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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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Scandal Pushes Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong Doc, Biopics Back to Front Burner

Hollywood loves a scandal. Stalled interest in disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is rumbling back to life on the heels of recent revelations. Now that the cancer survivor hero has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, his massive doping scheme has bolstered new interest in his story.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 25, 2012 2:52 PM
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Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Uncovered: Thomas McCarthy's Secret Project, Gibney's 'Mea Maxima Culpa' at Film Forum

Director Tom McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor," "The Station Agent") and "The West Wing" scribe Josh Singer have signed on for Anonymous Content's film about the journalist who exposed the Catholic Church's longterm cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2012 5:03 AM
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TIFF TRAILER WATCH: Alex Gibney's Stylish, Haunting 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' Hits the Vatican Hard

Check out the haunting trailer for Alex Gibney's Vatican exposé "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," premiering at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2012 1:37 PM
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Alex Gibney's Expanding Jigsaw Productions Adds Staff

With new backing from John Schmidt's Content Media, Alex Gibney's expanding New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions has added Stacey Offman as VP of Development & Production and Dave Snyder as VP of Development.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2012 1:08 PM
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Documentarian Alex Gibney Gets Infusion from Content Media to Make More Diverse Movies

Congrats to doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Gonzo," "Magic Trip"), who has obtained an infusion of cash from John Schmidt's Content Media, which has acquired half of Jigsaw Productions. Gibney wants to add staff and expand into more areas in film and television, including episodic television and features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 8:31 PM
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