Indie News

Jim Gaffigan to Star in Dramatic Thriller ‘All the Animals Come Out at Night’ (Exclusive)

Jim Gaffigan to Star in Dramatic Thriller ‘All the Animals Come Out at Night’ (Exclusive)
Jim Gaffigan is set to star in “All The Animals Come Out At Night,” sources tell Variety.

Robbie Jones, Isabel Arraiza and Tammy Blanchard are also on board to star with Derrick Borte directing. Borte is also writing along with Daniel Forte.

Scott Lochmus of Storyland Pictures is producing the film in association with Xyz Films and via a workforce development partnership with Old Dominion University and The Virginia Film Commission.

The film tells the story of Cam (Gaffigan), a former computer programmer, now a down on his luck driver. After suffering an emotional breakdown, and the subsequent loss of his job and family, he is a shell of the successful man he once was. Cam makes extra cash chauffeuring Mazz, a low-level drug dealer, around the city. As Cam’s situation deteriorates into a serious financial bind he decides to kidnap Mazz’s child in hopes of collecting a ransom from the cash-carrying dealer.

Next year Gaffigan
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims
Andrew Duncan, the producer of awards contender “The Florida Project,” is stepping down from his indie production company amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Duncan launched June Pictures a year ago, and has produced a handful of independent films including “Operator” with Martin Starr, and “Thoroughbred,” a breakout film at the Sundance Film Festival. In a statement, CEO Alex Saks said she has solidified plans to buy out Duncan’s stake in the company.

“In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures,” Saks said. “June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”

Rumors of Duncan’s alleged sexual misconduct have been circulating for the last couple of weeks. The ouster poses a potential problem for “The Florida Project,” a portrayal of children living in poverty from director Sean Baker (“[link
See full article at Variety - Film News »

What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film

What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film
It’s just one theater, with six screens. But news that the landlord for the Lincoln Plaza Theaters —on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, across the street from Lincoln Center — is not renewing the lease for its present (and only) operators, longtime exhibitors and distributors Dan and Toby Talbot, could be the biggest news in specialized film this year.

Totaling a little over 1,000 seats, Lincoln Plaza has been the most important single theater in the domestic specialized market since its opening in 1981. Though it no longer provides the biggest grosses for most independent and other arthouse releases, it remains the single most vital location for launching subtitled and other high-end titles in the U.S.

Initial reports say the Talbots — dominant forces for over 50 years in the New York specialized film business — were unable to make a deal to continue operation. The landlord, Milstein Properties — has not confirmed that it will continue as a theater.
See full article at Indiewire »

David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch

David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch
David Boreanaz is once again proving his primetime power. Fresh off a 12-season run on the Fox staple “Bones,” Boreanaz didn’t miss a beat: His new CBS drama, “Seal Team,” has already been given a full 22-episode first season order, and is shoo-in for a sophomore renewal.

Not many performers can brag about starring in back-to-back-to-back hits, which makes Boreanaz a TV heavy hitter on par with stars like Ted Danson and William Shatner — the rare actors who have enjoyed multiple hits on unrelated shows. Boreanaz, of course, top-lined the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff “Angel” for several years (and 110 episodes) before moving on to 246 episodes of “Bones.”

Seal Team” stars Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, the leader of the Tier One team, a group deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice. The show has been consistently making the top 25 ratings among both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
See full article at Indiewire »

Morgan Spurlock’s Former Partners Pull ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ from Sundance Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock’s Former Partners Pull ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ from Sundance Film Festival
One day after Morgan Spurlock resigned from the production company he co-founded following his disclosure that a woman “believed she had been raped” by the documentarian, his remaining partners have pulled his upcoming film from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Read More:10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

“Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we the partners have decided that this is not the appropriate time for ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival,” wrote co-founder/partner Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin in a statement released December 15. “Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival’s slate.”

The film first screened at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where YouTube Red paid $3.5 million for the distribution rights. It chronicles Spurlock’s decision to open a fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio that sold only “hormone-free,
See full article at Indiewire »

Manhattan’s Beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinema Will Close for Good in January 2018

Lincoln Plaza Cinema — the first stop for much acclaimed independent and foreign fare since 1981 — will shutter next month when its New York City lease ends, according to Deadline. Occupying an Upper West Side residential building’s basement, the six-screen theater has hosted exclusive engagements of films like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Certified Copy.” It is operated as a partnership between the founder of the former New Yorker Films distribution company, Dan Talbot; France’s Gaumont Film Company, a mini-major studio; and local real estate investment film Milstein Properties, the owner of the site.

Read More:Dan Talbot’s 2004 Gotham Awards Speech

Talbot’s wife of 68 years, Toby, told Deadline that they “did everything we could to ask for the lease to be extended,” to no avail, as Milstein is “looking to make money” and “get everything [they] can.”

Multiple sources told IndieWire that Howard Milstein, chairman of Milstein Properties, had been seeking a buyer
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Live Pd’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week

‘Live Pd’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week
There’s nothing quite like “Live Pd,” the hit A&E series that follows cops and sheriffs — live, in real time, as they patrol various cities and counties across the country. The series began as an eight-episode experiment, for two hours a week, back in October 2016. But as it turned into a sensation, A&E kept expanding the show’s footprint.

