September 2014 - Posts

Review: 'Key & Peele' Season 4 Leans Way Too Hard on 'True Detective'

In case you were wondering if Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele have seen the first season of HBO's "True Detective," the answer is "yes." The answer, actually, is more than "yes." The answer is, "Dude, Key and Peele saw 'True Detective' so hard that everything is now 'True Detective' for them." The answer is, "Key and Peele saw 'True Detective' so hard that they fundamentally changed the entire structure and production process of their show. Why? So it could be more like 'True Detective.'" In short, "Key & Peele" has become "True Detective" -- well, not really. It's still one of television's funniest and most diverse sketch comedy shows, not a gloomy HBO drama. But for its fourth season, the series has traded in its traditional opening credits for a moody "Detective"-esque sequence (right down to a Handsome Family-inspired remix of the theme song). More notably, the show has abandoned...
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'You're the Worst' Season 2 Moves to FXX: Will It Die There?

Normally a Season 2 pickup is a cause for celebration and trepidation. While Stephen Falk, Chris Geere and Aya Cash should certainly crack some bubbly tonight over getting another year of "You're the Worst," they may also wonder, in the back of their brains, if they're capable of pulling off another season as creatively satisfying and commercially rewarding as the first.  Yet Falk & Co. may have more to worry about than just fan expectations -- they might also be concerned about fans finding them at all. While "You're the Worst" and "Married" (which was also picked up for Season 2 today) made for a formidable duo on FX this summer, the network is splitting them up for Season 2 -- and not just on the schedule. "You're the Worst" is being transferred to the year-old FX extension FXX for its second season, and it's not clear whether that's good or bad news. On the one hand, "You're the Worst" could be the new crown jewel...
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Camden International Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced its full slate of 2014 award winners for the 10th edition of the Maine documentary festival, which ran September 24-28 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fledgling Fund, the Unity Foundation and Vimeo. The festival jury, consisting of Susan Margolin (President, Docurama), Banker White (filmmaker, "The Genius of Marian") and Cecily Pingree (filmmaker, "Better the Farm"), awarded this year's Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature to Orlando Von Einsiedel's Congo-set "Virunga," which also served as CIFF's opening night selection. J.P. Sniadecki's "The Irony Ministry" was awarded the Special Jury Mention, a promising sign for the film just days before its New York Film Festival premiere later this week. Below is a complete list of winners for the 2014 Camden International Film Festival: Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature: "Virguna,"...
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Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Is Black, White and Red All Over in New Poster

Since first premiering in Venice, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" has emerged as an awards front-runner, despite its bleak and wacky outlook into psyche of an aging actor whose claim to fame was that of a superhero. The film is the official closing selection for the New York Film Festival, which kicks off today.  Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, "Birdman" opens October 17. Check out Vulture's exclusive poster below:  READ MORE: Review: Why 'Birdman' is the First Modern Showbiz Satire 
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Complete Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross "Gone Girl" Soundtrack Streaming on NPR

Fans of "Gone Girl" and Nine Inch Nails, unite! NPR is streaming the entire 87 minute soundtrack from the forthcoming David Fincher film. This is the third film score collaboration between Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Their previous two efforts, for "The Social Network" and "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," were both lauded by critics. “Gone Girl” premieres tomorrow, Friday September 26 at the New York Film Festival. It opens in theaters on Oct. 3. Can't wait another moment? Check out the trailer below.  READ MORE: Ben Affleck Gets Defensive in New 'Gone Girl' Trailer
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Watch: Cartman Tackles the Washington Redskins in 'South Park' Season 18 Clip

In preparation for its 18th season, Comedy Central has released a full minute from an upcoming episode that puts Cartman front and center. "South Park"'s most obnoxious grade-schooler claims the Washington Redskins name for his new company, the Washington Redskins -- a move made possible by the Redskins' recent inability to copyright their team name (due to its questionable origins). READ MORE: Check Out This Great Fan-Made Mashup Video of 'South Park' and 'The Book of Mormon' The new season premieres this Wednesday, September 24, on Comedy Central at 10PM ET. Watch the clip below. 
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Want To Be a Part of 'Tusk'? Head to Theaters Tonight

Thinking of checking out "Tusk," the latest, wackadoo film from Kevin Smith? If the premise of the film, wherein Justin Long's character is literally transformed into a walrus, wasn't enough of an incentive, you've got a bigger one now. READ MORE: Toronto Review: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' is Completely Insane If fans see one of tonight's showings of "Tusk," they get their names added to the credits of the film when it comes out on DVD.  All they need to do is take a picture of their ticket stub and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #WalrusYes and #TGITusk.  The film was greenlit by fans on Twitter.  Now they can be a part of the movie forever (sounds scary) by seeing it first and sharing on Twitter.
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Watch: Exclusive Clip from 'Swim Little Fish Swim' Offers a Quirky Musical Interlude

"Swim Little Fish Swim," the debut feature of co-writers and directors Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar, centers on a young French artist’s (Bessis) arrival in New York City. The film's synopsis reads: "Set in New York, the film focuses on the domestic life of Leeward (Defa) and Mary (Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Bessis), a 19 year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further." READ MORE: Review: 'Tiny Furniture' With French People? 'Swim Little Fish Swim' is a Gentle NYC Delight In this exclusive clip from the film, we get a quick glimpse of the...
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Project of the Day: 'Children of the Night'

