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Review: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Episode 2, 'The Run of His Life,' Gets Inside the White Bronco

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Opening Statement Given how iconic a moment it was not just for the O.J. Simpson trial but for the country as a whole, it's all too fitting that "American Crime Story" devoted an entire episode to Simpson's flight from justice. Covering every angle — from a gun-toting O.J. screaming at driver Al Cowlings, to the control room broadcasting the NBA playoffs, to the captivated audiences watching as that white Bronco weaved its way through the deserted freeways of Los Angeles — it's an hour of television devoted to one of the most incredible television events of all time.  Previously: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Episode 1 'From the Ashes of Tragedy' Kicks Off Star Witness (Best Actor)It's not a huge role, but Malcolm-Jamal Warner offers up the believable panic you'd expect from a man in Cowling's position, selling the hell out of his big line: "What kind of stupid-ass question is that? »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: What Would Happen If Movies Ended Right After Someone Said the Title? Here's The (Hilarious) Answer

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Somewhere out there, in an alternate dimension, exists a jarring reality where films conclude after a character simply utters the title, no matter the amount of time it took to get there. Fortunately, thanks to Chris Huebs, we are able to take a peek into just what that world might look like. The videos above and below feature eight films in total, including some of the most memorable and beloved scenes in cinema history. Namely, when Alan and Ellie discover the resurrection of dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park," when Forrest Gump introduces himself to a sweet old lady sitting next to him on that iconic bench, and when Doc Brown explains to Marty how to harness lightning in the flux capacitor in "Back To the Future." Check out the supercuts above, and don't forget to turn your speakers up. Read More: Watch: This Stunning Supercut Sequel Contrasts the First and Final »


- Nix Santos

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Watch: 'Rough Draft With Reza Aslan' Reveals Norman Lear's Favorite Character

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There's nothing quite like the bond between an artist and his body of work, especially when those very projects go on to become icons themselves. Especially so, probably, when your name is Norman Lear.  Read More: PGA to Grant Shonda Rhimes with 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award In a landscape of talk shows that follow the traditionally formulaic formats, Reza Aslan decides to switch gears on "Rough Draft With Reza Aslan." In this five-part weekly series, he narrows his focus on extensive conversations with some of our most widely celebrated writers. Aslan trades in gimmicks and gags for lively yet intimate talks about the writer and the writer's life, with legendary writer/producer Norman Lear as his first guest.  With Lear on the hot seat, the pair discuss which of Lear's most beloved characters is his personal favorite. A writer having to pick his favorite character is like a parent trying to pick a favorite child, »


- Nix Santos

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Watch: Exclusive 'Nina Forever' Trailer Puts a Fresh and Nasty Spin on the Zombie Genre

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Read: SXSW Review: Fresh, Original, & Surprisingly Tender Horror 'Nina Forever' Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and that usually means rose-colored decorations, flowers, chocolates and the unoriginal rom-com. But "Nina Forever" isn't your ordinary rom-com. Instead of rosy hues and light, charming dialogue, "Nina Forever" plunges you into the depths of depression and horror, accenting the misery with squishy viscera and an off-kilter atmosphere. The award-winning movie stars Abigail Hardingham and Cian Barry as Holly and Rob, a burgeoning workplace couple beginning to find stability and purpose in their droll lives. Rob has recently lost his ex-girlfriend, Nina, in a tragic motorcycle accident, which leaves him as a shadow of his former self. But Holly is determined to make this new, budding relationship work and goes out of her way to help the troubled young man through his grief. But just as their relationship finds footing, Nina. »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Watch: Exclusive 'Aloys' Trailer is a Charlie Kaufman-Inspired Mind-Bender

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Read: 2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Program With Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' and More In his follow-up to last year's "Wonderland," acclaimed writer-director Tobias Nölle aims to explore a mystery-driven plot that is akin to the noir films of yesteryear, albeit with an imaginative twist that forces the viewer to keep guessing at how the narrative yarn will unravel itself. The film follows a middle-aged private detective, Aloys Adorn, as he deals with the crushing blow of losing his father and business partner. Fixed to a world of isolation and emotional distance, the sheltered Aloys has mostly experienced the world around him through his obsessive preoccupation with his 24-hour surveillance videos. When Aloys has his tapes stolen, his constructed world begins to fall apart. But when a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him into playing an imaginative Japanese telephone game, Aloys begins to fall in love with her voice and »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Behold Shepard Fairey's Patriotic Michael Moore Mondo Poster

