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Martin Scorsese Remembers Richard Schickel, ‘A Very Perceptive Critic and a Wonderful Writer’

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Martin Scorsese has shared his thoughts on Richard Schickel, the influential film critic who passed away at 84 on Saturday. Schickel wrote dozens of books, most recently his 2015 memoir “Keepers: The Greatest Films — and Personal Favorites — of a Moviegoing Lifetime,” and served as film critic for Time from 1965–2010. Read Scorsese’s statement below.

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Richard Schickel was a very perceptive critic and a wonderful writer and documentary filmmaker,” writes the filmmaker. “As a person he was, to use a once popular term, ‘crusty,’ and he could be brutally funny. But it’s his deep and abiding love of movies that I’ll always remember about him. His early 70s PBS series ‘The Men Who Made the Movies,’ his 2004 restoration of Sam Fuller’s ‘The Big Red One,’ his wonderful little book about ‘Double Indemnity, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Almost Didn’t Become a Filmmaker, But Now He’s an Oscar Heavyweight: Awards Spotlight

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A year ago, Barry Jenkins was still a secret of the indie film world, having directed a well-liked but little-seen movie in 2008 (“Medicine for Melancholy”). He kept busy with shorts, commercial work, and various unfinished projects — but it wasn’t until “Moonlight” surfaced in the fall of 2016 that Jenkins’ career jumped to a whole new level.

The beloved drama about an alienated African-American boy in Miami, which takes place across three time periods, emerged as an unlikely hit just as awards season took flight. To date, it has grossed over $21 million in the U.S. The momentum continued with eight Academy Award nominations, including two for Jenkins in the directing and adapted screenplay categories. He also picked up writing and directing prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the WGA, and others.

No matter what happens at the ceremony, Jenkins’ success is a startling accomplishment. »


- Eric Kohn

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Jordan Peele’s Second Act: How the ‘Key & Peele’ Comedy Star Became a Bonafide Horror Director With ‘Get Out’

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In the middle of shooting the two final season of the hit Comedy Central show “Key & Peele” back to back in 2015, Jordan Peele was writing a horror movie. For years, Peele had dabbled with different creative projects, but mostly stayed within the familiar arena of jokes. The 37-year-old biracial New York native went to private school on the Upper West Side, performed improv around the world and had navigated the entertainment business as both a struggling performer and a recognizable face. This was new terrain.

His sketch comedy show, in which Peele and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues with boisterous caricatures of virtually every extreme in American society, doesn’t immediately suggest the sensibilities of a genre director. However, Peele’s specific project wasn’t as big a shift as it looked.

In “Get Out,” a black man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) follows his new white girlfriend (Alison Williams »


- Eric Kohn

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Some TV Shows That Might Make the Presidency Great Again, For Your Binge-ing Pleasure

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If you get the day off work or school, Presidents Day is a great day for binge-viewing, and there are so many excellent shows to either discover for the first time or re-watch with pleasure.

And that goes for our 45th president, who reportedly does enjoy watching television a great deal, albeit more of the unscripted variety. In case he wants to change that, we’ve assembled some options from the world of scripted comedies and dramas, all of which are available for streaming on at least one service, making them extremely easy to enjoy.

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When television is at its best, it reflects not just the world as it is, but the possibility of a better world, a world that we can work together to make possible. All too often, we look to »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

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Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

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Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »


- Anne Thompson

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Mark Duplass Really Wants ‘Moonlight’ to Win Best Picture — Read His Open Letter to the Academy

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Mark Duplass really wants the Academy to consider “Moonlight.” The actor/writer/director calls Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama his “favorite film of the last 10 years” in an open letter, urging AMPAS members to “think about what it would mean if ‘Moonlight’ won Best Picture.” Read his full statement below.

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“I really want you to see ‘Moonlight.’

“Because it is a bit of a miracle.

“The sad truth is, films like this don’t get made anymore. It is a film about a young black boy from Florida navigating his burgeoning homosexuality while simultaneously trying to overcome the perils of being raised by his drug-addicted single mother. It has no movie stars. It is unabashedly honest and unapologetically runs against the tide of what is commonly considered to be commercial cinema. That’s all to say… »


- Michael Nordine

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What Makes TV ‘Very Good’ in 2017? Damon Lindelof, Aya Cash, The Cast of ‘Casual’ and More Share Insights

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If television were a universe, it would be the Marvel universe: so large and loosely tied together, it’s kinda scary.

