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IndieWire (sometimes stylized as indieWIRE or Indiewire) is a film industry and review website that was established in 1996. The site's focus is independent film. As of 2016, IndieWire is a subsidiary of Penske Media. It has a staff of about 20, including Publisher James Israel, Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris, Chief Critic Eric Kohn, and Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson.Source
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Kate Winslet: 'What the F*ck Was I Doing Working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?'

Kate Winslet: 'What the F*ck Was I Doing Working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?'

is sounding off on her regrets over working with on “Wonder Wheel” and on “Carnage.” Allen has been accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child, while Polanski was arrested in 1977 for raping a 13-year-old girl. Ahead of the world premiere of her new romance “Ammonite,” Winslet tells it’s disgraceful that Hollywood held the two controversial filmmakers in high regard for so long.“It’s like, what the fuck was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?” Winslet said. “It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely...

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Sacha Baron Cohen Back for 'Borat 2' and Is Already Done Filming the Sequel— Report

Sacha Baron Cohen Back for 'Borat 2' and Is Already Done Filming the Sequel— Report

A sequel to ’s blockbuster 2006 comedy “: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” has been shot and screened “for a select few industry types,” Collider’s Jeff Sneider based on confirmations from multiple sources. The sources say “Borat 2” finds Cohen’s Kazakh journalist “thinking he’s a big movie star after the success of the original 2006 film made him famous, so he’s trying to hide from the public by pretending to be someone else, and starts meeting and interviewing people incognito.”Cohen has been popping up in the news over the last several months...

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'Dicktown': The Year's Funniest Animated Comedy Bloomed from a Real-Life Friendship

'Dicktown': The Year's Funniest Animated Comedy Bloomed from a Real-Life Friendship

“” is a perfect title, even if without context you may never guess that the animated series it belongs to follows a pair of detectives investigating the mysteries of their chosen client base: North Carolina teenagers.The title refers to a nickname for Richardsville, a Tar Heel State town that might be fictional in this telling, but is rooted in the combined experiences and fascinations of its two writers and creators: and .In “Dicktown” (the featured Season 3 presentation of the anthology shorts collection “Cake”), John Hunchman (Hodgman) is the former precocious boy detective still...

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Sep 3
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'Mulan' Backlash Grows Over Filming in Xinjiang, Site of Reported Human Rights Abuses

'Mulan' Backlash Grows Over Filming in Xinjiang, Site of Reported Human Rights Abuses

’s live-action “” adaptation has been at the for a year after lead actress Liu Yifei showed support on social media for Hong Kong’s police, who have been accused of violence towards pro-democracy protesters, but a new controversy is erupting now that the film has been made available on Disney+. According to reports from and , Disney filmed “Mulan” in ’s Xinjiang province and included a “special thanks” in the film’s credit sequence to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee.” Xinjiang is a province where human rights abuses have been reported, including...

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Sep 8
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Netflix Apologizes for Inappropriate 'Cuties' Poster Amid Outrage Over Sexualizing Children

Netflix Apologizes for Inappropriate 'Cuties' Poster Amid Outrage Over Sexualizing Children

has issued a statement apologizing for the marketing around its upcoming original film “,” directed by French filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré. The movie world premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award and earned Doucouré a spot on IndieWire’s of rising women directors to know. Netflix received backlash over the film after it debuted a poster for the film August 18 that many believed sexualized children.“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties,” a Netflix spokesperson said. “It was not OK, nor...

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Aug 20
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NY to Movie Theaters: You're Not Worth the Risk

NY to Movie Theaters: You're Not Worth the Risk

Movie theaters will remain closed indefinitely in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, because he said cinemas are less essential and come with a higher risk of virus transmission among patrons. The decision means that, at this point, theaters in the country’s two largest markets of New York City and Los Angeles will not be open for planned reopening Thursday.Cuomo revealed his current thinking during a Monday briefing, during which he announced that gyms would be allowed to reopen August 24.“It’s the level of risk. If you look at our metrics, we started with the most essential...

