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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Struggles To Activate Single User Mode

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Hack The Planet

This week’s episode belongs to Darlene, and its a great showcase for Carly Chaiken. We get the clearest view yet behind her facade during a scene set before the start of the series — she suffers from panic attacks, barely remembers their father and shares a sibling shorthand with her brother. Darlene’s cry for help comes in the form of the Linux command that gives the episode its title: “init1” is their code for “Emergency Mode.” It’s enough to make Elliot put his fog aside and act like a big brother, letting her in for a viewing of their favorite bad 80s movie. The hysterically titled “Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie” turns out to be the source of the now-iconic fsociety mask. When Elliot puts it on, »


- Jay Bushman

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Touché Amoré’s Video for ‘Palm Dreams’ Pays Tribute to David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’ — Watch

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The longer David Lynch’s absence from feature filmmaking continues, the greater his legacy becomes. That, at least, is one takeaway from Touché Amoré’s video for “Palm Dreams,” which shows clear signs of having been influenced by Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” — the consensus choice of a great many critics and cinephiles for the best film of the 2000s. Watch the video below.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Plans & How David Lynch Could Control the Ending

The song itself hardly strikes the same mood as Angelo Badalamenti’s synth-laden score for the film — or, for that matter, even Linda Scott’s “I’ve Told Every Little Star” – but the actual video, with its palm trees and shots of a confused-looking woman roaming the streets of Los Angeles in a blonde wig, are can’t-miss callbacks to Lynch.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Info Revealed & David Lynch Directing All »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Details: Rashida Jones and Mike Schur Co-Write New Episode

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For those captivated by the first seven installments of the UK anthology series “Black Mirror,” there’s an awful lot more to come. Today at Netflix’s TCA press day, executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones promised that the upcoming Season 3 — premiering October 21 — would maintain that “special ‘Black Mirror’-y unpleasantness,” but also a wider variety of tones across the six new stand-alone installments.

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In classic “Black Mirror” style, the secrets behind these episodes were kept under wraps, beyond some basic details:

“San Junipero” features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris “Shut Up and Dance” features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins “Nosedive” features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright “Men Against Fire” stars Michael Kelly, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Aaron Sorkin’s Ama: 10 Highlights Include Screenwriting Tips & Possibility of ‘Studio 60’ Season 2

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Aaron Sorkin gave fans the opportunity to ask him anything in his special Reddit Ama session. The “West Wing” and “Steve Jobs” writer took the time to respond to a handful of users who wanted his opinion and tips on how to become a better screenwriter and find out what he’s currently working on.

Here are 10 highlights from his “Ask Me Anything” Q&A:

What is one of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make?

“One of the biggest mistakes rookie screenwriters make is not having a strong intention or obstacle. The drive shaft of a car, beautiful leather seats, a fantastic sound system, a really cool paint job but the car isn’t going to move forward if the car doesn’t have a strong intention or obstacle.”

Did he originally hope that ‘The Newsroom’ would cause a positive change in today’s major news networks?

“When I write something, »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Filmmaker’ Reveals 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016: ‘American Honey’ Star Sasha Lane & More

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For the 18th consecutive year, Filmmaker Magazine has announced its 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Perhaps the indie-film stalwart’s signature feature, 25 New Faces has included the likes of Hilary Swank (1999), Ryan Gosling (2001), Andrew Bujalski (2003), So Yong Kim (2006), Benh Zeitlin (2008) and Ana Lily Amirpour (2014) in the past, among many others. Leading the class of 2016 are Sasha Lane of “American Honey” and Macon Blair of “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room,” who’s currently at work on his untitled directorial debut. Find the full list below.

Read More: Filmmaker Magazine Names 2015’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’

Sasha Lane

Tom Rosenberg

Ricardo Gaona

Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang

Amman Abbasi

T.W. Pittman and Kelly Daniela Norris

Jess dela Merced

Jerónimo Rodríguez

Graham Swon

Katy Grannan

Sonia Kennebeck

Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan

Memory

Connor Jessup

Shawn Peters

Nadia P. Manzoor and Radhika Vaz

Shawn Snyder

John Wilson »


- Michael Nordine

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Why ‘The Crown’ Went To America To Find Its Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill is one of Britain’s most internationally famous figures; a man who epitomizes England beyond the realm of the royals. He’s thus a prominent figure in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Crown,” which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendance to the throne. But when it came to casting, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry went with John Lithgow — an undisputed star, but also an American.

