November 2015 - Posts

Review: 'Fargo' Season 2 Episode 8 'Loplop' Twists the Knife Deeper

"This is a true story."After a week away from Peggy, Ed and Dodd (Jeffrey Donovan), "Fargo" spent an entire episode filling us in on what they've been doing. And wouldn't you figure, it was a lot. In another 90-minute entry (60 minutes without commercials), we watched as Peggy had the most self-assured nervous breakdown possible, Ed made a quick decision to sell Dodd for his family's protection and Ohanzee hunted down his boss.  By the end of it, though, Peggy seemed to be her happiest self, Ed's deal was in the toilet and Ohanzee was on his own (or at least ready to go on the run). "Loplop" marked an eventful, streamlined hour-plus of television, marked with perfectly-placed moments of levity that helped break up some truly tense scenes. In likely the best episode since the first, director Keith Gordon and credited writer Bob Delaurentis started us on the beginning of the end. The massacre of Sioux Falls is right around the corner, and — if it's as...
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Here Are the Winners of the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards

READ MORE:  As the Gotham Awards Turn 25, Here's How the Indie Landscape Has Changed The 2015-16 awards season picks up steam tonight with the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Hosted by "Broad City" duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the event kicks off at 8pm ET / 5pm PT at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Watch the red carpet pre-show and the entire ceremony via live stream above, courtesy of Filmmaker Magazine.  To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Gotham Awards have introduced three brand new categories this year: Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Series - Long Form and Breakthrough Series Short Form. Additionally, the 2015 Directors Tribute will honor "Carol" director Todd Haynes, while Helen Mirren and Robert Redford will receive the Actress and Actor Tributes, respectively. This year's nominees are led by "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," which boasts a total of 5 nominations, and...
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Watch: Explore the World of Gay Perks in Exclusive 'Donny!' Clip

READ MORE: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in December 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) USA Network's comedy series "Donny!" features television personality and salesman Donny Deutsch, who plays a fictionalized version of himself trying to navigate media, wealth and romance. In the above clip, Donny has accidentally led the public to believe he is gay, and as a result, he has been greeted with an influx of gifts, party invites and adoring fans who ignored him during his more accurate, heterosexual days. Donny debates with his assistants the so-called "gay perks" that come along with being white, gay and famous. The above episode of "Donny!" airs tomorrow night at 10:30pm on the USA Network.  READ MORE: Watch: Zach Galifianakis Clowns Around in New Teasers for Upcoming FX Comedy, 'Baskets'
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Deniz Ergüven and Oscar-Nominated 'Mustang' Stars on Their Controversial 5-Headed Monster of Femininity

In a remote seaside village in Turkey, school has just let out for the summer. Five long-haired sisters frolic through the waves, still in their school uniforms. They climb atop the shoulders of schoolboys, laughing and splashing in the water, embracing their newfound freedom with abandon. Little do they know that this will be their last taste of such joys. The sisters return home to find that a neighbor has reported their "scandalous behavior." News travels and the girls' innocent antics bring shame upon their entire family. Stunned, the girls maintain they were only playing a children's game, but their protests fall upon deaf ears. Their burgeoning sexuality is now a threat. To ostensibly restore honor and improve marriage prospects, the orphaned sisters' guardians — their grandmother and dictatorial uncle — lay siege to the house. The girls are barricaded inside, banned from communicating with the outside world and sentenced to a life...
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Watch: Why the Family Behind 'Meet the Patels' Turned Their Life Into a Rom-Com Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

READ MORE: Watch: 'Meet the Patels' Trailer Brings Romantic Comedy to the Documentary Genre Documentarian Geeta Patel recently joined the International Documentary Association for a discussion of her latest film, "Meet the Patels," with Indiewire Special Projects Editor Steve Greene. Joing Patel were her brother and co-director Ravi, co-producer Janet Fries Eckholm and Patel's own parents.  "Meet the Patels" follows Geeta's brother, actor Ravi Patel, as he attempts to find a woman to marry. While this may not seem like the most difficult task out there, Patel's conservative Indian parents and their high expectations and standards complicate the matter significantly. The film is mostly shot during the Patel's family vacation and examines the role that family plays in finding lifelong love. "Meet the Patels" is currently in limited release; in the meantime, you can check out clips from the IDA discussion below. Patel's Parents on Their Only...
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PODCAST: How to Make a Year-End 'Best Of 2015' List

