Last year, the centerpiece band of James Murphy’s Brooklyn-based record label—DFA Records—called it quits, after three critically and increasingly commercially successful albums. People were upset! The band announced they’d be having one last show at Madison Square Garden before calling the whole thing off. The show sold out in two minutes, and people were extremely upset. The band then decided to have a four nights worth of shows at Terminal 5 before the final hurrah at the Garden, which was generally received to be nothing short of extraordinary. The end, it would seem, had finally come.
Not entirely, however.
Adding to the already long list of confusing and nonsensical plans for handing out the little statues from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today that documentaries would be considered for Oscar nomination only if they had been reviewed in The New York Times or The LA Times beforehand.
This may not be as terribly insane as it seems. (Though it does seem pretty random, not to mention biased: giving an outside organization the power to wield a nomination verdict conclusively is actually unheard of.) Despite the rise of DIY film making and festival showcases, it’s true that both Times do an admirable job reviewing most documentaries of note–one could make an argument that The New York Times actually skews towards the more esoteric form of film-making because traditionally documentaries have been considered “high-brow” films.
So this shouldn’t be a problem, right?
Professional car racing, like any dangerous sport, tends to attract people who are daring, confident and skilled. Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian Formula One driver who died at the age of 34 during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, was no different. Strikingly handsome, charming and ambitious, Senna makes for a captivating screen presence—an ill-fated Read More
The signs that this was not a typical press screening came early—a group of teens, screaming in the direction of cops guarding their barricade, held a sign reading that they’d been there since six. It was 6:02 when the Observer arrived at the Regal Cinemas in Times Square, and 6:03 when the Observer realized they Read More
Self-described premier global business TV channel CNBC today announced that it would be airing a documentary about Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. It’s called “Goldman Sachs: Power and Peril.”
CNBC says the hour-long special, hosted by David Faber, will probe Goldman’s “tightly knit corporate culture of extraordinarily driven professionals.” For Read More
This coming Sunday at 10 p.m., MSNBC will be airing an original, hour-long documentary, called Why Planes Crash: Brace For Impact, in which Lester Holt will investigate the myriad reasons—bird strikes, hijackings, running out of fuel, mechanical problems, engine failure, etc.—that result in pilots ditching their planes in frozen rivers and such.
As we Read More
How do you cater documentary programming to a male-skewing demographic?
Look no further than CNBC.
Not long ago, we read a piece in USA Today that pointed out how NBC Universal was targeting its Olympics coverage to various channel’s specific demographic bases. For example, female-skewing Oxygen was carrying equestrian events while male-skewing CNBC was carrying, Read More