Music doc “Two Trains Runnin’ ” captures the 1964 collision of blues and civil rights

Music doc “Two Trains Runnin’ ” captures the 1964 collision of blues and civil rights

Source:  Los Angeles Times

Delta blues, as personified by giants like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, was a rolling wail of intensely personal music. Sam Pollard’s energetic, trenchant documentary “Two Trains Runnin’ ” spotlights a time when this beating heart of African American culture underscored a curious crossroads of the civil rights movement.

The doc tells the story of how two separate groups of white blues nerds — one led by MIT student Phil Spiro and journalist Dick Waterman, another from the West Coast spearheaded by guitarist Jeff Fahey — ventured, unbeknownst to each other, into the same region of Mississippi at the same time, in the summer of 1964.

They hoped to find, and lure back into performing, “lost” country blues legends Son House and Skip James, respectively.

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A “Freaks And Geeks” documentary is coming to A&E next year

A “Freaks And Geeks” documentary is coming to A&E next year

Source:  A.V. Club

In the 17 years since it ended, “Freaks And Geeks” has inspired the kind of passionate following that might have been lovingly sent up on the show—that is, if there were more dice involved.

Fans regularly stream the full series on Netflix, and there are any number of features on its short-lived greatness.

And yet, we’ve never gotten much of a behind-the-scenes look at Paul Feig’s show, which ran on NBC for a single season.

That oversight is about to be remedied by Morgan Spurlock, who will include the cult classic in his upcoming A&E docuseries “CultureShock.”

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is now streaming on Netflix along with a documentary about the real beast behind the fairy tale

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is now streaming on Netflix along with a documentary about the real beast behind the fairy tale

Source:  Celebrity Insider

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is now streaming on Netflix. While many children wil enjoy the family movie, there’s another movie currently streaming on Netflix that might be of interest to adults.

It’s a documentary titled “The Real Beauty and the Beast,’ and it’s about a man named Petrus Gonsalvus who in the 1500’s is believed to have suffered from hypertrichosis, a condition that causes hair to grow all over a person’s body.

It’s believed Petrus Gonsalvus was the inspiration behind the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

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Netflix acquires documentary about Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”

Netflix acquires documentary about Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”

Source:  Pitchfork

Netflix has acquired a new documentary about Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman’s 1999 film “Man on the Moon.”

“Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond—Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton,” directed by Chris Smith, is culled from 100 hours of footage taken on the set of the film and illustrates Carrey’s intense method performance as Kaufman.

On set, he was referred to as “Andy” (or, when he appeared as Clifton, “Tony”). Carrey said he even remained in character as Kaufman during a two-hour phone call with director Ron Howard about their film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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New Lady Gaga documentary “Five Foot Two” is now available on Netflix

New Lady Gaga documentary “Five Foot Two” is now available on Netflix

Source:  Entertainment Tonight

Lady Gaga lays it all bare in her new documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” now streaming on Netflix.

During the one-hour forty-minute runtime, Gaga tackles a myriad of tough subjects including the struggles in her love life, her public feud with Madonna, and the challenges she’s faced as a woman in the music business.

Preparations for Gaga’s 2016 album, “Joanne,” and her Super Bowl halftime performance serve as the threads tying the doc together as cameras follow Gaga through celebrations, breakdowns and everything in between.

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“20 Feet from Stardom” director Morgan Neville shares how he got his start

“20 Feet from Stardom” director Morgan Neville shares how he got his start

Source:  Peninsula Daily News

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville found his life’s work at a young age.

Neville, Academy Award winner for “20 Feet from Stardom,” was interviewed by actress and educator Akuyoe Graham at Port Townsend High School in Washington on Friday. He was a special guest at the Port Townsend Film Festival.

“The seeds of everything I do now started in high school, if not before,” said Neville, a film producer, director and writer based in Los Angeles who has produced more than 50 films.

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