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Parkland Shootings Spark 4 New Feature-Length Documentaries

Feb. 14 will mark two years since one of the most tragic school shootings in U.S. history, the day when a 19-year-old former student opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 and injuring 17 more.

That day and its aftermath have delivered a recent crush of content: Four feature-length documentaries are now in the unique position of competing for eyeballs and attention amid a nationwide gun-violence epidemic. The list is actually longer if you count previously released projects like HBO’s short film Song of Parkland; Charlie Minn’s Parkland: ...
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Inside ‘Us Kids’ Documentary: Why Parkland Survivors Want to Remind the World They’re Still Kids

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Inside ‘Us Kids’ Documentary: Why Parkland Survivors Want to Remind the World They’re Still Kids
After a 2018 mass shooting at a South Florida high school left 17 people dead and 17 more injured, Parkland students Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Jackie Corin found themselves at the forefront of a national conversation about gun control reform before they were even old enough to vote.

Two years after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the survivors are again grappling with the legacy of that terrible day, this time in “Us Kids,” a documentary by Kim A. Snyder (“Newtown”) that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Through the eyes of the young activists, “Us Kids” chronicles the global impact of their efforts over the 18 months that followed, including the March for Our Lives movement and the Road to Change tour to mobilize the youth vote during midterm elections.

“We’re looking forward to using this film as a tool to facilitate more conversations about gun violence prevention around
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DGA Awards: Sam Mendes Wins Best Director For ‘1917’; HBO Scores Four Wins To Top TV Side – The Complete Winners List

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DGA Awards: Sam Mendes Wins Best Director For ‘1917’; HBO Scores Four Wins To Top TV Side – The Complete Winners List
Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 scored its second major guild victory of the awards season Saturday at the 72nd annual DGA Awards, cementing his spot as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in Director and Best Picture by winning the marquee feature film award.

The victory in a category that included four of this year’s five Oscar Directing nominees — Bong Joon-Ho for Neon’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino for Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese for Netflix’s The Irishman — came after the Universal film produced and financed by Amblin Partners and New Republic scored the top prize at the PGA Awards a week ago.

‘I want to tell a quick story I’ve never told before,” Mendes, who won this award in 1999 for American Beauty, said onstage at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me
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The Kids Are All Right: Sundance Docs Showcase Inspiring Young People

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival four documentaries spotlight adolescents who inspire change while also holding a mirror up to a society that provoked their pain and path to resistance.

In Kim Snyder’s “Us Kids” the director focuses her lens on a handful of teenagers who survived the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. which claimed 17 lives. The docu examines the lasting trauma of gun violence while also chronicling determined young survivors who speak out against the national gun-violence epidemic and develop the March For Our Lives movement.

Snyder, who directed the 2016 doc “Newtown” about Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, as well as the 2018 nonfiction short “Notes from Dunblane: Lesson from a School Shooting,” had no intention of making another film about gun violence.

“I was very weirdly and karmically in Florida the week of the (Parkland) shooting,” recalls Snyder. “Within days
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Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke’s ‘Adverse’ Opens Fantasporto Festival

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Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke’s ‘Adverse’ Opens Fantasporto Festival
In today’s film news roundup, a Mickey Rourke crime drama will premiere in Portugal, a film about the Purdue Pharma scandal is in the works and the documentary “After Parkland” will be shown at 100 locations on the second anniversary of the Parkland shootings.

Festival Opener

The world premiere of Mickey Rourke’s crime drama “Adverse” will take place on Feb. 28 as the opening film of the 40th Fantasporto Oporto Film Festival in Portugal — the country’s largest film festival.

Rourke stars as an underworld boss who hires a rideshare driver, porotrayed by Thomas Nicholas, whose younger sister is in debt to a dangerous crime syndicate. “Adverse” also stars Penelope Ann Miller, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin and Kelly Arjen.

