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Tyler Perry Says He Still Has ‘Issues Getting Screens in White Neighborhoods’

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Tyler Perry won the box office over the weekend, as his latest film “Boo! A Madea Halloween” took in nearly $28 million, but the Hollywood hitmaker feels his movies could still be reaching more audiences, The Wrap reports.

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Although “Boo! A Madea Halloween” displaced Paramount’s Tom Cruise action sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” to earn the top box office spot over the weekend, Perry cited the fact that “Jack Reacer” opened on 3,780 screens, 1,500 more than “Madea.”

“I still have issues getting screens in white neighborhoods believe it or not,” Perry told The Wrap. “I think the numbers could have been bigger had people who are in the white suburbs had the option to go to their own theaters to see it. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for many, many years.”

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- Graham Winfrey

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‘Jane the Virgin’ Showrunner Addresses That Major Love Triangle Upset

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Warning: The following contains details from the “Jane the Virgin” episode that aired Monday. Read at your own risk.

Jane the Virgin” has a message for Team Rafael: you’re free. No longer will fans of Justin Baldoni’s character need to get upset when it comes to his love triangle with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and her husband Michael (Brett Dier). That’s because the show finally killed off the love triangle for good when Rafael realized that he no longer had romantic feelings for Jane.

It’s a bold move for the series, which had relied on the love triangle’s tensions since the pilot. Creator Jennie Snyder Urman spoke to reporters after a screening of the episode to discuss the reasons for killing off this reliable romantic comedy trope.

Read More: ‘Jane the Virgin’: What Does Michael’s Fate Mean for the Damned Narrator?

“Jane got married, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Man With a Plan’ Review: Matt LeBlanc’s Fall From Grace Was Foreshadowed on ‘Episodes’

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In the Season 4 finale of “Episodes” — the last entry we’ll see until the final season hits in 2017 — Matt LeBlanc and his friend, Sean Lincoln, are sitting at a bar, mourning his upcoming gig as a game show host. Titled “The Box,” the new series asks seven contestants (or “idiots,” as LeBlanc calls them) to spend 17 weeks trapped inside a glass cube for the chance at fame and fortune. By remaining inside, they earn points that can be used to make their stay easier (i.e., a sandwich) or make their opponents’ lives harder (dumping a boatload of bugs into their cube).

Dear God, why would someone do that?” Sean asks Matt.

“Money,” LeBlanc says. “To be on TV. I don’t know. It’s crazy.”



“Well, you’re willing to be a game show host for money and to be on TV.”

“It’s a little bit different. »

- Ben Travers

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Takeshi Kitano to Receive France’s Legion of Honor

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Takeshi Kitano has taken home laurels from film festivals the world over. As of next week, he can lay claim to an even higher honor: France’s Legion of Honor, which the Japanese actor, director and comedian will receive at a ceremony in Paris next week for his contributions to contemporary arts.

Read More: ‘Boiling Point’ Exclusive Poster: Film Movement Classics Re-Releases Early Beat Takeshi Movie

Jack Lang, France’s former culture minister, said in a statement that the “Violent Cop,” “Sonatine” and “Outrage” director “comfortably went beyond the limits of art genres and transformed the rules of performing arts, television, film and literature.” Kitano will receive the rank of Officier, the L’ordre National de la Légion d’honneur’s fourth-highest honor.

Read More: Tokyo Film Festival: U.S. Indie Scoops Top Prize; Tim Burton And Takeshi Kitano Honored

“I am very surprised that I will be given such an honor, »

- Michael Nordine

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Video Watchdog to Cease Publication After 27 Years

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After nearly 27 years, Video Watchdog has announced that it will cease publishing its print edition. Tim and Donna Lucas announced the unfortunate news on on the Video WatchBlog today, telling an all-too-familiar story of declining advertising revenues and the disappearance of similar publications over the years.

Read More: iPic’s Big Gamble: How a High-End Theater Chain Hopes to Change the Way We Go to the Movies

“After trying many creative ways to generate sales to compensate for newsstand losses and lack of advertising support, rising shipping and postage costs, and a depressed economy, it is simply no longer possible to keep Video Watchdog moving forward,” they write. Among Vw’s many admirers, they note, were the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Martin Scorsese.

