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Wanted: If You Love Technology as Much As Indie Film, You Could Be Our Product Manager.

11 hours ago

Indiewire is growing, and we're in search of someone awesome to make our site even better. We are looking to hire a Product Manager for our Los Angeles office. Briefly, it’s someone who’s responsible for creating all the great stuff on Indiewire.com — everything from newsletters to photo galleries to minisites. It’s the daily maintenance that keeps the site and our blogs moving forward. It’s inventing things we haven’t even thought of yet.  While technical chops and experience are key, we’d love to find someone who loves Indiewire.  The job description is below. If you’d like to apply, please email dana@indiewire.com with resume, references and salary requirements. You can also apply through LinkedIn.   Thanks! _________________________ Indiewire is the leading news source for independent film as well as smart coverage of Hollywood and television. Our readers are film and TV fans, filmmakers, and the movie industry. »

- Indiewire

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Indiewire Podcast: From 'The Sound of Music' to 'The Squid and the Whale,' What Defines a 'Classic' Movie?

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In this week's episode, Kohn and Thompson explore some of the possibilities from the upcoming Cannes Film Festival lineup before digging into some of the selections of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival, which began this week with "The Sound of Music." What turns a movie into a "classic," anyway? From there, the hosts dig into Noah Baumbach's newly released "While We're Young" and explore the trajectory of the New York filmmaker's career. They also discuss another new release, the Hungarian drama "White God." Further reading on topics from this week's episode: Eric Kohn's Review of "While We're Young" Noah Baumbach on Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America' 'White God' Director on Unleashing 250 Dogs on Budapest and Why More Films Should Take Risks TCM Film Fest: How 'Sound of Music' and '1776' Were Restored for Their Big Screen Returns Screen Talk is available on iTunes. »


- Indiewire

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Watch: Patrick Stewart Goes Wild In New 'Blunt Talk' Teaser

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Read More: Starz Orders Two Seasons of Jonathan Ames' First Show Since 'Bored to Death,' Co-Produced by Seth MacFarlane "Blunt Talk," a comedy created for Starz by Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death") and executive produced by Seth McFarlane ("Family Guy," "Ted"), debuted another teaser trailer today. The show, which is the premium cable network's second half-hour comedy, was picked up last year for a two-season commitment of 20 episodes.  Patrick Stewart headlines as Walter Blunt, a British television personality who moves to Los Angeles in order to start a talk show on American cable news, advising viewers on how to properly behave. Complicating matters is Blunt's off-screen decision-making, which doesn't quite live up to the standards of his own show. Stewart stars alongside Jacki Weaver, Dolly Wells and Timm Sharp. "Blunt Talk" premieres in Summer 2015.  Read More: Watch: Patrick Stewart's New Starz »


- Becca Nadler

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Watch: 'Outlander' Cast and Crew Reveal That Marriage Doesn't Mean Happily Ever After

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Read More: Starz's 'Outlander' Continues Long Sexy Tease with New Trailer and More Details about the Show Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) may have escaped the clutches of the redcoats for the safety of her Scottish clansmen, but she's got another difficult challenge ahead of her: married life. A Starz Original Series, "Outlander" debuted in fall 2014 to good reviews, and is based on the novel of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. The series follows Claire as she is magically transplanted from 1945 Scotland to 1743, where she must deal with romantic and political entanglements while trying to find her way back to her native century. In this Entertainment Weekly featurette, actress Caitriona Balfe is joined by her on-screen husband Sam Heughan, executive producer Ronald D. Moore and author Diana Gabaldon to discuss her character's marriage to Jamie Fraser (Heughan) and the effect their relationship will have on the show. »


- Becca Nadler

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Watch: Small Town Secrets Abound in J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: J.K. Rowling Comes to TV in Dramatic 'The Casual Vacancy' Trailer HBO has released a new trailer for the BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's international bestseller "The Casual Vacancy." The first adult novel from the "Harry Potter" author centers on the town of Pagford, a seemingly perfect English village that is torn apart following the death of its beloved Parish Councillor. Michael Gambon heads a talented ensemble that also includes Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and Abigail Lawrie. Directed by Johnny Campbell and adapted by Sarah Phelps, the three-part miniseries looks to keep the intriguing mysteries and spiky humor of the original text in tact based on the trailer above.  Parts one and two of "The Casual Vacancy" will debut back-to-back Wednesday, April 29 from 8:00-10:00pm, followed by the premiere of part three Thursday, April 30 at 8pm.  Read More: J.K. Rowling's First Grown-Up. »