Adverse” is directed by Brian A. Metcalf from his own script. The film is produced by Metcalf, Nicholas, Arjen and executive produced by Scott Katzman, Lise Romanoff, Sergio Rizzuto and Ben Chan.
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How ‘After Parkland’ Directors Managed to Ask ‘Difficult Questions’ of Shooting Survivors

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Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman were already well versed in covering mass shootings around the country by the time they made it to Parkland, Florida. But in talking with the students and the families who had lived through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, they could tell the members of this community were ready to speak out about something more.

Taguchi and Lefferman are both producers on ABC’s “Nightline,” but for their documentary “After Parkland,” they go beyond the breaking news heartbreak and got intimate access to families at the center of the tragedy who were still there long after the other news crews had left.

“We’ve gone to these communities in those awful moments and maybe felt some guilt, as many in the media do, that you descend on a community, and you’re there, and then the story moves on, and the nation sort of forgets.
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‘After Parkland’, Awards-Contending Doc On “Incredibly Traumatic” High School Shooting, Opens Today

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‘After Parkland’, Awards-Contending Doc On “Incredibly Traumatic” High School Shooting, Opens Today
Nightline producers Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi keep a bag packed at all times, ready to respond to breaking news. This being the United States, where mass shootings occur with alarming frequency, their destination is often a major crime scene. Like Pittsburgh in October 2018, site of a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue that left 11 dead, or El Paso, Texas earlier this year where a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart.

“In all of these situations we have that really difficult job of having to go into a community in one of their hardest, darkest moments,” Lefferman tells Deadline. “And then…the news cycle moves on. People forget, but for that community the wounds of what happened really stay forever.”

On Valentine’s Day 2018 news broke of a devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Once on the ground, Lefferman and Taguchi met with teenagers
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‘After Parkland’ Film Review: Documentary Follows Activists Forged in Tragedy

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‘After Parkland’ Film Review: Documentary Follows Activists Forged in Tragedy
School shootings happen with such regularity in America now that they barely get reported, or if they are reported, they are swiftly forgotten.

That has not been the case with the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which happened on Valentine’s Day of 2018, because some of the survivors — notably David Hogg and Emma González — led protests and put themselves forward to the media as the faces of a new generation who were not going to settle for “thoughts and prayers” for a day.

After Parkland” is a documentary that follows several of the survivors of the shooting. Filmmakers Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi were given access to Hogg and his family, but González is only seen at a rally in Washington, D.C. where she reads out all 17 of the victim’s names. She says something personal about all of them before stopping and remaining silent for six minutes,
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Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi (‘After Parkland’ directors): Doc about school shootings hopes to ‘get people focused on solutions’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi (‘After Parkland’ directors): Doc about school shootings hopes to ‘get people focused on solutions’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was certainly a story that wasn’t going away and the community wasn’t letting the nation forget what happened,” explains Jake Lefferman about the heartbreaking new documentary “After Parkland.” The ABC Documentaries film, co-directed by Emily Taguchi, explores the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which killed seventeen people and became the deadliest school shooting in American history. In our exclusive interview (watch the video above), Lefferman and Taguchi explain the film’s impact as well as their approach to capturing the devastating impact of the tragedy on the survivors and the victims’ families.

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The film focuses on the grief of the victims’ families, particularly the parents of several murdered students. Taguchi says that her goal was to be as respectful as possible to the families as they mourned the loss of their children. “I
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Late Night Execs and Content Producers Among Variety’s New Leaders in TV

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Every year, Variety seeks to identify the next generation of leaders in the entertainment business, looking for representatives in the creative community, film, TV, music and digital. This year’s group has a heavy New York focus: We selected executives from forward thinking companies such as Spotify, Group Nine and Endeavor Audio, as well as writers and producers in late night comedy, plus agents and managers who help put the deals together that keep the entertainment business humming.

