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Watch: 'Veep' Season 5 Teaser Reminds Us How Funny 'Maybe' Can Be

12 February 2016 9:39 AM, PST

If you watched Season 4 of the Emmy Award-winning comedy this year, you know that things ended on what might be the biggest cliffhanger in the show's history: Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team doing frantic math to figure out what a tied election meant for her bid to remain President.  With this new teaser for Season 5, there's pressure beyond how this complicated story point will work out; mainly due to the departure of creator Armando Iannucci. But hilarity is certainly guaranteed, as can be seen in the above teaser when Selina calmly addresses the public...as the rage within her still seethes. Tell us if you think the show's lost an ounce of its edge. Our vote? Nay.  "Veep" returns to HBO on April 24, 2016.   Read More: 'Veep': How the Best Comedy Finally Won at the Emmys »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Cameron Crowe Showtime Drama 'Roadies' Gets Rockin' First Trailer and Summer Tour Date

12 February 2016 9:20 AM, PST

With "Vinyl" readying for its series premiere this Sunday on HBO, Showtime wasn't about to let people forget about the other rock 'n roll drama set for 2016, debuting today the first trailer for Cameron Crowe's highly-anticipated new drama, "Roadies." Following the lives of the people who make all your favorite concerts actually happen, "Roadies" stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots as a tight-knit crew of a legendary band and their complicated lives on the road. Romance and business blend to the tunes of some all-time great songs, and the Oscar-nominated "Almost Famous" writer is there to set the soundtrack.  Crowe's first television show hit some early setbacks, as a key role — now played by Gugino — was rewritten, losing original cast member Christina Hendricks in the process. But while scripts were still in development when the cast and creators spoke at the TCA Winter Press Tour in January, »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Meet the Babysitter From Hell in Exclusive 'Emelie' Trailer

12 February 2016 8:49 AM, PST

Something about this exclusive trailer for the indie horror "Emelie" will make parents and children alike squirm. Read More: Mpi Media Group Acquires Psychological Thriller 'Emelie'  "Emelie" is about the worst babysitter imaginable. Played by Sarah Bolger ("Into the Badlands," "Once Upon a Time"), the character's end goal seems to be to destroy the innocence of the children she's babysitting, or to just destroy them altogether. Playing around with "the call is coming from inside the house" horror motif, director Michael Thelin seems to be taking a unique approach to this archetype. If the moments in the trailer are any indication, there are plenty of physiological disturbances in this one. When asked about his influences, Thelin told Indiewire exclusively, "I loved watching films ever since I can remember. My movie tastes have always been eclectic, but when it came to the thriller/horror genre I tended to gravitate. »


- Bryn Gelbart

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6 Reasons Darren Aronofsky is Cinema's Most Ambitious Auteur

12 February 2016 8:35 AM, PST

Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services He Made His Debut About the Biggest Themes in the UniverseA lot of first-time directors make their debut feature a relatively small-scare venture that's heavy on emotions and human characters, but that wasn't the case for Aronofsky, who opted instead for "Pi," a surrealist narrative that attempts to theorize on everything from religion to identity, psychology, mysticism and mathematics. Not exactly the most accessible material, though Aronofsky succeeds in making it so. Understanding the complexities of number theories and how they relate to the Jewish religion isn't a problem for the viewer but for the protagonist Max, as the film follows him through an exploration of the titular number theory and its relationship to, well, just about everything in the universe. The way Aronofsky uses numbers to make grand statements about religion and human »


- Zack Sharf and Bryn Gelbart

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Watch: 'A Serious Game' Demands Sacrifice in Exclusive Clip

12 February 2016 8:31 AM, PST

Read More: Terence Davies' Emily Dickinson Biopic, 'A Quiet Passion,' to Premiere in Berlin "A Serious Game," the new film from Swedish actress and director Pernilla August, is sure to be extremely classy.  Adapted from Hjalmar Söderberg's Swedish classic novel from 1912, "A Serious Game" is a timeless tale of two young people falling deeply in love with each other. Love is never as simple as we wish, and sacrifices soon have to be made. Starring Sverrir Gudnason ("Monica Z"), Karin Franz Körlof and Michael Nyqvist ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), "A Serious Game" is sure to make all fans of foreign romance swoon.  "A Serious Game" premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival starting on February 15.  »


