June 2014 - Posts

'Community' Once Again Survives Cancellation, This Time Thanks to Yahoo

Congrats, "Community" fans, here's your sixth season: This afternoon, Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television announced a deal to save the long-running sitcom from a fate called cancellation.  After NBC decided not to bring back the show last month, Hulu was considered the favorite to rescue "Community," due to its pre-existing exclusive deal for past episodes, but failed to pick up the option. And meanwhile, Yahoo's streaming content has always been rather lackluster -- while it was the host of the fantastic "Burning Love," the reality show parody found larger audiences only when it moved to the E! network.  So it's a bold play to pick this show up, and not a cheap one either: According to The New York Times, "Communityā€¯ "is expected to retain all the regular cast members who appeared last season." That means no Donald Glover and no Chevy Chase, but it does mean the in-demand Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Bree, Danny Pudi...
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HBO Launches Doc Night, Will Air Documentaries In Regular Monday Night Spot

Last week, HBO aired "The Case Against 8," kicking off what will become a weekly event on HBO: Monday night documentaries. Tonight, HBO will follow up with Doug Block's "112 Weddings" at 9:00pm ET. Read More: Why Doug Block Skipped a Theatrical Run for '112 Weddings,' and Why You Can Too Future pre-arranged dates for these documentary premieres include "The Newburgh Sting" (July 21), "Love Child" (July 28), "Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words" (August 4), "Captivated By the Trials of Pamela Smart" (August 18) and "Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia" (fall, no date).  "112 Weddings" is a memoir of sorts by Doug Block, who for 20 years has worked on the side as a wedding videographer. After having been so close to so many personal and romantic moments in the lives of others, Block returned to some of these couples to complete their stories. 
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Kino Lorber Acquires Rights to Godard's 'Goodbye to Language'

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jean-Luc Godard's latest film, "Goodbye to Language," a 3D endeavor which premiered in competition at Cannes earlier this year.  READ MORE: Godard Fans, Rejoice! The Film Auteur Has Released a Book, 'Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television' "Goodbye to Language," which was co-winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, is a fragmented romance film about a married woman and single man. It's an unusual, experimental film, the first shot in 3D by the French New Wave auteur.  In his review of the film at Cannes, chief film critic Eric Kohn wrote, "the fragmentary moments form a confounding poem on the mass decline of human intelligence." In announcing the acquisition, Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said, "To have the honor to release this ecstatically brilliant, career-capping film by the iconic Jean-Luc Godard leaves us appropriately speechless. 'Goodbye to...
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What It's Like to Spend an Entire Saturday with the Cast of 'Orange is the New Black'

Who wants to work on a weekend? Not journalists, not actors, not publicists, not anyone. When I got my schedule for the Saturday that I was to spend in roundtable interviews with the cast of "Orange is the New Black," I was personally daunted by the extensiveness of the day -- also, I had stayed out a bit too late the night before and was dreading the idea that the cast would notice my hangover. Thankfully, the cast is as amazing as you'd expect them to be, and as it turned out, the hours spent with them at the Crosby Hotel made for one of the most fun press junkets ever in existence. Lesson learned: Don't ever doubt that you're going to have a blast spending the entire day with the enormous cast of one of the best shows on television right now. Here's how my day went down. 9:30 AM: Discipline and Chaos -- Lorraine Toussant (Vee) and Kate Mulgrew (Red)The day started off with the most calm and professional of my roundtables,...
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Exclusive: Mance Media Acquires 'A Leading Man,' Which Challenges Racism in Hollywood

A struggling actor is forced to make hard decisions that lead to implications in his love life, family and dignity in "A Leading Man," which was recently picked up for distribution by Mance Media. The global film and television company was founded by television executive Matthew Mancinelli.   READ MORE: Mance Media Announces Slate of Available 4K Films, Gets Up Close and Personal With Dragons "[The film] dramatizes racism in Hollywood and the difficulty non-white actors face in getting roles that are outside the stereotypes written for them," Mancinelli said. "I think this is an important issue that is often times overlooked in film and the story ties in to the overarching conversation of the role of Hollywood." "A Leading Man" stars Jack Yang as an actor who has to accept a role that is a harmful racist stereotype. He is romantically involved with a casting director, which has both personal and career benefits, but his...
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6 Best Bets on TV This Week: Harry Potter, 'Drunk History' and Fussing Over Fireworks

