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‘Stranger Things 2’ is a Completely Different Experience Than Season 1 Because of Everything Off-Screen

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“Stranger Things” was a slow-growing phenomenon. “Stranger Things 2” will be a three-day event. So whether you like the new episodes or not, “Things” has changed.

Like the blockbuster sequel to a surprise indie hit, budget isn’t the only difference since the world first discovered the little Netflix-show-that-could in 2016. Season 2 will be absorbed by our culture differently because it will be absorbed by individuals differently, and recognizing this fact before diving into “Stranger Things 2” is important for processing the nine new episodes.

Just think about one word: Barb. Before Season 1, Barb was just a shorter version of the formal “Barbara,” or perhaps a reference to a sharp retort. Now, Barb carries conflicting connotations for everyone who’s seen “Stranger Things”: There are Barb lovers, Barb haters, and those who never want to hear Barb’s name again because we can’t stop talking about Barb. The phenomenon that drove »


- Ben Travers

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’Star Trek: Discovery’: New Klingon Design Influenced by H.R. Giger and Bryan Fuller

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The new design for the Klingons in “Star Trek: Discovery” has been polarizing with fans. Some are intrigued by the new take on the bellicose alien species, while others decry what they perceived to be flouting canon. On the most recent “After Trek,” lead creature designer Neville Page and prosthetics/special FX makeup effects department head Glenn Hetrick explained that Bryan Fuller, who has since departed the show, was a huge influence on what the revamped Klingons look like.

“The biggest thing we did was we removed the hair,” Page said, which allowed the prosthetics department to reveal “detail on the back of the head… and the cool stuff underneath.”

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

Page also revealed the signature ridges contain extra sensory receptors, and the spinal column grows up the back of the head, which is full of nerve endings. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Kit Harington Apologizes For Those Pesky Comments About Men Experiencing Sexism

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It appears Kit Harington has been boning up on his feminist literature. The “Game of Thrones” star retracted and apologized for an earlier statement about men experiencing “sexism” in the entertainment industry. “[T]here’s a sexism that happens towards men…as well,” Harington told The Cut last year, prompting the ire of feminist writers and Jon Snow fans everywhere. Harington recently set the record straight, however, amending his statement with what sounds like genuine understanding and empathy.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’: Kit Harington Is Shutting Down Production for One Day So the Cast Can Attend His Real-Life Wedding

“I was wrong there, though,” he told The Guardian. “Sexism against men is not something I should have really said. I think what I meant was, being objectified.” He continued:

“At that time, I did feel objectified… I do think men can get objectified. I do feel I have been objectified in the past, »


- Jude Dry

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New York State Launches Weinstein Company Investigation, Joining Others in London and Los Angeles

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In New York, where native son Harvey Weinstein is already under police investigation for his alleged serial harassment and abuse against women, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Oct. 23 that he has opened his own investigation into Weinstein’s namesake former company. “No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment, or fear,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know.” On Oct. 5, The New York Times reported that Weinstein had paid at least eight settlements to women who have accused him of everything from fostering an inappropriate workplace culture to rape. Over the next few days, The Weinstein Company hired lawyer John Kiernan to investigate, and fired its co-founder and co-chairman, who was said to be hampering Kiernan’s efforts. However, according to TMZ, the employment Weintsein signed in 2015 pledged to forgive »


- Jenna Marotta

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‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force

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After working on “Hugo” (based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), costume designer Sandy Powell became the first champion of his follow-up, “Wonderstruck.” In fact, Powell was so taken with his parallel adventures of two deaf children in 1927 and 1977 New York, that she encouraged him to write a screenplay and then gave it to Todd Haynes, who read it and agreed to direct.

“I thought it would make a wonderful movie, and, after Brian finished the script, I joked that I would have to produce it,” said the three-time Oscar-winning Powell (“The Young Victoria,” “The Aviator,” and “Shakespeare in Love”).

“I immediately thought of Todd. He’s so visual and he takes risks, and I was interested in his take on younger people driving the story,” added Powell, who previously worked with the director on “Carol,” “Far From Heaven,” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

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- Bill Desowitz

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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth, »


- David Ehrlich

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‘A Gray State’ Trailer: Werner Herzog Presents a Story of Government Paranoia — Watch

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What is a gray state? According to Minnesota filmmaker David Crowley, it’s the living environment between a police state and a dictatorship. That’s why he spent years making the film “A Gray State,” which became a Werner Herzog-produced documentary after the story took a much different path than originally anticipated.

Crowley, an Iraq veteran, began working on “A Gray State” in 2010. The fictional film takes place in a near-future dystopia where the civil rights of Americans are hostage to the brutalities of the federal government. When the crowd-funded trailer was released, it was well-received by the rising online community of libertarians, Tea Party activities, and conspiracists.

