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Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Show Online Conversations on Film

31 March 2015 11:08 AM, PDT

We all communicate online every day, yet most films try to avoid this. After all, it's hard to find interesting visual ways to show people communicating via digital screens. So when I was preparing to shoot my new film "Windscreenwiperman" about a man who makes friends with a teenage boy online, I knew this would be my biggest challenge.  Read More: Forget About Siri. Meet Ava, Your New Personal Assistant The film explores the stigma around online friendships, and presents an alternative perspective on human connection in the digital age, so it was crucial to prioritize naturalistic performances and unbroken takes. But because it features lots of scenes with characters chatting online, I couldn't shoot it like a normal movie. I needed a radical new approach.  As I started researching, I found that there have been several key styles attempted in the past few years… Embracing unusual angles It's hard »

- Sam Baron

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Watch: New Full-Length 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer is the Most Insane Thing You'll Watch All Day

31 March 2015 10:33 AM, PDT

Read More: Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Explain How They Pulled 'Locke' Off Last week the 2015 Cannes Film Festival revealed its first official selection: George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" in an out of competition slot. Today Warner Bros. unveiled a glorious new full-trailer for the action extravaganza. It's a totally bonkers delight, sure to amp up anticipation even higher for Miller's long-awaited return to the franchise. Starring Tom Hardy in a role originated by Mel Gibson, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which gas and water have become scarce resources. Usually a loner, Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins Empress Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she and her all-female band try to escape a savage warlord. Watch above. The film opens nationwide May 15 following its Cannes bow. Read More: Non-Stop Action in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Comic-Con Trailer »


- Nigel M Smith

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Look Flawless in 'Grace and Frankie' First-Look Photos

31 March 2015 10:03 AM, PDT

The dream pairing has finally come to life: Netflix has unveiled the first batch of photos for its upcoming sitcom "Grace and Frankie," which stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Tomlin and Fonda play bitter rivals who are forced to come together when their husbands (played by Emmy winners Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal that they are gay and in love with each other. The sitcom comes from TV veteran Marta Kauffman, best known for her work on "Friends." Included below are a dozen first-look photos of "Grace and Frankie." The first season will debut in its 13-episode entirety on the streaming platform on March 8. Read More: Netflix Gives Series Order to 'Grace and Frankie,' Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Read More: Lily Tomlin on Reuniting With Jane Fonda for Netlix »


- David Canfield

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Watch: Ride 'The D Train' With Jack Black in Trailer for the Sundance Comedy

31 March 2015 9:51 AM, PDT

Read More: IFC Films Boards Jack Black's 'The D Train' At Sundance Are you ready to take "The D Train?" The official trailer for the hit Sundance comedy is here, and it asks you to reunite with Jack Black and James Marsden. "The D Train" focuses on Dan Landsman, played by Black, who is in charge of planning his high school reunion. The only problem is that Landsman was never exactly popular, making the planning stages somewhat difficult. In comes Oliver Lawless, played by Marsden, who was the most popular kid in high school and is now a hotshot commercial actor. Landsman is convinced that if he can get the unpredictable Lawless to the reunion, then it will be a success. But what starts as an innocent turn to be popular turns into a web of lies and a disturbing obsession.  "The D Train" comes to theaters »


- Travis Clark

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Watch: Would You Let Your Kids Watch Funny or Die's Version of Netflix Kids?

31 March 2015 9:13 AM, PDT

Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) Ever wonder what your favorite Netflix programs would be like if kids ran the show? You don't have to wonder anymore. Funny Or Die has unleashed a new video showing exactly what it would be like, and the results are just as you'd expect, and then some.  It's hard to imagine what Frank Underwood would be like as a toddler president, but "House of Kids" would probably be just as ruthless, if not more so, than its original counterpart. And "Orange is a Color" teaches our children a very valuable lesson...that violence solves everything? It's not exactly foolproof, but something tells us that if these shows existed, there would definitely be plenty of binging to do. Though something tells us that "The Killing Kids" wouldn't exactly go over well... Are you ready to subscribe to Netflix Kids? »

