Zack Sharf
Zack Sharf
Zack Sharf is the New York–based News Editor at IndieWire, where he is responsible for running the site’s daily news flow, in addition to crafting larger editorial pieces and covering special events. Prior to joining IndieWire, he received his B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College, where he worked the Boston press circuit for three years as Managing Editor of the school’s film organization, Reel Reactions. Zack has also worked in the web and editorial department of NYC’s leading news station, WABC-TV. He has a sweet spot for “Before Sunset,” black labs, Julianne Moore, and “The Iron Giant.” Follow him @ZSharf.Source
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HBO Max Will Not Remove Woody Allen Movies, Says Viewers Can Decide to Stream or Not

HBO Max Will Not Remove Woody Allen Movies, Says Viewers Can Decide to Stream or Not

will not remove movies from its platform, despite HBO now airing its four-part documentary series “.” The show examines Dylan Farrow’s accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen, which has left many viewers puzzled over how HBO could air the series while also streaming six of Allen’s movies on HBO Max. The Allen movies now available to stream are “Scoop,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “Shadows and Fog,” “Radio Days,” “Another Woman,” and “September,” five of which star Mia Farrow.“These titles will remain available in the library to allow viewers to make their own informed decisions about...

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Tom Holland Relives His Horrific 'Star Wars' Audition: 'That Wasn't My Best Moment'

Tom Holland Relives His Horrific 'Star Wars' Audition: 'That Wasn't My Best Moment'

is known around the world as Peter Parker/Spider-Man thanks to his ongoing role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there was a different franchise Holland sought to be a part of before landing the web-slinger. In a recent interview with , Holland relieved his disastrous audition for “: The Force Awakens” when asked to discuss some of his audition horror stories. Holland made it past several rounds in the casting search for ex-Stormtrooper Finn, a role that eventually went to .“I was like four or five auditions in, and I think I was auditioning for John Boyega’s role,” Holland said. “I...

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Ari Aster, Joaquin Phoenix Team for 'Decades-Spanning' A24 Film 'Disappointment Blvd.'

Ari Aster, Joaquin Phoenix Team for 'Decades-Spanning' A24 Film 'Disappointment Blvd.'

Rumors have circulated for months that and were eyeing a collaboration, and now confirms the project is officially moving forward, with financing and producing. Aster worked with A24 on his acclaimed horror movies “Hereditary” and “Midsommar.” While Deadline reports the movie was shopped to buyers after Phoenix committed to starring, A24 “was always in the pole position” to land the film.Aster and Phoenix’s movie is titled “Disappointment Blvd.” and is described as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” No further information about...

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Scorsese Takes Aim at Streaming's Lack of Curation and More: 'Cinema Is Being Devalued by Content'

Scorsese Takes Aim at Streaming's Lack of Curation and More: 'Cinema Is Being Devalued by Content'

rails against the movie business in a powerful new essay on Federico Fellini, published in the March 2021 edition of Harper’s Magazine (read ). Titled “Il Maestro,” the essay finds Scorsese waxing poetic on Fellini’s filmography and using the Italian filmmaking icon to argue why the magic of cinema is now being lost among the onslaught of content being released by film studios and companies. Scorsese acknowledges streamers benefit his career (without Netflix there would be no “The Irishman,” and without Apple there would be no “Killers of the Flower Moon” on the way), but writes “the art of...

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Stanley Kubrick's Unmade Film Noir 'Lunatic at Large' Revived, Filming Starts Fall 2021

Stanley Kubrick's Unmade Film Noir 'Lunatic at Large' Revived, Filming Starts Fall 2021

Producers Bruce Hendricks and Galen Walker have optioned the rights to ’s “,” one of three unmade Kubrick screenplays discovered in the film director’s library after his death in March 1999. Variety the news. While plot details for “Lunatic at Large” are a mystery, Hendricks and Walker describe Kubrick’s script as a “film noir thriller in keeping with other collaborations between Kubrick and his frequent collaborator, screenwriter Jim Thompson.” Kubrick and Thompson’s shared filmography includes the 1956 film noir “The Killing,” plus “Paths of Glory” and “Spartacus.”“The opportunity to...

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Denis Villeneuve's Favorite Movies: 20 Films the Director Wants You to See

Denis Villeneuve's Favorite Movies: 20 Films the Director Wants You to See

Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the most visionary directors working in the Hollywood studio system thanks to a string of critically acclaimed films such as “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” “Arrival,” and “Blade Runner 2049.” That’s saying nothing of Villeneuve’s challenging indie fare, from “Enemy” to “Incendies” and more. IndieWire “Arrival and “Blade Runner 2049” as two of the greatest science-fiction movies of the 21st century, with the former title landing Villeneuve his first (and so far only) Oscar nomination for Best Director. Next up for Villeneuve is “Dune” (releasing October 1,...

