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‘Beach Rats’ Trailer: The Boys of Summer Aren’t What They Appear in Eliza Hittman’s Suncedance Prizewinner — Watch

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Neon has released the first trailer for “Beach Rats,” Eliza Hittman’s excellent follow-up to her immersive debut “It Felt Like Love.” The writer/director’s sophomore feature premiered earlier this year at Sundance, where she won a directing award. Watch the trailer, which first debuted courtesy of Vulture, below.

Read More‘Beach Rats’ Review: A Very Gritty Sex in the City From Director Eliza Hittman — Sundance 2017 Harris Dickinson stars as a young man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality over the course of one summer, and like Hittman the newcomer has rightfully earned high praise for his work. Though he does everything in his power to come across as a typical bro, Frankie (Dickinson) leads a double life online that none of his hyper-masculine friends know anything about. Read More‘Beach Rats’ Teaser: Sundance Winner Explore an Aimless Brooklynite’s Modern Sexual Crisis The film is one »


- Michael Nordine

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Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

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Watching a 70mm print of “Dunkirk” at Lincoln Center’s glorious Walter Reade theater was enough to make me want to pick up the baton and join Christopher Nolan’s fight to preserve the theatrical experience. Earlier this week, Nolan railed against Netflix in an interview with IndieWire, citing the company’s “mindless policy” with respect to theatrical distribution, and after seeing how the director masterfully envelopes the audience into his WWII drama, it’s hard to disagree with idea that this great director’s work belongs on the big screen.

Read More: Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because Their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’

While it’s admirable that Warner Brothers backed Nolan’s efforts to make sure his dedicated fans have a first rate way of seeing the film – “Dunkirk” will be projected in 70mm and 70mm IMAX in over 100 screens this weekend – the problem »


- Chris O'Falt

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Darren Aronofsky Defends Hollywood to a Skeptical Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a big fan of Darren Aronofsky, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with the “Black Swan” director’s faith in Hollywood. Though the two filmmakers essentially fawned over each other for much of their nearly one-hour conversation on a recent episode of the Talkhouse’s podcast, Jodorowsky never wavered on his contempt for Hollywood.

Read MoreWhy 87-Year-Old Alejandro Jodorowsky is at the Peak of His Career

The 88-year-old filmmaker sat for the interview in part to discuss his 2016 film “Endless Poetry,” which played at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and hit U.S. theaters last week. The film is an autobiographical story of the Chilean artist’s youth, specifically his introduction to the bohemian artistic circle of ’40s Chile. “Endless Poetry” played in two theaters over the weekend, taking in $27,000, and has nationwide release in the upcoming weeks.

Jodorowsky began the conversation by calling Aronofsky »


- Graham Winfrey

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How ‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ Became a Joint Effort to Make the World a Better Place

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Chalk it up to chemistry, the perfect recipe, or secret sauce. Whatever the magic is that happens between Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, viewers lap it up on “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”

Premiering one day before the 2016 presidential election, VH1’s hybrid cooking show-celebrity hangout became a safe haven for those afraid that Trump’s America would create even more marginalized groups and divisions. Instead, “Potluck Dinner Party” envisions a world where homemaking meets hip-hop and “A Good Thing” lives in harmony with “Nuthin’ But a G Thang.” Martha and Snoop’s friendship and natural camaraderie became a model for the world we wanted to live in.

Read More‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’: TV’s Oddest Couple Talk Fried Chicken, Fat Doobies and Funyuns

“It feels good when people appreciate the fact that we’re just two people who love to do what we do, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: At Comic-Con, You Can Drive a Flying Car As the Movie Comes to Life

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Want to know what it’s like to drive a flying car through Los Angeles in pursuit of a replicant? That’s what awaits you at the “Blade Runner 2049” experience across the street from San Diego Comic-Con, with some fun twists.

Vr, Aka 360 video, is the latest craze to sweep Comic-Con, but “Blade Runner 2049” aims to innovate by integrating a deeper sense of realness into it.

