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Top Hollywood Directors Decode Vr at First Vrtl Summit

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Although Virtual Reality (Vr) has yet to take off commercially, so far the Hollywood studios are mostly embracing the new digital frontier as a marketing vehicle to promote their franchises. On Wednesday, Paramount hosted the first Vrtl Summit for Vr professionals and investors, and announced a partnership with MoveoPlus to provide Moveo Virtual Reality Simulators in theaters and theme parks, with content provided by J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay.

While they are among many top directors, from Alejandro González Iñárritu  to David Goyer, who are experimenting with Vr storytelling, everyone acknowledges that the technology needs to improve — along with bringing down the cost of those bulky headsets. And the push to bring engaging content to consumers remains a challenge. It comes down to effective storytelling. Nobody’s going to pay for Vr marketing promos, so immersive adventures and interactions with virtual characters are going to have to be compelling for »

- Bill Desowitz

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes

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The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of its 16th edition, with “Keep the Change” (U.S. Narrative), “Son of Sofia” (International Narrative) and “Bobbi Jene” (Documentary) taking home the top prizes. 97 features and 57 shorts comprised the main lineup of this year’s fest, which began on April 19 and ends on April 30.

“It is more important than ever to celebrate artists both in front of and behind the camera who have the unique ability to share different viewpoints to inspire, challenge and entertain us,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca’s executive chair and co-founder. “The winning creators from across the Festival program shared stories that did exactly that, and we are honored to recognize them tonight. And how wonderful is it that the top awards in all five feature film categories were directed by women.”

Full list of winners below.

The 2017 IndieWire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

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- Michael Nordine

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‘The Circle’ and ‘Latin Lover’ Open To a Box Office That’s Already Counting Down to Marvel’s ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

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This weekend is all about the next one. The last weekend of April means next week is the annual May Marvel release — here, it’s Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” And that means rival studios are in duck-and-cover mode, clearing a path that extends a week in advance.

So, expect to see “The Fate of the Furious” (Universal) repeat for a third time at #1, with around $20 million gross. By Sunday, “Fate” will be around $190 million domestic on worldwide gross of $1 billion — a record-low domestic share for a film reaching these heights.

Meanwhile, “Guardians” will open in most of Europe and other territories (but not China, Japan, or Russia) ahead of its domestic May 4 debut. Going abroad first not only emphasizes the increased dominance of the international market in studio strategies, but it also can spike already-strong domestic interest.

We’re glad to have that to look forward »

- Tom Brueggemann

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How Former Teen Idols Are Getting Second Lives on Ya Shows Like ‘Riverdale’ and ‘13 Reasons Why’

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More than 30 years after enduring “16 Candles,” Molly Ringwald is heading back to the school dance, and “Riverdale” couldn’t be happier.

The former teen icon, known for her membership in the ‘80s Brat Pack and her John Hughes pedigree, guest stars on Thursday’s “Riverdale” as Archie’s mom Mary. She and her estranged husband Fred (Luke Perry) will be back together temporarily to see their son perform at the high school dance. While the casting was a natural fit because of Ringwald’s red hair, her teen star cred also helped. Both “Riverdale” and “13 Reasons Why” are two teen-centric shows that have been bringing back former teen stars to play the older generation, and reaping the benefits.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ and Beyond: The Best Shows From ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Veronica Mars’ That Were Inspired by David Lynch’s TV Phenomenon

While this type of casting isn’t exactly groundbreaking, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Episodes’ Creators Preview the Final Season of Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime Comedy and Unveil Why It Had To End

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When “Episodes” premieres its final season at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 30, it will mark the first time new episodes have aired in over two years. The Season 4 finale of Matt LeBlanc’s scathing Hollywood satire debuted in March 2015, and even though the award-winning Showtime comedy has taken year-plus breaks before, we still don’t have an official release date from Showtime for Season 5.

If the wait has been hard on fans, they should know the creators are pained, as well.

“It’s been torturous, actually,” co-creator Jeffrey Klarik said in an interview with IndieWire. “We finished on June 3 [2016]. The show is done and ready to air. As soon as Showtime finds a time for us, we’ll be on.”

“We can’t wait to get back on the air,” fellow co-creator David Crane said. “It’s been a drawn out process because Jeffrey and I write all the episodes. »

- Ben Travers

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A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

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A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased two upcoming A24 releases, both of which seem oddly retro: World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. They also dropped the trailer for Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe” and suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Festival Roundup: Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, Israel Film Center Festival Unveils Annual Slate and More

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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Jcc Manhattan’s 5th Annual Israel Film Center Festival announced its complete line-up of feature films from acclaimed Israeli filmmakers. The festival, which highlights Israel’s latest groundbreaking cinema and also features conversations among industry creative, runs June 8 – 13, 2017 with two pre-festival previews on May 21, and May 23, at Jcc Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.

Highlights of this year’s film line-up include the New York premieres of Meni Yaish’s “Our Father,” Erez Tadmor’s “Home Port,” Roee Florentin’s “Mr. Predictable,” and a special preview of “Aida’s Secrets,” set to open in theaters in the fall. Most films included in this year’s slate are New York premieres.

This year’s festival includes popular films coming out of Israel’s industry. “Most »

- Kate Erbland

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Bill Nye: How the ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Dimension Can Exist — Watch

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When Netflix has a resident rock star scientist like Bill Nye on the payroll, you can bet the streaming service will put him to good use beyond just hosting his show, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

In the video below, Nye takes on one of the scientific theories seen in Netflix’s breakout hit “Stranger Things.” On the show itself, teacher Mr. Clarke (Randall P. Havens) took a stab at explaining how to travel to an alternate dimension. His interpretation involved drawing on a paper plate and an elaborate metaphor involving an acrobat, a flea and a rope (no, they didn’t walk into a bar). The rather simplistic explanation, however, didn’t really say how said alternate dimension could exist, which is understandable. There’s no way that Mr. Clarke knew that the boys were dealing with the Upside Down.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Demogorgon: Meet the Man Behind »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until Now, and He’s Got a Reason For That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Ron Howard grew up on TV – so it’s a bit surprising that he hasn’t spent much time directing for the small screen.

As one of the principals of Imagine Entertainment, along with Brian Grazer, Howard has been involved as an executive producer on countless TV projects in recent years, and famously even narrated “Arrested Development.” But directing was a different story – until now.

Howard directed the first episode of “Genius,” National Geographic’s new scripted anthology series, which focuses on Albert Einstein in Season 1. Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” and adapted by writer Noah Pink, the cast includes Geoffrey Rush (“The Secret Life of Peter Sellers”) as the elder Einstein and Johnny Flynn »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Exception’ Exclusive Clip: Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney Debate the Horrors of War — Watch

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Ahead of its theatrical release in June, A24’s “The Exception” premieres on DirecTV today. Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney and Lily James star in the film, a World War II thriller directed by David Leveaux. Watch a clip shared exclusively with IndieWire below.

Read More: ‘The Exception’ Trailer: Jai Courtney Is a German Soldier Conflicted By Love in World War II Thriller — Watch

Here’s the synopsis: “A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, ‘The Exception’ follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Simpsons’ Sneak Peek: Ivanka Trump Takes Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat — Watch

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The Trump administration is the target of “The Simpsons” wit in a clip from the upcoming Sunday episode.

The video, which was posted to “The Simpson’s” Twitter account, shows an update on Trump’s governance over his first 100 days. It kicks off with a look at Sean Spicer, who apparently cannot handle the pressures of being the White House Press Secretary one moment longer and tenders his resignation in a shocking and grim way.

Read More: ‘The Simpson’ Chalkboard Gag Addresses the Show’s President Trump Prediction

We later see Trump in bed surrounded by books (clearly for show, since he doesn’t like to read) and checking his phone. “A hundred days in office, so many accomplishments: lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700, and finally we can shoot hibernating bears,” he said. “My boys will love that.” We also learn the secret of his baffling hairdo. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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How Will Film Critics Remember Jonathan Demme? — Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can typically be found at the end of this post.) This week, however, in light of Jonathan Demme’s death — and in reaction to the immense outpouring of love for the man and his movies that followed the news of his passing — we’ve decided to switch things up with a special mid-week edition of our usual survey. 

We asked our panel one simple question: How will you remember Jonathan Demme? The responses we received can be found below.

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Though I only saw “Something Wild” for the first time this month, it somehow feels like it’s been with me for my entire filmgoing life. The scene where (my ideal man »

- David Ehrlich

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‘The Midnight Service: Home Invasion’ Clip: Tribeca Short Form Series Recounts Thrilling Stories — Watch

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The New Online Work (N.O.W.) section of the Tribeca Film Festival celebrates a selection of 10 independent filmmakers and their new online creative content. This year’s festival played home to the premiere of the short form series “The Midnight Service,” which debuted last week.

Read More: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ Review: A Stonewall Hero Is Mourned In Fascinating Detective Story — Tribeca 2017 Review

The creators of the series, Dean Colin Marcial and Brett Potter, utilize documentary visual language to reinforce the authenticity of the stories. Each episode varies from “real-life anomalies, notorious criminals, occult pop culture, and first-hand accounts of macabre.”

Marcial and Potter are no strangers to the realm of the indie filmmaking. Marcial was named a 2015 Made in NY Fellow by the New York City Mayor’s Office and is a recipient of the 2017 Tribeca All Access Grant. Potter co-founded production services company »

- Kerry Levielle

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Cannes Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival has announced the addition of seven new films to the 2017 lineup, including Roman Polanski’s “D’après une histoire vraie” (“Based on a True Story”). Written by Polanski and French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and based on the novel by Delphine de Vigan, the film will screen in the Out of Competition section. Other filmmakers whose work has been added include Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund, Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre and Iranian-born Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder.

Read More: Cannes: How to Get a Sales Agent or Distributor for Your Unfinished Film

The full list of the new additions are below.


