Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker – You know their work, now hear their stories.
CNN Entertainment sat down with with some of Hollywood's most talented actors and Oscar-nominees to discuss their path to success, creative approach to filmmaking and their inspiration.
Explore the series of intimate videos from 2017 Oscar nominated artists at cnn.com/specials/entertainment/creators.
NOW MORE THAN EVER: The History of Chicago explores the origins, career highlights, personal challenges, and legendary history of the music supergroup Chicago. Band founders Robert Lamm (keyboards and vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet and vocals), James Pankow (trombone), and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds) remain from the original crew, making Chicago America’s rock band with the most longevity in history.
Director Peter Pardini tells the mesmerizing story behind Chicago's pop music success as the band celebrates 50 years in 2017. Their amazing milestones include 36 albums, yearly tours, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two Grammy® award wins (including one for the band’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, for the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2014), 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, an incredible 25 certified platinum albums, multiple American Music Awards, and more.
Join @CNNFilms for the debut of #HistoryOfChicago TONIGHT, Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S., presented with limited commercial interruption.
Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams’s new provocative short explores racially-charged Christmas tradition
Academy® Award-winning filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams, takes viewers with him on a provocative exploration of the origins of the curious Christmastime custom of dressing up in blackface, for his latest documentary short film, also titled BLACKFACE, co-produced by CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios, and now streaming across CNN’s digital platforms, the network announced today. BLACKFACE makes its global premiere across CNN’s digital and mobile platforms.
In Holland, “a country of tolerance, forward-thinking, bikes, and Dutch apple pie,” as Williams describes in his narration, dressing up as Zwarte Piet, is as Dutch as “tulips or Gouda cheese.” Each December, as in the United States and many countries around the world, revelers mark the holiday season by dressing up as Santa Claus (“Sinterklaas”). In the Netherlands though, Santa is frequently depicted with a mischievous companion, “Zwarte Piet,” or “Black Pete,” a childlike African caricature dressed in fancy clothes with ruby-red lips, who is sometimes Santa’s helper, sometimes an angry slave that works for Sinterklaas.
Williams discovers that Black Pete is a fiercely – and controversially-defended tradition, but it’s also a tradition that many people see as hostile and offensive – an odd cultural juxtaposition for a society that is globally-known for its avant-garde cultural inclusiveness. Williams speaks with art and cultural historians who outline the history of the tradition – and the political challenges – even extending to the Prime Minister’s defense of the tradition – that are associated with pointing out the hurtful images that remind many of slavery. Along the way, Williams also explores the complicated relationship of the Dutch to their colonial history and the global slave trade.
Williams also speaks with Black Pete protestors, and explores how even today, Dutch children are still learning to practice a custom that seems of a bygone era.
BLACKFACE runs approximately 15 minutes and is available via CNN.com, CNNgo, and across CNN’s mobile properties. For a preview of BLACKFACE, please visit http://cnn.it/1XlouOW. The film is presented across CNN’s digital platforms exclusively by Volkswagen.
CNN’s fall doc short series launched in November with ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY, directed by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks, and produced and directed by Jenks and Daniel Zinn through Andrew Jenks Entertainment. FULL POST
CNN Films Presents broadcast of Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
premieres Sunday, June 28 at 9:00pm and 10:48pm Eastern
Glen Campbell’s extraordinary life and musical legacy are explored in a critically-acclaimed film to be exclusively broadcast on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, June 28. CNN Films Presents: Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me will be presented with limited commercial interruptions on the network at 9:00pm, with an encore at 10:48pm Eastern and is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.
At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CNN announced a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios. These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will premiere exclusively across CNN’s digital platforms. The first series of films begins today, March 11, with the 12-minute film, THE 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, which may be viewed now via www.CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties (including CNNgo) and CNN’s social footprint. No authentication is required to view the film.
Whether called “snooping,” “raiding,” or “hacking” – what began as surreptitious activity for fun, eventually grew more deliberate when, in 1983, Milwaukee teenagers Neal Patrick, Gerald Wondra, and Timothy Winslow began experimenting with computer networking using a relatively new technology: personal computers. The boys called themselves “the 414s,” an homage to the telephone area code associated with their hometown. FULL POST
Millions will remember actor Paul Walker as a racer and a movie star, known for his on-screen swagger and his love of speed. But he was also a man as committed to wildlife and oceans, humanitarian relief and fatherhood, as he was to cars and career. From surfing the soothing oceans of California to Walker’s personal and professional turns on the racetrack, CNN's Nischelle Turner spoke to those who knew him for this comprehensive portrait of this uncommon star.
"He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk. He cared about people and tried to help them," said Grady Smith, of Entertainment Weekly.
The 30-minute special, PAUL WALKER: A LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, will air on CNN/U.S. on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10:00pm and 1:00am Eastern.
CNN Digital claimed three EPPY Awards today from Editor & Publisher. The EPPY™ Awards honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories. Now in its 18th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing Internet industry.
CNN won for:
Best Business/Finance Website: CNNMoney.com
Best Entertainment Blog: The Marquee Blog
Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism site: The 3rd Annual iReport Awards
Click here for a full list of EPPY finalists.
CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, is offering users the opportunity to share their favorite rock ‘n roll stories for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement to let fans participate in selecting the 2013 inductees. They can also use the hashtag #RockNRollMemories to join the conversation via social media.
Check out the full story at CNN Entertainment and vote for your favorite artist. Voting ends December 5, and the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, April 18, 2013.