11:32 AM ET, April 10th, 2014

Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh Join Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock for CNN Original Series  Series and Films to Air at 9 PM, CNN Tonight to Air at 10 PM CNN today announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality, original series, CNN […] Full Post

February 19th, 2014
02:00 PM ET

As Hollywood gears up to the Oscars, CNN Kicks Off Oscar Programming

Thursday, February 20th  at 10pm ET, CNN Spotlight:  And the Nominees Are…  (encores at 1am, ET)

Hosted by Krista Smith, Senior West Coast Editor of Vanity Fair and CNN contributor, the hour will feature Smith’s interviews with Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jonah Hill. 

Amy Adams reveals that when she signed on to work with David O’Russell again for American Hustle they “didn’t have a script until like a week before. So you started to build not from the material, but from the character in such a true way.” Jared Leto tells Smith that he stayed in his Dallas Buyers Club character Rayon while filming: “I was walking through Whole Foods and I got looks from people…and it was a real look of condemnation, of judgment, of disgust.  And that was powerful to get, to understand…  Because I'm sure Rayon and the Rayons of the world get that look all the time– and have to deal with that in a much more real way than I did.” 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o was still a drama student at Yale when she auditioned for the role: “the one thing I discovered through playing Patsey and through just meditating on this time in history and her condition is that despite the fact that she didn't– she wasn't free one day in her life, she still had an instinct for freedom as does every person.  That freedom is a human instinct.” Jonah Hill, who earned his second Oscar® nomination by the age of thirty, tells Smith about the surreal morning he got his second nomination: “How am I on a phone call, you know– getting my second Oscar® nomination, and I'm with Leonardo DiCaprio conferencing in my hero, Martin Scorsese." FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Films • Nischelle Turner • Piers Morgan • Press Releases
January 17th, 2014
11:25 AM ET

CNN FILMS and Lionsgate Pick Up ‘DINOSAUR 13’ on Opening Night of Sundance Film Festival

UnknownFilm to broadcast on CNN/U.S. in second half of 2014, following theatrical exhibition

Park City, UT – CNN Films and Lionsgate announced today the acquisition of the North American rights to the film DINOSAUR 13, on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival.  DINOSAUR 13 is a documentary by filmmaker Todd Miller, who followed the odyssey of paleontologist Peter Larson of South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute of Geological Research after his history-making find: a nearly intact 65 million year-old fossilized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, they named “Sue.”  The film will be released theatrically, with a North American broadcast premiere on CNN/U.S.

Two years after Larson’s team made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery – the National Guard and FBI showed up.  Larson and his team spent a decade engaged in an epic “David and Goliath” battle, defending their rights to the discovery – and, at times fighting for their own freedom – battling competing paleontologists, Native American tribal nations, and museums.

The Sundance Film Festival described Miller’s film as one made “with consummate skill.”  Miller reveals the personalities behind the epic controversy over who owned the rights to Sue by “exposing human emotion in a dramatic tale that is as complex as it is fascinating.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Films • Press Releases
December 26th, 2013
02:07 PM ET

CNN FILMS: SOLE SURVIVOR – Survivors Share What Happens After Their Rescues

Film screening at Time Warner Center in January with Psychology Today magazine, Followed by Broadcast Premiere

There have been 14 large airplane crashes with a lone survivor in the history of commercial aviation.   CNN FILMS: SOLE SURVIVOR explores the complex emotional aftermath experienced by survivors of major aviation disasters.  The film is written and directed by Ky Dickens, executive produced by Susan Aurinko, and produced by Amy McIntyre and Alexis Jaworski.  SOLE SURVIVOR will debut for the first time ever on global television on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, airing at 9:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am.  The film will encore on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the same broadcast times.  All times Eastern. FULL POST

December 17th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

CNN Announces New Strand for Acquired Documentary Films

CNNFilmsPresentsT1March of the Penguins, The Imposter to broadcast on CNN/U.S. in 2014

CNN is creating another destination for extraordinary acquired documentary films in a new brand, “CNN Films Presents,” it was announced today.

CNN Films Presents will be a sister brand to “CNN Films,” which was launched in October 2012, and is the network’s brand for acquired or commissioned documentary features, following their exhibitions in theaters.  All CNN Films Presents broadcasts will be acquired films.  And, the new brand will also be distinguished from CNN Films in that its documentaries will have broadcast windows that are not first-on-television premieres.

The first CNN Films Presents broadcast will be the French nature documentary, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, produced by Ilann Girard, directed by Luc Jacquet, and stirringly narrated by Academy award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman. Released in 2005, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS received the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the 2005 Best Documentary award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  The film will air on CNN/U.S., beginning on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. FULL POST

December 8th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

PREVIEW and Join the Conversation - CNN Films: An Unreal Dream debuts tonight at 9:00pm Eastern

Join the social media conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #AnUnrealDream

CNN Films: An Unreal Dream – The Michael Morton Story is the harrowing true tale of a many accused and convicted of the brutal murder of his wife in front of their three-year-old son.  Morton spent nearly 25 years in the Texas penal system, before being exonerated by a team of lawyers associated with The Innocence Project.

CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed Michael Morton for New Day.  In this preview, Morton describes his ordeal, his pathway to exoneration, and his current mission to help others who are wrongfully accused.

During tonight's telecast, viewers can share their thoughts about the film, and ask questions about the Morton case and other Innocence Project cases via Twitter, by using the hashtag #AnUnrealDream.  CNN Films, the filmmakers, attorney Barry Scheck (co-director of The Innocence Project), and others associated with this case and the broader issues it represents, will offer behind-the-scenes commentary and respond to users’ questions about the film and about The Innocence Project.

