[12/17/15 - 11:00 AM]
"Becoming Mike Nichols," An Intimate Documentary Portrait of the Great Director in His Historic Final Filmed Appearance, Debuts Feb. 22, Exclusively on HBO
With disarming candor, wry wit and sharp self-deprecation, Nichols delivered a master class on his craft in what would be his last in-depth interviews.

[via press release from HBO]


"This is what you need to know about movies: You get lucky in various strange ways." - Mike Nichols

Much more than lucky, Mike Nichols wowed movie and theatergoing audiences alike for more than six decades with a rich and deeply varied body of work. Just four months before he died, in a set of final, historic interviews, Nichols opened up to his close friend and colleague, theater director Jack O'Brien, about the storied beginnings of his career, including his comedy collaboration with Elaine May, his direction of two Neil Simon stage classics, and his acclaimed feature-film debut, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," and its follow-up, "The Graduate."

With disarming candor, wry wit and sharp self-deprecation, Nichols delivered a master class on his craft in what would be his last in-depth interviews, for BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS, debuting MONDAY, FEB. 22, exclusively on HBO, following its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

One of the great contemporary artists, Mike Nichols created a body of film work that received a total of 42 Academy Award(R) nominations. Over his career, he won one Oscar(R), four Emmys(R), nine Tonys and a Grammy. Directed by Douglas McGrath (Oscar(R)-nominated writer of "Bullets over Broadway" and writer-director of "Emma" and "Infamous"), BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS features an intimate, relaxed and candid exchange between O'Brien and Nichols, which took place over two days in the summer of 2014 at the Golden Theatre, where the groundbreaking "An Evening with Nichols and May" had its smash Broadway debut in 1960.

Nichols offers insights into his childhood as a seven-year-old immigrant to America (his family escaped Nazi Germany in 1939), as well as the genesis of his career as a performer at the University of Chicago. Despite suffering from stage fright, Nichols rose to stardom as half of the improvisational comedy duo Nichols and May, having met the comedian during his time with The Compass Players in the mid-1950s. They never rehearsed and Nichols' ability to let go and "revere the unconscious" became the catalyst that informed his later directorial style.

"Not naming something, not deciding what to do, being brave and going out empty is the only way," explains Nichols. "And it's both terrifying and thrilling. And what I didn't know is that it applies to directing, too."

His first foray into stage directing was Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" in 1964. With the participation of a young Robert Redford and advice from friend Lillian Hellman, the production won Nichols his first Tony Award. Directing Simon's "The Odd Couple" earned him a second Tony, and sparked in him the keen observation that "there are only three types of scenes: negotiations, seductions and fights."

This would prove true on his debut film, 1967's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," with its inimitable pairing of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Nichols admits that at the time, his knowledge of filmmaking was almost non-existent. With the help of his friend, actor Anthony Perkins, he spent a frantic three days learning about cameras and lenses. The film received 13 Oscar(R) nominations and won five awards, most notably a Best Actress prize for Taylor.

BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS also delves into the making of "The Graduate," Nichols' second film, which brought him an Academy Award(R) for directing and was nominated for six other Oscars(R). Nichols' instincts drove him to cast an unknown young actor he recounts seeing as "a transvestite Russian fishwife in an off-Broadway play," and with that, Dustin Hoffman's career was launched. Discussing the iconic Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, Nichols reveals how the inventive montages came about and also touches on the legendary last shot, noting, "That ending was what taught me what movies really are."

Nichols went on to direct such classic films as "Carnal Knowledge," "Silkwood" and "Working Girl," and earned Emmys(R) for his HBO productions of "Wit" and "Angels in America." His other award-winning stage productions included "The Real Thing," "Monty Python's Spamalot" and "Death of a Salesman," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

With access to archival photographs and footage from Nichols' days as a performer and a theater director, and an illuminating use of movie clips from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate," BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS goes inside the head and heart of this brilliant artist. He lays bare his creative process, his drive and his formidable sense of humor with touching behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

In addition to "Bullets over Broadway" and "Emma," director Douglas McGrath's films include "Nicholas Nickleby," "Infamous" and the Emmy(R)-nominated HBO documentary "His Way." He also wrote the Tony-nominated book for "Beautiful: The Carol King Musical," currently running on Broadway.

