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Magnolia Acquires Duplass Brothers-Produced 'Tangerine' After Acclaimed Sundance Debut

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the well-received Sean Baker film “Tangerine,” which just premiered in the Next section of the Sundance Film Festival. "Tangerine" stars Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, two trans actresses making their feature film debuts. The official synopsis, courtesy of Magnolia, describes them as: "two working girls in search of a wayward pimp on a fateful Christmas Eve in Hollywood." Frequent Baker thespians James Ransone and Karren Karagulian also star. "Tangerine" was executive produced by the Duplass Brothers and produced by Through Films and Baker's longtime collaborators Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou. The film was lensed by Radium Cheung. Baker said of the acquisition, "The 'Tangerine' team is overjoyed to find a home at Magnolia Pictures and are humbled to be a part of their roster of prestigious, bold and forward-thinking films.Audiences will have the chance to »


- David Canfield

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'Gone Girl' (and Now Oscar Nominee) Rosamund Pike On Landing the Role of a Lifetime

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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is 'Gone Girl." This interview originally ran in October.] If you were one of the many who didn't know Rosamund Pike by name last year, chances are you probably do now. As the titular "Gone Girl" in David Fincher's chilling adaptation of Gillian Flynn's hit novel (Flynn also penned the script), Pike has been everywhere promoting the film and wowing everyone who made the thriller the top film of the weekend's box office in the Us. The 35-year-old Brit made her onscreen debut as a Bond girl in 2002's "Die Another Day," and has since gone on to appear in a number of high profile films including Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice," "Wrath of the Titans" and the Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher." Despite all this activity, a plum leading role has evaded the »


- Nigel M Smith

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For Your Consideration: The 6 Oscar Races That Are Still Actually Exciting

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As this past weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards made crystal clear, three of the four races for acting Oscars are essentially sealed deals. Betting against Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons to add Oscars to the mighty award collections they already have for "Still Alice," "Boyhood" and "Whiplash," respectively is definitely not something any level-headed gambler would recommend. While that should make for a hardly suspenseful portion of the Oscar ceremony, there are still quite a few nail-biters left to keep us on our toes (and make or break our Oscar pool ballots). Here are seven in particular:Best ActorNo too long ago, Michael Keaton seemed like the man to beat in what has been the most competitive of all the acting races all season long. He's the sentimental favorite, starring in the film with the most Oscar nominations. Not to mention he won both a Golden Globe (in the »


- Peter Knegt

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Sundance: Cynthia Nixon on Facing Death in 'James White' and the Hard Hours of 'Sex and the City'

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Cynthia Nixon will forever be best known for HBO's "Sex the City," the cultural phenomenon that earned her an Emmy Award and fans worldwide. In the years since that show wrapped, the actress has turned in compelling performances on stage and screen that are equally worthy of attention; and no, we're not referring her work in the "Sex and the City" movie and its sequel. She's currently at Sundance starring in "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" and "James White," the latter of which has left audiences emotionally devastated. In "James White" -- from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" producer Josh Mond, making his directorial debut -- Nixon plays the cancer-stricken mother of the titular character (played by ex-"Girls" star Christopher Abbott), who slowly comes to terms with her impending death when her condition worsens. Indiewire spoke with Nixon in Park City about the toll the role took on her, losing her own mother to cancer, »


- Nigel M Smith

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2015 Oscar Predictions

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Awards season is underway, and here's our best stab at how it might culminate in this year's Academy Awards, with predictions in multiple categories updated each week. For your consideration: Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film  Best Documentary Feature Best Cinematography Best Film Editing  Best Production Design  Best Costume Design Best Original Score  Best Original Song Best Visual Effects Best Makeup & Hairstyling Best Sound Mixing Best Sound Editing Sign up Here for Indiewire's Awards Season newsletter and receive a twice-weekly email roundup of our awards stories, hand-picked by our editors from across the Indiewire Network, plus additional coverage in the final run up to the Oscars. Read More: Anne »


- Peter Knegt

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Springboard: Meet the Man Behind Sundance's Most Terrifying Film, 'The Witch'

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Robert Eggers' "The Witch" rode into Sundance on the second day of the festival to screen for critics and emerged as the early breakout hit of the festival with a buy from A24 and glowing reviews, including one from Indiewire's Eric Kohn who called it a "uniquely spooky discovery." The film makes its official world premiere tonight in Park City. Bone-chilling, emotionally involving and exceedingly well-executed, "The Witch" marks the arrival of an exciting new talent. The writer-director already has his next film lined up with Jeff Robinov's new production house Studio 8. Indiewire caught up with Eggers to discuss his terrifying debut feature. I’m from New England, and for whatever reasons as a kid, New England’s history and past was part of my consciousness. I was very aware I was from the place where the Pilgrims were from and the Puritans and witches. I thought »


- Nigel M Smith

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5 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in February 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

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1) "House of Cards" Season 3 (available February 27)Why Should I Watch It? Um, because you're a living, breathing human being? Because Kevin Spacey won a Golden Globe for his riveting, seductive performance as Frank Underwood, when he couldn't for his roles in "The Usual Suspects," "Beyond the City" or "American Beauty"? Because the series' real star is Robin Wright and her ruthless yet humane portrayal of Claire Underwood? Because last season we saw murder, at least one threesome and a rapid rise to power? Maybe you should watch because if you're reading this, you already want to — succumb. Enjoy. Watch. Best Episode: Maybe it's because Netflix releases episodes all at once, but so far "House of Cards" has treated its season premieres with equal importance as its finales — in terms of twists, at least. [Spoilers ahead] Season 1 established the Underwood's mission to destroy President Walker, introduced us to the »


- Ben Travers

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'Driftwood' is a Feature Film with No Dialogue

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Here's your daily dose of an indie project 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. Driftwood Tweetable Logline: A chamber piece revolving around two characters whose relationship is driven by manipulation and fear. Elevator Pitch: A young woman (Joslyn Jensen) washes ashore and is taken in by a lonely, grieving old man (Paul C. Kelly). As the days advance, we learn more about the strange world they live in, which looks like ours, but is occupied with people who operate on a completely different kind of plane. Characters don't interact the way we do; they barely speak (in fact, they don't speak at all!), they merely suggest what they desire through gesture and physical contact. Production Team: The film was written, directed and shot by Paul Taylor. »


- Indiewire Staff

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #33: Timely 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' Reinforces the Importance of Political Satire

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With the recent attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Doug Tirola's documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead" is timelier than ever. The film chronicles the evolution of one of the most irreverent publications in U.S. history: Harvard's "National Lampoon." The college magazine paved the way for today's modern satire with its raunchy sense of humor and no-holds-barred political ridicule. Below, Tirola explains his unique approach to the documentary, including his decision to only use archival footage from the magazine itself. What's your film about, in 140 characters or less? "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead" is a film about the story of the National Lampoon. It follows two Harvard graduates who start the first humor magazine for adults, and turn it into the most prolific comedy empire of the 1970s until success and excess among its contributors begin to challenge its existence. Now, what's it Really about? »


- Emily Buder

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Sundance Review: Penis Humor and a Wily Jason Schwartzman Carry Goofy Sex Romp 'The Overnight'

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While male genitalia started to become a punchline in American comedies at least as far back as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," there's a case to be made for the gag reaching its full potential in writer-director Patrick Brice's "The Overnight." A scene in which Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott show off their (allegedly prosthetic) junk in an awkward display of male bravado maintains a terrific slapstick kick — puerile humor at its finest. The moment also illustrates the limited comedic inspiration of Brice's loose, uneven romp, which goes down easy and never digs too deep. But in the pantheon of lighthearted sex comedies, it's basically a paragon of the genre. The oddball nature of "The Overnight" takes some time to settle in. At first, Brice focuses on a fairly routine, sitcom-ready premise: Thirtysomething couple Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) movie from Seattle to to the Eastside of Los Angeles »


- Eric Kohn

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Sundance Review: 'Dope' is a Slick Hip-Hop–Driven Tale of Divided Identity

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Flattop haircut; high-waisted acid-washed jeans; thick gold chains worn around the collar of a top-buttoned shirt. If all you saw was the wardrobe alone, you’d think you’d stepped into a time machine set to 1995 — until, shortly into the film, a gangster wields a gun in one hand and an iPad in the other. "Dope" delivers a smooth blend of anachronistic hip-hop culture and modern technology, which manages to accomplish the bi-fold purpose of setting protagonists Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori), and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) apart from their high school peers and connecting with tech-savvy contemporary audiences. The movie is writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's fifth feature, following his 2010 comedy "Our Family Wedding," which starred Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera. "Dope" reunites Famuyiwa with Whitaker, who narrates the story of Malcolm and his buddies Jib and Diggy, a loyal trio of friends obsessed with old-school '90s hip-hop. They live. »


- An Banh

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Sundance: Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig and Your Other Favorite Female Comedians on Misogyny, Sex Scenes, and Their Secret Weapons

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"Behind every great woman is another woman," said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, as he introduced four of the entertainment industry's most powerful women, who happen to also be excellent comedy writers: Jenji Kohan ("Orange is the New Black"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live" and "Bridesmaids") and Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project"). The panel, "Serious Ladies," aimed to both explore and deconstruct the idea of the "female creator" in today's entertainment landscape. The comedians shared anecdotes in their familiar humorous fashion, but underneath the jokes was a serious undercurrent of the misogyny these women face in Hollywood. "Female writer" as a double-edged swordFemale writers are asked more frequently about all the following topics than male writers: Whether their work is autobiographical, whether their characters are likable, whether their »


- Emily Buder

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Watch: Go Behind the Scenes with Trent Harris in Exclusive 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV' Clip

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Last year, we called director Trent Harris the "best underground filmmaker you don't know, but should." The director of offbeat comedies, Harris has directed such films as "Rubin & Ed," "Plan 10 from Outer Space" and his epic "Beaver Trilogy," all of which have earned a cult following.  Now, Indiewire has an exclusive clip from his Sundance entry, "Beaver Trilogy Part IV," which is premiering in the U.S. Documentary section at this year's festival. The synopsis reads: "In a parking lot in 1979, then amateur filmmaker Trent Harris would meet an energetic young performer from Beaver, Utah; the chance meeting would change their lives forever. Over the subsequent decades the encounter would be retold in a series of fictional remakes that would culminate in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival entry ‘Beaver Trilogy' — but the film itself is only part of the story. 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV' explores Trent Harris' eclectic »


- Casey Cipriani

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Exclusive: Seed&Spark and Wemo.io Teaming Up For Virtual Reality Grants

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Crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed&Spark is teaming up with Wemo.io, a virtual reality technology and platform company, to launch a diversity-minded grant program to empower independent filmmakers to become part of the growing virtual reality industry.  During the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, both platforms will demo virtual reality experiences for filmmakers and invite them to submit grant proposals for short immersive experiences. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the aim of content production beginning in early March. The grant program will offer both cash and in-kind support, including equipment loans, on-set coaching, post-production services and funds to pay cast and crew. Grant sizes will be project-dependent. In an effort to promote entry diversity, Seed&Spark will provide production support and educational tools to help filmmakers get comfortable in the immersive production space.  "2015 is essentially 'Year 1' »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: 'The Americans' Season 3 Asks How Far Is Too Far For Family

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"The Americans" has always been a show about questions. In the spy genre, questions arise all the time. Who's lying? Who's telling the truth? Why? For what purpose? But creator Joseph Weisberg has also been quite adept at allowing each of his first two seasons to be summed up by a central, thematic question — and then answering them through the most trying of circumstances.  The first season of Weisberg's "marital drama through spies' eyes" focused on the not-so-basic concept of how two Kgb agents ordered to live together, work together and pretend to love one another (and have kids together) could actually fall in love by traditional romantic standards — in other words, how could such a marriage work? Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) built a sexual tension comparable to the risks taken in the field, vetting the positives of falling in love versus the dangers it could bring »