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Hayao Miyazaki Got So Bored with Retirement He Started Directing Again 'in Order to Live'

Hayao Miyazaki Got So Bored with Retirement He Started Directing Again 'in Order to Live'

producer Toshio Suzuki revealed in October 2017 that was ending his retirement from directing after four years in order to leave behind a feature film project for his grandson. Suzuki explained in a television interview, “Miyazaki is making the new film for his grandson. It’s his way of saying, ‘Grandpa is moving on to the next world, but he’s leaving behind this film.’” But it turns out there was another reason Miyazaki ended his retirement, and it’s the simple fact that he was too restless for a life of retirement.Speaking to ahead of the HBO Max streaming release of “Earwig and the...

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Viggo Mortensen Calls Out Oscar Voters for Never Nominating David Cronenberg: 'Inexplicable'

Viggo Mortensen Calls Out Oscar Voters for Never Nominating David Cronenberg: 'Inexplicable'

has a bone to pick with Oscar voters. As the actor recently told while promoting his feature directorial debut “Falling,” it is “inexplicable” to him how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never nominated , either in the Best Director category or in one of the two screenplay categories. Cronenberg has directed Mortensen in three films, “Eastern Promises,” “A History of Violence,” and “A Dangerous Method.” Mortensen’s performance in “Eastern Promises” earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.“The thing that I’ve never understood about Cronenberg is that he’s had almost a...

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Sacha Baron Cohen: I Will Hire Rudy Giuliani to Contest Golden Globes If 'Borat,' 'Chicago 7' Lose

Sacha Baron Cohen: I Will Hire Rudy Giuliani to Contest Golden Globes If 'Borat,' 'Chicago 7' Lose

How is celebrating his handful of nominations? By ripping Rudy Giuliani, of course. The actor wisecracked in a statement reacting to his three Globes nominations by saying he will hire Giuliani to contest the Hollywood Foreign Press Association should they not give prizes to Baron Cohen’s nominated films, “” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”“I’m overwhelmed and humbled that the Hollywood Foreign Press has recognized both ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,'” Baron Cohen said in a statement. “These nominations are a tribute to the talented creative teams that led...

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Evan Rachel Wood Names Marilyn Manson as Her Alleged Abuser: 'I Am Done Living in Fear'

Evan Rachel Wood Names Marilyn Manson as Her Alleged Abuser: 'I Am Done Living in Fear'

has come forward on and in a statement to to name as her alleged abuser. The “Westworld” and “Thirteen” actress has often spoken about being a victim of domestic abuse, but she has never named her alleged abuser until now. Wood and Manson dated in the late 2000s and became in engaged in 2010. The relationship ended a year later. Wood wrote that she was coming forward to name Manson as her alleged abuser because she is “done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.”Wood’s statement reads in its entirety: “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn...

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Microsoft Goes Full 'Black Mirror' with New Patent to Turn Deceased People into AI Chatbots

Microsoft Goes Full 'Black Mirror' with New Patent to Turn Deceased People into AI Chatbots

A recent patent granted to has many “” fans thinking of “Be Right Back,” the first episode of the show’s second season. In that “Black Mirror” installment, Hayley Atwell plays a young woman whose boyfriend, Ash Starmer (Domhnall Gleeson), is killed in a car accident. The woman decides to use technology to resurrect her dead boyfriend as so she can continue communicating with him.As reported by this week, Microsoft has been granted a patent that allows the company “to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people.” Under the patent, Microsoft can create an artificial...

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Netflix Reportedly Battles Porn Websites Over Illegal Circulation of 'Bridgerton' Sex Scenes

Netflix Reportedly Battles Porn Websites Over Illegal Circulation of 'Bridgerton' Sex Scenes

is reportedly in a fight against websites over the illegal circulation of ripped from the streaming service’s popular romance drama “,” which is on course in the four weeks following its December 25 premiere. Page Six that “pirated sex scenes from the period piece have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on adult video-streaming platforms, leaving Netflix execs struggling to yank the unauthorized shared footage.” Netflix has reportedly issued warnings about “the misuse of their intellectual property,” which has gotten some clips removed but not all.“’Bridgerton’s’ sex scenes appearing...

