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Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

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As promised, new Academy president John Bailey, a long-time and passionate voter on the foreign language committee, has pushed through some long-awaited changes in the voting rules. It’s meant to be simpler; here’s how the new system works.

By the October 2 deadline, the Academy expects some 90 foreign entries. These will be divided into multiple lists (the number is Tbd; last year, there were four); committee participants (volunteers from all 17 Academy branches) are each assigned a list. They are required to watch all of the films on their assigned list at one of two screening rooms in L.A. They can see as many films on other lists as they like, and will receive full credit for each movie they screen. (Previously, a committee member had to watch a given percentage of films to qualify for voting.)

The Academy acknowledges that many questions about the actual breakdown of lists »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Photos: Starfleet and Klingons Boldly Go on an All-New ‘Trek’ Adventure

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Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Anthony Rapp and more take to the stars in CBS All Access' new series. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Irishman’ Photos: On Set of Martin Scorsese’s New Gangster Drama

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Scorsese and Robert De Niro were seen on the streets of New York filming their latest collaboration.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus’: The Songs to Know from the Show’s Country Music Icons

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[Editor’s note: This article is presented in partnership with Cinemax in support of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, which premieres on September 22nd at 10:00 pm Et/Pt on Cinemax.]

Mike Judge is behind a new TV show this month, with Cinemax’s “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus,” an animated eight-episode series looking into the lives and times behind some iconic country music performers.

Some of these folks are household names from Nashville to Norway, but others are lesser-known figures from the country music world. They all have distinct styles and, as “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus” shows, they all led very different lives away from the stage.

We’ll leave the prime anecdotes and animated hijinks to the experts (the series premieres Friday, September 22 at 10pm Et/Pt on Cinemax), but in the meantime, here’s a primer on the musicians that make up the backbone of this illustrated look at country music history.

Johnny Paycheck

A rebel among rebels in the country music world, Johnny Paycheck is probably best known for his »


- Indiewire Staff

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Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Ask for Help on Behalf of Mexico — Watch

16 hours ago

Alongside the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have recorded a message asking that anyone who is able donate to their crowdfunding campaign following this week’s 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. Watch below.

Read More: Mexico’s Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive Damaged in Earthquake: ‘These Antique Film Reels Are Irreplaceable’

“As many of you know,” Bernal begins in the brief video, “the past 19th of September, a major earthquake struck Mexico at its core.” Luna then chimes in: “As of recent reports, 273 people have died. More than 100 people are still missing. They’re estimating that it’s hundreds of thousands of people that have lost everything.”

Read More:Diego Luna Faces Backlash From Fans for Agreeing to Work With Woody Allen

“Already we have so much to be grateful for,” adds Bernal. “Across all divides, Mexican society has responded to this earthquake with powerful and inspiring solidarity. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Deuce,’ ‘Search Party,’ ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Set For New York Television Festival

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The line-up for the 13th Annual New York Television Festival has been officially revealed for a choice week of screenings, educational panels, fan events, and red carpets premieres. This year, truTV will present a screening of “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” while Amy Sedaris herself makes an appearance to celebrate and discuss the launch of her new comedy series.

In addition, “The Deuce” executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and VP of programming Kathleen McCaffrey will discuss the HBO’s series depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Executive producer and talent Dana Gould, producer and talent John C. McGinley, and talent Janet Varney will also offer fans a behind-the-scenes look into thse second season of IFC’s comedy-horror series “Stan Against Evil.”

Other standout screenings include the Season 2 premiere of TBS’s “Search Party,” where festival-goers can catch a panel »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More

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You can tell a lot about a person by the television they watch and the books they read — even while they reveal their theories as to why they lost a Presidential election.

Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” chronicling her experiences surrounding the 2016 election, is surprisingly candid on a number of levels. For example, regarding her coping mechanisms following the loss of the election, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”

But even more fascinating are the ways in which she invokes current pop culture. Some of the references feel more forced than others. Some of them are truly bonkers.

This is not a complete list of every reference made, as we omitted some of the religious, spiritual, and historical texts upon which she drew to make her points. Instead, here is all the evidence you need that the Clintons know their way around a TV remote, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Get Out’ Hits the Oscar Campaign Trail With a Timely Hamptons Event

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Did Oscar season actually start in February? When Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut “Get Out” opened in late February (not typically a release date space that hosts zeitgeist-smashing hits), few could have expected that the social thriller would not only be a success with critics (the film still sits at a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) but also a huge moneymaker, pulling in over $252 million at the global box office. Next up? An awards campaign. Chatter surrounding the film’s awards possibilities kicked up early, and the trick has been keeping it up though these many months. One way to do that? A special event at a festival known for its love of award movies. “Get Out” is already into it.

