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'Inside Amy Schumer': Go Behind the Scenes of That Incredible '12 Angry Men' Homage

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Season 3 of "Inside Amy Schumer" is blowing up everything we knew about how comedy on television tackles gender. The first two episodes of the show's return featured some ballsy, thought-provoking sketches with viral appeal, but for its third installment, it went long-form.  Read More: Inside 'Inside Amy Schumer': They're Gonna Do 'Whatever the F***' They Want "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," featuring an amazing cast including Jeff Goldblum, Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Gethard and John Hughes, is a 20-minute celebration of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda, mimicking the original on the level of a shot-by-shot remake. It is also a savage, brutally funny riff on the question, "Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on television?" — a question Schumer's heard plenty before. To get the story behind the episode, co-directed by Schumer herself, Indiewire got on the phone with »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: SXSW-Winning Series 'Mr. Robot' Gets Ready to Tear Down the System

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Read More: Review: What is 'Mr. Robot,' and Why Did It Win the SXSW Audience Award? USA has just released a new 30-second promo for "Mr. Robot," the 10-episode thriller series from creator Sam Esmail ("Comet") about an anti-social computer programmer who is recruited by a mysterious hacker group to take down society. Rami Malek ("The Pacific") stars alongside Christian Slater ("The Adderall Diaries'), Portia Doubleday ("Her"), Carly Chaikin ("Suburgatory") and Martin Wallström ("Easy Money III"). The trailer features a short pull-quote from Indiewire's TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller, who called the pilot "one of the fest's most surprising and intriguing series" in her review of the SXSW 2015 premiere. "Mr. Robot" won the 2015 SXSW Episodic Audience Award, and was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. The show premieres Wednesday, June 24 at 10pm on USA. Read »


- Becca Nadler

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Watch: How Did 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Pull Off Its Mind-Blowing Stunts?

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Read More: Watch: The New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer Is Two Minutes and a Half Minutes of Action Packed Insanity A video compilation of behind-the-scenes footage taken on the set of George Miller's long-anticipated "Mad Max" reboot, which opens in theaters next week, has quietly surfaced on YouTube. Uploaded on May 1, the behind-the-scenes video is currently at 7,000 views -- which comes as a surprise considering the impressive range of stunt work seen onscreen. Seriously, it's not unlike watching a Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas, with real people performing impressive feats of strength, flexibility and bravery in front of the camera rather than leaning on post-production to create the illusion. As VFX has improved over the years, it has become exceedingly rare for an action film to shoot live stunts. It will certainly be interesting to see how the millennials -- a generation of filmgoers that have, »


- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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Does 'Outlander' Need Its Sex Scenes to Survive? (Even If It's the Best Sex on TV)

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Because of all the great amazing television currently happening, no one person knows about every show currently happening. Which means, sometimes, you have to explain the unknown and unusual, like Starz's freshman series "Outlander," to the curious.  Read More: Starz's 'Outlander' Continues Long Sexy Tease with New Trailer and More Details About the Show Here is how a lot of conversations I have about "Outlander" go, with people who haven't watched it... Curious Person: What's the show about? Me: This woman from the 1940s gets sucked back in time to the heyday of the Scottish Highlanders and has to figure out how to survive in a more primitive time with some majorly complicated and dangerous politics in play.  Curious Person: Ah. Okay.  Me: Also, there's a lot of sex.  Curious Person (Now More Than Curious): Oh really? This curious person, clearly, isn't reading a lot of the commentary out there right now about the. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon Love Each Other 'More Than Words' on 'The Tonight Show'

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Read More: Watch: Ride 'The D Train' With Jack Black in Trailer for the Sundance Comedy Last night's episode of "The Tonight Show" featured a shot-for-shot recreation of the music video for Extreme's 1990 music video of "More Than Words," with Fallon and guest Jack Black standing in for original band members Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone.  Black was on the show to promote his new film, "The D-Train," which premiered at Sundance in January and opens May 8 in theaters. What's most impressive about the video is how much "The Tonight Show" team commits to the remake, with everything from the cinematography to the costumes and wigs done to perfection.  Get your nostalgia on by comparing the remake above to the original below. Read More: Watch: Dana Carvey Revisits 'Choppin' Broccoli' on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' »


- Becca Nadler

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Frederick Wiseman on How to Stay in the Business of Making Movies for 50 Years

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At this year's Hot Docs Film Festival, North America's biggest annual documentary survey and industry powwow, something remarkable and strange transpired. Frederick Wiseman, arguably the world's greatest living documentary filmmaker, made a public appeal for financing for his next film, "In Jackson Heights." It was something he'd never done before in his near-50-year career. As 19 other filmmaking teams—most of whom were half to 75% of his age— would do at the Hot Docs Forum (read Anthony Kaufman's coverage here), the 85 year-old legend faced a 25-strong table of international broadcasters, funders and programmers, and delivered an elevator pitch. Why, you might ask, would Wiseman put himself out there in that way? "I'm playing the game to do what's necessary to attract the people who have money," Wiseman simply and pragmatically told moderator Piya Chattopadhyay the night prior, seated alongside longtime collaborator Karen Konicek, who heads up Wiseman's »


- Eric Hynes

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Matt Lucas on Creating Netflix Original 'Pompidou' for Children, Adults In Touch With Their Inner Child and Stoners

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On Netflix's seemingly never-ending homepage, under one or more of the quirky category titles, you might stumble across a show called "Pompidou." Nestled within "Kids" or "British TV" or even "New Releases," there sits the story of an aristocrat gone broke who lives in a trailer in front of his old estate with his butler and his dog. You'd be able to deduce all this only from the provided description, however, because "Pompidou" isn't told in any language familiar to mankind. Created by Matt Lucas — of "Little Britain," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Bridesmaids" fame — the Netflix and BBC One co-production of "Pompidou" sets out in the spirit of silent comedy classics. While not sonically absent, the dialogue featured in the six-episode first season is a mess of gobbledy-gook with only a random English word or two thrown in at inexplicable instants. It's Lucas' attempt to honor Charlie »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Kristin Davis on Battling to Save the Elephants With Her Documentary 'Gardeners of Eden'

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With her Emmy-nominated run on the HBO classic "Sex and the City" behind her, actress Kristin Davis has reoriented her focus to something a little closer to her heart. Read More: Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Film Festival Davis is a producer on the documentary "Gardeners of Eden," a first-person documentary experience focused on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. The film documents their heroic efforts in trying to stop poaching and rescue the orphans of slain elephants. Davis, who encountered the organization while on Safari in 2009, has since become a patron of the Trust. Indiewire's Nigel Smith sat down with Davis for an AOL Build Talk, to discuss the making of the film in the lead-up to its television premiere on Pivot this Wednesday. Read on to learn the six key things we learned from the conversation. She's been a global ambassador for Oxfam International »


- David Canfield

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Watch: John Oliver Lists His Favorite HBO Documentaries for Your Viewing Pleasure

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Read More: Watch: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Prepares for the Apocalypse With Help From Martin Sheen Not surprisingly, satirical newsman and "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver enjoys documentaries more than scripted television series. In the clip above, the "Daily Show" alum uses his amazing powers of persuasion to convince viewers to sign up for HBO Now, this time by creating a playlist of his favorite documentaries in a new ad spot. The list includes HBO docs such as "Gideon's Army," which follows public defenders in the American criminal justice system, "Terror At The Mall," which covers a terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya, and of course, the infamous documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" which premiered on HBO in March 2015. (Check out Indiewire film critic Eric Kohn's review for more information on "Going Clear," which premiered at Sundance in January.) No HBO playlist. »


- Becca Nadler

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5 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Being a Screenwriter

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For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge. That's why screenwriting organization The Black List teamed up with Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to answer your burning questions. Read More: 8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold The panelists—Chris Sparling (Cannes 2015 entry "Sea of Trees," directed by Gus Van Sant), Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries," "Ten Thousand Saints"), Michael Zam ("Best Actress") and Lara Shapiro ("The Americans")—joined moderator Franklin Leonard, creator of The Black List, to discuss everything from finding the right agent to when it's time to quit your day job. 1. Do I have to live in L.A. to have a »


