June 2013 - Posts

Watch the Season Premiere of 'Dexter' Online for Free

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for "Dexter," Showtime's still popular serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall as the charming psychopath of the title. The eighth and final season kicks off with an episode the network has released online, below, one that catches up with Dexter and his adoptive sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) six months after the dramatic events that ended season seven. What will Dexter's ultimate fate be? There's no way to tell, yet, but Charlotte Rampling, who joins the cast this season as an expert in psychopathology, seems slated to play a major part.
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Specialty Box Office: Audiences 'Excited' To Check Out Almodovar's Latest (But Not As Much As Usual)

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited" led a generally underwhelming sextet of specialty debuts this weekend, grossing $103,000 from just 5 screens. That made for a $20,600 average, the highest of any film in release, including studio chart toppers "Monsters University" and "The Heat." Though certainly a decent number, audiences didn't seem quite as excited as they had for Almodovar's recent other films.  His latest's average was down significantly from 2011's "The Skin I Live In" ($37,187 average in 6 theaters),  2009's "Broken Embraces" ($53,556 in 2) and 2006's "Volver" ($39,540 in 5). Its actualy the smallest debut average for an Almodovar film since 1999's "All About My Mother," which averaged $12,590 from 4 theaters (though went on to gross $8.3 million and win Almodovar his first Oscar. That film -- like "Excited" and everything in between -- was released by Sony Pictures Classics. In the film's defense, it is not entirely comparable to Almodovar's recent films: It...
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Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: Best Films of 2013 So Far, 'Fifty Shades' Gets A Release Date, 'Mad Men' Finale and More

With few major festivals or independent releases taking up our attention over the course of the week, we took the opportunity to look instead at the best films of the year so far in our annual Criticwire poll, asking critics what at the year's halfway point has impressed them the most. But while the list had us looking at many of the films that have already come and gone throughout the year so far, two highly-anticipated trailers and a release date for one of the most anticipated adaptations in years kept our anticipation towards the future high. Meanwhile, AMC closed off one series while teasing another, we spoke with Bond girl Gemma Arterton on her career since "Quantum of Solace," and we took an early stab at the upcoming Oscar race. Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we go back over the ten most viewed news, interviews and features from this week at Indiewire: Best Movies of 2013 Critics Poll: 'Before Midnight,' 'Upstream Color' and 'Spring Breakers'...
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Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Serious,' 'World,' 'Jake' or 'Teeth'?

Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize:  "Very Semi-Serious," "There Is a New World Somewhere," "The Grace of Jake" and "Teeth." Voting will end on Monday July 1, at 11AM Eastern. Note:  First, make sure you have cookies enabled in your browser.  Votes are confirmed by email.  After voting, please look for an email from Poll Daddy and confirm your vote.  (If it doesn't show up in your inbox, check your spam folder.  The emails often end up there.)  Indiewire nor PollDaddy use your email address after the confirmation, but if you do want to sign up for our newsletter, why DON'T you mosey on over here and do so! Which Project Do You...
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Mary Harron Offers a Warped Take on the Typical Hollywood Tragedy Format in Lifetime's 'Anna Nicole'

Anna Nicole Smith went from a Texas teen mom to a stripper to the much younger wife of an octogenarian billionaire to a model/reality star to dead due to a lethal combination of prescription pills, all before the age of 40. It's the kind of life that makes her an ideal subject for a Lifetime movie, that soapy subgenre of made for television features in which tragedies and traumas, real and fictionalized, are enacted with low production values and highly histrionic acting. Lifetime does have a classier mode of operation when it comes to its original features -- see last year's all-African American remake of "Steel Magnolias," or May's Allison Anders-directed June Carter Cash biopic "Ring of Fire" -- but "Anna Nicole," which airs Saturday, June 29 at 8pm, is not of that more serious, sometimes to its own detriment, ilk. No, it's gleefully lurid from its opening montage, which flashes from Smith (played by Agnes Bruckner) on red carpets and at photo shoots to her pale corpse on...
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Academy Invites 276 New Members, From Prince to Lena Dunham to Joseph-Gordon Levitt

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invites to 276 people to potentially (if they accept) join the organization this year. So who made the cut? Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, Jason Schwartzman and Chris Tucker were among those invited to the actors branch, while the likes of Prince, Jafar Panahi, Ava DuVernay, Benh Zeitlin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Polley, Jeff Nichols and Matt Groening were among the folks invited to various others. Full press release with the full list below. BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President...
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BYOD Video: Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato Discuss Making 'Being Chaz' and Filming with Cher

In the new weekly series Bring Your Own Documentary (BYOD), documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner ("We Live in Public") interviews fellow directors in the genre. This installment sees Timoner talking to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ("Party Monster," "Inside Deep Throat") to discuss their 2011 doc "Being Chaz," which detailed the travails of Chaz Bono's life after his gender reassignment surgery. In the interview, Bailey and Barbato discuss what they discovered about Chaz and Cher's relationship during the filming and the difficulties of getting an interview to work around Cher's busy schedule.
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Watch The New David Lynch-Directed Nine Inch Nails Video (That Comes With a Seizure Warning)

Nine Inch Nails and David Lynch fans (among whom there's surely considerable crossover) were given a serious treat today with the release of the Lynch-directed video for "Came Back Haunted," the first single off Nine Inch Nails highly anticipated new album "Hesitation Marks." Though Lynch and Trent Reznor's band previously collaborated on the soundtrack for his film "Lost Highway," this is the first Nails video directed by Lynch. And notably, it comes with a considerable warning: If you have photosensitive epilepsy, it can trigger seizures. With that in mind, here's the video:
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Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest Announce Monthly Movie Magazine; Guillermo del Toro in First Issue

The Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse and news site Badass Digest have come together to create a monthly publication, available online as well as at participating Alamo cinemas. The monthly periodical, entitled "BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH.," will be curated to appeal to Alamo theatergoers as well as general lovers of movies and pop culture.  "With the Alamo, we set out to build a theater that movie fans would love," said Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. "With BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. the concept was similar.  We were happy to support a magazine that serious movie fans wouldn't be able to put down." The first issue of BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH., titled "Beasts Vs. Bots," is filled with content related to the upcoming release of Guillermo del Toro's new film "Pacific Rim," including an interview with Del Toro himself as well as articles about the mythology of Godzilla and recent entires in the Kaiju genre. The content of the magazine will be overseen by Devin Faraci and...
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Watch Xavier Dolan On Stage at MoMA Discussing His New Film, His First Time In Cannes, and His Unabashed Love For 'Jumanji'

Xavier Dolan's third feature film "Laurence Anyways" is finally making its way to U.S. theaters this weekend, but before you see it (which you most definitely should), check out these three clips of Dolan's chat with the Museum of Modern Art's Rajendra Roy and Indiewire's own Peter Knegt during MoMA's tribute to the wunderkind of Quebec cinema back. READ MORE: Xavier, Anyways: Quebec's Dolan On Making 'Laurence,' Returning to Cannes and Going Hollywood In the clips, Dolan reminisces about his first time getting into Cannes, discusses his upcoming film "Tom at the Farm," and makes clear his love for... "Jumanji." "Laurence Anyways" opens in Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Gainsville today. Head here for specifics in that regard, and watch the videos (published here thanks to Telefilm Canada) below.
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Oscilloscope Acquires Pharmaceutical Doc 'Off Label'

After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2012, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's documentary "Off Label" has found North American distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film takes a serious and sobering look at our country's pharmaceutical culture, where doctors liberally dole out prescriptions to psychotropic drugs, causing alarmingly increasing rates of abuse and dependence. Weaving together stories and accounts from drug testing subjects, big business representatives, and others affected by the rampant overmedication of America.  O-Scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “Mike and Donal have created an unflinching look at an important subject, and their adept direction ensures that no matter how infuriating this information is, the film always remains touching and emotional." "Off Label" will be released on August 9th, receiving both theatrical and digital-platform distribution.
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Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Byzantium,' 'I'm So Excited,' 'Laurence Anyways' and More

Gemma Arterton hits theaters for the second weekend in a row (following last week's "Unfinished Song"), this time as a vampire; a new documentary teaches us the real roots of punk, and Pedro Almodovar's latest opens. Here's a list of the indies opening this week, with synopses courtesy of the distributors, in alphabetical order. "100 Bloody Acres" Opening In: Limited Nationwide (Expanding July 5) Synopsis: In "100 Bloody Acres," brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret "recipe" for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (amon Herriman of "Justified") stumbles upon 3 travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem, and a way of...
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Exclusive: Check Out The Sly Poster For Sundance Winner 'Afternoon Delight'

Ahead of its theatrical release at the end of the summer, Indiewire is pleased to premiere the poster for "Afternoon Delight." The film, which bowed at Sundance back in January where it won Best Director for Jill Soloway, stars Kathryn Hahn as Rachel, a thirty-something stay-at-home mom who impulsively decides to visit a strip club to spice up her marriage. After getting a private dance from McKenna (Juno Temple), Rachel takes an interest in the girl, going on to hire McKenna as a live-in nanny. The poster amusingly juxtaposes Rachel's mundane household life with the more lurid aspects of McKenna's profession, as it has Rachel and her husband (played by Josh Radnor) sitting on a couch, illustrated in silhouette by bright phosphorescent colors, suggesting that their two worlds collide in a plethora of interesting and comical ways. The film, which also stars Jane Lynch, will be receiving a limited release on August 23rd. See the poster below, and check out an interview with the cast...
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Here Are the 8 Best Rock Docs According to 'A Band Called Death' Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett

Rock documentaries are clearly all the rage right now following the Oscar win for "Searching for Sugar Man." The latest to open in theaters today, Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's "A Band Called Death" profiles an undiscovered band that was doing punk even before the term was coined, pre-dating the Ramones. Below, the filmmakers share their picks for their favorite rock documentaries. "A Band Called Death" is also available on iTunes, VOD and for digital download now.  Directors' Statement: When we originally set out to make "A Band Called Death" our intention was to document an important missing link in the genesis of Punk Rock music. What began as a film about a band ultimately became a 40 year history of a family, a tale of the bonds of brotherhood and a journey to musical enlightenment. Our “Rockumentary” grew into something much more, something that transcends the music. And, at the forefront of this untold story was an innovator, a man who had a vision and the conviction to...
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Jem Cohen Explains Why 'Museum Hours' Will Help You Grapple With Art and Life

With experimental documentaries like "CHAIN" and  "Instrument," Jem Cohen has made intimate non-fiction diary films rooted in an attentiveness to atmosphere and riddled with small observations rendered in profound terms. "Museum Hours,"which opens today in select theaters, is technically his first narrative effort, with a pair of amateur performances and the backbone of a fictional story. But its constant introspection and remarkable sense of place provide a fluid connection to the earlier work. On the one hand a sad, poignant character study, "Museum Hours" is also a treatise on art history and a love letter to architectural wonder. Predominantly set in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, the trim story involves middle-aged museum guard Johann (Robert Sommer, making a gently affecting onscreen debut), whose quiet gig has allowed him to fade into his surroundings and observe the visitors in much the same way they peer at the artwork. It's here...
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