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David Lynch Playlist: The Director’s Favorite Bands and Singers Perfect for ‘Twin Peaks’

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If someone found a TV network willing to give them 18 hours of original programming all under their domain, it makes sense that person would want to bring a bunch of their favorite bands along with them.

Over the run of “Twin Peaks: The Return,” David Lynch has used the close of every episode as a showcase for past collaborators. Some of these acts have been household names – who could forget Nine Inch Nails rounding out the infamous Part 8 – while others have been more under-the-radar favorites.

These are artists that not only fit thematically with each individual episode, but also hew close to Lynch’s personal fandoms. The director has been open about it in the past, including his appreciation for Au Revoir Simone. Moby, for whom Lynch directed a music video in 2009, popped up this past week and longtime collaborator Chrysta Bell recorded multiple albums with Lynch before taking »


- Steve Greene

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‘Una’ Trailer: Rooney Mara Confronts the Past — and Ben Mendelsohn — in Tense Drama

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Una” doesn’t have a stateside distributor, but it does have a new trailer ahead of its release in the UK. Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in Benedict Andrews’ adaptation of David Harrower’s play “Blackbird,” which marks the theater director’s silver-screen debut. Watch the trailer (which first premiered courtesy of The Independent) below and weep that you may never see it grace American screens.

Read More‘Una’ Exclusive Clip: Watch Rooney Mara Hunt Down Ben Mendelsohn In One Of The Fall’s Most Exciting Films Mara and Mendelsohn’s characters encounter one another for the first time in years after an abusive sexual relationship in the film, which screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last fall. Andrews’ theater work includes productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Seagull,” among others. Read MoreFirst Look: Rooney Mara And Ben Mendelsohn In ‘Una’ (Formerly Known As ‘Blackbird’)

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Dunkirk’ and the 70mm Experience: Why The Unlikely Comeback of the Big-Screen Format Has Hollywood’s Attention

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Much has been made about the way “Dunkirk” has been engineered for the 70mm experience. Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic is being marketed as an immersive big-screen experience, one that the director prefers audience experience in his preferred format. But he never would have been able to convince a studio to invest in this undertaking if weren’t for a few key developments from the past few years.

While shooting on film has made an unexpected comeback in Hollywood, watching a film projected on celluloid has remained a novelty reserved for cinephiles lucky enough to live near a museum or repertory theater still committed to showing film prints. After 35mm projectors were removed from theaters across the country, they never came back; Hollywood loved the ease of digital cinema projection (Dcp), which shaves off the costs of the significant labor, time and cost of making and shipping thousands of film prints. »


- Chris O'Falt

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Zachary Levi on Returning to Comic-Con In a New Role For Syfy — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Danny Trejo on Weapons, Tacos, the Los Angeles Rams and Weird Looks from Parents — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Zachary Levi first attended San Diego Comic-Con 11 years ago, when his NBC series “Chuck” first premiered. Not only did he fall in love with the fan event, he soon found a way to put his own stamp on the gathering with his Nerd Machine brand. That led to Nerd HQ, an annual fan event that traditionally was held simultaneously with Comic-Con in San Diego.

But don’t call him the “King of Con” – a label that Levi thinks only comic book royalty have earned. “I don’t know if I love that title,” he said. “Even though I’ve been a nerd my whole life this will only be my 11th year at Comic-Con. You gotta be Stan Lee status. Every one else is vying for »


- Michael Schneider

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How One Marketplace in Canada Is Sustaining Some of the Most Exciting Genre Films Made Today — Fantasia

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While the general moviegoing public never has to endure the hellacious experience of film marketplaces, most independent filmmakers and producers are all too familiar with the frustrating hustle of meetings with potential financiers and sales agents, all of which reduces their projects to simplistic taglines and demographics. Frontières, the international marketplace for genre films currently underway in Montreal, faces a different set of challenges. For example: Can you have too many zombie movies?

