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‘Supernatural’-‘Scooby-Doo’ Crossover: Zoinks! The Impala Will Go up Against the Mystery Machine for Supremacy

12 October 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Zoinks! The Winchester boys will meet their match when it comes to monster hunters and mysteries this year. At a screening of the “Supernatural” premiere on Thursday, Jared Padalecki discussed the special animated crossover episode with “Scooby-Doo” that will air later this season.

“It’s awesome. It’s fucking awesome,” he said. “So we got the script technically March? April? Several months ago because we did the audio for it several months ago. And they’ve already started drawing it and we actually saw a little kind of mockup, not fully animated, but what it’s going to look [like]. I watched it and like, [claps hands]. Never in my wildest dreams… I grew up watching [‘Scooby Doo’] so to hear that animated you is going to be on the same screen as the Mystery Machine — super cool.”

Read More:‘Supernatural’ Animated Episode to Pair the Boys With the ‘Scooby Doo’ Gang — First Look

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Harvey Weinstein Fallout at Amazon Studios: Roy Price Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations, Placed on Leave of Absence

12 October 2017 3:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has already led to some soul searching in Hollywood, as victims of harassment are finally feeling emboldened to break their silence and report their own stories. Now, Hollywood is seeing its next major target: Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios.

As first reported by Variety, Amazon has placed Price on leave of absence. COO Albert Cheng has been named interim boss.

Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, also supplied to IndieWire. The statement also added, “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”

Read More:Amazon Reconsidering Weinstein Co. Series, Including Expensive David O. Russell Drama, In Assault Scandal Aftermath

The decision to suspend Price came after allegations of sexual harassment became public. As Kim Masters first reported on Aug. 25 in The Information, Price allegedly made sexual remarks to producer Isa »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

12 October 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

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- Anne Thompson

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‘Marshall’ Review: It’s Never a Great Sign When Josh Gad Plays the Lead Role in a Thurgood Marshall Biopic

12 October 2017 2:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are two very different explanations for why “Marshall” — ostensibly a biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States — isn’t really about Thurgood Marshall so much as it’s about a shaky Jewish lawyer who Marshall once coached through a case. The first (and more generous) of the explanations is that the world could use an inspiring film about different kinds of discriminated against Americans joining forces to fight the prejudice that betrays the promise of the nation they share. The second (and more sincere) of the explanations is that Hollywood still believes that white audiences need an entry point to stories about people who don’t look like them, a Virgil to take them by the hand and guide them — safely and without implication — down through an inferno of intolerance and then out the other side.

The two rationales behind telling this »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Smilf’ Trailer and Poster: Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Prizewinner Comes to Showtime

12 October 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Showtime has released the trailer and poster for its provocatively titled “Smilf,” a new comedy series created by, starring, and executive-produced by Frankie Shaw. The half-hour show is based on her prizewinning short of the same name, which won a Jury Prize at Sundance. Watch below.

Read More:Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s ‘The President Is Missing’ To Be Developed As Showtime TV Series

Smilf” takes place in South Boston and focuses on the romantic and professional entanglements of one Bridgette Bird (Shaw), a working-class single mother. The show takes partial inspiration from Shaw’s own life.

Read More:Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

Rosie O’Donnell, Miguel Gomez, Samara Weaving, and Alexandra and Anna Reimer co-star; guest stars include Connie Britton, Mark Webber, and Raven Goodwin. The first season of “Smilf” will consist of eight episodes and premiere on Sunday, »


- Michael Nordine

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Rose McGowan on Twitter: ‘Harvey Weinstein Raped Me’

12 October 2017 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hours after the reinstatement of her Twitter account, actress and filmmaker Rose McGowan hit the social media platform with her most damning message yet: Harvey Weinstein raped her. In a series of tweets directed at Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, McGowan said that she told the head of Amazon Studios about the incident after she sold a script to the online platform. While McGowan said that she “begged” the studio to not work with Weinstein on an unnamed project, they “ignored” her and killed her show.

Read More:Destroying the Harvey Weinsteins of Hollywood Demands Actions Beyond Twitter — Opinion

McGowan has often spoken in veiled terms about an incident that occurred between her and the former Weinstein Company head in 1997, though the details of that incident long appeared to be blocked by a nondisclosure agreement. Last week’s New York Times report, which exposed years of allegations against Weinstein, included mention of the incident, »


- Kate Erbland

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Westerns, Redefined: How Two New Movies Provide Fresh Meaning to a Dated Genre — Nyff

12 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

The western is an iconic genre tied to the very genesis of cinema itself, but it doesn’t have the currency it held decades ago. That’s why it’s such a thrill to see Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” and Valeski Grisebach’s “Western” — two highlights from this year’s New York Film Festival — reshape the genre from the ground up.

