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‘Binge’ Celebrates Nasty Women In Dark Comedy About Bulimia — Watch

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It’s a great pitch: A comedy about bulimia. It sells itself. So well, in fact, that more than one person had the idea. “When I saw ‘The Skinny,’ I had a meltdown,” Angela Gulner, creator and star of “Binge,” told IndieWire. “I was like: ‘My story has been told. There’s no room for it anymore.’ But then I calmed down a little bit.”

Read More: How ‘The Skinny’ Creator Jessie Kahnweiler Got From YouTube to Sundance (Hint: Jill Soloway Helped)

She realized that there was room for more than one eating disorder comedy. The success of Jessie Kahnweiler’s “The Skinny” (the web series premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was co-produced by Jill Soloway) did not mean the failure of “Binge.” Quite the opposite — it meant there was an audience for her story.

Not only that, but such a universal and pressing issue deserves more than one story. »


- Jude Dry

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Netflix’s ‘3%’: Why The Show’s Most Disturbing Twist Still Haunts Us

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Have you finished watching “3%,” Netflix’s first original series from Brazil and one of the more intriguing dystopian thrillers we’ve seen in a while? Then keep reading. Our initial review of “3%” was deliberately kept spoiler-free, but people are discovering “3%” every day, and some of the biggest ideas presented by the series are worth discussing a bit more in depth… especially that final episode. Boy, did it make an impact.

Spoiler-free Review: Season 1 of Brazil’s ‘Hunger Games’ Finds Its Own Voice

[Editor’s note: spoilers for “3%,” through the finale, below.]

The first season, created by Pedro Aguilera and directed by Cesar Charlone, tracks a group of 20-year-olds who are attempting to complete a brutal selection ritual that will elevate them from the slums of a ruined world to the Offshore, a place of abundance and plenty. The whole time, we’d been noticing the prominently displayed vaccination scars of those select few who’d already succeeded in completing The Process, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Behind The Scenes Video: Xavier Dolan and Kit Harington Discuss Upcoming Drama

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” is Xavier Dolan’s first English-language directing project, which features a stellar ensemble cast led by Kit Harington. Production for the film began over the summer in Montreal, Canada, and now we have the first glimpse at the upcoming drama.

As part of CNN’s Masters at Work, a new series that goes behind the scenes with leading creatives, a video was released of Dolan on set of his latest project, discussing the feature and his directing process.

“I always wanted to tell that story about intolerance and about how Hollywood casts aside different people,” the 27-year-old director, actor and writer stated. “To me good storytelling, the storytelling that I enjoy watching, is about precision.”

Read More: Xavier Dolan Won’t Submit ‘John F. Donovan’ To Cannes Next Year; Points To ‘Trolling’ Nature Of Criticism

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan »


- Liz Calvario

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‘La La Land’ Crafts Roundtable: Making a Neo-Classical Hollywood Musical

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The common theme among the crew of Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” was creating a musical bridge between the past and the present — La and Hollywood as wish fulfillment and boulevard of broken dreams. It’s not merely a nostalgia trip but a timeless fusion that’s as relatable today as it was during the classical era, which is why “La La Land” scored the Nyfcc’s best picture and remains the Oscar frontrunner.

For production designer David Wasco, Los Angeles became a Technicolor/CinemaScope dreamland for jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone). And although the designer got to explore Redondo Beach’s historic Lighthouse Café and utilize matte glass paintings from the legendary Rocco Gioffre, his greatest triumphs were the Busby Berkeley-inspired opening on the downtown interchange between the 110 and 105 freeways and the Griffith Park Observatory Planetarium tribute to “Rebel Without a Cause. »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Timeless’ Launches Special 360 Virtual Reality Experience Tied to ‘Space Race’ Episode

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Timeless” fans who enjoyed this past Monday’s episode, “Space Race,” can now immerse themselves into the narrative thanks to the new 360 virtual reality experience, “Timeless: Continuum Recon.”

The adventure lets you take a journey through time while sitting on the Lifeboat time machine, while Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) gives you a mission to execute. You’re then transported to July 20, 1969 at the Nasa Mission Control in Houston, with the Apollo 11 moon landing just minutes away.

