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‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Is a Bingeworthy Horror Mindtrip That’s Helping Shape TV’s Brand New Rules

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Wednesday night’s installment of “Channel Zero: No-End House” was an episode-length dose of that universal feeling that comes with watching a piece of finely tuned horror: the tiny voice inside (or outside) that screams, “No! Don’t do it!” As with all on-screen tales of terror, the Syfy anthology series has mined plenty of moments like this in its second season, themed around the all-encompassing psychological consequences of an insidious haunted house. But while “The Damage” was a relative breather in the scope of what’s come before it, “No-End House” as a whole remains an ambitious series that’s building on the innovations of TV’s latest narrative wave.

As two friends who get sucked into the horror of No-End House, a literal end-of-the-road attraction with escalating horrors in each of its six rooms, Margot (Amy Forsyth) and Jules (Aisha Dee) have been fighting memories of their »


- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Review: Who’s in Ctrl and Other Key Takeaways From ‘eps3.1_undo.gz’

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[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz” follow.]

Booting Up

In an immediately classic opening montage, Elliot embraces his new job at Evil Corp, doing his best to blend into the corporate scene… while still using his hacker superpowers to try to prevent Stage 2 and along the way dish out his own brand of justice against the corruption within the company. But being normal isn’t easy for anyone, especially as he becomes aware that Mr. Robot isn’t gone — he’s just losing control of the moments when that aspect of himself arises.

Whiterose continues to lurk in the shadows, planning for Stage 2 — which will now coincide with a United Nations vote on annexing the Congo, though Phillip Price has his own political conditions. Meanwhile, Joanna Wellick’s plan to clear Tyrell’s name seems to work. Too bad that immediately afterward, her now-former lover Derek confronts her and her driver on the street, and she dies »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson’: Morgan Spurlock Documents ‘The Simpsons’ Baseball Legacy — Watch

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Twenty-five years ago, back in 1992, Homer Simpson did what was only possible for Homer Simpson, and that was singlehandedly win a big softball game for his power plant team. The Season 3 episode, “Homer at the Bat,” told the story of this tremendous athletic achievement, one which also involved Mlb players like Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, and Steve Sax in the city of Springfield.

Who doesn’t remember where they were on that fateful day? Now, Fox Sports is commemorating this historic anniversary with its own documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock. “Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson” will feature highlights from the game and the events leading up to it, such as the moment Homer’s historic Wonder-Bat was first created.

“I love ‘The Simpsons’ so much and am proud to be reunited with them on this incredible special. A special so special that it not only celebrates Springfieldian Homer Simpson, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘You’re the Worst’: Season 4 is Thriving After its Break-Up Because of Exceptional Standalone Episodes

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“You’re the Worst” Season 4 began with a problem.

“There’s a sort of a writers room buzzword [called] ‘schmuck bait,'” series creator Stephen Falk told IndieWire. “It’s bait for schmucks. It’s like, ‘Oh, the hero’s son is in peril!’ But, well, they’re not actually in peril because, you know, they’re a major character. They’ll come back.”

The bait to start Season 4 — and thus the problem facing it — is that Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are broken up. Most real-life couples couldn’t come back from such a tragic split, but given that “You’re the Worst” is a romantic-comedy focusing on Jimmy and Gretchen’s relationship, the expectation persists: They’ll get back together, right?

Read More:‘You’re the Worst’ Review: Season 4 Transcends Romantic-Comedies with an Invigorating New Beginning

“The fact that there are these normal expectations shouldn’t stop »


- Ben Travers

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‘Liberation Day’ Review: A Slovenian Rock Band Visits Pyongyang in this Utterly Bizarre Look at Life in North Korea

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Only one foreign rock band has ever performed in North Korea. Any guesses? Here’s a hint: Instead of thinking about the musicians who Kim Jong-un would invite to his tetchy hermit kingdom, try thinking about the musicians who might actually take him up on the offer. U2? No. Kid Rock? It’s a toss-up. The Slovenian art band Laibach, who emerged from the ashes of communist Yugoslavia and like to parody fascist regimes by adopting all of their favorite party tricks (sometimes with such a straight face that they’re accused of being Nazis themselves)? Absolutely.

