June 2015 - Posts

Attention, Filmmakers: 13 Festival Deadlines Before the End of the Year

READ MORE: Attention, Filmmakers: 9 Tips for Maximizing Your Film's Success on the Festival Circuit Sure, it's summer, but don't think you can slack off just yet. We did some digging and there are quite a few submission deadlines coming up for festivals that are taking place in the latter part of 2015. With the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest already accepting submissions for 2016, you've got a lot to contend with when it comes to getting your film out on to the festival circuit. When referring to the deadlines listed below, make sure to confirm whether the date listed is the postmark date or the date of receipt. To make it easier for you, we've linked to each festival's rules and regulations regarding submissions so be sure to double-check. Good luck! Last chance to submit for an upcoming festival in 2015: Chicago International Film Festival (October 15-29, 2015) Late Deadline: July 6, 2015 Austin Film Festival (October 29-November 5, 2015) Late...
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Watch: John Oliver Wants You to Make the Most of Your Leap Second

On Sunday night's episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," he revealed that on this very Tuesday scientists are adding an extra second to the atomic clocks. Occurring just before 8pm EST, the additional second makes up for the mismatch in clocks and earth's rotation. It's not as exciting as Leap Year, when we have an extra day, or Daylight Savings, when we get an extra hour of sleep. Nonetheless, Leap Second, which only occurs every couple years, is worth a celebration. You may think a second is irrelevant, but John Oliver is determined to get you to make the most out of this rare speckle in time. Because you can do a lot more in a second than you think. But to save you the time of thinking what to do with that second, the "Last Week Tonight" team set up a website where you can watch a variety of one second videos. Have you ever wondered what noise a baby sloth makes? Have you ever desired to relive the moment when Mariah Carey's dog attacked her cat...
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Lions, Aliens and Domes, Oh My! Why CBS Summer Shows Are Bonkers In the Best Way

I've been giving it a lot of thought, and I've come down to one of two conclusions: Either someone at CBS is very, very scared of the future, or someone at CBS is playing a very, very elaborate practical joke on us.  Either way, I love it.  Within a one-week span, CBS will have launched its summer lineup of original dramas: "Under the Dome" kicked off its third season last Thursday, "Extant" Season 2 begins tomorrow, and newcomer "Zoo" premieres tonight. Each show features a high-concept premise, decent-enough production value and a more-than-competent cast of television pros (plus Oscar-winner Halle Berry).  Each show is also, by and large, completely insane.  READ MORE: Watch: CBS' 'Zoo' Trailer Goes Wild and Crazy (Hopefully In a Fun Way) That is, by CBS' standards. Because here's what's so crazy about it: Of all the broadcast networks, CBS probably has the best defined brand; a brand that also inspires...
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Dark Comedy Web Series 'Ms. Guidance' Contends With Fame

Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Ms. Guidance Logline: "Ms. Guidance" is an irreverent and absurd dark comedy about trying to give up the dream that won't give up on you. Elevator Pitch: After a mental breakdown on the New York stage, struggling actress Jenny Bump returns to the performing arts boarding school she attended in her youth to act as a guidance counselor. However, listening to the dreams of her students only stokes the dying embers of her own, and soon Jenny is back to her old tricks, scheming for fame and ruining lives -- potentially her own -- in the process. Production Team:  Van Hansis (Producer, Co-Director, Co-Creator): Three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for "As The World Turns." James Ryan Caldwell (Producer, Co-Creator) ...
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Watch: 'Magic Mike XXL' Remixed As A Sultry '70s X-Rated Flick

READ MORE: Review: 'Magic Mike XXL' is Steven Soderbergh's Striptease Concert Film (And That's Just Fine)The long-awaited summer sequel "Magic Mike XXL" has already turned up the heat with its not-so-subtle trailers, and now Vulture has turned it up even more. The website remixed clips from the film with a seriously groovy '70s porno vibe, replete with faded filters and giggle-worthy porn star names for the film stars. Watch as Donald "Dong Lover" Glover, Joe "Man Meat" Manganiello and Matt "Boom Boom" Bomer pelvic thrust their way through the '70s landscape that Vulture perfectly captured.  "Magic Mike XXL" opens nationwide on July 1. READ MORE: Watch: The Glorious 'Magic Mike XXL' Trailer Has Come
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Attention College Grads: HBO's Iconic Characters Have Some Advice For You

