May 2016 - Posts

Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer on Their Favorite Comedic Performances on 'Broad City' & Beyond (Consider This)

"Broad City" got even broader this year — in the best way — and its creators agree. "This year, it's just gotten so big," Ilana Glazer recently told Indiewire. "When Hillary [Clinton] happened and that episode was on TV, I was like, 'Oh my God. We have Hillary Clinton the show. The Blake Griffin thing, too, when we were doing it, it was just, 'Hahaha, this is funny.' But when he came on TV, oh my God." But despite their epic guest stars paired with outstanding writing — and the duo's absolute adoration of Griffin's performance — Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer agree Season 3's eighth episode is the one they're proudest of, and a lot of it comes down to performances. As Emmy season kicks into high gear, the creators and stars of "Broad City" explain why it can be both deceptively easy and surprisingly complicated judging comedic performances, with examples of their favorites within "Broad City" and beyond. READ MORE: 'Broad City':...
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'The Big Lebowski' Making Of Special: Watch The Coen Brothers & Jeff Bridges Analyze The Cult Classic

The Coen Brothers' 1998 comedy "The Big Lebowski" has won over the hearts and minds of millions and has become a modern cult classic. The film follow The Dude (Jeff Bridges), a Los Angeles layabout who likes to bowl, toke, and meditate, and the Chandler-esque web of crime in which he finds himself trapped. In a short 1998 "Making of" documentary, the Joel and Ethan Coen, Bridges, and co-star John Goodman talk about the inspirations for "The Big Lebowski," the film's many characters including Sam Elliot's The Narrator and John Turturro's Jesus Quintana, cinematographer Roger Deakins, as well as the strange reactions from journalists. READ MORE: Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence The Coens first discuss the early inspirations for the film. The Dude character was based on Jeff Dowd, a man whom the Coens had known for over fifteen years, and the script started from the conceit of him being...
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'Quadrophenia' Sequel Filming This Summer, Based On Novel Continuation Of The Who's Film

In 1973, English rock group The Who released their second rock opera "Quadrophenia," which loosely followed the story of  young mod named Jimmy and his search for a place in the world. Six years later, Franc Roddam's film adaptation of the album starring Phil Daniels ("Vinyl," "Chicken Run") as Jimmy, a kid who falls in with the mod culture only for his life to slowly spiral out of control, was released to mostly positive reviews. The Criterion Collection released a restored Blu-ray of the film featuring an all-new sound mix in 2012. Now, NME reports that a sequel is set to be filmed this summer, 37 years after the original film's release. READ MORE: Dardenne Brothers, 'Quadrophenia,' Andrew Haigh's 'Weekend' Lead August Criterion Collection Releases The film will be based on the Pete Townshend-approved Peter Meadows book "To Be Someone," which continued Jimmy's adventures after the events of the film. It's set to be directed by...
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Kate Beckinsale Reveals Michael Bay's Negative Comments About Her Looks While They Promoted 'Pearl Harbor'

Actress Kate Beckinsale has a busy year ahead of her. She currently stars in Whit Stillman's latest film "Love and Friendship," based on Jane Austen's epistolary novel "Lady Susan"; her performance has received rapturous reviews from many critics. She's also set to appear in the upcoming horror film "The Disappointments Room" and "Underworld: Blood Wars," the fifth installment in the "Underworld" franchise. After 25 years in the film industry, Beckinsale has plenty of stories, and not all of them are so pleasant, including her time spent with director Michael Bay on "Pearl Harbor." In a recent appearance on "The Graham Norton Show," Beckinsale said that she thinks Bay was "baffled" by her because her "boobs weren't bigger than [her] head" and that she "wasn't blonde." READ MORE: Sundance Review: Whit Stillman's 'Love & Friendship' Starring Kate Beckinsale And Chloe...
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'Game Of Thrones' Producers On The Secret Behind [Spoiler]'s Shocking Return

Last night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," a character who hasn't been seen since the first season makes a surprising appearance. Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), Ned Stark's brother and former Night's Watch First Ranger, came in from the cold to save Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) from the wights. Though he was presumed dead, Benjen explains he was stabbed by a White Walker and left to die, only to be revived with dragonglass by the Children of the Forest. Naturally, his appearance asks more questions than answers, leaving fans of the series to speculate about future events. EW sat down with "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who also wrote the episode, to expand on the secret behind his return, the reaction to Hodor's demise, the theatre troupe scenes, and more. READ MORE: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 6, 'Blood of My Blood' Is Full of Face-Offs Regarding Benjen's return, he says that it's hard for...
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'Doc Savage': Dwayne Johnson Confirms Starring Role In Shane Black's Classic Superhero Film

