FROM Alex Gibney
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Apple CEO Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. He was just 56. There was an outpouring of love and grief for the man in the black turtleneck that’s pretty unusual for a corporate executive. Jobs was revered for the universe of beautifully designed, game-changing technology he helped create. But a new documentary takes a slightly more jaundiced look at Jobs and his legacy in Silicon Valley.
‘Sundance Postcard’ Kim Masters has been to Sundance several times before, but this time, her visit to Park City had a unique element—she actually appeared in a film that was premiering at the festival. She shares her experience of watching herself as a talking head in the Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and going on stage of a Q&A following the screening. While there were security concerns about angry Scientologists showing up to protest the film, the event went off without a hitch. The only people upset were those ticket holders left standing outside the theater, unable to find a seat at the popular premiere.
Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall on 'The Armstrong Lie' Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall talk with Kim Masters about how they set out to make an uplifting film about Lance Armstrong's comeback ride in the 2009 Tour de France only to find that film too 'naive' to release. While in post production during 2010, Armstrong's former teammates went public with information about his doping. The filmmakers shelved the movie and waited. Then in October, 2012, the US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) released a detailed account of Armstrong's actions. The filmmakers then spent the better part of the last year recutting the first film called The Road Back and conducting new interviews -- including some with Lance Armstrong -- to make their new film, The Armstrong Lie .
Behind the Scenes of 'the Greatest Fraud' in Sports Alex Gibney is an Academy-Award winning director who was given unparalleled access to Lance Armstrong. His original project was a documentary film about the world-champion cyclist's training for an eighth Tour de France title after a four-year hiatus. Now a very different film is being released. As Gibney was preparing The Road Back, Armstrong's fellow cyclist, Floyd Landis, told ABC that Armstrong's career was based on illegal doping. After denying it for years, Armstrong finally confessed it all to Oprah Winfrey. The film now being released is The Armstrong Lie .
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.
Twists and turns on Capitol Hill What’s the political fallout over the GOP health care bill? The investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign also took another twist today. And, will Democrats filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?
Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud' Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.