“We wound up with two this time,” said Lindsay Peters, the market and industry director who has organized the industry showcase for five years. “But that’s the nice thing — they can be completely different, and just compliment each other.”

Read MoreHow One NYC Event Can Turn Promising Ideas For New Indies Into a Reality

At a time when many adventurous filmmakers are struggling to find the resources to get edgier projects off the ground, Frontières — which »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records

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Christopher Nolan’s World War II retreat-and-rescue epic “Dunkirk” has critical acclaim and is the first 2017 studio film to stand as a serious awards contender. However, it’s unlikely to become a significant player among the top war films at the box office.

Over the last decade, Nolan’s made five films that grossed $200 million-$658 million (adjusted domestic). However, while war films can still draw big numbers (Clint Eastwood’s 2014’s “American Sniper” earned $381 million, domestic adjusted), Nolan’s movie may be hampered by history.

War is the backdrop to some of the most popular films of all time, including “Star Wars” as well as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music,” the #1 and 3 domestic grossers of all time. David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” was more of a biography-character study, but it was an epic set during Wwi and its adjusted gross was $473 million.

War films were the original box-office draw. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Fahrenheit 451’ First Look: Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon Set Fire to the Future

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Ramin Bahrani has become an indie staple after acclaimed efforts such as “Chop Shop,” “Man Push Cart,” and “99 Homes,” but his most high profile release might just be the upcoming HBO film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”

Read More: Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Reuniting (Again) For Cheating Scandal Drama ‘Wrong Answer

The television film marks the second collaboration between the director and Michael Shannon. The actor earned rave reviews for his supporting turn in “99 Homes” and was even a dark horse for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Michael B. Jordan plays the lead Montag, a young fireman in a dystopian future where media is an opiate and books are banned and burned. Montag battles his mentor Beatty (Shannon) in a fight to regain his humanity. Laura Harrier, Sophia Boutella and Lilly Singh co-star.

Fahrenheit 451” was first published in 1953. Previous adaptations include François Truffaut’s 1966 film adaptation. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Untamed’ Review: This Surreal Thriller Is the Second-Best Movie Ever Made About Tentacle Sex

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There are no talking foxes in Amat Escalante’s latest whatist, but chaos still reigns.

And though “La región salvaje” translates literally as “The Wilds,” one struggles to imagine a more fitting title for this surreal erotic thriller than “The Untamed.” The Mexican auteur, who last divided audiences with the punishing “Heli” (for which he won Best Director at Cannes), takes a cue from Andrzej Żuławski’s “Possession” in his tentacled pulse-pounder about the pain and pleasure of love in all its forms. This is the kind of experience that might tell you more about yourself as both a viewer and a person than you’re comfortable knowing; it’s also the most alluringly strange movie of the year so far.

It’s frequently beautiful, too, with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (who also lensed “Nymphomaniac”) capturing the strange goings on and foggy environs in all their alien glory. “The Untamed »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Under The Skin’ Visionary Jonathan Glazer Has Finished Writing His Next Movie

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English director Jonathan Glazer has been a feature filmmaker since 2000, but he’s only made three movies in 17 years: Breakout debut “Sexy Beast,” the criminally overlooked Nicole Kidman psychodrama “Birth” and the modern classic “Under The Skin.” 9 years separated the releases of his last two movies, so many of us have been worried that it would be another decade until Glazer delivered a follow-up to 2014’s “Under The Skin,” but it appears we won’t have to wait that long after all.

Read More: Why Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’ Took a Decade to Make

Speaking to the Nottingham Post (via The Playlist) after picking up his honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent, Glazer revealed he is starting pre-production on his new movie after working on the script for the past year. The screenplay is finished and will mark his first solo outing as a writer. Glazer co-wrote “Under The Skin »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Jigsaw’ Trailer: The ‘Saw’ Franchise Has Been Resurrected and It’s More Twisted Than Ever

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The “Saw” franchise was supposed to have ended seven years ago with the release of “Saw 3D,” but you just can’t kill a once-popular horror franchise, can you? The series is being resurrected this Halloween with the eighth installment, “Jigsaw,” directed by up-and-coming Australian filmmaking duo the Spierig Brothers. The duo have directed Ethan Hawk-starring efforts like “Daybreakers” and “Predestination.”