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'Soul' Global Release Ignites Outrage After White Actors Dub Black Characters, Petitions Demand Re-Dub

'Soul' Global Release Ignites Outrage After White Actors Dub Black Characters, Petitions Demand Re-Dub

The international release of and ’s “” is igniting backlash over the decision to use a white actor to dub the film’s Black lead character. “Soul” has been widely celebrated for being the first Pixar movie to feature a Black main character, in this case a music teacher and jazz musician named Joe (voiced by in the U.S. release). Director Pete Docter relied on co-director Kemp Powers and co-writer Mike Jones, plus a “cultural brain trust” of Black artists, to ensure the film accurately represented African-American culture. And yet, Joe is dubbed by white actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas in...

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Alex Garland and A24 Reuniting After 'Ex Machina' for New Film, Jessie Buckley Eyed to Star

Alex Garland and A24 Reuniting After 'Ex Machina' for New Film, Jessie Buckley Eyed to Star

is reuniting with his “Ex Machina” distributor for a new science-fiction movie, reports. The project is titled “Men” and will mark Garland’s first feature directorial effort after the 2018 release “Annihilation.” In the interim, the writer-director helmed the FX on Hulu limited series “Devs,” which was released to strong reviews in 2019. According to Deadline, and Rory Kinnear are being eyed to star in the film.Per : “Buckley’s deal is not closed yet but is headed in right direction. Besides directing, Garland penned the script to the untitled project. Scott Rudin, who produced his previous...

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Zendaya Spent the Last Year Rejecting Scripts Where She Only 'Serves the Male Character'

Zendaya Spent the Last Year Rejecting Scripts Where She Only 'Serves the Male Character'

’s career is skyrocketing after her Emmy win for “” in September and over the weekend for “Malcolm & Marie,” for which she’s being touted as a major Oscar contender for Best Actress. The Netflix-backed “Malcolm & Marie” is the brainchild of Zendaya and her “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. When production on “Euphoria” Season 2 was delayed in March on account of the pandemic, the two started brainstorming ideas for a project that could be pulled off safely in quarantine. Levinson’s first thought was “a twisty meta-Disney thriller,” as revealed in Zendaya’s new cover story.“I was just on the...

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Kevin Feige Leaves Door Open for Reviving Netflix's Marvel Series: 'Never Say Never About Anything'

Kevin Feige Leaves Door Open for Reviving Netflix's Marvel Series: 'Never Say Never About Anything'

Marvel Studios president isn’t ruling out a revival of Netflix’s Marvel series, a decision for which could more directly bring the likes of Charlie Cox’s and Krysten Ritter’s into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When pressed by on whether or not Netflix’s Marvel series could return, Feige left the door open in his answer: “Well, certainly you’ve seen what we announced at Comic-Con a year and half ago and on Disney Investor Day a few weeks ago, so that’s our focus. But I’ve been at Marvel long enough to never say never about anything.”Rumors have been circulating on social media for about a...

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'Star Wars' Author Tells All About Removed Rey-Finn Romance and His 'Last Jedi' Retcon Story

'Star Wars' Author Tells All About Removed Rey-Finn Romance and His 'Last Jedi' Retcon Story

is a legend among “” fans as the author of the 1976 novelization of George Lucas’ original movie, published six months before the film’s opening under the title “Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker.” Foster stuck with the franchise to pen an original 1978 sequel book, “Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye,” and then returned in 2015 when asked by J.J. Abrams to write the official novelization for “The Force Awakens.” In a recent interview with Foster opened up about the creative process behind writing his “Star Wars” books.“I did my usual thing when I do these adaptations of...

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Olivia Wilde Reportedly Fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ahead of Filming – IndieWire

Olivia Wilde Reportedly Fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ahead of Filming – IndieWire

News broke in that had cast Florence Pugh and as the leads in the psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” her highly anticipated second feature directorial effort following the breakout success of “Booksmart.” By September, LaBeouf had been replaced by Harry Styles as the film’s male lead. Deadline at the time LaBeouf “departed the project due to a scheduling conflict,” but a new Variety report claims LaBeouf was fired off the project by Wilde due to alleged poor behavior.As reported by : “In September, LaBeouf was officially moved off the project. Instead, studio sources announced...