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Children of the Night Tweetable Logline: An everyman journeys into the ghettos of his subconscious in his transition to the afterlife. Elevator Pitch: "Children of the Night" is an experimental stop motion animation. In the film, we follow the path taken by souls from this life to the next. We burrow deep into our everyman's subconscious, through a miasma of his distorted memories. An extra-dimensional hallway represents his subconscious. Behind each door waits a distorted memory, within these rooms we interact with abstract archetypes--such as the mother, father, lover and abandoned child. These universal archetypes have the ability to trigger past experiences, conjuring a reflection or reconciliation with one's present self and past. Production...
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Human BBQ, Beer Showers, Great Movies: The Fantastic Fest Oral History

It's extreme understatement to say that Fantastic Fest isn't like most film festivals. However, as the Austin-based genre festival kicks off its 10th year at Alamo Drafthouse's South Lamar location today, its ability to stand out in the overrun festival circuit remains its crowning achievement. Co-founded by Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League and Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles, Fantastic Fest doesn't just celebrate horror, outrageous comedy, and other outré cinema — it assembles moviegoers who celebrate those sensibilities as a community. The rowdy group spends a week not only watching movies but also engaging in rambunctious debates followed by boxing matches, drunken trivia sessions, unruly karaoke performances and trips to the shooting range. The programming, a notably international selection, is hardly an afterthought — but it's matched by an equally crazed experience. "I was trying to create something built around my taste and sensibilities in film," League...
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Watch: Technology Destroys Everyone's Lives in 'Men, Women & Children' Trailer

As Indiewire's critic explained, "'Men, Women and Children' puts a lot of effort into making a grand statement about our dangerously fragmented times." The film earned conflicting reviews after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and the discussion surrounding the topic of technology in our lives will surely go on for years to come. But does the trailer, which is shown below, make "Men, Women & Children" look like too much of a downer for anyone to even get the message? READ MORE: Jennifer Garner on the Dangers of the Internet and Which of Her Films Breaks Her Heart "Men, Women & Children" follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents, as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. Is technology and the Internet making our lives more efficient? Or are they slowly destroying us? Check...
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Project of the Day: 'The Other Side Of Fashion Week'

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Other Side Of Fashion Week Tweetable Logline: Take an intimate look at the lives of a group of obsessive fashion week photographers, driven by love and loneliness season after season. Elevator Pitch: A film about outsiders: a group of dedicated fashion show attendees you never knew existed – obsessive and eccentric photographers who traipse the streets of New York and Paris to photograph models. Birdwatchers of female beauty driven by love or loneliness, the men featured do not make money from their images, although some have been doing it for a decade. At times both humorous and poignant, the film takes a humanizing look at the lives of the men featured – like Bobby, a retired teacher from Florida: "I closed the door, started coming to Fashion Week, and...
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'GoldenEye' on 'Fallon'? Why Video Games Are Invading Late Night TV

TV that works for both sides of this divide is a very recent idea, one that is particularly bubbling to the surface of late night TV. For those who don't care to weed through websites to find the gaming news and culture you seek, some familiar faces are coming to your aid. Don't touch that dial -- the best way to keep up on your favorite games may just be to stay up a little later a night. "Conan: The Clueless Gamer" From the very first moment, Conan O'Brien states that he’s neither a gamer nor does he even like games very much -- there’s then another thirty seconds of introducing the game before he brings Aaron Bleyaert, the gaming expert on staff. A joke or two get tossed his way before Bleyaert starts talking about being a nerd or playing a lot of video games, but what’s happens in such a short period is rather brilliant. Everything you need to know about their relationship comes out in a matter of seconds. While O'Brien is playing a bit of a character...
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Music Box Acquires 'Gemma Bovery,' Starring Gemma Arterton, Out of Toronto

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Anne Fontaine's "Gemma Bovery," starring Gemma Arterton, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Variety reports. Based on Gustave Flaubert's novel, the film stars Arterton as a British woman who moves with her husband to a provincial French town where she befriends a French baker (Fabrice Luchini). Music Box films distributed Pawel Pawlikowski’s black and white drama "Ida," which emerged as one of the biggest indie hits this year, grossing $3.7 million in the U.S. READ MORE: The 2014 Indiewire TIFF Bible
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What Does It Take to Become a Film Editor?

Alex O'Flinn is the recipient of the 2014 Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship. He most recently edited "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. As part of his fellowship year, he will work with editor mentors Dylan Tichenor (co-editor, "Zero Dark Thirty"), Stephen Mirrione ("The Hunger Games"), and Douglas Crise ("Spring Breakers"). Indiewire is publishing this piece with permission from the Sundance Film Institute. In April, I got a phone call from Michelle Satter and Ilyse McKimmie informing me that I was the 2014 recipient of the Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship. I had just edited a film for my friend and director, Ana Lily Amirpour ("A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"), and during the editing process we were constantly referring to Menke and Tarantino – their style, rhythm, bold choices, and overall amazing collaboration on so many films. To be the recipient of an editing...
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