But in January of 2015, Crowley, his wife, and child were found shot to death in their Minnesota home. The unexplained, violent tragedy became subject to widespread conspiracy allegations that thought it could have been an assassination by someone inside the government. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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William Friedkin Is Developing ‘Killer Joe’ TV Series With ‘Million Dollar Baby’ Producer — Exclusive

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Opinions differ about the the turning point of Matthew McConaughey’s career, when he moved away from skippable romcoms into more challenging territory, but “Killer Joe” is a good place to start. William Friedkin’s pitch black comedy — his second feature based on a Tracy Letts play, after “Bug” — found McConaughey transforming his nice guy grin into the veneer of a deranged hired killer. Now, that killer might be coming to television, but it will need a new face.

Friedkin is currently developing a series based on his movie, but intends to have another actor play the lead role, he said in an interview over the weekend at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France. The filmmaker said he is working with producer Bobby Maresco (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Crash”) on developing a new take on the “Killer Joe” premise, moving the story from East Text trailer parks to upper class Houston. »


- Eric Kohn

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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ Trailer: Don Hertzfeldt Takes You On Another Masterpiece Journey

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Back in June 2016, we asked our film critic David Ehrlich to name the 10 best movies of the 21st century so far. Coming in at #7 was Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow,” an animated short film about a young girl and her older clone on a journey through the girl’s memory. The existential story may only last 17 minutes, but Hertzfeldt’s ideas stay with you pretty much forever. The animator announced a surprise sequel in August, and now we officially have the first trailer for the movie, entitled “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts.”

Read More:‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts’ Review: Don Hertzfeldt Does it Again

In his A+ review of the sequel, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich raved. “Blisteringly funny, deeply touching, and endlessly quotable, the second chapter of Don Hertzfeldt’s sci-fi satire makes life a better place… »


- Zack Sharf

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Oscar Nominees Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Announce Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

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Kirby Dick (“The Invisible War”) and Amy Ziering (“The Hunting Ground”) are teaming up for a new documentary that will explore Hollywood’s history of sexual assault allegations and cover-ups. According to an official release, the untitled documentary will also “explore the culture that enables and protects them” and “provide a safe place for survivors to share their stories.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Over the last several weeks, more than 40 women have gone on the record alleging the former head of The Weinstein Company of sexual harassment and/or abuse. Women who have accused Weinstein include Oscar winners like Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento have accused Weinstein of rape.

Read More:It’s Time to Shatter the Harvey Myth: Weinstein Was Shitty at His Job

The Weinstein scandal has encouraged numerous women to »


- Zack Sharf

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Brit Marling Says Harvey Weinstein Asked Her to Shower With Him

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Brit Marling has a Harvey Weinstein story of her own. In a candid, eloquent article for the Atlantic, the actor, writer, and director writes about a familiar scenario: being asked to meet with Weinstein, who was supposed to be in a hotel bar but was actually alone in a hotel suite. When she met him there, Marling alleges, he offered her champagne, a massage, and strawberries before asking her to shower with him.

In addition to being a first-person account of her experiences, which moved her to tears, Marling’s essay is an examination of the power dynamics that make such events possible in the first place. “Straight, white men tend to tell stories from their perspective, as one naturally does, which means the women are generally underwritten,” she writes, using the example of two characters she auditioned for: “Bikini Babe 2” and “Blonde 4.”

Eventually she reached the conclusion that, “if »


- Michael Nordine

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Woody Allen’s New Film Includes a Sexual Relationship Between an Adult and a 15-Year-Old Girl — Report

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Woody Allen’s new movie, “Wonder Wheel,” doesn’t open until December, but he’s already at work on his next project starring Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet. The movie is reportedly called “A Rainy Day in New York,” and its story could end up resulting in another controversy for the director. Page Six reports the movie stars Law as a middle-aged married man who “makes a fool of himself over every ambitious starlet and model.” The 44-year-old character allegedly has a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old “concubine,” played by Fanning.

According to Page Six: “In the scene, the so-called concubine acknowledges her relationship with Law’s much-older character, but then protests that she is 21 years old. After a discussion about his infidelity, Fanning’s character then asks Law, ‘Were all these women for pleasure, or were you researching a project?'”

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- Zack Sharf

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‘Wonderstruck’: Todd Haynes Blows Up Cinema, One Genre at a Time

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Maybe Todd Haynes has always been too smart for his own good. The 56-year-old director has been making films for nearly 40 years, but in some ways he’s still the Brown semiotics grad who can’t resist the siren’s call of form. As he admits, “I like to set up obstacles at times, because movies are ultimately about what the spectator brings to them.”

That would seem to make him an unlikely candidate to direct a young-adult adaptation, but his “Carol” and “Velvet Goldmine” costume designer Sandy Powell knew better. When she discovered Brian Selznick’s 2011 graphic novel “Wonderstruck,” which intertwines stories from 1927 and 1977 in a young-adult mystery with little dialogue, she encouraged him to adapt it for Haynes on spec.

