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Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive

With documentaries on the rise and multiple backers and outlets for non-fiction films, two veteran filmmakers — married producer-financier Dan Cogan and producer-director Liz Garbus — have decided to launch their own production company, Story Syndicate. Clearly, it’s a propitious time: The public’s appetite for non-fiction stories has never been greater, as movies ranging from […]

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Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and Sza Will Not Perform ‘Black Panther’ Song (Exclusive)

Despite the Academy’s efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and Sza for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” on the upcoming Oscars telecast, the duo will not be a part of the show, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. […]

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‘RBG,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Awards Documentary Nominations

The Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Hal, Into the Okavango, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the […]

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Box Office Breakouts ‘Rbg’ and ‘First Reformed’ Hold Strong

Yet another fashion designer documentary, “The Gospel According to Andre” (Magnolia), stood out among new specialized releases. While Memorial Day Weekend will occasionally launch a major platform release like Terence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” a few years ago, this year’s holiday weekend maintained the norm.Nonetheless specialized audiences are still searching out top films like […]

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Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life

Two very different films — Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and a 70mm reissue of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” — stand out among the new releases this weekend. The first represents a critical career high for a director who made his first film Tk years ago, while the revival is from a director who […]

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‘RBG’ Rules Limited-Release Newcomers; ‘Disobedience’ & ‘Let The Sunshine In’ Solid in Expansion: Specialty Box Office

Updated at 10:55Am Pt with more numbers and analysis. Magnolia and Participant’s Sundance documentary ‘RBG‘ opened in 34 locations Friday with momentum behind it and it delivered a solid start. Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, the feature spotlighting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg grossed 560,000, or $16,471 per location, making it […]

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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Hudson Sings Title Anthem for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary

In today’s film news, Jennifer Hudson will sing the anthem for the upcoming documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Blue Fox Entertainment launches a new division, and Freestyle buys “Seven Hundred Miles.”Film MusicJennifer Hudson will sing “I’ll Fight,” the anthem for “Rbg,” the upcoming documentary about the life and legal legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth […]

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