READ MORE: Want HBO Without a Cable Subscription? Here's Your First Look at HBO NOW HBO is here to assuage the fears of all those recent college grads afraid to let go of student life and enter adulthood. Life without meal plans and air-conditioned dorms can seem pretty damn daunting, but the one thing you don't have to let go of is binge-watching your favorite shows and totally not regretting it the next morning.  The network is here to make things even easier for college grads who are tight on money by offering a standalone streaming site with instant access to every episode of every season of HBO's award-winning original programming, as well as Hollywood hits, documentaries, sports and comedy specials.  Watch in the clip above as HBO reminds us why its original programming is so valued, and of all the good, bad and questionable choices their complex characters have experienced to make their content so rich. The streaming site will be available this summer on...
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Watch: Oliver Stone Warns America in Menacing 'Snowden' Teaser

READ MORE: The Films of Oliver Stone, Ranked Worst to Best Leave it to Oliver Stone to celebrate Christmas with an international thriller centered on controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden. After his last film, "Savages," turned out to be one of the biggest critical punching bags of 2012, there's a lot riding on "Snowden" to restore Stone's directorial clout with critics and audiences. Luckily, the political reality of Snowden and NSA surveillance seems tailor-made for the filmmaker behind historical dramas like "Platoon," "Nixon" and "JFK." While the debut teaser above doesn't show any of the principle cast -- Joseph Gordon Levitt, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto and Shailene Woodley -- its ominous music and bold tagline ("One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all") clearly set the tone for what should be an intense drama. Open Road Films will release "Snowden" on...
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Watch: A Comedy Legend Is Brought Back to Hilarious, Heartbreaking Life in 'I Am Chris Farley' Trailer

READ MORE: Virgil Films Acquires Rights to Chris Farley Documentary The late comedy genius Chris Farley is getting the documentary treatment this summer with the release of "I Am Chris Farley." Described as the "definitive" biographical film of the "Saturday Night Live" legend, "I Am Chris Farley" features countless well-known comedians as they recount memories and stories of their time with Farley. The film's official synopsis reads: "With the full cooperation and participation of the Farley family, 'I Am Chris Farley' showcases the performer's most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies, family snapshots and personal artifacts, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend - a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality." If this trailer is any indication, fans of the late comedian should be prepared to laugh and cry in equal...
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Watch: Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver Get A Work Out For #GiveThem20

Social media activism has really been gaining momentum since last summer's viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and this summer's new craze may be ACP's #GiveThem20 challenge, which calls for military veteran supporters to do 20 push ups, film it, put it on social media and then and challenge friends to do so as well. Celebrities usually have a critical role in igniting memes like this, and #GiveThem20 has garnered support from late night hosts Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel to get the ball rolling. Each one of the hosts added their own comedic flair to their videos, and called out other celebrities to do the challenge.  READ MORE: Watch: David Lynch's Ice Bucket Challenge is the Only One You Need to See Watch, above and below, as the hosts pump out their best push-ups, and wheezily challenge other celebrities to do so as well. Will Arnett, Carson Daly, Rob Riggle, James Corden and Karl Lagerfeld are some of the stars we're now...
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'Magic Mike XXL' Director Gregory Jacobs Steps Out of Steven Soderbergh's Shadow

READ MORE: Review: 'Magic Mike XXL' is Steven Soderbergh's Striptease Concert Film (And That's Just Fine) Since serving as assistant director on 1993's "King of the Hill," Gregory Jacobs has become one of Steven Soderbergh's closest collaborators – perhaps the closest, so long as you rule out Soderbergh's pseudonymous cinematographer Peter Andrews and editor Mary Ann Bernard. In addition to assistant directing all subsequent Soderbergh titles, including the first season of "The Knick," Jacobs has also served as a producer or an executive producer on everything from "Solaris" to "Behind the Candelabra," as well as Doug Liman's recent hit, "Edge of Tomorrow." With "Magic Mike XXL," Jacobs picks up where his mentor left off, at the helm of one of the most aesthetically entertaining and cunningly clever potential franchises of the aughts. Indiewire spoke to Jacobs about juggling his many hats, working with Soderbergh, and...
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Penelope Spheeris Reveals the Backstory Behind Cult Documentary 'The Decline of Western Civilizaton'

