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‘Godless’ Spoilers Review: Let’s Talk About Jeff Daniels, the Women of La Belle, and That Glorious Gonzo Gunfight

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the Netflix limited series, “Godless.” For a spoiler-free review, please click here.]

All in all, “Godless” is a relatively straightforward western — and proud of it. Scott Frank’s limited series wears its emotions on its dirty, tattered sleeve, and the nearly feature-length finale wraps things up in a way that’s satisfying in the specifics more so than any big surprises.

Genre staples are met almost as though they’re being checked off a list. There’s a betrayal. There’s a massacre outside of town. There’s a massive shootout in town. There’s a quickdraw duel between good and evil. There are deaths. There are goodbyes. There’s hope.

In comforting fashion, Frank’s western abides by the formulas and format of the classics and draws to mind the great miniseries of yesteryear (namely, “Lonesome Dove”). But what elevates “Godless” beyond imitation are its subtle yet strong modern touches.

Read More:‘Godless’ Review: Merritt Wever Gets a Gun in Netflix »


- Ben Travers

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‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ Will Feature a Harvey Weinstein-Like Figure Who Preys on Flight Attendants

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Many social media users have cited the 19-season run of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as a reminder that sex crimes have long pre-dated Harvey Weinstein. To the surprise of no one, the disgraced former studio head — whose dozens of accusers recently inspired countless others to speak out against powerful men they’ve encountered in the workplace — will inspire a 2018 episode of the Dick Wolf-created NBC procedural.

The show’s executive producer, Michael Chernuchin, told Entertainment Weekly that “we are hitting Harvey Weinstein head-on” with a fictionalized account of predators who work in the airline industry.

While readying a previously-planned script about “airline pilots and what a boys club that is,” Chernuchin said he and his writers realized, “‘Wow, this is exactly what the actresses go through in Hollywood. It’s the same environment.’ So we got all of our Harvey stuff out with airline pilots.”

‘Law & Order’ Reboot Won’t Be Happening, »


- Jenna Marotta

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CBS’ New Animated Holiday Greetings, Inspired By a Classic 1966 Spot, Will Warm Any Grinch’s Heart — Exclusive

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Every few years, CBS dusts off a minute-long animated holiday greeting that first ran in 1966. Now, more than 50 years later, it’s unveiling several new animated shorts that were inspired by that original spot.

Renowned for its graphic art design, the vintage greeting was designed by illustrator/animator R.O. Blechman (The New Yorker, “The Soldier’s Tale,” “Sesame Street,” Alka-Seltzer ads) and produced by animator Willis Pyle (“Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “Mr. Magoo”). Because it’s a minute long (the standard back then, but unheard of now, as commercials are stripped to as quick as six seconds), CBS doesn’t have the opportunity to run it often.

Read More:tv Families To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

The spot, which features a tree full of birds who tweet until they encounter a saw-wielding man (who then surprises him with music of his own), has found new life on YouTube, in addition to »


- Michael Schneider

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Why the Independent Spirit Awards Can’t Predict the Oscars — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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The 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations have landed, so now we know which films and performances will be vying for attention on the beach ceremony the day before the Oscars. But will they also provide a sneak peak at the big winners the next day? That’s harder to say.

Although many of this year’s Spirit nominees — from “Get Out” to “Call Me By Your Name” — are major Oscar players, they have plenty of company from other movies that stand very little chance of Oscar play. At the same time, there are some noticeable snubs for major players in a few categories that could still gain some momentum as Oscar season continues along.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through the Spirit nominations to get a handle on some of the surprises and snubs, while making the case for a few overlooked »


- Indiewire Staff

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Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on How ‘The O.C.,’ ‘Chuck’ and ‘Gossip Girl’ All Led to ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ — Turn It On Podcast

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In bringing “Marvel’s Runaways” to Hulu, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were asked to do something they almost never hear: Slow it down.

“In network television, you can’t have enough story in your pilot,” Schwartz told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “So you’ll get the note, ‘Can you take Act Four and make that the end of your teaser?'”

Savage, who was a TV executive before she became a producer and writer, said the idea is to enact the premise as quickly as possible. But they got the opposite note at Hulu: “Can you take your teaser and make it the end of Act Four?”

Said Schwartz: “That turned out to be a great note and a great challenge. It became about character and not about plot.”

Schwartz admits that he and Savage have been accused of blowing through story too quicky, going back to “The O.C., »


- Michael Schneider

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How Costumes Reveal Character in Oscar Contenders ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Mudbound’

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You won’t find a sharper contrast in period costume design than the farm life of “Mudbound” vs. the high fashion of “Murder on the Orient Express.” The former, directed by Dee Rees, is a sprawling saga about two families, one black, one white, in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. And the latter, helmed by Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the wildly mustachioed Hercule Poirot), is a stylish, 1934 murder mystery aboard the eponymous luxury locomotive.

