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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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‘Dina’, ‘The Defiant Ones’ Top Ida Docu Awards – Complete Winners List

The 33rd annual Ida Documentary Awards named Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's Dina Best Feature, with HBO's The Defiant Ones nabbing the honor forBest Limited Series. Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie was named best short. The awards ceremony, hosted by actor/comedian Maz Jobrani, was held tonight at Los Angeles’ Paramount Theatre. Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin's La 92, PBS' Independent Lens, BBC's Planet Earth II, The New York Times Op-Docs, and Joel…
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‘Dina’, ‘The Defiant Ones’ Top Ida Docu Awards – Complete Winners List

‘Dina’, ‘The Defiant Ones’ Top Ida Docu Awards – Complete Winners List
The 33rd annual Ida Documentary Awards named Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's Dina Best Feature, with HBO's The Defiant Ones nabbing the honor forBest Limited Series. Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie was named best short. The awards ceremony, hosted by actor/comedian Maz Jobrani, was held tonight at Los Angeles’ Paramount Theatre. Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin's La 92, PBS' Independent Lens, BBC's Planet Earth II, The New York Times Op-Docs, and Joel…
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‘Dina’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association

‘Dina’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association
Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ documentary “Dina” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2017.

Laura Checkoway’s “Edith+Eddie” won for best short. Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s “La 92” won the ABC News VideoSource award and PBS’ “Independent Lens” won for best curated series. HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” won for best limited series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for best episodic series, “The New York Times Op-Docs” for best short form series, and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary award.

The 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards, hosted by Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani, took place Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood.

Dina” focuses on the unconventional love story between Dina Buno, an eccentric suburban woman, and Walmart door greeter Scott Levin. The couple has already decided to get married when the film begins, but their relationship
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Apple Releases 2017 Charts of Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps

Apple Releases 2017 Charts of Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps
Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release
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‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Trailer: BBC America’s Latest Docuseries Thrills With Stories Of Life Deep Underwater

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Trailer: BBC America’s Latest Docuseries Thrills With Stories Of Life Deep Underwater
AMC Networks will premiere “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” with a scheduling roadblock on all of its channels. The first episode of the seven-part series bows Saturday, Jan. 20, on BBC America, AMC, IFC, We TV and Sundance TV; after that, the remaining six episodes will run weekly on BBC America.

Blue Planet II” has already aired in the UK, where it is the highest-rated show of 2017. More than 14 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, making it the country’s most-watched natural history program in at least 15 years. “Blue Planet II” is also a massive hit in China, where it recently premiered.

Blue Planet II” will also debut in Canada on Jan. 20, on the BBC Earth Channel.

Read More:BBC America Orders Nature Series ‘Blue Planet II,’ Exploring the World’s Oceans

Like the recent hit “Planet Earth II,” “Blue Earth II” is presented by Sir David Attenborough and
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‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Trailer: BBC America’s Latest Docuseries Thrills With Stories Of Life Deep Underwater

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Trailer: BBC America’s Latest Docuseries Thrills With Stories Of Life Deep Underwater
AMC Networks will premiere “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” with a scheduling roadblock on all of its channels. The first episode of the seven-part series bows Saturday, Jan. 20, on BBC America, AMC, IFC, We TV and Sundance TV; after that, the remaining six episodes will run weekly on BBC America.

Blue Planet II” has already aired in the UK, where it is the highest-rated show of 2017. More than 14 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, making it the country’s most-watched natural history program in at least 15 years. “Blue Planet II” is also a massive hit in China, where it recently premiered.

Blue Planet II” will also debut in Canada on Jan. 20, on the BBC Earth Channel.

Read More:BBC America Orders Nature Series ‘Blue Planet II,’ Exploring the World’s Oceans

Like the recent hit “Planet Earth II,” “Blue Earth II” is presented by Sir David Attenborough and
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Watch Planet Earth II In 4K, As Our Planet Deserves

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If you just bought (or are about to buy) a new 4K TV and want to watch something that shows off that ultra HD or superior display, look no further. This Planet Earth II 4K Blu-ray is down to its lowest price ever of $28. Just be sure you have a 4K Blu-ray player, or, you know, and Xbox One S.