Now, “Live Pd” airs twice a week, on Friday and Saturday nights, for three hours both evenings (from 9 p.m. to midnight). And other than a brief five-week hiatus in September, it’s been on the air for most of the year.

“It is by far the most frustrating, challenging, and gratifying program that I have ever been involved with,” said executive producer Dan Cesareo, whose Big Fish Entertainment is behind the series. “No two nights are the same. You could have a great show one night, where we
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance

Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance
If you haven’t watched Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince” yet, then you’re missing out. It’s not that the movie is really all that good. It’s Ok, but we’ll get back to that in a second. What matters is that this fairy tale rom-com has helped Netflix begin its mission: to steal Christmas from cable networks.

While networks like Lifetime, Freeform, Up, and Ion have been cranking out some holiday rom-coms and programming, Hallmark is the undisputed leader of Christmas fare. The channel began its new original Christmas movies back in October, ruled over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, and is still making a splash with yuletide movies like “The Christmas Train” and “Switched for Christmas.”

Read More:Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch

Yet despite Hallmark’s apparent dominance, Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince” is the far buzzier name
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor

‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor
The convergence of the micro and macro worlds of politics and journalism in “The Post” most appealed to two-time Oscar-winning production designer Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”). The entry point of Liz Hannah’s script was Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) finding her voice at 54 as the new publisher of The Washington Post with the landmark publication of “The Pentagon Papers” in 1971. Director Steven Spielberg added the social context of journalists having a vital voice in search of the truth with the help of Hannah and scribe Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

“I think that when Liz grasped the idea of Kay’s rite of passage as a road map for the rest of her life beyond raising children that she was onto something that certainly was significant,” said Carter. “So then, for me, there’s the intimate side of Juliet and Romeo being the Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee [Tom Hanks] platonic love story, where their
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Review: Mulder and Scully Return, and The Results Are Genuinely Exciting

  • Indiewire
‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Review: Mulder and Scully Return, and The Results Are Genuinely Exciting
When “The X-Files” returned to Fox in January 2016 after lying dormant for years, no one was really quite sure what to expect. After all, sometimes when a beloved franchise dusts itself off for a new run of episodes, it works. But sometimes, the end result is best described as, well, dusty — which was the case with Season 10 (or, if you like, a special Fox “event series”), a mixed bag of episodes which reunited stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny with creator Chris Carter, but at best was clumsy and at worst a pale echo of the once-great drama.

In reviewing the Season 10 cliffhanger finale, “My Struggle II,” IndieWire noted that if the show had ended there forever, it would have been a real tragedy for the show’s legacy. However, the season overall was enough of a disappointment to leave us nervous about what would happen when Fox (inevitably) greenlit a follow-up season.
See full article at Indiewire »

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ and More Join Criterion Collection in March 2018

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ and More Join Criterion Collection in March 2018
Martin Scorsese is no stranger to The Criterion Collection, but that doesn’t make the announcement that his period drama “The Age of Innocence” will be officially joining the club in March 2018 any less exciting. Scorsese’s 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s seminal novel will join other Scorsese films like “The Last Temptation of Christ” in the Collection.

Read More:‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018

“Innocence” is one of six new movies coming to Criterion in March 2018. Other new additions include Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and Volker Schlöndorff’s largely-unseen “Baal.” You can head over to The Criterion Collection website to pre-order the titles now. Check out all the new additions below. Synopses provided by Criterion.

Elevator to the Gallows

For his feature debut, twenty-four-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau,
See full article at Indiewire »

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age Of Innocence’ & More Coming To Criterion

With Daniel Day-Lewis saying farewell to the acting game after “Phantom Thread,” you might be feeling like an absence in your cinematic life. Well, this spring, The Criterion Collection will help you fill the void.

The boutique label has announced their March 2018 titles, and leading the pack is Martin Scorsese‘s “The Age Of Innocence.” The director’s underrated adaptation of Edith Wharton‘s novel, which also stars Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer, will come with a fresh 4K restoration, new interviews with Scorsese, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci, and a documentary about the making of the movie.

Continue reading Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age Of Innocence’ & More Coming To Criterion at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Minnie Driver Has Some Issues With Matt Damon’s Sexual Harassment Opinions: ‘Good God, Seriously?’

Minnie Driver Has Some Issues With Matt Damon’s Sexual Harassment Opinions: ‘Good God, Seriously?’
Minnie Driver is criticizing Matt Damon after the actor shared some new controversial opinions on sexual harassment. Damon is making headlines for expressing his belief that a “continuum” exists between different types of sexual misconduct. The actor told Peter Travers of Rolling Stone that it would be unfair to compare accused men like Al Franken to other likes Harvey Weinstein because their harassment allegations “don’t belong in the same category.”

