciária arriving at about 1am. Staff and guests spent the night searching the area around the resort for the missing child.

Gerry and Kate McCann declined to be interviewed for The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, strongly condemning the documentary. As a result, neither they nor any of their closest friends or family members appear in the series except in archive footage.

Easily the most important pieces of evidence in the Madeleine McCann case are two possible sightings of her being carried away from the apartment. At 9:15pm on the night of the disappearance, Jane Tanner – a friend of the McCanns who was dining with them – went to check on her own children. On the way, she saw a man carrying what appeared to be a bundle of clothes or a small child in light-colored pyjamas, walking away from the direction of the McCanns’ apartment. This sighting formed the basis of two sketches that were released to the public (above left), with the man said to be 5’7″ or 5’8″ with dark hair.

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Jane Tanner’s description of the sighting grew less vague and more detailed over time (for example, specifying that the man was definitely carrying a child wearing Madeleine’s floral pink pyjamas), leading some to believe that it was being embellished by her imagination. However, a man carrying a child was also spotted by a tourist called Martin Smith and his family, shortly before 10pm on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance. Smith also described the child as wearing light-colored or pink pyjamas, and his description of the man was used to create an identikit sketch (seen above, along with the two sketches created from Tanner’s description).

One of the most shocking moments in The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is footage of two dogs, trained by expert dog handler Martin Grime, alerting to traces of human corpse and blood odors in the McCanns’ vacation apartment. Eddie, the dog trained to sniff cadavers, was highly alert upon entering the apartment and barked in two spots: a cupboard in Gerry and Kate McCann’s room, and a spot behind the couch in the living room. Keela, a dog trained to sniff human blood, was then brought into the apartment, and indicated by pointing with her nose a spot behind the couch – the same place that Eddie had alerted to.

Later, Eddie was taken into a garage with a dozen cars potentially linked to the disappearance, and alerted to human cadaver odors in the McCanns’ rental car – hired 25 days after Madeleine’s disappearance. He was also shown an assortment of clothing and other items belonging to the McCanns, and alerted to several items of Kate McCann’s clothing. When taken to the villa where the McCanns were staying following the disappearance, Eddie began barking near a cupboard, which was opened to find Madeleine’s stuffed toy, Cuddle Cat, which Kate McCann had been carrying around.

Based on the response of the blood and cadaver dogs, forensic samples were taken from the indicated spots in the McCanns’ apartment and rental car. These samples were sent to the United Kingdom for testing, and a report was then sent back to the Polícia Judiciária in Portugal. Following a crude translation of the report that stripped it of caveats and nuance, the Portuguese police allegedly leaked claims to the press that the DNA was anything from an 80% to a 100% match for Madeleine McCann. In fact, the DNA tests proved to be inconclusive. Some of the DNA taken from the rental car provided a partial match for Madeleine, but since the car was being used by her parents and siblings it could very easily have been their DNA that was detected.

Page 2: The Main Suspects in Madeleine McCann’s Disappearance

Madeleine McCann’s own parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, eventually became the favorite suspects of the Polícia Judiciária – in particular Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, who was head of the Polícia Judiciária in that district. Amaral appears in The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, maintaining his belief (based on the dog responses and DNA evidence) that the McCanns murdered their daughter in the apartment, then stored her body in a fridge or freezer before eventually transferring it to the rental car and disposing of it at a later date. Amaral also published a book, The Truth of the Lie, which outlined his theory that the McCanns killed Madeleine.

Though Gerry and Kate McCann were interrogated for hours and named arguidos (formal suspects) in the case, they were never charged and eventually their arguido status was lifted. Since the McCanns were subject to intense media scrutiny in the days and weeks following Madeleine’s disappearance, the idea of them somehow hiding her body in a freezer, then smuggling it out in the car that was mobbed by reporters every time they left their villa, and finding a place to quietly dispose of the corpse seems rather far-fetched. Moreover, there were many witnesses who placed the McCanns at the tapas restaurant at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

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The first suspect to be named arguido in the investigation was a British property developer called Robert Murat, who lived around 200 yards away from where Madeleine was taken. During the initial police searches, Murat offered his help by translating witness statements for the local police, since he was fluent in both English and Portuguese. His presence at the center of the search attracted the suspicion of British journalists, because killer Ian Huntley had displayed similar “helpful” behavior during the investigation into his murders of Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman. Following tabloid scrutiny of Robert Murat, his home was raided and excavated by the police, and he was brought in for questioning. His home was later searched two further times.

