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How a 'Mad Men' Live Read Captured Matthew Weiner's Writing Style and The Show's Transitory Bliss

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There were no shortage of fetes surrounding the end of "Mad Men" recently. But the one that essentially functioned as the show's series finale party, the one that brought together the legendary cast and crew of the groundbreaking drama for one last hurrah -- didn't actually star any of them.  Instead, Film Independent teamed up with AMC for an event in the tradition of its established series of live reads of great film screenplays: Filmmaker Jason Reitman cast and directed a table read of a classic "Mad Men" episode -- meaning that the cast in attendance got to see themselves reinterpreted, in front of a live audience packed into the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Read More: Why the Live Read is Here to Stay Reitman recast the roles with a group of actors of varying fame: Colin Hanks, Fred Savage, Kevin Pollak, David Wain and Rob Huebel were »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 6, 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield': In Which We Say Goodbye

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Previously: Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 5, 'Scarred By Many Past Frustrations': Twins, Reunited Cloning Around Following last week's installment, which served as a bridge episode, this week's mother of an offering more than made up for 305 in terms of story and execution. In it, Sarah and Paul were reunited one final time before the latter exited in one of the most explosive scenes of the series to date. Meanwhile, the rest of the episode was punctured with dream sequences and other supporting characters attempts to come to the rescue, especially where Sarah's friends and family were concerned. Really, it was about time. Science Class As was alluded to last week, the Castor clones are indeed spreading their disease to the general population through sexual intercourse. Thanks to Cosima's research on Gracie we also learned that one of the effects of the illness is infertility, an issue that's often »


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Cannes: Gaspar Noé on Shooting Sex in 'Love' and Why He Loves His Bad Reviews

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Read More: Cannes: Gaspar Noé Calls 3D 'Childish,' Wants 12-Year-Olds to See 'Love' Six years after shocking the Cannes Film Festival with "Enter the Void," French-Argentine director Gaspar Noé returned this week to the event to premiere his latest and most audacious effort, "Love." The 3D, sexually explicit love story has been generating buzz ever since it was announced as a late addition to the festival's midnight section, followed by the release of its graphic, Nsfw posters. The film delivers on that tease and then some by featuring the most hardcore onscreen sex ever to screen at Cannes (and lots of it; the film runs well over two hours). Indiewire caught up with Noé a few days after its premiere to discuss the project, why he shot in 3D, and what he makes of his critics. Anticipation was high going into the midnight screening, largely because of »


- Nigel M Smith

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Watch: Andrew Niccol on Drone Warfare and the Realities of 'Good Kill'

23 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Good Kill," is available now On Demand.] How loyal are our drone pilots to their cause, really? What happens when they start to question the ethics of drone warfare? These are just a few of the controversial questions raised in "Good Kill," the new film from writer-director Andrew Niccol, which follows a drone pilot who becomes disillusioned with his video game-esque job when he realizes the extent of the damage his work inflicts. Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood") stars as the drone pilot alongside January Jones ("Mad Men") as his wife and Zoë Kravitz ("Divergent") as a fellow pilot. "Good Kill" is notable in that it looks at a different--though no less controversial--side of drone warfare: how it affects the pilots and their families. After the film's premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film »


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Jenji Kohan and the 'Orange is the New Black' Cast on Season 3, Emmy Drama and Body Positivity

23 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Motherhood. Faith. Responsibility. Unexpected. Volatile. Badass. These are a few of the (and, let's face it, some of the only) words that the "Orange is the New Black" show creator Jenji Kohan and her cast used to describe the Season 3 arcs of Netflix's dark horse hit about the inhabitants of a women's prison in upstate New York. "I've been saying it's a season of faith and motherhood," said Kohan at a Netflix For Your Consideration event for "Orange is the New Black" on Wednesday. Selenis Levya, who plays Gloria on the show, agreed, saying "you're going to get to see what happens when a mother is protecting her own, and when she's protecting what she's created in prison to be her own." Kohan joined Levya and her fellow cast members Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Laverne Cox for a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A at »