Peele and his film are set for a timely Hamptons International Film Festival appearance later this month, when the festival runs October 5 – 9 in and around East Hampton, NY. »


- Kate Erbland

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Laverne Cox Makes the Political Personal in Transgender Bathroom Documentary ‘Gavin Grimm Vs.’ — Watch

18 hours ago

All Gavin Grimm wanted — like so many kids, teenagers, and people just like him — was to use the restroom in peace. When he came out as transgender to his public school in Gloucester, Virginia, the school allowed him to use the boys’ bathroom for seven weeks. His fellow students took no issue with it; it was only after a few parents found out that the school amended their decision, offering him his own unisex bathroom in a converted broom closet.

In 2015, the Aclu filed a sex discrimination suit on Grimm’s behalf against the Gloucester County Public Schools. In October 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Grimm’s case, but reversed course in Feburary 2017, once the Department of Justice withdrew Obama-era Title IX protections based on gender identity.

Read More:Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: The ‘Cruelest’ and ‘Pettiest’ President

“Gavin Grimm Vs.” sheds light on Grimm’s story in his own words, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Exclusive Clips: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Sam Esmail on the ‘Existential Questions’ That Await

18 hours ago

Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto, for these three exclusive videos from season three that IndieWire is happy to share with our dear readers. Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and series creator Sam Esmail discuss what’s in store in the next round of episodes, touching on everything from new additions to the cast to the hacker drama’s philosophical underpinnings. Avail yourself of all three clips below.

Read More:‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Trailer Promises ‘There Will Be No Coming Back From This’ — Watch

“I think what we can expect in season three is that loyalties will be tested,” says Malek in one of them. He also speaks about Bobby Canavale, who’s joining the cast this season, and the “very existential questions” that his own character must answer as the story progresses. Slater and series Esmail discuss the show in the other two videos.

Read More:‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Clip: Has the »


- Michael Nordine

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Why ‘mother!’ Was a Box Office Flop, But Deserves Your Respect — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

18 hours ago

One of the most anticipated fall season movies was Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!”, and many of the critics who saw it at the earliest screenings on the festival circuit confirmed that it was worth the wait: Aronofsky’s boundary-pushing allegorical horror movie is in a class all to its own. It’s the kind of exciting cinema that many diehard moviegoers wait all year to see. So why didn’t more people see it?

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“mother!” opened in third place on opening weekend, and shows no signs of gathering steam. What went wrong here — and what does it tell us about the state of studio-produced filmmaking today?

That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss Paramount’s strategy for »


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‘1922’ Trailer: Stephen King’s Haunting Novella Comes to Netflix Just in Time for Halloween

19 hours ago

Netflix must be pretty happy over the fact that “It” is the highest grossing horror film in box office history. The streaming giant is surely hoping all the recent Stephen King attention will turn two upcoming originals into hits: “Gerald’s Game” and “1922.” The trailer has officially premiered for the latter, and you should not watch it if rats give you the creeps.

Read More:‘Gerald’s Game’ Trailer: Carla Gugino is Chained to Her Bed in Netflix’s Stephen King Adaptation

“1922” is based off the King novella that was featured in his 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars.” Thomas Jane plays a farmer who conspires to kill his wife (Molly Parker) and recruits his son to help him commit the crime. But the wife won’t go down without a haunting, and soon the farmer is attacked by rats and becomes convinced his dead former lover is haunting him from beyond the grave. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Icarus:’ How a Doping Exposé Uncovered an International Conspiracy

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Bryan Fogel’s original goal for his first documentary, “Icarus,” was to expose a doping epidemic in professional sports. The amateur cyclist planned to use himself as a guinea pig to pass doping controls, and in the process reveal the deep flaws of current anti-doping systems.

“I approached it… that I was setting out on an investigative journey and was taking risks to explore what I saw as a broken system,” Fogel told the audience after a screening at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series in Los Angeles. “I didn’t set out with an idea of, ‘Oh, I’m cheating or doing something wrong,’ it was more like, ‘Hey, what is wrong with this system that is being sold to planet Earth as working but clearly it doesn’t?'”

He planned on outing himself, so he never really viewed it as cheating.

“I wasn’t trying »


- Jean Bentley

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Kingsman Vs. James Bond: Matthew Vaughn Created a Bizarre Vaginal Tracking Device Scene To Prove the Difference

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The “Kingsman” sequel, much like the original, sits at a nexus. They are proper gentlemen who champion old-world traditions; they are also elite undercover agents who utilize futuristic technology, using not-so-subtle CGI. However, there’s one sequence that breaks from this old world-meets-new schtick, and it stands out as stunningly crude as it is rudimentary — and so narratively forced it ties the feather-light plot into a pretzel.

Halfway through “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the Kingsmen’s American cousins — the Statesmen — boast enough technology to literally heal a bullet to the brain. But when our heroes Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) need to complete the relatively simple task of putting a tracking device on the villain’s girlfriend, they are forced to rely on a latex finger condom.