Indeed, Haynes found the “Wonderstruck” screenplay downright Haynesian. “Brian’s script was so ornately and attentively cinematic,” he said. “Not just the movie references, but the use of »


- Anne Thompson

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IndieWire Announces Lineup for Inaugural IndieWire Honors

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IndieWire, the definitive outlet for creative independence in film and TV, will launch IndieWire Honors — celebrating six of the biggest names in entertainment with an event November 2 in Los Angeles as well as video coverage and interviews with the honorees that will be featured on Indiewire.com.

“For more than 20 years, IndieWire has celebrated the fresh talent who help advance unique and original storytelling,” said IndieWire Editor in Chief Dana Harris. “This event highlights the best and brightest who remain true to their voice.”

“At the heart of this event is IndieWire’s mission to advocate for distinctive artists who push boundaries,” said IndieWire Publisher James Israel. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have this amazing group for our first IndieWire Honors.”

Selected by IndieWire’s editorial team, the first-ever honorees are familiar names on the cusp of even greater success. They include:

Mary J. Blige — Breakthrough Performance (Film »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Stranger Things 2’ Review: Season 2 Is Nothing But a Good Time, But Bigger Isn’t Exactly Better

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Stranger Things 2” is big. Everything about it is big. Its story is big, its emotions are big, its music cues, homages, and characters are all big, big, big. With an additional episode, a handful of new faces, more money in the budget and inflated ideas to match, the sequel season to Netflix’s breakout original series is a conscious move to broaden its scope and lengthen its story. Season 2 takes a while to get going, and there are more growing pains other than additional setup, but the first season’s lively spirit perseveres for a largely thrilling adventure that’s hard not to enjoy.

All that bigness is somewhat fitting: After all, “bigger is better” is a time-honored rule for movie sequels, and “Stranger Things” Season 2 wants you to think of it as a movie — all the way down to its creators’ preferred title, “Stranger Things 2” (not “Stranger Things” Season 2). Whatever you call it, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Trailer: Joe Berlinger Reexamines the Crime Made Famous by Truman Capote — Watch

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SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” Joe Berlinger’s docuseries about the crime that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” That nonfiction novel (a phrase Capote coined) was adapted by Richard Brooks into an acclaimed drama starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying its author in “Capote.”

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The quadruple murder took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Two men, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, entered the home of their victims in the belief that Herbert Clutter, the family patriarch, kept as much as $10,000 in his safe; there was less than $50 in the house. Clutter, his wife, and their two young children were all killed after being bound and gagged.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Mudbound’ Finally Hits Netflix Next Month, Plus Music and Film Documentaries

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Fall is upon us, and with it a fresh new crop of Netflix movies to curl up with when the weather starts to turn. Next month’s most exciting addition to the streaming service is “Mudbound,” the Southern World Ward II epic from up-and-comer-turned-force-to-be-reckoned-with Dee Rees. Netflix sealed the biggest deal of this year’s Sundance Film Festival when it paid a whopping $12.5 million for “Mudbound,” setting a high bar for the drama. Balancing out the heavier fare are classic comedies like “Men In Black” and “Scary Movie,” as well as “Field of Dreams” and “42” for the baseball lovers.

The fresh crop also includes a bevy of critically acclaimed documentaries, such as “Eventual Salvation,” “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” and “Cuba and the Cameraman.” Jim Carrey’s creative process gets a deep dive in “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which includes never-before-seen behind the scenes footage from Milos Forman »


- Jude Dry

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Matt Damon Admits He Heard About Harvey Weinstein Sexually Harassing Gwyneth Paltrow

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Suburbicon” director George Clooney and star Matt Damon have started to make the press rounds for their drama, which opens October 27, but their taped appearance on “Good Morning America” was more memorable for their new comments on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Both actors condemned Weinstein’s actions in previous statements while stressing that they never knew about the extent of his behavior, but on “Good Morning America” the two admitted to at least knowing Weinstein was having affairs.

“When people say ‘everybody knew’  – Yeah, I knew he was an asshole,” Damon said. “He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself. And I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. But that’s not my business.”

Read More:Matt Damon Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Am Not the Story Here. The Story is These Women’

Clooney, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Phantom Thread’: 20 Gorgeous Shots From Paul Thomas Anderson’s Cinematography Debut

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Paul Thomas Anderson is his own cinematographer on “Phantom Thread,” and the results look absolutely jaw-dropping.

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- Zack Sharf

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Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: ‘It’s Not a Problem For the Film Community, It’s a Problem For the World’

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Revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault jolted the film industry around the world. Yet even as victims continue to speak out, much of the community has been stunned into another silence.

Generations of former Weinstein employees, including those who toiled on his staff during the seminal Miramax days, refuse to speak publicly for fear that the association could make them complicit. Others who collaborated with Weinstein — an expansive Venn diagram of publicists, sales agents, programmers, and their institutions — remain wary of saying anything that could somehow drag them further into his orbit.

The Cannes Film Festival, where Weinstein was the steward for Palme d’Or winners “sex, lies and videotape” and “Pulp Fiction,” is no exception. Taking precedence over any other conversation, the world’s most revered gathering of international cineastes prefer to fixate on the art form. Cannes didn’t create Weinstein, but it was the »


- Eric Kohn

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