The Square,” directed by Ruben Östlund

Out of Competition

“D’après une histoire vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard

La Cordillera,” directed by Santiago Mitre

“Walking Past the Future,” directed by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings

Le Vénérable W.,” directed by Barbet Schroeder

“Carré 35,” directed by »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Flower’ Review: ‘Badlands’ Meets ‘The Bling Ring’ In Strange And Sexy Coming-Of-Age Story That Certifies Zoey Deutch As a Major Star — Tribeca 2017

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Max Winkler’s “Flower” is nothing if not a coming-of-age story, but it’s explicitly clear from the very first scene that the film’s teen characters have already lost their innocence a long time ago. We open in the front seat of a cop car, as 17-year-old Erica (“Before I Fall” star Zoey Deutch, acing another tricky lead role) gives a dispassionate blowjob to a uniformed police officer. Not that she doesn’t enjoy giving head — Erica has a sketchbook filled with immaculate drawings of every penis that she’s ever put in her mouth — but, like just about all of her sexual encounters to date, this hook up is purely transactional. When the cop asks her where she learned to suck dick like that, Erica bluntly replies: “Middle school.”

It’s a simple grift, and one that’s never played for titillation: Erica uses her jailbait charms to »

- David Ehrlich

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‘One Week and a Day’ Clip: Cannes Marijuana-Filled Grief Dramedy Has Trouble With Transportation — Watch

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Described by IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich as “a sweet and subdued look at the absurdity of life after death,” the Israeli dramedy “One Week and a Day” articulates the often very personal way that individuals deal with death.

The film marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Asaph Polonsky, and it earned him a splashy world premiere slot at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, along with 7 Israeli Academy Awards nominations.

Read More: Cannes Review: ‘One Week and a Day’ Is a Moving Israeli Dramedy About Grief and Getting High

“One Week and a Day” follows Eyal and Vicky, a married couple, and their reactions at the end of sitting shiva for their recently deceased son. In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting shiva (mourning of the deceased) is called for after a funeral. At the end of their shiva, the pair have some…well, unexpected reactions to their grief (some »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘The Boondocks Saints’ Prequel That’s Happening for Some Reason Is Seeking Donations — Watch

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“The Boondocks Saints” franchise is still alive and coming to your TV.

Troy Duffy’s 1999 film starred Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus as Irish American twin brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus, who took it upon themselves to take on the evil Russian mobsters in Boston. Despite critical panning and only getting an initial release in five theaters for one week due to the Columbine High School massacre, the film gained a cult following from its international release and DVD sales. In 2009, Duffy released a sequel, “The Boondocks Saints II: All Saints Day.”

While details about the plot are under wraps for “The Boondocks Saints: Origins” TV series, Don Carmody Television (Dctv) launched its fan-focused pre-order campaign that is seeking donations at BoondocksBack.com. While fans can donate any amount, the campaign has also created merchandise incentives in three increasing tiers. All three tiers will receive a box of “The »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Damien Chazelle Heading to Television With Parisian Musical Drama ‘The Eddy’

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Damien Chazelle isn’t done with musicals just yet. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the “La La Land” Oscar winner is coming to television with a Parisian musical drama that is currently being shopped around to networks.

The project, entitled “The Eddy,” will follow the owner and house band of a Paris music club. Playwright Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) is writing the script.

Read More: ‘La La Land’ Deserves Your Respect: Why Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-Bound Musical Is A Dream Come True

While the series does not have a home yet, expect buyers like Netflix and Amazon to be interested given Chazelle’s involvement. His profile has been raised significantly since he became the youngest filmmaker in history to win the Oscar for Best Director. Before he heads to television, Chazelle is attached to direct Ryan Gosling in Neil Armstrong drama “First Man.”

Chazelle is »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Queen of the South’ Season 2 Teaser: There Can Be Only One Queen in USA Drug Drama

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The future of the drug trade is most definitely female in this exclusive teaser for Season 2 of USA Networks crime drama,”Queen of the South.” “There can be only one queen,’ boasts the tagline to the brand new video as Teresa Mendoza, played by Alice Braga (“City of God”), fights her way to the top of the illegal drug trade.

Queen of the South” is the American adaptation of the literary page-turner “La Reina Del Sur,” written by internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez Reverte. Season 2 of the crime-drama finds Teresa (Braga) climbing the ladder of the illegal drug trade as she butts heads with her new boss, Camila Vargas, the head of the American chapter of the Vargas Cartel played by Veronica Falcon.

Read More: Review: ‘Queen of the South’ Tarnishes the Crown By Pandering to Boys’ Club Conventions

“Don’t forget whose house you’re in, and who built it, »

- Juan Diaz

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Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?

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Much has been made about Carrie Coon this month, and rightfully so. The Ohio native (but devout Chicago Cubs fan) has taken our televisions by storm with starring roles in the final season of “The Leftovers” and the latest chapter of “Fargo.” In the HBO drama, she plays Nora Durst; a fraud investigator who lost her entire family when 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared. Over on FX, she’s police officer Gloria Burgle who’s busy investigating the death of her step-father.

The two roles are very different, linked only by the actress who plays them (as well as great, dynamic writing). But there is one more common thread tying together Coon’s characters to one another: Machines don’t work for either of them.

Read More: ‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

Now, before you start thinking, »

- Ben Travers

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