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‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and Got Involved in Other Harrowing War Efforts

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Women have been involved with war efforts throughout history, but the more accepted duties have mainly been civilian — such as medical, supplies or domestic roles. The amount of combat seen by women depends on the country, and restrictions stemming from physical, social or cultural issues. The latest chapter of PBS’ “The Vietnam War” explored the role of Vietnamese women in that war.

In an interview with IndieWire, Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick elaborated on the story of the women seen in Episode 7, “The Veneer of Civilization,” as they risked their lives driving trucks while American pilots dropped bombs.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Filmmaker on the Horrifying Execution Footage That’s ‘Unbearable to Look At’

“One of the revelations of the project was how much women were on the [North Vietnamese] front lines,” said Novick. “We met a unit of women who drove trucks down the Ho Chi Minh trail. And, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Fantastic Fest Screenings of ‘The Square’ and Newly Unearthed Ed Wood Porn Film Draw Further Attention to Embattled Festival

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Last week, Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest bowed under a cloud that stemmed from the secret re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor-in-chief Devin Faraci by Drafthouse founder Tim League and the continuing fallout of accusations directed at co-founder Harry Knowles. As the beloved genre festival kicks into its second half, it continues to draw attention for programming choices that reportedly left audience members on edge.

Over the weekend, Fanstastic Fest attendee Kim Sherman took to Instagram to share her experience with a Saturday afternoon showing of Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’or winner “The Square,” an event capped by a post-screening stunt that didn’t strike Sherman and other audience members as a wise choice.

Sherman wrote that, after the film concluded, “They asked us to remain seated after the film while they brought a ‘special guest’ into the room. Then they brought out an actor from the film »


- Kate Erbland

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TV is the Best Medicine: Why Some Shows Are Better Than Others When You’re Sick — Very Good TV Podcast

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We’ve all been there. You’re feeling a little under the weather (after catching a cold or catching too many shots at the bar, you know, whichever reason it may be), and you hear your mother’s voice in your head: “Stay in bed,” she says. “Get your rest. I’ll just turn on the TV for you, so you can relax.”

Lying in bed is generally awesome, but when you’re not feeling great, it can be more of a bitter experience than a sweet one. You’re sweltering under the covers until you kick them off and freeze to death. You can’t get comfortable because of the itchy sheets or baggy pajamas. You need to rest, but you need a distraction. The solution? A good TV show to accompany you and your grogginess!

Life (and all its knacks) can sometimes prevent us from keeping up with our favorite shows, »


- Alberto Achar

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Jean Rollin’s Erotic Horror Films Are Celebrated in Excerpt From ‘Lost Girls’ — Exclusive

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Editor’s note: The following is an exclusive excerpt from “’Castles of Subversion’ Continued: From the Roman Noir and Surrealism to Jean Rollin” by Virginie Sélavy. This essay is featured in “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollins,” which is available now. To celebrate the book’s release, curator and editor Samm Deighan will be on hand to introduce a special screening of Rollin’s 1971 film “The Shiver of the Vampires” at the Brooklyn Horror Festival on October 14.

Usually deserted or abandoned, often in ruins or in a state of decay, sometimes captured just before demolition, always bearing the melancholy traces of human presence, locations are key to Jean Rollin’s cinema and often were the starting points for his films. Three in particular recur throughout his work: the famous Dieppe beach (specifically Pourville-sur-Mer), the cemetery, and the castle. The latter two are typical Gothic locations and an »


- Indiewire Staff

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‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Ballers,’ and Why You Should Make Time for Guilty Pleasures in a Peak TV Era

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The term “guilty pleasure” has taken on a whole new meaning in the peak TV era. While some may still use it for “shameful” shows they avoid bringing up on a first date, it can also apply to just about anything not widely considered to be the best.

For instance, if you’re choosing to watch “Ballers” instead of “The Deuce,” you might feel guilty about that; or if you start the next “Lethal Weapon” season even though you still haven’t tried out “The Handmaid’s Tale”; or if you scroll through Netflix, mindlessly seeking out a new show, even though you know “Better Things” — a show promising better things right there in the title — is sitting, waiting, on your DVR.

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All of these professionally ill-advised choices can turn guilt-free TV into guilty pleasures. »


- Ben Travers

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.” 

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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- Anne Thompson

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‘Shrink’: Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, and More Get Candid About Therapy — Watch

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Though the stigma around mental illness persists, many are working to change that. Among them are Alex Karpovsky and Teddy Blanks, collectively known as Spielbergs, who’ve just debuted their short-film series “Shrink.” All six installments feature brief testimonials from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, and Natasha Lyonne. Watch below

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“I remember my therapist just saying, ‘Look in the mirror less,’” says Silverman, who credits “so much of the best of me” to her therapist. “It got me starting to stop talking shit about myself, lovingly correct myself when I do, like, ‘Oh, look at my thighs are disgusting!’ And then I go, ‘My thighs are strong and they work and I love them.’”

