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It’s no surprise that digital tools proved self-destructive. Hollywood has always believed bigger is better, that raw spectacle is the only thing that reliably seduces people into the cinema. To tweak a famous line from one of the films that got us here: The studios were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
The disaster movie genre has been dead or dying for a while now, and we’ve reached the point in the grieving process where we’ve come to accept that something like this is going to be utterly defanged by CGI (shout out to the lifeless, plastic likes of “2012” and “San Andreas”), so you almost have to give “Geostorm” a little bit of credit: For a movie about the potentially destructive power of 21st-century technology, it sure is a convincing example of the potentially destructive power of 21st-century technology. »
- David Ehrlich
“Susanne Bartsch picked up where [Andy] Warhol left off,” RuPaul Charles says of his friend, the woman he says set him down the path to become Supermodel of the World. He’s not the only one: Performance artist Joey Arias credits Bartsch with encouraging him to try drag, transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina speaks of her in the same breath as Warhol, and fashion historians trace London style’s expansion to New York and Tokyo in the ’80s to Bartsch.
As for the woman herself, she’s still throwing parties.
While dressing for one of her fabled Tuesday night parties at Meatpacking district club Le Bain, Bartsch was fretting over the colors for one of her outstanding looks: “It’s not really pink,” she says. “I mean, I know it’s pink, but it’s not a pink that I feel pink in.”
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- Jude Dry
In the years since hanging up his quidditch broom, Daniel Radcliffe has blazed a surprisingly adventurous trail, devoting himself to risky projects that stray far from the beaten path, some of them quite literally. For the second time in the last 18 months, the former “Harry Potter” star has wandered off into the wilderness, following the miraculously inventive “Swiss Army Man” with a true-life survival story about a restless Israeli kid who wound up stranded by himself in an uncharted stretch of the Amazon. And while “Jungle” glaringly lacks the flair and depth of feeling that defined Radcliffe’s previous stroll through the great outdoors, it’s somehow even more disgusting than “Swiss Army Man,” a movie in which the actor plays a corpse whose farts are so explosive that they propel his body across the surface of the ocean like a jet ski.
“I was desperate to escape the well-worn path, »
- David Ehrlich
This perfectly serviceable and somewhat conventional documentary tracks the daily struggle to survive for an assortment of wild animals. Adhering to the tried and tested tropes of nature documentaries, this one offers a discreet set of vignettes featuring assorted fauna in the full spectrum of landscapes (tropical, arctic, deserts and so on), usually in danger from predators or environmental risks. It subtextually reinforces the usual message about the diversity and resilience of nature and is sprinkled with a smattering of anthropomorphism.
So here are many of the usual suspects: tenacious reptiles, adorably fierce pouncing pussycats (in this case servals, a type of African wild cat), daft zebras, bears rubbing themselves on trees set to corny lounge music, and so on. Judging by the release date, the intended audience is families, »
- Leslie Felperin
(Aotn) You’ve never seen the undead like you’ll see them in Asylum’s “Zoombies”! Shamblers, streakers and crawlers got nothing on these guys. This edition of Smt seems to be going to the dogs…
Check out the trailer and find your Cinemark theater for your Thursday 10/19 showing:
Zoombies Starring Marcus Anderson, Kaiwi Lyman, Kim Nielsen Playing Exclusively At Cinemark Theaters On October 19, 2017 When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city. Zoombies Directed by: Glenn R. Miller Writer: Scotty Mullen Cast: Marcus Anderson, Kaiwi Lyman, Kim Nielsen Language: English Genre: Horror
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- Jason Stewart
Director: Werner Herzog
Screenplay: William Finkelstein
If there ever was a better example of how to show the old adage true that it’s not what the film is about but rather, how it’s about it… Abel Ferrara’s 1992 masterpiece ‘Bad Lieutenant‘, took place on the streets of New York and starred Harvey Keitel as a “bad lieutenant”. He wasn’t even given a name in the film. He did every drug he could, he pulled over women to sexually harass them, he screwed hookers, and gambled large amounts of money. In between, he tries to solve a crime, haphazardly involving the rape of a local nun. I met »
- David Baruffi
In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate is opening an entertainment center in Times Square, “Age of Adaline” director Lee Toland Krieger boards “Hold Back the Stars” and documentary “A Gray State” gets a theatrical release.
Lionsgate and Parques Reunidos have unveiled their first Lionsgate branded indoor entertainment center for New York City’s Times Square in 2019 with attractions built around “The Hunger Games,” “Jon Wick” and “Mad Men.”