- Bryn Gelbart

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Watch: Exclusive 'Girl Asleep' Trailer Puts a Comical Spin on 'Heavenly Creatures'

12 February 2016 8:19 AM, PST

Read More: 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Announces First Wave of Generation Section Rosemary Myers' feature film, "Girl Asleep," is an original and eclectic Australian film competing in the Generation 14plus section of the Berlin International Film Festival.  The coming-of-age dramedy is set in a private school in the 1970s. In what looks like a more comical version of "Heavenly Creatures," the movie follows the daily and fantasy life of a chronically shy 15-year-old girl who is privately falling apart. "Girl Asleep" makes its international debut today, February 12, at the Berlinale. Read More: Kickstarter Launching New Partnership at Berlin International Film Festival  »


- Kristen Santer

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Springboard: Vlado Škafar, Director Of 'Mother,' Finds Freedom in Films and Film Festivals Not Troubling Themselves With Labels

12 February 2016 8:15 AM, PST

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Springboard Bible The International Film Festival in Rotterdam has always been a place for new ways of approaching cinema to emerge and a haven for films that seem to transcend labels between film forms and genres, and sometimes between different art forms as well. This year, though with slight changes in programming, it stayed true to its calling — and one of the gems, world-premiering in the Bright Future section, is "Mother" by the Slovenian director Vlado Škafar, who is not a newcomer to the South Holland festival: His "Letters to a Child" premiered there in 2009, while his "Dad," the second part of the (very loose) trilogy, premiered in Venice Critics' Week of 2010. "Mother" is a fiercely visual film that seems determined to tell its story almost exclusively through images: Those of nature, of old towns and of a mother and her daughter. The amazing thing about »


- Tina Poglajen

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Locarno Film Festival to Highlight Polish Filmmakers This Summer

12 February 2016 8:01 AM, PST

Read More: How Did a Black-and-White Polish Film Become the Year's Surprise Foreign-Language Hit? The Locarno Film Festival has announced it will be collaborating with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne to bring five to seven films in various stages of post-production to the festival this year in order to be developed. The endeavor is part of the festival's annual mission to aid aspiring filmmakers from a set region of the world. Previous years have focused on helping filmmakers from Israel (2015), Brazil (2014), Chile (2013), Mexico (2012) and Columbia (2011).  The creative minds behind the chosen projects will have the opportunity to screen their work to veterans of the industry and compete for completion and distribution aid. During the Industry Days portion of the festival, which will take place August 6-8, sales agents and buyers will attend premieres of the selected Polish works. A jury, including Cameron Bailey (Toronto International »


- Elle Leonsis

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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'The Ghost of Peter Sellers,' 'Painted Oceans,' or 'Noor'?

12 February 2016 7:55 AM, PST

The winning filmmaker will become a candidate for February Project of the Month. That winner will be in the running for Project of the Year. The three projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. [Note: The documentary "Thank You for Playing" was also featured as a Project of the Day this week. It will be released by FilmBuff in theaters on March 18th and on VOD platforms beginning on March 29th.] The Ghost of Peter Sellers: A comedy genius, a 'hot' young director and a 17th Century pirate comedy...What could possibly go wrong? Painted Oceans: In the summer of 2016 an adventurous crew of artists and filmmakers will head out into the middle of the ocean to pull off the most ambitious, dangerous and exciting mural project in history: Painted Oceans. Noor: When »


- Indiewire

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Watch: 'House of Cards' Season 4 Teaser Keeps Up the Bloody Good Visual Gags