Read More: The 20 Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century, From ’28 Days Later’ to ‘Get Out’

Jigsaw” is set over a decade after the death of the eponymous serial killer. The story centers around a new gruesome string of death obstacles and murders that bring to mind the killing habits of Jigsaw, prompting an investigation and the history of the sociopath to be reawakened. Tobin Bell is somehow returning to the role, even though the character is supposedly seven feet under, while co-stars include Mandela Van PeeblesLaura Vandervoort and Brittany Allen. »


- Zack Sharf

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How One NYC Event Can Turn Promising Ideas For New Indies Into a Reality

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Our bi-weekly Film Festival Roundup column explores notable stories and news updates from the circuit.

Long before Barry Jenkins or Laura Poitras won their first Oscars or Robert Eggers made one of 2016’s highest-grossing indies, or Denis Villeneuve graduated to Hollywood’s A-list, they were still just independent filmmakers with a dream — a dream that needed to be packaged, sold, and produced. Enter Ifp Film Week, home of one of the world’s most forward-thinking film markets, and the U.S.’s only market that presents new works across all platforms, all the better to serve their creator’s visions.

This year’s 2017 Ifp Film Week, presented by the Independent Film Project, has unveiled its slate for this year’s film project section. The lineup includes 110 narrative and documentary projects in development from over 15 countries. Curated by Ifp’s Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson and Senior Director of Programming Milton Tabbot, »


- Kate Erbland

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GLAAD Awards Inaugural Grant to Trans Docuseries ‘America in Transition’ (Exclusive)

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GLAAD announced today the grand prize recipient of its inaugural grant, glaadgrants: “America in Transition,” a multi-platform docuseries about the everyday lives of trans people of color.

Read MoreGLAAD Media Awards: Watch ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney Accept the Prize for Outstanding Film (Exclusive)

The grant provides partial completion funding and professional mentorship to creators making work that amplifies the voices of the Lgbtq community, with the aim of developing a pipeline to Hollywood. The leading media advocacy group for Lgbtq visibility in media, GLAAD has long been a vital resource for Lgbtq filmmakers and creatives. The organization hosts the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors outstanding Lgbtq media; and GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index is an invaluable resource in holding major Hollywood studios accountable when it comes to Lgbtq characters.

With glaadgrants, the organization can finally offer direct support to Lgbtq projects and creators.

Created by André Pérez, “America in Transition” explores community, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Proud Mary’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Is the Ass-Kicking Action Star Hollywood Needs Right Now

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Action movies are not usually star vehicles for Hollywood actresses. Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde,” Angelina Jolie in “Salt” and Scarlett Johansson in “Lucy” are anomalies when they should be the standard, but Hollywood is slowly coming around to this fact. Case in point: “Proud Mary.” Never in a million years would the old Hollywood guard let the amazing Taraji P. Henson lead an action vehicle as a butt-kicking assassin, but it’s 2017 and we’re more than ready for this.

Read More: Taraji P. Henson Says She Was Paid ‘Sofa Change’ Compared to Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett on ‘Benjamin Button’

Proud Mary” stars Henson as the titular character, a ruthless professional hit-woman for the Boston mob who breaks good after she meets a young boy who awakens her maternal instinct in her that she never knew she had. The film is directed by “London Has Fallen” filmmaker Babak Najafi and co-stars Billy Brown, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Maintained Secrecy on His Set

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Few productions in the history of the movies have been as shrouded in secrecy as Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” While filmmakers often go to great lengths to prevent their screenplays from leaking to the public, Nolan kept the script for “Dunkirk” so guarded that even very few members of the crew ever laid eyes on it.

