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Nyff: Michael Fassbender Resurrects the Real 'Steve Jobs' and Mocks Ashton Kutcher

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Read More: Telluride Review: Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' is Like Its Subject — Flawed But Fascinating The 53rd New York Film Festival continued Saturday with a highly anticipated screening of "Steve Jobs," Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's superbly acted and ingeniously structured drama about the eponymous Apple co-founder. Taking place behind the scenes at three major product launches -- Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 -- the film takes the oft-explored topic of an alienating genius and dissects it in a wholly unique and compelling way. Telling Jobs' story in such an unconventional structure was the big drawing card for Sorkin. Addressing members of the press alongside Boyle and his cast -- including Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, among others -- Sorkin remarked, "I knew what I didn't want to do and that was a biopic -- that would be the conventional, cradle-to-the-grave »

- Zack Sharf

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Review: 'Saturday Night Live's' Low-Key Season Premiere Features Some Comedic (And Political) Promise

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Read More: Watch: How Bao Nguyen Whittled Down 40 Years of 'SNL' Into the 82-Minute Doc 'Live From New York!' There are two surefire ways to know if you’re watching a Miley Cyrus-hosted "Saturday Night Live" (beyond, of course, the basic fact of her presence, which isn’t its own reliable barometer, as the millennial songstress tends to show up on occasion, hosting duties or not): 1) Miley Cyrus is present and talking a lot about how much she enjoys doing drugs, 2) the show is heavy on pre-recorded material and features an extended "Weekend Update" that generously dips into special guest territory (notably, not featuring Cyrus herself).   Last night's season premiere of "SNL" was indubitably a Miley Cyrus-hosted "SNL," for better or worse. The 41st season opener is hardly the glitziest episode the series has lined up – the coming weeks will features hosting turns by »

- Kate Erbland

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Meet the New Face of Journalism: Cinema, Powered by Oscar Winner Laura Poitras' Field of Vision

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Last year, a secret film called "Citizenfour" sent shockwaves through America when it premiered at the New York Film Festival. Arriving as if from thin air, the documentary told the behind-the-scenes story of Edward Snowden and his decision to leak classified Nsa documents that implicated the agency in illegal practices, including wiretapping and metadata collection. The director, Laura Poitras, had been invited by Snowden to spend eight days in his hotel room in Hong Kong as the documents rolled out to the media. She trained a compassionate but steady eye on the events as they unfolded; rather than sensationalizing them, Poitras let the gravity of the circumstances speak for itself. An Oscar, a Pulitzer Prize and less than a year later, Poitras was back at the New York Film Festival this week to premiere another documentary about a whistleblower. But this time, her film —"Asylum," featuring Julian Assange — and its revelations weren't going to make. »

- Emily Buder

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Review: 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Episode 3, 'Into the Lake,' Goes Deep

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Previously: Review: 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Episode 2, 'The Witch's Familiar,' Plays With Mercy Who Ya Gonna Call? After the high-octane opening episodes, "Doctor Who" drops instantly into a more muted, quietly threatening mood with the Toby Whithouse-penned "Under The Lake." For an episode that includes ghosts, a spaceship and a nuclear reactor, it feels pared down rather than a checklist of cool stuff, foreboding rather than dramatic, and all the better for it. The re-introduction of the multi-episode story arc may actually be the thing that has saved the show -- rather than sacrifice plot for big set pieces and madcap eleventh hour rescues, we can feel the tension build, get to care about the guest characters and enjoy the genuine character development of our protagonists. It's not the detail-glutted four or six episode arcs of yesteryear, but not the elephant-packed-in-a-suitcase feel that has characterised much of the Moffat era to date. »

- Kaite Welsh

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From Crowdfunding to Distribution: Here's How 'This is Happening' Forged an Unconventional Path

2 October 2015 4:51 PM, PDT

Below is a guest post from writer, director producer Ryan Jaffe, whose film "This is Happening" is in select theaters now. I have no idea if the distribution model we've chosen is going to work. In fact, it may very well fail. But if I'm going down, I'm going down swinging. I refuse to be a filmmaker that doesn't at least try to not be fucked by the powers that seem to fuck first-time filmmakers on a fairly regular basis. For the vast majority of us, such a fate may be unavoidable. As for "This Is Happening," we're only in the favorable position we find ourselves now because we failed. We didn't get into a major festival. We weren't scooped by a giant distributor. The offers we did get felt masochistic; as if we should be grateful for the torn hamstring we were about to experience from doing the splits just because someone wanted us. »

