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.
In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of teenager Hannah Anderson. The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and then burning down his own home with their bodies inside. DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history, which Marquez explores, in the effort to try to understand how a man who used to be a family friend to the Andersons, betrayed them and took her from her hometown of San Diego to a remote area of Idaho.
CNN Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson airs Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am. All times Eastern.
In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson.
The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio, is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and burning down his own home with their bodies inside. DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history. His father, an abusive methamphetamine addict, committed a crime that suggests unusual similarities to this month's odd odyssey. Marquez explores both DiMaggios stories, in the effort to try to understand how a James DiMaggio, a man who at one time was a very close family friend to the Andersons, betrayed the family and took Hannah Anderson on the run from San Diego to the deadly final confrontation with law enforcement in a remote area of Idaho.
Anderson Cooper Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson debuts Saturday, August 17 at 6:30pm and encores on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30pm. All times Eastern.
CNN's Drew Griffin reports on unprecedented CIA polygraphing that some say is an effort to silence Benghazi operatives.
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As the nation prepares to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, CNN will premiere a new documentary that captures the first-hand accounts of people who witnessed the momentous event. We Were There: The March on Washington – An Oral History will be hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon and will debut on Friday, August 23 at 10:00p.m., 1:00a.m., and 4:00a.m. on CNN/U.S. All times Eastern.
Of the leaders of the “Big Six” civil rights organizations who spoke at the original event on August 28, 1963, only U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), then-chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), remains alive. In his extended interview for the documentary, Lewis recounts details of a White House meeting including African American labor union president A. Philip Randolph, the leader of the March on Washington, then-President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Randolph announced the effort for a national nonviolent demonstration – as the Deep South convulsed during the hot 1963 summer of segregationist turmoil and violence. FULL POST
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
This week marked one month since the tragic bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. CNN's Anderson Cooper and Randi Kaye host an evocative documentary look at the iconic still photographs that vividly captured the unexplainable – images that portraying the horror and the heroism of the events.
Kaye meets the photographers of the most memorable images and interviews them about the stories behind the images and the people who they have immortalized on film.
Anderson Cooper Special Report: Back to Boston – Moments of Impact debuts Friday, May 17 at 10:00pm and 1:00am. It encores Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Documentary features newly released personal footage shot by Nixon's closest aides
CNN plans for broadcast in August 2013; film will be released theatrically by Cinedigm
CNN FILMS and CINEDIGM have acquired OUR NIXON, a new, feature-length film, produced with rediscovered Super 8 home movie footage, filmed by the 37th president’s closest aides. More than 500 reels of personal films were shot separately by Nixon chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, and special assistant Dwight Chapin, between 1969 and 1973, and were until relatively recently, retained by the National Archives.
Our Nixon is directed by Penny Lane, and co-produced by Lane and Brian Frye. The film is expected to premiere on CNN/U.S. in August 2013, and will be released theatrically by Cinedigm.
The home movies are complemented by subsequent archival interviews in which each man reflects upon his relationship with the others and with the president, recounts the exhaustive work of White House service, and of course, recalls Watergate. The film also includes rarely broadcast excerpts from nearly 4,000 hours of Nixon audiotapes.
“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic, and naïve – as well as self-protective, suspicious, and cynical,” Lane said. “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.” FULL POST
As two billion Christians worldwide celebrate Easter, CNN examines archeological evidence and insights from renowned authorities on the ancient church to explore how a faith challenged by the martyrdom of its earliest followers and apostles, could also survive controversy and vigorous debate over its orthodoxy, to become the world’s largest religion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, After Jesus explores the sometimes surprising early history of Christianity, and the challenges and struggles of the early church.
The two-hour documentary After Jesus: The First Christians encores Sunday, March 31 at 8:00pm & 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Photographer Ernest Withers documented the struggles and the victories of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s through shocking and inspiring images that evoke the injustice and the rage of that history even today. Along the way, he himself became an icon.
When Withers photographed the grotesquely mutilated body of Emmett Till, slain for allegedly whistling at a white woman, the photos rocketed across the country and around the world in magazines and newsprint – notably in JET and LIFE magazines, and the Chicago Defender – forcing the nation to focus on that amplified vision of injustice. Withers himself was so moved that he vowed to attend each day of the trial and photograph those accused of the lynching.
After Withers died in 2007, documents secured through a Freedom of Information Act request, submitted by journalists the Memphis Commercial Appeal, revealed that in addition to taking photographs, Withers was also a paid informant for the FBI. A paper trail later emerged suggesting Withers gave the FBI sensitive information on leaders of the Movement, their meetings, and their activities – as part of the FBI’s official, “Ghetto Informant Program.”
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien tells the story of the secret life of Ernest Withers in Pictures Don’t Lie, which encores on CNN/U.S on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT.