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6 Women of Color in Supporting Roles Who Deserve to Star on Their Own Shows

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TV trends come and go, but who would’ve thought that, with all the focus on inclusion in the past few years, there would now be an uptick of, as IndieWire’s Michael Schneider puts it, “white dudes in crisis” on TV?

To fill the diversity void, the networks have added actors of color to supporting roles. It’s heartening to see that this has created a more realistic picture on TV of what the world looks like, such as the marriage between Zach Braff’s and Tiya Sircar’s characters on “Alex Inc.” representing the growing number of mixed-race marriages in America. Unfortunately, it’s also disappointing to see so many of these favorite actresses get shunted from one supporting role to the next.

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It’s time for many of these actresses to move out »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘They’ Review: Imagine if a Young Abbas Kiarostami Made A Trans Childhood Film — Cannes 2017

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Not every filmmaker gets to make their feature-film debut at Cannes. But when you’ve studied with Abbas Kiarostami, and Jane Campion once said your voice had “a very unique flavor,” your chances are pretty good. Such is the case for Iranian writer/director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and her stunning debut feature, “They,” an impressionistic character study about a gender non-conforming kid named J (Rhys Fehrenbacher).

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Though Ghazvinizadeh’s voice is wholly her own, Kiarostami’s influence is all over “They.” And if you’re going to borrow from someone, one of the most singular filmmakers of the last 50 years isn’t a bad place to start. The Iranian auteur redefined the medium, eschewing flashy action sequences for quietly complex stories that often left viewers feeling baffled. In his last film to play Cannes, »


- Jude Dry

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How ‘The Americans’ Turns Brooklyn Into an ’80s World of D.C. Espionage, All on a Basic-Cable Budget

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The Americans” uses Brooklyn to serve as ’80s-era Washington, DC, home to Russian double agents at the end of the Cold War. The show doesn’t nod to a period look; the show’s cinematic energy is grounded in gritty realism and unsettling noir visual language.

That’s all well and good, but it’s also achieved on a basic-cable budget and a brisk eight-day shooting schedule that relies heavily on real locations rather than soundstage efficiency. Meeting that challenge demands real ingenuity, and IndieWire recently caught up with key members of the show’s production team to learn their secrets.

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The Gowanus

Nuzzled between the multimillion-dollar brownstones of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens is the Gowanus Canal – a neon-green polluted waterway that was once a hub of »


- Chris O'Falt

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David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Receives Standing Ovation at Cannes

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David Lynch returned to the Cannes Film Festival to unveil the two-hour premiere of the Showtime series “Twin Peaks” on Thursday, which received a five-minute standing ovation, an impressive debut for a revival of a television show at the world’s most famous film festival. The standing ovation was one of the longest seen at the festival this year, Deadline reports. 

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Lynch won the festival’s Palme d’Or award in 1990 for “Wild at Heart,” served as jury president in 2002, and won Best Director for 2005’s Mulholland Drive.

“It’s wonderful to have friends in town who have helped write the history of the event,” Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux said at the premiere. “If he had done a two-minute animated documentary we would have invited him. The return »


- Graham Winfrey

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Christopher Nolan Reveals How 11 Classic Films Inspired ‘Dunkirk’

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From “All Quiet on the Western Front” to “Speed,” check out the director’s unique sources of inspiration.

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- William Earl

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‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer: Rainn Wilson Turns Into a Clueless Criminal in New Netflix Comic Crime Thriller

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Netflix has released the trailer for its original comic crime thriller “Shimmer Lake,” starring Rainn WilsonBenjamin Walker and Wyatt Russell. The film marks the directorial debut of “22 Jump Street” and “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” writer Oren Uziel.

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Written by Uziel, “Shimmer Lake” follows local sheriff Zeke Sikes (Walker) as he attempts to untangle the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank robbery gone wrong. Wilson plays Andy, the sheriff’s brother who recklessly attempts to rob a bank, and the two unknowingly embark on a game of cat-and-mouse. The story, which involves many shady characters, is told backwards, reversing day by day through a week. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Sigman, Adam Pally, John Michael Higgins, Mark Rendall, Angela Vint and Isabelle Dove as Andy’s daughter Sally.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How a Classic Technicolor Technique Made the Color Red A Political Act

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” series on Hulu was tailor-made for Trump’s America, and nothing sums up the horror of Margaret Atwood’s totalitarian Gilead better than the “salvaging” ritual at the end of Episode One. The color red, worn by the Handmaids, becomes the key visual component, symbolic of both menstrual blood and political rage.