But within that universe lies more treasures than Thor has in all of Asgard. Comedy, drama, limited series, films, variety shows, talk shows — and those are just Emmy categories. Television provides challenging ongoing narratives like “The Leftovers” and momentary blips of brilliance (like this). Moreover, television opens doors to new worlds and provides revealing facts about the ones we already know. It’s a medium of great power and untapped potential. Television is very good, in many, many different ways.

So to celebrate the 100th episode of IndieWire’s Very Good Television Podcast, co-hosts Ben Travers (IndieWire TV Critic) and Liz Shannon Miller (IndieWire’s TV Editor) reached out to a few of their favorite influential people working in television today. The question sounds simple: What makes for “very »


- Ben Travers

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How Alfred Hitchcock, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and More Influenced Wes Anderson — Watch

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We won’t see “Isle of Dogs” until sometime next year, but there are still plenty of Wes Anderson movies to rewatch in the meantime. Vimeo user Candice Drouet has put together a brief video detailing some of the idiosyncratic writer/director’s influences. Avail yourself of it below.

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A number of scenes from Anderson’s films are shown side-by-side with their influences: A train sequence from “The Grand Budapest Hotel” bears a strong resemblance to one in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” for instance, while a sequence that finds Willem Dafoe riding a motorcycle in goggles was clearly inspired by “Lawrence of Arabia.”

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Also featured: “Torn Curtain,” “Vertigo,” “The Red Shoes, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Maudie’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in Aisling Walsh’s Biopic

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After screening in Telluride and Toronto last fall, “Maudie” is finally ready to tell the masses about the life of Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Sally Hawkins stars in the biopic, which was directed by Aisling Walsh, who previously helmed a BBC miniseries adaptation of Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” (which also served as the inspiration for Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden”). Watch the trailer below.

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The film takes place in Nova Scotia circa the 1930s and finds the desperate artist taking a job working for a fish peddler played by Ethan Hawke. Lewis, one of her country’s most highly regarded folk artists, specialized in small paintings depicting outdoor settings; the small size of her canvases had to do with Lewis’ rheumatoid arthritis.

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Hawkins received an »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Krisha’ Sweeps the First-Ever American Independent Film Awards

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Krisha” was the big winner at the inaugural American Independent Film Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Director (Trey Edward Shults), Original Screenplay (Shults) and Lead Performance (Krisha Fairchild). Anna Rose Holmer’s “The Fits” was the Best Film runner-up and was nominated in 12 different categories, while Robert Greene won two different awards for “Kate Plays Christine.”

The Aifa’s voting body consists of festival programmers and film critics, who cast their ballots in 14 different categories online. Full results below.

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Best Film

10) “White Girl” (Elizabeth Wood)

09) “Always Shine” (Sophia Takal)

08) “The Other Side” (Roberto Minervini)

07) “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” (Stephen Cone)

06) “The Eyes of My Mother” (Nicolas Pesce)

05) “Little Sister” (Zach Clark)

04) “The Invitation” (Karyn Kusama)

03) “Kate Plays Christine” (Robert Greene)

02) “The Fits” (Anna Rose Holmer)

01) “Krisha” (Trey Edward Shults)

Best Director

Trey Edward Shults, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch

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Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.

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Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather’ Exclusive: Get a Bikini Wax or Choose Something Potentially More Horrible? — Watch

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There are some choices in life that are too difficult to make. Fortunately, you can watch two guys make them for you.

On Comcast Watchable’s new series “Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather,” the two suckers hosts put themselves on the line to play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather?” in which they actually have to perform the task they choose. As expected, the choices push the limits of grossness, discomfort, humiliation or pain. You know, typical guy stuff!

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At stake is some sort of prize, which we feel better be damn good to warrant this kind of sacrifice. And there’s always bragging rights, such as they are.

In the exclusive sneak peek below, Dan and Dietrich must choose between getting a bikini wax and spending a round in the ring with an Mma fighter. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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John Oliver Explains Trump-Russia Insanity with the Help of ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Human Centipede’ — Watch

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In the latest “Last Week Tonight” segment, John Oliver goes long on the special relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. One moment feels especially apt. While discussing the false equivalencies made between Russia and the United States — a favorite tactic of Putin, who’s known for deflecting criticisms of his government by pointing out that things aren’t perfect in America either — the host uses an unexpected analogy: “La La Land” and “The Human Centipede.”