Steven Baker

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Baker joined ABC’s “Nightline” as a production assistant in 2005, moving up through the ranks before being named the news program’s youngest executive producer in 2017, producing all of Barbara Walters’ “Nightline” specials along the way. Last year he exec-produced the doc special “For Our Lives: Parkland,” as well as ABC’s first Disney Pride speaker series. “After Parkland,” which he also produced, premiered at Tribeca in April. “I
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Will Smith Returns to Netflix After ‘Bright’ Success to Star as Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in ‘The Council’

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Will Smith Returns to Netflix After ‘Bright’ Success to Star as Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in ‘The Council’
Will Smith has signed on to star in and produce Netflix’s upcoming film “The Council,” the fact-based story of of Nicky Barnes, who led a New York City crime syndicate that ruled Harlem in the ’70s and ’80s. While Barnes has been a secondary character in films before, the new film will be the first to focus squarely on the man and his criminal enterprise. The screenplay was written by journalist and veteran of the biopic genre Peter Landesman. He wrote and directed 2015’s “Concussion,” which stars Smith as a doctor who fights against the NFL over his research on traumatic brain injury, the 2013 post-Kennedy-assassination tale “Parkland,” and Watergate drama “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.”

Per the film’s official synopsis, “‘The Council’ is the never-before told story of a crime syndicate consisting of seven African-American men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early 80s.
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Will Smith to Portray American Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in Netflix Film ‘The Council’

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Will Smith to Portray American Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in Netflix Film ‘The Council’
Will Smith is trading in his family-friendly aura and big blockbuster stardom to portray American crime boss Nicky Barnes in a biopic for Netflix called “The Council.”

Peter Landesman is writing the script for the film, which tells the untold story of a crime syndicate consisting of the seven black men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early ’80s.

This crime syndicate, as spelled out in the film’s logline, was made up of men who dreamed of a self-sufficient and self-policing African American city-state, funded by revolutionizing the drug game.

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“The Council” will center on the syndicate’s head, Nicky Barnes, who was dubbed by the New York Times as “Mr. Untouchable.” The film will focus on the Shakespearean court intrigue between Barnes and all
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Duff McKagan Mixes Guns N’ Roses Deep Cuts, New Solo Songs at Tour Kickoff

Duff McKagan Mixes Guns N’ Roses Deep Cuts, New Solo Songs at Tour Kickoff
Here’s a shocker: Duff McKagan’s new solo album Tenderness, out today, is more country sounding than some mainstream Nashville releases joining it on record-store shelves. The Guns N’ Roses bassist embraced that rootsy, even twangy, vibe wholeheartedly when he kicked off his solo tour at Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts on Thursday night.

Backed by Shooter Jennings, who produced Tenderness, and Jennings’ four-piece band, including fiddle player Aubrey Richmond, McKagan recreated the woke 11-song LP in its entirety and rewarded Gnr diehards with Use Your Illusion I deep cuts.
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Duff McKagan Gets Woke and It Works on New Solo Album ‘Tenderness’

Duff McKagan Gets Woke and It Works on New Solo Album ‘Tenderness’
Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses’ second-best singer (or is it third-best? where’s Izzy?), gets woke on his mellow new solo album. Amid twanging steel guitars, gospel backup singers and fiddle filigrees, he variously addresses America’s opioid epidemic, school shootings, sexual assault, homelessness and his own transgressions, but it never feels too corny or cloying since there’s always sincerity in his voice. It’s music of conscience, heavy songs with a light touch.

His secret weapon here is producer Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon), who helped him assemble
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Writers Slam Guild’s ‘Belligerent’ Tactics in Agency Battle: ‘You Cannot Coerce Solidarity’

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With the Writers Guild of America locked in a bitter standoff with Hollywood agents, three high-profile screenwriters have slammed the severity of the WGA’s tactics.

The letter, addressed to WGA leaders, was written by Brandon Camp, Peter Landesman and Phyllis Nagy. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents saw talks crater on April 12 over efforts to revamp the 43-year-old rules governing how agents represent WGA members. No new talks are scheduled.

“We are writing to you because we are torn,” Camp, Landesman and Nagy said. “On the one hand, we agree TV packaging has gotten out of hand. On the other, we have serious qualms about the Guild’s tactics in righting this situation. Its methodology has seemed belligerent at times. Meanwhile, leadership’s tone toward its own members has seemed outright threatening, especially toward those who have chosen to dissent from the path you are on.”