Jack O'Brien has won three Tonys and five Drama Desk Awards for his work in the theater, where he directed such productions as "Hairspray," "Henry IV" and "The Coast of Utopia." He served as artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego from 1981 to 2007.

Executive producer Frank Rich spent more than three decades as a writer at the New York Times before joining New York magazine in 2011. He currently serves as an executive producer on HBO's Emmy(R)-winning comedy series "Veep" and executive produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary "Six by Sondheim."

HBO Documentary Films presents BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS; a film by Douglas McGrath; directed by Douglas McGrath; executive produced by Frank Rich, Jack O'Brien and Douglas McGrath; edited by Camilla Toniolo. For HBO: produced by Ellin Baumel; supervising producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

  [december 2015]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[03/02/21 - 02:01 PM]
Video: "The Divine Ponytail" - Official Teaser - Netflix
A chronicle of the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches.

[03/02/21 - 12:34 PM]
discovery+ and Science Channel Explore All Things Weird and Unexplained in All-New Seasons of "Strange Evidence" and "What on Earth?"
In a year when things can't seem to get any more bizarre, both series will dissect the mysteries and creepiness of things that goes bump in the night.

[03/02/21 - 12:31 PM]
Video: "Bombay Rose" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Amidst the bustle of a magnetic and multifaceted city, the budding love between two dreamers is tested.

[03/02/21 - 11:32 AM]
Season One of "Prodigal Son" Now Available for Streaming on HBO Max
The first season of the show is available to stream today, Tuesday, March 2, on HBO Max.

[03/02/21 - 11:05 AM]
Video: All-New Trailer for "Prodigal Son," Featuring Catherine Zeta-Zones and Alan Cumming
Following tonight's winter finale, look for new episodes beginning Tuesday, April 13.

[03/02/21 - 11:01 AM]
The CW Network Renews "Superman & Lois" for Season Two
The super-sized 90-minute series premiere lifted The CW to its best night of primetime in over two years.

[03/02/21 - 10:16 AM]
Peacock Orders Epic Science Series "The End Is Nye" with Emmy Award-Winning Host Bill Nye
The series sends Bill Nye into the most epic global disasters imaginable - both natural and unnatural - and then demystifies them using science to show how we can survive, mitigate, and even prevent them.

[03/02/21 - 10:02 AM]
FOX Bet Super 6 Teams with Television's #1 Entertainment Series, "The Masked Singer," for Season Five, Premiering Wednesday, March 10, on FOX
The FOX Bet Super 6 app will offer viewers an enhanced entertainment experience, by making predictions about what they think will happen in each episode throughout the season.

[03/02/21 - 10:01 AM]
Animation Expands to Mondays This Summer on FOX
Look for newcomer "Housebroken" and season two of "Duncanville" back-to-back beginning May 31.

[03/02/21 - 09:59 AM]
HBO Sports Presents an Imagine Documentaries and Fuqua Films Documentary Feature "The Day Sports Stood Still," Debuting March 24
Emmy(R)-winning director Antoine Fuqua will chronicle the abrupt stoppage, athletes' prominent role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustices that escalated during the pandemic and the complex return to competition in the summer and fall.

[03/02/21 - 09:30 AM]
"Zack Snyder's Justice League" Key Art Now Available
In addition, HBO Max announced a partnership with Footaction as well as The Heroes Among Us fan sweepstakes.

[03/02/21 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "Bad Trip" Starring Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery & Tiffany Haddish - Official Trailer - Netflix
In this hidden-camera prank comedy, two best friends bond on a wild road trip to New York as they pull real people into their raunchy, raucous antics.

[03/02/21 - 09:01 AM]
Kevin Bacon, Angela Bassett, Phoebe Dynevor, Morgan Freeman, Gal Gadot, Justin Hartley, Chris Hemsworth, Javicia Leslie, Chrissy Metz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, and More to Present at the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards
The winners will be revealed live on The CW this Sunday, March 7, with acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs returning to host for his third consecutive time.

[03/02/21 - 09:00 AM]
CBS Presents the "73rd Emmy(R) Awards" to Be Broadcast Live, Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS
Host(s), producers and venue will be announced at a later date.

[03/02/21 - 09:00 AM]
Apple TV+ Orders Star-Studded Female-Driven Anthology Series "Roar" from Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and Executive Producers Nicole Kidman and Bruna Papandrea
Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever and Alison Brie are among those featured in the eight half-hour genre-bending episodes.