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How The Clash Became an Integral Part of the ‘Stranger Things’ Musical Emmy Nomination

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The use of The Clash’s 1982 hit single, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” in “Stranger Things” is a great example of why there’s a new Emmy category this season honoring the creativity of the music supervisor. The Duffer Brothers inserted the song into their ’80s sci-fi script to emotionally connect the Indiana family that’s separated by the Upside Down dimension. However, if Emmy-nominated music supervisor Nora Felder hadn’t convinced The Clash of its importance, the Duffers would’ve had to find a replacement.

Fortunately, the “Stranger Things” showrunners (Matt and Ross Duffer) were never aware there was even a problem obtaining the licensing rights. “It was my job to protect them,” said Felder Thursday night during a Q&A panel discussion. “They were worried about trivializing the song and needed to see how it was going to be used in scenes, and for the first »


- Bill Desowitz

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Go See ‘Logan Lucky’ This Weekend If You Want Better TV in the Future

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Logan Lucky” and “The Knick” are one and the same. Yes, one is a new Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig-led motion picture — a brisk, lively, crowd-pleasing heist flick, opening this weekend. And “The Knick” was a TV show, set in 1901 with gruesome operations, low ratings, and a cancellation handed down by Cinemax after two seasons.

But beyond their shared director, both “Logan Lucky” and “The Knick” operate outside the norm. If the former succeeds, it could lead to more great TV like the latter; it could help build a world where ambitious shows — like “The Knick” Season 3 — could see the light of day.

Steven Soderbergh’s first and last TV show, along with his return from the filmmakers’ retirement home, are auteur efforts with a clear, creative vision, and their success is measured differently from blockbusters of both mediums.

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- Ben Travers

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TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3

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Even though Netflix has started to cancel its underperforming series in earnest, that doesn’t mean it lacks for programming. In fact, its slate of offerings is fuller than ever, which makes it difficult for viewers to choose when faced with an embarrassment of bingeable riches.

Netflix’s foreign series, however, rarely get promotion amidst all of the other American shows that have been produced. Although IndieWire has previously provided handy lists of foreign-language series a couple of times, including other imports, that is only a hint of all offerings available.

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By now, you’ve already seen Brazil’s excellent dystopian series “3%” or the unforgettable “Chewing Gum” starring Michaela Coel, but what’s next? In an effort to continue helping viewers discover new or lesser-known foreign TV shows, we’ve compiled another list of those series worth bingeing below: »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’ Became TV’s Last Great Event Series By Learning From Sports

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These days, two of the only forces keeping live TV viewing alive are “Game of Thrones” and sports. On a week to week basis, there are few topics that are guaranteed to generate a conversation quicker and provide an easier shorthand for making friends or small talk than how the Yankees are hitting or what’s up with the Lannisters.

While incredibly lucrative contracts are being built on the backs of live sporting events, be it the Olympics or regional deals for sports like baseball and basketball, there’s a reason that these kinds of spectacles get eyeballs. Over the past few years, for people who aren’t big sports fans, “Game of Thrones” has become the analog to generate the same kinds of conversations among those don’t necessarily care about whether Paul George and Russell Westbrook are going to have any on-court chemistry next year.

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- Steve Greene

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‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Review: Season 1 Has Major Plot Flaws, But Its Women Make it Soar

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One of the best things to come with the proliferation of superhero storytelling, across both film and television, is the growing complexity around the concept of heroism. And thus one of the best things about “Marvel’s The Defenders” is that it’s actively engaged with this, while still managing to deliver ninja fights, comic book in-jokes, Jessica Jones day-drinking, and more fun.

