PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Documentaries (21-30 of 60)

What is your best worst movie? ('Showgirls'? 'Glitter'? 'The Room'?) Vote here!

Best-Worst-Movies-poll_510.jpg  Image Credit: CW: Murray Close; Everett Collection (3); Merie W. Wallace

Yesterday, while discussing this week’s DVD release of the documentary Best Worst Movie — which centers on the production of Troll 2 – we wondered if Claudio Fragasso’s 1990 crapterpiece really did deserve the title of cinema’s Best Worst Movie. So we asked you, and, goodness did you have a lot to say on the matter. Based on your comments, these nine movies seemed to emerge as the strongest contenders for the movie so eye-searingly, once-in-a-lifetime awful, it physically warps the fabric of space-time and simply, paradoxically, demands to be seen. So take our poll, vote for your most-least favorite, and then defend your choice in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

'Expendables' documentary clip: Stallone 'improvises' (Exclusive)

If you enjoyed The Expendables, odds are you’ll get a kick out of Inferno, the feature-length documentary on the making of the movie. It will be exclusive to the Blu-ray edition in the Blu-ray combo pack hitting stores Nov. 23. We’ve got an exclusive clip that has Stallone talking us through one of the film’s lengthy action sequences. You know you’re a Stallone fan if you get giddy just hearing him describe how Terry Crews will do a Heisman move over the rolling head of a fallen statue, take a man out with a thrown straight razor, and hurl a 150-pound warhead into the air so Stallone can blow it up (along with a chopper). And we did. Watch it below.  READ FULL STORY

Is there a time traveler wandering through 'The Circus'?

A smalltime Irish director says he’s found proof of a time traveler in extra footage from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film. Maybe because we all badly want to it to be true, George Clarke’s clip is doing major press rounds. In it, Clarke introduces a shot of The Circus premiere from back in the days when telephones were scarce. And yet there she is, just as Clarke said she would be: a stout lady shuffling by, seeming to talk into a cell phone. (See video below) READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell to show off his singing pipes in 'Of All the Things'

steve-carellImage Credit: Donna Ward/Getty ImagesHe’s played clueless bosses, idiot weathermen, and 40-year-old virgins. Now Steve Carell is about to add singer-songwriter to his onscreen menagerie of characters. According to Variety, The Office star has signed on to produce and star in Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the 2008 music documentary Of All the Things – the unusual and unlikely story of Dennis Lambert. In the ’70s and ’80s, Lambert achieved a sort of semi-fame in music circles as the man behind such FM radio staples as “Baby Come Back”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got”. After his moment in the sun was over, Lambert moved to Florida to sell real estate, only then realizing that he was still huge in the Philippines, where he then went on tour. The Lambert documentary was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival and AFI Fest and won the audience award at the Nantucket Film Fest in 2008. It was directed by Lambert’s son, Jody. The new script will be written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who recently penned another Carell flick, Burt Wonderstone.

While we can’t vouch for Carell’s singing ability, we do know this: the man can certainly lip sync some C+C Music Factory… READ FULL STORY

Casey Affleck sticks to the script on 'Tonight Show'

I think I’d like to play cards with Casey Affleck. The Oscar-nominated actor, who directed his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix in the apparently fake documentary, I’m Still Here, visited The Tonight Show last night to reiterate his recent claims that it was just a movie and that Phoenix’s public meltdowns were simply part of the act. But his poker-face wasn’t exactly a mask of conviction. Question: “Everybody was in on it at the time [when Phoenix appeared disheveled on Letterman]?” Answer: “Uhhhh, well, you know… [breaks eye contact and mindlessly tugs right earlobe]… neither Joaquin nor I never talked to Dave…” Question: “Was it real drugs? Was he doing real coke in the movie?” Answer: “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-hhhhhhhhhhhhh. No.” I suppose that’s better than, “Hmmm. Which scene?” READ FULL STORY

America Ferrera talks 'Independent Lens' hosting gig and potential for an 'Ugly Betty' movie