Dubbed Lionsgate Entertainment City, the companies said Thursday that the Times Square neighborhood attracts over 50 million visitors annually and will be the first of several branded indoor entertainment centers that the two companies are planning for high traffic urban areas in major U.S. and European cities.
“We’re delighted to kick off our partnership with Parques Reunidos in midtown Manhattan, and we look forward to extending our alliance to other major U.S. and European cities as we continue to grow our location-based entertainment business »
- Dave McNary
“A Gray State,” executive produced by acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog, has been picked up by First Run Features, A&E IndieFilms announced Thursday. Director Erik Nelson’s documentary, which had its world premiere at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, will receive a U.S. theatrical release this November for an awards push. Following its theatrical release, it will make its television debut on A&E. “A Gray State” follows the mysterious deaths of filmmaker David Crowley and his family. The Iraq War veteran began production on his film “Gray State” in 2010, which was set in a dystopian near-future where civil liberties are trampled by. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
There’s a good chance you’ve seen online ads for MasterClass somewhere, where a famous person sits down in front of a camera and teaches you the art of their particular craft. There have been MasterClassses featuring Christina Aguilera, Kevin Spacey, Usher, Serena Williams, James Patterson, Dustin Hoffman, Werner Herzog, Shonda Rhimes, Steve Martin, and more. […]
- Chris Evangelista
With all the drama surrounding who will and won’t direct the many “Star Wars” films coming soon to a galaxy near you, there’s been a momentary lapse in obsessing over what actually happens in the standalone Han Solo film and “Episode IX.” Ron Howard is now directing the former, which was originally to be helmed by “Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; as he nears completion on the untitled spinoff, the former Richie Cunningham has shared two glimpses of it.
“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” wrote Howard on Twitter yesterday. The accompanying photo is hazy, with a copper tint to it, and shows several people both in front of and behind the camera. He shared a similar picture on Instagram, »
- Michael Nordine
Paris, Texas (1984)
Director: Wim Wenders
As much as I admire the leader of the New German cinema movement of the sixties and seventies, R.W. Fassbinder, and as much as I admire, probably the best and most important director in that movement Werner Herzog, if I actually had to pick a favorite New German Director, and one of my favorite directors of all-time, it’d have to be Wim Wenders. I rank his film ‘Wings of Desire‘ among the Ten best films ever made, and all his films–even his less-than-stellar ones–all have this intuit sense to them. It’s not empathy; it’s almost spiritual. While Herzog is constantly »
- David Baruffi
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is launching an internet-based course in making movies — his first foray into e-learning.
The Oscar-winning director will debut the class in early 2018 through online-education startup MasterClass. The class costs $90 for unlimited access to more than 20 video lessons; pre-enrollment is available starting Friday at masterclass.com/ms.
In addition to the videos, Scorsese’s MasterClass course will include a downloadable workbook with lesson recaps and supplemental material. Students enrolled in the class will be able to upload video questions to Scorsese, who will provide feedback to select students.
“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions,” Scorsese said in a statement, “not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way.”
Over a 50-plus career, the New York City native has produced a legion »
- Todd Spangler
Jean Rouch may not be a household name, but some of the world’s most revered filmmakers — from Jean-Luc Godard to Werner Herzog — are indebted to him. The French filmmaker pioneered the concept of “ethno-fiction,” fictional films built around the lives of everyday people, and developed the bulk of his filmography out of time spent in Africa. His 1958 feature “Moi, un Noir” follows the daily routine of a trio of Nigerian immigrants off the Ivory Coast who imagine themselves as movie stars, and its blend of jump cuts and amateur performances reportedly inspired Godard’s 1960 debut “Breathless.” Rouch’s documentary “Chronicle of a Summer,” co-directed with Edgar Morin, is considered a foundational achievement of the cinéma vérité movement.
Nevertheless, Rouch has remained a cinephile secret for decades, and in the wake of his death in 2004, much of his work has been unavailable in the U.S. — until now.
On November »
- Indiewire Staff
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live coast-to-coast on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on CBS, with Stephen Colbert stepping in for hosting duties. Although “Game of Thrones” isn’t up for any awards (Season 6 was eligible for last year’s ceremony), there are plenty of fan favorites up for big awards this evening, including “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld,” and “Atlanta.”
