An interview with co-writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani about the rom-com based on their love story, "The Big Sick."
Matt writes: In his list ranking the best films of 1987, Roger Ebert included Taylor Hackford’s “Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!,” calling it “the year's best musical documentary, a rollicking and sometimes revealing record of the attempt by Rolling Stone Keith Richards to stage a 60th birthday concert for Berry, at which the pioneer of rock and roll would at last be accompanied by a well-rehearsed backup band.” After Berry passed away last weekend, our critic Glenn Kenny penned an insightful obituary that paid tribute to Hackford’s film. “Aside from being a superb portrait of Berry—and of Richards, whose intelligence and clear devotion to music here belies his sometime rap as a wizened five-string-zombie,” wrote Kenny, “[it] is one of the great rock and roll documentaries.” And of Berry, Kenny argued, “For all the great things he achieved, he deserves to be the fifth face on Mount Rushmore.”
We are thrilled to announce that Steve James' acclaimed documentary about the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, 2014's "Life Itself," has been nominated this year for a Best Documentary Emmy by the National Academy of Television Broadcast Arts & Sciences. Produced by CNN Films and Kartemquin Films, the documentary was broadcast all over the country, thus making it eligible for Emmy consideration. It also garnered another nomination for Outstanding Editing. The the 37th annual News & Documentary Emmy awards will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York City on September 21, 2016.