- Emily Buder

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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Don't Make These 10 Common Mistakes

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This article originally appeared on the Raindance Film Festival blog and has been republished with permission. Read More: The Top 8 Pitches at the Hot Docs Forum: What Worked and What Didn't I made my first documentary while in film school, and have been doing it ever since. Documentaries are the flavor of the month now - people love real and true life stories. Documentaries are an easier way for emerging filmmakers to break in as the production costs can be lower than with a narrative film. I'm now an adviser on the Raindance Ma and specialize in docs even though I have made three narrative features. It really pains me to see new filmmakers attempting a documentary and making the same mistakes over and over again.1. Making worthy films that no one cares aboutMichael Moore recently reminded us that there's no harm in making entertaining documentaries that an audience want »

- Col Spector

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Underground Railroad Drama 'Freedom' Acquired by Arc Entertainment

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Read More: Arc Entertainment Acquires Civil War Thriller 'Echoes Of War' Arc Entertainment announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Freedom" for a day-and-date release on June 5, 2015. The film was directed by Peter Cousens ("Return to Eden") and was written by Timothy A. Chey ("The Genius Club"). "Freedom" follows the true story of Samuel Woodward, a slave who attempts to escape from a plantation in Monroe, Virginia using the Underground Railroad in 1856. Woodward's story is woven together with that his great grandfather, whose 1748 voyage to America with slave trader Captain John Newton inspired Newton to write the song "Amazing Grace." The song touches the lives of all of the characters in the film. Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry McGuire") stars in the film alongside William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Sharon Leal ("Guiding Light"), David »


- Becca Nadler

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Win 'Selma' Blu-Ray and Poster Signed By Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

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Want to win a "Selma" Blu-ray or poster signed by Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo? Follow @indiewire on Twitter and tweet #WinSelma for a chance to win today! Merchandise courtesy Paramount Pictures. With the launch of the DVD, every high school in the Us will receive Academy Award®-Winning "Selma" on DVD, per an initiative called "Selma for Students" launched by Paramount Home Media Distribution. In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides to help further illuminate the remarkable historical events depicted in the film. “Our ‘Selma’ filmmaking journey has had man‎y highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay.  »


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Screen Media Films Picks Up Jason Schwartzman-Starrer '7 Chinese Brothers'

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Read More: 'Krisha,' 'Tangerine,' 'The Wolfpack' and More Announced for Rooftop Films' 2015 Summer SeriesScreen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to director Bob Byington's "7 Chinese Brothers." The film debuted at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Jason Schwartzman stars as Larry, a drunk with a sad job whose only redeeming quality is his boss Lupe, played be Eleanore Pienta. Larry has a lot on his plate, and as he sinks further into booze, he tries to win over the girl of his dreams, take care of his dog and make his grandmother proud of him. Not easy tasks.  "We’ve been fans of Jason and Bob’s work for a while and couldn’t be happier to be working on '7 Chinese Brothers' with them,” said Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing for Screen Media Films.  “They both deliver the usual funny/quirky/insightful efforts we’ve »


- Travis Clark

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Watch: Ingrid Bergman Leaves Hollywood in Exclusive Clip From Cannes Documentary 'In Her Own Words'

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Read More: 2015 Cannes Classics Program Revealed; Costa-Gavras To Be Guest of HonorIngrid Bergman is one of the greatest actresses in American and world cinema, having earned three Academy Awards, two Emmys and a Tony. Best remembered for her role in "Casablanca," she also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "Nortorious" and "Gaslight," which she won an Academy Award for. Her mark on cinema is everlasting and now director Stig Björkman aims to cheerish her legacy with "Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words." The documentary world premieres in the Cannes Classics section of the film festival this month and we have an exclusive clip, which you can watch above. In the clip, the Swedish actress is seen remembering her love affair with director Roberto Rossellini. Fellow Swedish star Alicia Vikander provides the voiceover. "With 'Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words' I’ve tried to make a rich and multi-colored portrait of this. »