Will Elisabeth Moss finally win an Emmy after being shut out six times for “Mad Men” and once for “Top of The Lake?” Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus make Emmy history by winning her sixth consecutive award for “Veep?” You’ll have to tune in and find out.
Even if you don’t have cable, you can’t still watch TV’s biggest night over the air via your local CBS affiliate, or on your computer or a streaming device. Here are »
- Jamie Righetti
The ultimate “Star Wars” gift could be yours for a price. Profiles in History, the dealer behind the upcoming Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personal property auction, has announced that fans will be able to place bids on some of Carrie Fisher’s personal “Star Wars” scripts, which include annotations from Fisher herself and inscriptions from director George Lucas. The auction takes place October 7-9 in Los Angeles.
Fischer’s personal scripts being auctioned include her original 1977 script for the “Star Wars,” her 158-page shooting script for “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,” and her bound presentation script for “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” The original script and the “Return of the Jedi” script are signed by Lucas and feature dedications written by him to her. Every script is expected »
- Zack Sharf
Nicole Kidman and cinematographer Edward Lachman have joined the roster of industry figures to be honored with tributes at the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony focused on indie film.
Kidman will receive the evening’s actress tribute for a career that launched with Philip Noyce’s 1989 thriller “Dead Calm” and has included films “The Others,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Hours” (which won her an Oscar) and “Rabbit Hole.” She’s currently up for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is currently appearing in the new season of “Top of the Lake”; her upcoming bigscreen work includes Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Neil Burger’s “The Upside” (which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).
Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards
Lachman wins the cinematography tribute for a long list of credits that includes films with »
- Gordon Cox
Inclusion has become a “Star Wars” staple in front of the camera: Both “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” were led by female heroes and included co-leads played by minority actors. However, white males sat in the director’s chair and the hiring of J.J. Abrams to replace Colin Trevorrow as director of “Episode IX” suggests that will continue for many years to come.
J.J. Abrams is a talented filmmaker, and he’s a fine choice to close out the trilogy of films led by Daisy Ridley’s Rey. He also represents a kind of security that’s hard to resist. The director jumpstarted the new wave of “Star Wars” films with “The Force Awakens,” which earned unanimous acclaim from critics and fans on its way to over $2 billion worldwide. He knows the franchise, he’s beloved by fans, »
- Zack Sharf
Now that Colin Trevorrow is out as “Star Wars Episode IX” director, everyone has an opinion on who should replace him. That includes IndieWire, of course — our picks include newly crowned Golden Lion winner Guillermo del Toro, wonder woman Patty Jenkins, and true detective Cary Fukunaga — as well as Stephen Colbert. Watch the full segment below.
The “Late Show” host discussed the “Book of Henry” helmer’s ouster on Friday night, joking that not all is well in the wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Hollywood. Among Colbert’s suggestions to replace Trevorrow? Quentin Tarantino, because we all know that the franchise far, far away is “missing ’70s music and extended conversations about cheeseburgers” — so get ready for “Episode IX: Everybody Shoots First.”
- Michael Nordine
Film festivals are always a bit of a bubble, but Telluride is an alternate reality. The festival reveals its lineup the day before it starts, and the local “airport” is a very generous way of describing a landing strip attached to a bar. Werner Herzog has coffee at the local bookstore, 300 people excitedly wait in line to see a Chilean thriller about a transgender waitress dealing with her dead lover’s family, and Errol Morris is the subject of more conversations than Donald Trump.
However, even in the Telluride utopia, it became clear that the love of movies is not enough to sustain the art form. Oscar buzz is no longer a luxury; it’s a lifeline.
Here of all places, it should be easy to ignore that the movies are coming off the worst summer box office in 10 years — but reality has a funny way of sneaking through the cracks. »
- David Ehrlich
As words like film, negative, celluloid, unspool, and reel become increasingly archaic, even the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realizes that it needs to evolve. At the Telluride Film Festival, I sat down with new Academy president John Bailey to discuss what he has in mind. Here’s what we can expect from the 75-year-old cinematographer of “The Big Chill” and “Groundhog Day,” who is proud to be the rare filmmaker representing the Academy board.
(Re)Define the motion picture
Bailey is a realist as much as a cineaste. At Telluride, he appreciated Paul Schrader’s well-reviewed “First Reformed” — but fully supported the possibility that the film would go to Netflix. “It’s very unlikely the studios would pick it up,” said Bailey. “In reality, Netflix and Amazon have now become the studios that have the courage to make the film nobody else would make.”
Similarly, while »
- Anne Thompson
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