Tackling Parallel Settings for “Mudbound

There were two challenges for costume designer Michael T. Boyd (“Bessie,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Gettysburg”): Authenticating clothing for parallel settings on the Mississippi Delta and in aerial and tank battles during World War II. “It stretches your creativity,” said Boyd, who was working on a small budget for the indie feature distributed by Netflix.

“You’re trying to realistically recreate the atmosphere,” Boyd added. “That was my mission on this show. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Jessica Szohr is ‘Shocked’ Over Ed Westwick Rape Allegations, Wonders if Accusers Are ‘Stretching the Truth’

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Jessica Szohr has broken her silence on the harassment and rape allegations against her “Gossip Girl” co-star Ed Westwick. Actress Kristina Cohen accused the actor of rape in a detailed Facebook post published November 6, in which she described an alleged sexual assault that occurred three years ago at Westwick’s apartment. Cohen’s post was followed by a similar accusation from former actress Aurélie Wynn.

Read More:Ed Westwick Accused of Rape By Second Woman, Former Actress Aurélie Wynn

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Szohr said she was shocked to hear the allegations against her former co-star and friend and that she would never think Westwick would be any woman in the type of position described by Cohen and Wynn.

“[I] have known Ed for years and know how lovely he is, and don’t think he would ever put someone in a position like that,” Szohr said. “It’s difficult, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Is Confident There Will Be a Climate Change Solution: ‘We Have No Choice Other Than to Solve It’

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For a time, “Chasing Coral” director Jeff Orlowski was worried he wouldn’t actually be able to capture the climax of his film.

Thanks to technical malfunctions and other mishaps, which are documented in the film, he and his team weren’t able to capture the coral bleaching they set out to record. After a showing of the movie at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series, he told IndieWire Special Projects Editor Steve Greene that he expected to finish it an entire year before he actually completed it.

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“We weren’t capturing the bleaching and the cameras didn’t work,” he said in a post-film Q&A. “We knew that, unfortunately for the planet, more opportunities were coming up, that the bleaching was only scheduled to continue, and that’s what »


- Jean Bentley

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This »


- Bill Desowitz

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Pedro Almodóvar On Why He Misses Shooting On Film

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Pedro Almodóvar has been making movies for nearly 30 years, and for much of that time, he’s been seen as one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers. In the meantime, he’s also occasionally helped other directors realize their visions, most recently as a producer of Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel on her new period drama “Zama.” IndieWire recently spoke to Almodóvar about “Zama,” which is currently in contention for the foreign language Oscar, but the director also mused on the way the filmmaking process has evolved since he first got into the game.

“I feel as passionate as when I directed my first movie,” he wrote in an email. “To write and to direct a film are still the most important experiences in my life. Everything else has changed though, particularly the way films are shown nowadays, the very many different ways someone can actually see something.”

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- Eric Kohn

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‘High Maintenance’ Trailer: TV’s Best Pot Delivery Comedy is Here to Help You Forget How Terrible the World Is

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Look, it’s a stressful time of year, even if Thanksgiving politics discussions weren’t already right on the horizon.

So it’s probably perfect timing for HBO to remind everyone that “High Maintenance” is coming back to mellow everyone out next year. (And maybe even make some people happy in the process!)

Read More:‘High Maintenance’ Review: The First Great Web Series Is Now HBO’s Best New Show

One of the first shows to successfully make the jump from web series to TV, “High Maintenance” stars Ben Sinclair as The Guy as he makes weed deliveries to a wide-ranging clientele. Judging by this teaser, a lot of his customers are a little anxious about things happening out in the world, but a few of them are offering some hope, too.

This is the second round of HBO-released episodes from Katja Blichfeld and Sinclair, who originally created the show back in 2012 for the web. »


- Steve Greene

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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, In Character As Cheesy Local TV Hosts, To Cover Rose Parade Live For Amazon

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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s upcoming collaboration for Amazon and Funny or Die might be one of the holiday season’s funniest media experiments. The duo, in character as local Los Angeles broadcasters “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan,” will host a live broadcast of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day for the streaming platform.

As announced by Amazon in an impressively sneaky press release on Wednesday, “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan are no strangers to the Rose Bowl, having covered the event for the past 25 years. However, their move this year to Amazon from a local station will allow their fans from around the world to stream the event live.”

No network has exclusive TV rights to the Rose Parade, which is why Amazon will be able to join the other broadcasters carrying it on New Year’s Day. The characters of Cord and Tish »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Rick and Morty’ Short Film Reveals the Very Emotional Life Story of Mr. Poopybutthole — Watch

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Adult Swim has released a new “Rick and Morty” short film just in time for Thanksgiving, and it might just be the most emotional thing the show has ever done. Entitled “The Poop In My Pants,” the short tells the emotional life story of the fan-favorite character Mr. Poopybutthole, who first made his “Rick and Morty” debut in the Season 2 episode “Total Rickall.”

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The short finds Mr. Poopybutthole reading a photo album that takes the viewer through the ups and downs of his life. The clip is similar to the opening of “Up” and packs an unexpected emotional wallop.

