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HBO Nabs TV Rights to Whoopi Goldberg's Directorial Debut, Documentary 'Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2013 at 2:32PM

HBO has acquired all US broadcast and home video rights to Whoopi Goldberg's directorial debut, "Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You," a feature-length documentary about the iconic stand-up comedienne of the title. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.
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"Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You"
"Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You"

HBO has acquired all US broadcast and home video rights to Whoopi Goldberg's directorial debut, "Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You," a feature-length documentary about the iconic stand-up comedienne of the title. The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

African-American Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975) broke boundaries in the world of stand-up comedy by tackling topics such as gender, sex and racism, making her one of the first triple X-rated performers on the comedy circuit. Goldberg explores Mabley's legacy and historical significance through recently unearthed photographs, performance footage and new interviews from numerous celebrated comedians, entertainers and historians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sydney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones.

The documentary will debut exclusively on HBO later this year.

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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.