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‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Sex and the City’: The Best Book Parodies on ‘Younger’ Will Delight Any Bibliophile

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Younger” gets attention for its look into the New York social circles and its attention-grabbing fashions, and that’s as it should be. After all, this is a series by Darren Star, who also brought us the delights of “Sex and the City.”

Sutton Foster stars as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old woman who’s just emerged from a failed marriage and must re-enter the work force. The only problem is that no one will even glance at her resume since she became a full-time mother nearly two decades ago. But after she’s mistaken for a 26-year-old at a bar, she decides to pass for much younger and lands a job at publishing firm Empirical Press.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

This job provides some of the best under-the-radar laughs throughout the series. Not only do the episode titles provide some plum opportunities for »


- Hanh Nguyen

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The Film Academy Invited a Bunch of TV Stars to Vote for the Oscars, But They Won’t Admit It

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Looking at the new list of members for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, there are a lot of big-name actors. Movie stars like Channing Tatum (“Foxcatcher”) join recent nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”).

But there are arguably even bigger names: Riz Ahmed. Donald Glover. Keegan-Michael Key. Rami Malek. Kate McKinnon. Sarah Paulson.

On the Academy’s official announcement, each actor’s name is followed by the films cited for their inclusion. For Ahmed, it’s “Nightcrawler;” Glover, “The Martian;” Key, “Don’t Think Twice;” Malek,”Short Term 12;” McKinnon, “Office Christmas Party,” and Paulson, “12 Years a Slave.” Almost all of these are excellent films (“Office Christmas Party,” looking at you), but do you associate these people with those projects?

Read More: Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

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- Ben Travers

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‘Baby Driver’: 7 Reasons We All Should Hope Edgar Wright’s Movie Is a Hit

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Edgar Wright’s action comedy “Baby Driver” (Sony) opened Tuesday night to a strong $2.1 preview gross, a promising start with a shot at spreading word of mouth going into the pre-holiday weekend. All of that is standard operating procedure for an offbeat film, but that’s also reason to hope it could be one of most significant and gratifying results of the 2017 movie year. Here’s why.

It Could Be the Rare Original Film to Succeed

In a year full of franchises, sequels, and variations thereof, domestic audience reactions this summer range from lowered interest (“Transformers – The Last Knight”) to disdain (“The Mummy,” “Baywatch”). However, one of the year’s stellar hits has been Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” with its $175 million domestic gross on a production cost of just $5 million.

Similarly, “Baby Driver” has three strikes against it: It’s a standalone film, an original screenplay, and it’s »


- Tom Brueggemann

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25 New Academy Members Who Could Shake Up the Oscars, From Barry Jenkins to Gal Gadot

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With this year’s announcement of their new invitees — a record 774 — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its quest to diversify its largely white male membership ranks across all fields. While the Academy seeks candidates who have “demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures,” over the past few years, it has notably tried to push towards inclusion and diversity, even as the entertainment industry struggles to meet similar ends.

Read More: Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

As IndieWire’s Anne Thompson notes, “Under the leadership of CEO Dawn Hudson and president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the 90-year-old Academy has been adding more younger members, women, and people of color to its 17 branches. But after the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the AMPAS became even more aggressive about asking its branch leadership to recommend new members.”

This »


- Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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25 New Academy Members Who Could Shake Up the Oscars

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With this year’s announcement of their new invitees — a record 774 — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its quest to diversify its largely white male membership ranks across all fields. While the Academy seeks candidates who have “demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures,” over the past few years, it has notably tried to push towards inclusion and diversity, even as the entertainment industry struggles to meet similar ends. While it’s still early, this year’s batch of invitees gives us some hope for a brand new, modern Academy — especially these 25.

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- Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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‘Okja’ Includes a Blink-And-You’ll-Miss-It Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Reference

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Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” is now streaming on Netflix, which means millions of subscribers have the chance to watch the latest adventure from one of South Korea’s most entertaining filmmakers. The story centers around a young girl (newcomer Ahn Seo-hyun) who travels from South Korea to New York City in order to save her pet super-pig from the clutches of an evil corporation. Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lily Collins co-star.

