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Streaming Service IFC Films Unlimited Expands Through Apple TV Channels In U.S. And Canada – Toronto

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Exclusive: IFC Films is always a player at the Toronto Film Festival in acquiring films and launching awards-season entries — the Hirokazu Kore-eda-directed The Truth makes its North American debut here — but the company is making news of another kind. IFC has solidified its new streaming channel, IFC Films Unlimited, by expanding to Apple TV channels, both in the U.S. and Canada. The service launched in the U.S. last May, and today marks the debut of IFC Films Unlimited in Canada.

The Apple deal gives the IFC Films Ott service an important platform where customers can subscribe directly through the Apple TV app, for $5.99 per month. The streaming service launched with just over 400 films available in the U.S.

The subscription video on demand streaming channel is comprised of theatrically released titles from distribution labels IFC Films, Sundance Selects and genre label IFC Midnight. The Truth, which premiered at Venice,
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The Best TV Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now

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It’s not always easy to decide what to watch on Netflix, since even the streaming company’s sophisticated algorithms can’t always figure out what you might like even if it’s different than what you usually choose. Whether you’re in the mood for the crude humor of Nick Kroll’s adult animated series “Big Mouth,” or you’d rather watch the compelling story behind Gianni Versace’s murder in Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story,” Netflix has you covered. The streamer boasts an impressive slate of titles, promising a binge-able show for almost every type of person. You may want to ring in the last days of summer with a Netflix original like Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” which racked up 16 Emmy nominations, or maybe you’re after the comfort food of television: a beloved classic like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation.” The lazier
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Everything You Need to Binge Over the Fourth of July Holiday

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Everything You Need to Binge Over the Fourth of July Holiday
To many, the Fourth of July holiday and weekend means indulging in a long sleep, enjoying a beach day, and treating yourself to happy hour. But others, who prefer to cozy up at home, may be in need of a list of shows to start bingeing now that they have a few more out-of-office hours.

Already finished with the new season of “Stranger Things”? That was fast! In that case, a Fourth of July binge might mean finally starting Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s London-based comedy “Fleabag” that everyone in your life can’t stop talking about, or maybe it means you’ll sign yourself up for a voyage to “Love Island,” which just released five seasons on Hulu.

For those in the mood for something more serious, however, Netflix isn’t lacking in the historical miniseries department — “Chernobyl” and “When They See Us” both tell the gripping stories of two very
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Emmys Experts warn that ‘Documentary Now’ could upset ‘SNL’ for Best Variety Sketch Series

Emmys Experts warn that ‘Documentary Now’ could upset ‘SNL’ for Best Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live” is the heavy favorite to win Best Variety Sketch Series for the third year in a row this year after dominating the Emmys in 2017 and 2018, but the venerable NBC series hasn’t always been so indomitable. It lost the top prize to “Inside Amy Schumer” in 2015 and “Key and Peele” in 2016. And now, according to a couple of the Expert journalists we’ve surveyed from major media outlets, it could lose to IFC’s “Documentary Now.”

A win for “Documentary Now” would kind of be a win for “SNL” too considering that it was created by “SNL” alums Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers and is also executive produced by “SNL” mastermind Lorne Michaels. It’s a mockumentary series that parodies classic nonfiction films like “Grey Gardens,” “The Thin Blue Line,” “The War Room” and “Wild Wild Country,” among many others, with special guest stars taking part in the absurd recreations.
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Director Joe Berlinger On His Ted Bundy Docuseries ‘Conversations With A Killer,’ And Why “True Crime” Label Makes Him “Wince”

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Director Joe Berlinger On His Ted Bundy Docuseries ‘Conversations With A Killer,’ And Why “True Crime” Label Makes Him “Wince”
Serial killer Ted Bundy continues to fascinate the American public even decades after his execution. The latest demonstration of that comes with the popular success of the Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger. The four-part series is now contending for Emmy nominations.

It’s by no means the first documentary examination of Bundy’s string of brutal sex crimes in the 1970s, a fact not lost on Berlinger.

“The bar is awfully high to do something on Bundy, because it’s a well-worn tire,” the director recalls thinking when he was first approached with the documentary idea. The pitch came from Stephen Michaud, co-author of the book Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, who had recorded hours of interviews with Bundy in the 1980s while the convicted murderer sat on Florida’s death row. Hearing the audio convinced Berlinger to move forward.
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IFC Films Launches Subscription Streaming Channel Anchored To Start Of Cannes

As Cannes ramps up, IFC Films is highlighting its connection to the festival in launching a new subscription streaming service, IFC Films Unlimited.

The $6-a-month service will initially launch on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with other distribution outlets to come down the line. It will offer theatrically released titles from its distribution labels IFC Films, Sundance Selects and genre label IFC Midnight, including Palme d’Or winners The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days and Dheepan and other Cannes notables such as Certified Copy, Gomorrah and Kid with a Bike.

IFC parent AMC Networks operates a portfolio of streaming services, including Sundance Now, Acorn TV and AMC Premiere.

