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For Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, Documentaries Are a Family Affair

For Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, Documentaries Are a Family Affair
A version of this story about Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard first appeared in the Documentaries issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Ron Howard had already spent about 35 years making scripted narrative films by the time he moved into documentaries in 2013 with “Made in America,” the first of three music-related docs that he would direct before turning to the aftermath of a deadly California wildfire in this year’s “Rebuilding Paradise.” His daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, meanwhile, worked as an actress for almost 15 years before recently turning to directing with episodes of “The Mandalorian” and with her “feature debut,” the documentary “Dads.”

With “Rebuilding Paradise” and “Dads” both in the running for this year’s awards, we got the two of them “together” — him in Connecticut, her in New York City — for some doc talk.

What is the appeal of the documentary form for both of you?

Bryce Dallas Howard For me,
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‘Apollo 13’ Viewer Calling It “More Hollywood Bullsh*t” Inspired Ron Howard To Do More Fact-Based Films

‘Apollo 13’ Viewer Calling It “More Hollywood Bullsh*t” Inspired Ron Howard To Do More Fact-Based Films
Ron Howard is an incredibly accomplished filmmaker. Let’s not forget that he’s won Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for his film, “A Beautiful Mind,” and is the filmmaker behind major blockbusters like “The Da Vinci Code,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Apollo 13.” However, it’s that latter film that might be the reason the filmmaker has ventured more into real-life stories over the years.

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Ron Howard Credits Interest in Fact-Based Films to an ‘Apollo 13’ Viewer Who Called Ending ‘Hollywood Bulls–‘

Ron Howard Credits Interest in Fact-Based Films to an ‘Apollo 13’ Viewer Who Called Ending ‘Hollywood Bulls–‘
Director Ron Howard has made four documentaries in the last seven years, but he’s a relative newcomer to the nonfiction format. By the time he made his first doc, he had directed 21 narrative features and had been acting, increasingly intermittently, for more than 50 years.

His first three docs were all focused on music: 2013’s “Made in America,” about Jay-Z’s music festival of the same name; 2016’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” about the Beatles’ days as a touring band; and 2019’s “Pavarotti,” about the operatic tenor. But his latest one, “Rebuilding Paradise,” isn’t showbizzy at all. Instead, it chronicles the Northern California town of Paradise as it tries to rebuild after the devastating 2018 California wildfires that destroyed most of the town.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and had its TV debut on the National Geographic Channel in November, follows a
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Ed Harris Turns 70 and Fans Are Celebrating the Westworld Star's Career

Ed Harris Turns 70 and Fans Are Celebrating the Westworld Star's Career
With Ed Harris turning 70, fans of the veteran actor are celebrating his greatest roles on social media. These days, Harris is well known for starring as the Man in Black on the hit HBO series Westworld, an Emmy-nominated role he will reprise in the show's upcoming fourth season. As he plays an older version of Jimmi Simpson's character, a Westworld fan account humorously acknowledged Harris' birthday by tweeting that the actor "has aged well," including side-by-side images of Harris and Simpson.

Happy 70th birthday to legend Ed Harris. He has aged well. #Westworldpic.twitter.com/3CxlNoePAg

Westworld Gifs (@WestworldGifs) November 28, 2020

Many other Westworld fans are also wishing Harris a happy 70th birthday with tribute posts of their own. Meanwhile, longtime fans of the actor are celebrating his career with images of him in some of his other memorable and iconic roles. That includes fans posting photos of the actor in the Western movie Appaloosa,
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Coronavirus Drama ‘The Second Wave’ Adds Phillipa Soo, Will Swenson, Leslie Uggams to Cast (TV News Roundup)

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Coronavirus Drama ‘The Second Wave’ Adds Phillipa Soo, Will Swenson, Leslie Uggams to Cast (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, coronavirus drama “The Second Wave” adds Phillipa Soo, Will Swenson and Leslie Uggams to its cast, and “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” unveiled the first four minutes of its upcoming special “Obsidian.”