- Zack Sharf

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Attention, Filmmakers: Learn the Secrets of Hitchcock's Genius in 'Hitch20' Docu-Series

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Read More: Watch: Title Sequences: The Leap from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher Filmmakers looking to strengthen their visual language skills should definitely take notes while watching the first season of BorgusFilms' "Hitch20," now streaming in its entirety on Youtube. Given the abundance of critical analysis that exists around the Master of Suspense's lengthy filmography, "Hitch20" takes a new and exciting approach to breaking down the movie icon's visual style -- by focusing exclusively on the twenty episodes of television Hitchcock personally directed. Most filmmakers are familiar with the visual compositions that makeup the shower scene in "Psycho" or the crop-duster chase in "North by Northwest," but what about the moments in various episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that also detail Hitchcock's filmic language? Luckily "Hitch20" and its various special guests, including William C. Martell (screenwriter »


- Zack Sharf

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Disruptive Innovation Award Honorees

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Read More: 5 Observations About the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the honorees for its sixth annual Disruptive Innovation Awards, held in collaboration with renowned Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and the Disruptor Foundation. Inspired by Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation, the awards celebrate innovators who have broken the mold to significantly impact industries and business models in traditional and non-traditional domains including sports, media, healthcare, social justice, education, politics and entertainment. The awards highlight projects and ideas at the intersection of technology and culture. The 2015 honorees include Airbnb, the trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world; Shane Smith, founder and CEO of global youth media brand Vice; Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards; Rent The Runway, a fashion company with a technology »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: 'Halt and Catch Fire' Premiere Brings to Life the Chaos That Created the Internet

18 hours ago

Read More: Game On, On Screen: 5 TV Shows With Video Game Crossovers AMC has announced the premiere date season two premiere of "Halt and Catch Fire," which will pick up in early 1985 as Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna's (Kerry Bishé) try to manage the chaos of their start-up, born from that most revolutionary of ideas -- computers that are able to talk to each other, all around the world.  In the above clip, Donna makes her way through the chaos of Mutiny in one long masterful tracking shot that reveals the tension of the new office, where fights break out over issues like the rendering of colors in a backgammon game. It should be interesting to see how Cameron and Donna's company evolves from its initial messiness. "Halt and Catch Fire" also stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Toby Huss. The series returns to AMC for a second season Sunday, »


- Jena Keahon

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The Films of Noah Baumbach, Ranked From Worst to Best

19 hours ago

Read More: Noah Baumbach on Approaching Middle Age with 'While We're Young Noah Baumbach's first film, "Kicking and Screaming," hit theaters to great acclaim a full 20 years ago. Over the past two decades, he's emerged as a leading voice in American independent cinema, with his sensibilities as a storyteller and a filmmaker now both beloved and inimitable. From his Oscar-nominated effort "The Squid and the Whale" to the critical darling "Frances Ha," Baumbach's consistent engagement with transitional moments -- namely, our complicated relationships to growing up and growing old -- has led to characters simultaneously relatable and uniquely absurd. They’re deeply flawed and melancholic but always based in reality. Baumbach's latest film to be released, "While We’re Young," hits theaters this weekend. Rich with satire, and examining characters who feel out of place and out of time, it is suitably demonstrative of the director's enduring »


- David Canfield

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Watch: Lose Your Virginity All Over Again in Exclusive 'Farah Goes Bang' Clip

20 hours ago

Read More: Watch: Exclusive Trailer for 'Farah Goes Bang' Has Double Entendres to Spare The first time is always an awkward and clumsy moment, so it seems Farah (Nikohl Boosheri) is just like the rest of us when it comes to taking this very big first step. In the exclusive clip from "Farah Goes Bang" above, the eponymous twentysomething can't quite set the mood during one of her many attempts to lose her pesky virginity. Directed and co-written Meera Menon, the film follows Farah and her two best friends, hotheaded Kj (Kandis Erickson) and political junkie Roopa (Kiran Deol), as they road trip across Ohio while campaigning door-to-door for John Kerry. While the crux of their journey is for politics, the three embark on the ultimate quest to kick Farah's virginity to the curb. Michael Steger, Lyman Ward, Samrat Chakrabarti and Kate French also star.  The comedy-drama won »