It’s only possible to appreciate that if you consider how far the genre has come. The western reigned Hollywood for decades—particularly from the ‘30s to the ‘60s. The genre’s appeal was that its unequivocal good vs. evil narrative could translate to any cultural zeitgeist. It wasn’t until Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns and »


- Caroline Madden

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Armie Hammer Will Dance to Any Song in the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Meme of Our Dreams — Watch

12 October 2017 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was only a matter of time. Sony Pictures Classics celebrated National Coming Out Day by releasing a new clip from Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” that may or may not be your favorite 43 seconds at the movies this year. The scene, titled Dance Party, finds Armie Hammer’s character letting lose on the dance floor of an Italian outdoor club. Calling Hammer’s dance moves lovably goofy would be an understatement.

Read More:Armie Hammer on Getting Naked in ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Playing Hunks, and His James Woods Feud

Naturally Twitter has already turned the scene into a viral meme, taking out the Psychedelic Furs track “Love My Way” that accompanies the scene and replacing it with a variety of different music, from Rihanna to Lorde, Journey, Daddy Yankee, and more. Even the “Game of Thrones” theme song is used. Armie Hammer being Armie Hammer, »


- Zack Sharf

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Joachim Trier Talks Making ‘Thelma’ & Rooting For Terrence Malick [Interview]

12 October 2017 1:47 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Some people are calling Joachim Trier‘s “Thelma” his first foray into the horror genre. It is not. “Thelma” is actually an indescribable mix of genres: drama, thriller, family, horror, mystery, comedy and, yes, even supernatural elements infuse Trier’s hypnotic fever dream of a movie.

Beautifully shot by Jakob Ihre with an attention to detail for every frame, the film is a calm, slow-burning character study.

Continue reading Joachim Trier Talks Making ‘Thelma’ & Rooting For Terrence Malick [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Wonder Woman’ Wouldn’t Exist Without A Polyamorous Relationship, and ‘Professor Marston’ Opens the Bedroom Door

12 October 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wonder Woman” might be the year’s most outwardly feminist blockbuster, but another of this year’s most outwardly feminist biopic chronicles her creation. Kinky and conventional in equal measure, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” follows the unlikely (and mostly true) creation of Wonder Woman, born out of both forward-thinking theory and a polyamorous relationship that endured for decades. Robinson’s film follows Professor William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their one-time student and eventual lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote) as they try to navigate a complex three-way relationship while also dealing with intense public scrutiny.

Cleverly packaged as a straightforward drama about personal desires and professional accomplishments, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is a hugely satisfying alternative to often cheap excuses for feminist movies in Hollywood. If there’s one thing the film doesn’t skimp on, it’s the purposely feminist »


- Kate Erbland

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Joan Didion and Arthur Miller Get the Documentary Treatment From Family Members, And That Makes All the Difference — Nyff

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

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Documentaries often get personal with their subjects, sometimes in ways that are essential to the powerful filmmaking on display. But what does it look like when family, so often the subject, mingles with the forces behind the camera?

Two new documentary films, “Arthur Miller: Writer” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” position their eponymous 20th century literary figures beneath their progeny’s gazes. Plenty ambitious, often neutral, and never too critical, these filmmakers seek a delicate, ethical balance between titillating an audience with the private life behind a public persona and executing a squeaky-clean legacy. Writer and director Rebecca Miller is tasked with her father Arthur, the man who used theater to confront the fallacies of the »


- Caroline Madden

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Nyff 2017: Mindhunter (Episodes 1-2), Good Streamable Chronological Narrative Content

12 October 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The first two episodes of Netflix’s Mindhunter, directed by David Fincher, are slightly stylistically diluted but still distinctively his. Fincher also directed the last two episodes of the ten-episode first season, which has already been renewed for a second prior to dropping this Friday — whether I make it to his bookending episodes I have no idea, but fans should at least take a look at this starting point. “Peak TV,” or at least the limited-run series, has increasingly accommodated one director who wants to do it all: this year has seen airings of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Big Little […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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‘Rick and Morty’ Porn Parody ‘Dick and Morty’ Is Rick’s Weirdest Alternate Dimension — Watch

12 October 2017 1:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rule 34 of the internet states that if you can think of it, there’s porn of it. With all the fervid fandom surrounding “Rick and Morty,” it was only a matter of time before some zany pervert concocted a porn parody of Adult Swim’s popular sci-fi comedy. “Dick and Morty” is produced by Wood Rocket, a production company that specializes in media savvy parodies. Other Wood Rocket titles include “Doctor Whore,” “Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Fap to the Future.”

In the trailer (if we can call it that), Rick’s blue/grey hair has been replaced with a ratty turquoise mop, and Morty is played by an adult woman in a shiny wig. With its jokes about meth rocks and a vibrator meant to resemble “Pickle Dick,” the parody clearly lacks the razor sharp humor of “Rick and Morty.” Still, no one can say “Dick and Morty »


- Jude Dry

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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Says Netflix Bought Her Film Because Other Studios Were ‘Afraid’

12 October 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was the biggest deal — literally and figuratively — of this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Netflix’s $12.5 million purchase of Dee Rees’ hard-hitting historical drama “Mudbound,” further establishing the streaming service’s dedication to snapping up auteur-driven cinema poised to get plenty of attention around awards time. And while Netflix has yet to prove its ability to take its starriest projects all the way to awards season glory and box office big bucks, it does have a big fan in Rees, who said she knew from the start that Netflix was the right home for her film.