Read More‘Mr. Robot’ at Comic-Con: Hack the Streets of San Diego For a Glimpse at Season 3

After entering the massive tent on 2nd Avenue and walking down a corridor lined with concept art, you’re brought to a set-up featuring approximately two dozen seats, arranged like a movie theater — except instead of a screen, participants are outfitted with individual Vr headsets.

Once the Vr experience begins, the viewer finds themselves in the driver’s seat of a 2049 police car, in pursuit »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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O.J. Simpson’s Parole Request Approved

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Here’s a postscript for everyone’s favorite eight-hour documentary of 2016: O.J. Simpson’s parole request has been unanimously approved. The former football star, who in 1995 was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson as well as her friend Ron Goldman, has been imprisoned since 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 33 years behind bars, with no possibility of parole for nine years; following today’s decision, he can leave prison as soon as October.

Read MoreBeyond ‘O.J.:’ How Espn Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference

O.J.: Made in America,” which takes an extensive look at its subject’s life, premiered at Sundance last year. Ezra Edelman directed the documentary for Espn Films, which released it both as a five-part miniseries and a theatrical film — a strategy that resulted in it winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature earlier this year. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Archer’ Meets ‘Kingsman’ in Unexpected Animated Spy Crossover — Watch

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Well, that was unexpected.

When Fox arrived at Comic-Con for their “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” panel on Thursday, “a mashup of an American spy spoof and a British secret agent graphic novel/film franchise” wasn’t exactly on anyone’s anticipated list of panel surprises.

Read More ‘Archer Dreamland’ Review: Season 8 Goes Full Film Noir in Big Gamble That’s Already Paying Off

Yet, here it is, in all its glory: an animated Eggsy, running across London rooftops and city streets, all in the style of the Fxx show. Shortly after arriving in the bespoke suit shop that gives the films its name, he finds Sterling Archer (who takes less than a minute before calling him “guv’na”).

Jabs at British culture, saving old ladies, and (in true “Archer” fashion) plenty of heavy drinking has us imagining what these two might do with more than a trailer’s-length amount of time together. »


- Steve Greene

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How Lily Tomlin and Gloria Steinem Helped Fund the Lesbian Film Classic ‘Desert Hearts’

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In the early ’80s, Donna Deitch was a recent film school grad with no feature credits looking make a lesbian romance — one that didn’t end with killing its heroines. Without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become a groundbreaking lesbian classic that still resonates today.

Read More‘Desert Hearts’ Trailer: Donna Deitch’s Groundbreaking Lesbian Classic Restored — Watch

Adapted by Natalie Cooper from the 1964 Jane Rule novel “Desert of the Heart,” Deitch’s 1985 film is a poignant romance set in 1959, when straitlaced Columbia professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives at a ranch in Reno, Nev. to get a divorce (the only place one could at that time). She meets the rancher’s daughter, Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau), an open and self-assured lesbian, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Todd Haynes Restores the Beauty of Silent Cinema in Oscar Hopeful

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Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for the new Todd Haynes’ film, “Wonderstruck,” which stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams and looks unlike anything Haynes has done before.

Read More: Review: With ‘Wonderstruck,’ Todd Haynes Returns With A Profoundly Moving Fable For All Ages

Based on the bestselling 2011 young adult novel of the same name by Brian Selznick (“The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), “Wonderstruck” follows the interconnected stories of two children across the span of 50 years. Ben (Oakes Fegley) lives with his family in Minnesota in 1977 and escapes to New York in search of his father. Rose (13-year-old deaf actor Millicent Simmonds), a young girl locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey, escapes to New York to see her favorite film actress. The 1977 story is told in color, while the other is depicted in black-and-white.

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are partnering on the release of the film, which »


- Graham Winfrey

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Photos: Will Smith, ‘It’ and More

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Stars and studios meet cosplayers and fanatics at the nation’s biggest geek expo.

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- William Earl

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How ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Turned Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon into Dueling Hollywood Divas

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Old Hollywood retro glam makes FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” the perfect Emmy contender for costume, makeup, and hair. The bitter personal rivalry between Emmy-nominated Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange), which heated up during their co-starring in the 1962 horror movie, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” was fueled by the fear and insecurity of two fading stars.