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Tanlines composed an original score for the series, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Georgiou’s Company, a Sarek Showdown, and More Scoop Learned From ‘After Trek’

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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”]

“You guys don’t even know the journey that awaits you,” Sonequa Martin-Green teased on “After Trek,” the “Star Trek: Discovery” after-show that streamed on CBS All Access Sunday night. Several cast members were either beamed in (via satellite) or appeared in studio to discuss the series’ two-episode premiere that debuted half on broadcast television and half on CBS All Access.

Hosted by TV writer and podcaster Matt Mira, “After Trek” gave fans a place to interact online and through social media to discuss the night’s episodes. The show also provides a platform to debut exclusive never-before-seen content, including a featurette of Chris Obi explaining what it takes to play the Klingon T’Kuvma, one giving a behind-the-scenes look at shooting Burnham’s zero-gravity sequence, and a sneak peek of Episode 3.

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

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Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor »


- Anne Thompson

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Megyn Kelly Draws Criticism for Awkward Gay Joke About ‘Will and Grace’ Fan on Talk Show Debut — Watch

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Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is off to a rocky start of her new morning talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” after making an off color remark to a “Will & Grace” superfan. During a segment with the “Will & Grace” cast, Kelly surprised audience member Russel Turner by asking him up the stage to meet Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. Kelly asked him: “Is it true that you became a lawyer — and you became gay — because of Will?” Turner responded graciously with humor: “I look at Will Truman, I’m like, ‘He has it made’: lawyer, best apartment in New York City, and gay? Come on, trifecta.”

Before Turner left the stage, Kelly added: “I think the Will & Grace thing and the gay thing is going to work out great!”

Read More:‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is »


- Jude Dry

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The Best Performances in Bad Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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

This week’s question: What is the best performance in an otherwise bad movie?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

There’s a Cult of Val (Kilmer, obviously) that I proudly belong to. Mainly it revolves around movies like “Real Genius,” “Top Secret!” and “Heat,” all excellent movies that don’t fit the parameters of this question. But you really don’t know Val until you’ve made your peace with Oliver Stone’s beyond-awful “The Doors.” The apocryphal anecdotes around Kilmer’s deep dive into Jim Morrison are insane: insisting that no one look him in the eye on set, wearing the same leather pants for months, »


- David Ehrlich

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Ain’t It Cool News Writers Quint and Capone Quit Site After Harry Knowles’ Sexual Assault Allegations

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In light of sexual assault allegations made against Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, a trio of the movie site’s writers, including veteran staffers Eric Vespe (“Quint”) and Steve Prokopy (“Capone”), have quit the site in response. In notes posted on their Twitter accounts, both writers made it clear that the recent allegations informed their decisions.

After IndieWire posted a story over the weekend in which an Austin-area woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault at the hands of Knowles in the early-aughts, social media exploded with the news, which encouraged a slew of other women to come forward with similar allegations.

Read More:Harry Knowles Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Austin Woman Two Decades Ago, and Drafthouse Owners Didn’t Take Action

Vespe wrote in his official statement, “Given the recent allegations against Harry Knowles of behavior impossible to defend I can not, in good conscience, continue »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Pilot Becomes One of the Most Pirated TV Episodes in Less Than 24 Hours

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The list of the top 100 most pirated television episodes on The Pirate Bay is dominated by the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “Rick and Morty,” and “American Horror Story,” but a rookie title has already broken into the top 20 in under 24 hours, and it’s name is “Star Trek: Discovery.” The latest television entry in the long-running space franchise, “Discovery” debuted its pilot episode on CBS, while its second episode and all future episodes will debut on CBS All Access.

The pilot is already #15 on the most pirated episodes list, which makes sense given “Star Trek’s” enthusiastic fan base and the fact that viewers need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch the series. Television viewers without cable and/or unwilling to pay for the streaming service to watch the new series are behind the high volume of illegal downloads. The second episode, which debuted on CBS All »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Opens Solid on CBS; Prompts Record Number of Trekkers to Sign Up for CBS All Access

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Star Trek: Discovery” opened strong in its initial CBS airing, averaging 9.6 million viewers. CBS expects that number to grow to 15 million viewers once seven days of DVR and video on-demand usage is included.

That wide exposure was key for CBS in promoting the CBS All Access home for “Star Trek: Discovery.” From this point forward, new episodes will only be available on the digital platform.

Already on Sunday, CBS All Access broke a new record for subscriber sign-ups in a single day, surpassing the previous record held by this year’s Grammy Awards.

That means fans were apparently ready when CBS debuted its new series “Star Trek: Discovery” in two parts Sunday night. The first episode was available for everyone to watch on broadcast on CBS at 8:30 p.m. Et and ended on a cliffhanger that was concluded in the second episode, available only on CBS All Access.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Future of StoryTelling Festival Giveaway: Win Free Passes to See ‘Mr. Robot’ and Steven Soderbergh

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The Future of StoryTelling Festival is an immersive storytelling event that once again returns to New York from October 6 – October 8. The FoST Festival is open to the public, and features Vr and Ar experiences, tech demos, a multiperson Vr theater, panel conversations, live performances, interactive games, and more.