Read More:Matt Damon on Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken: Not All Sexual Misconduct ‘Belongs in the Same Category’

“When you see Al Franken taking a picture putting his hands on that woman’s flak jacket and mugging for the camera, going like that, you know, that is just like a terrible joke, and it’s not funny. It’s wrong, and he shouldn’t have done that,” Damon said. “But when you talk about Harvey and what he’s accused of,
See full article at Indiewire »

Mark Hamill Says ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Was Trying To Mimic The Original Trilogy

Sometimes, you just can’t win. There were those who found “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” too beholden to the original trilogy, while others think “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” strays too far from the core values of the series. Now, Mark Hamill is weighing in on the history of the franchise, and surprisingly, has some kind words to say about the prequels. So, if you secretly adore those most reviled pictures, you might have some ammunition in your corner.

Continue reading Mark Hamill Says ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Was Trying To Mimic The Original Trilogy at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Ranking the 20 Best Movie Musicals of All Time, From ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to ‘Lemonade’

  • Indiewire
Ranking the 20 Best Movie Musicals of All Time, From ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to ‘Lemonade’
The musical often feels like a relic of a long-dead Hollywood studio system, but it remains a genre that captures movies’ ability to create story worlds that move freely between reality and fantasy. The worst examples come from filmmakers who give license to music, color, and movement run amok; the best musicals transcend artifice and integrate songs that become expressions of pure character emotion. It offers endless possibilities, but success demands a complete mastery of the medium.

Very few current stars could learn the choreography of Busby Berkeley, Jerome Robbins, or Bob Fosse, and adapting a medium developed and most suited for the stage requires innovative direction. In translating the joy of a live musical to the magic of cinema, some things are easily lost in the shuffle.

Read More:The 10 Best Cinematographers of 2017, Ranked

From “A Star is Born” to “Singin’ in the Rain,” here are 20 musicals that represent the
See full article at Indiewire »

RuPaul is Heading to Sundance for a ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective, Cementing Icon Status Across Industries

RuPaul is Heading to Sundance for a ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective, Cementing Icon Status Across Industries
RuPaul is heading to Park City this winter, and it’s not to shoot a special ski bunny episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It’s an odd couple pairing for the indie film community and the person who brought drag into the mainstream more than once, proving that even the most devout cinephiles love their reality television — as long as it’s paired with a fabulous dash of biting satire. RuPaul has two Emmys for his role hosting “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which he executive produces with Sundance regulars Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder productions.

According to Deadline, RuPaul will host an official “Drag Race” retrospective to celebrate the show’s impact and commemorate its forthcoming tenth season. The event is being billed as, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon.” In addition to the panel, RuPaul will present the Next Innovator Award,
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix’s ‘Love’ Will End With Season 3

There are a couple shows on the Netflix dial that I’m not actually sure has found an audience. “Flaked” would fall into that category, as would “Love.” The Judd Apatow produced comedy never quite leaped into the pop culture conversation, and while I anecdotally know maybe or two people who have fired it up, the series mostly seems to be something that was watched after they caught up with every other series on their list.

Continue reading Netflix’s ‘Love’ Will End With Season 3 at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees on Mud as an Allegory for Race: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees on Mud as an Allegory for Race: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
Mudbound” stands on its own as an artistic statement, but to hear Dee Rees describe her vision adds another layer to this dense tale. Sundance regulars have had their eye on Rees since 2011’s “Pariah,” an understated coming-of-age tale about a young lesbian growing up in Brooklyn. Rees’ career took a giant leap when “Mudbound” sold to Netflix for a whopping $12.5 million, becoming the biggest acquisition at this year’s Sundance. A sweeping, Southern-set period drama, “Mudbound” lays bare the stark realities of race in America through the lens of two families—one black and one white—and their parallel lives.

Read More:Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

“I wanted to give weight to what is it to not be able to come home, to be self-reliant,” Rees told IndieWire in an interview for our Spotlight Awards series. “It’s this pioneer story,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast

‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast
Despite casting Willem Dafoe and working with a $2 million budget — the biggest in Sean Baker’s career — the director knew that his sixth feature, “The Florida Project,” couldn’t abandon what’s become his personal trademark: populating his films with untapped talent.

Read More:Willem Dafoe On What He Learned From Working With Non-Actors on ‘The Florida Project’ — Exclusive

“For me, Spike Lee was always one that really did it right,” Baker said. “He would have big A-list stars in his films, and then he would always give fresh faces to some of the bigger supporting characters. He would be introducing so many new faces to the world, new talent to the industry, which is I think really important.”

The Florida Project” has received glowing reviews (IndieWire gave it an A-, and it’s currently rated 95 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and received multiple awards, including Golden Globes and SAG nominations for Dafoe.
See full article at Indiewire »

Learn The Origins Of ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Adorable Porgs

Neal Scanlan is the Special Effects Supervisor on Rain Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” He also served on the same capacity on “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He’s also an Oscar winner for his work on “Babe.” Oh, and he’s also responsible for bringing the latest popular addition to the “Star Wars” universe to live, those adorable Porgs. But where did these creatures come from exactly?

Continue reading Learn The Origins Of ‘The Last Jedi’s’ Adorable Porgs at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.