Read More: ‘Son of Frankenstein’ Uncut Trailer Hits the Web After Being Lost for 75 Years — Watch

Video Watchdog began as a black-and-white digest-size magazine in »

- Michael Nordine

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Why George Clooney Needs to Return to TV, and Other Questions Answered

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Very Good Television Podcast has dug into some tricky topics over the past year and a half, but the best questions Liz and Ben have answered have definitely come from their humble listeners.

Last Week’S Episode: ’30 Rock’: 10 Reasons Tina Fey Made One of TV’s Most Important Comedies

What’s their favorite thing about The CW? What actors would they love to see return to television, and what would their dream George Clooney limited series look like? Which mid-1990s sci-fi show does Liz manage to bring up twice? How often does Ben find a way to turn the conversation to “The Leftovers”?

Get all the answers in this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, hosted by IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers. Don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes, and follow IndieWire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news. »

- Indiewire Staff

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Peter Jackson to Write and Produce ‘Mortal Engines’ Adaptation

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It’s been nearly two years since “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was released, and in that time Peter Jackson has been rumored to be attached to any number of projects. We now have confirmation of at least one: “Mortal Engines,” a series of young-adult sci-fi/fantasy novels written by Philip Reeves. Jackson and his wife/collaborator Fran Walsh have written the screenplay along with Philippa Boyens, who also worked with the husband/wife team on the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies.

Read More: Peter Jackson Will Direct ‘Tintin’ Sequel After ‘Secret’ Amblin Project

Jackson won’t direct the project, however — that duty is going to his protégé Christian Rivers, who’s set to make his directorial debut with “Mortal Engines.” “Peter, Fran, Philippa and Christian are all visionary storytellers with the gift of turning their passion projects into beloved blockbusters for a worldwide audience, »

- Michael Nordine

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Fans Launch Petition for Quentin Tarantino to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

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Director Tim Miller’s departure from “Deadpool 2” over the weekend quickly led to a pretty wild idea: What if Quentin Tarantino directed the sequel to the Ryan Reynolds action-comedy?

Read More: Quentin Tarantino Teases Intriguing New Project, Set in 1970

More than 2,100 people have signed a petition asking Tarantino to do just that, THR reports. “If there was ever a chance to see Tarantino do a project almost guaranteed to make a billion dollars, this is it,” writes Carl Champion Jr., who launched the petition. “We got a great taste of what this could be like in “Kill Bill,” but imagine having a guy like Tarantino write dialogue for ‘The Merc with the Mouth’! It would be so glorious. Join me!”

It’s highly unlikely that Tarantino would consider taking on the project, considering the only sequel he’s ever directed was “Kill Bill: Vol. II,” and that was »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Dad Day’ Exclusive Clip: Factory 25’s First Comedy Series Examines What It Takes To Be a ‘Real’ New Yorker

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Factory 25 announced today the BricTV premiere of the comedy series “Dad Day” created by Craig Butta and James Mennella. The six-episode series marks the first narrative series produced by Factory 25 as well as the first series directed and staring Butta, whose previous acting credits include Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” and Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again.”

Read More: Factory 25 Acquires Wfmu Doc ‘Sex and Broadcasting’

The series follows Craig (Butta) and James (Artie Brennan) as they struggles with fatherhood and friendship in a continually gentrifying New York. The guys want James’ son Henry to be raised like an authentic New Yorker and each episode explores what exactly that means nowadays, and how to best instill local values in a place that doesn’t resemble your home anymore.

“Dad Day is a pure look at modern man in modern Brooklyn,” says director Alex Ross Perry. “Vulgar, sad and at times absurd, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Son of Frankenstein’ Uncut Trailer Hits the Web After Being Lost for 75 Years — Watch

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Nitrate film fell out of widespread use due to the how flammable it is, but anyone who’s seen an actual nitrate print knows that its quality is impossible to fully reproduce. Enthusiasts of the long-gone format were excited over the weekend by the discovery of the original uncut trailer for 1939’s “Son of Frankenstein,” not least because it’s said to be taken from alternate takes and deleted scenes. Watch it below.