In addition to this, Steven Soderbergh will be on hand to discuss his career, creative vision, and “Mosaic,” a new interactive project he is developing for HBO. There will also be a special advanced screening of the Season 3 premiere episode of “Mr. Robot,” followed by a Q&A with show creator Sam Esmail.

Read More:‘Mosaic’: Steven Soderbergh Reveals Plot Details About His Mysterious ‘Branching Narrative’ Project at HBO

Immerse Yourself: FoST Festival 2017 from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

Now through Monday, October 2 at noon Et, NYC-based readers can enter to win 10 pairs of 3-day Premier Passes by filling out the registration form below. »


- Jamie Righetti

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Paul Thomas Anderson and Haim’s ‘Valentine’ Short Film is 14 Minutes of 35mm Heaven — Watch

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Paul Thomas Anderson and Haim’s 35mm short “Valentine” toured select cinemas earlier this year in anticipation of the band’s second studio album, “Something to Tell You,” but now the 14-minute film has finally debuted online for all to stream. The clip is made up of three intimately shot music videos featuring Haim behind the scenes in the recording studio, with the first third of the video having already been released as the “Right Now” clip over the summer.

Read More:Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Short Film ‘Valentine’ Is an Exquisite Rock Opera

The short is named after Valentine Recording Studios in Los Angeles where Haim made the album, following in the footsteps of artists like The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones. As IndieWire’s review of the short explains, “The movie has a distinct documentary feel, capturing things like the sounds of Este Haim’s »


- Zack Sharf

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains ‘Game of Thrones’: All Your Burning Dragon Biology Questions Answered

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If us plebeians don’t always get the time to stay abreast of the latest TV, how do you think Neil deGrasse Tyson does it? The astrophysicist finally caught up with “Game of Thrones” over the weekend (or he was waiting for everyone else to do it), and the Lord of Light has blessed us with some fascinating observations about the show’s scientific accuracy. Tyson unleashed a string of tweets elucidating the show’s realism, including an assessment of dragon wingspans, the temperature of their fiery breath, and the best way to pull a zombie dragon out of a freezing lake.

“Everybody all caught up on ‘Game Of Thrones’? I have a comment or two, if anybody is interested,” Tyson began. One thing the show definitely gets right, which Tyson dubbed “good biology,” is the dragons’ wingspan: “The dragon wingspans are sensibly large, as their body weight would require for flight, »


- Jude Dry

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John Oliver Rips Into Donald Trump For Calling Colin Kaepernick a ‘Son of a B*tch’

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It seems every day President Trump offers another gift to the late night satirists, which would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying. As terrifying slowly becomes the new normal, the only solution is to laugh. John Oliver looked like he was having a rip-roaring good time Sunday on “Last Week Tonight” as he took Trump to task over his contentious comments calling on NFL owners to fire players for kneeling during the national anthem.

Read More:John Oliver Slams Trump on Charlottesville: ‘It Simply Doesn’t Get Easier Than Disavowing Nazis’ — Watch

At a rally in Alabama over the weekend, Trump told the cheering crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now’? Out. He’s fired!” Oliver pointed out that these comments came at a time »


- Jude Dry

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Stephen King’s Renaissance: Netflix Continues ‘It’ Success With Two Acclaimed New Adaptations

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Adapting Stephen King for the big screen doesn’t always work out. For every “The Shawshank Redemption, “Stand By Me,” and “The Shining” there is a “Secret Window,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “The Dark Tower,” which means that by now King fans know better than to get their hopes up any time an adaptation is announced. Fortunately, the fall movie season is shaping up to be the strongest run of Stephen King adaptations the movies have ever seen. “It” is already a fan favorite and a box office sensation, dethroning “The Exorcist” to become the biggest horror grosser in the U.S., but Netflix is about to provide a one-two punch in great King movies.

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The streaming giant premiered two original films based on Stephen King works at Fantastic Fest this weekend, “Gerald’s Game »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’: Even David Lynch’s Cinematographer Can’t Explain What It All Means

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Peter Deming is at a slight disadvantage when talking about “Twin Peaks: The Return” compared to most other cinematographers discussing their latest work. He’s only familiar with the project as one long feature film, having gone into production with a 500-plus page script that didn’t have episode breaks, rather than the 18 episodes that Showtime aired this year.

“We also shot it like a feature film,” said Deming in an interview with IndieWire. “When you went to a location, you shot all the action that took place at that location. It’s different than TV – there’s no episode scripts, there’s one director, there’s one crew. So we broke it down and scheduled it like a feature film.”

This “block shooting” approach is impossible for most television shows, which are still being written when production begins on the first episode of the season. It’s a far more efficient approach, »


- Chris O'Falt

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