“For me, I was like how do you reinvent the ‘Guys, you got to get in the room, you got to place a bug, »


- Chris O'Falt

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How ‘Ninjago’ Expands the Punk Rock, Rule-Breaking Lego Universe

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When Phil Lord and Chris Miller turned animation on its head with “The Lego Movie” in 2014, they proved you could successfully make a punk rock hero’s journey that was both reverential and iconoclastic. This year Chris McKay expanded into Gotham with “The Lego Batman Movie,” and Charlie Bean takes a naturalistic turn with his martial arts brick adventure, “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” Despite embracing different genres, they are variations on family, friendship, and self-discovery.

“When I first saw ‘The Lego Movie,’ I thought this was so different and so cool,” said Bean, who makes his feature debut after helming the “Tron Uprising” animated series. “It was a garage band type of aesthetic. It doesn’t care about the rules. It can be live-action, it can use different graphic design. We can break the rules and do whatever we want. It’s funnier, more brash, and, at the same time, »


- Bill Desowitz

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Pennywise Can’t Stop Dancing to ‘Hey Ya!’ and More in the Internet’s Best ‘It’ Meme — Watch

21 hours ago

Pennywise is here to put the “It” in “Shake It Off.” The Twitter account @Dancing_Pennywise has introduced the best “It” meme the internet has seen with a series of edited videos that show Bill Skarsgård busting a movie to Taylor Swift, Outkast, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell, and many more. The account has posted 27 videos at the time of this writing and is quickly going viral with over 7,000 followers and counting.

Read More:Oscar Isaac’s ‘Ex Machina’ Dance Matches Up Perfectly To Any Song — Watch

@Dancing_Pennywise brings to mind the @oscardances that launched last year in the wake of “Ex Machina.” That account served up videos of Oscar Isaac’s memorable dance from the film edited to different songs, and now Pennywise has gotten the same treatment. The “It” scene being used for the meme is the moment Pennywise appears to Beverly and performs a terrifying jig.

“It” has »


- Zack Sharf

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Julianne Moore Is the Real Reason ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Worth Seeing

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You probably want to go see “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” because you enjoyed the 2014 original, but there’s only one reason why you should actually go spend upwards of $12 to watch the sequel, and her name is Julianne Moore. Sure, Matthew Vaughn’s action scenes remain dazzlingly choreographed and new cast members Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Channing Tatum are welcome additions, but Moore owns the entire movie as a scene-chewing sociopath. Sorry, Colin Firth.

The Oscar winner embraces her dark side as Poppy Adams, a global entrepreneur who wants to legalize the drug trade so that her multimillion dollar empire can operate freely in the United States. Poppy has a fetish for 1950s Americana kitsch, and Moore basically plays her as if her housewife from “Far From Heaven” were a diabolical and demonic James Bond villain — think Martha Stewart with horns. Poppy is sweet, squeaky-clean, and maternal, but she »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Opposition’ Host Jordan Klepper on Creating His TV Persona and How He Copes With Watching Too Much Alex Jones

21 hours ago

A week before air, Jordan Klepper the comedian is fine-tuning his take on Jordan Klepper, the conspiracy-minded host of Comedy Central’s new nightly talk show “The Opposition.”

Klepper has already been playing a version of himself on “The Daily Show” for the past three years, as well as the Comedy Central special “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns.” But now, much like Stephen Colbert before him, he’s been given a much larger platform to expand who “TV Jordan Klepper” is.

“You are seeing a version of me that that is a little more unaware, who doesn’t have perspective in the way that Jordan Klepper the person might have that perspective,” he told IndieWire. “And then you sprinkle on the realities of this world, which is simply that you choose your own reality, which becomes the truth to you, and you can feed it out into your own echo chamber. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Queers’ Trailer: Alan Cumming Looks ‘Carol’ Great in Period Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creator Mark Gatiss — Watch

21 hours ago

There’s nothing more delightful than watching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman revel in all of that cheeky queer subtext on “Sherlock.” We have the show’s out creator, Mark Gatiss, to thank for it. Gatiss is ditching the undertones for overtones in “Queers,” a new short series commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act (sic), which partially decriminalized sex between two men in the U.K. Featuring performances from Britain’s brightest out actors, such as Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, and Russell Tovey, each episode is written by a different prominent Lgbt writer. BBC America released a first trailer for the series today, and it’s flecked with all sorts of period costume magic.

According to the BBC, the show is a series of monologues from different figures throughout the fifty years, using inspiration from 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself. »


- Jude Dry

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The 25 Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century

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Much has been made about the dearth of strong female roles in contemporary cinema, and the problematic depictions of women in many recent movies, but the past two decades have provided plenty of counterexamples. While the onus is on writers and directors to craft strong female characters, the actresses themselves bring these figures to life, and they’re often the main reason we keep being drawn back to these works.

In no particular order, our favorite — and we’d like to think the best — female performances of the 21st century.

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” begins with a laugh that catches in your throat: A wide-eyed cat looks off-screen to the screams of a man and woman in apparent orgiastic bliss. Then comes the cutaway, which reveals a far more nefarious incident: Middle-aged Michéle (Isabelle Huppert), in the process of getting raped by a masked assailant on the floor of her home. »


- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Michael Nordine, Jude Dry, Jamie Righetti and Zack Sharf

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