- Ryan Jaffe

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Review: 'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah' Week 1 Doesn't Raise Its Voice

2 October 2015 2:04 PM, PDT

Something vaguely shocking: Trevor Noah taking over "The Daily Show" almost feels like a non-event. Maybe it's because we're slightly hungover, hot-take-wise, from Stephen Colbert taking over "The Late Show." Maybe it's because, beyond his initial opening monologue, it's relatively business as usual for the series. "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" might have a new name, but much of the core creative team from Jon Stewart's era is still working behind the scenes, including executive producers Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt. There's a new man behind the desk, but in many respects it's still recognizably the same show. Read More: 10 Ways 'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah' Aims to Move Beyond Jon Stewart And Noah will have plenty of time to settle into his new role. As President of Content Development and Original Programming Kent Alterman told Indiewire in a recent interview, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Patrick Stewart Plays Hooky in Exclusive 'Blunt Talk' Clip

2 October 2015 1:59 PM, PDT

Read More: Review: 'Blunt Talk' Marks Another Grand Experiment for Jonathan Ames and Patrick Stewart What is "Blunt Talk" without Blunt talking? The Starz comedy answers precisely this philosophical uncertainty when Patrick Stewart's Walter Blunt plays hooky on his own newscast. In this week's episode, titled "We've Got A Runner!," Walter and his executive producer Rosalie hunt for her missing husband, forcing Walter to miss a broadcast. He hands the keys of the kingdom to Timm Sharp's Jim, giving the nebbish head writer his "Broadcast News" moment.  The episode airs this Saturday, October 3 at 9pm. Watch an exclusive clip above.  Read More: Watch: Patrick Stewart Flexes His Comedy Muscles in New 'Blunt Talk' Featurette »

- Karen Brill

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Watch: 'The Leftovers' Season 2 Opening Credits Will Have you Smiling Ear-to-Ear (No, Seriously)

2 October 2015 1:32 PM, PDT

Read More: Review: 'The Leftovers' Season 2 Goes To Texas With Lots Of New Questions To Be Answered Fans familiar with the haunting, melancholy theme of HBO's "The Leftovers" are in for a shock when they see (and hear) the show's new opening credits. HBO has released the brand new sequence to Season 2 of its post-apocalyptic drama "The Leftovers" ahead of its premiere on Sunday. Aesthetically bright and cheery, with a bouncy, energetic folk song laid over still images of happy family photos, these credits are nothing like the old ones. In each photo, one of the subjects has disappeared "Back to the Future"-style, faded into a silhouette showing a celestial background underneath.  It's a spooky reference to the mass disappearance that provides the premise for the show, and in sharp contrast to the first season's opening credits, which featured a melancholy orchestral theme over painted visions of the rapture. »

- Wil Barlow

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Watch: Kurt Russell Is a Cannibal Western Hero in 'Bone Tomahawk' Trailer

2 October 2015 12:28 PM, PDT

Read More: The 15 Indie Films You Must See This October: 'Room,' 'Victoria' and More After premiering to enthusiastic fanfare at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas last night,  S. Craig Zahler's "Bone Tomahawk" has an official trailer that teases some seriously violent encounters. Kurt Russell stars as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, the leader of an unlikely team of gunslingers who set out on a mission to find and return townspeople who have been kidnapped by a group of cannibal savages. One of the missing includes the wife of Patrick Wilson's character, making the mission all the more personal for his wounded husband. Matthew Fox also stars.  Heavy on the Western and saving its cannibal shock for the last second, the new trailer plays the film's genre-bending plot very straight, and it shows off some gorgeous cinematography to boot. "Bone Tomahawk" hits theaters, iTunes and On Demand on October 23. Watch the trailer below, »

- Zack Sharf

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20 Documentary Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter

2 October 2015 11:47 AM, PDT

A couple of years back, we highlighted a number of documentary filmmakers to follow on Twitter, but given that we are living in what seems to be the heyday of nonfiction filmmaking, we felt it was high time for an updated list. It's an eclectic and impressive group responsible for some of our favorite documentaries, including "The Crash Reel," "The Act of Killing" and the "Paradise Lost" series. Note that this isn't a comprehensive or ranked list, but that all of these filmmakers are active in documentary discussions on Twitter -- and whether they're promoting their own projects or debating the merits of various documentary techniques, these cinematic rabble-rousers are consistently informative, entertaining and engaging. Also note that when we say this is a list of filmmakers, we're not just talking about directors. This list also includes producers and documentary funders. If you're looking for tips about which festivals are best for documentaries or. »