The Handmaids, forced into sexual servitude because of their rare fertility, are permitted to encircle and execute a rapist every month in a public display of controlled catharsis. And it comes at the worst possible moment for protagonist Offred (Elisabeth Moss), who learns that her best friend, Moira (Samira Wiley), is likely dead because of her rebellion as feminist and lesbian, so she takes charge with uncontrollable aggression.

Finding the Right Red in the Costumes

Reed Morano, the cinematographer-turned director, who helmed the first three episodes, established the palette of Atwood’s color-coded dystopia »


- Bill Desowitz

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Primetime Emmys Enlist Producers Behind the Tony Awards to Assist First-Time Host Stephen Colbert

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The Primetime Emmy Awards are getting a new production team. CBS and the Television Academy have tapped Tony Awards and “Kennedy Center Honors” producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to oversee this year’s telecast.

Stephen Colbert is on tap to host this year’s show, which takes place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Et at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Giving the show a serious infusion of fresh blood, it’s the first time as Emmy emcee for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” star, just as it’s the first time as Emmy telecast executive producers for Weiss and Kirshner.

Weiss has directed the Primetime Emmy Awards five times before, however, and will helm the show this year as well.

“We’re looking forward to seeing their unique and innovative approach to the telecast,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “Glenn’s exceptional direction of past Emmy Awards, »


- Michael Schneider

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The 20 Best Horror Movies Of The 21st Century — Posters

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The art for these scary flicks is just as chilling as the films themselves.

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- William Earl

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Adam Carolla Crowdfunding for Anti–Safe Spaces Documentary — Watch

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Comedian and podcast personality Adam Carolla has teamed up with conservative radio host Dennis Prager to make “No Safe Spaces,” a documentary about political correctness at universities in the United States. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two have been filming at various colleges, including California State University, Northridge —where they were initially not allowed inside — and U.C. Berkeley, where Ann Coulter had to cancel her speech in April as a result of threats of violence.

Carolla and Prager have started an Indiegogo campaign, looking to raise $500,000 for their film, which will then be matched by the same amount by Capital Research Center’s Dangerous Documentaries, as reported by THR. “No Safe Spaces” is a criticism against universities’ “safe spaces,” which refers to educational institutions offering a safe place for distressed students who may be victims of hate violence or speech.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Filmworker’ Review: Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man Gets His Due in Tony Zierra’s Workmanlike Documentary

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Leon Vitali has been described as a jack of all trades, an Igor-like figure, the moth to Stanley Kubrick’s flame, even a slave. He has a different title for himself, however: filmworker. It’s what he puts on visa applications when traveling to other countries and, considering his all-encompassing job description, it only makes sense that he would require a singular title.

It’s also what Tony Zierra named his suitably workmanlike documentary about Vitali, whose heretofore unheralded work behind the scenes is now on full display in the Cannes Classics sidebar. An actor who got his would-be big break in “Barry Lyndon,” Vitali made a unique career choice following the film’s success: He became Kubrick’s right-hand man. Seeing such an elaborate production come together — Vitali had been acting for years, but never on something that matched the grand scale of “Barry Lyndon” — instilled in him a »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Moss’ Trailer: Former Model Mitchell Slaggert Makes Bid for Indie Greatness in Psychedelic Laff Entry — Watch

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Set in the American South, Daniel Peddle’s Los Angeles Film Festival premiere “Moss” finds former Ck model Mitchell Slaggert taking on a tricky role. As the eponymous Moss, Slaggert is tasked with playing an isolated young man grappling with a legacy he doesn’t fully understand. Motherless since birth, Moss is eager to break away from his resentful father, and he thinks his 18th birthday is the perfect time for such a life change.

Moss unexpectedly meets someone new during his chosen day of busting loose, a mysterious hiker who opens his eyes to the possibilities of the world — at least partially aided by psychedelics. What follows looks to be a lush, lyrical look at life in Southern Gothic America and the people who are tied to it forever.

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- Kate Erbland

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Seasons 2 and 3 Were Unforgettable

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This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Veronica Mars” finale, which we previously celebrated with a list of the 10 most amazing episodes from the show’s first season.

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While the first season of “Veronica Mars” was a pretty much perfect season of television, the following two seasons weren’t quite as consistent. However, there was still plenty to enjoy, including more mysteries, a Paul Rudd guest appearance, cameos by Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon, young Tessa Thompson and Krysten Ritter, and some truly dark twists and turns. You can experience it all now on go90.com, the show’s new streaming home, but for a quick taste of the best episodes from Seasons 2 and 3, check out the curated list below.

