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Let Nick Offerman Take You to Camelot in ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ — Exclusive

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You might remember that around this time last year, “Parks & Recreation” star Nick Offerman brought to life Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in a unique audiobook narration performance through Amazon’s Audible. Now, once more, you can listen to his lulling voice narrating another Twain classic in Audible’s new audiobook: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”.

The 1889 novel follows Hank Morgan, a mechanic living in 19th-century New England, who (after hitting his head) travels back in time 1300 years to Camelot during the years of King Arthur. Being a mechanic living in a progress-driven atmosphere, Hank feels compelled to teach the citizens of Camelot the modern way of life. As he sets out on his endeavor, he encounters several obstacles like an arrogant, devious wizard. While time-travel narratives were not as usual as they are today, the novel says something crucial to readers about social »


- Alberto Achar

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‘Breathe’ New Trailer: Andrew Garfield is Looking to Earn Back-to-Back Best Actor Oscar Nominations

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Andrew Garfield earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor last year for his work in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and he could find himself back in the race this year should “Breathe” catch on with audiences and voters. The movie co-star Claire Foy, who earned an Emmy nomination this year for her acclaimed work on Netflix’s “The Crown” and will next be seen as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With The Spider’s Web.” Putting these two appealing leads front and center is the movie’s best decision.

Read More:‘Breathe’ Review: Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy Give Heartwarming Performances in Andy Serkis’ Tearjerking Directorial Debut

The swooning period piece, which marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, tracks the decades of survival by Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a man stricken with polio in the ’50s who survived on a breathing machine for some 40 years, and the »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]

In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.

In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers

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One of the more eyebrow-raising moments of the 69th annual Emmy Awards came when Sterling K. Brown, accepting the award for Best Actor in a Drama (the first time the Emmy had gone to an African-American man since Andre Braugher in 1998, whom Brown name-checked), was cut off mid-speech. It’s a pattern familiar to those who watch awards shows, especially given that the award was one of the last of the night. But exactly how long had Brown been talking at that point? And how did the length of his speech compare to others of the evening?

IndieWire crunched the numbers and has the answers. We clocked the runtimes for each acceptance speech (as hosted on CBS’s official YouTube page), beginning our timer with the first word or “Ummmm” spoken into the microphone, listing them in ascending order of length. There’s no explicit pattern to why a speech »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Artemis Fowl’: Everything You Need to Know About Disney’s Adaptation of the Beloved Young-Adult Series

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After more than a decade stuck in development hell, “Artemis Fowl” now has a confirmed release date: August 9, 2019. That’s sure to come as good news to the sci-fi/fantasy series’ many fans, who number in the tens of millions. Here’s everything you need to know about the long-gestating adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s books:

Read More:‘It’: Everything You Need to Know About What Could Be the Scariest Movie in Years It’s been described as “‘Die Hard’ with fairies.”

That appealing description comes courtesy of the author himself, who’s written eight novels in the long-running series; though it’s been compared to “Harry Potter” as well, Colfer disagrees with that comparison. That could be because the books revolve around their title character, a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy because times are tough and the Fowl family isn’t as rich as it once »


- Michael Nordine

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‘All I See Is You’ Trailer: Blake Lively Struggles With Her Newly Reclaimed Sight in Upcoming Thriller — Watch

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Blake Lively stars in the upcoming thriller “All I See Is You” as Gina, a woman who regains her sight after a tragic car accident that took place in her youth. The wonder of sight quickly fades when Lively’s character realizes she’s been blind in more ways than one. The task of discovering her newfound self and the world around her begins as a fairytale, until the fantasy she’s lived inside stops holding up in the hard light of day.

Directed and co-written by Marc Foster (“World War Z”), “All I See Is You” also features actor Jason Clarke as Gina’s husband, who she can now see for the first time. Forster toyed with the use of our five senses while filming, experimenting ways to portray Gina’s life before surgery. Using only sight and sound, the audience is intimately invited into a unique viewing experience. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

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When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and »


- Anne Thompson

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The 10 Returning Shows Left in 2017 You Need to Know About

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TV seasons are a thing of the past, but the fall still sees a lot of new releases. Among the flurry of untested series — a.k.a. brand new shows — there are quite a few returning favorites ready to top their already stellar past seasons. They’re reliable picks for an audience already overwhelmed with options, but even these highly anticipated entries can still get lost in the shuffle.

So fear not, dear readers. The Very Good TV Podcast has got your back. On this week’s episode, IndieWire TV Editor Lisa Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers have collected the 10 most important, exciting, or intriguing returning series to make sure your favorites don’t go overlooked. Or, if you missed some of these the first time through, maybe there’s a new favorite to be had.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows »


- Ben Travers

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: Matthew Vaughn’s High Energy Sequel Is Blockbuster Overkill

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No one is having a better time in Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” than Julianne Moore, which is saying something. The director’s first sequel (no, he didn’t direct “Kick-Ass 2,” yes, “X-Men: First Class” is its own franchise-starter) is as high energy and bonkers as anything he’s made yet. As the film’s primary baddie, nefarious drug kingpin Poppy, Moore gleefully zips her way through every wacky scene, bolstered by an inventive setting that speaks to Vaughn’s intense imagination and the scope of his off-kilter super-spy vision.

