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Ken Burns Is Turning His PBS Doc 'Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson' Into An HBO Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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You can't really talk about American documentary filmmakers without mentioning Ken Burns. Practically an institution at PBS, Ken Burns has created sprawling, research heavy, detailed documentaries about monumental moments in the country's history, including "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Prohibition" (he's not one for fancy titles). He's also turned his eye from time to time to sports, with "Baseball" and "Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson." And some stories it seems are worth telling again with a bit of cinematic flair, as the latter is headed for the miniseries treatment.

HBO Considering A Third 'Band Of Brothers,' Signs Deal With David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 9:02 AM
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Of all the success HBO has had in recent years, particularly by drawing Hollywood stars and auteurs into their fold, one could arguably trace their new network dominance back to 2001's "Band Of Brothers." The acclaimed ten-part, eleven-hour miniseries from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks picked up six Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and many more honors, and was a big audience draw in addition to being a massive critical success. It spawned a side-series, "The Pacific," and overall continues to be one of HBO's crown jewels. So is it any surprise they want more?

Watch: Spoiler-Ish Clip From 'Cloud Atlas' Jumps Through All The Film's Storylines

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 28, 2012 9:00 AM
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Let’s get this out of the way up front. If you want to walk into the Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski Starship's “Cloud Atlas” pure, do not watch the video below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. However, if you've read the book already it probably won't be too big of a deal.

The Wachowskis Finally Give Up Their Anonymity & Lana Addresses Her Sexual Transformation: 'Cloud Atlas' At TIFF

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2012 7:21 PM
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“Cloud Atlas,” the sprawling and epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s celebrated, heady and dense novel, screened last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. An unorthodox arrangement, as it was directed by the Wachowski siblings, Larry and Lana, plus German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), at a cost of over $100 million, “Cloud Atlas” is the most expensive independent film ever made (i.e. outside of the studio system and from a triage of financiers).

Oscar Watch: 10 Possible Hosts For The Next Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2012 12:03 PM
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For a while, it looked like we had the 2013 Oscar host locked down. After a disappointing few years (Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin felt constrained, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a flat out disaster, and Billy Crystal was kind of creaky last year), it seemed like we'd be getting some fresh blood, and that did seem to have been the case: "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels was said to have been approached, and was planning on bringing on one of his former stars, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon.

Our Lives Are Not Our Own: Deconstructing The 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 3:29 PM
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A pleasant surprise arrived today in the form of a lengthy trailer for "Cloud Atlas," the much-anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Anyone who's read the book -- a sprawling, genre-hopping, puzzle-box of a story -- will know it's a tough nut to crack, but the clip, now available in HD at Apple, suggests that the filmmakers have managed to handle the diversity of the visuals even if it's yet to be seen if the film works as a whole.

Watch: Staggeringly Ambitious, Visually Impressive 6-Minute Trailer For The Wachowski's & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 5:11 AM
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Well, damn. After a prolonged period of radio silence, this week has seen a flurry of activity regarding "Cloud Atlas," the adaptation of David Mitchell's acclaimed best-seller by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. On Tuesday, it was announced that the film would make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, yesterday saw the first images start to leak out, and overnight, the first trailer for the film leaked online (courtesy of JoBlo). And, boy, what a trailer.

Watch: Trailer For Sci-Fi Web Series 'Electric City' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 6, 2012 10:19 AM
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Exclusive online content is all the rage nowadays, ranging from Funny or Die clips to projects involving talent like Kiefer Sutherland, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- the web is fast becoming a channel to be seen by many. Producer Bryan Singer is already bringing his "H+" sci-fi series to the web in August, but it was back in January we told you actor Tom Hanks would be producing an animated web series, "Electric City," and things looks to be shaping up quite nicely.

The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's ‘Cloud Atlas’ Scores A Dec 6 U.S. Release Date & Almost 3-Hr Running Time Revealed

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 12:35 PM
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In a piece about the various financial comings and goings at Cannes, Anne Thompson has revealed specifics about the Wachowskis and Tom Tywker’s ambitious, Tom Hanks-led adaptation of David Mitchell’s multi-tiered “Cloud Atlas,” which screened on Wednesday for international buyers, including details on its running time and domestic release date.

Watch: Hilarious Trailer For 'Movie: The Movie' Featuring Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon & Much, Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 11:22 AM
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Memo to the Academy: Next year, you might want to get the writing staff of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to write jokes for the show, because this nine-minute bit is funnier than anything that happened at the Oscars last night.

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