September 12th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films Acquire North American Rights to "Sunshine Superman"

World Premiere at the 2014 TIFF; U.S. Premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 6

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, "the father of BASE jumping," whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight by first-time feature filmmaker Marah Strauch at the Toronto International Film Festival.   Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights; CNN Films has acquired the television broadcast distribution rights.

“Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films are the perfect partners for Sunshine Superman, a film about taking risks and following your dreams,” said Director Marah Strauch. “We are very excited to share our film with people all across the country and to be working with a team that understands the power of documentaries that not only change the world, but also entertain.”

A Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment Production, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN will make its U.S. debut next month at the prestigious New York Film Festival. CNN Films will broadcast the film exclusively on the network in 2016, following a 2015 theatrical release by Magnolia. FULL POST

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 40 & 41
'CNN Business Traveller' goes on a tour of Nordic design hotels (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)
September 12th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 40 & 41

CNN Business Traveller

The Skt Petri Hotel in Copenhagen (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)

The Skt Petri Hotel in Copenhagen (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)

Thursday 9 October at 0930 BST/1030 CET
Friday 10 October at 0630 BST/0730 CET
Saturday 11 October at 0730 BST/0830 CET and 1630 BST/1730 CET
Sunday 12 October at 1130 BST/1230 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

Travelling is all about experiencing culture, and today, hotels are not only about functionality, but also beauty. In this month’s ‘CNN Business Traveller’, host Richard Quest takes a tour of the Nordic countries, with their distinctive take on design, to discover the importance of art to the traveller.

Quest begins in Copenhagen, where the SKT Petri Hotel (pictured) encapsulates simplistic Danish design, before continuing on to the Thief in Oslo. Here, Petter Stordalen, one of Scandinavia’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, and CEO of Nordic Choice Hotels, takes the programme for a tour – with a visit to the hotel’s inbuilt art museum, and a meeting with the hotel’s very own art historian. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
September 12th, 2014
07:10 AM ET

Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper: "Our Country Let Jim Down"

When her son, journalist James Foley, was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS, Diane Foley, along with the rest of her family, became tireless advocates for his safe return. For 21 months, they showed strength and grace, even as they learned the very worst happened to him.

Diane Foley spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper about the son she loved and the James Foley Legacy Foundation. She also candidly discussed her belief that the U.S. government did not do enough to bring James and Steven Sotloff home safely.

She explained the situation saying:

'Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of a lack of coordination, lack of communication, and a lack of prioritization.'

Watch part 2 of Anderson's interview with Diane Foley.

Topics: CNN
September 11th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

A Double Agent Speaks: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, a CNN Special Report

CNN Special Report airs Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 9pm ET

The world’s most dangerous terrorists. Intelligence gathering. Betrayal and assassination. "Double Agent Inside al Qaeda for the CIA", a CNN Special Report, will encompass all of this and more; a thrilling spy story about a man who claims he was a radical-Islamist-turned-double-agent in a race against time to thwart attacks by al Qaeda.

In the hour-long special report, CNN’s senior international correspondent Nic Robertson interviews Morten Storm, the Danish former boxer, motorcycle gang member and outdoor enthusiast who became a sworn member of al Qaeda, after gaining the trust of terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

Robertson’s interview with Storm acts as the narrative thread for a riveting spy saga. After abandoning his hard-lined ideology, Storm claims he became an agent for the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Never-before-seen video, audio, and correspondence is woven throughout, detailing Storm’s claims that for half-a-decade, he moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities.

The special report, which airs Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9pm ET, follows the release of Storm’s memoir titled AGENT STORM: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA (Atlantic Monthly Press), co-authored by CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank and CNN journalist Tim Lister.

Topics: CNN
September 11th, 2014
12:27 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive Video: Eyewitnesses Reaction to Michael Brown Shooting

AC360° has new exclusive video that captures the reaction of two eyewitnesses immediately following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The two men seen in video, who were about 50 feet away from Michael and Officer Darren Wilson, detailed their account to CNN’s Randi Kaye.