And so, in August 2015, the current members of the Laibach collective flew to Pyongyang International Airport and prepared to play a concert in honor of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule. Arranged by director Morten Traavik, a Fincher-like force of nature who’d orchestrated a number of trips to Pyongyang in the past, »


- David Ehrlich

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Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Was Most Popular Streaming Show This Summer, According to New Audience Metric

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A few months ago, a Netflix exec mused to IndieWire that he was actually surprised that the streaming service’s viewership data hadn’t leaked out. Plenty of Netflix insiders know exactly who’s watching what, and when.

Yet, the streaming giant has managed to keep its ratings under lock and key. Accurate data remains a mystery to even top-level Hollywood execs outside of the Netflix bubble.

That’s starting to change, as more services chip away at the facade of Netflix ratings. Parrot Analytics has made headlines recently with its proprietary “Demand Expressions” metric, which looks at a variety of factors in determining a digital program’s popularity. And according to a new study revealed exclusively to IndieWire, the Jason Bateman drama “Ozark” led the pack among all streaming shows over the past 90 days.

“Demand Expressions” measures audience demand for a title — including streaming, social media, blogging, file sharing, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Stranger Things’: 19 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 2

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Stranger Things 2” returns just in time for Halloween, both in the real world and in the eerie town of Hawkins, Indiana conceived in the nostalgic minds of The Duffer Brothers. The action picks up three days before Halloween 1984, which means that the year will soon be coming to a close. For those who may not have been alive or perhaps have a shaky memory of the time, 1984 was a big year for memorable events and in pop culture.

The first season reveled in bringing the time period alive in all of its totally ‘80s glory, from Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions and Eggo waffles to homages to “E.T.,” “The Shining,” and “Rambo.” Hell, even star Winona Ryder’s presence is a timely tribute since she made her early career in such iconic ‘80s films as “Lucas,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Heathers.”

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in October, and The Best »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck Coming to Television For Cult Horror Drama

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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck are joining forces for what is bound to be one of the hottest new television series in development. Deadline reports the two Oscar winners are developing an untitled horror television series that will track the origins of a cult. The project is being developed under Anonymous Content, the production company behind “Mr. Robot,” and is being shipped around to pay cable and streaming outlets. Multiple networks are reportedly interested.

Read More:Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing the project. He won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity” and last came to television as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived NBC drama series “Believe.” The director is currently in post-production on “Roma,” his first Mexican production since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which is set for a »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series

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Netflix’s serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has become the streaming giant’s new must-binge series. Executive produced and co-directed by David Fincher, the show is inspired by the stories of real criminal profilers John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who headed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and interviewed dozens of America’s most infamous serial killers throughout their careers. While the characters played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are only inspired by the real FBI agents, the serial killers featured in the 10-episode season are the real deal.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

Mindhunter” puts its characters face to face with real serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, the murderer and necrophiliac known as The Co-ed Killer, and Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos, who murdered four women in Oregon. The show’s lead casting director, Julie Schubert, had her »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Are Giving One Fan the Chance to Record Season 3 DVD Commentary With Them

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Attention, “Rick and Morty” fans: Series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are giving one lucky person the chance to join them to record DVD commentary for season 3 and share a meal of McDonald’s chicken nuggets and Szechuan sauce. This is not a joke, and it’s surely the best gift any “Rick and Morty” fan could receive as they continue to cherish Season 3 and look forward to whenever Season 4 will drop.