The Defenders” unites the previous four Marvel/Netflix series — “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — for an adventure that spans not just New York, but the mystical realms. All four of the heroes from these previously established shows find themselves facing a New York in chaos thanks to the actions of the evil, ninja-esque organization The Hand (led by the mysterious Alexandra, played by legend Sigourney Weaver); after being drawn together by their individual investigations, they’re forced to acknowledge that the battle can only be won together. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Don Hertzfeldt Teases ‘World of Tomorrow’ Sequel is Happening

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Don Hertzfeldt has teased on Twitter that he’s been putting the finishing touches on a new project, but he dropped a bombshell today by apparently confirming that his new movie is actually a sequel to his Oscar-nominated “World of Tomorrow.” The independent filmmaker posted a photo of a title card that reads: “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts.”

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— don hertzfeldt (@donhertzfeldt) August 18, 2017

World of Tomorrow” followed a young stick-figure girl named Emily as she’s taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future, one that includes making contact with her clone 227 years in the future. The 16-minute short premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film. Other accolades include the Annie Award for Best Animated Short of 2015 and an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

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- Zack Sharf

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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

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Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeremy Renner, who stars in Taylor Sheridan’s indie hit western “Wind River” with fellow-Avenger Elizabeth Olsen.

Bottom Line: Renner has built his movie stardom and used it to smart advantage, ranging from archer Hawkeye in “The Avengers” to throwing banter with Simon Pegg in “Mission: Impossible.” Those movies make it possible for him to be a magician in love with a Frenchwoman (Marion Cotillard) in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or the pompadoured Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmen Polito in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Career Peaks: Renner had been a working actor for 13 years, supporting himself with construction and house-flipping (and roles as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”) when he broke out at age 37 as the fearless, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Gook’ Review: Justin Chon Delivers a Powerfully Unsubtle Drama for Painfully Unsubtle Times

16 hours ago

Almost certainly the most confrontational film about the Asian-American experience since “Better Luck Tomorrow,” Justin Chon’s “Gook” is about as subtle as a trash can smashing through a pizzeria window, but this isn’t a story for subtle times. Set on April 29, 1992 — the first night of the Los Angeles Riots — it’s not a story about subtle times, either. On the contrary, this messy but lived-in drama is intended for a climate that’s tilted towards hatred and erasure, an environment in which people are forced to scream their voices hoarse just to remind the world of their basic humanity. You don’t call a movie “Gook” because you feel heard.

A frequently angry call to action that’s shot in spare black-and-white (all the better to evoke the scrappy kind of indies that were arriving on the scene back in the “Clerks” era), “Gook” hinges on two normal Korean-American guys. »


- David Ehrlich

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Jon Stewart Takes Aim at Donald Trump and White Supremacists During Surprise Stand-Up Appearance With Dave Chappelle

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Jon Stewart picked a hell of a time to end his tenure as host of “The Daily Show.” Several others have stepped up to fill the void left by his absence — that two of them, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee, first came to attention on his show is no coincidence — but no one does it quite like Stewart did.

He reminded everyone in attendance at Dave Chappelle’s show at Radio City Music Hall of that just last night, chiming in on Charlottesville and Donald Trump.

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Like just about everyone besides Trump himself, Stewart was aghast at the notion that “many sides” were to blame for last weekend’s violence. “To the presence of two sides? Motherfucker? There are two sides? Motherfucker? Two sides? Two sides!” he exclaimed. “And I believe they are called the Allied powers and the Axis powers. »


- Michael Nordine

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The 20 Best Movie Endings of the 21st Century

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A movie is only as good as its ending. At the very least, that’s certainly how it can feel right after you finish watching one. Of course, each film demands a different kind of finale, and it would be futile to try and generically describe what makes for a “good” one — you know one when you see it. Some stories are best served by ending with a jarring twist that makes you reconsider everything you’ve seen before it. Others require the perfect note of ambiguity, or that immortal line of dialogue to help seal the deal. Every great film ends on its own terms, but all of them do so in a way that ultimately makes the whole experience impossible to forget. Here are the 20 best movie endings of the 21st Century.