Morgan’s reasons for that made a lot of sense, as revealed at the TCA Summer Press Tour this morning.

“There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Thus, within the British acting community, “there’s a little bit of Churchill fatigue.”

Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Agree That The Remake Revives Disney’s Magic

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“Pete’s Dragon” is a cherished Disney story that follows the adventures of an orphaned boy (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Robert Redford, the fantasy film is directed by David Lowery and promises to take the whole family on an epic adventure. Here’s what the critics are saying about the film so far. 

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a B+, calling it “an old Disney musical [that] becomes a new Disney classic.” He praises Lowery’s indie spirit by writing that it’s the summer’s best remake. “There may be individual shots in this movie that cost more than the director’s entire pre-existing output, but make no mistake: This is a David Lowery movie,” he writes. “A movie imbued with the same tactile nature and uniquely American flair »


- Liz Calvario

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‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ Trailer: Mark Frost’s Upcoming Book Is…a Novel?

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The long-awaited third season of “Twin Peaks” isn’t Mark Frost’s only upcoming project related to the show he co-created with David Lynch. His book “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” is also soon to be released, and Flatiron Books has just put out a fittingly evocative trailer for Frost’s tell-all. Watch it below.

Read More: Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Info Revealed & David Lynch Directing All 18 Episodes

A roving close-up on various ephemera from the show — a cup of damn good coffee, a slice of pie, various secret documents, even that famous log — eventually lands on the book itself, as well as a revelation: “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” is a novel. We may have to enter the Black Lodge in order to get a sense of the implications of that knowledge, assuming it’s actually true. (Amazon’s description of the book is fairly straightforward, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Plans & How David Lynch Could Control the Ending

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It seems like more and more inspirations for “Stranger Things” are being discovered every day, and Wednesday’s notable — and confirmed — influences is none other than David Lynch. And he could factor into the series’ finale, too.

“We love David Lynch,” co-creator Matt Duffer said during the series’ TCA panel. “We’re big David Lynch fans. […] So many of these guys, we grew up watching and idolizing. They were big influences on us. They’re part of our DNA now, I think.”

“What connects Lynch to Spielberg is […] how ordinary people encounter extraordinary — or strange — things,” Ross Duffer added. “That was really the threat that connected all of our favorite things in the world.”

“People like David Lynch and Clive Barker […] showed how weird that stuff is,” Matt said. “If you encountered something like another dimension, it would be beyond comprehension. So [seeing their vision of it] is why this stuff is still with us. »


- Ben Travers

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Netflix Boss Says Don’t Believe the Ratings You See for His Shows

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Ted Sarandos is not impressed with the ratings he’s seeing reported for Netflix.

In recent months, both Symphony Advanced Media and Nielsen have released data that purports to tally how many people are watching Netflix series. But Sarandos pointed out that the services claimed very different numbers for “Orange is the New Black.”

“Both Symphony and Nielsen claim accuracy,” Sarandos said, before pointing out that one service’s “Oitnb” viewership was two times the other’s. “Either number, if true, would be great for Netflix. Especially since it’s only U.S. viewing and it’s only for the first 35 days of release.”

Sarandos points out that ratings, and reporting on ratings, is an “important piece of the business puzzle for ad-supported networks, for sure. But subscriber growth, not advertising, drives our revenues. We’ll do great by attracting more members… The performance of any given title in the U. »


- Michael Schneider

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Metrograph & IndieCollect Announce World Premiere of ‘Gems Unseen,’ Featuring Early Films From Todd Haynes & Christine Vachon

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New York City’s brand-new Metrograph theater will present the world premiere of “Gems Unseen: Early Apparatus Films from Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes & Barry Ellsworth,” a two-part retrospective consisting of ten films assembled and digitally restored by IndieCollect. Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth will attend the premiere in early December.