- Zack Sharf

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'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe on What Really Scares Her

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Though her performances in "The Guest" and "It Follows" have thrust her into the mainstream, Maika Monroe understandably doesn't want to be shackled to the essentially meaningless moniker of 'Scream Queen,' which has been bestowed upon her after just two horror films. Her resume isn't particularly long yet -- she spent some time as a kiteboarder before veering into an acting career -- but it's already rife with well-regarded movies, highly-anticipated projects and at least one exploded bus.  In "It Follows," her newest and most acclaimed film, Monroe plays Jay, a young girl who gets seduced by a mysterious young man and finds herself being pursued by a nameless, emotionless, excruciatingly slow creature who takes the form of average-looking people and possesses unknown evil powers. The super scary, fiercely self-aware film takes the old horror trope of sex leading to death, a concept rooted in a misreading of John Carpenter's. »


- Greg Cwik

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Watch: President Obama Gets Real About The Drug War With 'Wire' Creator David Simon

20 hours ago

Read More: 'The Wire' Changed His Life and 'Treme' Defined An Era: Wendell Pierce on Creating Great Art on TV The President of the United States has been on the record for a while as being a huge fan of HBO's seminal drama "The Wire." But now, he's taken his fandom to a new level. In this intimate, 12-minute conversation, President Obama spoke with "The Wire" creator David Simon about the realities Simon depicted on screen during the show's five-season run, especially when it came to the prosecution of drug crimes in inner cities.  "What drugs don't destroy -- the war against them rips everything else apart," Simon says to the sitting President, while admitting to his astonishment that he's talking about the original inspiration for Omar in the White House.  Obama's overall message: "We're all responsible for finding a solution to this."  Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Steps into the Ring in 'Southpaw' Trailer

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Read More: First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Ripped In Boxing Pic ‘Southpaw’ Thanks to tremendous work in films like "Prisoners," "Enemy" and last year's "Nightcrawler," Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the more reliable dramatic actors currently working in Hollywood. After hitting a career peak in the shoes of Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal has a handful of intriguing projects lined up for 2015, including adventure-drama "Everest," Jean-Marc Vallée relationship drama "Demolition" and gritty boxing drama "Southpaw," the latter of which just premiered a bruised and bloody trailer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") and co-written by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy"), "Southpaw" stars Gyllenhaal as Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When a family tragedy strikes and he loses custody of his daughter, Billy enters the battle of his life »


- Zack Sharf

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Exclusive: Watch Reggie Watts' Bizarre Short Film 'Brasilia,' From the Director of 'Creative Control'

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Read More: Watch: Reggie Watts Cameos in Twisty 'Creative Control' Trailer Editor's note: Before he became the bandleader for "The Late Late Show With James Corden," performance artist Reggie Watts appeared in the SXSW film "Creative Control," a satiric vision of the near future directed by Benjamin Dickinson. But that wasn't the first time Watts, also known for his role as the sidekick on "Comedy Bang! Bang!", collaborated with Dickinson on a quirky take on the world of tomorrow. The filmmaker also directed a short film early last year based on an idea created by Watts and scored by synth artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, which we're happy to premiere here. Watts provided Indiewire with the following description of the film: An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa, "Brasilia" takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, »


- Eric Kohn

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'Scrubs' Creator Bill Lawrence on 'Undateable' and Multi-Cam Sitcoms as 'Comfort Food'

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Read More: 'Key & Peele' On Mastering Cinematic Sketch Comedy, with a Whole Lot of Improv (And Football) When Indiewire sat down with Bill Lawrence, he was clenching a piece of paper with jokes written on it -- because we were backstage at Esther's Follies in Austin, Texas, and he was about to open a stand-up comedy show featuring the cast of "Undateable," the show he now produces for NBC about a group of unlucky-in-love friends living in Detroit. Having created the shows "Scrubs" and "Cougartown," Lawrence has an established track record with single-camera comedy, but the self-professed television nerd is happy to be working again in the multi-camera format. Below, he reveals why they stacked the "Undateable" cast with stand-up comics who were all friends, and what he loves about multi-cam. So, what's really interesting about "Undateable" is how much it's rooted in sitcom tradition. I love sitcoms -- I'm a. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 27; What Will You See?

