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‘Jane’ Trailer: Documentary Highlights The Trailblazing Jane Goodall
Documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen has turned his camera on no shortage of fascinating subjects, in films like “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” “Chicago 10,” and “Cobain: Montage Of Heck.” Now, he’s profiling a woman whose work has inspired generations around the world.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More
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
Margot Robbie Eyes Oscars With ‘I, Tonya’ Awards Season Release Date
The Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival gives awards season films a big boost. This year the surprise winner was Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which certainly elevates its profile in the months to come. But another favored pic, that many expected to take the prize, isn’t going to be forgotten.
Craig Gillespie‘s “I, Tonya“— which was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award — has now been set for limited release on December 8th in New York and Los Angeles by Neon.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Get Out’ Hits the Oscar Campaign Trail With a Timely Hamptons Event
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.
- Kate Erbland
Exclusive: Academy Making Changes To Foreign Language Film Voting Process
The Playlist has learned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change to the voting process for the Foreign Language Film category that will go into effect this year. These new rules were explained in a letter recently sent to volunteer committee members. And, no, they aren’t allowing members in New York and London to join Los Angeles members in the first round of the voting process, but they are hoping a change to the current system will allow smaller films to flourish.
Continue reading Exclusive: Academy Making Changes To Foreign Language Film Voting Process at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Laverne Cox Makes the Political Personal in Transgender Bathroom Documentary ‘Gavin Grimm Vs.’ — Watch
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
‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Exclusive Clips: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Sam Esmail on the ‘Existential Questions’ That Await
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
Study Confirms Everyone Wants Netflix Originals
While many thought the big wins by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” at the Emmy awards marked an victory for appointment viewing, don’t cry for Netflix or Amazon just yet. While some argued that having episodes drop week-by-week helped those award winning shows take home trophies, at the end of the day, when it comes what people are actually watching — or at least want to watch — Netflix remains king.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Why ‘mother!’ Was a Box Office Flop, But Deserves Your Respect — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
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?
See More:‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Reacts to ‘F’ CinemaScore, Says ‘Some People Are Not Going to Want to Listen’
“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 »
- Indiewire Staff
Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ With Lady Gaga Moves To Summer 2018
For his directorial debut, you gotta given Bradley Cooper some credit for swinging for the fences. He’s behind the camera for Warner Bros. long developing remake of “A Star Is Born” and not only is he behind the camera, he’s in front of it too. If that’s not enough Lady Gaga is taking co-starring role, and writing and performing original songs for the film too.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘1922’ Trailer: Stephen King’s Haunting Novella Comes to Netflix Just in Time for Halloween
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.
“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
Martin Scorsese MasterClass Trailer: The Legend Has Some Lessons For You
There are few guides through cinematic history as genuinely exciting or enthusiastic as Martin Scorsese. “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” and “My Voyage to Italy” are absolutely vital viewing, and any interview with the filmmaker is more than ample proof he knows the medium almost better than anyone. And if you ever dreamed of having Scorsese teach you the craft, well it’s happening.
Continue reading Martin Scorsese MasterClass Trailer: The Legend Has Some Lessons For You at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bursts Into The Future With Over 20 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
In two weeks the verdict on “Blade Runner 2049” will be in when the reviews roll out, but until then, we’re trying to keep our high expectations reasonable about the sequel to one of the all time great sci-fi films. But it’s hard to stay reasonable, especially when you see the passion put into the movie in these new behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Vice has the most substantive fare, serving up two generous videos about the making of “Blade Runner 2049,” and the legacy of the original movie.
Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bursts Into The Future With Over 20 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kingsman Vs. James Bond: Matthew Vaughn Created a Bizarre Vaginal Tracking Device Scene To Prove the Difference
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
How ‘Ninjago’ Expands the Punk Rock, Rule-Breaking Lego Universe
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
Pennywise Can’t Stop Dancing to ‘Hey Ya!’ and More in the Internet’s Best ‘It’ Meme — Watch
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.
@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
Discover The Magic Behind The Dolly Zoom
The dolly zoom is synonymous with some of the most memorable films and movies from the classic and modern periods of cinema. It’s an innovative technique that disorients audiences and creates an effective feeling of emotional significance for characters and specific points in narratives. But there is more to this technique than meets the eye.
Continue reading Discover The Magic Behind The Dolly Zoom at The Playlist. »
- Julia Teti
Julianne Moore Is the Real Reason ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Worth Seeing
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
‘The Opposition’ Host Jordan Klepper on Creating His TV Persona and How He Copes With Watching Too Much Alex Jones
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
‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’: Vince Vaughn & Don Johnson Talk Praise “Genius” Director Craig S. Zahler
In “Brawl in Cell Bock 99” Vince Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas. With a cross tattooed on the back of his skull, and impressively added muscle tissue to his physique, Vaughn’s transformation is a harrowing but impressive feat for the 47-year-old actor best known for his comedic roles in “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers.”
Bradley, the violent, but honorable man he plays in the film is sentenced to seven years for selling drugs, and is then blackmailed by none other than 72-year-old Udo Kier, and is forced to cause as much damage to get transferred to the incarceration hell that is “Red Leaf.” The warden of that prison is played by none other than Don Johnson who runs the place like a psycho bent on behavioral punishment.
- Jordan Ruimy
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