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Who Knew: The Cutthroat World Of $200 Denim


Making jeans is a sketchy business according to a new online documentary called “Dirty Denim.” Meet Chip of Chip & Pepper, a Budweiser-guzzling Cali dude who explains that the industry is “hard-core, dude. You’re on kill kill kill mode.” Why so? Apparently jeans designers are backstabbing d-bags who steal each other’s samples, spy on their competitors to copy their washes, and blackmail the workers in the manufacturing plants, all to make sure their however-many-hundred-dollar jeans are the “it pants” of the season. Dude. [NY Mag]

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Quickies: Sydney Pollack And Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” & Next Year’s Oscar Host Revealed?

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Watch All The Documentaries You Want—It’s Free!

My little nerd heart is freaking out right now! Thanks to WiseBread.com, I just discovered FreeDocumentaries.org, a site where you can download full-length documentary films online. (It appears to be legal, as the site claims to “follow all copyright laws.”) They’ve got (relatively) big-budget docs like Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me,” and Barbara Kopple’s “Shut Up And Sing” (the one that explored what happened to country stars The Dixie Chicks when one of them publicly criticized President Bush). The caveat? The flicks are mostly liberal-leaning. Keep reading »

British Documentary Exposes The Dark Side Of Pedigree Dog Breeding


A controversial documentary called “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” about the dark side to pure breeding of dogs, airs tonight on BBC America. This morning on “Today,” they showed a clip from the film, focusing on how pure breeding of Cavaliers has resulted in many of them having a painful genetic disease where their brains are too large for their skulls. This is just one of many ways humans are “breeding dogs to death.” Keep reading »

Documentary Looks At Why Men Are Less Manly Than Ever

Apparently, testosterone has gone down 17 percent in the last 14 years among American men, and one member of the decreasingly masculine population has made a documentary, “An Emasculating Truth,” which asks: “What does it mean to be a man?” Oscar travels around the country, interviewing various people and attempting manly activities (lifting weights at Gold’s Gym on the Jersey Shore, going hunting, etc.) in an attempt to figure out where manliness has gone.

It looks pretty interesting, especially the part where GQ style columnist Glenn O’Brien says men will be eliminated in a thousand years and women will become lesbians and run the show, but we’re not sure if it’s a clever viral marketing campaign from Dockers (the documentary’s website says “Presented by Dockers” at the bottom) or if the khaki-pants-maker simply funded this clever inquiry into why men are spending so much on hair products and wearing too-tight jeans these days. “An Emasculating Truth” will be available to view online later this month. Keep reading »

This Leonardo DiCaprio Doc Looks Like It Was Made In 10 Minutes


Want to know everything there is to know about Leonardo DiCaprio? Well then, you’ll want to watch this unauthorized documentary “Hangin’ With Leo!!” With totally sketchy footage and contradictory interviews with people who don’t seem to be experts on anything, this doc takes you deep inside the mind of Leo. Here’s what I learned about Leo … Keep reading »

Documentary “Starsuckers” Shows It’s Amazingly Easy To Plant Bogus Celebrity Stories In Newspapers


I love a good documentary and this one, “Starsuckers,” looks especially stellar. It looks at our culture’s growing obsession with celebrity—how newspapers and stations have drifted towards celebrity journalism and how fame is sold to us like a commodity. The part of the film I’m most excited for? Director Chris Atkins wanted to test how well tabloid journalists fact-check the stories called in to or emailed to their tip lines. So, his team concocted some totally bogus stories—like that Avril Lavigne fell asleep on a couch at Bungalow 8, that Amy Winehouse blew a fuse during a party and electrocuted herself turning it back on, and that Guy Ritchie got a black eye juggling silverware at a restaurant. They sent these stories to major newspapers, and a huge percentage of them actually ran. The filmmakers turned down payments but could have banked about $1,200 for their efforts. This flick opens in the U.K. on Oct. 30. As of yet, there are no plans for it to travel stateside, but here’s hoping. [Guardian, Starsuckers] Keep reading »

Jump Aboard The Michael Moore Bandwagon, Err, Gondola


Michael Moore tops my list of favorite documentary filmmakers I wouldn’t want to snog but would totally marry. I love a juicy oversimplification applied by the left, and nobody does it like Moore. First he took on the ailing auto industry in “Roger & Me,” then violence in “Bowling for Columbine,” then the reaction to September 11th in “Fahrenheit 9/11,” then the healthcare industry in “Sicko.” Remember when Moore provoked Charlton Heston to slam a door in his face (on tape!) for a poignant ending to “Bowling for Columbine”? Sigh.

After the jump, see what industry insiders are saying about Moore’s latest lament, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late August, plays at the New York Film Festival next week, and opens in theaters on October 2nd. Keep reading »

No Impact Woman

Last night, I saw a preview screening of “No Impact Man,” the documentary about Colin Beavan. Chances are you know him as the guy who gave up everything from toilet paper to electricity for a year, on a quest to make himself and his family have absolutely no negative effects on the environment. After an article about him ran about him in the New York Times, a media blitz ensued and Colin became something of a celebrity (though a polarizing one), landing on “Good Morning America,” “The Colbert Report,” etc, etc, etc.

But while he may be the titular No Impact Man, the real star of the documentary is Colin’s wife, Michelle Conlin. Keep reading »

“The Day Before” Gets Us Excited For Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week officially begins this Thursday. Right now designers are probably scurrying around, creating last-minute dresses, hiring models to walk the runway, and making final hair, makeup, and music selections for their shows. Sure, they’ve been working for months on their collections, but a lot is done right down to the moment the last model struts onto the runway.

We love seeing what goes into making the clothes we see in magazines and on red carpets. In the four-part series “The Day Before,” which premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel, French director Loïc Prigent (the man behind the “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” documentary) takes us behind the scenes for the last 36 hours before the fall 2009 fashion shows of Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After watching these clips of Karl Lagerfeld and his Fendi team going delightfully nuts (above) and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough making last-minute adjustments backstage (after the jump), you’re gonna want to clear your nights from tomorrow until Saturday, when the last part of the series airs. [Sundance Channel] Keep reading »

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