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Aug 17
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The Landmark at 57 West Theater Closes in Blow to Uptown Manhattan Moviegoing — Exclusive

The Landmark at 57 West Theater Closes in Blow to Uptown Manhattan Moviegoing — Exclusive

Spanning the block between 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway on 57th Street in Manhattan, the Landmark at 57 West movie theater will permanently close, IndieWire has confirmed. The specialty house, located in the Brutalist VIA building near the Hudson, has eight auditoriums and luxury seating as well as a bar, JD’s Place.“We inherited a tough deal,” said COO Paul Serwitz, who still operates The Quad Cinemas downtown and said that the company was exploring other uptown options. “It never felt financially viable.”Landmark at 57 West opened in September 2017. Multiple sources tell...

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Aug 17
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'Patriot Act' Is the Toughest Show to Lose Right Now

'Patriot Act' Is the Toughest Show to Lose Right Now

Co-creator announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that “” would not be returning for new episodes. While the news wasn’t entirely shocking given the uncertainties facing so much of TV production right now, that doesn’t make it any less disheartening.“Patriot Act” had the breadth of a show that aired for far longer than its nearly two-year run. With an eye toward explaining some of the brewing sociopolitical fracture points while giving context for the unintended consequences of everyday life that so many people take for granted, “Patriot Act” packaged Minhaj’s personal hosting touch with a...

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Steve Greene
Aug 18
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Linda Manz: Film Community Remembers 'Days of Heaven' Star, Dead at 58

Linda Manz: Film Community Remembers 'Days of Heaven' Star, Dead at 58

, the actress best known for her role in “Days in Heaven” as well as “Out of the Blue” and “Gummo,” died August 14 at the age of 58. Manz had been battling lung cancer and pneumonia. She leaves behind her husband, camera operator Bobby Guthrie, as well as two sons and three grandchildren.A has been set up by her son, Michael Guthrie, to cover funeral expenses. “Linda was a loving wife, a caring mom, a wonderful grandma and a great friend who was loved by many,” Guthrie said on the GoFundMe. See what others from the film community had to say on social media below.Manz, who was born in 1961,...

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Aug 15
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Facing Government Pressure to Remove Gay Character, Netflix Cancels Turkish Show

Facing Government Pressure to Remove Gay Character, Netflix Cancels Turkish Show

has pulled the plug on its upcoming Turkish drama series “If Only” after the government there refused to permit filming because the show features a gay character. The streamer opted to cancel the entire production rather than heed the complaints of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is increasingly cracking down on freedom of expression, IndieWire has confirmed.Ece Yorenc, a screenwriter who had penned a script for the upcoming series, said the show was canceled last week on the eve of filming because of the government’s stance“Due to a gay character, permission to film...

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Jul 21
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A 'John Wick' Clue Led Italian Police to Intercept a Package of Cocaine Coffee Beans

A 'John Wick' Clue Led Italian Police to Intercept a Package of Cocaine Coffee Beans

Talk about a wakeup call. Italian police have just discovered a two-kilogram parcel of cocaine packaged inside the shells of coffee beans in Milan and, , it was a clue from the sequel to the hit Keanu Reeves action film “” that tipped them off.According to police, the coked-out beans were traveling under the moniker “Santino D’Antonio,” which is the name of a mafia boss villain from “”  (played by Riccardo Scamarcio). This was an immediate red flag to police in Italy, where “John Wick: Chapter 2” released in March 2017 and grossed about $2 million U.S. dollars. The package, which was en...

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Jul 18
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Idris Elba Says Racist Films and TV Shouldn't Be Censored: Add Warning Labels Instead

Idris Elba Says Racist Films and TV Shouldn't Be Censored: Add Warning Labels Instead

Idris Elba has an issue with the handful of films and television programs being removed from streaming platforms and the airwaves over racist content such as blackface. Over the last couple months, episodes of “30 Rock,” “The Golden Girls,” “The Office,” “Scrubs,” and more have been pulled for featuring blackface. Elba says in a new interview with Radio Times that these controversial episodes should not have been erased but updated with a warning or rating to ensure viewers know what racist content the programs contain. “I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech,” Elba said. “But the...

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Jul 15
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Ben Stiller Says He Won't Cut Donald Trump from 'Zoolander' Amid Fan Backlash

Ben Stiller Says He Won't Cut Donald Trump from 'Zoolander' Amid Fan Backlash

has revealed that, despite outcry from fans calling for a brief scene featuring the current United States President to be cut from the film, he won’t be editing out of his 2001 comedy “.” Stiller discussed the controversy on a of The Daily Beast’s podcast “The New Abnormal.”“I’ve had people reach out to me and say, you should edit Donald Trump out of ‘Zoolander,'” Stiller said, referring to a scene set at the VH1 Fashion Awards that includes Donald and Melania Trump as red-carpet interviewees discussing the greatness of self-obsessed male model Derek Zoolander. “But at the end of the day,...