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Rowland V. Lee directed the film, the third entry in the “Frankenstein” mythos produced by Universal. Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi star in the picture, with narrator Charles Frederick Lindsley singing their praises throughout the two-and-a-half minute trailer: there’s Karloff  “rising from the past to spread new terror,” for instance, while Lugosi is “sinister, mysterious, evil.”

Read More: Can You Answer These 10 ‘Frankenstein’ Questions? »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Borrowed Time’: How Two Pixar Animators Made a Daring, Off-Brand Western Short

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Two of Pixar’s animators, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (“Inside Out,” “Brave”), have made the first off-the-shelf CG short at the studio. After winning a slew of film festival awards (including Siggraph’s prestigious Best in Show), the adult Western “Borrowed Time,” produced at Pixar University’s Co-op program, recently went viral on Vimeo. (Watch it below.)

Boasting a beautiful Monument Valley landscape right out of John Ford and Sergio Leone, it’s a sensitive and exquisitely rendered story about a mournful sheriff who returns to the scene of a tragic accident he can no longer escape, as painful memories keep flooding back.

“They have a brand at Pixar and what we did was completely off-brand and they appreciated it, but it was not something that Pixar would literally would ever make,” Hamou-Lhadj told IndieWire. “There’s themes in it that they could address, but it wouldn’t be done in the same way. »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Black Mirror’: How ‘San Junipero,’ Season 3’s Sweet Love Story, Came to Be

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For those who see the techno-phobic anthology series “Black Mirror” as having an overly cynical take on the modern world, Season 3’s “San Junipero” would beg to differ.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis star in this surprisingly sweet love story, which is arguably the most fascinating of the new season. It is also the sort of episode that is impossible to discuss in depth without getting into spoilers.

Read More: ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Review: New Genres, New Talent Give Anthology Series an Upgrade

IndieWire asked creator Charlie Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones to discuss the genesis of the episode in full. Consider this to be a deep dive into how “San Junipero” came to be, but only read it after watching.

A quick catch-up: “San Junipero” begins by throwing us into California in the 1980s — at least as far as we know. Yorkie (Davis) is new to this young »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

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The Academy will announce its list of Oscar-eligible documentaries this week, a field that counted just 82 entries in 2005; last year, there were 124. And along with this growth comes a new attribute for the much-admired/often ignored genre: Power.

Under Sheila Nevins, HBO led the way in showing how documentaries could draw audiences with nonfiction programming that’s skillful, dynamic, and relevant. Under Lisa Nishimura, Netflix upped the ante with deep-pocketed algorithms that not only proved audiences craved this content (after all, documentaries are the original reality TV), but also guided exactly where those viewers could be found, and what they wanted to see. And while social justice has always been the balliwick of documentary filmmakers, Diane Weyermann at Participant has given that niche the financing and clout it deserves.

While their business models differ, they’re all producing documentaries that might not otherwise exist, making them better and getting them seen. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Spoilers: Reddit Post Claims to Outline Entire Season

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Spoiler-averse “Game of Thrones” fans, turn away now — this article is dark and full of terrors. It appears that the entire plot of the HBO drama’s upcoming seventh season may have been leaked on Reddit, particularly the r/freefolk subreddit. Unlike the more popular r/gameofthrones subreddit, which has more than 800,000 subscribers, this one has a lax policy regarding such matters; its only two rules are 1.) say anything you want and 2.) do not kneel.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ Crossover: George R. R. Martin Pitched Idea To Showrunners

Like the wildlings found north of the Wall, these freefolk are a rambunctious sort whose ramblings often seem hard to believe — until evidence bears them out. The original user who posted the supposed intel, “awayforthelads,” has since deleted his or her account, perhaps out of fear that HBO deals with its enemies as ruthlessly as the Lannisters.

At one point, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Peter and the Farm’ Exclusive Clip: Documentary Explores The Inner Turmoil of an Isolated Vermont Farmer

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Tony Stone’s “Peter and the Farm” garnered acclaim out of its premiere at the True/False Film Festival and now it’s finally receiving a theatrical and VOD release. The film is a portrait of Peter Dunning, rugged individualist and proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont, whose only company are the animals he tends. During the film, he confronts his legacy, including his alcoholism, his failed marriages and self-destructive tendencies. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: True/False Film Festival Review: Entertaining, Heartbreaking Documentary ‘Peter And The Farm

“I have known Peter since I met him at the Brattleboro, Vermont farmer’s market when I was nine years old but had never gone to his farm,” said Stone in a director’s statement. “The rest of the crew had met Peter at the market on visits with me. Everyone was always drawn by »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘The Youth’: Bill Hader and Nicole Byer Get Out the Vote in Joss Whedon’s Latest Election Video — Watch

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With just over two weeks until Election Day, Joss Whedon has released the latest video in his Save the Day series. “The Youth” stars Bill Hader, Nicole Byer (“Loosely Exactly Nicole”) and Tom Lenk (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Watch it below.

