Neon came to Contenders London with their Sundance hit Apollo 11, a visually stunning documentary tracing the 1969 moon mission helmed by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Whittled down from over 300 hours of archival footage, some of it on 70mm, Todd Douglas Miller’s film has, so far, grossed $11m at the US box office and looks set to figure prominently in the non-fiction awards race. Amazingly, much of this footage had never been seen before, the director told Deadline’s Jake Kanter. “All these reels were sitting down in DC in cold storage for the better half of 50 years.” Unusually, the film eschews the normal tropes of documentary filmmaking, with no narration, talking heads or simulations. Instead, Miller lets the story unfold onscreen, and he acknowledges that he was more than happy just to let the material speak for itself. Related Story PGA Awards Documentary Nominations: 'Apollo 11', 'American Factory', 'The Cave', … [Read more...] about ‘Apollo 11’ Director Todd Douglas Miller: “All Of Us Were Space Nerds” – The Contenders London
Come all ye Catholic school rejects, New Age earth mothers, gender rebels ,and jilted ex-lovers: Alanis Morissette has room around the campfire for you. “It’s like a family reunion,” she said Monday night, beaming onstage at the sold-out historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Accompanied by guitarists Jason Orm and Julian Coryell, Morissette performed her 1995 breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill, in its entirety; in lieu of an actual campfire was a toasty reception by longtime fans, and some more recent converts. “Just keep the creepy uncles in the back,” she added. Morissette’s acoustic performance was just one phase of an epic rollout for her new musical based on the album, Jagged Little Pill. Adapted with an original story by acclaimed screenwriter Diablo Cody, the production will make its Broadway debut December 5th at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre. Earlier that day, Morissette dropped two more bombs: In honor of Jagged‘s … [Read more...] about A Buoyant Alanis Morissette Performs ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ Debuts New Songs at Apollo Theater
Is Backdraft 2 really happening? Sure sounds like it. Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego has reportedly been tapped by Universal to direct the sequel to 1991's Backdraft. The original movie directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen was popular enough to get its own Universal Studios attraction, and now it's getting the sequel treatment. Kurt Russell's Lieutenant Stephen "Bull" McCaffrey famously didn't survive the first film, but William Baldwin's Brian McCaffrey did, and he's expected to return for the sequel, which is tentatively titled, Backdraft II. A new report suggests that Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, best known for 2011 sci-fi thriller Apollo 18, has been tapped to direct the Backdraft sequel. Filming is reportedly set to begin in Romania and Toronto in April with William Baldwin reprising his role from the original 1991 blockbuster. Universal is rumored to keep the movie heavily tied to the original movie with references and characters returning. It is doubtful … [Read more...] about Backdraft 2 Locks in Apollo 18 Director, Shoots Next Month?
Roger Ross Williams reveals his personal connection to the 85-year-old theater's amateur night, the scramble to find historical materials lost during the years when the building had to shut its doors and the major barrier the Academy's doc branch just surpassed. Roger Ross Williams' HBO documentary The Apollo tracks the complicated 85-year legacy of the Harlem theater via archival materials and contemporary footage, including a 2018 staging of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me. Williams, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary branch governor, spoke about his personal connection to the Apollo's amateur night, the scramble to find historical materials lost during the years from 1976 to 1984 when the building had to shut its doors and the major barrier the Academy's documentary branch just cleared. Had you grown up going to the Apollo or watching Showtime at the Apollo on TV? Yes, when I was an NYU student. The first time I went to the Apollo was … [Read more...] about ‘The Apollo’ Director Talks Iconic Venue’s Impact on Black Culture and the Bet Obama Took to Sing Al Green
Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old hit home on its UK TV debut last night, drawing in a peak of 2.4M viewers, which is three times BBC2’s 790,000 slot average. The film, which mixes previously unseen footage and audio recordings with colorized and sharpened images converted to stereoscopic 3D, was a hit across demographics, scoring particularly well in the 16-24 bracket. Warner Bros recently picked up world rights. Fathom will theatrically release stateside in December, Trafalgar released to strong box office in the UK. U.S financier BondIt Media Capital has said it will recognize and accept digital currency TTU Tokens on specific deals and transactions to finance films. The tokens are offered through beta-stage social entertainment platform TaTaTu. The tokens trade on cryptocurrency exchanges HitBTC, ABCC and LIquid. TaTaTu was launched and is run by producer Andrea Iervolino, who recently formed a partnership with Johnny Depp to … [Read more...] about Peter Jackson’s WWI Doc Hits Home On UK TV; BondIt Partners With Blockhain Platform; Modern Films CBeebies Deals — Global Briefs