12 February 2016 7:55 AM, PST

Read More: 'House of Cards' Renewed for Season 5, But Creator Beau WIllimon Won't Return First, we saw a bouquet of flowers lying on the subway tracks. Next, there was a shovel striking freshly dug ground. Now, we've got a splash of paint that looks an awful lot like blood underneath yet another ad for Frank Underwood's presidential campaign. These "House of Cards" teasers are certainly hinting at plenty of trouble to come, even if they aren't quite as telling as the full trailer (released yesterday). The latest ad comes with some additional information, though. This Presidents' Day weekend, Frank Underwood's 2016 campaign headquarters are opening in Greenville, South Carolina with special events for all of his constituents. Stop by 257 S. Main Street on Friday from noon to 11pm and on Saturday, February 13 from 8am to 12am for unique photo and .gif opportunities. "Free stuff" has also been promised, so »


- Ben Travers

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, February 12; What Will You See?

12 February 2016 7:49 AM, PST

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, February 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Deadpool Director: Tim Miller Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, Taylor Hickson, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Andre Tricoteux, Jed Rees, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Paul Lazenby Synopsis: "The origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life." Criticwire Grade Average: A- (7 reviews) How to Be Single Director: Christian Ditter Cast: Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Rebel Wilson, Lily Collins, Dan Stevens, Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas Synopsis: "After four years of »


- Steve Greene

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Watch: Mia Hansen-Løve and Isabelle Huppert (Finally) Team Up in Emotional 'Things to Come" Trailer

12 February 2016 7:18 AM, PST

Read More: Mia Hansen-Løve On 'Eden,' Her Epic (and Very Personal) Love Letter to House Music What happens when you mix one of France's most accomplished young directors with one of its most iconic stars? The results are as powerful as you might imagine in the debut trailer for "Things to Come," written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and starring Isabelle Huppert. The movie earned a spot on Indiewire's 20 Movies That Need to Be Released in 2016 list earlier this year, and hopefully this great trailer, combined with a buzzy debut at the Berlinale, will be enough to land it a domestic distributor.  Huppert plays Nathalie, a well-regarded philosophy teacher with two grown-up children and a seemingly great and happy life. She devotes her time to the books she publishes, to her former students who have now become her friends and to taking care of her over-possessive mother, but »


- Zack Sharf

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FilmBuff to Release Cancer Video Game Doc 'Thank You For Playing'

12 February 2016 7:10 AM, PST

FilmBuff has licensed worldwide distribution rights to the feature-length documentary "Thank You For Playing." The film follows Ryan Green, an indie video game developer, as he creates the critically acclaimed "That Dragon, Cancer" game, which is based on his youngest son's battle with terminal cancer. The documentary was an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Idfa 2015 and the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, and was recently an Indiewire Project of the Day. Read More: Parents Create a Video Game for Their Ailing Young Son in 'Thank You for Playing' The official synopsis reads: "'Thank You For Playing' follows Ryan Green and his family over two years through the creation of a game meant to honor the life of his terminally ill son. Beginning as a cathartic exercise, it soon evolves into a critically acclaimed fusion of art and technology that sets the gaming industry abuzz – a testament to the human spirit, »


- Zack Sharf

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The Indiewire 2015-16 Awards Season Winners Guide

12 February 2016 6:25 AM, PST

Read More: For Your Consideration: The 10 Pre-Oscar Awards Announcements That Could Change This Race Awards season is an overwhelming time of the year. With dozens upon dozens of critic groups and guilds announcing their awards for the best performances and movies of the year, plus the big award galas like the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, the next couple of months are a marathon of year-in-review honors. To make the 2015-16 awards season a bit more manageable, Indiewire will be aggregating all of the year's critic and guild awards to present a winners guide that will list each film's total accomplishments on the awards circuit. Consolidating all of this information into one guide will allow everyone to keep tabs on which films are bringing in the most wins and heading to the front of the Oscar race. Head on over to Thompson On Hollywood! for an updated list of »


