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Morgan Neville

How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Brought on the Era of Angry, Partisan Television "News"

Nell Minow | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nell Minow

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour.

Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

AFI Docs: Where Policy Meets Art

Michael Rose | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

There are thousands of film festivals in the world. A festival for every flavor of filmmaking from features, shorts, animation, horror, women, wildlife, documentaries and even for films featuring moustaches. Each one's vying for eyeballs. There are just a handful of fests that are considered important.

William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal: Television's Verbal Fisticuffs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In an age when a coinage such as "frenemies" has meaning, the operative word in the title of a new documentary, Best of Enemies, is the word "best." The film is about a particular historic event of verbal jousting between two very well-matched public intellectuals, the "best" practitioners of the English language of their time.

Sundance Interview: Best of Enemies Directors Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.

10 Top Docs of 2013 (Including 9 From Women Filmmakers)

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Though I didn't notice while culling my list down to just ten, nine of the movies that made my cut come from women filmmakers, which makes me exceedingly happy.

Caroling with Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Christmas came early this year. First there was the gift of the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," now shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. Th...

The Wonderfully Checkered Past of a Soul Rock Goddess

Tom Semioli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

My search for Ms. Lennear commenced long before Neville's long overdue film -- which depicts the dramatic plights of rock's most hallowed back-up singers -- hit a theater near you.

Bette Midler Hosts a Lunch for Twenty Feet from Stardom

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now prominent among music legends, Bette Midler reminisces about her stint as a Harlette back in the day in the much celebrated documentary Twenty Fee...

Popcorn Preview: 20 Feet from Stardom

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) Cast includes: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Táta Vega, Mabel John, Gloria Jones, Claudia...

Walking the Walk: Twenty Feet from Stardom

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

She may not be as famous as her sister in soul, Aretha Franklin, but that does not make Merry Clayton any less of a diva. Her story may be famous in m...

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.