- Becca Nadler

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Cannes Review: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Salvage Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

23 May 2015 1:24 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Coronate and Conquer in First 'Macbeth' Clips From the moment a blue baby is presented as the first image it's clear this new adaptation of "Macbeth" will be a visual marvel. Even the onscreen text, which informs the audience that the rebel Macdonwald is trying to overthrow King Duncan, arrives with ample panache — the text pulls up to slowly reveal a red blood sunset and a silhouetted figure of our titular hero.Unlike in Shakespeare's text, however, we get to see the battle that takes place upon the Scottish bens. Director Justin Kurzel introduces the grave-faced anti-hero, played by Michael Fassbender in a gladiatorial rendition of the man who would be king. With mud on his face obscuring some of the cuts and bruises, the actor looks like he's spent a few weeks cage fighting preparing to be the Scotsman. »


- Kaleem Aftab

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Cannes Review: Frank Capra Meets the Romanian New Wave in Corneliu Porumboiu's 'The Treasure'

22 May 2015 12:40 PM, PDT

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Few trends in world cinema have divided audiences as much as the Romanian New Wave, with countless sleeper hits from that country making the festival rounds in recent years and a select few directors standing out. Their movies are steeped in an immeasurably slow-burn narrative approach, but the best of the bunch are anything but patience-trying ordeals. In some cases, such as the abortion thriller "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" or the will-they-or-won't-they-divorce drama "Tuesday After Christmas," the technique is built around a form of payoff through expertly designed climaxes. The suspense crystallizes with the full weight of the gradual pace building up to dynamic finales. "Police, Adjective" director Corneliu Porumboiu's "The Treasure" adopts a slightly different tactic: It uses a leisurely approach to deliver a heartwarming family drama, merging the sentimental uplift of a Frank Capra movie »


- Eric Kohn

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Watch: Exclusive Acting Tips from Dustin Hoffman's MasterClass

22 May 2015 11:27 AM, PDT

Want to study acting from two-time Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman? You're in luck, because the 77-year-old actor is now teaching an online class via MasterClass, a new San Francisco-based company. Read More: In Their Own Words: Indie Directors Share Essential Filmmaking Tips "We're students. The first year. The first five years, the first 10 years. We're students after 50 years.  I never like to give advice, but I wanted to teach what I wish someone had taught me," said Dustin Hoffman in a statement. In his MasterClass, which costs $90, Hoffman teaches how to create memorable characters, hone the craft and get the part. The 24 lessons include researching your character, collaborating and how to make a living at acting. Coming up -- on June 2, 2015, Hoffman will provide feedback on the most recent scene work submitted by a select few MasterClass students and answer new questions. He will also Skype live with a couple of select students from. »


- Paula Bernstein

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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'To the Edge of the Sky,' 'All Eyes and Ears,' 'Ex-Best' or 'The Olympic Auditorium Project'?

22 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT

The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for the March Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute and will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four 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. To the Edge of the Sky: "To The Edge Of The Sky" is a documentary about parents fighting to stop Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy before it kills their sons. All Eyes and Ears: Ambassador Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter Gracie and blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng star in this doc on U.S.-China relations. Ex-Best: Two best friends are forced to figure out who they are when their »


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How the Director of 'Sunshine Superman' Captured the Thrill and Danger of Base Jumping

22 May 2015 9:47 AM, PDT

With five fatal accidents, this month has been one of the deadliest months for base jumping in the sport's history. The heart-racing new documentary "Sunshine Superman" provides some perspective and history of the extreme sport by focusing on Carl Boenish, one of the founders of base jumping (the acronym is for Bridge, Antenna, Span and Earth). The engineer turned stuntman-cinematographer started out skydiving before he pushed himself and the sport to create an entirely new sport in the late '70s and early '80s. Along with his wife Jean, in 1984, the Boenishes broke the Guinness World Record on Norway's "Troll Wall," the tallest vertical rock in Europe. Within days, their triumph was followed by disaster. A hit when it screened last year at both the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, the film is told through a mix of Boenish's 16mm archive footage (culled from 250 hours »