“Normal is the Watchword” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Written by: Rob Thomas

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Jane Campion Q&A: With ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl,’ She Celebrates TV at Cannes: ‘I Can Say Whatever the Hell I Want’

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Four years after lauded New Zealand noir mini-series “Top of the Lake,” Jane Campion, who was cheered at the Cannes 70th anniversary celebration as the only woman director to win the Palme d’Or (1994 Oscar-winner “The Piano”), is back in the festival with “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” She and returning co-writer Gerard Lee debuted all six SundanceTV episodes on May 23rd to raves.

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Set five years later, “China Girl” follows Robin Griffin, Elisabeth Moss’s troubled homicide detective (she screams in her sleep), back to her old Sydney police precinct. She’s tough and no-nonsense, eager to prove her expertise against a sea of sexist cops, and saddled with a lanky partner (the hilariously endearing “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie), who is as sweet »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller Part Ways: How Season 5 Can Survive Without Him

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Silicon Valley” without Erlich Bachman sounds a little too quiet for our comfort.

Vulture is reporting Season 4 will be the last for T.J. Miller. Despite a renewal for Season 5, which was announced Thursday morning, the series’ producers and star have mutually agreed to move forward without Miller.

“In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations,” an unnamed HBO representative said.

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The news comes in the middle of the show’s Season 4 run and ahead of Miller’s first HBO stand-up special, “Meticulously Ridiculous.”

Miller has always brought a jolt of energy to “Silicon Valley,” and he’s arguably the show’s biggest breakout. The latter fact could »


- Ben Travers

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Cannes Critics Week Awards: ‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Take Top Honors

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The top two awards at Cannes Critics Week went to “Makala,” the second documentary from Emmanuel Gras, and the Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa drama “Gabriel and the Mountain” on Thursday.

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Makala” is an intimate portrait of Kabwita Kasongo, a family man in the Congo who works in charcoal production. The film won the Nespresso Grand Prize, while “Gabriel and the Mountain” won the Visionary prize and Gan Foundation award. “Gabriel and the Mountain” follows a young man named Gabriel Buchmann who travels the world for a  year before enrolling in college in the U.S., ultimately arriving in Kenya and reaching the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, “his last destination.” The film is based on the true story.

Léa Mysius’ “Ava,” the coming-of-age story about a young girl who goes blind, won the Sacd prize. »


- Graham Winfrey

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10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

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Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.

Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).

Bronzeville

Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Makala’ Review: Emmanuel Gras’ Critics’ Week Prizewinner Is a Labor of Love About Back-Breaking Labor

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Makala means charcoal in Swahili, and a suitable subtitle for Emmanuel Gras’ Critics’ Week selection might have been “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Charcoal (But Were Too Afraid to Ask).” One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you’re watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, “Makala’s” depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself.

Gras’ documentary introduces its slow-cinema vibe by devoting several minutes to observing 28-year-old Kabwita fell a mighty tree in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When it finally topples over, the sound reverberates throughout the surrounding brush as though the earth itself is mourning the loss.

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This tree-chopping isn’t recreational, of course — it accounts for a vital part of Kabwita’s livelihood as a charcoal producer. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Broadchurch’ Season 3 Trailer: Olivia Colman and David Tennant Return to Solve One Last Crime

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Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy are back to investigate one last case. BBC America has released the trailer for the third and final season of its drama series “Broadchurch,” which centers on the murder investigation of 11-year-old Danny Latimer in the once-sleepy seaside town of Dorset, England. The series is created by Chris Chibnall (“Camelot,” “Gracepoint”) and stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant as the detective duo.

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Season 3 picks up three years after the end of the second season, and five years after the beginning of the series. The new chapter finds the detectives investigating a new crime: a violent sexual assault that may or may not be related to Danny’s murder. The returning cast includes Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan as Beth and Mark LatimerArthur Darvill as Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Could Carrie Fisher Win a Posthumous Emmy For Her Role on ‘Catastrophe’?

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 3 of “Catastrophe.”]

Before her death in December, Carrie Fisher had already been recognized by the Television Academy via two previous Emmy nominations. But those nods – one in 2008, as a guest actress on “30 Rock,” and the other in 2011 for her special “Wishful Drinking” – ultimately didn’t translate to a win. Now, there’s a really good chance TV Academy voters will be moved to pay tribute to the beloved actress with an overdue posthumous statue.

While she appears on the big screen in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Fisher made her final TV appearance on the Amazon comedy “Catastrophe,” which recently released its third season. Fisher portrays Mia, the rather obnoxious mother of Rob (Rob Delaney), an American man who moved to London to marry his one-week fling Sharon (Sharon Horgan) after she became pregnant.

Read More: How Carrie Fisher Left ‘Catastrophe’ on the Perfect, Ad-Libbed Note, and the Future of »


- Hanh Nguyen

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