Sporting a black t-shirt proudly proclaiming "Live 2 Break," a group of grinning boys form a slightly jagged circle inside a dusty yard on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda's capital.
"The Imposter," like "Capturing the Friedmans" or "Tabloid," is the documentary equivalent of a page-turner. It tells a true story that is so oh wow! unbelievable, so deeply, compellingly stranger than fiction, that you don't so much watch the film as get addicted to it.
For years, Kurt Sutter has told stories of criminal activity -- first as a writer for "The Shield" and then as the creator of FX's wildly popular "Sons of Anarchy," a dramatized version of an outlaw biker gang in California.
The winners of the 2012 Webby Awards were announced on Tuesday,
EW has confirmed that producers Mike Tollin ("Varsity Blues," "Coach Carter") and Glenn Rigberg ("Struck By Lightning") have obtained the rights to make a feature film biopic about Henry "Hank" Aaron, the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth's decades-long career home-run record on April 8, 1974.
The Syrian government is trying to "systematically dismantle" the anti-regime "citizen journalist network" and have seized a key player in the operation, activists told CNN Saturday.
Representing "a new kind of authentic action genre," according to co-director Mike "Mouse" McCoy, or if you prefer, the same old, same old wearing a bright, shining sales gimmick, "Act of Valor" is the latest co-production between Hollywood and the U.S. military. Such partnerships are a propagandistic tradition that go back at least as far as John Wayne and "The Sands of Iwo Jima."
The silent, black-and-white film "The Artist" took top honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, garnering five Oscars for best picture, best directing, best costume design, best original music score and best actor.
The remake of the movie "Sparkle" seemed tailor-made for Whitney Houston.
In one of her final interviews, Whitney Houston discusses motherhood and her role in the upcoming remake of "Sparkle."
Syria's government blamed an "armed terrorist group" for the mortar attack it said killed an award-winning French journalist and eight Syrians in the strife-torn city of Homs on Wednesday.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its 10 nominees for Best Picture of the Year, and along with expected contenders like "The Artist," "War Horse," "The Descendants," "The Help," and "Hugo" were two minor surprises: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Ides of March."
A 10-year-old boy, his face still innocent, abducted from his village and forced to kill alongside ruthless militia fighters. A 60-year-old grandmother too ashamed of the injuries caused by a brutal rape to leave her house for five months, even though her wounds worsened. A girl who reminded me of my own daughter, bridging the years between youth and womanhood, who had been dragged into a forest near her house by a group of men and raped, over and over again.
The ordeal of Gulnaz did not simply begin and end with the physical attack of her rape. The rape began a years-long nightmare of further pain, culminating in an awful choice she must now make.
At 6'3" and 277 pounds, Darryl Roberts had a body mass index of 34.6. Anything over 30.0 on the BMI scale is considered obese, and his doctor warned him that his blood pressure was too high.
They don't call it being "sent to Siberia" for nothing.
VICE goes to Russia where a new drug called krokodil is gaining popularity, and its effects on addicts are devastating.
Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks with CNN about her new documentary, "Connected," that explores our wired culture.
They were the first team in 19 years to repeat as NCAA men's basketball champions and the April 13, 1992 cover of Sports Illustrated summed up the state of Duke basketball at the time with a succinct headline:
Iran's intelligence minister said Sunday his government has found "important information" in light of the recent arrests of six documentary filmmakers that it claims worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation -- a company he said is devoted to "political intelligence" -- state-run media reported.
If you don't know Chuck Wepner's claim to fame, you will in a hurry after you enter his small apartment in this gritty North Jersey city on the Hudson River.
Iran has detained six documentary filmmakers on accusations that they worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation's Persian service, activists said on Monday.
Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha looks at a village that staged a nonviolent protest to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
If you've spent any time at all following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict these past few years, you've probably run into a lot of bad news.
24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz premieres Sat., Aug., 27 only on HBO. It all leads up to their live fight on Sat., Sept. 17
That Bernie Madoff was a crook of virtually unheard of proportions is clear. That he defrauded tens of thousands of individual investors, charities and other institutions that will never get their money back is a matter of public record.
The band opens up about "the good, the bad and the ugly" in their last interview before meltdown
Paying cash for information. Digging up dirt on celebrities. Skirting ethical questions in pursuit of a scoop.
Motherboard.tv turns the cameras on director Errol Morris to discuss his latest documentary "Tabloid."