Note: Needless to say, there’s a five-alarm spoiler alert in effect for the rest of this article. »


- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt and Jude Dry

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‘Sense8’: Porn Website xHamster Wants to Produce Season 3 of Wachowski Series

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Netflix broke the hearts of many when it announced in June it was canceling the Wachowski series “Sense8” after two cult-favorite seasons. The series had aired 23 episodes and became beloved for its empowering themes of acceptance. Fan outcry was so passionate over the news that Netflix convinced Lana Wachowski to wrap-up the series with a two-hour movie set to premiere in 2018.

Read More:‘Sense8’ Lives! Netflix and Lana Wachowski Announce 2-Hour Series Finale

But what if “Sense8” could continue with a third season instead? Porn website xHamster has thrown its hat into the ring by offering to produce an entire season of the series. The website, which has been around for the last decade, argues it has more daily visitors than a lot of top publication websites and would be a natural fit for a series that includes infamous sex scenes and themes about sexual rights.

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- Zack Sharf

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‘The Crown’: What Emmy Frontrunner John Lithgow Learned About Acting By Playing Winston Churchill

16 hours ago

If you weren’t at John Lithgow’s 70th birthday celebration in London, you missed the chance to party with some of Britain’s most elite actors.

“My wife threw a 70th birthday party for me for about 50 people, and she and I were the only Americans,” the actor told IndieWire. “Maybe 60, 70 percent of these people were actors, but only half of them were actors from ‘The Crown.’ The others were people that I’d worked with on other projects – Jonathan Price, and Jim Broadbent, and David Suchet. They came in one after another and it was this constant moment of, ‘What are you doing here?’ They all knew each other.”

Read More:‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer and First Look Photos: Heavy Lies the Head

Lithgow’s legendary career includes everything from “Terms of Endearment” to “Third Rock From The Sun,” but even he’s still discovering new tricks. That »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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How ‘What Happened to Monday?’ Filmmaker Tommy Wirkola Made a Film About 7 Sisters With a Single Actress

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Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Netflix’s original film “What Happened to Monday?” – now streaming on Netflix.

Although he’s best known to American audiences for his funny and gruesome spins on old-fashioned fairy tales that follow characters as wide-ranging as zombie Nazis (“Dead Snow”) and candy-seeking children (“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”), Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola has some other tricks up his sleeve. With his “What Happened to Monday?,” Wirkola tackles high-concept sci-fi, thanks to an ambitious story that follows seven identical sisters (all played by Noomi Rapace) trapped in a future society that only allows just one child per household.

In the film, each sister is assigned a day of the week – and a matching name – in which they’re allowed out of their apartment (and the watchful eye of their surrogate dad, played by Willem Dafoe) for a little slice of living. »


- Indiewire Staff

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10 Female-Directed Films to See This Season, From ‘Lady Bird’ to ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’

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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. 

Finally: 10 new features from female filmmakers. From first-time directors to bonafide superstars, personal stories to historical epics, this season has something for everyone, and all from women.

“Viceroy’s House” (September 1)

After investigating her own heritage during the filming of an episode of BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Bend It Like Beckham” filmmaker »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Superbad’ 10th Anniversary: Seth Rogen Reveals 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Comedy Classic

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Superbad” turned 10 years old this week, and co-writer Seth Rogen celebrated by revealing some secrets about the making of the beloved comedy classic. Directed by Greg Mottola and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film turned Jonah Hill and Michael Cera into household comedy names and introduced the world to Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s McLovin.

Read More:Seth Rogen Regrets That Some ‘Superbad’ Jokes Were ‘Blatantly Homophobic’

It’s hard to believe the film is celebrating its 10th anniversary. “Superbad” premiered in August 2007 and was a late summer sleeper hit, grossing $121 million in the U.S. opposite a $20 million budget. The film had Judd Apatow as an executive producer, and his directorial effort “Knocked Up” had already become an R-rated comedy success a few months earlier.