- Zack Sharf

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

12 February 2016 6:17 AM, PST

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  Following in the footsteps of their DGA nominations, Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") all repeated with the Academy. Leading the race is 70-year-old veteran George Miller, whose nomination this year marks his first nom ever. In one of this year's most shocking turn of events, "The Martian" director Ridley Scott was left off this list in favor of Lenny Abrahamson, whose contained direction of "Room" has been critically acclaimed but was hardly considered a real threat by most insiders. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best director. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:Tom McCarthy »


- Indiewire

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2016 Oscar Predictions

12 February 2016 6:16 AM, PST

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight With a few notable exceptions, most major races in the last few years of awards season had more-or-less been called by mid-December — or at least been whittled down to two or three contenders. Last year, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in their right mind not already predicting Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette to win by Christmas. And the only acting race with any mystery had already been narrowed down to a Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne narrative. Granted, very few people were calling "Birdman" to take the whole thing, but that was an exception to a rule that had been becoming a little too commonplace for Oscar watchers increasingly desperate for more than just one or two nail-biters. However, this season is turning out to offer just that. While "Spotlight" may seem like a frontrunner at this point, for instance, »


- Indiewire

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

12 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  After months of speculation and predictions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have finally announced their nominations for best picture. As expected, Tom McCarthy's early frontrunner "Spotlight" made the cut, and it seems to be taking the same route as "Boyhood" last year in that it is a critically beloved indie that also happens to be relatively small scale and very talkie.  While "Spotlight" may seem like the early frontrunner, the drama faces some serious competition from four strong studio nominees, all of which joined the journalism drama as DGA nominees. These titles are "The Big Short" and "The Revenant," both of which have been surging at the box office lately, and the latter of which won three Golden Globes, including best picture, as well as "The Martian" and "Mad Max: Fury Road." Rounding out the nominees are "Bridge of »


- Indiewire

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Watch: Jeff Nichols and His 'Midnight Special' Cast Talk About Their Secretive Sci-Fi Feature Live from Berlin

12 February 2016 5:10 AM, PST

Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon Faces Otherworldly Dangers in 'Midnight Special' Clip Starting today at 8:15am Est/5:15am Pst, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference for Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special." Nichols is expected to attend the conference, as well as various cast members from his secretive new sci-fi outing. In the film, Michael Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher's Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star. You can watch the live stream right here, on the official Berlinale Live Videos website (not embeddable). The film will next screen at SXSW and will open in the U.S. »


- Kate Erbland

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Julie Delpy, Isabelle Huppert and More Headlining Rendez-Vous With French Cinema Events

11 February 2016 2:35 PM, PST

Read More: 'Dheepan,' 'Disorder' and More Headline 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Lineup Two weeks after announcing its official lineup, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance have revealed the special events for the 21st edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. The festival, which showcases the best in contemporary French film, runs March 3-13 at Lincoln Center. An outline of all special events, including free talks, a photo exhibit, and education programs, is below.  Information provided by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance Free Talks Free tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to each talk. The line may form in advance of this time. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability. Isabelle HuppertIsabelle Huppert, who co-stars alongside Gérard Depardieu in this year’s Opening Night film "Valley of »


- Bryn Gelbart

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Watch: 'Becoming Mike Nichols' Gives Us Fresh Insight Into the Life of the Late Filmmaker

11 February 2016 1:55 PM, PST

People might remember the late Mike Nichols differently for his various achievements, but if there's anything we can collectively agree on, it's that the man was a legend. As a producer, director and improv comedy icon, it's easily more than fair to say that the man accomplished much to be celebrated in his lifetime.  Read More: Here Are Mike Nichols' Best Films, From 'The Graduate' to 'The Birdcage' "Becoming Mike Nichols," a new documentary from HBO, gives us insight into the artist's life like we've never seen him before. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the documentary features Nichols in some of his final interviews, filmed a mere four months before his passing. The documentary takes the audience through Nichols's life, from the beginning of his career, to his celebrated comedy work with Elaine May, his direction of Neil Simon plays "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple," to finally, »


- Nix Santos

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