- Paula Bernstein

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Indiewire Springboard: One Year Later, 'Love at First Fight' Director Thomas Cailley Looks Back on Cannes

22 May 2015 9:27 AM, PDT

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival When Thomas Cailey was 27 years old, he dropped everything, including his background in literature and political science, to make films. He was inspired by his brother, who was a physics teacher who quit his job to become a cinematographer. In 2011, Cailley made his first short film, and in 2014 his first feature, "Love at First Fight" ("Les Combatants"), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the C.I.C.A.E. Awards, the Fipresci Prize, the Sacd Prize and was nominated for the Camera D'or. Later the film went on to win three César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. So it sounds like Cailley made the right choice. The film's official synopsis reads: "Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, »


- Casey Cipriani

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Meet the First-Time Director Behind 'Son of Saul,' the Holocaust Drama That Wowed Cannes

22 May 2015 9:23 AM, PDT

Read More: Cannes Review: Terrifying 'Son of Saul' is Unlike Any Holocaust Movie You've Seen Before A few weeks before this year's Cannes Film Festival, most of the film world hadn't heard about Hungarian director László Nemes. That all changed when his bracing first feature, "Son of Saul," screened in competition early in the festival. The intense drama follows a prisoner at Auschwitz, a member of the Sonderkommandos tasked with disposing of dead bodies, attempting to bury the body of what he believes to be his dead son. Shot mostly in closeups with a visceral intensity and an immersive environment, "Son of Saul" offers a far more immediate portrait of Holocaust terror than other treatments of the topic to date. The movie was an instant success with many critics at the festival, quickly landing distribution with Sony Pictures Classics and generating hype as a potential front-runner for the festival's Palme d'Or. »


- Eric Kohn

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On the Finale's Secrets and Why He Thinks Binge-Viewing is Bad News

22 May 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

Nearly a week after "Mad Men" aired its 92nd and final episode, creator Matthew Weiner sat down with writer A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library to reflect on the acclaimed AMC drama. It's the first talk he's given since the much-discussed "Person to Person," aired last Sunday. Read More: Review: 'Mad Men' Series Finale, Season 7 Episode 14, 'Person to Person' Ends an Era with Empathy Although the chat covered some familiar territory, Weiner spoke about his literary influences -- John Cheever's short stories and Frank O'Hara's poetry, his feelings about the current state of television, and gave some insight on some of the show's most beloved characters. Yes, that includes Betty. Below are some highlights from the chat, which is also available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Matthew Weiner doesn't like ambiguity for ambiguity's sake Without getting too spoiler-y, Weiner discussed "Mad Men's" final scene, »


- Eric Eidelstein

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Lgbt Rom-Com 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' Acquired by Wolfe Releasing

22 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT

Wolfe Releasing has announced the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Canadian Lgbt romantic comedy "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" ahead of its world premieres at the Inside Out Lgbt Film Festival in Toronto. The film's synopsis reads: "'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' is the story of Elsie, a forty-something television producer and serial monogamist with a long history of broken hearts. When she breaks up with her long-term girlfriend to pursue a younger woman, Elsie is faced with pressure from her friends and family, and the growing realization that she may have made a mistake." "'Serial Monogamist' is an unusually smart romantic comedy that tackles commitment issues with originality and surprising humor," said President of Wolfe Releasing Jim Stephens in a statement. "It's a standout feel-good movie and we look forward to releasing this film for all U.S. audiences." "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" will world premiere May 31 as. »


- Casey Cipriani

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Cannes: Cinéfondation Short Film Winners Announced, Taissa Farmiga-Starring 'Share' Takes Top Prize

22 May 2015 8:27 AM, PDT

Read More: Here Are Some of the Best New American Short Films The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The winner of the top prize, "Share," was one of our picks for the best new American short films earlier this month when we saw it at the Maryland Film Festival. We noted that "Share" had "long, engrossing takes on par with the Dardenne brothers and a voyeuristic quality reminiscent of Michael Haneke" and that it "portrays the distinctly modern fear of digital processes beyond our control — and yet, at the same time, with the potential to become dangerously personal." First Prize: "Share" Directed by Pippa Bianco AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, »


