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Apple TV Plus Lands ‘Beastie Boys Story’ Documentary From Spike Jonze

The movie features Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond discussing the group’s 40-year friendship and rise to fame as hip-hop exploded in the late 1980s. The movie billed as a “live” documentary was shot at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater. The pair also pay tribute to founding member Adam Yauch (aka MCA), who died of cancer at age 47 in 2012. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety » https://trib.al/9utaS4t

Justin Bieber Docuseries Is a YouTube Record at $20 Million-Plus Deal

Bieber aligning with YouTube is a logical partnership in that he is currently the most subscribed artist on the platform, with 47.8 million subscribers, and has six videos in his canon with over a billion views. All told, Bieber’s official YouTube channel has over 19 billion views. – Shirley Halperin, Variety » https://trib.al/X6lEMBc [photo: Justin Bieber/YouTube]

Amazon Prime Video Scores Landmark Soccer Doc Series ‘This Is Football’; Starbucks, Joe Roth, UK’s October Films & Spain’s Brutal Media To Produce

Amazon Prime Video has scored a landmark soccer documentary series from producers including Joe Roth, coffee chain Starbucks, Barbarians Rising producer October Films and Spanish firm Brutal Media. The SVOD service will launch This Is Football, a six-part series that will look at the stories behind the world’s most popular sport, on August 2. – Peter White, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/R7fzGL

‘When They See Us’: Lead NYPD Detective Calls Netflix Series Full Of “Lies”

Reynolds contends that the Central Park Five were not innocent bystanders, but were part of a pack of youths who went “wilding” in the park in April 1989. The night resulted in jogger Trisha Meili being raped and beaten. Reynolds also took issue with the film’s portrayal of the teenage youth being beaten during their arrest. – Bruce Haring, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/R7WMSg

Central Park Five Prosecutor Pens Op-Ed Amid Backlash, Calls Netflix Series an “Outfight Fabrication”

Describing When They See Us as “so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication,” Fairstein outlines in the WSJ what she claims are the “most egregious falsehoods.” “When They See Us, repeatedly portrays the suspects as being held without food, deprived of their parents’ company and advice, and not even allowed to use the bathroom. If that had been true, surely they would have brought those issues up and prevailed in pretrial hearings on the voluntariness of their statements, as well as in their lawsuit against the city. They didn’t, because it never happened,” she writes. – Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2IDJe6f

Emilio Estevez Uses Some Public Domain Footage In Film, So Universal Studios Forces Original Public Domain Footage Offline

There was just one problem. It appears that Estevez included a clip of “Your Life Work: The Librarian” within the movie (in which he, himself, plays a librarian). He, of course, is free to do so (thanks to the public domain), and having put that clip into his movie doesn’t magically make that clip covered by copyright. But what the fuck does Universal Pictures care about pesky little things like the public domain and librarians’ YouTube accounts? It’s a big important Hollywood studio, and if it stomps out public domain material and ends up giving strikes to actual librarians, well, it’s all good because it must “stop piracy.” – Mike Masnick, Techdirt » http://bit.ly/2VmiuPW
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