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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 27. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Get Hard Director: Etan Cohen Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, Alison Brie, T.I. Synopsis: "The prison-bound manager of a hedge fund asks a black businessman -- who has never been to jail -- to prepare him for life behind bars." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (11 reviews) Home Director: Tim Johnson Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin Synopsis: "When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they »


- Steve Greene

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Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11, 'Drastic Voyage: Part 1,' Is All Set-Up & No Payoff

26 March 2015 7:25 PM, PDT

Previously: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11 'Achub Y Morfilod' Finds Maturity (And Matthew Rhys) "I swear to God I had something for this." (Episode Summary)The CIA hires the entire office — because, by now, everyone knows Pam, Cyril and Cheryl will get involved anyway — to go inside a doctor's brain in order to save his life. No, they're not training to be doctors (not even Krieger, who never went to medical school). They're getting shrunk down by an amazing new procedure to fit inside a needle and be injected into the comatose doctor's bloodstream.  As the gang gears up for the dangerous task, Lana prods Archer about his mortality now that there's a baby in the picture (not to mention Lana, who is now officially romantically attached). He doesn't seem to think any differently, but whether that bodes well for the mission is yet to be seen. Before they could get into the nitty gritty of things, »

- Ben Travers

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The Final Season of 'Downton Abbey': Why Deciding to End Well Is So Important

26 March 2015 2:14 PM, PDT

Read More: Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 9 Celebrates Christmas With Booze and Intrigue For those who follow such things, today's formal announcement that the sixth season of "Downton Abbey" would be its last was not a huge surprise. Rumors of the news have been building for weeks now, initially kicked off by comments from Dame Maggie Smith earlier this year, and given the lack of Season 7 contracts and the other projects creator Julian Fellows has in place. But it's still an important announcement, because now that the speculation is over, "Downton" can devote itself fully to ending well. And these days, that's the most important and valuable thing in determining a show's legacy. Whether you interpret the news as "Downton" going out at the top of its game, or a sign that it's overstayed its welcome, determining an ending in advance is one of the strongest moves this »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Woody Allen, Pixar and Cate Blanchett: Are These the Films Going to Cannes 2015?

26 March 2015 1:21 PM, PDT

Read More: Cannes 2015 Poster Sends a Love Letter to Ingrid Bergman With three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official lineup, Variety is making some predictions as to what will be included, including the latest Pixar 3D animated feature and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin. Allen's "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is said to be a darker, less comedic Allen picture, along the same lines as "Match Point." Phoenix plays a small-town college professor who starts an illicit relationship with one of his students (Stone). The Sony Classics release opens July 24. Another contender is Disney/Pixar's animated "Inside Out," from director Pete Docter (who co-directed with Ronaldo Del Carmen). Docter's acclaimed feature "Up" opened the festival in 2009. Set to open June 19, "Inside Out" is a comic fantasy about the life of »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Peter Saarsgard-Starring Stanley Milgram Biopic 'Experimenter'

26 March 2015 12:33 PM, PDT

Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #49: Michael Almereyda Rocks the Biopic Genre With 'Experimenter' "Experimenter," a new film written and directed by Michael Almereyda about the famous Milgram behavior experiments, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. "Experimenter" premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival to mostly positive reviews.  The film stars Peter Saarsgard as Stanley Milgram, a psychologist who made history in the 1960s with his troubling Yale study on obedience to authority, known as the "Milgram Experiment." These experiments observed the reactions of test subjects when asked to send painful electric shocks to a stranger. Although the people being shocked were obviously in distress, 65 percent of test subjects ignored their pleas, and instead obeyed the authority figures running the test, who instructed them to continue administering shocks. None too surprisingly, Milgram was accused of being a cruel »


- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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