Showrunner Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) recreates the era when the studio system was in decline and the two once-bright stars were struggling to stay in the game. For Murphy’s Emmy-winning team of costume designer Lou Eyrich, makeup designer Eryn Krueger Mekash, and hair department head Chris Clark, it was an opportunity to embrace the twilight of Hollywood’s Golden Age in grand style.

Crawford vs. Davis

The two divas are a study in contrast:  Crawford carried her glam with her at all times, trying to hang »


- Bill Desowitz

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Chanelle Aponte Pearson’s Dazzling Ode to Black Lesbian Love Is the Next Great Queer Project of 2017

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If the success of “Moonlight” and “Atlanta” are any indication, 2017 is set to become the year of the visionary black auteur (about time already). Joining their ranks soon enough is Chanelle Aponte Pearson, director of ‘195 Lewis,” which recently won a Special Mention from Outfest for “highlighting the contemporary life of queer black woman with flair, vibrancy and substance.”

The short series explores the joys and pitfalls of open relationships in a vibrant community of black queer women living in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Flowing with original music by members of the community and glowing with luscious colors and warm light, Pearson breathes life into the eclectic mix of characters with equal parts humor and lust. The script, by first-time screenwriters Rae Leone Allen and Yaani Supreme, radiates a confident originality that heralds a fresh new perspective.

Read More‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover Wants You To Feel What It’s Like to »


- Jude Dry

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David Lynch Playlist: The Director’s Favorite Bands and Singers Perfect for ‘Twin Peaks’

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If someone found a TV network willing to give them 18 hours of original programming all under their domain, it makes sense that person would want to bring a bunch of their favorite bands along with them.

Over the run of “Twin Peaks: The Return,” David Lynch has used the close of every episode as a showcase for past collaborators. Some of these acts have been household names – who could forget Nine Inch Nails rounding out the infamous Part 8 – while others have been more under-the-radar favorites.

These are artists that not only fit thematically with each individual episode, but also hew close to Lynch’s personal fandoms. The director has been open about it in the past, including his appreciation for Au Revoir Simone. Moby, for whom Lynch directed a music video in 2009, popped up this past week and longtime collaborator Chrysta Bell recorded multiple albums with Lynch before taking »


- Steve Greene

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‘Una’ Trailer: Rooney Mara Confronts the Past — and Ben Mendelsohn — in Tense Drama

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Una” doesn’t have a stateside release date, but it does have a new trailer ahead of its imminent arrival in UK theaters. Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in Benedict Andrews’ adaptation of David Harrower’s play “Blackbird,” which marks the theater director’s silver-screen debut. Watch the trailer (which first premiered courtesy of The Independent) below and wonder when the recently launched U.S. wing of Latin American distributor Swen will release it here.

Read More‘Una’ Exclusive Clip: Watch Rooney Mara Hunt Down Ben Mendelsohn In One Of The Fall’s Most Exciting Films Mara and Mendelsohn’s characters encounter one another for the first time in years after an abusive sexual relationship in the film, which screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last fall. Andrews’ theater work includes productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Seagull,” among others. Read MoreFirst Look: Rooney Mara »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Dunkirk’ and the 70mm Experience: Why The Unlikely Comeback of the Big-Screen Format Has Hollywood’s Attention

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Much has been made about the way “Dunkirk” has been engineered for the 70mm experience. Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic is being marketed as an immersive big-screen experience, one that the director prefers audience experience in his preferred format. But he never would have been able to convince a studio to invest in this undertaking if weren’t for a few key developments from the past few years.

While shooting on film has made an unexpected comeback in Hollywood, watching a film projected on celluloid has remained a novelty reserved for cinephiles lucky enough to live near a museum or repertory theater still committed to showing film prints. After 35mm projectors were removed from theaters across the country, they never came back; Hollywood loved the ease of digital cinema projection (Dcp), which shaves off the costs of the significant labor, time and cost of making and shipping thousands of film prints. »


- Chris O'Falt

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Zachary Levi on Returning to Comic-Con In a New Role For Syfy — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Danny Trejo on Weapons, Tacos, the Los Angeles Rams and Weird Looks from Parents — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Zachary Levi first attended San Diego Comic-Con 11 years ago, when his NBC series “Chuck” first premiered. Not only did he fall in love with the fan event, he soon found a way to put his own stamp on the gathering with his Nerd Machine brand. That led to Nerd HQ, an annual fan event that traditionally was held simultaneously with Comic-Con in San Diego.