Both men are contractors who were working in the area at the time of the shooting. The video shows one of the eyewitnesses raising his arms in the air - just as, he says, Brown was doing when he was shot. The other contractor told CNN he saw Brown running away from a police car. Brown "put his hands up," he said, and "the officer was chasing him.” The contractor says he saw Wilson fire a shot at Brown while his back was turned.

Topics: CNN
Myleene Klass returns to CNN International to host ‘Fashion Season: Paris’
September 11th, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Myleene Klass returns to CNN International to host ‘Fashion Season: Paris’

  • Daily reports in ‘International Desk’ daily from Weds 24 September
  • PLUS 30 minute special highlights programme

As the world’s fashion houses gather in Paris for the Spring / Summer 2015 collections later this month, CNN International today announced a dedicated week of coverage around the event, ‘Fashion Season: Paris’.

TV personality and musician Myleene Klass, who hosted ‘Fashion Season: Paris’ in February 2014 returns to CNN screens, once again going behind-the-scenes meeting designers, models and bloggers and taking in the latest fashion shows.

Myleene Klass said: “I’m thrilled to be back hosting all the glamour and excitement of Paris Fashion Week for CNN. I’ll be taking viewers beyond the catwalk, exploring the business of the multi-billion dollar global fashion industry.”


Topics: CNN
September 10th, 2014
11:05 AM ET

'Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown' Launches Season Four with a Tour of Shanghai, Sept. 28


New Season of Eight Episodes, Featuring Host’s First Trips to Iran and Paraguay, Will Be Preceded by Prime Cuts Show

Season four of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, begins on Sunday, September 28 at 9pm ET/PT with a tour of Shanghai, China. Immediately following, CNN premieres This is Life with Lisa Ling at 10 pm ET/PT, as previously announced.

*In Season three, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was the #1 program in cable news during its flight among P25-54 (402k).

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef, and bestselling author as he travels across the globe to uncover the little known, the off-the-road, and seemingly sometimes deceptively familiar, areas of the world in a celebration of its diverse food and culture. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, and Anthony Bourdain.

Airing at 8pm ET/PT, just prior the new season of Parts Unknown, will be a new edition of Prime Cuts, a one-hour program hosted by Bourdain that takes a look back at the previous season featuring recaps, outtakes and commentary.  FULL POST

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
Jay Carney Joins CNN as Political Commentator
September 10th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Jay Carney Joins CNN as Political Commentator

Jay Carney, former press secretary to President Barack Obama, will join CNN as a political commentator, it was announced today by Sam Feist, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. Carney will contribute to programs across the network as well as special political programming, beginning tonight as the President reveals his ISIS strategy to the nation.

"Jay's unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns," said Feist. "We're fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President's address to the nation."

"I'm thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world," said Carney.

Carney most recently served as the White House press secretary under the Obama Administration. During his time at the White House, Carney also served as Communications Director to the Vice President from 2009 through 2011. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with TIME Magazine where he served as Moscow correspondent, White House correspondent and, finally, Washington bureau chief. Carney earned his bachelor's degree in Russian and Eastern European studies from Yale University. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • Jay Carney
September 9th, 2014
10:57 AM ET

AC360 Exclusive Video: Sotloff family spokesman says Steven was sold to ISIS by moderate rebels

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, a spokesman for Steven Sotloff’s family said that they believe Steven was sold by "so-called moderate rebels" for "something between $25,000 and $50,000 to ISIS."

Barak Barfi, a friend of the Sotloff family and Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, said sources on the ground told them that "Steven’s name was on a list that he had been responsible for the bombing of a hospital.  This was false. Activists spread his name around.”

Barfi continued: “Somebody at the border crossing made a phone call to ISIS and they set up a fake checkpoint with many people, and Steve and his people that he went in with could not escape.”

Topics: CNN
CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Alarmed by ISIS
September 8th, 2014
04:06 PM ET

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Alarmed by ISIS

Days before the anniversary of September 11, 2001, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday reports that Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States.

Seven in 10 Americans believe ISIS has the resources to launch an attack against the United States, just days before President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the subject.

Visit for more about today's poll.

Topics: CNN Politics • CNN/ORC Polls • ISIS
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