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HBO Signs Alex Gibney to Direct Sinatra Music Doc (CLIPS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 30, 2013 at 2:05PM

HBO has signed Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") to direct a yet untitled four-hour miniseries documentary on the life and music of Frank Sinatra.
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") has signed on to direct an untitled four-hour miniseries documentary on the life and music of Frank Sinatra. Alcon Television Group and Frank Sinatra Enterprises will produce the special, slated to premiere on HBO.

The film will be a close examination of the singer's career and personal life, featuring never-before-seen archival footage such as home movies and private performances. Sinatra spanned decades as a top recording artist and performer as well as Hollywood star and leader of the Las Vegas rat pack.

In 2005, Gibney was nominated for Best Documentary for "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" before his "Taxi to the Dark Side" won in 2008. In February 2013, HBO premiered Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," a documentary exploring pedophilia in the Catholic Church (TOH's interview with Gibney about that film is here). 

This summer, Focus Features will release his newest film "We Steal the Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" (TOH's  video interview with Gibney).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.