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Stranger than fiction: The Most Shocking Documentaries Ever

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As Three Identical Strangers surprises audiences with its unlikely true story, here are other wild tales that became films

“Last weekend saw the US release of the new documentary Three Identical Strangers, a historical footnote too unlikely for anyone to have dreamt up. During the 80s, three young men named Robert Shaffran, Edward Galland, and David Kellman discovered that they were identical triplets separated at birth, and the story only got stranger from there. The films unlikely, yet entirely true, set of twists helped to turn it into another fact-based smash, boasting the years best per-screen average for a documentary to date.

Real life gives writerly invention a run for its money in this outlandish-but-true tale, but its far from the first documentary to wrestle factual events into the shape of a suspenseful mystery. Consider the following sampling of documentaries in which the truth is far stranger (or darker, or sadder) than fiction, and keep your wits about you:

The Overnighters

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions the North Dakota preacher Jay Reinke was doing a goodness when he opened the doors of his church to all those in need of shelter after the local oil boom dried up and affordable housing became scarce. But some unanticipated revelations in the films final minutes call Reinkes intentions into question. The rare film about a religious figure without necessarily being about religion, it takes a complicated moral inventory of the man at its center.

Capturing the Friedmans

Before he caught Robert Durst on the hot mic, Andrew Jarecki trained his focus on a subject just as lurid for this HBO TV movie. He was working on a short film about party clowns when he encountered David Silly Billy Friedman, a popular hire in the New York area for birthday parties. While researching Friedman, he stumbled into a morass of dysfunction the likes of which he couldnt have imagined: Davids brother…..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jul/03/stranger-than-fiction-the-most-shocking-documentaries-ever

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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman opens up about Hollywood racism in SAG speech

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“Chadwick Boseman is a superhero, and you’d better believe he gave a speech worthy of a superhero after Black Panther picked up the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture on Sunday.

“To be young, gifted, and black,” Boseman, who plays the lead role of T’Challa, said to the crowd. “We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured — yet you are young, gifted and black. We know what it’s like to be told, to say there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.

“And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew — not that we would be around during Awards season and that it would make a billion dollars — but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/black-panther-chadwick-boseman-sag-awards-speech/

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A complete guide to watching all 53 of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films

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May the bingeing commence!

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Alright, film buffs. It is go time.

“Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani took to the microphone Tuesday morning to announce the official nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While the races may be tight, one thing is clear: we have got a lot of watching to do before the big show on Feb. 24.

To help you dive into your marathon of 2018 cinematic excellence, we have compiled a list of all 53 nominated films with details on where and when you can watch them within the U.S. Of course, availability is subject to change.

Best picture nominees have been denoted with an asterisks (*) and short film availability has been explained at the end of the post. A quick heads up: As of right now, Showtime, STARZ, and Cinemax have none of the nominated films available — we checked.

Now, get started on that 4,601 minutes (aka a little under 77 hours) of viewing! Oh, yes. We checked that too.

Currently streaming

All of these films are ready to be streamed by you right now. Click a link to go directly to the film’s streaming page. Purchase or rental fees may apply………………………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/oscar-nominated-movies-2019-where-to-watch/

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Razzie nominations skewer ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ ‘Holmes & Watson,’ and the Trumps

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Smile and wave … just smile and wave.

“Entertainment’s most dishonorable honors are back and this time their public shaming is focused on the White House.

Mocking the worst of the worst in last year’s cinema, the 39th Annual Razzie Awards announced their nominees today with President Donald J. Trump notably front and center. Nominated for his “roles” in documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9 and Death of a Nation, Trump is in the running for 2018’s Worst Actor as well as half of 2018’s Worst Screen Combo. (The other half? “His Self Perpetuating Pettiness.”)

Also appearing in Fahrenheit 11/9, First Lady Melania Trump and Counselor for the White House Kellyanne Conway are going head-to-head for Worst Supporting Actress.

In more traditional Razzie fashion, box office flops The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, and Gotti — garnering six nominations a piece — are set to compete against Robin Hood and Winchester for Worst Picture.

The Razzie “winners” are due to be announced Feb. 23. Check out the official announcement as well as a complete list of nominees below.

Worst Picture
Gotti
The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Robin Hood
Winchester

Worst Actress
Jennifer Garner / Peppermint
Amber Heard / London Fields
Melissa McCarthy / The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren / Winchester
Amanda Seyfried / The Clapper ………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/2019-razzie-awards-nominations-list/

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