- Paula Bernstein

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Martin Scorsese on Fighting For Film Preservation and Not Believing in 'Old Movies'

2 October 2015 11:05 AM, PDT

Read More: Christopher Nolan Joins Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation Martin Scorsese is not only one of our most important living directors, but he also may be the world’s biggest cinephile. With a famously encyclopedic knowledge of film and an unparalleled love for cinema, the director has committed himself to making movies, as well as to preserving some of the best films of the 20th century. Through the Film Foundation, he has helped to restore over 700 films, which are now available to the public once again through festivals, museums and educational institutions. Taking the stage at the New York Film Festival following a revival screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1943 classic, "Heaven Can Wait," Scorsese discussed the origins of the Film Foundation and the importance of film preservation. Check out the highlights from his discussion below. Thank Marilyn Monroe for Scorsese's interest in film preservationWhen asked when he began to take an interest in film. »

- Wil Barlow

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19-Year-Old Luke Jaden Sawicki Helps Launch Eden Road Pictures

2 October 2015 11:02 AM, PDT

Read More: What It's Like to be a Teenage Filmmaker Young filmmakers Luke Jaden Sawicki, Cort Johns and Phil Wurtzel are launching Eden Road Pictures, a production company that hopes to tell honest and creative stories with a positive message. The company's first project will be adapting their short film "The Wolf Who Cried Boy" into a feature length effort. The film is set to star "Captain Phillips" Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi-Led.  Sawicki, who is only 19 years old, says of Eden Road's mission, "We want to tell stories we can all be proud of by awakening audiences with the power of honesty. Keeping our content highly original without resorting to senseless violence or sexualization is at the core of what we’re all about." "Eden Road will be admired and looked up to for its moral courage in telling important stories," added Wurtzel. "Eden Road won’t compromise when »

- Karen Brill

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Why Pioneering British TV Writer Jimmy McGovern Thinks American Writers Are the Lucky Ones

2 October 2015 10:51 AM, PDT

At the fourth installment of the BAFTA BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series held in London this week, British television writer Jimmy McGovern spoke about how he was able to tackle social and political issues on the small screen.  British screenwriter Jeremy Brock, who introduced McGovern, noted: "I can think of no single British screenwriter who has subjected his own culture to such an extraordinary and dramatic scrutiny as has Jimmy McGovern. His work is always fiercely honest, incredibly funny, deeply moving, and above all substantive."  Few soap opera writers can claim to have such a warm reception. Ironically, McGovern attributes his success in the industry as part fluke. He was in his thirties when he began writing for  Channel 4’s hit soap opera "Brookside" and, at the time, he claimed that he was flat out immature and out of his league in many ways. "I think I was so lucky »

- Elle Leonsis

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Watch: 13-Hour Masterpiece 'Out 1: Noli me Tangere' Has Exclusive Trailer That Is Much Shorter

2 October 2015 10:24 AM, PDT

Read More: BAMcinématek Announces World Premiere Run of 13-Hour French Masterpiece 'Out 1: Noli me Tangere' Jacques Rivette's "Out 1: Noli me Tangere" is legendary for its 13-hour runtime, but that very attribute has made viewing the full film a rare feat for decades. BAMcinématek is finally bringing the 1971 masterpiece to the masses, hosting a screening of the epic in its entirety. Their official synopsis reads: "Over eight episodes shot on 16mm, a cast of French New Wave icons improvise a spellbinding tale based on Honoré de Balzac's "History of the Thirteen," involving two theater troupes rehearsing Aeschylus, a female con artist (Juliet Berto) who seduces her victims, and a deaf-mute busker (Jean-Pierre Léaud) on a quest to uncover a mysterious secret society. As the characters' paths crisscross and the film's puzzle-box structure—including one 45-minute take—grows ever more elaborate, a portrait of post-May »

- Karen Brill

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Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival Spotlights Mental Illness and Addiction With 2015 Slate

2 October 2015 10:09 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Ex-nhl Star Sheldon Kennedy Grapples With Sexual Abuse in Exclusive 'Swift Current' Trailer The film festival meant to bring "mysteries of the human mind," including mental illness and addiction, into public consciousness has just released its full slate of films for its 23rd edition. Rendezvous with Madness, the largest mental health film festival in the world, will run from November 6-14. Presented by Workman Arts and returning to the Tiff Bell Lightbox, the festival has announced over 20 programs with nearly 40 feature and short films, a multi-media installation and a symposium on television and addiction.  The feature length titles set to screen include: "Swift Current," dir. Joshua Rofé "A Minor Leap Down," dir. Hamed Rajabi "Breaking the Chains," dir. Erminia Colucci "Junaicas," Karina Garcia Cassanova "Paul Sharits," dir. François Miron "Eight," dir. »

