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Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’
5 hours ago
Anyone who’s seen Jim Carrey’s movies knows he’s hilarious; anyone who’s seen his interviews knows he isn’t always laughing. The actor has spoken about his depression before — in 2004, he told CBS News that “it feels like a low level of despair you live in” — but he says it’s now subsided and that he’s “sometimes happy.”
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The updates comes in an interview with i News occasioned by the exceptional new Netflix documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which focuses on Carrey in general and his experiences making “Man on the Moon” in particular. “At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression,” he says. “I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. »
- Michael Nordine
Seth Meyers to Host 2018 Golden Globes, Perhaps Paving the Way for Jimmy Fallon to Host Next Year’s Emmys
6 hours ago
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is apparently thankful for Seth Meyers. The organization chose Thanksgiving Day to announce that the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” star will host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
News of Meyers’ gig first leaked to the trades last week, so the choice wasn’t a surprise. Interestingly, the HFPA made it official via a story on its website, rather than in a joint announcement with NBC.
Meyers takes over after “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon hosted last year’s ceremony. Meyers also hosted the Primetime Emmys in 2014, the last time NBC aired that awards show — which means that, perhaps, the two hosts have swapped gigs this year. If that’s the case, then Fallon might once again host next September’s Primetime Emmys, which he last did in 2010.
Meyers also continues the trend of former “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” anchors hosting the Golden Globes, »
- Michael Schneider
There Was Almost a ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Cheech and Chong’ Crossover, but Some Producer Decided to Be a Total Buzzkill
6 hours ago
Jason Voorhees met Freddy Krueger in that classic crossover slasher we all know and love, but you know who the machete-wielding psycho never encountered? Cheech and Chong. According to “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI” director Tom McLoughlin, that dream matchup almost happened following his 1986 contribution to the enduring slasher franchise — but producer/buzzkill Frank Mancuso wouldn’t hear of it.
During an appearance on the Post Mortem podcast, McLoughlin says that Mancuso “wanted me to do another film after we did Jason, and I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we »
- Michael Nordine
James Franco Recreated 25 Minutes of ‘The Room’ Shot-for-Shot in ‘The Disaster Artist’
7 hours ago
After adapting such classic novels as William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” and Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God,” James Franco appears to have found his calling with a rather different kind of book: Greg Sestero’s “The Disaster Artist,” which details the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room.” The film is commonly regarded as a masterpiece of so-bad-it’s-good cinema, but Franco’s movie has won praise for his affectionate portrayal of the material — an affection that apparently inspired him to recreate nearly half an hour of it in his movie.
That’s according to an interview he and his brother Dave (who co-stars in “The Disaster Artist”) just did with the Independent, which comes with a disclaimer: Much of the footage they shot was left on the cutting-room floor. »
- Michael Nordine
Jeffrey Tambor Describes Alleged Sexual Harassment as an ‘Enthusiastic Farewell’
8 hours ago
Jeffrey Tambor is done with “Transparent,” but he isn’t done defending himself. After being accused of sexual harassment by Tamara Delbridge, who’s now the third person to come forward against him, the actor has described the alleged incident as “an enthusiastic farewell.”
“I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening,” Tambor said in a statement. “If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”
In an interview with Refinery29, Delbridge, who was then working as a makeup assistant, says that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the film “Never Again” in 2001. Tambor has also been accused of sexual »
- Michael Nordine
‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels
9 hours ago
Veteran filmmaker James Ivory is happy to let “Call Me by Your Name” rest now. Nearly a decade in the making – much of that time spent with Ivory attached to the film in various positions, from producer to co-director to screenwriter – director Luca Guadagnino’s lush big screen take on André Aciman’s novel of the same name is hitting theaters on the wave of accolades first ignited during its Sundance premiere, admiration that has not abated in the months since the film first debuted.
And while Guadagnino has been actively chatting up the possibility of sequels for the film – or, at the very least, a film that picks up with the film’s main characters after many years have passed, as Aciman’s novel does – Ivory has no interest in returning to the material. For him, this chapter of his creative life is closed.