Casting

CBS Studios and Spectrum Original’s coronavirus drama “The Second Wave” announced new casting updates with Will Swenson as a series regular and Phillipa Soo and Leslie Uggams as recurring guest stars. Swenson, best known for his work in musical theatre productions such as “Les Miserables” and “Hair,” will portray Brian Ritter, a thrill-seeking top photojournalist who is not looking forward to the upcoming citywide lockdown. Soo, known for playing the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the critically-acclaimed “Hamilton,” will portray Cyndi Estereo, a White House liaison to the CDC who will stop at nothing to conceal the truth. Tony Award-winning actor and singer Uggams, best known for her portrayal of
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Syfy Picks Up ‘The Movie Show’ Comedy Review Series & Sets Premiere Date – Watch The Teaser

Syfy Picks Up ‘The Movie Show’ Comedy Review Series & Sets Premiere Date – Watch The Teaser
Syfy has set Thanksgiving weekend for the premiere of new late-night comedy series The Movie Show, a fictional public access movie review show hosted by puppets Deb and Wade, voiced by Adam Dubowsky and Alex Stone.

The Movie Show will debut with two preview telecasts on at 11:35 p.m. Friday and Sunday Nov. 27 and 29, on Syfy. The 12-episode series officially will launch in its regular timeslot at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

Taped deep in the heart of Modesto, CA, The Movie Show features Deb and Wade, who have nothing in common other than their shared love of movies and that they’re puppets, as they dish out hot takes on films. The list includes the updcoming Wonder Woman 1984, Dune and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 as well as such classic fan favorites as Back to the Future, Jumanji and Apollo 13.

Fall Premiere Dates 2020: Here’s What’s
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Can Tom Hanks (‘News of the World’) earn his 7th Oscar nomination and first for Best Actor in nearly 2 decades?

Can Tom Hanks (‘News of the World’) earn his 7th Oscar nomination and first for Best Actor in nearly 2 decades?
Universal Pictures has set the release date for “News of the World” for December 25, officially launching the post-Civil War drama starring Tom Hanks into the Oscar race. (Watch the trailer.) The film reunites Hanks with his “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass and could become the vehicle that brings the two-time Academy Award winner his seventh acting nomination.

Hanks first broke through at the Oscars for playing Josh Baskin in the 1988 film “Big.” The fantasy comedy was directed by Penny Marshall and proved Hanks could be a major box office draw as well as a critical favorite. After losing his first bid to Dustin Hoffman for “Rainman,” Hanks waited five years to return to the Oscars. His portrayal of Andy Beckett in the legal drama “Philadelphia,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned Hanks his first win for Best Actor. The next year Hanks prevailed once more for his iconic role as the title character in “Forrest Gump.
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The Mandalorian Season 2 Director Confirms Apollo 13 Easter Egg in Latest Episode

The Mandalorian Season 2 Director Confirms Apollo 13 Easter Egg in Latest Episode
Sticking true to its tradition of hiding Easter Eggs where you would least suspect it, The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 3, "The Heiress" packed its own meaty share of references right off the bat. In fact, even the first 5 minutes of the chapter includes a fun reference to the renowned 1995 film Apollo 13, which only ardent fans would have noticed. One eagle-eyed viewer did catch onto the subtle Easter Egg. Disney+ series director Bryce Dallas Howard, who's dad Ron Howard directed the movie, wasted no time to congratulate him for his "nice catch!"

Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2's "The Heiress".

The Mandalorian Season 2 has been getting some heat from fans who found that it was going too slow given it had only eight episodes this season to give a substantial story. Its lukewarm pace had viewers worried that the showrunners would end up cramming every relevant story arc and haphazardly
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‘The Mandalorian’ Director Bryce Dallas Howard Confirms ‘Apollo 13’ Homage in Episode 3

‘The Mandalorian’ Director Bryce Dallas Howard Confirms ‘Apollo 13’ Homage in Episode 3
Well, it turns out that making great content set in outer space runs in the family. Director Bryce Dallas Howard confirmed she included an homage to Apollo 13, the 1995 movie directed by her dad Ron Howard, in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 3 "The Heiress." The latest episode of The Mandalorian marks Howard's return to the director's chair on the Disney+ series. Previously, Howard directed the Season 1 episode "Sanctuary." [caption id="attachment_948826" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney+/caption] For her latest directorial outing, it looks like Howard wanted to take a clever creative leap …
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‘The Astronauts’ Producers on Putting Kids in Peril in Space

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‘The Astronauts’ Producers on Putting Kids in Peril in Space
At a time when climate change is ravaging Earth and real-life interest in space organizations from NASA to SpaceX has been renewed, there is no shortage of television shows delivering interesting and informative takes on such travel. But while series such as Disney Plus’ “The Right Stuff” goes for the nostalgia play and Netflix’s “Away” contemplates the sacrifice made to leave family behind, it is Nickelodeon’s “The Astronauts” that delivers the truly unique picture of unequipped, untrained children accidentally being launched into space, now thrust together as a makeshift team to survive.