Rick and Morty” recently wrapped up its third season as the most watched show in Adult Swim history. The video may run less than two minutes, but you might need a tissue. »


- Zack Sharf

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5 Reasons Why ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Deserves an Oscar Nomination

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2017 has been an unequivocally weak year for animation. There wasn’t a new Laika movie, although strong Gkids titles like “The Breadwinner” helped fill the void. There wasn’t a new Studio Ghibli movie (although the forthcoming “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the next best thing). There were two offerings from Pixar, one of which was totally solid, and the other of which was “Cars 3.” By the summer, the situation was already so dire that something called “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” was considered a merciful reprieve from the endless trash parade of soulless corporate dreck like “Despicable Me 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

And yet, amidst all of this darkness, there was a glimmering bright spot. And that bright spot… was something even darker. Black. “All important movies start with a black screen.” Those are the first words we hear in Chris McKay’s “The Lego Batman Movie, »


- David Ehrlich

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Charlie Rose Allegedly Made Intern Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Secretary’ S&M Sex Scene

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Sarah Gordon, a former intern on PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show,” has accused the program’s host of sexual harassment. In an interview with MSNBC, Gordon says Charlie Rose invited her to his apartment in 2002 and asked her to watch a scene from the movie “Secretary” in which the lead character, played by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, engages in S&M with her boss (James Spader).

Read More:Charlie Rose’s ‘CBS This Morning’ Co-Host Gayle King on Harassment Allegations: ‘You Still Have to Report the News’

“I proceeded to go into the living room and he said I want to show you this scene from this movie,” Gordon said. “He said, ‘Have a seat, relax’ and he proceeded to turn on the film ‘Secretary,’ which is a sexually involved film, involving S&M unfortunately. I guess some people are really into this. I’m not.”

Secretary,” directed by Steven Shainberg, »


- Zack Sharf

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Louis C.K.’s Apology Is Even More Ridiculous in Wacky Song Form — Watch

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When Louis C.K. admitted that the allegations reported by The New York Times about his sexual misconduct were true, a portion of his (let’s face it, mostly male) fans were initially persuaded. C.K.’s apology stood in contrast to the fervent denials spouted by other accused men, but many found his tone flippant and more concerned with his collaborators than his victims. Responding on Twitter, “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey called his words “a shitshow of narcissistic cock soup,” adding that “he didn’t apologize. Full Stop.”

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C.K.’s shifty statement inspired one enterprising young comedian to spring into action; filmmaker Lauren Maul set his “narcissistic cock soup” to music, and the result is not only hilarious, but undeniably catchy. Using colorful cutout animation, Maul brilliantly turns C.K. »


- Jude Dry

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TV Families To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

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In this digital age of infinite screens and streams is an opportunity for liberation: Specifically, liberation from the families that we did not have the luxury of choosing. In 2017, Netflix and other platforms have been kind when it comes to giving us a glimpse at perhaps preferable family lives. So this Thanksgiving, it’s time we give thanks to the TV families who’ve been there for us no matter what — because, you know, they’re fictional.

The Byers (“Stranger Things”)

Despite the bloodthirsty monsters and suffocating slime, “Stranger Things” is all about the power of family. The writers kept their focus on the relationships between friends and family, and the extent that people endure in order to protect the ones they love. The Byers may not have the best luck in the world, but through every strange twist and turn they never once turned their backs on each other. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

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The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they »


- Zack Sharf

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Charlie Rose’s ‘CBS This Morning’ Co-Host Gayle King on Harassment Allegations: ‘You Still Have to Report the News’

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When Gayle King booked her Tuesday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeks ago, the “CBS This Morning” co-host and O Magazine editor-at-large was prepared to chat about “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” best friend Oprah Winfrey’s annual super-luxe wish list. But, as King sagely noted during the episode, things change…and fast. Initially imagined as a fluffy, fun, holiday-ready segment, King instead was tasked with talking about the very recent firing of her former co-host Charlie Rose, who had been ousted from CBS for allegations of sexual harassment mere hours before King took the “Late Show” stage.

“I came this close to canceling,” King admitted when she first came out.

Read More:Charlie Rose Fired By CBS and PBS, As ‘This Morning’ Co-Anchors Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King Address Allegations On Air

Colbert, however, was quick to compliment the anchor for her and co-anchor Norah »


- Kate Erbland

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The Most Critically Divisive Films of the Last 17 Years, According to Gizmodo Study

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When “mother!” opened nationwide last month, it divided critics in a way no film had in a very long time. For every review that called the movie a masterpiece, there was one detesting it as nothing but Darren Aronofsky’s sick, bloated metaphor. Such a polarizing response can be exciting, and it would appear based on a new study that Aronofsky’s latest really does rank as one of the most divisive films of the 21st century.

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The Gizmodo UK team has released their official ranking of the 50 most critically divisive movies of the last 17 year, and it’s a list that includes the likes of such provocateurs as Lars von Trier, Terrence Malick, Jonathan Glazer, Harmony Korine, David O. Russell, and more. Gizmodo looked at over 9,000 films listed on Metacritic with at least 40 reviews. »


- Zack Sharf

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