Read More: ‘Timeless’ Creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan on Their Unique Partnership – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Timeless” co-creators, co-showrunners and executive producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan felt that the Vr experience was the next step in taking their fans on a new historical expedition. “We thought the ‘Space Race’ episode was the perfect opportunity. People can look around.  Explore details we just can’t put into the show.  With this incredible technology, »


- Liz Calvario

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (126) – All the Big Awards This Week and What They Mean

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This was a big week for awards season. It started Monday with the Gotham Awards, the flashy New York ceremony for independent film, where “Moonlight” won big. Then came the National Board of Review’s nominations, where “Manchester By the Sea” came out on top, followed by a best picture win for “La La Land” from the New York Film Critics Circle. That same day, all three movies also landed nominations from the Critics Choice Awards. Needless to say, it’s looking like we have quite the varied trio of best picture contenders.

But is that a fair assumption to make at this stage of the game? That question provides the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson debate these developments and touch on which films didn’t make the cut to get a better sense of what might happen in the weeks to come. »


- Indiewire Staff

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Amy Schumer in Talks to Star in Live-Action ‘Barbie’ Movie

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Amy Schumer is becoming a Barbie girl in the Barbie world for her next feature film. Per Variety, the actress and comedian is in talks to star in a live-action “Barbie” movie for Sony.

Reminiscent of films like “Splash,” “Enchanted” and “Big,” the story follows Barbie Schumer after she gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and fitting the mold. She then lands in the real world and goes on a life-changing adventure. 

The original idea and screenplay was written by Hilary Winston, but Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, will rewrite the script. Producers for the film are Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal, with Lauren Abrahams overseeing for Sony Pictures. Parkes and MacDonald initiated the original deal with Mattel in 2014.

The studio’s next step is to lock in a director.

Read More: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Star in Beyoncé ‘Formation’ Parody »


- Liz Calvario

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VFX Oscar Shortlist: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Make the Cut

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The preliminary shortlist of VFX Oscar contenders has been narrowed to 20 by the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, with Disney’s hybrid frontrunner, “The Jungle Book,” joined by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the surprising “Kubo and the Two Strings,”  the stop-motion animated feature from Laika, which is uncommon for the category.

Read More: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: How Laika Made Their Innovative Moon Beast

Other highlights include six superhero movies from the Marvel and DC universes (including “Doctor Strange,” “Deadpool” and “Suicide Squad”), Denis Villeneuve’s alien contact thriller, “Arrival,” Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl adaptation, “The Bfg,” “Star Trek Beyond” and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully.”

Two glaring omissions, however, were Juan Antonio Bayona’s critically-acclaimed “A Monster Calls” and David Lowery’s delightful “Pete’s Dragon” remake.

Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting, »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Gilmore Girls’ Exclusive: See the Charming Stars Hollow Ads From the World Premiere Screening

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If you’ve ever wanted to live in Stars Hollow, now’s your chance to recreate an evening at the Black & White & Read Bookshop, the only book store in town shows movies.

At the world premiere screening of the first episode of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” that was held in November in Los Angeles, Netflix ran a series of fun slides advertising local Stars Hollow businesses before the show. (True to form, Luke will not tolerate your cell phone use.) Check out all the rest of the ads below, exclusive to IndieWire, before your next screening of “A Film By Kirk.”

Read More: ‘Gilmore Girls’: That Ending Was Perfect, and We Need to Accept It

Now we can stock up on corn starch!

An after-party for the screening was held in a mini-recreation of the Stars Hollow town square, complete with gazebo.

Maybe Kirk’s mother can help. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez on Advocacy and Supporting Women in This New Age — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Michael Showalter on the Origins of ‘Search Party’ and Status of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Gina Rodriguez is the kind of person who doesn’t take her celebrity for granted.

The “Jane the Virgin” star has leveraged her star power to help launch the “Young Women’s Honors,” which celebrates everyday women who are making a difference in various fields such as science, education, the environment, philanthropy and technology.