At a post-screening press conference today at the New York Film Festival, Rees explained why she became a Netflix fan early on, and how that ultimately impacted her decision to go with the distributor. “For me, going into the sale, I had a different kind of idea of them because ‘Pariah’ was kept alive by Netflix, »


- Kate Erbland

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Race, Religion, Immigration: 5 New Documentaries That Capture Our Divided Times — Nyff

12 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Tragedy begets tragedy. And in 2017, the global infrastructure’s threshold for human suffering seems to be testing its limits: environmental catastrophes are ravaging the Global South, refugees are fleeing war and persecution only to be met with xenophobic policies. Yet, in the shadow of the 24/7 news cycle, keeping up with current events can prove challenging. As the landscape for film exhibition follows technology’s rapid adaptation, offering new ways to watch movies outside of the traditional theater experience, the role of a film festival continues its evolution: extending its cinematic influence over the industry and the audience, and if lucky, offering a platform that can push the culture forward.

There’s no other place one can better witness that »


- Rooney Elmi

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Almost Had A Different, Clunkier Title

12 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The decades long journey to bring “Blade Runner 2049” to the big screen has resulted in many paths not taken, and detours, like 1998’s unofficial side-quel “Soldier” (which apparently takes place in the “Blade Runner” universe). As such, it means there are many plot elements that got left behind, and even Hampton Fancher‘s original treatment for ‘BR2049’ had a different ending to the one Michael Green eventually penned in the screenplay.

Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Almost Had A Different, Clunkier Title at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Destroying the Harvey Weinsteins of Hollywood Demands Actions Beyond Twitter — Opinion

12 October 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to boil with questions of who knew what and when, a new and disturbing story from Kate Beckinsale, and a NYPD investigation. The list of Weinstein’s accusers grows daily, as does the number of celebrities adding their voices to describe their shock and dismay.

While Weinstein’s behavior is “disgusting” (Robert Rodriguez) and “There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault” (Leonardo DiCaprio), we have to wrest our attentions from celebrity social media feeds if there’s any hope of stopping it. And while I believe the industry houses other Weinsteins who must be rooted out, the real work lies in paying serious attention to people whose names appear low in the credits crawl, when they’re there at all.

Sexual harassment crosses all categories, and there isn’t an actress (and not a few actors) who doesn’t have a story. »


- Dana Harris

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Movies Anywhere: Inside the App Bringing 5 Studios Together

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

Online digital movie purchasing across multiple devices just got easier for consumers, thanks to a new alliance between major studios Disney, Fox, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. With Thursday’s launch of Movies Anywhere, the free app/website provides access to nearly 7,500 titles from the five studios through digital retailers Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Up until now, online digital movie access has been divided between the former Disney Movies Anywhere and rival studios’ competing cloud-based UltraViolet digital locker. According to Karin Gilford, general manager of Movies Anywhere, they hope to lure other studios and mini-majors while also making movies available from specialty divisions Focus Features (Universal) and Fox Searchlight.

“By setting up Ma and setting up an account, and then linking that account to our participating digital retailers, you’ll be able to sync your whole purchase movie collection across all of those accounts,” said Gilford. “And »


- Bill Desowitz

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Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review]

12 October 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Back in 2009, one of the most notable names to appear on the world film scene was Samuel Maoz. The then-47-year-old filmmaker, a former documentarian, made his feature debut with “Lebanon,” a gripping war drama set entirely within a tank during the 1982 conflict between Israel and Lebanon, a conflict which Maoz himself had fought in, in a similar role. Despite Maoz’s first-timer status, it landed in competition at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and, furthermore, took the top prize, the Golden Lion, beating out films including “White Material,” “A Single Man” and “The Road.”

Maoz seemed likely to break out to a much wider audience, and yet, in the last eight years, he has been largely absent.

Continue reading Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review] at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘A Night at the Garden’ Documentary Resurrects a Chilling 1930s Nazi Rally in New York City — Watch

12 October 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Marshall Curry has been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar twice, once for “Street Fight” in 2006 and again for “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” in 2012, and his work has brought viewers into worlds both uncomfortable and intense. His Tribeca-winning documentary “Point and Shoot,” for instance, followed the first person account of the Libyan revolution against dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Read More:Why Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ is Due for a Hollywood Remake

The documentarian has again combined the political with the horrific for his new short documentary “A Night at the Garden,” which has officially made its debut on Field of Vision. The seven-minute film pieces together archival footage from 1939 to create a first-hand look at a Nazi rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden which attracted 22,000 Americans. The rally is rarely mentioned in the history books, making Marshall’s account a true dark and chilling revelation. »


- Zack Sharf

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