Read More: ‘Weatherman’ Short Film: Joss Whedon Directs Keegan-Michael Key in Apocalyptic Trump Takedown — Watch

Byer introduces herself as both a great actress and a millennial, which makes her “lazy and self-involved” — not that it’s stopping her from voting. Hader plays the director of her get-out-the-vote PSA, which panders to “the youth” via lame puns and broad attempts at being inclusive. Hader explains that, though they had young writers on staff, none of them showed up because they didn’t think it was important.

Read More: Joss Whedon’s Next Film Might Be a Historical Horror Feature Set During World War II

Save the Day has helped register »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Private Property’ Exclusive Clip: Long-Missing 1960’s Thriller Stars Warren Oates as Voyeuristic Drifter

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This past year, Cinelicious Pics has restored and distributed two unique films tragically underseen or never received U.S. distribution: Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 animated masterpiece “Belladonna of Sadness,” and Leslie Stevens’ long-missing 1960’s thriller “Private Property,” about two homicidal Southern California drifters (Warren Oates and Corey Allen) who wander off the beach into the Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Anne (Kate Manx) and slowly worm their way into her life.

Read More: Cinelicious Pics to Release 4k Restoration of Lost Noir ‘Private Property

Cinelicious gave it a brief theatrical distribution this year in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and other cities, and it will be released on Blu-ray this week. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Allen’s character finally alone with Anne. The scene was one of the reasons why the film was rejected by the Motion Picture Association for failure to comply with the code, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Werner Herzog’s Greatest Hits Get the Supercut Treatment, Thanks to Netflix — Watch

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“It is a fire that wants to burst forth and it could not care less about what we are doing up here!” Thus lauded filmmaker and seemingly unstoppable documentarian Werner Herzog explains the themes and ideas of his latest feature, the volcano-centric documentary “Into the Inferno,” a swirling mass of fire and destruction that only someone like Herzog could give us.

The film recently made its debut on the festival circuit, hitting up Telluride, Toronto and Rome in short order, and now it’s poised to rocket straight into your eyeballs, thanks to a steaming deal with Netflix that will bring the majestic power of both volcanoes and Herzog — together, at last, finally — right into your own home. No place is safe. But, then again, isn’t that exactly what Herzog has been telling us all these years?

Read More: Werner Herzog’s ‘Into The Inferno’ Is A Red Hot »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Crosscurrent’ Trailer: Silver Bear Winning Chinese Drama Travels Up The Yangtze River

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At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s photography in Yang Chao’s “Crosscurrent” won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography. The film follows Gao Chun (Qin Hao), who takes over his family’s courier ship and travels up the Yangtze River to deliver some cargo. At different ports, he comes across the beautiful prostitute An Lu (Xin Zhilei) in various identities and ages, and begins to wonder if she’s part of the supernatural or if he’s traveling through time. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Read More: Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s Layered and Luminous Cinematography Shows the Power Of Minimalism

Lee is best known for working with such acclaimed directors like Wong Kar-Wai and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. He received the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his photography in “In the Mood for Love.” His most recent »

- Vikram Murthi

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Film Critics Name the Best Movie Theaters In the World — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

At long last, the Alamo Drafthouse is finally opening in Brooklyn this Friday, complementing a new wave of New York City cinemas that already includes the Metrograph, the Nitehawk (which will soon open another location), and the iPic chain, and is scheduled to add several more exciting venues 2017. With that exciting news in mind, we’ve put forward the following question to our panel of critics: What is the best movie theater that you have ever been to, and what made it so special?

Miriam Bale (@mimbale), Freelance

The Castro Theater in San Francisco is obviously the best. See anything there and you’ll know why. »

- David Ehrlich

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