CNN Films: An Unreal Dream – The Michael Morton Story debuts TONIGHT at 9:00pm, 12:00am,

and 3:00am on CNN.  All times Eastern.


Topics: Chris Cuomo • CNN • CNN Films • New Day
December 4th, 2013
11:01 AM ET

Michael Morton tells Chris Cuomo about losing 25 years of his life to a wrongful conviction – his story told Sunday on CNN

CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed Michael Morton in an extended discussion about his wrongful conviction for murder on Wednesday's edition of the program.  Morton spent nearly 25 years of his life in the Texas penal system for brutally murdering his wife, Christine, in front of their young son.

Although a team of lawyers, including Houston-based attorney John Raley and several lawyers at The Innocence Project, eventually were able to exonerate him with DNA evidence, his aggressive prosecution and wrongful incarceration robbed him of more than two decades of his life and disrupted his relationship with his son.  In addition, while free at large, Christine Morton's true murderer also killed another woman.

Morton described the details of his survival in prison and how he has been able to find grace through his misfortune.  Morton now works to secure legal reforms in Texas to help prevent others from being victimized by wrongful prosecutions.

The CNN Films premiere of AN UNREAL DREAM: THE MICHAEL MORTON STORY has screened to extraordinary reviews around the country in film festivals in 2013. The documentary film will debut on television for the first time ever on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific on CNN/U.S..


December 2nd, 2013
12:39 PM ET

‘An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story’ Premieres as CNN FILMS Broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 8

Academy award-nominated filmmaker Al Reinert (Apollo 13 and For All Mankind) profiles a universal worst nightmare scenario of a man wrongly convicted of murdering his wife in the film AN UNREAL DREAM: THE MICHAEL MORTON STORY.  The film will air for the first time ever on television at 9:00pm ET and PT on Sunday, Dec. 8 on CNN/U.S.

“We’re thrilled to bring this story to CNN audiences, raising awareness that the price of wrongful convictions goes well beyond individual loss of freedom for the wrongfully incarcerated” said Al Reinert, director of AN UNREAL DREAM. FULL POST

November 19th, 2013
09:46 AM ET

CNN FILMS Acquires ‘DOCUMENTED’ in Advance of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

CNN/U.S. plans for second quarter 2014 broadcast

In advance of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), CNN Films has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to DOCUMENTED, a feature-length film that explores the life – and journey out of the shadows – led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, it was announced today.  DOCUMENTED will premiere on CNN/U.S. in the second quarter of 2014 as a CNN Films broadcast, following its international bow at the IDFA and its theatrical distribution in the United States.  DOCUMENTED is written and directed by Vargas, with technology entrepreneur Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (“Paper Clips”), Scott Budnick (“The Hangover” series), and philanthropist Liz Simons as executive producers.

“Immigration, to me, is not a political issue, it’s not a Latino or Asian issue – it’s an American story,” said writer-director Jose Antonio Vargas.  “The film is in honor of 11 million undocumented immigrants – many of us Americans in all but papers.  And, the film is dedicated to parents everywhere who dream of better futures for their children.  It is a privilege to be associated with CNN Films in bringing DOCUMENTED to television,” Vargas said. FULL POST

November 6th, 2013
10:18 AM ET

New Day debate: Pandora's Promise - Is nuclear power the answer to climate change?

CNN New Day Anchor Kate Bolduan interviewed Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone about his documentary film Pandora's Promise, which profiles several high profile environmentalists who now strongly support nuclear power as a part of the global solution to reduce fossil fuels emissions.  Stone, who supports the replacement of fossil fuel powered energy plants with nuclear energy, debated Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, who says that the cost and safety concerns of nuclear energy are outweighed by the relative benefits of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

Pandora's Promise debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 and is set to debut for the first time ever on television on Thursday, Nov. 7.  The CNN Films broadcast will premiere tomorrow from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and 11:00pm to 1:00am on CNN.  All times Eastern.  During the film, users can join the debate with the filmmaker and environmentalists from all perspectives on this topic online tomorrow by using #PandorasPromise or by tweeting to @CNNFilms on Twitter.

More information about Pandora's Promise may be found here: www.cnn.com/pandoraspromise.

New Day with Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan airs weekday mornings from 6:00am-9:00am ET on CNN/U.S.



October 29th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

CNN Films to air PANDORA'S PROMISE Thursday, Nov. 7

PANDORA’S PROMISE, premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will receive its global television debut as a CNN Films broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, with encores from 11:00pm to 1:00am and 2:00am to 4:00am.  All times Eastern.

The atomic bomb and accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima bring to mind apocalyptic disasters, but the science and experience since suggest that long-held fears about nuclear power may be wrong.  Academy Award®-nominated director Robert Stone examines how fears of “nukes” may have extended the era of fossil fuels, perilously accelerating the pace of climate change as the global demand for energy soars, particularly in the developing world.  Stone takes his camera inside the exclusion zone around Fukushima, and even ventures inside the notorious Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone profound conversions from being passionately against, to strongly favoring nuclear energy – putting their careers and reputations on the line in the process.  Through the voices of Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas, Richard Rhodes, and Michael Shellenberger, Stone exposes this rift within the environmental movement as they describe their individual journeys of defection.  Also included are interviews with two pioneering engineers of next generation nuclear reactors. FULL POST

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