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“Not all problems are the same,” Oliver explains. “It’s like comparing ‘La La Land,’ an Academy Award–nominated movie with glaring flaws, to ‘The Human Centipede,’ a thing that barely counts as a film. Yes, one movie is people sewn mouth-to-anus, but, you know, Ryan Gosling looks at his feet when he dances, so it all evens out in the end. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: Designing the Immigrant Experience

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For three-time Oscar winners Stuart Craig and Colleen Atwood, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” offered fascinating stylistic departures. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” standalone takes place in New York in 1926 — a time, of course, when the immigrant experience flourished.

“New York was all about diversity, and [director] David Yates wanted [to express that],” Atwood told IndieWire. “There were people new to New York and there were people that had been there for a generation — and it was an open-minded time.”

Thus, for both production and costume design, there was great class and cultural diversity to explore in architecture and wardrobes. Although they considered shooting in New York City, that proved to be impractical, so they returned to the back lot of Leavesden Studios outside of London.

J.K. Rowling identified particular buildings in her script, including the Gothic Woolworth [for the Magical Congress headquarters], which at that time was the largest building in the world,” Craig told IndieWire. »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘The Predator’ Cast Photo Revealed: Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and More

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30 years ago, Shane Black had a supporting role in the original “Predator.” Now the actor-turned-filmmaker is at work on “The Predator,” the first installment in the franchise since 2010’s underrated “Predators.” He’s both co-writing and directing the film, which begins filming today. That’s according to a tweet from Black, which also offers our first glimpse of the cast. View it below.

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Featured in the photo are Sterling K. Brown (who won an Emmy for his performance in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos,” “Logan”), Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay (“Room”). Black, who’s pictured alongside the youngest of the bunch, describes his ensemble as “beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers.”

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- Michael Nordine

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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, J.J. Abrams and More Grill Daisy Ridley for ‘Star Wars’ Spoilers — Watch

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Now that we know the title of the next “Star Wars” movie, everyone wants to know what actually happens in “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” And who better to ask than Daisy Ridley, one of the new faces of the revitalized sci-fi franchise? That, at least, seems to be the mentality of Josh Gad, who’s on a mission to get answers from the actress. Watch his latest attempt below.

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“Please don’t say you’re setting me up this time,” she says in the video, which looks to have been shot on Gad’s phone; that he used portrait mode, rather than landscape, suggests the actor would be on the dark side of the Force if he were ever to appear in “Star Wars.” Gad assures her he isn’t tricking her again, which is of course a lie. »


- Michael Nordine

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Berlin Film Festival Movies

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The Other Side of Hope”

Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »


- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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Why Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr., and Documentarian Penny Lane All Fell In Love With A Liar

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Pj Vogt, co-host of the popular Gimlet Media podcast Reply All, went on vacation; when he got back, he had a movie deal. The January 19 program, “Man of the People,” had been optioned by Annapurna Pictures, with Richard Linklater directing and Robert Downey, Jr. as producer and star.

“It’s absolutely surreal,” Vogt said.

“Man of the People” profiled John Brinkley, the radio pioneer and medical salesman whose self-proclaimed miracle cures ranged from impotence to infertility. Vogt said he stumbled on the story after visiting his cousins in Texas.

“They were saying I should move there because they were a bunch of radio stations hidden in ranches,” he said. “For a while, we thought it was going to be a story about border blasters.”

Instead he found the strange tale of Brinkley, one that also encompasses a state governor’s race, the national popularization of country music, and the rise of the American Medical Association. »


- Steve Greene

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

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Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.

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Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Bates Motel’ Review: Season 5 Does Right By Alfred Hitchcock By Ditching His Original Ending

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Bates Motel” could not exist without “Psycho,” but soon it could feel like the other way around. Part of the brilliance within Kerry Ehrin’s deep exploration of Alfred Hitchcock’s characters is how even in the modern day — and even while always promising an ending independent of the film’s narrative — it feels as though we’re being given crucial backstory to a character we only came to know as a pervert, murderer, and psychopath — in that order. Fifty-seven years later, “Bates Motel” is filling in the details by fleshing out Norman’s motivations, psychological state, and ultimate descent into madness.

[Editor’s Note: The below analysis contains spoilers for “Bates Motel” Season 4, but not the new season.]

The final season is steeped in more Hitchcockian lore than ever. There’s a subtle nod to the iconic shower scene in the first episode, when Norman mentions how he just finished installing new curtains. We get our first glimpse of Norma’s permanent residence, or at least »


- Ben Travers

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