Murat’s alibi was that he was at home all night with his mother. No evidence linking him to Madeleine was found on his property, and although he was named as a suspect he was never charged with anything. Moreover, Martin Smith said that Murat was not the man he saw carrying the little girl on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance. Murat appears through The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann in interviews, talking about the shock of being accused and the media blitz that followed. He eventually sued several UK newspapers for libel, and was awarded £600,000 in damages.

The police investigation of Robert Murat led them to another suspect, Sergey Malinka, a 22 year-old Russian computer technician who had been designing a website for Murat. A key point of interest was a phone record showing that Murat had made a call to Malinka at 11:30pm on the night of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, though neither Malinka nor Murat said that they could recall speaking on the phone that night. The police suspected that Murat and Malinka may have conspired in Madeleine’s abduction, and seized hard drives, computers, and other equipment from his home. No evidence was found on the hard drives that linked Malinka to Madeleine’s disappearance, and his arguido status was soon lifted, but he remained a suspect in the public eye. In 2008, his car was fire-bombed with the word FALA (“speak”) written in red paint next to it.

Looking at the evidence and suspects, it’s easy to see why the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has remained unsolved to this day. There is very little forensic evidence to go on, with what little there is largely proving inconclusive, and only two witness sightings of the possible abduction. There have been thousands of claimed sightings of Madeleine McCann across 42 countries, and dozens of possible leads chased down, but none that proved fruitful.

After twelve years, the McCanns are still holding out hope for the return of their daughter, and expressed concern that Netflix’s series could impede the continuing investigation. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know, but it works well as an account of the public fascination with the case, as well as an overview of the biggest points of interest.

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2019-03-16 11:03:36

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Life After Flash Documentary Trailer Follows Flash Gordon Star Sam J. Jones

The trailer for Life After Flash follows Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones after his iconic turn as the titular hero in 1980. Jones rose to stardom after portraying Flash on the big screen, but has largely disappeared from the public eye ever since. The documentary will chronicle both the impact of the film itself, as well as what became of Jones following the movie’s release.

Based on the King Features comic strip of the same name, Flash Gordon hit theaters in 1980. It was directed by Mike Hodges and starred Jones, as well as Melody Anderson, Topol, Max von Sydow and Timothy Dalton, among others. The plot revolved around a series of events which caused a New York Jets player to become the “savior of the universe.� Flash, along with travel agent Dale Arden (Anderson) and scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol), wound up on the planet Mongo, where they found a way to thwart Emperor Ming’s (von Sydow) villainous plot to destroy Earth. The wonderfully campy film received mixed reviews and although only moderately successful at the box office, has since gained a large and devoted cult following. It also featured an unforgettable soundtrack composed and performed by Queen.

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Written and directed by Lisa Downs, the trailer for Life After Flash shows the undeniable, but oft underestimated impact of Flash Gordon on pop culture. It also highlights Jones’s trajectory after his work on the film, indicating that there may have been even more drama behind-the-scenes than there was in the battle to save planet Earth. It would appear that the actor’s promising career plummeted after he had a falling out with producer Dino De Laurentiis. The film is expected to be available on demand February 26th and released on DVD March 26th.

The trailer highlights just how deep the love for Flash Gordon runs. It has amassed a host of famous fans over the years, many of whom appear in the documentary. Comic creator Mark Millar states, “You can see Flash Gordon’s fingerprints all over Star Wars.� Of Jones’s performance, Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker adds, “It’s one of those iconic roles that won’t fade, will stand the test of time.� Other famous faces that pop up in the trailer include the late Stan Lee, Alex Ross, Robert Rodriguez and Brian May.

A Flash Gordon reboot has been in the works for years, initially with Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn attached, but more recently with Overlord helmer Julius Avery onboard. Vaughn had chosen to leave the project after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy caused the reboot to be placed on an indefinite hold. However, James Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 has left the future of that franchise a bit less certain. Whether or not Flash makes his return to the big screen anytime soon, the 1980 film still holds a place in the hearts of fans all over the world. It’s nice to see Life After Flash giving both the movie and Jones their due. Cue the Flash Gordon theme song.

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Source: Lisa Downs



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2019-02-08 01:02:12

Films Featuring Jazz to screen Nublu documentary

Garanti Jazz Green, which has supported jazz music for 21 years, will continue movie screenings in November with its “İçinden Caz Geçen Filmler” (Films Featuring Jazz) program, where it brings music and…Click To Continue


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Silent agony of child laborers finds voice in documentary



The Sundance-winning documentary, ‘Kailash’ by Derek Doneen, to be screened at the 55th International Antalya Film Festival will touch the hearts of film lovers with its real, heart-wrenching storyClick To Continue



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I AM PAUL WALKER Official Trailer (2018) Documentary Movie HD



Documentary examining the life of the late actor Paul Walker.

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