Read More: Gina Rodriguez Launches Social-Media Movement to Spotlight Latino Performers

The event took place on Saturday Nov. 19, and a few more big names joined her for the cause: Laverne Cox, Katie Holmes, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tatiana Maslany, Mayim Bialik, Victoria Justice and Lily Singh, among others. It will air Dec. 19 on The CW.

IndieWire’s Turn It On recently talked to Rodriguez about creating the show, which she hosts and serves as executive producer, »


- Michael Schneider

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5 Essential Films By ‘Silence’ Director Masahiro Shinoda

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Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.

Masahiro Shinoda has never cracked the top tier of Japanese auteurs and he’s never enjoyed the fame of Akira Kurosawa, the critical reverence of Yasujiro Ozu, or the historical significance of Kenji Mizoguchi, but time has revealed the filmmaker to be one of the most vital directors of the 20th century. From the frenetic pop energy of the Japanese New Wave to the more meditative, historically focused features that became de rigueur towards the turn of the millennium, the versatile Shinoda was a mainstay in his country’s national cinema from his wild debut »


- David Ehrlich

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Barry Jenkins, Mike Mills and More Directors Share Favorite Scene From Their Recent Acclaimed Films – Watch

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This award season features a handful of critically acclaimed films that have been written and directed by talented auteurs like Barry Jenkins, Tom Ford, Mike Mills and Jeff Nichols.

Each one of them, along with three additional directors (Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan and Andrea Arnold), were featured in T Magazine‘s “The Auteurs Changing Cinema” piece, highlighting their recent features.

Additionally, four separate videos were also shared with the article where Jenkins, Ford, Mills and Nichols discuss their favorite scene in their movie, why they decided to move forward with their projects and the difficulties that they faced.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’ Exclusive: Barry Jenkins’ Acclaimed Drama Is One Of The Year’s Essential Moviegoing Experiences

Jenkins is known for “Moonlight,” the story of a young man’s struggles, told across three defining chapters of his life, as he grapples with his sexuality and broken family. In the clip he talks »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Bojack Horseman’ Creator Reveals The Email He Wrote to Convince Netflix To Do Near-Silent Episode

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With the end of the year right around the corner, chances are you’ll be seeing numerous lists of the best television episodes of 2016, and chances are high that included on said lists will be “Fish Out Of Water” from “BoJack Horseman” Season 3. Told almost entirely without dialogue, the episode finds BoJack attending a film festival underwater and trying to get a baby sea horse back to his family (his oxygen helmet is broken, which is why he can’t communicate with anyone).

Read More: How ‘BoJack Horseman’ Achieved Perfection Without a Word

The episode is as much a reflection of BoJack’s self-sabatoging ego as it is a celebration of silent film storytelling (the thrills of Buster Keaton and the pathos of Charlie Chaplin are all flooded into the episode’s DNA), and while the episode is now considered one of the year’s best, it took some effort »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’ Clip: Sally Hawkins Gets Arrested for Summoning Spirits

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Beginning on Sunday, December 11, PBS will be airing the first episode of “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses,” a lavish three-part television series of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI (Part 1)”, “Henry VI (Part 2)” and “Richard III.”

Ahead of its debut, IndieWire has an exclusive new clip from the first part, which stars Tom Sturridge, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo and Sally Hawkins.

The clip, titled “The Arrest of The Duchess,” shows Gloucester’s wife, the Duchess (Hawkins), who believes that she has the right to the throne, arrested after hiring a witch to summon spirits  to ask about the future of Henry VI’s reign. Gloucester grieves for her, but asserts that he cannot control the law.

Read More: Benedict Cumberbatch Becomes King Richard III in the New ‘The Hollow Crown’ Trailer — Watch

The series is the second season of “The Hollow Crown” franchise and is directed by Dominic Cooke. »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Pacific Heat’ Review: Everything Wrong With Netflix’s Australian ‘Archer’ Knockoff, Explained With Gifs

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To be blunt, “Pacific Heat” is a show that’s most valuable purpose is to remind us how brilliant another show is: the long-running FX-to-fxx animated satire, “Archer.”