- Aubrey Page

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Springboard: 'Partisan' Director Ariel Kleiman Finds the Humanity in Child Assassins

2 October 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Vincent Cassel Plays Cult Dad to Adorable Child Assassins in Exclusive 'Partisan' Clip Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention When you watch Ariel Kleiman's directorial debut, "Partisan," its confident grip of tension and assertive psychological storytelling announces the emergence of a major cinematic talent. Inspired by an article Kleiman and his girlfriend/co-writer Sarah Cyngler read in The New York Times about child assassins in Colombia, "Partisan" sheds the sociopolitical factors of the subject in favor of a compelling coming-of-age tale about growing up under grave circumstances. Newcomer Alex Balaganskiy stars as Leo, an 11-year-old boy living in an urban cult under the paternal eye of Gregori (Vincent Cassel). Under the guidance of this charismatic leader, Leo has learned how to raise livestock, grow vegetables and work as a member of the community. He's also »

- Zack Sharf

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How 'Taxi' and Other New Films Provide a Model for Calling Out Corruption

2 October 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Read More: Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' is a Unique Cinematic Masterpiece There is a moment in "Taxi," Iranian director Jafar Panahi's Golden Bear winner and his third film since being banned from filmmaking (a punishment given for allegedly spreading anti-Iranian propaganda), in which the director's niece, Hana, films a boy picking up fifty tomans that fell out of a man's pocket. She calls to him, gets him to admit to his crime and pleads with him to return the money so her film won't be "undistributable." If the money is not returned, she explains, her movie will fall victim to a clause banning "sordid realism." The boy walks back to the man and, for a brief moment, considers returning the money, placing it back on the ground where he found it. Ultimately, however, he picks up the money again and declines to draw the man's attention. Panahi »

- Forrest Cardamenis

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 2; What Will You See?

2 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

Wide The Martian Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Aksel Hennie, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, Naomi Scott, Lili Bordan, Gruffudd Glyn Synopsis: "During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive." Criticwire Grade Average: A- (20 reviews) The Walk Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, James Badge Dale, Steve Valentine, Mark Camacho, Sergio Di Zio, Clément Sibony, Kwasi Songui, Melantha Blackthorne, Benedict Samuel, Jason Blicker, Larry Day, Karl Graboshas Synopsis: "As a »

- Steve Greene

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Watch: Ex-nhl Star Sheldon Kennedy Grapples With Sexual Abuse in Exclusive 'Swift Current' Trailer

2 October 2015 8:50 AM, PDT

Read More: Here's How 'Lost for Life,' A Powerful New Documentary About Juvenile Murder, Came Together "Swift Current" dives into the devastating sexual abuse suffered by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy at the hands of a hockey scout, admitted sexual predator Graham James. Directed by Joshua Rofé and executive produced by James Gray, the documentary focuses on Kennedy's struggle to cope with his childhood trauma, especially as he keeps his secret in the hyper-masculine world of profession hockey. Of the film, Gray says, "'Swift Current' depicts the devastating impact of sexual abuse in a way no film that I’ve seen has before.  And it confirms, bracingly, that public awareness is an utterly essential to the difficult process of recovery. It's a crucial film that both educates and inspires." The film was also produced by Regina Scully and Geralyn White Dreyfous ("The Invisible War"), along with two-time Academy Award-winning. »

- Karen Brill

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'Fury Road' Isn't the Only New 'Mad Max' Story Released This Year

2 October 2015 8:36 AM, PDT

Read More: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the Best Action Movie of the Year In "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Tina Turner played Aunty Entity, the ruthless mistress of Bartertown. She also performed the songs accompanying the opening and end credits, two synth-heavy guitar ballads that were emblematic of their decade. On the movie’s opening weekend, Ronald Reagan was president, Queen was raising money to fight famine at the Live Aid concert, and Coca Cola was trying to backpedal away from New Coke as fast as possible. In other words, "Beyond Thunderdome" was a creature of the eighties, which makes it all the more impressive that "Mad Max: Fury Road" managed to bring the franchise back to life this year without looking dated. Sublimating the "Mad Max" series for a modern audience was no easy feat. But Miller kept alive the freakish, carnivalesque qualities of the original while »

- Roy Graham

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