“We are being presented — especially in 2020 with all that’s happened — with portraying a future as a hopeful thing. I think people are really hungry for that — ‘if we all set aside our differences and work together toward a common goal, then we have a very bright and hopeful future,'” “The Astronauts” showrunner Daniel Knauf tells Variety.
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‘Hillbilly Elegy’: Amy Adams and Glenn Close Lift the Moving Netflix Oscar Contender

‘Hillbilly Elegy’: Amy Adams and Glenn Close Lift the Moving Netflix Oscar Contender
Adapted by Oscar nominee Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) from J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy” is exactly the sort of mainstream heart-tugger that many moviegoers and Oscar voters embrace. Ron Howard knows what he is doing. He’s been to the Oscar party many times, from “Apollo 13” to “Frost/Nixon” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which all featured actors in top form.

Howard’s stock-in-trade studio drama is harder to come by these days. Always a canny Hollywood player (with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer), Howard pivoted over the past decade to more indie-minded projects such as “Rush” and documentaries like “Rebuilding Paradise.”

Netflix backed “Hillbilly Elegy,” a resonant family story that will likely lure far more viewers than the movie might have generated in theaters, Covid or no. In fact, it’s likely that no studio would have backed this, even with two of the great
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‘Hillbilly Elegy’: Amy Adams and Glenn Close Lift the Moving Netflix Oscar Contender

‘Hillbilly Elegy’: Amy Adams and Glenn Close Lift the Moving Netflix Oscar Contender
Adapted by Oscar nominee Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) from J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy” is exactly the sort of mainstream heart-tugger that many moviegoers and Oscar voters embrace. Ron Howard knows what he is doing. He’s been to the Oscar party many times, from “Apollo 13” to “Frost/Nixon” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which all featured actors in top form.

Howard’s stock-in-trade studio drama is harder to come by these days. Always a canny Hollywood player (with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer), Howard pivoted over the past decade to more indie-minded projects such as “Rush” and documentaries like “Rebuilding Paradise.”

Netflix backed “Hillbilly Elegy,” a resonant family story that will likely lure far more viewers than the movie might have generated in theaters, Covid or no. In fact, it’s likely that no studio would have backed this, even with two of the great
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Ron Howard Returns To Space With The Astronauts For Nickelodeon

Ron Howard Returns To Space With The Astronauts For Nickelodeon
Since its inception in 1979, Nickelodeon has been forward thinking with its programming. Yet it took over 41 years for the network to go after the final frontier, a live action space travel show for kids. To make an ambitious show like that happen, they needed the right co-pilot, landing the director of Apollo 13, Ron Howard.

Howard serves as executive producer for The Astronauts, a new live-action kids series coming to Nickelodeon on Nov. 13. It’s the first kids series to come from Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company, Imagine Entertainment, which launched a new division in 2019 called Imagine Kids+Family, headed up by Stephanie Sperber. In early meetings between the network and production company, the prospect of doing a space show for kids was exciting to both parties.

“They said, ‘We don’t know quite how to do it, but maybe you guys do because you seem to like space,
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Ron Howard on ‘Rebuilding Paradise’: ‘There is an emotional safety net in unity’

Ron Howard on ‘Rebuilding Paradise’: ‘There is an emotional safety net in unity’
Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) is a strong contender at this year’s Academy Awards over in Best Documentary Feature for his well-received film “Rebuilding Paradise.” After premiering in January at Sundance, it was released theatrically in July, and will debut ad-free on National Geographic on November 8.

That is the second anniversary of the devastating Camp Fire that destroyed almost all of the picturesque town of Paradise, California and surrounding areas killing 85 people, destroying some 95% of the town’s structures including hospitals and schools, with losses of upwards of $16 billion.

Paradise, which is located in Northern California in Butte County, had a population of 26,500 before the Camp Fire, but only 2,900 lived there a year after firestorm. For Howard, “the year we spent watching what happened in Paradise was sort of a reminder that community adds up to something. We live in an increasingly complicated global society that challenges
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Stephen Colbert’s Simple Election Eve Plea: ‘We Gotta Dump This Loser’ Trump (Video)

Stephen Colbert’s Simple Election Eve Plea: ‘We Gotta Dump This Loser’ Trump (Video)
Stephen Colbert had a plainspoken Election Eve message for America on Monday’s episode of “The Late Show,” and unsurprisingly the overarching point: the country must dump Trump once and for all.

