Showtime Producing Whitney Houston Documentary

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Showtime Documentary Films has announced the start of production on a film exploring Whitney Houston’s life and career. The film is produced, directed and narrated by BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Tales of the Grim Sleeper), and will shoot in Los Angeles. The filmmakers will “talk to the key people in Houston’s life to create an indelible portrait of the artist. With behind-the-scenes materials, candid interviews and performance footage, including many of Houston’s greatest hits, this film will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston and explore the impact her life and death had on the people around her and on the world of music.”

“Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentary and Unscripted Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Showtime Documentary Films is thrilled to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”

BILLIONS Preview: Uncovering a Mole


“There are no innocent men. Not on Wall Street”. That’s what Chuck Rhodes tells Bryan in this week’s BILLIONS when the underling faces a moral dilemma as to whether he should frame an innocent man as a mole after Axe receives a tip about a mole inside his company. Chuck believes they need to protect their real mole, but Bryan doesn’t want to frame a patsy in order to keep up their investigation. As a result Chuck is frustrated by what’s happening with the investigation, but he and Wendy are both looking forward to a future without Axe Capital looming between them.

Meanwhile, Axe becomes deeply paranoid about the potential mole and tries to scare them out, while the investigation starts to invade Lara’s personal life, which causes tension between her and Axe. Finally, Showtime warns that “a secret from Axe’s past surfaces, threatening everything he has built.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight (March 13) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: After the Failed Deal


Axe runs into quite a bit of trouble that doesn’t even involve the US Attorney’s office in this week’s BILLIONS. After another resident of the Hamptons drives Axe and Lara’s kids home drunk, Axe rushes to his house and punches him. But the situation backfires when an edited video of the incident gets sent to a reporter and the police get involved.

Over at the US Attorney’s office, Chuck continues to conceal his involvement with the case. And Spiros is making demands that he take a larger role now that Chuck has recused himself. Of course, Chuck has an ace up his sleeve that could put Spiros in his place. Wendy, meanwhile, isn’t sure who to believe about how the deal she brokered between Axe and Chuck fell apart and starts to question her husband’s role in it. She also meets with an attractive headhunter to consider a career change — but something more than a job opportunity arises.

And Connerty manages to turn a member of Axe’s inner circle into an informant, which means that the case against Axe Capital has just gained a powerful weapon.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight (March 6) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Will Axe Fall?


Is it judgement day for Bobby Axelrod and Axe Capital on this week’s BILLIONS? Chuck Rhodes seems to think it is and he’s convinced that he is the man to take Axe down.

Axe is spoiling for a fight with Chuck and he wants to engage in a scorched-earth defense, but that could threaten his relationship with Wendy. And Lara is also concerned about what this investigation could do to hurt their family.

But the tide may be turning, because Chuck’s interrogation of Dollar Bill doesn’t go exactly as planned. And soon Chuck feels political pressure to recuse himself in the face of a long legal battle.

Enter Wendy, who is caught in the middle and starts engaging in diplomacy to facilitate a deal that could benefit both men. But in order to finalize her deal, Chuck and Axe have to meet. Is it a good idea to put these two powerful men in the same room together?

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Disappearing Act


Bobby “Axe” Axelrod made a stunning pronouncement at the end of last week’s BILLIONS when he seemingly shut down his fund. In this week’s episode he orders his traders to unload all of their positions and then he disappears from Axe Capital.

Naturally, that sends the firm into chaos. Has Axe decided to retire from the money came for good? As he’s MIA from the firm and planning a trip on his yacht, Wags and Wendy are left to hold down the fort and eventually Wendy reaches out to Axe to figure out what her old friend is up to.

Meanwhile Chuck learns about Axe’s disappearance and is confused as to the money man’s strategy. He goes into high gear to find out more and is eventually led to a farm in Iowa where he discovers a questionable trade and a key witness. Now armed with some solid evidence, Chuck heads to Axe Capital to make a very surprising arrest.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Making a Play


Axe decides to take his childhood friends on a spontaneous trip to see Metallica in concert in Montreal in this week’s BILLIONS. At the concert he’s meets a beautiful and free-spirited young woman who tempts him and makes him question the limits of his own freedom. He also gets some interesting news from his “fixer” about Chuck’s investigation.