- Travis Clark

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Kyle Chandler Reveals the Secret of 'Friday Night Lights' Brilliance

31 March 2015 9:09 AM, PDT

Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis are Comedy Gold in First 'Masterminds' Trailer

31 March 2015 9:07 AM, PDT

Read More: All the Sundance 2015 Acquisitions as They Come In If you're a fan of comedy, you'll probably want to give "Masterminds" a look. The film comes from Jared Hess, director of the indie sensation "Napoleon Dynamite," and centers on a group of double-crossers who pull off an impressive heist. Owen Wilson leads a gang of rag-tag criminals who actually manage to steal $17 million in cash. But the film is focused on Dave, played by Zach Galifianakis, the team member who's been set-up to take the fall. Co-starring in the film are Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, among others. In the newly-released debut trailer, Hess appears to have taken full advantage of the bounty of on-screen talent assembled for "Masterminds." From Wiig's committed performance as the flirty work crush to Wilson's hilarious embodiment of the ring leader, this one might be too good -- or, at least, too funny -- to pass up on. »


- David Canfield

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IFC Looks to Score with Hockey Comedy 'Benders'

31 March 2015 8:54 AM, PDT

Read More: IFC Responds to Abel Ferrara About the Unapproved Cut of 'Welcome to New York' IFC hopes to find the back of the net with "Benders," whether it be with hockey fans or not. The company has acquired the new half-hour comedy for their original programming lineup later this year. The show follows a group of friends so obsessed with their amateur hockey league that it starts interfering in their everyday lives. even though... well, they're not that good.  Production on the first eight episodes begins later this spring under Apostle. Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producers. Serpico and Sellitti created the series. "We cherish our relationship with IFC," Serpico said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to be bringing our dysfunctional band of characters to life on their network." "Benders" is only the latest in IFC's expanding list of comedies premiering this year, »


- Travis Clark

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Vote for March Project of the Month: Will It Be 'Superpowerless,' 'Here We Are,' 'Almost Adults' or 'Gabe'?

31 March 2015 8:53 AM, PDT

The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute, and will be in the running for 2015 Project of the Year. Below are the four projects up for the prize. Click on the film title to learn more about each project (descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers): Superpowerless: "Superpowerless" is a coming-of-middle-age story about a superhero who loses his powers after turning 40 and who must adjust to a new life. Why should teenagers have all the angst? Here We Are: An unambitious young writer attempts to escape his slacker surroundings for the great American unknown in this Austin independent film. Almost Adults: A comedic, platonic love story between two best friends as their lives head in different directions. Gabe: A recent college graduate with muscular dystrophy discovers overnight that his life expectancy has doubled. »

- Indiewire Staff

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Watch: Wacky Teaser for Don Herztfedlt's SXSW and Sundance-Winning 'World of Tomorrow'

31 March 2015 8:47 AM, PDT

Read More: Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Winners Many fans of Don Hertzfeld know him because of his epically weird short film "Rejected," or may have been introduced to him after a couch gag on "The Simpsons." Now, his signature stick figure style is back in the Sundance-winning  "World of Tomorrow, " which just became available for rent on Vimeo today. As Hertzfeld detailed in a director's note, this was is first foray into digital animation. The note reads (punctuation his), "hi everyone! in early 2014 i started work on a secret project called "world of tomorrow." it was originally just an exercise to teach myself the basics of digital animation: after nearly 20 years of working with paper, pencils, 35mm film, rocks, and fire, i'd never actually drawn anything on a tablet before. animating this way at first seemed a bit like trying to read a children's book in a foreign language. »


- Casey Cipriani

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The Stanley Film Festival Announces Chilling Special Events