Read More: ‘Okja’ Exclusive: Bong Joon Ho Takes You On Set Of His Biggest Film Ever — Watch

Anyone who streams “Okja” will get to a part in the film where the corporate leaders of the Miranda Corporation sit down to watch video footage of destruction caused by the super-pig. During the animal’s transport from Seoul to America, an environmentalist group led by Dano’s character attempts to save it, prompting a »


- Zack Sharf

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Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its quest to diversify its largely white male membership ranks and Wednesday’s announcement of its annual invitation list numbered a record 774.

Among them are “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. (They can both choose between the writer and director branches.) Writer-actress-producer Brit Marling (Netflix’s “The Oa”) also landed an invite from the writers branch, along with British actor Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”).

Indian stars invited include Aimir Kahn, Irrfan Kahn, Salman Kahn, Amitab Bachchan and his daughter in law, Aishwarya Rai. Other international stars receiving the nod include Monica Bellucci, Maggie Cheung, Gal Gadot, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Naomie Harris, and Rinko Kikuchi.

Read More: Netflix’s Next Big Move? Hacking the Oscars

American adds include Leslie Jones, Kristen Stewart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Colman Domingo, Viggo Mortensen, Mike Mills, Joss Whedon, Elle Fanning, John Cho, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘I Love Dick’: Kathryn Hahn and Jill Soloway on Empowering Sex Scenes That Aren’t All About Ejaculation

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I Love Dick” is a daring series unafraid to embrace passion in art, love, lust, and life. It’s about following desire as far as you can, even if there’s no clear explanation for it. Desire leads to passion, passion leads to sex, and the sex scenes in Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbin’s Amazon series are like none we’ve ever seen before.

Take, for instance, Devon (Roberta Colindrez) and Toby’s (India Menuez) first hook-up. In Devon’s trailer, the two women start making out and Toby slides her mouth down Devon’s body until she reaches her crotch. The motions mimic those oft-seen in heterosexual sex scenes, complete with head-bobbing and hair pulling, but this is not heterosexual sex.

“The inscrutable Devon and Toby blow job,” Soloway said, during an interview with IndieWire alongside Gubbins. “Nobody knows what’s going on there, including us — including Devon and Toby! »


- Ben Travers

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‘Glow’ Original Pilot: Watch 1985’s Ladies of Wrestling Who Inspired the Netflix Series

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There’s really nothing quite like the 1985 pilot for “Glow: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” which led to the cult series in which women portraying heroes and villains battle it out in over-the-top wrestling matches. Watching the nearly one-hour pilot, it’s easy to understand why Netflix found the material so compelling, and worthy of a new original series. Created by Liz Flahive (“Nurse Jackie”) and executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”), “Glow” is centered on the fictional actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), who lands the acting role she’s desperately been searching for.

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The original series created by David McClane and Matt Cimber that aired for three seasons is significantly different from what was shot for the 1985 pilot, particularly the opening introductions to the wrestlers. »


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Elle Fanning is the Face of Teenage Sexuality at the Movies, and She’s Owning Every Role

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Young actors confronting teenage sexuality on the big screen has often led to emotionally honest and powerful work. Think Adèle Exarchopoulos in “Blue is the Warmest Color,” Jess Weixler in “Teeth,” Bel Powley in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” or Harris Dickinson in the upcoming Sundance winner “Beach Rats.” But if there’s one actor cornering the market on teenage sexuality right now and showing everyone else how it’s done, it’s Elle Fanning.

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The 19-year-old indie darling has become increasingly interested in characters coming to terms with their burgeoning sexuality, and she’s owning every one of them with refined and intuitive work. It’s particularly impressive that Fanning has never tackled the subject the same way from performance to performance. She’s constantly exploring all facets of teenage sexuality, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Broadchurch’ Review: Final Season Redeems the Series With a Devastating Examination of Rape and Rape Culture

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Broadchurch” wraps up a three-season arc by pulling off an ambitious storyline about rape that is as devastating as it is instructive.

It’s a fitting capper to a series that uses the sleepy Dorset town of Broadchurch as a microcosm to examine society’s ills. On the show, it’s been five years since the killing of local boy Danny Latimer, a devastating storyline that consumed “Broadchurch’s” excellent Season 1. [The less cohesive Season 2, which took place three years later, went off the rails a bit with Danny’s subsequent murder trial.]