During his trip, Axe is also forced to fend off a short squeeze on one of his important holdings led by Chuck’s father (leading Chuck to be furious at his father for stock manipulation) and deal with a betrayal from one of his oldest friends.

Back in New York, Chuck and his team sits down for a day-long proffer session with Pete Decker, who shares with him important facts about the inner workings of Axe Capital and of Axe himself.

And when Axe returns from his trip he’s going to make a huge decision about the future of his firm.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Of Books and Power Play


Lara learns some disturbing news in this week’s BILLIONS that sets her on the warpath.

After learning that June is going to be publishing a book about her experience getting through 9/11, Lara suspects and then later confirms that June has written things that are damaging to Bobby. In particular, one chapter could seriously damage his reputation and cast a sketchy light on his past. But Lara isn’t one to take the destruction of her family lying down and so she systematically attempts to ruin June’s life until she relents and removes that chapter from her book. Let’s just say that Lara’s power as an Axelrod reaches far and wide and June has no idea what she’s in for.

Over at Chuck’s office, he learns that while he was pursuing Steven Birch, the rival Eastern District made inroads in the case against Bobby and now Chuck is desperate to get the case back and take all of the glory for himself. Chuck is forced to make a trade to regain control of Pete Decker — a key witness and a hedge fund manager who is close to Bobby.

Finally, Bobby is making an activist play for YumTime, a family owned bakery corporation. As it turns out, Chuck’s father has a very personal connection to YumTime, proving that Bobby is prepared to strike at the Rhodes family any way he can.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS on January 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Renewed for Season 2 by Showtime


Showtime believes in BILLIONS. The new series starring Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti has been given a second season renewal after airing of two episodes in its freshman season.

The premiere episode did well for Showtime, pulling in garnered 6.5 million multi-platform viewers in its first week to set a new Showtime record, topping the RAY DONOVAN debut by 7%.

BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Guarding Against Outsiders


Axe takes precautions in this week’s all new episode of BILLIONS. After basically daring Chuck to pursue him, he installs rigorous compliance measures to protect the company against the investigation started by Chuck and his office. Back at the US Attorney’s office, their attention is derailed by their concurrent investigation into an Axe rival, billionaire Steven Birch. And Axe’s fixer, Hall, cultivates a mole inside the US Attorney’s office.

Meanwhile, when Axe impulsively fires an employee who disagrees with him, he compels Wendy to try and clean up the mess that the former trader could cause for him, thus proving her loyalty to the firm. Axe also proves that he can hold on to an old grudge for a very long time when he makes an aggressive move under the guise of a charitable contribution to the symphony.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS on January 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Teasers and Sneak Peeks: Welcome to the Jungle


There’s been a lot of movies and television shows focused on the worst of Wall Street lately, including the upcoming ABC miniseries MADOFF and the newly released film THE BIG SHORT. And in some respects, the new Showtime series BILLIONS focuses on the same themes, including greed and skirting the law to earn vast sums of money. But BILLIONS also gives an interesting look into the individual players in this enormous system.

We open the premiere of BILLIONS with an S&M scene — one involving U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes as the one who is being dominated. Which is very different from his professional life where he is always in control and doesn’t like prostrating himself before anyone else. Someone from the SEC approaches him with a suspect insider trading pattern that links back to Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. But Chuck knows he has to tread lightly with this one because Axe is considered a “man of the people” — someone who came from nothing to build an enormous and profitable hedge fund and never forgets his old friends. He very much presents himself as a family man and a charitable guy (although, there’s definitely something that happened around the time of 9/11 that could cast Axe in an unfavorable light). Chuck’s wife — Wendy Rhodes — is also the performance coach at Axe Capital and is a close friend of Bobby’s, which complicates the situation.

During a press conference to announce some recent busts and convictions, a financial journalist accuses Chuck of refusing to go after Bobby because of a conflict in his own house, which goads Chuck into proceeding. After all, the last thing he wants is an accusation that he’s showing anyone preferential treatment — and that goes for his wealthy businessman father as well (a point that keeps coming up throughout the season).

Meanwhile, Axe proves himself intelligent, speaking to his backroom contacts to protect himself at every turn when he gets word he’s being targeted for an investigation. And it doesn’t hurt that his wife, Lara, is a tough woman who is prepared to threaten and manipulate people in order to secure the family’s reputation.

Don’t miss the series premiere of BILLIONS on January 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.