Yet, for all that crazy fun, “The Golden Circle” doesn’t go wild enough to break Vaughn’s well-set mold, instead fitting neatly inside his filmography alongside other action-heavy offerings. It’s fun, but it’s blockbuster overkill after an already-crowded summer season.

Picking up soon after the conclusion of 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the sequel »


- Kate Erbland

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Worst CinemaScore Ratings: Movies With an ‘F’ From the Audience

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Darren Aronofsky’s controversial new thriller joins the ranks of other titles that audiences have rejected, joining directors such as Steven Soderbergh, William Friedkin, and Robert Altman.

Related stories'mother!': Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film's Shocking Twists and MeaningsThe Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century -- IndieWire Critics SurveyWhy Darren Aronofsky Shot a Two-Hour Rehearsal of 'mother!' in a Brooklyn Warehouse »


- William Earl and Michael Nordine

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‘Mom and Dad’ Review: Nicolas Cage Goes Nuts in Cartoonish Zombie Thriller — Tiff

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If “Night of the Living Dead” and “Spun” had a demented lovechild, it would look something like Brian Taylor’s “Mom and Dad.” While that’s all the better us, the actual kid would be getting a real bum deal.  Unfortunately for that demented lovechild, if born into Taylor’s twisted world, it would soon find its two beloved parents fighting tooth and nail to kill it.

Marking his first effort as solo writer-director, Taylor has lost none of the tweaked-out, live-wire intensity he brought to his work with collaborator Mark Neveldine. “Mom and Dad” has the same depraved verve, sick humor and berserk pulse of the “Crank” series, and what’s more, marries all that to an operatic Nicolas Cage performance in full on nutzoid mode. But more than the fervid cartoon violence and Cage’s rococo line readings, the film’s greatest asset lies in its simple, cold-blooded »


- Ben Croll

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‘Strong Island’ Filmmaker Yance Ford Reveals Dire State of Black America: ‘This Is What Systemic Racism Looks Like’

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If there’s one thing Yance Ford wants the audience to take away from his deeply personal documentary, “Strong Island,” it’s that black lives are in danger in America. His film, which opened the International Documentary Association’s 2017 Documentary Screening series on Wednesday night, tells the story of his unarmed brother’s murder 25 years ago, the lack of prosecution of his killer, and the destructive effect it had on his family in the years following.

In a Q&A following “Strong Island’s” Ida screening, Ford addressed the reaction he hopes audiences will have when they watch his film.

“I hope that audiences understand that there is a precariousness to black lives in this country that we need to address, that there has always been a precariousness to black lives in this country that we need to address,” he said. “In fact, our country is built on the precariousness of black lives, »


- Jean Bentley

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Mark and Jay Duplass’ Ambitious Crowdfunding Campaign Gets a Major Boost In Its First Week

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Earlier this summer, indie stalwarts Mark and Jay Duplass, alongside Seed&Spark, the film-focused crowdfunding platform with built-in distribution, announced a brand new initiative designed to find and bolster new filmmaking talent all over the country. Their Hometown Heroes partnership was designed to challenge “filmmakers from all over the country to tell stories that have never been told from wherever they are,” including a large-scale call for crowdfunding campaigns for narrative feature films on the Seed&Spark platform.

Submissions opened for the initiative in August, and campaigns began running last week (going through October 13). In the first six days of the rally alone, the campaigns have altogether raised $259k and gained 11k followers. As of this writing, 73 projects from 26 states (aiming to raise over $1 million in total funds) are currently in the running. A number of projects directly impacted and displaced from Hurricane Harvey are also still in the competition. »


- Kate Erbland

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Bjork’s New Mind-Bending Music Video ‘The Gate’ Is a Trip to Another World — Watch

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From her upcoming album “Utopia” comes Björk’s new music video “The Gate,” which is the album’s first single. The video, released on Sunday, is yet another collaboration with experimental filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang.

As we venture into the oneiric world of “The Gate,” we initially see Björk playing the flute in a land that is so heavenly that it resembles Planet Mül from Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” While she sings “I care for you,” the visually stunning music video then proceeds to show the Icelandic artist create and control the most ensnaring light orb you’ve ever seen, which she uses to animate other beings to make them whole.