- Casey Cipriani

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Broad Green Pictures Acquires Brad Furman's 'The Infiltrator'

22 May 2015 8:17 AM, PDT

Broad Green Pictures has announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator."  Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman and based on the autobiography by Robert Mazur, “The Infiltrator" stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. The film's synopsis reads: "Based on the true story of a fearless operative, 'The Infiltrator' is a heart-stopping account of one of history's largest and most elaborate stings. Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980's, 'The Infiltrator' tells the story of undercover Us Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston) Aka Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the »


- Casey Cipriani

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Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Confirms Crazy Famous Cast With First-Look Photos

22 May 2015 7:56 AM, PDT

Netflix and "Wet Hot American Summer" co-creators Michael Showalter and David Wain blew our minds earlier this year when they revealed that their series return to the cult classic film, subtitled "First Day of Camp," would include nearly every one of the movie's now-pretty-damn-famous ensemble cast.  Read More: Watch: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Netflix Series Confirms Oscar-Nominated, Mega-Star Cast And today, we have proof that they are not filthy liars, with the below eight photos from the set, featuring stars Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Marguerite Moreau, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd.  We also have confirmation of an important fact: "First Day of Camp" refers to the first day of the camp season chronicled in the original film -- meaning that despite 15 years passing for the actors, the characters they're playing are actually two months »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Coronate and Conquer in First 'Macbeth' Clips

22 May 2015 7:55 AM, PDT

Read More: Weinstein Bringing 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard to North America After years in the works, "Macbeth," starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, has finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and now two clips from the film have been released. Aside from the absolutely perfect casting, what we're loving here is how positively medieval Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" looks. Sure, going dark and gritty is a trend these days, but for the 11th century setting, the lack of gold and glitz as Macbeth is first crowned in the above clip suits the time period. In the second clip below, some interesting stylistic choices have been made on the battlefield. This is no "Braveheart."  "Macbeth" doesn't have a U.S. release date just yet, but knowing distributor Harvey Weinstein, the film will probably hit around awards season, starting off a massive campaign for his two leads. »


- Casey Cipriani

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Watch: James Marsden is Reluctant to Go 'Into the Grizzly Maze' in Exclusive Clip

22 May 2015 7:38 AM, PDT

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Into the Grizzly Maze," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] The main character of "Into the Grizzly Maze" is an intimidating and bloodthirsty mammal, a grizzly that seems to go by the name Red Machine. Not "your average bear," Red Machine is hungry, angry and surprisingly intelligent. Billy Bob Thornton plays a deputy responsible for the protection of the endangered grizzlies who is appointed to track the bear, but as he and his brother (James Marsden) enter the maze, it becomes unclear who is tracking whom. In this clip, Thornton brings a stoic Southern drawl and an infamous bear-hunting reputation to the table, assuring Marsden that if a grizzly gets angry, all its victims, "logger or treehugger," taste the »


- Sara Itkis

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Cannes Opening Night Film 'Standing Tall'

22 May 2015 7:36 AM, PDT

Read More: Cannes Will Open With a Film By a Female Director for the First Time Since 1987 Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to this year's Canned Film Festival opening night film, "Standing Tall" ("La Tet Haute"), written and directed by Emanuelle Bercot. The choice in opening night film was notable because it was only the second film directed by a female director to open the festival. The last time was in 1987 with Diane Kurys' "A Man in Love." The film stars Catherine Deneuve and breakout Rod Paradot, who plays juvenile delinquent, Malony. The film tracks his upbringing as a children's judge and social worker try to save him from himself. As a volatile and violent teen delinquent, Paradot's Malony navigates the criminal justice system, aided by a child court judge (Deneuve, who also starred in Bercot's "On My Way") and a youth counselor (Benoit Magimel, »


- Casey Cipriani

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