While the streaming wars are heating up among Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal, more niche services continue to populate the landscape, though the numbers have started to level off. There were 233 subscription services as of April, according to research firm Parks Associates,
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IFC Films Launches Subscription VOD Streaming Service

IFC Films is getting into the streaming game, launching its own subscription-based, video on demand streaming service on Thursday.

Called IFC Films Unlimited, the catalog of movies will draw on titles from the IFC Films, IFC Midnight and Sundance Select labels, including so far “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “The Trip,” “45 Years,” “The Babadook” and more as part of an initial offering of several hundred movies.

The service launches today and will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video channels for $5.99 per month. The service hopes to eventually be available on additional platforms.

Also Read: 'The Sound of Silence' With Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones Acquired By IFC Films

The launch was made to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival, taking place now. IFC has distributed five winners of the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, and three of those movies, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Dheepan
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IFC Renews ‘Documentary Now!’ For Fourth Season

IFC has officially renewed the cult-favorite, lovingly crafted spoof Documentary Now! for another seven-episode season. In a sardonic press release, one of many upfront announcements from AMC Networks this morning, IFC notes that the premiere date for the new run of episodes has not been determined “because Fred, Bill and Seth are super-busy.” That would be Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, who created the show along with Rhys Thomas. Lorne Michaels is among the executive producers. Guest stars and targets for the show’s documentary parodies slated for the new season will be revealed closer to air date, per the show’s custom. Past seasons have sent up classics like The War Room, Grey Gardens, The Thin Blue Line and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In addition to hosted segments featuring Dame Helen Mirren, last season featured guest stars including Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton and Natasha Lyonne.
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Errol Morris Will Attempt Narrative Filmmaking One More Time Directing The Upcoming Film ‘Weegee’

Errol Morris is one of the most recognizable filmmakers in the documentary film industry. An Academy Award winner, the director is responsible for some of the best docs in the modern era, including “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Fog of War.” And last year, he helmed the hotly-debated film “American Dharma.” But for his next project, the director is attempting to move into the fiction game one more time.

Continue reading Errol Morris Will Attempt Narrative Filmmaking One More Time Directing The Upcoming Film ‘Weegee’ at The Playlist.
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‘American Animals’ Misses Out At BAFTA–Can The Oscars Handle Authentic Truth?

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‘American Animals’ Misses Out At BAFTA–Can The Oscars Handle Authentic Truth?
If there’s a takeaway from this awards season, it’s that true stories are back with a vengeance. For proof, look no further than Rosamund Pike as war reporter Marie Colvin in A Private War, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush in Vice, Mahershala Ali as Don Shirley in Green Book, Melissa McCarthy as forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

’Authenticity’ is hot right now too, as evidenced by Bradley Cooper’s approach to press for A Star is Born – a film seemed to be a shoo-in for awards glory. In all the vast swathes of publicity that accompanied its release, Cooper stressed all the ‘realistic’ elements in his otherwise fictional tale, from literally taking away Lady Gaga’s glam-pop image with a wet-wipe to playing live at the Glastonbury festival in the UK as a
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Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson to Star in ‘Wild Wild Country’-Inspired Episode of Parody Series ‘Documentary Now!’

Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson to Star in ‘Wild Wild Country’-Inspired Episode of Parody Series ‘Documentary Now!’
Just when you thought a “Company”-inspired episode starring John Mulaney, Taran Killam, and Renee Elise Goldsberry was the best trick “Documentary Now!” could pull for its upcoming third season, out comes Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson.

The pair of actors will star in an episode called “Batsh*t Valley,” the IFC doc parody series’ version of a story about a reclusive spiritual community, in the vein of “Wild Wild Country” and “The Source Family.” Wilson is set to star as the leader of this secluded group in the woodlands of Oregon, with Keaton playing the FBI agent bent on investigating and exposing the truth behind the entire operation.

Necar Zadegan will also star in the episode, written by Seth Meyers and directed by Alex Buono.

It’s the fourth announced installment for the forthcoming season, which debuts next year on February 20. Aside from the aforementioned Broadway reworking “Original Cast Album: Co-op,
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Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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Harvey Weinstein has an Oscar prediction for you

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Harvey Weinstein has an Oscar prediction for you
Since establishing The Weinstein Company from the ashes of his Miramax brand in 2005, Harvey Weinstein has continued to use the awards season to the benefit of his film releases. It was bumpy going at first with failed attempts like "Bobby" and "The Great Debaters," but with 2008's "The Reader," things finally started to pick back up. Eight Best Picture nominations and two back-to-back wins later, he's out in front with another project right in his wheelhouse: "The Imitation Game." The Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, landed eight Oscar nominations in January and has grossed $134 million worldwide. And it's adding theaters still, using the fuel of the circuit to stoke the fire at the box office. Meanwhile, Weinstein has turned up the heat on the campaign surrounding the film, calling for recognition of issues inherent in the material, as he's done with everything from "Silver Linings Playbook
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Remember Me

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 © Faye ThomasMy Mad Fat Diary star Jodie Comer is set to star alongside Michael Palin in a haunting new BBC drama Remember Me.

