Category “Biographies”

Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary takes viewers behind the scenes with Young Jeezy while he tours the world. The film includes interviews with Jay-Z, DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, P. Diddy and other artists. But more telling are the conversations with his father, who was a Marine, and his mother a former drug addict who he found high in a crack house on one occasion. Their eventual divorce would have a heavy impact on Jeezy as as child. He recently told VIBE.com “The first time I ever sat down and watched the whole documentary it just taught me a lot of things about...

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Rihanna: Road To Talk That Talk

Rihanna takes us back back stage as she begins the journey into her latest album ‘Talk That Talk’. The video also takes us back stage on the last day of the LOUD Tour. Whilst visiting her native country Barbados, we go behind the scenes on the Talk That Talk album photo shoot, then she talks about her fans. The footage opens with a group of individuals sat with the Bajan star as they talk about her new material. RiRi can be heard saying: ‘Talk That Talk’ is where it begins to get interesting.” The singer has also been teasing her fans recently with clips and stills from...

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Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story

Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story is a 2004 biographical telefilm produced for VH1. The biopic stars Flex Alexander as Michael Jackson, and follows his rise to fame and subsequent controversial events. The film takes its title from one of Jackson's songs, "Man in the Mirror". The film is a sort of spiritual sequel to The Jacksons: An American Dream, which discussed the Jackson family as children. The telefilm went on to receive generally negative reviews from both fans and critics alike as the film presented Jackson in a very unflattering manner. Man in the...

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Isaac Newton: The Last Magician

This 60-minute biography, part of the BBC’s Genius Of Invention season, reveals a much more complex figure by interviewing experts and delving into his own writings and those of his contemporaries. Newton emerges as an often divisive figure, one who lived a largely solitary life. In the secrecy of his study and laboratory, we find that he also delved into heretical religion, alchemy and the occult. Sir Isaac Newton transformed how we understand the universe. By the age of 21, he had rejected 2,000 years of scientific orthodoxy to develop his own insights through a relentless and often...

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Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones

The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones, one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers, provides the basis of this offbeat, free-form documentary tribute. With little regard for formal timelines and traditional documentary biography methods, the film is an amazing patchwork of personal insights featuring a constellation of music stars including his long-time friend Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and rappers Big Daddy Kane and Flavor Flav, as well as...

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Abraham Lincoln

In August of 1862, Abraham Lincoln was pressed with a very controversial issue facing the United States. As commander in chief, he had to weigh the policy of slavery. Lincoln's main focus was to restore the Union. He was personally against slavery, but it had no effect on his views. (Lincoln's response letter to Horace Greeley) Lincoln wanted to save the Union at all costs. In the letter response to Horace Greeley, Lincoln stated that he did not agree with those who would not save the Union unless they could save slavery at the same time. His stated object was to save the Union, not to...

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10 Things You Dont Know About: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP); National Socialist German Workers Party). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler was at the centre of Nazi Germany, World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the German Workers' Party (precursor of the NSDAP) in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup d'état...

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Johnny Depp

This program chronicles the life of the eccentric, sensual, uncompromising, and media-shy star of Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp rebelled against his early image as a Hollywood hunk, opting to play complex characters in such movies as Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape?. Along the way, he romanced actress Winona Ryder and model Kate Moss before settling down with French singing sensation Vanessa...

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Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back is both a classic documentary film and a vital pop-cultural artifact, Pennebaker’s portrait of Bob Dylan captures the influential singer/songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. The film was shot during Dylan’s 1965 British concert tour, Don’t Look Back employs an edgy vérité style that was, and is, a snug fit with the artist’s own consciously rough-hewn persona. Its handheld black-and-white images and often-gritty London backdrops suggest cinematic extensions of the archetypal monochrome portraits that graced Dylan’s...

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