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in December, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in December, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “The Crown” Season 2 (available December 8)

Why Should I Watch It? “The Crown” is the new ruler of Netflix. With “House of Cards” on the outs (take that as you will), the streaming giant’s other big-time awards player is assuming, ahem, the crown. Peter Morgan’s historical drama may not be for everyone — period drama fans will swoon, while anyone looking for surprises will snooze — but it’s an unequivocally well-made show, with pristine production design and impeccable performances. Sure, you may wish for more corgis and less melodrama, but the stuffiness is largely overshadowed by astonishing grandeur. This will be a perennial awards player for the foreseeable future, so you may as well try it out.

Best Episode: Season 2 lacks an obvious standout — Season 1’s arguable choice would be the penultimate episode, “Assassins” — but I’d argue Episode 4 of Season 2, titled “Beryl,” is the best of the lot. Focusing on Princess Margaret,
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in December, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in December, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “The Crown” Season 2 (available December 8)

Why Should I Watch It? “The Crown” is the new ruler of Netflix. With “House of Cards” on the outs (take that as you will), the streaming giant’s other big-time awards player is assuming, ahem, the crown. Peter Morgan’s historical drama may not be for everyone — period drama fans will swoon, while anyone looking for surprises will snooze — but it’s an unequivocally well-made show, with pristine production design and impeccable performances. Sure, you may wish for more corgis and less melodrama, but the stuffiness is largely overshadowed by astonishing grandeur. This will be a perennial awards player for the foreseeable future, so you may as well try it out.

Best Episode: Season 2 lacks an obvious standout — Season 1’s arguable choice would be the penultimate episode, “Assassins” — but I’d argue Episode 4 of Season 2, titled “Beryl,” is the best of the lot. Focusing on Princess Margaret,
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Pirates of the Caribbean, Practical Magic and More Leaving Netflix in December 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean, Practical Magic and More Leaving Netflix in December 2017
Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. In addition to announcing which new movies and TV shows will become available for streaming in December—including Bright, Fuller House, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Planet Earth II and The Santa Clause—the company also announced which titles will be expiring in the next month. Here is the complete list of title removals: Dec. 1 All I Want for Christmas Bedazzled Black Snake Moan Compulsion Cousin Bette Hoffa La Viuda Negra: Season 1 Picture Perfect Practical Magic Rebelde Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 3 Super Size Me ...
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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Monday, November 20th

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon 4K TVs Tcl 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $649.99 2 new from $649.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Tcl 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $699.99 6 new from $699.99 1 used from $699.50 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping LG Electronics OLED55C7P 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Oled TV (2017 Model) $1,696.99 $2,197.00 11 new from $1,696.99 16 used from $1,400.02 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping
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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Sunday, November 19th

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Deals at Amazon Sony Ubp-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (2017 Model) $198.00 $299.99 11 new from $198.00 12 used from $129.00 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Planet Earth II (4K) [Blu-ray] $34.99 $49.79 10 new from $34.99 3 used from $39.59 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Oblivion [Blu-ray] $19.96 $29.98 21 new from $15.49 7 used from $13.39 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Lucy [Blu-ray] $19.96 $29.98 16 new from $17.95 14 used from $15.25 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Lone Survivor [4K Blu-ray] $19.86 $29.98 12 new from $15.19 20 used from $14.99 Buy Now Amazon.
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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Nominees Announced, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘The Keepers,’ and ‘The Vietnam War’

The International Documentary Association has announced its initial round of nominees for the 2017 Ida Documentary Awards, including special mentions and nods for limited series, curated series, episodic series, and more. Nominees for Best Feature and Best Short, and awards for creative recognition, will be announced on November 1. The Ida will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen’s “Watani: My Homeland” with the Pare Lorentz Award. Also receiving a special mention in the category is Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy.”

Other standouts from this first list of nominees include Bryan Fogel’s controversial “Icarus,” Ryan White’s Netflix series “The Keepers,” Ken Burns’ revelatory miniseries “The Vietnam War,” and many more of the year’s best in documentary offerings.

Read More:Joan Didion and Arthur Miller Get the Documentary Treatment From Family Members, And That Makes All the Difference — Nyff

The 33rd edition of the annual ceremony will take place Saturday, December
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Istanbul Stray Cats Film ‘Kedi’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Nominations

Istanbul Stray Cats Film ‘Kedi’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Nominations
The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca) and Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. (Btja) jointly announced the nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Monday.

Leading the nominations with four was “Kedi,” a Turkish chronicle of the stray cats of Istanbul directed by Ceyda Torun.

“The inaugural event last year was such a fantastic night, we cannot wait to celebrate the leading lights in the doc world at our second annual event,” said Bfca president Joey Berlin. “This is a golden age for documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television and we’re proud to help audiences find the best of the best.”

California Typewriter,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” and “Dawson City: Frozen Time” all picked up multiple nominations.

Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost” Trilogy, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) will receive the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.

One rule change of note this year: There is no longer a distinction between theatrical
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Here’s Where You Can Watch the Best TV of 2017

Here’s Where You Can Watch the Best TV of 2017
On the whole, 2017 hasn’t exactly been a stellar year, but TV is here to help.

The endless wave of new and old shows seems to show no signs of slowing down before the year is up. More doesn’t always mean better, but luckily this year in TV has had a pretty solid number of series that transcended previously unreached levels of quality or stayed as dependably great as ever.

Read More:Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade

So, in order to highlight the best that the year has had to offer, we’ve compiled a list of every series we’ve given an “A-” grade or higher in 2017, with excerpts from our reviews. And since you shouldn’t just take our word for it, we’ve included the places where those shows are currently available to stream. Catch up on the year
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Here’s Where You Can Watch the Best TV of 2017

Here’s Where You Can Watch the Best TV of 2017
On the whole, 2017 hasn’t exactly been a stellar year, but TV is here to help.

The endless wave of new and old shows seems to show no signs of slowing down before the year is up. More doesn’t always mean better, but luckily this year in TV has had a pretty solid number of series that transcended previously unreached levels of quality or stayed as dependably great as ever.

Read More:Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade

So, in order to highlight the best that the year has had to offer, we’ve compiled a list of every series we’ve given an “A-” grade or higher in 2017, with excerpts from our reviews. And since you shouldn’t just take our word for it, we’ve included the places where those shows are currently available to stream. Catch up on the year
See full article at Indiewire »

David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'

His sequel to The Blue Planet will focus not only on the marvels of sea life but also the threats to it. The naturalist explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologists

David Attenborough vividly remembers, nearly 80 years on, his first encounter with one of the worst scourges of the planet. He was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”

Attenborough lets the last word hang in the air, eyebrows and hands raised. Then the hands fall. “Now we dump thousands of tonnes of it,
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Here's the Complete List of 2017's Exciting Emmy Winners

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The 2017 Emmy nominations hinted at some spectacular actors and shows taking home important awards, and now a few of them have already won big. Alexis Bledel had an exciting win for The Handmaid's Tale, and American Horror Story: Roanoke's superb makeup effects were also acknowledged at the Creative Arts Emmys a few days before the big event. At the Emmys on Sunday night, actors like John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Laura Dern, and more snagged trophies for their incredible talents. In fact, the night included a number of historic wins, like Donald Glover's win for outstanding directing in a comedy series (he's the first black person to do so) and Lena Waithe's win for outstanding writing for a comedy series (she's the first black woman to take home the award). Take a look at all the winners below! Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Elisabeth Moss,
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