Shane Black's latest buddy crime comedy "The Nice Guys," starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, opened to mostly positive reviews, but the screenwriter-turned-director already has his next film lined up. He's set to direct a film adaptation of the Doc Savage character, based on the super-intelligent hero of '30s and '40s pulp novels and later a radio series who was the inspiration for Superman, with a script written by himself, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Charles Mondry. Now, Variety reports that the new "Doc Savage" film has its star: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who confirmed the news on his Instagram account. READ MORE: Dwayne Johnson Is Ready To Play In New Trailer For 'Ballers' Season 2 Johnson describes the character as a "perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect" whose "heightened senses are beyond comprehension," and says that the number one reason he's excited to play Savage is because he's "A F*CKING...
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'The Fundamentals of Caring' Trailer: Paul Rudd & Selena Gomez Take an Emotional Road Trip

Rob Burnett's "The Fundamentals of Caring" follows Ben (Paul Rudd), a retired writer who becomes a personal caregiver after suffering a tragedy. His first client is Ben (Craig Roberts), a profane 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy who leads a very regimented life. Together, they take an impromptu road trip to visit the "lamest roadside attractions" that the United States has to offer. Along the way, they pick up a runaway (Selena Gomez) and a soon-to-be mother (Megan Ferguson) who help the pair embrace life-changing experiences outside their wheelhouse and learn about the true meaning of friendship and hope in the face of terrible odds. Watch the trailer for the film above. READ MORE: Netflix Continues to Conquer Pre-Sundance With 'Fundamentals of Caring' Deal Director Rob Burnett is best known as the executive producer of "The Late Show with David Letterman" and the CEO and President of Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants. "The...
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

It's never too early to start planning a trip to the movies. Now that June is underway, we wanted to have a place for movie fans to see every film opening in theaters for the entire month. For each week, we've separated the wide releases from the arthouse/specialty offerings, giving you the best of both worlds. (Where we can, we've also included Criticwire grade averages for films that have already screened for critics at festivals.)  For more of what's on the horizon, you can also bookmark our calendar page, where we'll update releases for June and beyond. In the meantime, happy planning! Week of June 3rd Wide Me Before You Director: Thea Sharrock Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Steve Peacocke, Lily Travers, Matthew Lewis, Vanessa Kirby Synopsis: "A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life...
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Review: 'Veep' Season 5 Episode 6 'C**tgate' Screws Everybody

LAST WEEK'S REVIEW: 'Veep' Season 5 Episode 5 'Thanksgiving' Sets the Table Immediate ReactionAs much as I'd like to repeat last week's immediate reaction, considering that Jonah now seems that much closer to holding real power, "C**tgate" had so much going on that even the man who failed to chop wood correctly couldn't hold sole focus. First off, we all saw Catherine's announcement coming, right? Oh, no. Not the Marjorie part. We had about the same reaction as Gary — slightly bewildered joy — to Selina's secret service agent holding hands with the First Daughter, but Catherine telling her mother why she kept dumping men set up her new partner perfectly (as did Selina's refusal to hear from her daughter as she desperately and repeatedly reached out).  Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Charlie Baird (John Slattery) this week, as his company will be filing for Chapter 11 after Selina's difficult decision to preserve a political career that's salvageable already. And we...
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Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 6, 'Blood of My Blood' Is Full of Face-Offs

Every week this season, Indiewire will be bringing you a unique collection of viewpoints on "Game of Thrones," as it is a show that elicits a unique sort of reactions. Our writers are well-versed in the world of the show and the culture surrounding it, and we look forward to seeing how their opinions fare in the cutthroat world of Westeros... Sorry, that is, the cutthroat world of television criticism. LAST WEEK'S REVIEW: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 5, 'The Door,' Opens Up Many Secrets What Happened This Week?We pick up this week as Meera drags Bran through the wilderness, while Bran flashes through visions of his family (and beyond) which savvy fans will no doubt have a great time analyzing frame-by-frame. Before the White Walkers catch up with them, they're rescued by a masked rider... Who we later learn is none other than Benjen Stark, the long-lost uncle to the Stark children, who was presumed dead after venturing beyond the Wall. Some relatively minor...
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Review: 'The Dresser' Pays Loving Homage to the Theatre Without Forgetting It's a Film