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Read More: Toronto Review: Has Michael Moore Gone Soft? With 'Where to Invade Next,' He Changes His Tune With only a few days left until the nationwide debut of Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next," the geniuses over at Mondo are celebrating by teaming up with world-renowned street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey for a limited edition poster that is heavy on the patriotism.  "Where to Invade Next," Moore's first film in the six years since the release of "Capitalism: A Love Story," finds the director traveling the globe and "invading" other countries to see how they operate and handle a wide range of social, economic and political issues.  In his B+ review of the documentary, Indiewire's Eric Kohn wrote, "Whether sitting in an elementary school's dining hall or hanging out with happy prisoners, [Moore's] agenda never builds to any kind of grand takeaway. He skewers American exceptionalism. »


- Zack Sharf

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'Under the Shadow,' 'Sing Street' and More Round Out 2016 SXSW Lineup

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With just a little over a month to go before the 2016 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, organizers have put the final touches on its impressive slate by announcing the remaining programs that will round out its 23rd edition, including Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events. The 10 genre movies playing the Midnighters section join the 13 Festival Favorites, 5 Special Events and additional feature titles as part of the 139 total features screening at SXSW Film 2016. Read More:  Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup "Deep and dark character studies, crazy Japanese Manga come to life, daddy-issues, handicaps, survival, revenge and even a little remastering are all on display this year," said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece in an official statement. "You’ll hear from veteran directors and producers perfecting their craft to filmmakers that are about to burst »


- Zack Sharf

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Twenty Years of Hate: Why 'La Haine' is More Timely Than Ever

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Twenty years ago today, February 9, Mathieu Kassovitz's "La Haine" opened in select theaters and began its theatrical rollout in America. The film was already an international sensation at this point, having sent shockwaves through the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a prolong standing ovation and the Best Director prize, but nothing could have prepared domestic audiences for the movie's political and social force that hits like a visceral wrecking ball. Read More: Watch: Vincent Cassel Plays Cult Dad to Adorable Child Assassins in Exclusive 'Partisan' Clip Starring Hubert KoundéSaïd Taghmaoui and Vincent Cassel (in his breakout performance), "La Haine" is set over 19 consecutive hours in the lives of three young adults living in the impoverished, multi-ethnic French projects. A far cry from the golden City of Love we normally see on the big screen, "La Haine" captures the urban realism of its »


- Conor Soules

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Watch: Kaley Cuoco is Emotionally Unstable in Exclusive 'Burning Bodhi' Trailer

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Read: Annette Bening Drama 'Face of Love' Opens the Sun Valley Film Festival; Check Out the Full Lineup Nothing brings friends together like the untimely death of a friend, or at least that's what the protagonists of "Burning Bodhi" seem to feel. Starring Kaley Cuoco, the Matthew McDuffie-directed and written film is a heartwarming and existential tale of lasting friendships, budding relationships and the inevitable mortality we all face. In an awkward, last-minute effort to honor their most beloved and popular buddy, Bodhi, a group of lifelong friends trek their way back to their hometown to give their pal an appropriate farewell. As plans are made, hearts are broken and forgiveness pours out, the usual suspects begin to climb out of the woodwork in the unconventional reunion. The Monterey Media film is set to debut in theaters on March 11, before finding its way onto VOD on April 26. Catch Indiewire's exclusive trailer above. »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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EuropaCorp Lands James Ponsoldt's 'The Circle' Adaptation, Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson

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EuropaCorp has landed domestic distribution rights to James Ponsoldt's "The Circle," which is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year currently in production. The movie's ensemble cast features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Ellar Coltrane. Variety first reported the deal. Read More: James Ponsoldt on Why 'The End of the Tour' Is Not a David Foster Wallace Biopic Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Eggers, "The Circle" stars Watson as a new employee at a dominant Internet company whose life begins to fall apart as she rises in the ranks. Filming started on the project back in September, meaning we could see EuropaCorp release the film this fall in an awards-ready release. No release information has been set.  "We are thrilled to welcome such an innovative and talented writer and director as James Ponsoldt into the EuropaCorp family," said »


- Zack Sharf

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Bryan Fuller Named Showrunner of New 'Star Trek' TV Series

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Space: the final frontier...or, at least, the latest for Bryan Fuller. Fresh off of the (devastating) cancelation of "Hannibal" at NBC and in conjunction with another gig as showrunner of "American Gods" for Starz, the veteran TV scribe has now been named the showrunner for CBS's upcoming "Star Trek" TV series. Fuller announced the news with the below tweet: "My very first experience of 'Star Trek' is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire," Fuller said in a statement. "It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of 'Star Trek' with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before. »


- Ben Travers

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Music Box Films Picks Up Anne Fontaine's Provocative Nun Drama 'The Innocents'

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Anne Fontaine's "Agnus Dei" may not have made much noise at Sundance last month compared to buzzy festival titles like "Swiss Army Man" and "The Birth of a Nation," but it quickly earned a small, passionate following and the film has now found distribution thanks to Music Box Films. The Chicago-based company has acquired all U.S. rights to the film under a new name, "The Innocents," and will release it this summer. Read More: Music Box Films Acquires Alexander Sokurov's Acclaimed 'Francofonia' The official synopsis reads: "Poland, December 1945: Mathilde (Lou de Laâge, 'Breathe') is a young French Red Cross doctor based in Warsaw when a nun seeks her help. She is brought to a cloistered Benedictine convent where she discovers a young novice in labor. It soon becomes clear that the entire order has been profoundly traumatized and several other nuns are pregnant from a series of »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: Exclusive 'We Are Never Alone' Trailer Brings the Scope of 'Babel' to the Czech Republic

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Read: Filmmakers Take A Stand: Human Rights Watch '98 In a small provincial town in the Czech Republic, suffering seems to exist around every corner. This difficult and emotionally heavy subject matter is at the center of Petr Vaclav latest film, "We Are Never Alone," which takes a look at hardship, determination, and the pursuit to overcome overwhelming odds. The Berlinale entry follows a group of individuals whose seemingly unrelated lives persistently effect each other in one way or another. From a paranoid prison guard and his hypochondriac neighbor to a lovesick nightclub manager and his single-mom stripper, "We Are Never Alone" showcases the inadvertent effect that each of us have on one another. Using both color and black-and-white imagery, Vaclav invokes in his viewers a strong sense of loneliness and desperation. The juxtaposition of the dreary monochrome with the equally dark and dreary neon lighting creates a punishing aura that, »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Watch: Relive Your Heartbreak Over and Over in Exclusive 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' Clip

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Read: Watch: Dating Troubles Abound in Exclusive 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist' Trailer After a limited theatrical run last month at Los Angeles' Arena Cinema, John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler's "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" is hitting DVD and VOD platforms today, February 9, and Indiewire is celebrating with an exclusive clip from the Lgbt romantic-comedy, which shows off the film's breaking-the-fourth-wall narration and witty jokes. The movie centers around Elsie (Diane Flacks), a strong, charming and successful woman who has made a name for herself not only from her success as a Toronto TV producer, but also from being a self-proclaimed monogamist who seems to have had sex with everything that moves in town. Seeing as her relentless pattern of breaking hearts has no end, her friends boldly challenge Elsie to stay single for five months. But when the vivacious DJ Lolli stumbles her way into Elsie's life, she's »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Exclusive: Sarasota Film Festival Unveils Stylish New Poster

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Last October, the Sarasota Film Festival (Sff) and the Ringling College of Art and Design partnered up for a competition that would help create a new design to market and brand the upcoming festival. Through this collaboration, Sff commissioned two weekend-long brainstorming events for students to create several options from which organizers could select two students’ works to represent the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival.  Read More: Exclusive 'Barakah Meets Barakah' Posters Bring Vibrant Romance to the Middle East Eight students met with Sff staff to collaborate on fresh new ideas, examine past campaigns and discuss the expectations for the future, and now the winning design has been picked from Gisselle Tirse and Nikelle Mackey. Their designs will be seen on Sff banners on Main Street in Sarasota starting February 20. They will also be seen on all major festival materials such as mailings, playbills and sponsorship ads. "The Sarasota Film Festival »


- Zack Sharf

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How Lily Tomlin Became a Leading Lady Again, Forty Years After Her First Big Screen Role

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[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, "Grandma," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.]  Read More: Here's What 'Grandma' Star Julia Garner Learned From Working With Lily Tomlin Returning to a leading role nearly 30 years since her last top-lining part, Lily Tomlin's recent turn in Paul Weitz's fast-talking, wisecracking "Grandma" offered the veteran actress a chance to prove that her chops — and her sense of humor and humanity — were as sharp as they've ever been. Her young co-star, Julia Garner, puts it best: "The thing that I admire about her the most is just how present she is. And I don't only mean that in her work and her craft, but more her as a person. She's there, and it comes out in her work. »


- Kate Erbland

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Watch: How to Project 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in a Humongous IMAX Dome

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Read More: Meet the Brave Projectionists Behind 'The Hateful Eight' 70mm Roadshow With $906 million and counting at the domestic box office, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is simply the biggest film of all time in America, and a blockbuster of this size demands a screen of similar astonishment. That's where Brian Elmore comes in. As the IMAX projectionist at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama, Elmore is responsible with the herculean task of screening "The Force Awakens" in an IMAX dome where the screen wraps 180 degrees around you and stands at five stories high and four stories wide. But that's not even the biggest part — the project weighs two tons and needs an elevator to be lifted.  The John W. Woods IMAX Dome at the McWane Science Center was one of only 15 theaters in the entire country that screened the blockbuster on film, and to capture the process, »


- Zack Sharf

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Artists Brave Weather and Open Waters to Create Historic Murals in 'Painted Oceans'

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Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Painted Oceans Logline: 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. Elevator Pitch:  Artist Tristan Eaton has assembled a team of world-renowned Street Artists to paint murals on the historic WWII & Pirate Radio Red Sand Sea Forts off the east coast of England. The new documentary feature, "Painted Oceans" will capture the entire process as the artists live at sea for one month, battling weather and danger on all fronts while striving for their place in Art History. »


- Indiewire

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12 Recent Reminders That Women on TV Can Do Anything Men Can Do

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During a recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Samantha Bee slayed us all with a simple and humble joke about becoming the only woman on television currently hosting a late night talk show: "I didn't even know women could talk!" Read More: What Time Is the Right Time For Watching Late Night TV? The joke comes rooted in the way so very much of the discussion about her new talk show for TBS, "Full Frontal," revolves not around her stellar comedy chops but her "Chamber of Secrets" (just one of the many euphemisms Bee and Colbert tossed around for her feminine bits). Bee's handling this media focus with an impressive level of grace. But because we can't seem to escape this discussion, let's get real about it. Listen up, everybody: There are an awful lot of things that women can do on television these days — and do awfully well, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Experience the Power of Ghanaian Cinema in Exclusive 'Nakom' Trailer

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Read: 2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Program With Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' and More As the first-ever Ghanaian film to be accepted into the Berlin International Film Festival, Kelly Daniela Norris and Tw Pittman's "Nakom" surely has to be feeling the pressure. The film tells the story of Iddrisu, a talented up-and-coming medical student who is forced to come back to his native village of Nakom in northern Ghana after the sudden death of his father. Learning of the insurmountable debt that the family has accumulated since his time away at university, young Iddrisu must make a drastic choice between what his future will hold. Will he take on the burden of patriarchy and stay with his family or return back to the life that he has made for himself in the city? The film is slated to have its world premiere at the Berlinale on February 15. Watch the exclusive trailer above. »


- Riyad Mammadyarov

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