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like "Penny Dreadful" and "Halt & Catch Fire" but what do the other nights have to offer? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of your upcoming week. This week, in honor of 4th of July, we decided to add a sixth program to our list of television we are looking forward to -- after all, why not? In America, it's go big or go home. "Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley" (One-Hour Special Presentation) Monday, June 30th on NBC at 8pm We may have declared independence 238 years ago, but America has still got one helluva post-colonial complex when it comes to Harry Potter -- and the Royal family for that matter, particularly William and Kate -- but we'll save that conversation for another time. Universal Studios Orlando will open the doors to Diagon Alley, the most recent addition to the Harry Potter themed attractions which first debuted in 2007. Diagon...
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Canine Genocide, Broken Glass and Swimming Fully-Dressed in Trailer for Berlin Fest-Winner 'Closed Curtain'

Variance Films has just released the new trailer for Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi's new film "Closed Curtain" -- the Iranian film is Panhani's second feature after being banned from filmmaking for twenty years by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in December 2010. (The first was 2011's "This Is Not a Film.") "Closed Curtain" premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival last year, winning the Silver Bear Award for Best Script, and also screened at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. The film tells the surreal story of an unnamed screenwriter, his dog Boy and two intruders at his reclusive beachfront property on the Caspian Sea. Eric Kohn wrote in our review that "In the struggle to tell a story, Panahi reveals the redemptive power of art. No longer issuing desperate pleas, he has turned to cinema for the sake of survival." Check out the trailer below:
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Watch: 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Clip Tries to Convince You That It's Worth Your Time

From behind the scenes at Indiewire... Ben: Do we care about this ["Sharknado 2" clip, wherein a shark attacks a New York City subway train]? Liz: Well.  Liz: I mean.  Liz: Well.  Liz: Sigh.  Liz: Ugh. Liz: Blargh.  Liz: Eh. Liz: Well. Liz: Sigh.  Ben: Get out of my brain.  Syfy's "Sharknado 2: The Second One" is attempting to put a post-modern spin on the concept of exploiting a tired premise for some fleeting glimpse of social media infamy. But unfortunately, the fact remains that it is a not-well-made movie about sharks attacking C-list actors. Thank you, SyFy, for confirmation of this fact, via the clip below. 
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Watch: 'The Leftovers' Premiere is Now Available To Stream on Yahoo

Following a growing trend to draw subscribers to their pay cable services by giving away early episodes, HBO has offered up its premiere of "The Leftovers" online for any viewer old enough to pass the age gate.  READ MORE: Review: Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' Lacks the Mysteries of 'Lost' -- And That's a Great Thing The pilot episode debuted last night on HBO, and so far has been met with mixed reviews. We at Indiewire were pretty taken by it, though, calling the episodes directed by Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor," "Friday Night Lights") "a dreary yet captivating, troubling but strangely hopeful two hours of television." Judge for yourself after viewing the 75-minute premiere episode below (and note that the link will be live until July 6th when Yahoo's free streaming offering will end.)
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Aaron Sorkin On How He Almost Didn't Pitch 'The West Wing' And Why 'The Newsroom' is Ending

Aaron Sorkin has a lot going on these days: In addition to feverishly writing the final season of his HBO drama "The Newsroom," he's collaborating with director Danny Boyle on a Steve Jobs biopic and considering another project based on Michael Lewis' bestseller "Flash Boys." But none of that stopped him from taking time to hang out in Nantucket over the weekend. The veteran writer of punchy dialogue, often spoken by powerful, conflicted men, dropped by the Massachusetts island to receive the Nantucket Film Festival's screenwriting award. Then, on Saturday afternoon, he sat down with MSNBC's Chris Matthews for an hour-long conversation about his career writing for television and movies. The wide-ranging discussion included anecdotes about the original ending of "Charlie Wilson's War," Eduardo Saverin watching "The Social Network," and why he's decided to bring "The Newsroom" to a close. These are the highlights. He never planned on...
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Tilda Swinton Loves Comedy and Pulling Pranks: 7 Highlights from Her Reddit AMA