Or as he put it quite simply at the end of the 11-minute, 3-second monologue: “We gotta dump this loser.”

Earlier in the bit, Colbert took a moment to note that regardless of the anxiety that millions of Americans are feeling at this moment, he is actually the calmest he’s been in a long time.

“I’m the most relaxed I’ve been for months because, at 11:38 the night before the election, what ya gonna do?” I think we can officially say we’ve given Donald Trump a chance. Jared, you have 22 minutes to achieve Middle East peace,” Colbert said.

Colbert’s point was that it’s really not an exaggeration to say that democracy as
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Kevin Bacon Joins Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Fimmel in Thriller ‘One Way’

Kevin Bacon Joins Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Fimmel in Thriller ‘One Way’
Kevin Bacon is joining Travis Fimmel and Colson Baker, also known as recording artist Machine Gun Kelly, in the new action-thriller “One Way.”

Andrew Baird (“Zone 414”) is directing from a script by Ben Conway. Principal photography is set to begin in February in Los Angeles and Tulsa, Okla. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales at the upcoming American Film Market virtual market, which launches Nov. 9.

Bacon will portray the estranged father of Baker’s character, who goes on the run with a bag full of cash after a robbery of his former crime boss goes wrong. With a potentially fatal wound, he slips onto a bus headed into the unrelenting California desert. After a call for help, Bacon’s character betrays him by notifying the crime boss of his location.

“Kevin Bacon is one of the most talented and internationally recognizable actors of his generation,” said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser.
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Kevin Bacon Joins Action Thriller ‘One Way’ Opposite Colson Baker & Travis Fimmel – AFM

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Kevin Bacon Joins Action Thriller ‘One Way’ Opposite Colson Baker & Travis Fimmel – AFM
Exclusive: Kevin Bacon has come aboard Andrew Baird’s action thriller One Way, joining already announced cast Colson Baker and Travis Fimmel.

In One Way, Freddy (Baker) goes on the run with a bag full of cash after a robbery of his former crime boss goes wrong. With a potentially fatal wound, he slips onto a bus headed into the unrelenting California desert. After a call for help, Freddy’s estranged father (Bacon) betrays him, notifying the crime boss where he is. With his life slipping through his fingers, Freddy is left with very few choices to survive.

Production is expected to commence in February in Los Angeles and Tulsa, Ok. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales during the virtual AFM for the title, which is scripted by Ben Conway.

“Kevin Bacon is one of the most talented and internationally recognizable actors of his generation. We are thrilled that
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Can Regina King (‘One Night in Miami’) become the latest actor to receive an Oscar nomination for directing?

Can Regina King (‘One Night in Miami’) become the latest actor to receive an Oscar nomination for directing?
Since its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month, critics have been singing the praises for “One Night in Miami,” Regina King‘s feature directorial debut. The movie is scheduled to be released in select theaters on Christmas Day before debuting on Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 15. As of this writing, King is widely predicted to follow up her Oscar-winning performance in 2018’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” with a Best Director nomination, sitting in third place in our early odds.

Based on Kemp Powers‘ 2013 play of the same name, the film tells a fictionalized account of the night Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) defeated Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander) for the heavyweight title in February 1964, after which Clay gathers in a Miami hotel room with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Sam Cooke. The group celebrates the soon-to-be Muhammad Ali‘s upset victory, as well
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‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Trailer: Ron Howard Explores the Hardships of White People in Appalachia

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Trailer: Ron Howard Explores the Hardships of White People in Appalachia
Netflix has released the trailer for Ron Howard’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy. Based on the memoir by J.D. Vance, the film chronicles his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams) and how he was raised by his resilient grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close). To be blunt, I don’t think Ron Howard is a particularly good director. There are some flashes along the way like Apollo 13 and Rush, but most of the time he never finds the emotional throughline and creates a forgettable product. He won his Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, and no one really talks …
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‘The Right Stuff’: An Iconic Space Story That Never Takes Flight

‘The Right Stuff’: An Iconic Space Story That Never Takes Flight
In 1972, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner sent New Journalism titan Tom Wolfe to cover Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon. While researching the piece, Wolfe fell in love with the stories of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, and instead churned out a four-part series of articles titled “Post-Orbital Remorse,” which he then adapted into the 1979 book The Right Stuff, which in turn was adapted by Philip Kaufman into a 1983 movie, and this weekend becomes — kind of, sort of — a new streaming series for the National Geographic hub of Disney+.
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