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‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ 4K Blu-ray Trailer: Ridley Scott’s Original Sci-Fi Classic Has Never Looked This Stunning — Watch

12 August 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In what’s surely a coincidence, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” comes to Blu-ray in a new 4K transfer a month before “Blade Runner 2049” hits theaters. Warner Bros. just released a new trailer for the latest iteration of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, which takes place in a 2019 Los Angeles that, if we’re being honest here, probably isn’t too close to what L.A. will actually look like in a couple years. What’s that line about tears in rain?

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Tells Us All We Need to Know About What Happens Between the Original and the Sequel

Here’s the synopsis, if you need to refresh your memory: “21st-century detective Rick Deckard brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants — and is »

- Michael Nordine

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Charlottesville: Ava DuVernay, J.K. Rowling, Seth Rogen, and More React to Violent White-Supremacist Rally

12 August 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As you might expect of a gathering of self-proclaimed “white nationalists,” today’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent. One person was killed and several more were injured after a car drove into a group of people protesting the event, and a state of emergency has been declared by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Read More:Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: The ‘Cruelest’ and ‘Pettiest’ President Here’s how Hollywood is reacting:

“The truth is: we are living at this time. And we are tolerating it.” #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/U4qBQl93qV

Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 12, 2017

By the way, fuck these nazi motherfuckers. #Charlottesville

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 12, 2017

Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet. pic.twitter.com/ABffmwwH8D

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2017

Can y’all stop trying to erase racism from the story of the #Charlottesville white supremacists, »

- Michael Nordine

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Channing Tatum Goes Full ‘Magic Mike’ on a Delighted Gas-Station Employee — Watch

12 August 2017 12:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We may not be seeing a third “Magic Mike” movie anytime soon, but at least Channing Tatum isn’t going anywhere. The actor collaborated with Steven Soderbergh once again for next week’s “Logan Lucky,” which sees the director returning to the silver screen for the first time since his retirement/sabbatical began in 2013, as well as in a new Facebook Live video sure to delight fans of the male-stripper dramedy.

Read More:Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tell the Weird, Wild Story Behind ‘Comrade Detective

In it, Tatum makes his way through a gas station looking for snacks and quickly makes friends with Beatrice, the cashier on duty; it isn’t long before they launch into a dance routine and the actor goes full “Magic Mike.”

Read More:‘Comrade Detective’ Review: Channing Tatum’s New Cop Drama Is Not What It Seems — It’s Better

Released in 2012, “Magic Mike »

- Michael Nordine

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The Silence & Stillness Of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’

12 August 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Twin Peaks” has been a cultural and cinematic phenomenon since its debut in 1990, helmed by cinematic visionary David Lynch. This awesome video essay expertly breaks down the impact of Lynch’s unique directing style and how incorporating stillness is pivotal to the structure and suspenseful nature of the show. Known for his strange and yet fascinating work in both television and film, Twin Peaks is of particular interest because of Lynch’s unique vision, using stillness with great effect leaving the audience spellbound and fully immersed in the mystery of the show.

Continue reading The Silence & Stillness Of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ at The Playlist. »

- Martine Olivier

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Vampire Comedy ‘Bite Me’: A Love Song to the Weirdos

12 August 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On August 16, 2013, I finished the first draft of my second feature film, “Bite Me.” Today, on August 12, 2017, four years and 48 drafts later, I am riding the subway to our first day of production. But the story I am telling begins far earlier and, with any luck, will last far longer.

I have this memory that still guts me when I think about it today. I’m sitting in a movie theater as a middle-schooler and watching “The Princess Diaries.” I’m not sure if you remember that film, but at the beginning the central character played by a young Anne Hathaway is supposed to be a mega-nerd. To indicate the depths of her social pariah-hood, they made Anne wear glasses and frizzed her hair out a bit. But, if you’ve ever seen Anne Hathaway, you can probably imagine that, even in this state, she still, you know, looked like Anne Hathaway. »

- Naomi McDougall Jones

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‘Game of Thrones’: Jon Snow Gets to Work Mining Dragonglass in Hilarious Video — Watch

12 August 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We only have three episodes left in “Game of Thrones” season, which means that everyone who’s been ‘shipping Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen might be losing patience. The most recent episode found the King in the North and the Mother of Dragons start to forge a tentative alliance, with Dany agreeing to let Jon mine dragonglass from her humble abode if he agrees to bend the knee — and fans were delighted by the sexual tension between the two, despite(?) the fact that they’re aunt and uncle.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’: Littlefinger’s ‘Fight Every Battle’ Speech Was an Insight Into His Mind — and Advice on How to Watch the Show

A new video shows what that actual work might look — or at least sound — like. In it, Dany tries to strategize with her advisors in Dragonstone; the pow-wow is cleverly edited to make them all look »

- Michael Nordine

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Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda”

12 August 2017 11:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Luc Besson‘s filmography is fairly impressive for a director that’s never really received support from critics. He directed “Nikita,” “Leon,” and “The Fifth Element” back to back to back from 1990-1997. Fine. Those three films alone have allowed him enough creative freedom to direct whatever he’s wanted to since. The problem is the ensuing films weren’t very good (“The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,” “Angel-a,” “Arthur and the Invisibles,” “The Family“).

Continue reading Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda” at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘The Simpsons’ First Screenwriter Says She Was Kept Out of the Writers’ Room for Being a Woman: ‘No One Ever Called Me’

12 August 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

126 people have written or co-written an episode of “The Simpsons,” most of whose names you probably don’t know. Among that company is Mimi Pond, who happens to have penned the long-running show’s first episode; in a new Jezebel interview, Pond says that she never became a full-time member of the writing staff because she’s a woman.

