Film commissioned from Academy Award-Winning Director and Producer Charles Ferguson
CNN Films announced today that it has commissioned a feature-length documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton from Academy Award-winning director and producer Charles Ferguson. The documentary, currently in pre-production, will take a comprehensive look at the professional and personal life of one of the most powerful women in American politics. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN.
"I am very excited to be making a film about Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose fascinating life and work embody so many of America’s, and the world’s, hopes and challenges," said Charles Ferguson. "I am delighted and extremely grateful that CNN Films has given me this remarkable opportunity." FULL POST
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dianne Feinstein spoke about embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, calling for his resignation. Feinstein also weighed in on the latest clashes in Egypt, U.S.-Russia relations in light of Edward Snowden’s status, and her support for the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. Highlighted excerpts are below, and a full transcript is after the jump. Additional embeddable video will be posted at http://www.CNN.com/SOTU.
ON THE LATEST CLASHES IN EGYPT:
FEINSTEIN: I think this is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this. And, for the first time, I am very concerned. I'm surprised that the military would urge people to go to the streets. They had to have known, if they do that, the other side is going to respond, and it became kind of a catalyst for violence. So, I don't think we know what kind of Egypt is going to emerge.
ON SUPPORTING JANET YELLEN AS THE NEXT FED CHAIR:
FEINSTEIN: Well, I was asked to sign and I signed, because I have met Janet Yellen on two occasions. I have followed her. She's very well thought of. She knows the fed, and she's very highly qualified. And I think a woman as head of the Federal Reserve, a qualified woman, would be a very positive thing for this administration.
ON EDWARD SNOWDEN:
FEINSTEIN: "I would be very hopeful that President Putin still would decide to turn him over. I suspect this sort of temporary amnesty or refugee status is to give Russia time to really consider what's in their best interests, and I think, if they think about it hard, what Snowden did, it's not in their best interests… I think that Obama really ought to sit down when he can with Putin and make the case.”
In an interview airing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about Detroit, the economy, and whether the Obama administration wants more tax hikes. Lew also weighed in on Eliot Spitzer’s candidacy for New York City comptroller and the future leadership of the Federal Reserve. Video links are below, and a full transcript is after the jump.
The CNN FILMS documentary OUR NIXON will broadcast Thursday, August 1 at 9:00pm ET&PT. The two-hour, all-archival film, which largely draws upon footage shot by ex-President Nixon's closest aides, has received wide acclaim during its exhibition at film festivals in 2013, a year that marks the centennial of Nixon’s birth. Until recently, the films and audiotapes were retained by the National Archives, as part of the Watergate investigation.
Co-producers Brian Frye and Penny Lane curated film from more than 500 reels of re-discovered Super 8 home movies shot by special assistant to the president Dwight Chapin, chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, and domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, to compose the documentary, and audio excerpts culled from nearly 4,000 hours of secret White House tapes. Through their documentation of both routine and extraordinary moments – including their heady exuberance in the wake of Nixon’s election victory in 1968: the inauguration, historic diplomatic missions to China and Europe, the exultant reactions to the moon landing, festive celebrations at the White House, and Trisha Nixon’s wedding, multifaceted, comprehensive portraits of each man – and the White House – emerges.
Chapin, Haldeman, and Ehrlichman captured their . Along the way, an intimate portrait of the inner workings of the White House develops. FULL POST
CNN has been given rare access to North Korea as part of the country's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean War. CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson, who's traveling with a large group of invited foreign journalists, is covering the elaborate ceremonies recognizing this anniversary. Follow him on Twitter for images and insight from inside Pyongyang at @IvanCNN.
In addition, CNN's Seoul-based correspondent Paula Hancocks has been traveling with U.S. war veteran Thomas Hudner for the last several days, documenting his attempt to search for the remains of his fallen comrade, Jesse Brown. CNN is one of three news organizations accompanying Korean War veterans on their trip to North Korea.
Paula Hancocks' reports from North Korea after the jump:
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux shares her family's personal journey with ALS. Suzanne's mother Myrna Malveaux was diagnosed with the disease a year and a half ago. FULL POST
Award winning journalist Ana Cabrera joins CNN as a correspondent based in Denver, Colorado, it was announced today by Terence Burke, vice president of newsgathering for CNN/U.S.
“Cabrera is an incisive and versatile communicator,” said Burke. “Her award-winning journalism is a testament to her passion for telling the multitude of stories from Denver and the western region.”
Prior to joining CNN, Cabrera was an anchor for the top-ranked daily morning news program at KMGH-TV 7 News*, the ABC affiliate in Denver, where she covered local and national news including the Aurora movie theater shooting, and the 2012 Denver Presidential Debate and election. She earned an Emmy Award for her in-the-field anchoring as a part of the 7 News morning team that was honored for its High Park Fire coverage in 2012. She and the 7 News morning team were also honored with the Associated Press TV and Radio Association’s Annual Mark Twain Award for Best Morning Show Broadcast in 2013. FULL POST
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, Judy Woodruff, Ann Compton and Candy Crowley remember their friend and colleague, Helen Thomas:
Remembrance's from Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources guest host David Folkenflik are after the jump.
In an exclusive interview today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain spoke on a wide-range of topics including: race in America and the Stand Your Ground law; the Rolling Stone magazine cover; the U.S. role in Syria and Russia; and Liz Cheney’s challenge of Sen. Enzi in the Republican primary. Highlighted excerpts are below and a full transcript is after the jump.
McCain on hope for a post-racial era with the election of President Obama:
"I think we were probably too optimistic. I think that old prejudices die hard"
On Stand Your Ground:
"I can also see that stand your ground law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida legislature or any other legislature that has passed such legislation… I'm confident that the members of the Arizona legislature will and - because it is a very controversial legislation.”
On the Boston bomber on the cover of Rolling Stone:
"I thought it was stupid and I thought it was inappropriate”
EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: McCain: Rolling Stone cover "stupid"
"The fact is there's no United States leadership in the Middle East. There's a vacuum there. And when there's a vacuum, bad people fill it…
A year from now, there'll be another 100,000 who have died, and we sit by and watch this happen and don't think that lesson is lost on all the other countries in the region, and it's a disgrace.”
On Liz Cheney challenging Sen. Mike Enzi in the Republican primary:
“I'm pleased to see that most people who have served with Mike Enzi have expressed our strong support because he's a good, solid, hard-working workhorse."
On Gen. Dempsey:
"Senator Levin and I have sent over additional questions. I hope he will answer those. They are required and agree to give their honest opinion even if it disagrees with the administration's opinion. General Dempsey didn't do that. I'm confident that we can work this out.”
"it's time to get tough with Russia… It has to have some effect, and right now, we are showing no response."
Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker joined the program to react to President Obama’s remarks about the Trayvon Martin case and the race conversation in America.
MAYOR BOOKER on PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I'm really happy he said it... I was grateful that he came forward, not with some practiced speech, not reading from a teleprompter, but speaking from the heart in a way that could touch other hearts.”