This past Sunday, acting Goddess Tilda Swinton took to her comfy arm-chair to participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session in promotion of her latest film, "Snowpiercer." This appearance comes right on the heels of "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-Ho's very own Reddit experience, in which he revealed his creative style and some of his favorite filmmakers. Already having an active year in which she appeared in the hits "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Only Lovers Left Alive," Swinton is again making the rounds. Here, she curled up with her dog and fielded a slew of questions as broad as her range of work. We picked out some of the funniest, most charming and most informative excerpts.  Read More: Review of 'Snowpiercer' Asks Whether Creative Battle for Director's Cut Was Worth It She loves "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon Ho. When asked what inspired her to work on "Snowpiercer," the actress emphatically...
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Review: 'Penny Dreadful' Lacks Drama and Scares in its Finale, But Leaves Hope for Season 2

These past eight episodes of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" have been pretty hit or miss. Yes, we were given a transfixing séance scene, a steamy -- and unexpected -- sequence between two male leads and a flashback episode that provided us with some much-needed context, but the horror series has also bogged us down with its loose plot lines, tedious meanderings and slow character development. And last night's finale gave us a bit of it all. READ MORE: Review: 'Penny Dreadful' (Finally) Delivers the Scares Horror Fans Have Been Waiting For in Episode 7, 'Possession' "Grand Guignol" picks up pretty much where we let off after last week's awesome "Possession." Exhausted, but enlightened after her battle with a pervy demon, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) thinks she finally knows where Sir Malcolm Murray's (Timothy Dalton) daughter Mina has been taken. But before the team -- which includes the increasingly sentimental doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry...
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Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'They Came Together' and 'Under The Skin' Hit The List

Each Monday, we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" tops the list, and is joined by a slew of new releases: "They Came Together," "Under The Skin," "Very Good Girls," "Whitey: United States of America vs. James J Bulger" and "Happy Christmas." Meanwhile, "G.B.F." returns to the list as a 99 cent rental. READ MORE: Here's Why We Want Digital Box Office Numbers 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight, $58,550,000) 2. They Came Together (Lionsgate, N/A) 3. Rob the Mob (Millennium Entertainment, $208,693) 4.  G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, N/A) 5. Bad Words (Focus Features, $7,779,614) 6.  Her (Warner Bros., $25,568,251) 7. Very Good Girls (Well Go USA, N/A) 8. Under the Skin (A24, $2,507,203) 9. Whitey:...
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You'll Take Channing Tatum Seriously in The First Poster for 'Foxcatcher'

After performing to raves at Cannes, Bennett Miller's based-on-a-true-story drama "Foxcatcher," has gotten its first poster, courtesy of People.com. The powerful image features a hulking Channing Tatum as Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz. READ MORE: Cannes Review: Channing Tatum Anchors Bennett Miller's Icy 'Foxcatcher,' But the Revelation is Steve Carell Miller, director of "Moneyball" and "Capote," brings us the film about Schultz and his schizophrenic coach John du Pont, who killed Schultz's brother Dave. The drama stars Steve Carell as du Pont and Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz. The poster below, however, is all about Tatum and gives up a glimpse at what's sure to be a powerhouse performance. "Foxcatcher' will be in the theaters November 14. 
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Nantucket Film Festival Presents Awards to 'Boyhood,' 'The Case Against 8' and More

The Nantucket Film Festival, a destination festival dedicated to the craft of screenwriting, has released the list of winners for its 19th installment. Last year's winners included "Short Term 12" and "Life According to Sam" which went on to be hits upon release; a huge boost for the festival and this year's winners for storytelling and writing in both narrative and documentary film. The prestigious Showtime Tony Cox Award, given to best emerging screenwriter, was awarded to Nathan and David Zellner for "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter," and top honors for Best Writer/Director went to Richard Linklater for his ambitious "Boyhood." Check out the full list of winners below: Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film: Nathan and David Zellner, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Short Film: Bernardo Britto, "Yearbook" Audience Award for Best Film: "Last Days...
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