In a serious of 10 hilarious tweets, Rogen provided some colorful facts about the movie’s creation. Apparently, “Superbad” is the first movie to use a very perverse curse word, »


- Zack Sharf

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The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’

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The Weinstein Company is taking a flying leap into the world of animation, announcing today the formation of their brand new animation label “Mizchief,” which will roll out later this summer with the release of their film “Leap!” The company has also announced the second film set to bear the Mizchief label, the Gary Wang and Life Chaser Animation Studios’ feature “The Guardian Brothers.”

Of the news, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in an official statement, “I named the label Mizchief because that’s how my son pronounces mischief. Animation is a playful new direction for us and I’m thrilled to expand the TWC repertoire into a whole new category of films for our kids to enjoy and for us to enjoy with them. All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids.”

Read More:‘Leap!’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Voices Ballet-Obsessed »


- Kate Erbland

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Why ‘Logan Lucky’ Was the Perfect Comeback Movie for Steven Soderbergh — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 161)

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When Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement several years ago, the film world mourned the loss of a major filmmaker — but it turned out to be a false alarm. Soderbergh’s back in the saddle with the release of “Logan Lucky,” a lively heist movie that shows he hasn’t gotten rusty during his time off. The movie is a gamble for Soderbergh with its innovative distribution strategy, but Soderbergh’s artistic comeback is already a done deal.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss why “Logan Lucky” is a perfect illustration of Soderbergh’s strengths. They also touch on another new release, “Patti Cake$”, and what to make of new Academy president John Bailey’s diversity comments.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes.

You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Three Peaks’ Clip: Intense Family Drama Is No Match for the Terrors of Mountain Climbing in Tiff Thriller — Watch

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Family bonding is always a tough sell, even worse when you’re trying to blend a family, and filmmaker Jan Zabeil takes that highly relatable conceit and blows it out into a wild feature. One thing is for sure: you won’t look at your innocent family vacation the same way after watching this film.

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In “Three Peaks,” Aaron (Alexander Fehling, who is part of the Face to Face campaign that showcases German talent worldwide, a year-long campaign started in Cannes) invites his girlfriend Lea (Berenice Bejo) and her 8-year-old son Tristan (Arian Montgomery) on what should be an idyllic trip to the Italian Dolomites. But there’s already a mighty power dynamic brewing, as Aaron and Tristan are fighting to be Lea’s main man, and even a generally affable feeling between the two doesn’t help matters. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Wonder Woman 2’: Patty Jenkins Signing Historic Deal to Become Highest Paid Female Director in Hollywood

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Wonder Woman” has become the biggest blockbuster of the summer with $402 million and counting, beating out the likes of Marvel heavyweights “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Patty Jenkins’ superhero origin story won over critics with its empowering themes and performances, and it did the impossible in getting people to finally start believing in the DC Comics extended universe.

Read More:‘Wonder Woman’: 4 Ways Director Patty Jenkins Broke D.C.’s Losing Streak

All the success with “Wonder Woman” has made the wait for Jenkins’ confirmation that she’ll direct the sequel especially painful. Warner Brothers announced at Comic-Con in July that the Gal Godot-starring sequel will arrive on December 13, 2019, but they didn’t reveal whether or not Jenkins would be back. The director has been in negotiations with Warner Brothers over her salary, and it appears they are rightfully signing a huge paycheck to keep Jenkins around. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Human Flow’ Trailer: Ai Weiwei Returns to the Movies for This Sprawling Look at the Refugee Crisis

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Whenever Ai Weiwei comes to the movies, you better do yourself a favor and take notice. He was the subject of Alison Klayman’s acclaimed 2012 documentary “Never Sorry,” which followed the controversial artist after he’s released from detention by Chinese authorities in 2011 and continues to provoke the government through his artwork. Ai Weiwei is now set to return to the big screen this fall with “Human Flow,” in which he directs a sprawling look at the modern refugee crisis.

Read More:Ai Weiwei Is Both Movie Star and Director in Docs ‘The Fake Case’ And ‘Stay Home!’

The official synopsis reads: “Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. ‘Human Flow’ is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, »


- Zack Sharf

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