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HBO Sets New Episode of Adnan Syed Docuseries With “Exclusive Access” Before, After Release

HBO says it is in production on a new episode of its documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed following Syed’s release from prison this week. The new episode will be directed by Amy Berg, and will feature “exclusive access” to Syed “leading up to and following his release from prison,” HBO says. The new […]

HBO’s ‘Mind Over Murder’: TV Review

'One Child Nation' director Nanfu Wang looks at the aftermath of a horrible murder and unjust convictions in 1980s Nebraska as well as a recent play aimed at helping a town confront those wounds.

HBO’s ‘George Carlin’s American Dream’: TV Review

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio's four-hour documentary traces the evolution of George Carlin's career, from clean-cut establishment success to counterculture sensation to prescient truth-teller.

David Bowie Doc ‘Moonage Daydream’ Picked Up by Neon, HBO

Moonage Daydream, a nonfiction feature about the life and career of the late music icon David Bowie, has been picked up by Neon, Universal and HBO Documentary Films Neon will release the movie in the U.S., with Imax screenings expected for select markets. Meanwhile, Universal will release the movie internationally. HBO Docs holds both cable […]

‘Adrienne’: TV Review

'Waitress' writer-director and Hal Hartley star Adrienne Shelly's too-brief life gets HBO documentary treatment courtesy of her husband, Andy Ostroy.

HBO’s ‘Four Hours at the Capitol’: TV Review

It's only been 10 months since supporters of Donald Trump broke into the Capitol to protest the 2020 election, but if you've forgotten, Jamie Roberts has a documentary for you.

Alanis Morissette Criticizes HBO’s ‘Jagged’ Doc: “This Was Not the Story I Agreed to Tell”

Alanis Morissette says she will not be supporting Jagged, the HBO documentary that documents her rise to fame and the release of her seminal album “Jagged Little Pill.” In the statement provided to THR, Morissette says, “I was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing […]

Toronto: ‘Jagged’ Director on Alanis Morissette and Combing Through Archival Footage

“This is the first CD I ever bought,” says Alison Klayman holding up a worn copy of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, an album she has had since her pre-teens. “I have a vivid, visceral, emotional memory of lying on my twin bed with the album on the boombox and just poring over the lyrics […]

How the Sound Team Behind ‘Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ Revived Trio’s Music for the Present

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart relied on a huge amount of archival footage, including performances of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb that span decades. “They run the gamut from film transfers to camcorder stuff,” says supervising sound editor Jonathan Greber. “Most of it pretty bad fidelity, some of it really […]

Director Frank Marshall on Revisiting Bee Gees in HBO Doc: “Their Story Was One About Survival”

In HBO’s The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, director Frank Marshall follows Barry Gibb — the sole surviving member of the Bee Gees, the immensely popular trio that included his brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb ­— as he reflects on his family history and their ascent into pop stardom. (The trio’s […]

How ‘Tina’ Directors Found a New Way to Tell Tina Turner’s Story

From her rise to fame as half of the duo Ike & Tina Turner, to her escape from an abusive marriage and the struggle to establish herself as a solo artist, and on to a career comeback that saw her become one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, Tina Turner’s life story has […]

‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’ Filmmaker Jelani Cobb on the “Possibilities of Hope” Raised by 44th President’s Story

The new documentary Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union begins by transporting viewers back to Philadelphia’s Constitution Center in 2008, when the future 44th president of the United States confronted America’s concurrent issues with race head-on. Over the course of a 37-minute speech (to which the film’s title refers), then-candidate Barack Obama offered […]