Lists, by and large, are relatively easy to make. You identify a trend, commonality or loose connective tissue between your selected medium (film, TV, music, etc.), make your picks and write about how and why they earned a spot on your list. For year-end lists, the hardest part is done for you. Everything is grouped by release date, making anything debuting between January 1 and December 31 fair game. Sure, you can hone these lists to more specific categories — new TV shows, first-time directors, dramas, comedies, shows that start with "L" (there are a lot) — but if you're just trying to make a list of the best TV shows or movies of 2015, how hard can it be? LAST WEEK'S EPISODE: Are 'The Walking Dead' and 'Game of Thrones' Making Death Meaningless? Honestly, pretty darn hard. There are certain publications and authors who have different motivations, but here at Indiewire we're constantly striving to turn subjective love and adoration into objective reason and...
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Los Angeles Gets in the Festivus Spirit with Hulu's 'Seinfeld: The Apartment' Fan Experience

Last spring, fans of one of the great TV sitcoms could visit a replica of its protagonist's apartment in New York City's Meatpacking District through Hulu's "Seinfeld: The Apartment" exhibit, a fan experience created to usher in the show's debut on Hulu. West coast "Seinfeld" fanatics can now have the same experience this December, just in time for Festivus, when the exhibit finishes its reconstruction on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. READ MORE: How 'Seinfeld' Revolutionized The Sitcom The exhibit will feature all the original parts of its New York predecessor, which included a real-world version of Jerry's apartment and a gallery filled with artifacts from throughout the show's nine seasons -- like the actual booths and table from the diner scenes and the Superman figurine from Jerry's apartment. The LA exhibit will also have exclusive additions like new gallery items, interactive elements and an aluminum Festivus pole lot to celebrate the show's iconic...
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Watch: Paul Dano Talks the Weird Turn-On of Analyzing Characters in Exclusive Video

READ MORE: 'Love & Mercy' Director Made You A Soundtrack Featuring Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys Monday’s episode of "Off Camera with Sam Jones" features actor Paul Dano, who was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his latest film, "Love & Mercy." Dano offers viewers a rare look at what jump-started his career, (which includes starring in "Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood," "Ruby Sparks," and "12 Years a Slave") and what his process was like playing Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad's latest film.  In the first segment of the clips exclusive to Indiewire, Dano explains that the film that most catalyzed his career is actually one that is largely unheard of — Dano credits Rebecca Miller's "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" (starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener) as the film that made him "navigate acting [and] whether or not it was going to be a career."...
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Watch: 'Only the Dead' Documentarians Share the Cost of Telling a War Story (Exclusive)

READ MORE: Watch: Oscar Winner Davis Guggenheim Shares Why 'He Named Me Malala' Had to Be a Documentary (Exclusive) In the midst of their promotional tour for the documentary "Only the Dead," two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag and former Time and CNN journalist Michael Ware joined Indiewire's Special Projects Editor Steve Greene to discuss the making and the message of their new film. The screening and discussion was a part of IDA's ongoing documentary discussion series. "Only the Dead" tells the story of the the Middle East through the eyes of Ware, who was hand picked by Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Al Zarqawi to go public with a video announcing the jihadist's plan for war on the West. Watch the video above to hear why the directors were challenged to make a film about the Iraq War that people would actually want to watch, and see more videos below. The directors always knew what the end of the film would be. The film tells a universal story...
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As the Gotham Awards Turn 25, Here's How the Indie Landscape Has Changed

READ MORE: 7 Surprises from the 2015 Gotham Awards Nominations This week, the Gotham Awards won't only further the awards race with the first big ceremony of the season. The IFP-run New York event also celebrates its 25th year, a major landmark for the non-profit that stretches back to a dramatically different period in the history of American independent film. For current IFP executive director Joana Vicente, the Gothams continue to embody much of their original ethos even as the scope has widened from its initial focus on New York film personalities. "The mission of the Gotham Awards has always been to celebrate independent films and the creative community behind them, and to especially highlight young and emerging talent of each year," she said, noting that the "breakthrough director" award has been there since the beginning. Now, the Gothams have added a "breakthrough series" award for television and digital media. While the event is IFP's main...
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Watch: 'The Walking Dead' Prologue Teases Second Half of the Season and Introduces a New Villain