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

Roiland and Harmon launched an official Omaze crowdfunding campaign in which fans can enter to win the grand prize by making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Donation amounts start as little as $10 and donation prizes include an outgoing voicemail from Roiland and autographed “Rick and Morty” books and skateboards. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles and put up in a four-star hotel as they help the creators record Season 3 commentary. »


- Zack Sharf

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Weinstein Company Logo Removed During ‘Wind River’ Academy Member Screening

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Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal can now be seen onscreen. A projectionist tells IndieWire that, a few hours before a recent Academy screening of Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River,” he was asked to start the movie 14 seconds late. He wasn’t told why, but soon realized that this would be just enough time to remove the Weinstein Company’s logo from the beginning of the film.

Read More:It’s Time to Shatter the Harvey Myth: Weinstein Was Shitty at His Job

Upon arriving to work, he timed it to make sure that his suspicion was correct — and it was. TWC has considered changing its name so as to further distance itself from Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape by dozens of women; he’s since been fired from the company in addition to being expelled from the Academy.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

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Showtime has released the teaser trailer for “The Chi,” a new drama series from recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Common. Waithe wrote, produced, and stars in the show, which takes place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Master of None’: Lena Waithe on How Her Revolutionary Episode Represents Lesbians on TV

Here’s the synopsis: “On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.”

Read More:Aisha Hinds, Tequan Richmond, Alex Henderson, More Cast in Lena Waithe-Created Showtime Pilot

Waithe, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Jason Mitchell, Sonja Sohn, »


- Michael Nordine

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The Los Angeles Film Festival Moves to Fall for 2018, Abandoning Summer

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Film Independent has finally succumbed to the challenges of mounting a world-class film festival in the summer. After 23 years, the festival is moving from June to September. The next installment, in continued partnership with L.A.’s Arclight Cinemas, will be held September 20-28, 2018.

Clearly, the festival calendar was unforgiving, leaving Laff an also-ran following Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Cannes, among other festivals on the international circuit. By June, filmmakers were waiting for the higher-profile fall festivals and the siren call of award season. The new late September dates fall right between two competitive fall festivals, Toronto and New York, which if held at the same time next year would overlap. Will there be enough left over for La? Certainly, many Academy members live in Hollywood, but the L.A. awards festival berth has become AFI Fest, which has benefited from late-breaking awards contenders like “American Sniper” and “Selma.”

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- Anne Thompson

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How ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Helped Trumpeter Lee Morgan’s Friends Find Peace With His Tragic Death

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Jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot and killed at a jazz club in 1972 at just 33 years old — by his wife, Helen Morgan. Kasper Collin brings the trumpet prodigy to life in the documentary “I Called Him Morgan,” telling the story of his career and his tragic death through interviews with Helen recorded by a jazz DJ one month before her own death in 1996, as well as Morgan’s jazz peers.

Read More:‘I Called Him Morgan’ Review: A Bittersweet Documentary About the Woman Who Saved a Jazz Legend’s Life (And Then Killed Him)

After a screening at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, who appears in the documentary, reflected on his friend’s life and death, as well as what the effect it had on the jazz community.

“He was his own worst enemy, but he was a brilliant person,” Mapuin said. “He was »


- Jean Bentley

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‘House of Cards’ Set on Lockdown Due to Active Maryland Shooter

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The Maryland set of “House of Cards” has got into lockdown while police search for a suspect identified as Radee Prince, who is wanted for the shooting of five people in a business park close to the Netflix series’ set. Variety confirmed production has stopped on the series and that the set is in lockdown until the shooter is arrested.

Three of the five people shot have died, reports the Baltimore Sun. The shooter targeted a local business named Advanced Granite Solutions. The victims were all employees of the company and police are now investigating Prince’s connection to the business. Schools in the area are also on a “modified lockdown.”

Read More:‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

“There’s an individual out there on the loose who’s committed one of the most heinous acts in our county, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Lady Dynamite’ Season 2 Trailer Aims to Tell Maria Bamford’s Life Story in ‘Binge-able F—ing Installments’

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The official trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite” shows us that no matter how illusory Maria Bamford’s comedy appears, this series is also achingly real.