The
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Hear Duff McKagan Blast Clickbait on Folky New Song ‘Chip Away’

Hear Duff McKagan Blast Clickbait on Folky New Song ‘Chip Away’
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan blasts clickbait and media sensationalism on his folky new song “Chip Away.” “Talking heads are making dollars/It’s like doing crack day after day,” he sings over acoustic strums and back-porch violin, later throwing out a reference to the Flat Earth movement (“I hear it often nowadays/The Earth is flat or so they say”).

“‘Chip Away’ is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas…all for the almighty dollar,” McKagan said in a statement. “The song also highlights the
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‘Grimm’ Alum Elizabeth Tulloch Cast as Lois Lane on CW’s ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover

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‘Grimm’ Alum Elizabeth Tulloch Cast as Lois Lane on CW’s ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover
Grimm” alum Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as Lois Lane in The CW’s annual “Arrowverse” crossover event.

Last month, it was revealed the intrepid Daily Planet reporter would make her debut during the network’s annual event this December.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Lois Lane to the Arrowverse,” said “Supergirl” executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner in a statement provided to TheWrap at the time. “This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman and amazing addition to our universe of DC characters.”

Also Read: The CW's 'Arrowverse' Crossover Will Introduce Lois Lane, Bring Back Tyler Hoechlin's Superman

The crossover will serve as the introduction of Ruby Rose’s out Batwoman and the return of Tyler Hoechlin, who will reprise his role as Superman for all three episodes of the three-night event, which begins Dec. 9. Hoechlin’s Superman,
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Elizabeth Tulloch to Play Lois Lane in CW’s ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover

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Elizabeth Tulloch to Play Lois Lane in CW’s ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover
Grimm” alum Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as Lois Lane in this year’s “Arrowverse” crossover event on The CW.

Tulloch most recently starred in the NBC series “Grimm” throughout the show’s six season run. On the film side, her credits include “Concussion” with Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, “Parkland” opposite Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton, and the Academy Award-winning silent film, ‘The Artist.” Along with “Grimm,” her television credits include “Quarterlife,” “Portlandia,” “House,” and “The West Wing.”

She is repped by ICM, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Stone Genow.

News that iconic DC comics character Lois Lane would be joining the CW’s annual superhero crossover first broke in August with the announcement that Tyler Hoechlin would return as Superman.

Tulloch is now the latest actress to play Lane on television. Others include Teri Hatcher in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Erica Durance on “Smallville.
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Producer Matt Jackson Launches Jackson Pictures, Sets First-Look Deal With eOne

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Veteran producer Matt Jackson, whose credits include Molly’s Game and Southside with You, has launched Jackson Pictures and secured a first-look deal with eOne.

Jackson was an executive at several production companies over his long career and was president of production at Im Global when he was named head of film production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company in 2016. Mgc was acquired by eOne in January and the latter company’s Joanne Lee is joining Jackson Pictures as vp.

“Matt is a talented executive who helped us build a diverse slate of films at a critical point in The Mark Gordon Company’s trajectory before we were fully acquired by eOne,” said Mark Gordon, now Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer of Film, Television and Digital. “I appreciate his contributions and look forward to working alongside him as an independent producer on future films.”

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9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)

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9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)
Jackie Kennedy has been a favorite role for actresses the past half-century. Click on to see who’s donned the pink suit and pillbox hat to play one of America’s most famous First Ladies.

The real Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) was born Jacqueline Bouvier and married the future President Kennedy in 1953, 10 years before he was assassinated in Dallas.

Divine “Eat Your Makeup” (1968).

Yes, the drag queen later famous for John Waters movies such as “Hairspray” impersonated Jackie in this tasteless reenactment of the JFK assassination, from Waters’ first 16 mm short.

Jacqueline Bisset

The Greek Tycoon” (1978).

This drama was loosely based on the former First Lady’s relationship with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

Blair Brown

“Kennedy” (1983).

This NBC miniseries starring Martin Sheen as the title character was pegged to the 20th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

Stephanie Romanov

Thirteen Days” (2000).

This political thriller about the Cuban missile crisis starred Kevin Costner
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