There are plenty of things that make "Tabloid" newsworthy -- sex, Mormons, kidnapping, cloning -- but it was by total chance that Errol Morris' documentary opened in theaters just as the tabloid-worthy British hacking scandal was descending upon a slice of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid empire.
Raw video clips of Michael Jackson's last rehearsals will not be shown in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the late pop singer's personal physician, the judge ruled Monday.
If "Can I kick it?" provokes an almost involuntary "Yes, you can!" and "You're on point, Phife" brings "All the time, Tip," then you're in the right place.
During an appearance on "Live With Regis and Kelly," superstar and best friend to fighting robots everywhere Shia LaBeouf admitted that he is directing a documentary about shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.
Those expecting a garden-variety performance doc, i.e., entertaining performances peppered with amusing backstage clips and antics will get significantly more (and less) than they bargained for in Rodman Flender's revealing and thoroughly entertaining "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop."
A new film documents the weeks following Conan O'Brien's public firing from NBC's "Tonight Show."
When Ahmed Ahmed, an Egyptian-American stand-up comic, started doing comedy tours of the Middle East his friends in the U.S. assumed he was performing at military bases.
It's a country known for its stunning safari landscapes, long beaches and towering Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nearly five months after signing off from MSNBC, left-wing news personality Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves Monday with the relaunch of his signature "Countdown" show on Current TV.
Documentaries are often unfairly saddled with the same "good for you" baggage that, as children, we ran from as fast as our little legs would carry us. That a film can be both entertaining and informative is a concept often ignored at the multiplex, and the idea that documentaries are just as much "real" movies as dramas, comedies and war films is often derided.
A documentary filmmaker who followed Osama bin Laden's jihad against the Soviets in the mountains of Afghanistan during the 1980s said he once warned the world's most-wanted terrorist against attacking civilians.
A filmmaker tells Nima Elbagir how he shot Osama bin Laden's jihad in Afghanistan but warned him on civilian attacks.
MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have been called one of the best public service campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy. However, some critics have criticized the shows for "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.
More than one million people are expected in Rome this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the biggest event in Vatican City since his death six years ago.
With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing.
A few years ago, Morgan Spurlock was watching a season premiere episode of "Heroes." In it, a cheerleader, played by Hayden Panettiere, meets her father as she walks out of her new school and heads toward the parking lot.
Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") has this habit of making documentaries that come hidden in the Trojan horse of silly and then stab at your conscience. If you still have one.
The ship carrying the bodies of a U.S. and a British journalist killed Wednesday in Misrata reached port Thursday night in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Award-winning photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed while documenting the violence in Libya
Peter Bergen reflects on the life of his friend Tim Hetherington who was killed Wednesday in Libya.
The first words that were used to describe Tim by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest."
"I have been in a healing recovery process since 2003," Wynonna tells PEOPLE
Untouched for 20,000 years, the awe-inspiring Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave in Southern France is now brought to life in 3D by visionary German director Werner Herzog.
A clip from Picturehouse Entertainment's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
Reprinted from EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg with permission from Portfolio a member of The Penguin Group USA (Inc). Copyright (c) Zack O'Malley Greenburg 2011.
When "GasLand," a documentary which details the environmental impact of a process called "fracking," came out, it created a public relations nightmare for the natural gas industry.
One of this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries emerged from the middle of a landfill. The world's biggest garbage dump, in fact.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are counting down the hours to hosting the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
At its home in a beautiful 19th century building in the center of Berlin, C/O Berlin photography gallery attracts 200,000 visitors a year to see exhibitions from the likes of Annie Leibovitz.
In a 1998 interview, Bud Greenspan talks about making documentaries out of the Olympic experience.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail Tuesday, however, Swedish prosecutors immediately filed an appeal.
CNN's Patrick Oppmann speaks with a woman trying to show how technology and social media isolate people.
People walking by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows surrounding Cristin Norine could be excused for thinking that she is working in an office alone or lives in a ground-level apartment in dire need of drapes.
It's one of the great questions of our age: What to do with nuclear waste?
Below is an excerpt from Soledad O'Brien's memoir "The Next Big Story," published November 2 by Penguin Books. The story begins in 2006, just after she has obtained exclusive access to Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers and has reported on them for CNN's American Morning.
CNN's Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker analyze President Obama's news conference following the midterm "shellacking."
Eliot Spitzer has every reason in the world not to want to talk about it.
It would be churlish not to recognize that the new documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" is a well-intentioned cry for reform in American public education. Director Davis Guggenheim, who won a 2007 Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," even performs political magic: "Superman" is a lefty's screed that right-wingers have lauded. Almost every reviewer loved it. I did, too, but on reflection I've got a beef.
An American-born man accused of posting an online attack against the creators of the animated TV series "South Park" due to a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to providing material support to terrorists and other charges.
Every year, thousands of families gather in school gymnasiums and auditoriums across the country to enter a drawing, one they believe will make the difference between success and struggle.
CNN's Steve Perry follows the challenges that Harlem parents have to go through to get their child into a strong school.
A new documentary blows the whistle on Americas' broken education system. CNN's Kareen Wynter reports.
John Lennon would be turning 70 years old on October 9.
The Entourage star directs the new documentary Teenage Paparazzo, premiering tonight on HBO
Did you hear the one about the manacled Mormon, the beauty queen and the cloned Boogers?
The mother of missing Natalee Holloway pays a surprise visit to her daughter's suspected killer
Their films are ones to watch - some as Oscar contenders, some for shock value
For nearly 50 years Ron and Valerie Taylor have been filming sharks at close quarters, bringing the lives of the ocean's most fearsome predators to TV and the big screen.
Underwater filmmakers Ron and Valerie Taylor relive the perils of shark diving while filming "Jaws".
Pat Tillman's parents talk to CNN about a new movie that deals with their son's death.
Six years removed from the death of their son -- former NFL star Pat Tillman -- in Afghanistan, Patrick and Mary Tillman say they haven't gotten the full truth from the U.S. Army and don't expect to.
A trailer for the film about the actor sheds light on his strange days - but will you see it?
It's hard to remember, but viral videos actually existed before YouTube.
Just one day after arguments were heard in an appeals case that pitted documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger against oil giant Chevron in a dispute over 600 hours of subpoenaed film outtakes, an appeals court has released a preliminary ruling that limits the demands initially set by a federal judge in May.
Ever see those late night ads on TV searching for money to support children in Africa?
A federal appeals judge in New York will hear arguments today in what's shaping up to be a key First Amendment case. Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker behind the documentary Crude, is fighting Chevron, which successfully demanded all 600 hours of Berlinger's footage in federal court in May. Berlinger, supported by many media companies and members of the filmmaking community, hopes the appeals court will reverse the ruling and protect the footage under journalist's privilege. For more on this case, see The Media vs. Chevron: Bring It On. Among those most notable in support of Berlinger is Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute and its corresponding Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Channel. He is an outspoken advocate of independent film and environmental issues, and Fortune asked him for his take on the Berlinger case.
Joe Berlinger stands before a packed house at the IFC Center in New York City, joking about his debt of gratitude to Chevron for helping sell out a showing of his 2009 documentary Crude -- even if not for the right reasons.
Campbell Brown sits down with the director of a powerful new documentary about U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
Best-selling author and director Sebastian Junger says experiencing the existence of U.S. troops' experience in Afghanistan was like being "on Mars."
Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina grabbed the headlines out of California's primary vote last week. But the most important decision California voters made had nothing to do with nominating two technology industry CEOs to run for governor and senator.
Don't look for an album filled with artists covering his tunes, or a prime-time star-studded tribute blowout to mark the anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.
The news in Chechnya has an unlikely Canadian face: a former fashion model with a catchy name who anchors the news in English on state-run TV.
CNN's Ivan Watson profiles Chrystal Callahan, an former Canadian fashion model who anchors the news in Chechnya.
Filmmaker Antony Thomas talks about the making of "For Neda," his documentary about the death of protester Neda Agha-Soltan.
Music posters still hang on the walls; stuffed animals decorate a twin bed in the corner of the room. Clothes lie neatly folded in the closet.
Soon after Betty White hosted "Saturday Night Live," I remember asking my friend Nate, a fellow "Golden Girls" fanatic, what he thought of all the fuss around White's meteoric comeback. He rolled his eyes, shrugged, and said, "It's just weird that everybody's finally come around to realizing that Betty White is amazing. Where have they been?"
John Cazale is probably the most famously unfamous actor in the history of cinema.
The 12-day event will bring top actors - and maybe some nicer weather - to the south of France