Read More‘Dunkirk’ Cast: Where You’ve Seen Christopher Nolan’s Ensemble Before

Of the more than 600 people who helped bring Nolan’s World War II drama to life, the 20 or so crew members on set who were allowed to read the script included the director of photography, production designer, first assistant director and property master.

“It was a lot of guessing,” said “Dunkirk” art director Stéphane Cressend, who was only allowed to read the script once, six weeks after shooting began. “This is what’s really different from all the other productions I’ve worked on, »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Mr. Robot’ at Comic-Con: Hack the Streets of San Diego For a Glimpse at Season 3

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There’s not a lot we can tell you about what “Mr. Robot” is doing at Comic-Con, if only because we fear what creator Sam Esmail and USA Network would do to our computers. But at San Diego Comic-Con this year, the USA series has put together a really fun experience for fans of the hacking drama, one which embodies the show’s challenging storytelling (and love of puzzles).

Read MoreComic-Con 2017: Why The Annual Blending of Pop Culture Still Matters

The short version is this: It all starts with Ecoin, and if you’re in San Diego this week, you should sign up for an account. At the very least, this is because over 20 local San Diego vendors are “accepting Ecoin,” which means that when you sign up, you get $20 — sorry, “20 E” — worth of redeemable offers, mostly free food. (Who doesn’t want a free hot fudge sundae?)

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.

Read More Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Is Like ‘Star Wars’ on Crystal Meth, and It’s Almost Crazy Enough to »


- David Ehrlich

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Before Christopher Nolan, ‘Atonement’ Captured Dunkirk in One Powerful Long Take — Watch

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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is finally making its way into theaters this weekend, and with it comes one of the few big screen depictions of this pivotal moment in both British and World War II history. Only Leslie Norman’s 1958 war film of the same name has also chronicled the events of Operation Dynamo, in which the British Air Force and Navy embarked on a rescue mission to save thousands of Allied soldiers stranded on Dunkirk beach. But anyone who has seen Joe Wright’s “Atonement” has been to Dunkirk before, courtesy of a jaw-dopping long take that ranks among cinema’s finest.

Read More: ‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

The showcase scene in Wright’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel is a five-minute tracking shot that follows James McAvoy’s wounded British soldier Robbie Turner as he »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Girl Without Hands’: Gkids’ Hand-Painted Brothers Grimm Film Offers a Unique Adult Fairy Tale — Watch

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The Brothers Grimm loved nothing more than a horrifying, gruesome, decidedly older-skewing fairy tale. While their classic stories have often been sanitized for wider audiences, it appears as if Gkids’ upcoming feature film “The Girl Without Hands” is holding on to at least a few of the more terrifying details of the original story that has inspired the animated offering.

In the film, a starving miller makes a literal deal with Devil, only to find that he’s been tricked (such is the main problem with dealing with Satan, after all) and has accidentally sold off his cherished daughter. Initially protected by her disarmingly pure heart, the Devil eventually makes off with the girl’s actual hands, forcing her to embark on a hard-won journey to redemption that involves true love, a surprising new life, and more than one more run-in with the evil being that hurt her in the first place. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: Julianne Moore Is the Evil Criminal Mastermind Of Our Dreams

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle” promises a lot of great things, including the sight of Channing Tatum in a cowboy hat cracking a bullwhip, but easily the best thing in the upcoming sequel is going to be a scene-chewing Julianne Moore as a psychotic criminal mastermind. The Oscar-winning actress rarely takes on deliciously evil characters, but she’s going full sociopath in “Kingsman” and it looks amazing.

Read More: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: More Pastiche, More Gadgets, More Channing Tatum

“The Golden Circle” brings back Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a secret agent who must stop Julianne Moore’s global entrepreneur Poppy from destroying the world. In order to defeat her plans, Eggsy and the Kingsman must team up with the Statesman, an American spy organization that includes the likes of Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges.

Come for the charming cast and Matthew Vaughn’s stylish action direction »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Girl Without Hands’: Alternate Posters for Gkids’ Hand-Painted Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale

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- Kate Erbland

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