But don’t call him the “King of Con” – a label that Levi thinks only comic book royalty have earned. “I don’t know if I love that title,” he said. “Even though I’ve been a nerd my whole life this will only be my 11th year at Comic-Con. You gotta be Stan Lee status. Every one else is vying for »


- Michael Schneider

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How One Marketplace in Canada Is Sustaining Some of the Most Exciting Genre Films Made Today — Fantasia

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While the general moviegoing public never has to endure the hellacious experience of film marketplaces, most independent filmmakers and producers are all too familiar with the frustrating hustle of meetings with potential financiers and sales agents, all of which reduces their projects to simplistic taglines and demographics. Frontières, the international marketplace for genre films currently underway in Montreal, faces a different set of challenges. For example: Can you have too many zombie movies?

“We wound up with two this time,” said Lindsay Peters, the market and industry director who has organized the industry showcase for five years. “But that’s the nice thing — they can be completely different, and just compliment each other.”

Read MoreHow One NYC Event Can Turn Promising Ideas For New Indies Into a Reality

At a time when many adventurous filmmakers are struggling to find the resources to get edgier projects off the ground, Frontières — which »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records

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Christopher Nolan’s World War II retreat-and-rescue epic “Dunkirk” has critical acclaim and is the first 2017 studio film to stand as a serious awards contender. However, it’s unlikely to become a significant player among the top war films at the box office.

Over the last decade, Nolan’s made five films that grossed $200 million-$658 million (adjusted domestic). However, while war films can still draw big numbers (Clint Eastwood’s 2014’s “American Sniper” earned $381 million, domestic adjusted), Nolan’s movie may be hampered by history.

Read More‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Maintained Secrecy on His Set

War is the backdrop to some of the most popular films of all time, including “Star Wars” as well as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music,” the #1 and 3 domestic grossers of all time. David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” was more of a biography-character study, but it was an epic »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Fahrenheit 451’ First Look: Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon Set Fire to the Future

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Ramin Bahrani has become an indie staple after acclaimed efforts such as “Chop Shop,” “Man Push Cart,” and “99 Homes,” but his most high profile release might just be the upcoming HBO film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”

Read More: Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Reuniting (Again) For Cheating Scandal Drama ‘Wrong Answer

The television film marks the second collaboration between the director and Michael Shannon. The actor earned rave reviews for his supporting turn in “99 Homes” and was even a dark horse for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Michael B. Jordan plays the lead Montag, a young fireman in a dystopian future where media is an opiate and books are banned and burned. Montag battles his mentor Beatty (Shannon) in a fight to regain his humanity. Laura Harrier, Sophia Boutella and Lilly Singh co-star.

Fahrenheit 451” was first published in 1953. Previous adaptations include François Truffaut’s 1966 film adaptation. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Untamed’ Review: This Surreal Thriller Is the Second-Best Movie Ever Made About Tentacle Sex

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There are no talking foxes in Amat Escalante’s latest whatist, but chaos still reigns.

And though “La región salvaje” translates literally as “The Wilds,” one struggles to imagine a more fitting title for this surreal erotic thriller than “The Untamed.” The Mexican auteur, who last divided audiences with the punishing “Heli” (for which he won Best Director at Cannes), takes a cue from Andrzej Żuławski’s “Possession” in his tentacled pulse-pounder about the pain and pleasure of love in all its forms. This is the kind of experience that might tell you more about yourself as both a viewer and a person than you’re comfortable knowing; it’s also the most alluringly strange movie of the year so far.

It’s frequently beautiful, too, with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (who also lensed “Nymphomaniac”) capturing the strange goings on and foggy environs in all their alien glory. “The Untamed »


- Michael Nordine

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