Jodie will star as Hannah, a teenage care assistant who alongside investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (played by Mark Addy), tries to unravel the mysterious history of new care home resident Tom Parfitt (Palin), a frail, old Yorkshireman seemingly alone in the world, whose admittance to the nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.

Jodie (represented by Independent Talent), from Liverpool, plays Chloe in the popular E4 series My Mad Fat Diary which is about to return for a second series.

Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) also stars as Hannah's troubled mother Jan Ward with Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line) as Tom's neighbour Roshana Salim.

The three-part mystery is written by award-winning writer Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days, Miss Austen Regrets), and made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.
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The Wright Way: the sitcom that proves Ben Elton is no longer remotely funny

How is it possible this dire new comedy was written by the same person behind Blackadder and The Young Ones?

In his 2001 novel Dead Famous, Ben Elton painted a nightmarish vision of television's future; a future where reality show producers would deliberately murder their contestants in order to boost ratings. And yet the real future of television would turn out to be so much more nightmarish than that – not because there are murders, but because Elton is still allowed to write sitcoms.

On Tuesday night, BBC1 will air the first episode of Elton's newest sitcom. It is entitled The Wright Way, because the surname of the main character is called Wright. It is set in a local council's health-and-safety department, because everyone who's ever read a Richard Littlejohn column knows what a bunch of clowns those people are. One of the characters is nominally a lesbian, solely because the word
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Ben Elton writes new sitcom pilot for BBC One

Ben Elton has written a new sitcom pilot for BBC One. Slings & Arrows is set in a health and safety department at a local council, and contains "a team of misfits who are hell bent on causing as much chaos as humanly possible", reports Chortle. The Thin Blue Line's David Haig will star as the department's boss Gerald, described as an "exasperated everyman". If the series is picked up, it will be Elton's first British sitcom (more)
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Unsung Heroes: Mark Addy

Last spring, a bold show with a dark heart brightened up our screens and reminded us once again that television can be a wonderful medium for in-depth storytelling, despite the likes of Jersey Shore poisoning impressionable minds. It may have helped that it has its roots in literature, but Game of Thrones had so many richly drawn characters that it was rarely dull. The terrific Peter Dinklage snagged most of the attention, and an Emmy, for his work, but there was another actor who particularly stood out: Mark Addy.

As gluttonous philanderer Robert Baratheon, Addy brought a commanding, dominating character to life in a most outstanding manner. The King ruled with impunity, doing whatever he felt like and to hell with the consequences. It’s an excellent performance by a top notch actor, but it’s not the first time that he’s excelled without grabbing the limelight.

After years
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Johnny English Reborn Review

I don’t dislike Rowan Atkinson, but I prefer him when he isn’t in full on Mr. Bean mode. Sure, the Bean television series and the second Bean film (Mr. Bean’s Holiday) had flashes of comedic genius (while the first Bean film is one of the worst films ever created by human hands), but it always came across as Chaplin-lite to me. Half the time on Mr. Bean, they simply forgot to give Atkinson anything remotely funny to do and simply had him resort to pratfalls that were just too simple to be funny.

On shows like Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, Atkinson got to display a genuine wit and talents beyond the simple slapstick that he was probably best known for. When the original Johnny English was released, I remember being hesitant about the concept. James Bond parodies are extremely simple to do and they
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Rowan Atkinson: 'Blackadder could return for fifth series'

Rowan Atkinson: 'Blackadder could return for fifth series'
Rowan Atkinson has suggested that another series of Blackadder could still be produced. The Thin Blue Line star said that although the original cast may be "too old" to reprise their roles, the basic format of the historical comedy could live on. "We're all just getting a bit old for that kind of thing," he told Daybreak this morning. "I mean it could be reprised in some form or other, but generally speaking The Blackadder seemed to work best when there was a sort of claustrophobic world and a hierarchy. "So if you can think of any situations in which they are dominant - then I think there is a possibility of a fifth series." Atkinson also discussed his forthcoming spy spoof Johnny English: Reborn, which he claimed would impress audiences more than its 2003 predecessor. "It is undoubtedly larger, more (more)
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‘Johnny English Reborn’ starring Rowan Atkinson – trailer review

Johnny English Reborn

Directed by: Oliver Parker

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West

Rating: PG

Release Date: October 28, 2011

Trailer Score: 7/10

Thoughts by Tsr: A very well done trailer, very effective in making good on the delayed gratification model. I loved the eruption of sound and energy at the mid-point, when it’s finally unveiled to the unsuspecting audience that this is the next Johnny English film. For those unschooled in the character, he’s the C-class cut-rate James Bond as played expertly by the ingenious and peerless Rowan Atkinson.

I loved the first film, so I’m certainly biased in my attitude about this one. All that aside though, there were a lot of funny moments in this trailer, and I’d probably be interested in seeing this film even if I’d never before seen Atkinson at work.

As it stands, I really enjoy Atkinson a ton, and
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