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WATCH: Lance Armstrong Comes Clean in First Clip from Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie'

The first clip from Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie," a chronicle of cyclist Lance Armstrong as he prepared for his eighth Tour de France victory in 2009, has landed. In the clip below, Armstrong talks about a cathartic interview he had with Oprah just three hours before.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 6, 2013 12:00 PM
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'WikiLeaks' Director Alex Gibney Reacts to Bradley Manning's 35-Year Sentence: "a perversion of justice"

Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney originally set out to profile WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but ended up devoting half of his recent documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" to an unknown whistleblower U.S. Army private named Bradley Manning. "It's more relevant now than ever, now we see why," Gibney says on the phone Wednesday, as the news was breaking of Manning's harsh 35-year prison sentence.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2013 4:07 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Alex Gibney's Long-Gestating Lance Armstrong Doc 'The Armstrong Lie'

After sitting on the shelf at Sony, Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary "The Armstrong Lie" has found its worldwide distributor in Sony Pictures Classics. The film centers on Armstrong's life and career over the past four years -- from his return to cycling out of retirement in 2009 to the much-publicized doping scandal in 2012, which stripped him of his Tour de France medals.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2013 12:50 PM
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Muckraking Journalist Filmmaker Laura Poitras: Ahead of Surveillance Scandal, Making War on Terror Doc with Assange (VIDEO)

Mark Boal, move over. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is aggressively reporting the National Security Agency surveillance scandal in the international press at the same time that she is filming material for her documentary on the subject, which also includes the participation of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2013 1:07 AM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gibney Talks Manning and Assange, Stars of his 'WikiLeaks' Expose

Until recently, nobody knew who Bradley Manning was. Now he's all over the media, having pleaded guilty to ten charges (and not guilty to 12 others) before a Maryland military judge (see his leaked testimony here) for “misusing classified data,” the unlawful possession of classified material, exposing a cache of files, including videos, military logs and 250,000 State Department cables, and the transfer of this material to WikiLeaks. These charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. “The more I read the cables, the more I came to the conclusion that this was the type of information that should become public,” he told the judge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2013 12:14 PM
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HBO Signs Alex Gibney to Direct Sinatra Music Doc (CLIPS)

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.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 2:05 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gibney's 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,' Taut Chronicle of Assange-Manning Ordeal

Check out the taut new trailer for prolific documentarian Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," chronicling the incendiary non-profit organization, with particular emphasis on the 2010 leak of Baghdad airstrike footage by military intelligence officer Bradley Manning. The doc debuted at Sundance.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 21, 2013 2:13 PM
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Alex Gibney Reacts to Pope Resignation, Talks HBO's 'Mea Maxima Culpa,' Exposing Institutional Protector the Catholic Church UPDATED (VIDEO)

One of the villains in documentarian Alex Gibney's takedown of the Roman Catholic Church, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," is the Pope, who February 11 announced his plan to resign at age 85. Did his long-term role --as Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVI--in covering up pedophile priests contribute to this decision?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2013 2:07 PM
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Weekend Preview: Documentaries 'Sound City' and 'Koch' Best Bets, 'Warm Bodies' a Lively YA Installment

A number of documentaries hit the limited release circuit this weekend, including Neil Barsky's eerily timely "Koch," a clear-eyed portrait of the former NY mayor who just today passed away at the age of 88, and Dave Grohl's "Sound City," with interviews from a panoply of big names from rock history.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 1, 2013 2:16 PM
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Weekend Wrap: Newsweek Cover, 'Les Miserables' and 'Django' Last Push, Gibney on 'Zero Dark Thirty'

We wrap up breaking news stories from the weekend, from Alex Gibney on torture in "Zero Dark Thirty' and videos from 'Les Miserables" and 'Django Unchained" to the end of Newsweek and the Oklahoma Film Critics picks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 24, 2012 12:45 PM
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