America-FerreraImage Credit: Francois Durand/Getty ImagesLast week, PBS revealed that Ugly Betty star America Ferrera would take over hosting duties for the upcoming ninth season of their documentary series Independent Lens, which premieres Oct. 19. It’s certainly an interesting choice, considering her success with mass-appeal projects like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Betty, but it makes sense for the star, considering her love for documentaries. Lately, she’s been traveling the world promoting the documentary The Dry Land — about soldiers back from tours in Iraq who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — that she produced alongside her fiancé Ryan Piers Williams. EW took a few minutes of Ferrera’s time to chat about why she wanted to host Independent Lens, her upcoming nuptials, and what the likelihood is for Ugly Betty movie in the future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hosting PBS’ documentary series Independent Lens is an interesting step to take in your career. What made you want to do it, or how did it come together?
They approached me about hosting it a couple of months ago, and I just loved the whole concept. I have been a part of many independent projects, and I feel kinship with independent filmmakers, and I love documentaries. I feel that this is a really wonderful thing, that PBS is making documentaries that most people would probably never have a chance to see in a regular theater — in a lot of towns in the country there aren’t independent theaters. I think it’s really awesome that someone can turn on their television and watch a documentary that they probably would never have had access to otherwise, and they’re all really wonderful, unique, interesting, quirky, and some really powerful stories that just help give a bigger perspective of all the different stories in our world. I was honored to be asked to join the really great people that they’ve had hosting in the past, like Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Terrence Howard. READ FULL STORY

'The Tillman Story' loses an appeal to overturn its 'R' rating: Did the MPAA make a mistake?

After the MPAA handed an ‘R’ rating for language to an acclaimed documentary about NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman, the makers of the movie have lost an appeal to have the rating changed to PG-13. The filmmakers tried to argue that The Tillman Story – which delves into the official military cover-up of Tillman’s death in Afghanistan by friendly fire and the way in which he was exploited as a potent patriotic symbol — is exactly the kind of historically significant film that should be exposed to as many young people as possible, not hidden from them due to squeamishness over some bad words. The MPAA clearly didn’t sympathize with that argument, despite the fact that an Iraq War documentary, Gunner Palace, won a similar appeal to overturn its ‘R’ rating six years ago. The MPAA’s ruling follows another recent case in which a documentary about the Holocaust, A Film Unfinished, was hit with an ‘R’ rating for “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity.”

What do you think? Did the MPAA dishonor Tillman’s memory — and the freedoms he fought for — by worrying more about f-bombs than about getting his story out to the widest possible audience? Should the ratings board evaluate movies that handle historically important subjects by a different set of standards? Or would that only open an even bigger can of worms?

'Jackass' trailer: The reason 3-D was invented?

How do you get a drunk Santa Claus out of a tree? Don’t over-think it. Bingo! High-five to the jackass who said, “Cut the tree down with a chainsaw.” The new trailer for Jackass 3D is full of such subtle stagecraft, but darn if it’s not hilarious. Give a look…but beware of that celebratory high-five.

Has the Jackass gang truly taken it to another level? What was your favorite stunt in the trailer? I can’t decide between portapotty catapult, fish-in-the-face, or duck-shooting.

'Life In a Day': Be a part of cinematic history (or at least a really cool project)

For most of us, starring in a feature film is merely a pipe dream. I’ve been on TV before, but headlining a major motion picture is not in my future any time soon. (And, sadly, I’m guessing it’s not in most of yours’ either.) But all that could change with an experimental YouTube project taking place tomorrow. (Yeah, sorry for the late notice, PopWatchers!)

Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) have joined forces to create the film Life In a Day. Basically, they want you (yes you) to film part of your day tomorrow, July 24. After all the submissions are in, the guys will go through the videos and select the most compelling material. Those videos will then be combined to create the documentary film that will premiere at the January 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And that’s not even the coolest part. If any of your footage gets selected, you’ll be credited as a co-director, and might even have a chance to go to Sundance to celebrate. READ FULL STORY

Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald want you to be in their new documentary. Auditions are July 24, on YouTube.

SchnauzerImage Credit: Design Pics/Getty ImagesLife in a Day seems like a filmmaking dare made in the wee hours after a determined effort to kill brain cells. The concept behind the “historic cinematic experiment” is that on July 24, anyone with a video camera can film and then upload footage to YouTube, with the hope that it will then be incorporated and edited into a cohesive feature documentary about mankind. “One World. 24 Hours. 6 Billion Perspectives,” is how it’s being sold. (Watch a promo below.)

Intriguing. But my soul weeps for filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott, the brave chaps who’ve volunteered to cull the exhausting clips of footballs to the groin, dancing babies, and endless navel-gazing talking heads to concoct something meaningful. A reasonably sober Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) doesn’t seem to have any second thoughts about the imposing assignment, saying, “It’ll be kind of like a time capsule, which people in the future…could look at and say, ‘Oh my god. That’s what it was like.’

But what are you supposed to shoot? Does executive producer Ridley Scott, the man who filmed Gladiator, really care to see my four-minute short about my Schnauzer’s ability to reliably pick the winner of college football games? READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP