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National Geographic Sets Date For Emmy Contenders Showcase: A One-Of-a-Kind Outdoor Experience & Concert

National Geographic Sets Date For Emmy Contenders Showcase: A One-Of-a-Kind Outdoor Experience & Concert
As Emmy season heats up and For Your Consideration campaigning kicks into high gear, National Geographic has taken the wraps off a a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience June 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the talent behind its 2019 contenders.

Different from the usual screening-then-panel Fyc format, attendees will be treated to a series of experiences involving the 30 artists behind the network’s programming scheduled to appear, along with a live concert hosted by Morgan Freeman. The event, sponsored by media partners Deadline and Rolling Stone, kicks off at 5:30 Pm with a Contenders Showcase and family picnic, which will feature talent from six of National Geographic’s series and documentaries.

Among the experiences: The subject of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold, will be on hand for a book signing, and attendees can experience his El Capitan ascent firsthand through a unique
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Free Solo Movie Review: Fascinating real life thriller

The first shot of this documentary is disorienting as well as jaw dropping. The top angle shot, with the camera floating out of the edge of a cliff capturing rock climber Alex Hannold astutely manoeuvring his way to the top of the cliff, gets you drawn to the screen.

The following shots clearly show how, with no life supports, Alex dexterously free climbs the most spectacular and arguably longest and hardest sandstone climb in the world. This (free solo - a form of rock climbing) is arguably one of the most dangerous, death defying sports as the climber or free soloist performs alone and without using any ropes, harnesses or any other protective equipment, relying entirely on their ability instead.

Combining the ideas of a daunting itch that pushes an individual's drive to the literal edge and that of the worth of attaining that itch, directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
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Free Solo gets India release date

Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo will release in India on April 12. Directed by filmmaker Jimmy Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely, the National Geographic documentary revolves around the life of rock climber Alex Honnold, who climbed Yosemite's 3,000 ft tall El Capitan mountain peak without any safety gear. Excited about the film's Indian release, Honnold said in a statement, "When I know what I'm doing and I'm climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful. Jimmy and his crew did a really nice job setting up remote cameras and I was stoked that it's going to result in some of the most remarkable footage."

"It's amazing the way audiences have connected with the film and I feel extremely excited for the theatrical premiere of Free Solo in India. I really hope Indian audiences like it as much as the rest of the world."

Free Solo won an Oscar
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Lead Heist Thriller From the Directors of ‘Free Solo’

The directing duo of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin have gone to grand, dangerous lengths to deliver hair-raising cinematic experiences with the likes of Meru and their Oscar-winning Free Solo. Now, after conquering the documentary form, they look to provide some thrills on the narrative side.

Deadline reports they are attached to a currently untitled Netflix thriller based on Jonas Bonnier’s book The Helicopter Heist and scripted by Steven Knight. Set to be produced by and led by Jake Gyllenhaal, the true story from 2009 follows four men of different nationalities who find themselves in Sweden and plan a $5 million heist with a stolen helicopter.

With a set-up reminiscent of Sorcerer meets a Fast & the Furious film, see the book synopsis below via Amazon ahead of a May release, along with a look at the story of Free Solo.

Sami has a new child to provide for, so after years of petty crime,
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‘Free Solo’ Directors In Talks To Direct ‘Helicopter Heist’ Adaptation Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Perhaps the most tense, suspenseful thriller of last year wasn’t one of the big-budget action spectacle films released during the summer. No, it was the documentary, “Free Solo,” about one man’s journey to climb up a seemingly impossible cliff without the aide of rope. And while the story and the doc’s subject were fascinating themselves, the film also proved that directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are quite adept at shooting action scenes, even if it means putting themselves in scary, life-threatening situations.

Continue reading ‘Free Solo’ Directors In Talks To Direct ‘Helicopter Heist’ Adaptation Starring Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.
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Free Solo Directors To Direct a Heist Movie For Netflix Called The Helicopter Heist with Jake Gyllenhaal

Directors Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhely are fresh from directing the incredible documentary Free Solo, which they won on Oscar for this year! Now they’ve got a new project lined up with Netflix that sounds like it will be pretty cool.

The movie is called The Helicopter Heist, which is a book written by Jonas Bonnier. The script for the film is being adapted by Steven Knight and Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in it.

The film tells the true story of “how four young men from the Swedish suburbs, each of a different nationality, pulled off one of the most spectacular heists of all time. In 2009, the Västberga robbery saw a gang of thieves pull off a $5 million robbery using a stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter. The robbery stunned the police, turned the four gangsters into local heroes, and the money never was found.”

Yep, that sounds
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‘Free Solo’ Production Team Had No Margin for Error — The Contenders Emmys

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‘Free Solo’ Production Team Had No Margin for Error — The Contenders Emmys
Anyone who followed free climber Alex Honnold’s historic scaling of El Capitan in Nat Geo’s movie Free Solo breathed a huge sigh of relief when he finally made it to the top. While celebrating Honnold’s triumph, the team that captured the event on camera admitted at today’s Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys that making the Academy Award-winning documentary required a “free solo” of its own.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who directed the film with her creative partner Jimmy Chin, said it took four years of effort and two years of filming to create the real life cinematic thrill ride. She called Honnold’s story the chance to showcase an inspiring person.

“If you work very very hard to achieve your dreams, anything is possible,” said Vasarhelyi, who appeared on the panel with cinematographer Clair Popkin and editor Bob Eisenhardt, who took a coveted
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Jake Gyllenhaal teaming with Free Solo filmmakers for The Helicopter Heist

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, directors of the Oscar-winning documentary feature Free Solo, are set to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in an as-yet-untitled adaptation of Jonas Bonnier’s book The Helicopter Heist, Deadline has revealed.

Scripted by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders), the film will tell “the true story of how four young men from the Swedish suburbs, each of a different nationality, pulled off one of the most spectacular heists of all time with a a $5 million robbery using a stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter.”

In addition to starring, Gyllenhaal – who will soon be seen as Mysterio in Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home – will produce the film with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker along with Ace Content’s Evan Hayes (Free Solo).

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‘Free Solo’ Oscar Winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin Eye ‘Helicopter Heist’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

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‘Free Solo’ Oscar Winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin Eye ‘Helicopter Heist’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix
Exclusive: Fresh from directing the hair-raising Free Solo and winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin are in early talks with Netflix to helm an untitled movie based on the Jonas Bonnier book The Helicopter Heist, a drama that will star Jake Gyllenhaal. He’ll produce it with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker and Ace Content partner Evan Hayes. The latter was a producer of Free Solo.

The Steven Knight-scripted drama tells the true story of how four young men from the Swedish suburbs, each of a different nationality, pulled off one of the most spectacular heists of all time. In 2009, the Västberga robbery saw a gang of thieves pull off a $5 million robbery using a stolen Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter. The robbery stunned the police, turned the four gangsters into local heroes, and the money never was found.

Gyllenhaal & Marker found the book and brought it to Netflix.
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Best Online Music Courses, Classes and Lessons

Best Online Music Courses, Classes and Lessons
Hitmaker Timbaland is the latest artist to join MasterClass, an online learning platform that’s tapping into the expertise of celebrities, industry leaders, and newsmakers to offer on-demand classes for busy professionals hoping to learn a new skill or hobby.

Timbaland’s course, released last month, focuses on producing and beat-making, something the Grammy-winning rapper and producer has mastered over the years, as the man behind the boards for artists like Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce. Most recently, the Mosley Music Group chairman, who just announced a new label deal with Def Jam,
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New to Streaming: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘They Shall Not Grow Old,’ ‘Triple Frontier’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Combat Obscura (Miles Lagoze)

One of the very best documentaries we saw on the festival circuit last year was Combat Obscura, which premiered at last year’s True/False Film Festival. The film comes from Miles Lagoze, who took footage he shot as a Marine combat camera operator in Afghanistan, as well as videos taken by his comrades, and edited it all into a brisk, intense hour of war vignettes. Dan Schindel said in his review, “Combat Obscura sinks deeper into darkness as it progresses, as the utter pointlessness and futility of America’s presence in Afghanistan overwhelms the troops. While we are initially invited to empathize with the Marines,
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High-altitude documentary ‘Free Solo’ could soar to a rare awards double with an Emmy to go with its Oscar

High-altitude documentary ‘Free Solo’ could soar to a rare awards double with an Emmy to go with its Oscar
The documentary “Free Solo” focuses on free-climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to become the first human to claw his way up the 3,000-foot expanse of rock known as El Capitan without tools, safety gear or rope. Now the National Geographic production itself might make history as just the second doc to win an Oscar as well as an Emmy.

The title will compete for a primetime TV award in the category called Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, which was first given out in 2005. The lone recipient so far to claim both an Academy Award and an Emmy is “Citizenfour,” a 2014 HBO release directed by Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the Nsa spying scandal.

Other documentaries have competed for both honors, including 2015’s “Cartel Land,” about the Mexican drug war that won an Emmy in a tie with “Jim: The James Foley Story,” and 2017’s “Strong Island,” a true-crime investigation about a legal injustice.
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Oscar-Winning Doc ‘Free Solo’ Climbs Aboard Hulu Today

Oscar-Winning Doc ‘Free Solo’ Climbs Aboard Hulu Today
Free Solo, the Oscar-winning Best Doc Feature about soloist climber Alex Honnold, will begin streaming today on Hulu, the streamer announced.

Free Solo is a true masterpiece that combines awe-inspiring camerawork with the kind of authentic storytelling that Hulu viewers love,” said Lisa Holme, VP Content Acquisition at Hulu. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with our friends at National Geographic Documentary Films to add this extraordinary film to the growing slate of award-winning documentaries available on Hulu.”

The film, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and filmed by photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, Free Solo chronicles Honnold as he prepares to climb – sans rope – El Capitan, the 3,200-foot peak in Yosemite National Park.

The doc debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and has since played at more than 30 film festivals around the world. Hulu says Free Solo is the second highest-grossing documentary of 2018 in the U.S. In addition to the Oscar,
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Oscar-Winning Documentary ‘Free Solo’ Now Available for Streaming on Hulu

Hulu has acquired the streaming rights to “Free Solo,” this year’s Oscar-winning documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold. The film will stream on Hulu beginning Wednesday.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer/mountaineer Jimmy Chin directed the Nat Geo documentary about Honnold, a free solo rock climber who dreams of climbing El Capitan, the 3,200-foot peak in Yosemite National Park, without a rope.

The film also follows Honnold in his personal life trying to maintain a healthy relationship while pursuing an inherently dangerous lifestyle, as well as the cameramen tasked with trying to film what could potentially be a life-threatening endeavor every time Honnold goes out for a climb.

Also Read: How the Oscar-Nominated 'Free Solo' Helped Daredevil Climber Alex Honnold 'Evolve'

“‘Free Solo’ is a true masterpiece that combines awe-inspiring camerawork with the kind of authentic storytelling that Hulu viewers love,” Lisa Holme, VP of content acquisition at Hulu said in a statement.
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‘Free Solo’ Ascends In National Geographic TV Debut

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It’s safe to say that Free Solo is on a roll. Less than two weeks after the film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, its TV premiere broke records for National Geographic.

The commercial-free airing drew 1.45 million viewers in Live+3 to rank as the most watched National Geographic Documentary Films premiere ever on the network. Its total cumulative reach was 3.1 million viewers.

The docu that chronicles the first ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan also scored solid ratings outside the U.S., performing above average during Live+Sd debuts in the U.K., Europe and Latin America, Nat Geo said.

Free Solo directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin follow Alex Honnold as he begins training for the climb but sees the armor of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly break apart when he begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks.
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‘Climax’ Catapults to Weekend’s Best PTA; Sundance’s ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits at $1.65M IMAX: Specialty Box Office

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‘Climax’ Catapults to Weekend’s Best PTA; Sundance’s ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits at $1.65M IMAX: Specialty Box Office
A few newcomers shined among the specialties on the weekend following the Oscars, while Oscar winners The Favourite and Free Solo added runs to take advantage of a post-Awards bounce. A24 drama-horror Climax by Gaspar Noé took the weekend’s highest per-theater average. A debut out of last year’s Cannes Directors Fortnight, Climax grossed an estimated $121,655 in five locations, averaging $24,331.

Epic doc Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas Miller launched exclusively in IMAX theaters across the country just weeks after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The Neon release played 120 locations for the weekend’s highest specialty gross at $1,650,000, for a $13,750 PTA.

Although only in two theaters, Music Box Films’ Transit edged over that average. The German/French drama by Christian Petzold is coming in at $35,368, averaging $17,684.

Vertical Entertainment bowed Toronto debut Giant Little Ones with Maria Bello, Kyle MacLachlan and Taylor Hickson with an exclusive run, grossing $13,500.

Among other limited run openers,
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‘Free Solo’ Team Reflects on Oscar Win as Documentaries Get More Competitive

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‘Free Solo’ Team Reflects on Oscar Win as Documentaries Get More Competitive
On a bustling post-Oscar Monday, “Free Solo” co-directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin arrive for their photo shoot looking like they’ve barely taken a breath since climbing the stage at the Dolby Theatre the night before to accept the award for documentary feature.

The win for the filmmaking couple represents not only their technical triumph for capturing the wire-free climb of Alex Honnold up the sheer granite face of Yosemite’s El Capitan but also the serious feat of edging out stiff competition in a year of such quality contenders in the doc category.

“This year is about connection for most people,” Vasarhelyi tells Variety, sipping hot water and gazing at her two children, Marina, 5, and James, 3, who have tagged along with their parents to Hollywood’s Milk Studios.

“From ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ to ‘Rbg’ to our film, these are communal experiences,” Vasarhelyi adds. “People
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U.S. Drama ‘Green Book’ Touted as Oscar Win for China

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U.S. Drama ‘Green Book’ Touted as Oscar Win for China
Chinese companies have been quick to claim their share of Oscar glory since Sunday’s ceremony, despite an awards season that largely shut out films from or about Asia, including “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Shoplifters.”

Alibaba Pictures, the heavily loss-making film financing and production arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is busily talking up its involvement in best picture winner “Green Book.” The production company boarded the movie as an investor alongside Participant Media, Dreamworks Pictures and Amblin Partners (of which Alibaba is a minority owner) last summer. The film was nominated for five Oscars and won three Sunday, including best original screenplay and best actor in a supporting role. It will hit Chinese theaters on Friday.

“Even though Alibaba Pictures is a relatively new entrant into Hollywood, we have a track record of choosing quality projects that not only have high entertainment value, but also have positive messages we believe in,
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If Easier On Viewers, The 2019 Oscars Were Awfully Rough On Collaborators

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If Easier On Viewers, The 2019 Oscars Were Awfully Rough On Collaborators
A minor note on Sunday’s much-discussed, host-free, wonderfully diverse Oscar ceremony: It was awfully rough on collaborators.

Time and again, the stage was filled with winners who smiled, nodded and got barely a word in edgewise, as a colleague sopped up the limelight.

Maybe there was a designated speaker rule. But if so, not everyone honored it. The sound mixers for Bohemian Rhapsody — Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali — did the old-style Three Musketeers thing, for instance, each taking a few seconds to thank family, friends and colleagues. The Green Book team similarly spread their time among three speakers.

But those were rare birds on a night when several winning teams had a member who turned out to be considerably more equal than the others, never mind those old saws about film being the most collaborative of arts.

Hannah Beachler, picking up a production design Oscar for Black Panther,
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Green Book surprises with Best Picture win at the 91st Academy Awards

The Academy voters delivered a surprise at last night’s 91st Academy Awards as Green Book was named Best Picture, leaving hot favourite Roma to settle for Best Foreign Language Film.

Green Book picked up three Oscars in total, adding Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Original Screenplay, while there were also big wins for Rami Malek (Best Actor – Bohemian Rhapsody), Olivia Colman (Best Actress – The Favourite), Regina King (Best Supporting Actress – If Beale Street Could Talk), Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director – Roma), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Best Animated Feature).

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up the most awards on the night with four, followed by Black Panther, Green Book and Roma with three apiece. Check out the full list of winners here…

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe,
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