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Beyonce, HBO team up for "intimate" documentary

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Nov. 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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Intensely private star Beyonce is about to let her fans get a little more personal.

HBO announced Monday that it is teaming up with Beyonce for a documentary, which will air on the premium network on Feb. 16, 2013.

The documentary, called "intimate" and "revealing" in the press release, will be directed by the singer and will provide "raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances." The film will also include footage shot by Beyonce on her laptop.

Thirteen days before the documentary airs, Beyonce will perform at the Superbowl halftime show.

Read the entire press release below.

Multiple Grammy®-winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting Feb. 16, 2013, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Directed by the superstar, the film is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances.

“Everybody knows Beyoncé’s music, but few know Beyoncé the person,” said Lombardo. “Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman.”

“HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity,” said Beyoncé. “Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home."

The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. The film also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.

Beyoncé also serves as the film’s executive producer.

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Beyonce performs "I Was Here" at the U.N. for World Humanitarian Day in the General Assembly Hall in the United Nations in New York City on August 10, 2012. UPIBeyonce performs at the Verizon Center in Washington on June 24, 2009. First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha attended the concert. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
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