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Watch: 1-Hour Documentary Director Roundtable With Errol Morris, James Toback, Alex Gibney & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 4:57 PM
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Documentary Director Roundtable
We'll here's something that will sit nicely alongside our 15 Best Documentaries Of 2013 -- a one hour THR roundtable with some of the filmmakers who brought forth some of biggest highlights of the year: Errol Morris ("The Unknown Known"), Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel"), Alex Gibney ("The Armstrong Lie," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"), Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom"), Teller ("Tim's Vermeer") and James Toback ("Seduced and Abandoned"). And as always, the talk is fascinating.

Review: Alex Gibney's Compelling But Unsurprising Lance Armstrong Documentary 'The Armstrong Lie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2013 6:46 PM
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The Armstrong Lie
The last few years have seen sport of all kinds haunted by the specter of doping, with everyone from Barry Bonds to Alex Rodriguez linked to the use of banned substances. But the name that is likely to forever be linked with drugs cheating in sports is Lance Armstrong. Thanks to his seven victories at the Tour De France, the cyclist would have been a hero even if he hadn't also recovered from a near-death battle with cancer, and subsequently raising millions and millions of dollar for research against the disease thanks to his Livestrong brand.

5 Films About Real-Life Sporting Controversies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 5, 2013 2:15 PM
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5 Films About Real-Life Sporting Controversies
It will surprise exactly no one to learn that few of us here at the Playlist ever sat at the jocks’ table in high school and only a very few of really count ourselves as major sports fans. However there are aspects of modern sporting culture that, whether or not we find ourselves transfixed by the swing of a bat or the call of a line judge, we can’t avoid becoming caught up in. With sportsmen and women become uber-celebrities off the pitch/field/court/lawn as well as on, there’s an unavoidable tendency to make them into mythic symbols of how talent and application can indeed bring everything our society defines as success: wealth, fame, respect and glory.

Watch: First Trailer For Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie' Cycles Online

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 2:07 PM
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The Armstrong Lie
From the top of the sports world, to tabloid-worthy flameout, to an interview with Oprah Winfrey—Lance Armstrong has certainly lived a life and then some. From a hero to a pariah, few scandals in the past few years have resonated with the public quite like the revelation that the beloved cyclist was doping. Outed by his teammates and forever tainting the Livestrong brand, documentarian Alex Gibney has gotten up close and personal with Armstrong for his next film.

Venice Review: Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong Documentary 'The Armstrong Lie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2013 11:30 AM
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The Armstrong Lie, Gibney
The last few years have seen sport of all kinds haunted by the specter of doping, with everyone from Barry Bonds to Alex Rodriguez linked to the use of banned substances. But the name that is likely to forever be linked with drugs cheating in sports is Lance Armstrong. Thanks to his seven victories at the Tour De France, the cyclist would have been a hero even if he hadn't also recovered from a near-death battle with cancer, and subsequently raising millions and millions of dollar for research against the disease thanks to his Livestrong brand.

New Films From Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green & Jonathan Glazer Top 70th Venice Film Festival Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2013 5:52 AM
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After a weighty first announcement for this year's TIFF earlier in the week, eyes turned across the Atlantic this morning to the reveal of the line-up for the 70th Venice Film Festival, which precedes Toronto by about a week. We already knew the festival was opening with Alfonso Cuaron's hotly-anticipated 3D space adventure "Gravity," and an educated guess at the line-up could be made from looking at which films among the TIFF announcement weren't world premieres, but the official roster was revealed at a press conference in Rome this morning, and it's once more, a doozy.

Review: Provocative Doc 'We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks' Is Essential Immediate Viewing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 22, 2013 11:35 AM
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Titles can be sticky, none moreso than “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.” The “we” mentioned could be speaking in first-person perspective in regards to the muckracking online collective, which helped power the biggest security breach in government history. Then again, is the story of WikiLeaks anything other than our story? The story of anyone online who’s ever wanted to know more, who ever wanted to remove the veil of secrecy? If anything, director Alex Gibney might have shot himself in the foot: he could never begin to grasp the magnitude of our collective societal curiosity that has helped bring down walls during the current administration.

Alex Gibney To Direct 4-Hour Documentary On Frank Sinatra For HBO

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 1, 2013 6:29 PM
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It is no overstatement to describe documentary-maker Alex Gibney as one of the pre-eminent filmmakers in America, a blotless 30-year career has seen him accumulate a back catalogue striking not only for the consistently outstanding quality of his work, but also for the boldness and incisiveness of his subject matter. Highlights include “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” (which won him an Oscar) and “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” and we await his upcoming “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and his forthcoming documentary on legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, “Finding Fela!” Thus it is with no little excitement that we greet the announcement of his next subject, one Frank Sinatra.

Watch: Log On With The Trailer For Alex Gibney's 'We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 4:33 PM
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Hero, martyr or threat? Depending on where you stand, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is either one of the above or all three, and now Hollywood is coming to tell his story, or at least their version of it. While Benedict Cumberbatch will play the platinum haired whistleblower in this fall's "The Fifth Estate," first out of the gate is Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story WikiLeaks" and it seems like a crash course in everything you need to know about Assange and the group that continues to frustrate authorities worldwide.

Documentarian Alex Gibney Planning Feature Film About Accused WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 21, 2012 3:50 PM
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There’s no doubt that the whole WikiLeaks scandal and the fallout from their major information releases ever since has been nothing short of fascinating. Well, Hollywood seems to think so anyway, and they’re seeing a whole load of storytelling potential in it, with both dramatic features and documentaries on their way. Among them, there’s the Australian TV movie “Underground: The Julian Assange Story,” which played at TIFF (our review here); Bill Condon’s as-yet-untitled movie that will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange; a delayed project at HBO; a possible drama from Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”) based on a New York Times article; and a documentary titled “We Steal Secrets” all at various stages of development.

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