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Jul 11
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James Gunn Reveals Warner Bros. Wouldn't Allow Him to Make Velma Gay in 'Scooby-Doo'

James Gunn Reveals Warner Bros. Wouldn't Allow Him to Make Velma Gay in 'Scooby-Doo'

Long before became one of Hollywood’s most exciting tentpole directors thanks to his work on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, he got his start in the studio system writing the scripts for Warner Bros.’ live-action “” movies. The 2002 “Scooby-Doo” release was directed by Raja Gosnell and was a box office hit with just over $257 million worldwide. The film was followed by a 2004 sequel, “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” which reunited Gunn and Gosnell. Gunn recently revealed on Twitter that it was his plan from the start to make Velma “explicitly gay” in his “Scooby-Doo” movies, but...

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Charlie Kaufman Says Netflix Didn’t Ruin Movies: ‘Studios Ruined Movies’

Charlie Kaufman Says Netflix Didn’t Ruin Movies: ‘Studios Ruined Movies’

For years ’s growth in the world of film — especially in terms of critical acclaim and winning awards — has been a topic of conversation with regards to the experience of seeing films and the industry in general. An argument is constantly made about the juggernaut streaming services being responsible for “destroying” all of that. A number of filmmakers have participated in this debate over the years, to to .is the latest filmmaker to chime in on Netflix’s influence on the movie industry, especially as he has an upcoming Netflix film being released on September 4, “I’m Thinking of Ending...

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Jul 3
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Christopher Nolan’s Team Clarifies What He Bans From Set, and It's Not Chairs — Exclusive

Christopher Nolan’s Team Clarifies What He Bans From Set, and It's Not Chairs — Exclusive

does not ban chairs from his movie sets, a spokesperson for the director has confirmed to IndieWire. Social media over an alleged chair ban on Nolan’s sets erupted June 29 after Variety published an “Actors on Actors” video interview between and Hugh Jackman in which the former complimented Nolan’s decision not to allow chairs on set. Hathaway has appeared in Nolan’s blockbusters “The ” and “Interstellar.”“For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” Nolan’s spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak of...

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Film Critics Sound Off on Christopher Nolan's 'No Chairs' Rule, Which Isn't Entirely True

Film Critics Sound Off on Christopher Nolan's 'No Chairs' Rule, Which Isn't Entirely True

’s “no chairs on set” rule has gone viral after the director’s “Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight Rises” actress Anne Hathaway brought it up during a recent interview with Hugh Jackman on Variety’s . Nolan fans have known about the rule for quite some time, as “Dunkirk” actors Mark Rylance and Barry Keoghan told in 2017 that Nolan bans chairs and water bottles on set. Hathaway appeared complimentary about Nolan’s decision.“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working,” the Oscar-winning actress said “I mean,...

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Sacha Baron Cohen Crashes Far-Right Rally and Dupes Attendees with Racist Singalong

Sacha Baron Cohen Crashes Far-Right Rally and Dupes Attendees with Racist Singalong

’s career is built upon the art of trolling, from posing as a Kazakh journalist in “Borat” to getting Paula Abdul to sit on “Mexican chair-people” in Brüno and, finally, the overall madness of his politically incorrect Showtime series “Who Is America?” And on Saturday, Cohen reportedly infiltrated a far-right rally in Olympia, Washington, posing onstage as a sponsor of the event and performing a song with racially charged lyrics to get the crowd to sing along. Watch the video below.“Disguised as a PAC out of Southern California, paid for the stage setup and musical entertainment. Came on...

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Jun 28
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'The Wire' Favorite Wendell Pierce Launches Campaign to Be the New Voice of Cleveland

'The Wire' Favorite Wendell Pierce Launches Campaign to Be the New Voice of Cleveland

, the fan favorite actor from “” and recent star of “Clemency” and “Burning Cane,” has launched a social media campaign to be the new voice actor of Cleveland on “.” Mike Henry, the original voice of Cleveland, he would be stepping away from the long-running Fox animated sitcom over the racial insensitivity of his casting.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’ for 20 years,” Henry wrote on social media. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”Henry’s “Family Guy” exit followed in the...

