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'Breaking Bad,' 'Scandal,' 'The Story of Film' Among This Year's Peabody Award Winners

This year's Peabody Award winners are a zeitgeisty mix of new television classics, from "Breaking Bad" to "House of Cards" and "Scandal," and underdogs like FX's "The Bridge."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 2:14 PM
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Tribeca Adds Music Docs from Alex Gibney and 'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland

They can't have Tribeca without Alex Gibney. And so today's announcement that the prolific documentarian's newest film, an untitled James Brown doc, is a new addition to the upcoming 2014 fest makes sense. Also added to the lineup is another music-oriented doc, "Bjork: Biophilia Live," directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, and making its world premiere.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2014 11:58 AM
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Live Stream Two Conversations with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange from SXSW

On Saturday and Monday, you can live stream two insightful talks from South by Southwest in Austin: one with CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and another with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 3:25 PM
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Sundance 2014: Buzzy Premieres Lean Toward Comedy, Documentary All-Stars Unveiled, Redford Books Failure Workshop

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the films selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. This is where the better-known directors and stars show up for red carpet walks in front of the Eccles Theater, and where much of the acquisition heat will be focused.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 9, 2013 4:00 PM
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IDA Documentary Awards Honor 'The Square,' 'Armstrong Lie' Director Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and More

The International Documentary Association unveiled their 2013 IDA Documentary Award winners at a ceremony Friday evening in Los Angeles. Top honors went to Jehane Noujaim's Egyptian revolution doc "The Square" for Best Feature, set to premiere on Netflix in January and currently sitting on the 2014 documentary Oscar shortlist.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 7, 2013 1:30 AM
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The Documentary Oscar Shortlist Has Landed

Well, after we had the temerity to predict the Oscar shortlist of 15 documentaries, we didn't do half bad.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes with Alex Gibney at His Jigsaw Productions

It’s not just productivity but prescient subject matter that marks Alex Gibney’s work as a director. His Lance Armstrong portrait “The Armstrong Lie” opens Friday; “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” was released in July. Last year, Gibney directed “Park Avenue: Money Power & the American Dream,” which created a stink when it was revealed that WNET offered to preview the film for one of its subjects – billionaire right-wing puppetmaster David Koch.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 6, 2013 2:13 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie'

"I like to win, but more than anything I can't stand the idea of losing." So says Lance Armstrong at the outset of the first trailer for Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie," which hits theaters November 8. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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International Documentary Association to Honor Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and Geralyn Dreyfous

The International Documentary Association today announced that it will honor filmmaker Alex Gibney with its 2013 Career Achievement Award, its Amicus Award to producer Geralyn Dreyfous, and its Courage Under Fire award to filmmaker Laura Poitras, who broke the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2013 1:32 PM
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TIFF Interview: How Alex Gibney Changed Gears on Biker-Doping Doc 'The Armstrong Lie' (CLIP)

Alex Gibney talks his new doc "The Armstrong Lie," which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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