Just following last night's mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead," AMC aired a two-minute scene promoting the second half of the season. Though the scene doesn't reveal too much, consider this a spoiler alert for those who aren't caught up with the season.  The scene opens with Daryl, Abraham and Sasha quietly driving down an empty road when suddenly they run into a nefarious looking gang of armed bikers blocking the road. Things get heated when one of the bikers demand Daryl and his crew to step out their vehicle and join them on the side of the road -- and that's when Negan's name is introduced.  Though it's the first time the character's name has been mentioned on screen, the character has been teased for a couple of weeks now in ongoing reports. "Supernatural" actor Jeffery Dean Morgan has reportedly signed a deal with AMC to play the villain, though he won't make an official appearance until the season finale next year.  "The...
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Watch: Will Peter Jackson Direct 'Doctor Who'? Peter Capaldi Drops a Hint

In a video posted to his verified Facebook page, Peter Jackson has announced that he may be directing an upcoming episode of "Doctor Who." READ MORE: Review: 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Episode 11, 'Heaven Sent': Groundhog Doctor In the video, as the acclaimed director polishes his four Oscar statuettes, he talks to his daughter about Steven Moffat's insistent pestering that Jackson direct the long-running British sci-fi series. Suddenly, the Doctor himself appears with an urgent BBC contract in need of immediate signature from the director.  If what we see in the video (or at least parts of it) are true, then it seems that the Oscar-winning director of the "Lord of the Rings" series is going to direct one of the longest-running TV shows of all time. Fans of "Doctor Who" and Tolkien rejoice! READ MORE: Peter Jackson Admits He "Winged It" With 'The Hobbit,' And Felt Like He Was "Not On Top Of It"
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Darren Aronofsky and French Artist JR Collaborate for Climate Change Art Project

READ MORE: Anonymous French Artist JR on Why Sponsors Ruin Art and His New Robert De Niro-Starring Short Film In Paris, where marches are currently prohibited due to security concerns, two artists have collaborated to give hundreds of people a public voice in the fight against climate change. French artist JR, who recently directed the short film "Ellis," and Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," "Requiem for a Dream") have collaborated on an art project called "Standing March," which was projected on Paris' Assemblée Nationale last night and will be seen again tonight. Officials are currently meeting in Paris as part of the COP21 conference, where world leaders hope to reach an agreement that will keep global warming between two degrees Celsius. JR and Aronofsky's video projection features over 500 participants showing their support for meaningful progress to be made at the conference. Both artists have personally voiced their support...
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Watch: Dating Troubles Abound in Exclusive 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' Trailer

READ MORE: LGBT Rom-Com 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' Acquired by Wolfe Releasing A new trailer has been released for "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" that teases all of its modern revisions of the well-worn romantic-comedy genre. Written and directed by John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler, "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" stars Diane Flacks as Elsie, a woman with a long string of broken hearts behind her. Elsie breaks up with her longtime girlfriend in order to move on to a new romantic pursuit, something she has a hefty reputation for. Elsie faces off against a large slew of problems that plague the modern dater, including disapproval from family, conflicting advice from friends and a healthy mixture of guilt, regret and a little bit of hope that the newest relationship will actually work out. An honest look at the predicaments that serial daters find themselves in, "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" will be released on January 22 in Los...
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Watch: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Actually Have Sex in 'Portlandia' Season 6

After five full seasons of platonically sleeping in separate twin beds, "Portlandia's" Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are finally going where no fan thought they would go before - they are going to have sex. READ MORE: Watch: 'Portlandia's' Carrie Brownstein Explains Why People Relate to Sleater-Kinney in Exclusive Video In the third episode of "Portlandia's" sixth season, Fred and Carrie will get intimate in exactly the way you would expect: For Carrie, this means "eyes closed, arms out," and for Fred, this means being aroused by a New Yorker article on farmers' markets. The IFC comedy will return to its sketch format after Season 5's departure into a more anthologized exploration of Portland's quirky and alternative residents. "Portlandia" Season 6 premieres on IFC January 2. Check out the clip above.  READ MORE: IFC Renews 'Portlandia' For Seasons 6 & 7
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