Following the release of her hour-long Netflix special, “Old Baby,” it’s clear that Bamford isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the star continues to tackle the stigma of mental illness — in an unconventional way, of course. Season 2 continues the story of how Maria (Bamford) struggled with mental illness while also struggling with the reality of being a working actor in Hollywood. Guest stars announced this morning include Andy Samberg, David Spade, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Judd Apatow, Judy Greer, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Like its first season, the show appears to continue its standard of blindingly bright, yet charming visuals to engage the audience in the story. However, we now know that the experiments are far from over, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Where To Find Halloween On The Small Screen: The Ultimate Guide to This Month’s Marathons and Specials

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Even if dressing up isn’t in your wheelhouse, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your couch. Thanks to Halloween marathons, your favorite networks are airing classic and contemporary films and television shows that’ll get anyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, platforms like Netflix are working hard by releasing enough Stephen King adaptations and serial killer dramas to keep you entertained for the next two weeks.

From AMC’s week-long FearFest to Freeform’s classic 13 Nights Of Halloween, there’s something on TV for those who get spooked easily and for those with witches’ blood in their veins.

Check below for the 2017 guide to everything that is televised Halloween, so you can make plans for your favorite movie or episode.

Network Marathons:

AMC FearFest, AMC

FearFest will run for the week before Halloween, from October 23 to October 31. The marathon will include airings »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Miracle On 42nd Street’ Trailer: Alicia Keys and Larry David Remember the Building that Changed New York — Exclusive

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Miracle on 42nd Street” is a documentary detailing the story of the iconic apartment complex in Manhattan that was home to several artists during the late 1970s: The Manhattan Plaza.

The hour-long film will have its world premiere on November 11 during the Doc NYC festival. It is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor and Bronx native Chazz Palminteri, best known for his roles in “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Usual Suspects.”

Related:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island

Miracle on 42nd Street” depicts a time in which New York City was experiencing a profound financial crisis. Originally planned to be a luxurious apartment building, the Manhattan Plaza was repurposed to provide subsidized housing for artists, and thus it became a residential beacon of hope for people working in the performing arts in the late ’70s.

Apart from revitalizing the theater district around Times Square, the Manhattan »


- Alberto Achar

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Cinema Eye Names Subjects from ‘Faces Places’ and ‘Jane’ Among 2017’s ‘Unforgettables’

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The nonfiction organization Cinema Eye and its nominations committee of top international documentary film programmers, curators, and filmmakers has picked their annual list of “Unforgettables” who helped to define documentary cinema in 2017. They selected 30 individuals from 15 different films to be in the running for this year’s Cinema Eye awards. Like the Doc NYC shortlist, many of the films on this curated list are in the running for the year’s top awards, including the Oscar. “Jane,” “Faces Places,” “City of Ghosts,” and “Strong Island” continue to lead the documentary awards pack.

The full slate of Cinema Eye nominations for nonfiction feature, short, and broadcast films/series will be be announced on Friday, November 3 in San Francisco at Sffilm’s Doc Stories event. Awards will be presented in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Read More:doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus, »


- Anne Thompson

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#RejectTheNRA: Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, and More Call on Citizens to Help in New PSA — Watch

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If you’ve been wanting to do something in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a new PSA from the gun advocacy nonprofit Everytown, which features a pack of concerned and involved celebrities doing their part, shows just how easy it can be to get involved.

In the new PSA, built around the movement to #RejectTheNRA, a slew of celebs — including Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, Melissa McCarthyBill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, John Slattery, Sheryl Crow, and Adam Scott — offer up a step by step process that allows citizens to easily contact their reps and ask them to vote against efforts supported by the NRA to roll back safety laws on gun silencers and concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

Read More:Jimmy Kimmel Reacts to Las Vegas Shooting By Calling Out 56 Senators Who Voted Against Gun Control — Watch

In the new video, the celebs lay out »


- Kate Erbland

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