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Jun 29
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A Real 'Ex Machina'? An A.I. Robot Learns Method Acting to Star in $70 Million Film

A Real 'Ex Machina'? An A.I. Robot Learns Method Acting to Star in $70 Million Film

What if Alex Garland’s 2014 science-fiction favorite “” starred a real artificially intelligent robot as Ava instead of Alicia Vikander? Moviegoers are about to find out, sort of. Bondit Capital Media, Happy Moon Productions, and Ten Ten Global Media are putting forward $70 million to produce “,” a science-fiction movie that is set to star the A.I. robot in the leading role (via , as first reported by THR). The companies are touting “b” as the first movie in history to be led by an actor who is an A.I. robot.“b” follows a scientist who must help the A.I. robot he created reach freedom after...

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Zack Sharf
Jun 25
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Edgar Wright 'Never Liked' Seth MacFarlane After 'Scott Pilgrim' Box Office Insult

Edgar Wright 'Never Liked' Seth MacFarlane After 'Scott Pilgrim' Box Office Insult

’s “” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, but the film would’ve been completely different had Universal Pictures had its way with casting. In a new oral history of the film published by , Wright reveals that Donna Langley, Universal’s president of production at the time, pitched Seth Rogen to play the leading role.Rogen at the time was coming off the breakthrough success of Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up,” which earned Universal $219 million worldwide on a $30 million budget. While Wright loved Seth Rogen, it was a casting decision he “couldn’t get [his] head around.”“ was the only...

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Jun 24
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Hans Zimmer Says He's Driving 'Dune' Team Crazy with So Many Score Ideas and Experiments

Hans Zimmer Says He's Driving 'Dune' Team Crazy with So Many Score Ideas and Experiments

Does ever get tired of writing original scores for movies? Yes, but then projects like ’s “” come along. In a new interview with , the Oscar-winning composer says the possibilities for the “Dune” score are so endless that “I’m driving everybody crazy because I’m so full of ideas.” Zimmer is in the middle of drafting compositions and experimenting with sounds for the “Dune” score, and he calls collaborating with Villeneuve “totally and utterly inspiring.”“Right now I’m in the middle of making these sounds,” Zimmer said. “I just have these ideas, and it’s like this every day. I’m doing all...

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'Lord of the Rings' Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and 'Funny Looking' Actors

'Lord of the Rings' Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and 'Funny Looking' Actors

James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels are already in New Zealand, and the next massive Hollywood project expected to resume filming in the country is ’s “Lord of the Rings” television series. New Zealand talent agency BGT Actors Models & Talent has issued an open casting call for “funny looking” actors or people with scars, burns, missing bones, and more (via ) to most likely appear as extras in the series. BGT provided extras for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film franchise.BGT is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, and is calling for actors in the area who have “facial...

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Eric Andre Refused to Let 'Middle-Aged White People' at Netflix Cut Police Joke From Special

Eric Andre Refused to Let 'Middle-Aged White People' at Netflix Cut Police Joke From Special

is front and center in ’s upcoming comedy special “,” launching June 23, but the comedian had to push back against Netflix to keep at least one joke in the special’s final cut. “Legalize Everything” begins with a sketch of Andre posing as a police officer in New Orleans and handing out drugs to strangers on the street. The bit should surprise no one who loves the shock comedy of Andre’s eponymous Adult Swim series, but Andre tells that some “middle-aged white people” at Netflix urged him to remove the joke given the nationwide climate after the death of George Floyd. The comedian...

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How China's Insensitivity Toward Black Representation in Hollywood Is Growing

How China's Insensitivity Toward Black Representation in Hollywood Is Growing

The editorial choice to turn Nelson into a disapproving voice against George Floyd protests is not an isolated incident on Chinese social media, where conservative and racist messages often run unchecked. The video from conservative commentator Candace Owens attacking George Floyd has been wildly circulating via direct messages, long articles, and posts on Weibo (’s Twitter equivalent). Owens’ video was viewed over 100,000 times on messaging app WeChat alone (WeChat caps its view count at 100,000. The actual viewership could be much higher).“I can’t breathe,” Chinese spokesperson Hua...

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