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Some of the films shown in the series include “Tommy’s” by Barry Ellsworth and “Days Are Numbered” by Christine Vachon, both featuring a young Steve Buscemi; “He Was Once,” which features a special cameo performance by Todd Haynes; and “Anemone Me” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

Along with films by Apparatus Productions founders Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth, the series will also include a selection of films by directors they mentored, like Mary Bradford, Larry CartyBrooke Dammkoehler, Susan Delson, Evan Dunsky, Mary Hestand, and Bruce Hainley. All the »


- Vikram Murthi

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‘Wolf Creek’ Trailer: John Jarratt Is Back To His Murderous Ways In New Miniseries

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Wolf Creek” fans are having a g’day, mate.

Pop TV, along with Lionsgate Television and Screentime, is launching a six-episode miniseries based on the 2005 cult classic directed by Greg McLean.

The new series, airing this October, stars John Jarratt as he reprises his movie role as the murderous psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback—except this time, things are different. 

The series begins when an American family is vacationing in Northern Australia and becomes the unsuspecting prey of Mick Taylor. Immediately things take a turn for the worse when Eve Thorogood, a 19-year-old American college student, played by rising star Lucy Fry, survives the massacre of her parents and little brother and sets out to hunt down the killer and avenge her family. The six-part chapters follows her tormenting journey as she vows to bring the killer to justice or die in the attempt.

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- Liz Calvario

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‘Jason Bourne’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Have Fun With the Matt Damon Sequel but Wonder Why It Exists in the First Place

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Matt Damon is re-Bourne this week, but the first round of reviews suggest this latest installment in the spy franchise is one trip to the well too many. Indiewire‘s Eric Kohn calls Paul Greengrass’ “Jason Bourne” a “sequel to a franchise that didn’t need continuation…Damon and Greengrass have been coaxed back to resuscitate the series’ appeal, but even they can’t seem to muster more than a shrug.”

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Robert Abele is much more enthused, writing in TheWrap that this fifth go-round “should represent, for those ready and able to separate popcorn mayhem from the grim realities of world headlines, a bruising and exhilarating ride.” Further, he feels that the film’s mindfulness about the violence depicted onscreen “sets ‘Jason Bourne,’ and Greengrass’s shepherding of this franchise, apart from the rest of the blockbuster crowd. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Women He’s Undressed’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary About Legendary Hollywood Costume Designer Orry-Kelly

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Though actors, writers, and directors often receive the lion’s share of the credit for the success of a film, there are plenty of people behind the scenes that do marvelous, unsung work. Take legendary Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly for instance, who put his signature on such films like “Casablanca,” “42nd Street,” “An American in Paris,” and more. The new documentary “Women He’s Undressed” explores the life and career of Orry-Kelly by mixing recreations of his life with testimonies from intimates and admirers in order to better understand one of the godfathers of glamour. Some of the interviewees include Jane FondaAngela LansburyLeonard Maltin, and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a discussion about Orry-Kelly’s work on Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.”

Read More: Coronado Island Film Festival to Launch Inaugural Event With ‘Some Like it Hot,’ Leonard Maltin and More »


- Vikram Murthi

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Watch: Skateboarding Is A Dangerous and Beautiful Game in Exclusive ‘The Land’ Clip

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Steven Caple, Jr.’s Sundance premiere, “The Land,” follows a group of tightknit Ohio skateboarders who dedicate one last perfect summer to finally achieving their dreams of becoming professional skaters. But when they tangle with the wrong kind of people, both their passions and their loyalties are tested. IndieWire is pleased to present an exclusive clip from the film, which shows off some breathtaking skating and more than one hint of imminent violence.

Caple recently spoke to IndieWire about the creation of this particular scene. He told us, “The skate sequences in the film are some of my favorite scenes. The four boys, our main characters, have a complicated relationship with the streets of Cleveland. They face hard situations at home and when winter hits the city it makes it harder to skate. They end up spending their time practicing in basements and dreaming about the moments they will be able to skate carefree. »


- Kate Erbland

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Netflix Renews ‘Lady Dynamite,’ ‘Real Rob,’ ‘Chelsea’ For Season 2

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Netflix has given a green light to second seasons of comedies “Lady Dynamite” and “Real Rob,” while new talk show “Chelsea” has been picked up for 90 more episodes.