31 March 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Horror Screenplay Contest If you're a fan of the horror genre, pay close attention to what the 2015 Stanley Film Festival has in store. Sff, sponsored by NBC Universal horror network Chiller, is a showcase of classic horror films and a celebration of the genre taking place at the historic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for "The Shining." The full line up is to be announced on April 2, but the fest has announced its special, interactive events, which are sure to entice any horror aficionado.  The festival takes place April 30-May 3. Tickets are on sale now and include all access packages to stay at the hotel for all three nights of the festival. For more information regarding tickets and the festival, go here. All events, which descriptions provided by the festival, are listed below. 2015 Special EVENTSImmersive Horror Game, bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear »


- Travis Clark

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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 9 'Chapter 35' Humanizes & Demonizes in Equal Doses

31 March 2015 8:23 AM, PDT

Episode 8 Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 8, 'Chapter 34,' Makes the Possible Impossible Morning Briefing:Both Doug Stamper and Remy Danton came clean to their loved ones in "Chapter 35," but neither went as well as the suddenly vulnerable tough guys needed. Upon hearing that Rachel is indeed dead — not that we believe this for a second — Doug's slow fall off the wagon came crashing down. He's drinking whiskey by the glass now and doing so in public places with frustratingly small basketball hoops. He calls the White House to inform the President, but doesn't stop there. He also tells him of his drunkenness and plan to scam Heather Dunbar by working for her. Frank then immediately uses the information for his own gain, calling Dunbar and threatening her with the information, under the guise of caring for Doug. Remy, meanwhile, let his emotions get the best of him with »


- Ben Travers

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Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival

31 March 2015 8:17 AM, PDT

Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a survey of films we hope are finished in time and considered good enough to make the cut. We're not including films that have zero chances of being ready in time -- or, for that matter, the one film we officially know will be there: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (which is screening out of competition). Among the candidates are celebrated filmmakers such as Jacques Audiard, Woody Allen, Arnaud Desplechin, Cary Fukunaga, Todd Haynes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Naomi Kawase, Yorgos Lanthimos, Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, Gaspard Noé, Paolo Sorrentino, Joachim Trier, Gus Van Sant and Apichatpong Weerasethaul, among many others. Films that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall festival slot in Venice and/or Toronto. But that's then; this is now. »


- Indiewire

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Watch: James Franco and Jonah Hill Face Off in 'True Story' Featurette and Clip

31 March 2015 8:07 AM, PDT

Read More: 7 Things Learned About James Franco's 'I Am Michael' at Indiewire's Sundance Panel In "True Story," James Franco plays an accused murderer who steals the identity of a New York Times reporter, played by Jonah Hill. That brief description should be enough to at least pique anyone's interest, especially since the Rupert Goold-directed film earned strong reviews out of its premiere at Sundance and also co-stars Oscar nominee Felicity Jones in a meaty role. In a newly-acquired clip (posted above), Franco's killer and Hill's journalist face off for the first time. The scene certainly lives up to what reaction to the film has been thus far: it's a well-acted, unbearably tense and superbly-filmed sequence. Also just out is a behind-the-scenes featurette, in which the "True Story" cast and crew delve into the film's psychological underpinnings. In particular, Franco (true to form) provides a curious, detailed »


- David Canfield

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Broadway Veteran Sutton Foster on Turning 40 But Playing 'Younger'

31 March 2015 7:38 AM, PDT

Sutton Foster is a Broadway legend, but after years of gracing the stage with her powerhouse voice and infectious smile, Foster turned to television. After starring in the first season of ABC Family's "Bunheads," she stayed in the cable world for Darren Star's "Younger." Foster plays Liza, a woman who, upon returning to the work force after raising her daughter, finds herself having to account for her 18 years away from the office. Instead of trying to navigate the rough waters of such a disheartening task, Liza opts for another route: she pretends that she's 26. Fortunately, Foster's wide smile and youthful eyes actually give the show a believable edge. Foster chatted with Indiewire about the interesting contradictions of playing such a role, her time on Broadway and the looming approach of her 40th birthday. (No, for the love of god, turning 40 is not the end of the world.) Read »


- Casey Cipriani

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Amazon and Bleecker Street Announce Exclusive Multi-Year Licensing Agreement