- Ben Travers

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How 'Game of Thrones,' 'Hannibal' and Other TV Inspired Beautiful (Classical) Music

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The dramatic opening credits sequence of "Game of Thrones" has become one of the most recognizable on television, thanks to the intricate, gear-wound map that comes to life and the sweeping strings of composer Ramin Djawadi's main title theme. Like many great dramas during this second (or third? Who's counting?) "Golden Age of Television," the music of "Game of Thrones" has become a character in and of itself, now inspiring one orchestra to hold its own concert inspired by the HBO series. On February 1 and 2, One World Symphony, located in New York, will perform "Games of Thrones," a concert featuring classical and contemporary music from an array of operas as well as some original compositions. The idea for the concert came in the fall of 2013 after One World Symphony artistic director Sung Jin Hong binge watched "Breaking Bad" and wrote his own opera inspired by the AMC series. The »


- Casey Cipriani

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Watch: Actors and Filmmakers Answer 'What's Your Favorite Movie That No One Has Seen?'

26 January 2015 10:25 AM, PST

The Academy Originals series continues to provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood. This time, they asked actors, screenwriters, directors and producers what their favorite movie is that they think no one else has seen. Many, including actors Mark Whalberg and Jennifer Garner and director David O. Russell answered the tough question. Highlights from the video include Ralph Fiennes, who says, "A film I've seen recently that really effected me is an Iranian film called 'Manuscripts Don't Burn.'" Jonah Hill, having starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street," answers with another Martin Scorsese film: "The King of Comedy" from 1982. Screenwriter John Ridley chooses the 1969 Francis Ford Coppola film "The Rain People," calling it "an astonishing piece of work." David O. Russell answers with an impressive three films: "Love and Anarchy," "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Seven Beauties." Have you seen »


- Travis Clark

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Fifty Shades of What? See the S&M Romance 'The Duke of Burgundy' Instead

26 January 2015 9:50 AM, PST

[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, "The Duke of Burgundy," is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during last year's Sundance Film Festival.] British director Peter Strickland is an expert at toying with expectations. In "Berberian Sound Studio," he followed the eerie plight of a sound mixer on an Italian giallo film with a disoriented style that made it unclear whether anything we saw took place outside of the disturbed man's brain. "The Duke of Burgundy" offers a far more ambitious gamble: It explores a sadomasichistic romance between two women — under the guise of European sexploitation films from decades earlier — by exploring the peculiar nature of their attraction without turning it into a punchline. By the movie's end, the kinky antics are oddly heartwarming. In an amusing feat of counterprogramming by »


- Eric Kohn

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

26 January 2015 9:49 AM, PST

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced. Here is our current prediction for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race, with commentary to come. Check out our predictions in other categories here. The Nominees: "Foxcatcher" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" Will Win: "Guardians of the Galaxy" Could Win: Any of them. Should Win: "Guardians of the Galaxy" Shoulda Been Here: "Into The Woods" Sign up Here for Indiewire's Awards Season newsletter and receive a twice-weekly email roundup of our awards stories, hand-picked by our editors from across the Indiewire Network, plus additional coverage in the final run up to the Oscars. Read More: Anne Thompson's Oscar Predictions »


- Peter Knegt

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

26 January 2015 9:47 AM, PST

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced. Here is our current prediction for the Best Visual Effects Oscar race, with commentary to come. Check out our predictions in other categories here. The Nominees: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "Interstellar" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Will Win: "Interstellar" Could Win: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Should Win: "Interstellar" Shoulda Been Here: "Godzilla" Sign up Here for Indiewire's Awards Season newsletter and receive a twice-weekly email roundup of our awards stories, hand-picked by our editors from across the Indiewire Network, plus additional coverage in the final run up to the Oscars. Read More: Anne Thompson's Oscar Predictions »


- Peter Knegt

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