There are movies that exist only to highlight the towering work of their performers, and then there are films like "The Dresser." A play by Ronald Harwood first staged in 1980 and re-envisioned for the silver screen in 1983 with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, the feature-length appreciation of the theatre — with an eye toward the actors willingly indentured to it — functions almost surprisingly well as a meta-narrative on aging, acting and the differing perspectives on the importance of both. With Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen digging into the meaty roles in front of them, there's plenty of juice for the audience to savor, even if each viewer digests "The Dresser" differently. Considering its history, both on stage and now with two filmed versions, "The Dresser" could have easily gone the other way. Harwood's play has always walked a fine line between doing service to the script (and thus the art form it honors) and satirizing it, as an...
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Jeremy Irons Knocks 'Batman v Superman': It's 'Overstuffed' & 'Very Muddled'

Jeremy Irons may be returning for the next "Batman" movie, but that doesn't mean the current Alfred is any more enamored of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" than most others. Asked about its bad reviews in the Daily Mail, the actor responded, "Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed ... It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear." READ MORE: Jeremy Irons Will Be in 'Justice League' Movies, Reprising Alfred Role From 'Batman v Superman' Though it did indeed make more than $800 million at the worldwide box office, "Dawn of Justice" has been perceived as a disappointing entry in the fledgling DC Comics Extended Universe — an attempt at recreating Marvel's success with the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other superheros exclusive to DC. Irons doesn't perceive his character's role as merely a...
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Keira Knightley's Acting Criticized by Her 'Begin Again' Director John Carney

John Carney, who recently expanded his narrative horizons with the musical dramedy "Sing Street," has some unkind words for a former collaborator: "I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again,” the writer/director said to The Independent about Keira Knightley, who starred in his musical dramedy "Begin Again." "Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that." READ MORE: Watch: Vanity Fair Short Film Stars Dozens of Acclaimed Brits, Including Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch "It’s not like I hate the Hollywood thing, but I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars," continued the filmmaker. "I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film." Knightley —...
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'Big Trouble in Little China' Vintage Featurette: Go Behind the Scenes of the Classic With Kurt Russell

It's a rare, happy time when John Carpenter is in the news as he has been lately. The genre hero, who recently announced that he'll going on tour performing some of his best-known theme songs this summer, is also producing the next "Halloween" sequel — his first direct involvement with the slasher franchise he created in many moons. Ahead of its remake starring Dwayne Johnson, avail yourself of this vintage "Big Trouble in Little China" featurette on the making of the cult classic. READ MORE: John Carpenter Slams The Original 'Friday The 13th': It 'Doesn’t Rise Above its Cheapness' One of Carpenter's many collaborations with Kurt Russell — others include "The Thing, "Escape from New York" and "Elvis" — "Big Trouble" is an entertainingly bizarre blend of martial arts, the supernatural and '80s action. Made for TV at what looks to be the time of "Big Trouble's" theatrical release in 1986, the spot features interviews with...
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'Me Before You' Review Roundup: Critics Split Over Emilia Clarke's New Tearjerker

Emilia Clarke ventures beyond Westeros for another silver-screen venture in "Me Before You," but Khaleesi's latest film isn't garnering much more favorable reviews than last summer's "Terminator: Genisys." The first round of reactions could be generously described as mixed, with most critics not taking especially well to Thea Sharrock's tearjerker.    READ MORE: 'Me Before You' Criticized by Advocates Over Portrayal of a Disabled Character "Imagine 'The Intouchables' with more romance and less chemistry, crossbred with a far tamer version of 'Pretty Woman' so lacking in eroticism that its PG-13 rating seems unduly harsh," begins Variety's Andrew Barker, "and you’re halfway toward picturing Thea Sharrock’s 'Me Before You.'" He goes on to call the film a "melodrama with soft-rock ballads where its beating heart should be." Sheri Linden is similarly unimpressed, writing in The Hollywood Reporter that "far too much of...
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