HBO And IFP Launch A Fund To Develop New Writers 

HBO Documentary Films and Independent Filmmaker Project have announced a new fund to enhance identify and nurture storytellers with fresh and compelling perspectives as they develop their work. Called the IFP/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative, it has been created to sponsor grants for multi-format, non-fiction storytellers with development funds at the earliest stage of bringing new work to a visual format.

Supporting a wide range of filmmakers and journalists, across a wide spectrum of non-fiction genres as well as support them creating visual work whether it’s a feature film, short or other. This initiative is trying to foster and nurture new voices whilst creating compelling and diverse stories.

“We are excited to be expanding our partnership with HBO Documentary Films to include joint programmatic support for filmmakers and content creators on this important initiative,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP, in an official statement. “HBO has been a longtime supporter of the IFP, and with HBO Docs’ rich history of championing non-fiction work, this grant will allow us to continue a strong tradition of supporting projects that are exploring even broader, new formats in non-fiction media.”

“The HBO Documentary Films team is thrilled to be partnering with IFP on this exciting new initiative,” said Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, in a statement. “Our team has a long history of working closely with IFP, which has an amazing capacity for identifying and supporting emerging talent with fresh ideas, and we’re honored to work with them to discover some exciting new voices coming from the non-fiction field.”

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Robin Williams’ Peers Discuss The Late Actor In A New Documentary 

Steve Martin, Lewis Black, Billy Crystal, Pam Dawber, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, and David Letterman all feature in a new documentary about Robin Williams, talking about his career and life behind the camera. Here’s the new trailer for the HBO film.

Showing different sides of the legendary comic actor, director Marina Zenovich uses archive photos, interviews and stand-up footage to craft a documentary which delves deep into the mind of a troubled genius. The director, who has worked on Richard Pror and Roman Polanski, has experience with biographies of famous hollywood starlets 

The synopsis descirbes the film as a funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ takes us through his extraordinary life and career and reveals what drove him to give voice to the characters in his mind. Told largely by Robin himself, with a wealth of never-before-seen footage, and informed by in-depth interviews with those who loved and knew him. The film will premiere on HBO on 16th July.

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HBO’s Sharp Objects Get A Trailer

Amy Adams stars in the new HBO series, Sharp Objects coming to the small screen in July. Here’s the first full trailer for mini series based on Gillian Flynn’s novel. 

Based on the book of the same name, Adams plays a reporter Camille Preaker from a small town who has recently come out of a brief stay at a psychological hospital and must return home to cover a violent double murder of two girls. Pretty light subject matter as you can see…

From what we can see in the trailer, Camille is battling her own demons, her family as well as trying to uncover the truth of what happened. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who comes fresh off the set of Big Little Lies, he’s worked Flynn plus a number of other writers to bring all eight episodes to the small screen.

The limited series will air next month on HBO for America, so far no plans to release this in the UK but hopefully this will change. Patricia Clarkson also star as Camille’s mother and Chris Messina as Richard Willis, another detective interested in the case.

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Game of Homes

Game of Thrones has returned for its much anticipated sixth season and with so much at stake and so many families and homes within the show, wouldn’t you like to know how much it would cost to live there? I would! Well thanks to Settled you can wonder no more! See what your favourite place is worth and how much you’d have to save. I’m guessing it’s a lot! My favourite would be either The Red Keep or Highgarden. I think I’ve got enough spare change somewhere…

Game Of Thrones season six starts tonight on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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Home Cinema

Just over 10 years ago, George Clooney made the move from TV to film. From ER to Hollywood hunk, as he is referred to constantly. He went from the very popular and sexy E.R to movies such as Three Kings, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ocean’s Eleven working with big name directors Steven Soderbergh, the Coen brothers and David O Russell. It was the natural move for someone who has considered a good actor, charming, good looking and a delight to work with. Since his success, several others have made this natural progression such as Colin Farrell, James McAvoy, Zooey Deschanel and Will Smith

George Clooney in ER

These are household names with their film careers firmly intact and nailed down. They aren’t going anywhere but up in their careers. However, there has been a huge shift in more recent years with the big Hollywood A lister (as some are frustratingly referred to as) crossing over from the silver screen to the small screen. Where many actors began, it has become the medium of great love and respect amongst the writers, producers, directors and of course actors. With companies such as the unstoppable HBO producing shows which include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire, Band of Brothers, Boardwalk Empire, Bored to Death and Game of Thrones, it’s not hard to see why Claire Danes, Justin Long, Alec Baldwin and Steve Buschemi are flocking to what used to be a stepping stone but is now a step up.


The calibre of television has gone through a huge change over the past few years, with the introduction to sharper writers, new effects, gritty storylines that cut through to the bone, larger budgets and fresh ideas, it can really compete with the big screen. There are several similarities that make moving from film to television a no brainer. Similarities such as the writers not only work on television, those such as JJ Abrams developing his TV career as well as working on Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. The influences of which can been seen to bleed through into his television work in Lost with the action scenes and paranormal phenomena.

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All of these actors have made something of themselves, starting from the bottom and working their way to super stardom. But maybe their fame shouldn’t be as celebrated as it is, they have gone one way, the way people seem to be shunning. It seems well-established actors as turning their back on films and flocking to HBO. Flocking to television. Flocking from the silver screen to the small screen. So many shows have come out in recent years which have the same high budgets Hollywood uses on a daily basis.

Bored To Death

For those of you who love these shows and enjoy seeing your favourite actors on a weekly basis, the best is yet to come. More and more actors are shunning Hollywood to forge a television career such as Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer who are currently starring in The Newsroom. The evolution of television has allowed actors to develop their characters further and act in a way like never before. They have these chances on the big screen on but not on the small screen. Not until now. Now we can have a well-rounded viewing experience with everything from the make-up (just take a look at those “walkers” In The Walking Dead) to the well-oiled dialogue. To me, it’s a real tribute in a way to how talented the writers are that lures the huge names to TV, you can’t have anything but respect for. The budgets, the talents and especially those such as Mark Whalberg and Steven Speilberg producing TV shows prove that television is the new black.

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