“Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies” a biography of everyone’s worst enemy

"Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies" a biography of everyone's worst enemy

Ken Burns executive produces Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part, six-hour documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by cancer researcher Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Airing on PBS March 30-April 1 at 9pm ET (check local listings), the ambitious project tells the story of cancer from nearly every angle, looking at the history of its diagnosis, study and treatment, following current patients battling the disease, and uncovering breakthroughs that might someday lead to a cure. The first episode, “Magic Bullets,” focuses on the centuries-long search for a cure. Tuesday’s episode, “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” looks at the rapid advances in … Continue reading

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“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” another winner from Alex Gibney

"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" another winner from Alex Gibney

You may have been somewhat familiar with the religion of Scientology if you are a fan of two of its most famous adherents, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but Alex Gibney’s striking documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, making its debut March 29 on HBO, goes way beyond the external facade to reveal an — at best, weird; at worst, frightening, abusive and borderline fascistic — organization. Cruise and Travolta are, of course, featured in prominent portions of the documentary (although both declined to participate in the film, archival footage is offered, including a segment with Cruise speaking … Continue reading

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The Dovekeepers — Cote De Pablo returns to TV in Roma Downey, Mark Burnett mini

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The Dovekeepers — the newest TV event from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett under their LightWorkers Media banner — is based on a bloody chapter of human history. But, says Downey, the tale’s true foundation is love and the resilience of the human spirit. “We’re most interested in telling stories that find light in the darkness,” she explained at a recent press event. “Dovekeepers is really a love story … a love story in the face of this incredible tragedy.” Inspired by Alice Hoffman’s heralded 2011 bestseller, The Dovekeepers tells the intertwined tales of mistreated beauty Yael (Rachel Brosnahan), mystical Shirah (Cote … Continue reading

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Go behind the scenes of NGC’s “Killing Jesus”

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I am seated near a bank of monitors in a maze-like casbah in Tamnougalt, a 400-year-old village in Morocco’s Draa River valley. Actors, crew members and locals mill about in cool, cramped hallways with rocky floors, clay walls and a tightly thatched ceiling that, now and then, releases a shower of dust that coats our hair and teeth. Flies and feral cats are omnipresent. And we’re all in the presence of Jesus. Actually, it’s my first day visiting the sets of National Geographic Channel’s Killing Jesus, its most ambitious film project to date and the third of the network’s films … Continue reading

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