- Travis Clark

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Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Corden Run Through All of Ahnuld's Films in 6 Minutes

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Read More: Watch: Tom Hanks and James Corden Reenact His Best Roles (Wigs and All) on 'The Late Late Show' Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in some rather extreme, absurd movies over his long career as an actor. When condensed to any abbreviated length, his filmography would probably be something extremely hard to describe (including his new indie movie, "Maggie"). Thankfully, he appeared on "The Late Late Show" last night, and host James Corden did exactly that — in six minutes, no less.  The duo acted out a good amount of Schwarzenegger's starring endeavors, from action heavyweights "The Terminator" and "Predator" to comedies like "Twins" and "Batman and Robin" (if you tell yourself it's a comedy, it's all that more enjoyable). Corden donned everything from a wig to portray the Predator and, well, just about nothing for an over-the-top but hilarious rendition of "True Lies." Lets just say Corden gets. »


- Travis Clark

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Watch: Ian McKellen Puts a Funny, Touching Spin on Sherlock in 'Mr. Holmes' Trailer

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Read More: Berlin Review: Bill Condon and Ian McKellen Offer a Fresh Twist on Sherlock with 'Mr. Holmes' After directing Ian McKellen to an Oscar nomination for the acclaimed biopic "Gods and Monsters," writer-director Bill Condon has reunited with the thespian for "Mr. Holmes," the latest reimagining of Hollywood's favorite fictitious detective. As the film's official synopsis reads, "'Mr. Holmes' is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he »


- David Canfield

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AFI Conservatory Alums Dominate the 36th College Television Awards

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Read More: AFI Enters VOD Game with New Alumni Archive The 36th College Television Awards, hosted by the Television Academy Foundation, were held on April 23 in Los Angeles. The College Television Awards are a celebration of student video and digital filmmaking and can perhaps be best described as the Emmys of student-produced content. AFI Conservatory alumni Melissa Hoppe, Henry Hughes, Michael Steiner and Trevor Worley were the big winners of the ceremony.  Hoppe produced "Stealth," a tale of a transgender tween, which won the award for Best Children's Program. She also won the Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Scholarship to honor the film that best takes a humanitarian stance. Director Henry Hughes and producer Michael Steiner won the Directing and Drama Awards, respectively, for "Day One," a show about an Army interpreter who has to deliver the child of an enemy bomb maker. Producer Trevor Worley won the first place Comedy Award for "Martian. »


- Travis Clark

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Indiewire's Summer Preview: The 21 Must-See Indies

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Read More: Indiewire's Summer Preview: The 10 Must-See Documentaries "A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence" (June 3) Acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson doesn't make films all that frequently. In 2000 he released "Songs From the Second Floor," which won the Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Seven years later came "You, the Living." Now Andersson is back with "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence," which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival where it won the Gold Lion (the festival's top honor). Andersson's spread-out filmography is reason enough to be excited for this dark comedy -- every time he comes back, he comes back with something more thematically jarring and surreal than the last.  "Love & Mercy" (June 5)From "Brokeback Mountain" to "The Tree of Life" and "12 Years a Slave," Bill Pohlad has produced some of the most critically acclaimed »


- Indiewire

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The Man Inside the Bird: Caroll Spinney and Filmmakers Look Back on 45 Years of 'Sesame Street'

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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, "I Am Big Bird," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Caroll Spinney has been playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street" for 45 years when, after making a humble start as a traveling puppeteer, he was invited by Jim Henson to come to New York to work on "Sesame Street." The rest is history. After decades of stretching and extending his arm to work the giant bird's head (damaging tendons and nerves in the process), Spinney, now 80 years old, has no plan to give up playing Big Bird -- a character who he says is a part of his soul. Years ago, Spinneyhandpicked his ownsuccessor, an understudy who has since waited, quite literally, in the wingsfor almost 20 years. When his first marriage to a woman embarrassedby hiscareer ended in »


- Casey Cipriani

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