Read More:Björk Becomes a Spectral Being in Beautiful New Vr Video ‘Notget’ — Watch

Björk’s latest album “Vulnicura” was, according to Pitchfork, about the conclusion of her long-term relationship with Matthew Barney. »


- Alberto Achar

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Fox Searchlight Rebounds From ‘Birth of a Nation’ and Returns as a Major Oscar Player

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It hasn’t been easy for Fox Searchlight Pictures over the last several years. The studio’s reputation has struggled in the wake of box office disappointments like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Demolition,” “Table 19,” and this year’s “Patti Cake$,” plus increased competition from growing rivals like Netflix, Amazon, and A24. What was once a studio destined to be an Oscar power player has now become just another indie distributor fighting to get its movies seen. We’re a long way from the back-to-back Best Picture success of “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” plus Oscar favorites like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “The Descendants.”

Read More:As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

One year ago, Fox Searchlight hit rock bottom with “The Birth of a Nation.” Nate Parker’s slavery drama was the »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Composer Ryan Elder on How to Write a David Bowie Song For a Fart

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If the infinite alien worlds and timelines in “Rick and Morty” weren’t wild enough, imagine writing music fit to accompany Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s bizarre-o universes. The Adult Swim show flew under the radar when it debuted in 2013, but it has finally been recognized as one of the smartest, weirdest animated comedies on television. Composer Ryan Elder has been involved with the series since before Harmon; he scored Roiland’s short, “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” a loose “Back to the Future” parody that caught Harmon’s eye and would eventually become “Rick and Morty.”

“The idea of creating something that you’re supposed to have never heard before is very difficult,” Elder recently told Pitchfork. “That’s not something composers usually have to do. But it’s also very liberating.” Elder originally wrote the eerily catchy theme song for a different show of Roiland’s, »


- Jude Dry

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Sean Spicer’s Emmy Appearance: Seth Rogen, Jenny Slate, and More Slam Former Press Secretary’s Cameo

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Stephen Colbert caused controversy last night at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards by bringing former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer out on stage. Award shows are known to stir the pot, whether intentionally or not, but some viewers felt the appearance was far from the right move.

The whole bit felt ironic after Colbert’s grand opening sequence centered around using TV to escape the horrors of the current political climate. Despite a touching sentiment featuring the stars of “The Americans” singing “Even treason’s better on TV” and a cameo by Chance The Rapper, Spicer undid any lasting shmaltz.

The choice to humanize Sean Spicer after he had worked to publicly defend Donald Trump and his administration struck some audiences as distasteful. Celebrities took to their Twitter platform after the fact and voiced their strong opinions — and some couldn’t even be contained in 140 characters.

I'm not ready to laugh "with" Sean Spicer. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Review: Jessica Chastain Stars in a Paint-By-Numbers Biopic — Tiff

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Is a film still considered a “white savior” story if its white protagonist never actually saves anything? In the case of Susanna White’s “Woman Walks Ahead,” it’s certainly not for lack of trying. A listless but lustrously shot biopic about the 19th century New York widow who traveled to North Dakota, painted the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, and then served as an advocate for his tribe as they fought the United States government’s attempts to expropriate their land, the movie almost credits Catherine Weldon as being solely responsible for the Native American resistance to the Dawes Act. Moreover, it also forgives her role in the massacre that followed. On their own, those issues are more frustrating than fatal. As a self-contained story, however, the film suffers enormously from its slippery grasp of history, all of its narrative thrust slipping through the cracks between fact and fiction.

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- David Ehrlich

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Tiff 2017 Report Card: Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances

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The fall movie season continues to expand its offerings, and critics are diversifying their opinions. In early September, IndieWire’s Telluride Film Festival Critics Survey found consensus forming around Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” and Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age story “Lady Bird” as the best films of the festival. Now, another crowdpleaser is stepping into the spotlight.

“Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” topped IndieWire’s annual Tiff Critics Survey as the best film of the Toronto International Film Festival, just one day after Martin Mcdonough’s black comedy won Tiff’s coveted People’s Choice Award, which is often used as a barometer for early awards season traction. The Fox Searchlight-produced film premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival prior to its Tiff screening, where it generated accolades for Frances McDormand’s foul-mouthed turn as a woman seeking justice for her daughter’s murder. »


- Eric Kohn

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‘November Criminals’ Trailer: Ansel Elgort Goes From ‘Baby Driver’ to ‘Brick’ in This Indie Mystery Drama

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Ansel Elgort is riding the success of “Baby Driver” right into the fall, in which he stars opposite Chloë Grace Moretz in the indie murder mystery “November Criminals.” Based on the novel of the same name by Sam Munson, the film stars the two Ya favorites as a pair of college-bound friends who team up to try and solve the mysterious death of one of their classmates. Think “Brink” with a dash of romance and a bit more conventional.

November Criminals” is directed by British journalist-turned-filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, best known for directing the documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” and the Anthony Hopkins-starring “Hitchcock.” He’s currently in production on the HBO original movie My Dinner With Hervé, starring Jamie Dornan and Peter Dinklage. The supporting cast includes Tessa Albertson, Catherine Keener, and David Strathairn.

Read More:‘Baby Driver’ is Edgar Wright’s First $100M Hit and Has Grossed »


- Zack Sharf

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