31 March 2015 7:25 AM, PDT

Read More: Sundance Favorite 'I'll See You in My Dreams' to Play Cleveland International Film Festival; Full Lineup Announced  Amazon has teamed with the young distribution company Bleecker Street for an exclusive subscription agreement. Under the partnership, all Bleecker Street theatrical releases will have a subscription home at Amazon Prime Instant VIdeo. At no additional cost to Prime members, these films will be available to stream through the Prime Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices, mobile devices and more. Founded in 2014, Bleecker Street has already been behind a successful 2015 indie in "Danny Collins," the well-received comedy film starring Al Pacino. Also set for its Amazon debut is "Pawn Sacrifice," the Bobby Fischer biopic toplined by Tobey Maguire. "Prime members love independent films and we’re excited to add these compelling Bleecker Street titles to Prime Instant Video," stated Brad Beale, Vice President of »


- David Canfield

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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #23: Luke Meyer Follows Pre-Teen Metal Band in 'Breaking A Monster'

31 March 2015 7:14 AM, PDT

Becoming a music sensation may take time and effort, but the long rise to fame hasn't been an issue for the 12 and 13-year-old members of metal band Unlocking the Truth. In Luke Meyer's documentary "Breaking a Monster: Unlocking the Truth," the nonfiction filmmaker chronicles the band's breakout year in which its young members first encountered stardom and the music industry, ultimately transcending childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of being. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? The breakout year of pre-teen metal band Unlocking the Truth as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, and reckon with their rock-star dreams. Now what's it Really about? Art, commerce, big dreams, childhood, heavy metal and Grand Theft Auto. Tell us briefly about yourself. My first film, "Darkon," premiered here at SXSW where it won the Audience Award. After that I made a film called "New World Order, »


- Zack Sharf

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'The Rising Star Project' Shows How Musicals And Mentoring Can Change Lives

31 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Rising Star Project Tweetable Logline: Documentary following 100 high school students who put on a million dollar musical in Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre and how mentoring changes their lives Elevator Pitch: This documentary's about our flagship educational program, the Rising Star Project, during which over 100 high school students put up a professional quality musical on our 2000-seat mainstage after an intensive mentorship process with our professional staff. 

Students take on every role: On stage. Backstage. In the orchestra. In the costume shop. Calling the show. Marketing. Development. And even producing. So students come away with critical life skills for their future success in whatever field they go into. »

- Indiewire Staff

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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This April

31 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

#1 Ex Machina (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Alex Garland   Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? This is the first film directed by Alex Garland, the writer behind wonderful projects like "Never Let Me Go," "Sunshine," and "28 Days Later." In "Ex Machina," Garland takes his knowledge and love of sci-fi to new heights. The story focuses on Caleb, a young coder at the world's largest internet company, who is the lucky winner of a competition to spend time at the CEO's exclusive mountain retreat. But when Caleb gets there, he is made to participate in a bizarre experiment with a beautiful robot girl, the world's first true being of artificial intelligence.   #2 Clouds of Sils Maria  (April 10)   (Film Page)  Director:  Olivier Assayas Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, »


- Indiewire

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Review: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 9, 'Pimento': A Very, Very Long Con

30 March 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

Previously: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 8, 'Rico,' Digs For Dirt Case Summary This episode features two separate storylines and only one major revelation, so let's start small. Mike gives granddaughter Kaylee the puppy he had checked out by the vet (adorable), and protects a first-time criminal as he sells prescription drugs to Nacho (less adorable). While it's nice to see Nacho again, it's a plot thread that doesn't connect at all (yet). Meanwhile, continuing off last week, Chuck continues to fight his "sensitivity" to the electricity of the outside world, while Jimmy continues to build his class-action case against Sandpiper Crossing's crooked assisted living facilities. The case is looking good; so good, in fact, that Chuck convinces Jimmy to bring the case to Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill for "help." Hh&M's version of help, it turns out, is to pay off Jimmy with a finder's fee and remove him from the case. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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