The streaming service announced the renewals Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Also announced: an untitled Motown-themed animated kids series from writer/director Josh Wakely, while Jennifer Garner has been tapped to voice the lead character in the kids’ animated show “Llama Llama.”

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Meanwhile, the series “Scrotal Recall” has been given a much tamer name: Now titled “Lovesick,” the show returns for an eight-episode second season on Nov. 17.

Also: the third edition of “Chef’s Table,” dubbed “Chef’s Table: France,” premieres on Sept. 2 featuring these chefs:

Alain Passard, L’Arpege Michel Troisgros, Maison Troisgros Adeline Grattard, Yam’Tcha Alexandre Couillon, »


- Michael Schneider

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Edgar Wright Lists His 1,000 Favorite Films Of All-Time: ‘Metropolis,’ ‘Annie Hall’ & More

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Edgar Wright is a multifaceted director, writer and producer known for his films “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” among others. If you’ve ever wondered what movies he watches and what are his favorites, now you’re in luck!

Wright created a list of his 1,000 favorite films. Yes, one-thousand movies! The list, compiled by Mubi, is composed chronologically starting with Robert Wiene’s 1920 film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” It’s unknown how long it took the filmmaker to create this catalog of classics, but it’s pretty interesting to see what’s on it.

The list has a variety of titles that would be a great place to start if you’re a film fanatic and want to do some research on classic cinema. It contains features from Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen and many other great helmers. The list ends with »


- Liz Calvario

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‘The Get Down’: How Shameik Moore Had to Relearn Hip-Hop for Baz Luhrmann’s New Netflix Series

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Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann wasn’t the only person on set who had to get schooled on hip-hop for his Netflix musical drama “The Get Down.”

Its young stars, including “Dope” breakout Shameik Moore, had to relearn what hip-hop is in the context of 1970s New York, when the drama takes place. Moore, who is a rapper, singer and dancer in his own right realized that all of his moves were wrong for the period.

The show created a hip-hop bootcamp where world-renowned choreographers and brothers Rich and Tone Talauega recruited B-boys Phantom and Samo to teach Moore how to breakdance. The lessons were all-encompassing: “The thing about the show is not just acting,” said Jimmy Smits at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday. “The had to relearn hip-hop, how to stand, how to move —“

“— how to hold a mic,” chimed in music and culture writer Nelson George. “There »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Ithaca’ Trailer: Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Reunite in the World War II Drama

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Throwback Thursday came early this week. In a reunion from their “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” days, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are reuniting once again — this time with Ryan both in front of and behind the camera. The actress makes her directorial debut with “Ithaca,” a World War II drama arriving later this year. Watch its first trailer below.

Read More: Actress-Turned-Director Meg Ryan Talks Feature Debut ‘Ithaca’ and her Reunion with Tom Hanks

Alex Neustaedter stars as a bicycle telegraph messenger in the adaptation of William Saroyan’s 1943 novel “The Human Comedy,” which appears to bear no direct relation to the liberal-arts college located in the New York town of the same name. The boy’s older brother has joined the war effort, leaving him to tend to his widowed mother (Ryan). Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard and Hamish Linklater all co-star, while John Mellencamp provided the original score. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Arrested Development’ Creator Mitch Hurwitz Has Created a 22-Episode Season 4 Remix

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Arrested Development” fans anxiously waiting for Season 5 may be in for a bonus treat: A complete remix of 2013’s Season 4 now exists.

“Arrested” creator Mitch Hurwitz has gone in and totally re-cut the show’s inaugural Netflix season, something that has been hinted at in the past – but is now done. Originally produced as 15 episodes of varying time lengths (between 31 minutes and 38 minutes), the new edit is now more like a traditional TV season, made up of 22 episodes at 22 minutes each.

Besides the length change, Hurwitz re-edited the show to put all of the show’s characters in each episode. Originally, each episode of Season 4 mostly focused on an individual character’s journey.

“It really works!” Hurwitz said. “It’s totally different storytelling with all of these millions of pieces.”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Update: Production Could Begin Early Next Year

Hurwitz took on the challenge after he was told »


- Michael Schneider

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