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- Kate Erbland
‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series
11 hours ago
For comic book fans, the premiere of a new adaptation of a favorite work is always a nerve-wracking thing. The hope is that the story will be captured well by the producers, while the reality is the history of comics adaptations is littered with massive disappointments.
So it’s a relief to see that so far, Hulu’s adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughn-created “Runaways” has lived up to the expectations of Marvel fans, while not being shy about making some significant changes to the story and the characters. However, there’s no reason to fear these changes, as many of them prove to be not necessarily an improvement on the original story, but clearly valuable when it comes to creating an episodic drama out of it.
Beyond updating the technology for today’s teen use of smartphones and Lyft, here are some of the best changes so far. While »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Shows That Spike Lee’s Still Pissed About the ‘Malcolm X’ Oscars Loss
11 hours ago
Spike Lee is not one to let sleeping dogs lie. Not only is the outspoken writer and director ready to remake classic films, but he’s also willing to revisit his own work. And in updating his old work for modern audiences — quite well, it turns out — he’s eager to re-air old grievances.
In the opening episode of Lee’s new Netflix original series, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) brings her friend and lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos) into her apartment. Leaning against one wall is a floor-to-ceiling canvas painting of Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.
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- Ben Travers
‘Anne of Green Gables’ Review: Growing Pains and Poor Decisions Bring Angst to This Adolescent Outing
11 hours ago
With Thanksgiving comes the return of Canada’s most famous literary orphan to PBS with the second “Anne of Gables” installment. “The Good Stars,” the second film in a trilogy, continues the adventures of poor orphan girl Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine), who’s finally found a home with elderly couple Matthew (Martin Sheen) and Marilla Cuthbert (Sara Botsford) at Green Gables. When last we saw Anne, she had settled into her new home and made a bosom friend out of Diana (Julia Lalonde). Taking on the adolescent phase of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Edwardian novel series, “The Good Stars” parallels the growing pains that Anne herself is going through as she becomes a teenager.
Before delving into some of the film’s missteps though, a few positive notes for what is overall an enjoyable hour and a half spent on Prince Edward Island. We are happy to say that Anne »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Godless’ Spoilers Review: Let’s Talk About Jeff Daniels, the Women of La Belle, and That Glorious Gonzo Gunfight
22 November 2017 4:29 PM, PST
[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.
- Ben Travers
‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ Will Feature a Harvey Weinstein-Like Figure Who Preys on Flight Attendants
22 November 2017 3:15 PM, PST
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.
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.”
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- Jenna Marotta
CBS’ New Animated Holiday Greetings, Inspired By a Classic 1966 Spot, Will Warm Any Grinch’s Heart — Exclusive
22 November 2017 2:42 PM, PST
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.
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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
Why the Independent Spirit Awards Can’t Predict the Oscars — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
22 November 2017 2:35 PM, PST
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
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on How ‘The O.C.,’ ‘Chuck’ and ‘Gossip Girl’ All Led to ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ — Turn It On Podcast
22 November 2017 2:12 PM, PST
“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
How Costumes Reveal Character in Oscar Contenders ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Mudbound’
22 November 2017 2:08 PM, PST
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
Jessica Szohr is ‘Shocked’ Over Ed Westwick Rape Allegations, Wonders if Accusers Are ‘Stretching the Truth’
22 November 2017 1:43 PM, PST
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.
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
‘Chasing Coral’ Director Is Confident There Will Be a Climate Change Solution: ‘We Have No Choice Other Than to Solve It’
22 November 2017 1:01 PM, PST
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
John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
22 November 2017 12:51 PM, PST
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
Pedro Almodóvar On Why He Misses Shooting On Film
22 November 2017 12:39 PM, PST
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
‘High Maintenance’ Trailer: TV’s Best Pot Delivery Comedy is Here to Help You Forget How Terrible the World Is
22 November 2017 12:08 PM, PST
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!)
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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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