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“I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time,” she says of her experiences. Eventually the truth came out:

“No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything. And it wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Suburbicon’: George Clooney Says His New Film Co-Written by the Coen Brothers Isn’t a Comedy: ‘It’s Very, Very Dark’

12 August 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve seen the trailer for “Suburbicon,” you might be assuming that the new film starring Matt Damon and directed by George Clooney is a dark comedy. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, however, the man responsible for “Monuments Men” says there have been “some misconceptions” about his latest directorial effort — namely the fact that “they keep calling it a ‘comedy’ and you’d be hard-pressed to find a lot of funny in it.”

“It’s a pretty angry and dark film, which is sort of what we wanted to make at the time. Every time I see someone go, ‘Yeah, it’s a black-comedy!’ you go, ‘There’s a couple of laughs, but it wasn’t designed to be ha-ha funny,’” continues Clooney. Set in the ’50s, “Suburbicon” centers around a home invasion perpetrated against Damon, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Good Time’: The Safdie Brothers Write a Note Thanking Robert Pattinson for the ‘Romantic/Psychotic Email’ He Sent Them

12 August 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Good Time” opened in New York and Los Angeles yesterday. To mark the occasion, directors Josh and Benny Safdie have shared a note on A24’s website noting that, though they’ve directed several features before, the acclaimed crime drama starring Robert Pattinson is in some ways their “first Movie-Movie, so we don’t blame you for maybe not having heard of us before!”

They then reveal that “Good Time” wouldn’t even exist “had Rob not written us a romantic/psychotic email about how he felt deeply connected to us just by having seen a still on Indiewire.” The brothers previously directed “Heaven Knows What,” which caught the former “Twilight” star’s attention. »

- Michael Nordine

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David Lynch Almost Directed ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ Reveals Cameron Crowe

12 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fast Times at Ridgemont High” turns 35 tomorrow, a milestone Variety has marked by speaking to director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Among the revelations: the fact that David Lynch, who was also offered directing duties on “Return of the Jedi” at around the same time, was approached to helm the classic teen comedy. “I had a meeting with David Lynch,” says Crowe, apparently on the recommendation of Universal exec Thom Mount.

“He had a very wry smile on his face as I sat talking with him,” continues Crowe, who won an Oscar for writing “Almost Famous.” “He went and read it. We met again. He was very, very sweet about it, but slightly perplexed we thought of him. He said this was a really nice story but ‘it’s not really the »

- Michael Nordine

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Favorite Moments from Locarno Festival 2017: Confronting Death, Raúl Ruiz Returns, Japan Diaries

12 August 2017 4:10 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Wandering Soap OperaThis year at the Locarno Festival I am looking for specific images, moments, techniques, qualities or scenes from films across the 70th edition's selection that grabbed me and have lingered past and beyond the next movie seen, whose characters, story and images have already begun to overwrite those that came just before.***The camera’s brief tracking movements in Jacques Tourneur's Appointment in Honduras (1953). This filmmaker, to whom Locarno is devoting an extensive retrospective, is not a formalist like some of his more acclaimed contemporaries like John Ford, Otto Preminger, or Hitchcock, whose overt and idiosyncratic use of the camera makes far more obvious each director’s perspective on their stories. But that doesn't mean Tourneur didn't have formal flourishes, and none are so lyrically charged as the subtle and surprising times in his films when there’s a cut and suddenly the camera is floating »

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‘DuckTales’ Review: Nostalgic, Adventure-Filled Reboot Is All It’s Quacked Up to Be

11 August 2017 8:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

DuckTales” makes its triumphant return to TV in a Disney Xd movie, titled “Woo-Oo!,” on Saturday that sets the bar high during this age of reboots and revivals.

In the TV landscape filled with comic book adaptations featuring superheroes, zombies or spies, it’s easy to forget that the much-beloved “DuckTales” also hailed from ink and paper. It’s this source material, however, that gave the series its storytelling heft and visual vibrancy, an irresistible combination that has contributed to the original series’ success and nostalgic longevity. This was not some treacly, preachy after-school fare, but rather zippy escapism that built in serialized installments.

Fortunately, the reboot of the series keeps all of those important original hallmarks. “American Idol” alum Felicia Barton re-recorded the signature theme song but keeps its sense of fun and excitement intact. The animation »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Rumor: An Early Cut of ‘Justice League’ Was “Unwatchable”

11 August 2017 6:33 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It seems like Henry Cavill‘s mustache is the least of the Dceu‘s worries these days concerning their upcoming fall juggernaut “Justice League.” We’ve already learned that Warner Bros is apparently softening the dark tone of the picture, and tweaking Ray Fisher‘s performance as Cyborg in reshoots. Now, Batman-On-Film reveals that the blockbuster picture might be in worse shape than previously thought.

Continue reading Rumor: An Early Cut of ‘Justice League’ Was “Unwatchable” at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Sicario’ Sequel & Spider-Man Spin-Off ‘Silver & Black’ Land Release Dates

11 August 2017 5:32 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s a late Friday night so what better time to drop a slews release date on the unsuspecting public. So, get a pen and paper to adjust your calendar and let’s get started and make note: these are all Sony Pictures films.

Perhaps the most significant of the release, tentpole wise is Sony’s “Silver And Black,” a Spider-Man spinoff film focusing on the female characters Black Cat and Silver Sable Marvel adaptation.

Continue reading ‘Sicario’ Sequel & Spider-Man Spin-Off ‘Silver & Black’ Land Release Dates at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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