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Mark Hamill, James Gunn, William Shatner Skewer Space Force for Ripping Off Their Franchises

Mark Hamill, James Gunn, William Shatner Skewer Space Force for Ripping Off Their Franchises

Vice President Mike Pence announced on December 19 that personnel in the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will be officially called Guardians, which prompted some wisecracking from writer-director . Since Space Force’s new “Guardians” title overlaps with Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, the filmmaker shot back at the vice president on social media, writing: “Can we sue this dork?”Flash forward to this week and “Star Wars” legend got in on the Space Force skewering. Responding to Gunn, Hamill quipped, “So they grab the ‘Guardians’ from your movies, they use the ‘Force’ from our...

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Golden Globes Under Fire for Shutting 'Minari' Out of Best Picture: 'Racist,' 'Complete Bullsh*t'

Golden Globes Under Fire for Shutting 'Minari' Out of Best Picture: 'Racist,' 'Complete Bullsh*t'

Nominations for the 2021 are still over a month away, but the upcoming ceremony is already at the center of controversy after Variety Lee Isaac Chung’s “” is being shut out of the Best Picture race and relegated to the Best Foreign Language Film category. A similar fate befell ’s “The Farewell” at the 2020 Golden Globes. Both films were rejected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) from competing in the main Best Picture races because they are predominantly in foreign languages.News of the “Minari” Best Picture shut out at the 2021 Golden Globes generated outrage on social...

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George Lucas: Critics of 'Star Wars' Prequel Dialogue 'Don't Understand' the Franchise

George Lucas: Critics of 'Star Wars' Prequel Dialogue 'Don't Understand' the Franchise

does not agree with the critics who have bashed his “” prequels over the years due to what they claim is “pretty corny dialogue.” The script for “” is often singled out for ridicule due to the cringeworthy romance scenes between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman). Such Lucas-written lines as “I am haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me” have been widely mocked, but the writer-director says in the new book “The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005” (via ) that such complaints miss the entire style of the space franchise.“It is presented very...

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Francis Ford Coppola Feels Sad 'Star Wars' Dominated George Lucas' Directing Career

Francis Ford Coppola Feels Sad 'Star Wars' Dominated George Lucas' Directing Career

served as a mentor for in the heyday of New Hollywood, producing Lucas’ 1973 breakthrough feature “American Graffiti.” Lucas’ next project would be “,” which launched a franchise so massive the writer-director would never helm a non-“Star Wars” movie again. Lucas has directed four films since 1977 (the original “Star Wars” and the three prequel films, released between 1999 and 2005), which Coppola tells in a wide-ranging interview is somewhat sad news.“Well, he created something that brought joy and happiness and pleasure — and even some wisdom — to so many people. Whatever benefits he got...

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George Lucas Expected Disney to Give Him 'a Little Bit More Say' in 'Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy

George Lucas Expected Disney to Give Him 'a Little Bit More Say' in 'Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy

Eight years after sold to in a deal worth over $4 billion, says the decision to give up control of his iconic space franchise remains “very, very painful.” Lucas sat down with author Paul Duncan for an interview as part of the just-released new book an excerpt from which finds the filmmaker getting honest about his career-defining decision to prioritize family over “.”“At that time, I was starting the next trilogy; I talked to the actors and I was starting to gear up,” Lucas told Duncan when asked about why he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. “I was also about to have a daughter with my wife. It...

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Denis Villeneuve Slams Warner Bros. for Moving 'Dune' to HBO Max: 'Might've Killed the Franchise'

Denis Villeneuve Slams Warner Bros. for Moving 'Dune' to HBO Max: 'Might've Killed the Franchise'

on Variety’s website in which he criticizes Warner Bros. for shifting the release of “” to a hybrid model in which it will open in theaters on the same day it becomes available to stream on for 31 days. The studio announced last week it would be using this hybrid release model for its entire 2021 film slate, from “Dune” to “The Matrix 4” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.”“There is absolutely no love for cinema, nor for the audience here,” Villeneuve writes about the HBO Max decision. “It is all about the survival of a telecom mammoth, one that is currently bearing an astronomical debt of more than...

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Brad Pitt Describes Movie Nights with David Fincher: 'He'll Mutter the Whole Time'

Brad Pitt Describes Movie Nights with David Fincher: 'He'll Mutter the Whole Time'

The way directs movies has been well documented, but what about the way David Fincher watches movies? Not surprisingly, Fincher is as much of a demanding and precise film viewer as he is film director. In a recent Fincher profile for the director’s close friends and provided a glimpse at what it’s like watching movies with the “Mank” filmmaker. Pitt and Fincher have worked together on three films (“Seven,” “Fight Club,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and now regularly get together for movie nights.“He’s one of the funniest [expletive] I’ve ever met,” Pitt told The Times about...

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