For decades, there were only two ways to watch "The Decline of Western Civilization": buy a bootleg or download it online. Both are illegal. For a movie about the underground punk scene, the film's nearly impossible-to-find status contributed to its cult appeal. Like hunting down a rare vinyl record or an out-of-print fanzine, scoring a copy of the 1981 documentary required a rabid degree of dedication in exchange for street cred. READ MORE: Sorry, Ladies: Study on Women in Film and Television Confirms the Worst Penelope Spheeris, the film's director, has a less romantic way of explaining the movie's thriving underground market: theft. "You know that feeling you get in your stomach that's like this fluttery kind of fear?" she told Indiewire recently, describing the sensation that would wash over her when she'd stumble across a bootleg copy of "The Decline of Western Civilization," including the 1988 and 1998 sequels of the same name. "The...
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Indiewire Hires Kate Erbland as Managing Editor

Indiewire has hired Kate Erbland as managing editor, replacing outgoing managing editor and senior writer Nigel M. Smith. Erbland enters the position this week as Smith heads to Los Angeles to work as as an entertainment writer for The Guardian out of its newly launched L.A. bureau. "Nigel has been a key part of the Indiewire team for five years," said Indiewire editor in chief and general manager Dana Harris. "He began as an intern, in his first job out of college, and since then he's become an ace interviewer, a keen editor and a fine writer. When he told me about his opportunity at the Guardian, my first thought was, 'Damn.' But the next reaction was to tell Nigel that it was an incredible offer and I could do nothing but wish him well. He's going to be great, and the silver lining is I get to have him in Los Angeles." Erbland will transition into Smith's position on Wednesday. She brings several years of experience as a critic, journalist and editor for a...
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Watch: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman Seek Revenge in Intense 'Secret In Their Eyes' Trailer

Three awards heavyweights have come together for "Secret in Their Eyes," a reimagining of the eponymous 2009 drama which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. READ MORE: Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman: Her 11 Best Performances Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts co-star in the Billy Ray-directed thriller, which is set for an awards-friendly October release. The official synopsis reads: "A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators - Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess (Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Kidman) - is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess's teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered." Remakes are always a risky proposition, but the talent that's been assembled for "Secret In Their Eyes" is substantial enough to give us hope. And the film's newly-released trailer (above) is rich with the levels of tension and emotion that made the original so powerful. Watch the trailer...
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Watch: 'BoJack Horseman' Has a Brand New Attitude in Season 2 Trailer

Our favorite loose cannon talking horse is back, and he's turning over a new leaf. READ MORE: Netflix Reveals 'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Release Date, New Poster Netflix's animated series "BoJack Horseman" is coming back for the ultimate comeback story in Season 2. After scoring his dream role in a biopic of Secretariat (one of the first of many animal-related jokes,) but wary of the hijinks of last year, BoJack is on a serious course to improve himself and get back in the Hollywood game.  Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins Amy Sedaris will be returning for second season, along with newcomer Lisa Kudrow who will be guest starring as Wanda Pierce. Netflix is set to release 12 brand new episodes on July 17 in all territories where the streaming service is available.  READ MORE: Why 'BoJack Horseman' Makes Netflix Matter in the Online Television Age
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Watch: Tensions Rise in Canadian Drama 'The Sound of the Trees'

READ MORE: Karlovy Vary Film Fest Lineup Lures Adventurous Cinephiles, Young Directors François Péloquin takes on the challenges of Canadian family life in his latest work, "The Sound of the Trees."  The drama stars Roy Dupuis and Antonie L’Écuyer as a family in the Quebec countryside. Seventeen-year-old Jérémie wants to be a normal teenager -- drive around in his car, listen to hip hop and hang out with his friends. His father Régis, the owner of a sawmill, is upset by his son's attitude and wants him to shift his focus to becoming a lumberjack. When Jérémie's older brother leaves the two of them alone together, their relationship becomes even more strained. The film will have its world premiere at the 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 6. Check out the trailer above. READ MORE: Watch: Exclusive First Look at Gorgeous Black and White 'Chorus' Trailer
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