While the Netflix import isn’t exactly a James Bond spoof, nor does it anywhere state or otherwise imply a connection to Adam Reed’s Emmy-winning masterpiece, there are simply too many common threads to ignore the similarities: From analogous storytelling techniques, characters, and jokes, “Pacific Heat” is an obvious attempt to copy a successful series, but it’s a poor substitute for the real thing.

Such easy comparisons are what Netflix executives — and their algorithm-crunching programming decisions — are relying upon to drive viewership, and it could work. “Archer,” we must imagine, has been quite successful on the streaming platform, meaning there’s an audience of subscribers looking for adult, action-driven, animated comedies.

But “Pacific Heat” will only prove sustainable if that »


- Ben Travers

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‘Mr. Neighbor’s House’: A Peek Inside Adult Swim’s David Lynch-esque Children’s Show

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Brian Huskey looks like the unassuming everyman. But that’s where his comedy lies.

Huskey, an original member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, has made a name for himself by playing average-looking guys with a dark core. That successful formula is on full display in “Mr. Neighbor’s House,” a twisted take on a children’s TV host that premieres Friday night on Adult Swim.

“I’ve always been fascinated by human struggle and insanity,” Huskey told IndieWire. “I’ve always found really dark stuff to be funny. I think a lot of comedians do. I realize for myself, because I do get cast in a lot of ‘everyman’ roles, it’s almost a source of pride for me to say, ‘I look like this, but I can do this.’ And this is what I get excited to express myself, through a darker explosion.”

Huskey is also a regular on TBS’ “People of Earth, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Duelist’ Clip: A Ruthless Plan Is Hatched in Sweeping New Russian Historical Epic — Watch

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No false advertising here: Alexey Mizgirev’s historical epic, “The Duelist,” follows a professional duelist in 19th century Czarist Russia, a period of time that was punctuated by some of society’s most well-to-do families settling things literally the old-fashioned way, by employing professional fighters to face off in regulated duels. That’s one way to settle a disagreement. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

As the film’s official synopsis makes clear, “there was a strict code of behavior applied to the practice of duelling; one rule was that a substitute was allowed, another was that nobles would fight only fellow nobles.” Both of those code items become very, very important in the film.

Can you guess where this is going?

Read More: Officials and Locals Clash Over Bleak Russian Representation in Oscar-Nominated ‘Leviathan’

The film follows Yakolev (Pyotr Fyodorov), a retired army officer and professional duelist, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Rogue One’: Watch Twitter Live Stream of Special Q&A With Cast and Director

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In two weeks the first “Star Wars” spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” will be released in theaters. In anticipation of the film’s premiere, Twitter is hosting a special Q&A with the cast and director Gareth Edwards, which will stream live today, December 2 at 1 p.m. Et/ 10 a.m. Pt.

Also expected to be in attendance is Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy. The actors that will be participating are Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.

In addition to the “Rogue One” Q&A, the event will feature two exclusives for fans, the debut of a never-before-seen video and a behind-the-scenes tour from a surprise location.

The live stream  will be available worldwide on Twitter at RogueOne.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments, and via @StarWars and @people accounts, as well as on Twitter apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. »


- Liz Calvario

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Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

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Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”

“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of Csa, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year, »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘All Eyes and Ears’ Clip: President Obama and Jon Huntsman Try to Ease International Relations — Watch

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Documentarian Vanessa Hope’s first full-length feature focuses on the complex relationship between the United States and China, effectively combining both very personal stories and a broader look at international relations in general.

“All Eyes and Ears” combines stories involving the U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter Gracie Mei, and blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng, to create a smart (and very timely) exploration into a relationship between super powers that has always come with its own complications. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.

Read More: Stephen Colbert: Trump and Obama’s Meeting Was Awkward ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ Remake — Watch

The film follows Huntsman and his family during his tenure as ambassador (2009 – 2011, a tenure he ended so that he could in the 2012 presidential race) while also following Chen Guangcheng’s journey from being under house arrest to his »


- Kate Erbland

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