Creator and writer Chris Chibnall guides “Broadchurch” steadily back home to finish off the trilogy with the help of his detective duo Alex Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who provide the only humor on the show through their comfortable and mutually irascible personalities. We’re going to miss their banter.

Read More: David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, and Why He’s Glad It Has an Ending

In a letter to journalists, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Attention, Filmmakers: Mark and Jay Duplass Want to Produce Your Movie (And Give You Money)

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It’s a match made in indie film heaven — filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass, along with Seed&Spark, the film-focused crowdfunding platform with built-in distribution, has announced a brand new initiative designed to find and bolster new filmmaking talent all over the country. The newly announced Hometown Heroes partnership is designed to challenge “filmmakers from all over the country to tell stories that have never been told from wherever they are.”

The rally is a large-scale call for crowdfunding campaigns for narrative feature films on the Seed&Spark platform. Up to five winning projects will be picked from those that apply, and the Duplass brothers will then contribute up to $25,000 total, while also joining each project as executive producers. The pair also hope to use their knowledge and industry clout to further help each project on its path to the big screen.

Read More: The Duplass Brothers Reveal Favorite Films »


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Trans Visibility Video Tackles Troubling History of Cisgender Actors in Trans Roles — Watch

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Eddie Redmayne. Jared Leto. Jeffrey Tambor. John Lithgow. David Duchovny. Matt Bomer. The number of cis men who have played trans women could fill pages.

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When they do it well in a critically-acclaimed project, they are praised endlessly for taking on such a “brave” role. Often, it’s a slam dunk for awards nominations and wins. Tambor has won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor two years running for playing Maura on “Transparent.” Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “The Danish Girl,” and Leto won for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Those are just the recent, generally positive portrayals of trans women. Let’s not forget about “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Crying Game,” and “Dressed to Kill.” Those are just some of the many examples trotted out by ScreenCrush senior editor E. »


- Jude Dry

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‘The Big Sick’: 6 Ways to Create a Summer Indie Hit and an Oscar Contender

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Now that “The Big Sick” has opened better than any limited release so far this year, its success seems almost predestined: By the time it premiered at Sundance, Amazon Studios was already prepared to make a fat bid based on the script and elements. They just needed to see it, finally, in front of an audience. (Amazon won the bidding war against Netflix, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, and Focus Features, buying North American rights for $12 million.)

Read More: ‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Rescue Indie Box Office, Top All 2017 Specialty Openers

Of course, success is never simple. Here are six reasons why “The Big Sick” is currently the indie success of 2017 — and has Oscars written all over it.

1. True romance.

The first reason why this movie is so good: It’s authentic. You couldn’t make up this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction culture-clash story, written from life by “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani »


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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

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There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »


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When Hollywood Loses Control: How Foreign Box Office Owns the Movie Business

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Producers often accuse studios of “Hollywood accounting,” but the rise and rise of foreign box office may have introduced studios to Chinese accounting. According to reports, the MPAA has hired a firm to audit ticket sales in China. That’s of grave concern when China is often the biggest market for American movies — and one that provides only 25% of its revenue to studios.

Read More: China’s Box Office Fraud: How Phony Ticket Sales Hurt the Film Industry

More importantly, it’s a vivid illustration of what’s become a very inconvenient truth: While tentpole movies are essential to Hollywood, Hollywood no longer controls the tentpoles. The real power lies in the foreign box office for those blockbusters, with China as the retaining wall.

Last weekend, “Transformers: The Last Knight” earned $70 million in its first five days in North America. It’s a very weak showing compared to the last installment, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

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When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey, »


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Halle Berry Worries That Her Historic Oscar Win Ultimately ‘Meant Nothing’ to Hollywood

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When Halle Berry won her historic Best Actress Oscar back in 2002, the “Monster’s Ball” star keenly recognized the importance of the moment and what it meant to other actresses of color. Berry was the first black woman to win an Oscar in the category, and more than 15 years later, she’s still the only black actress to have earned the accolade.

In her acceptance speech, Berry said, “This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored.”

Read More: Halle Berry: How Spike Lee Gave Her the Opportunity to Break Out From ‘Gorgeous »


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Thailand’s Junta Got Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ Blocked From YouTube

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A clip of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” has been blocked on YouTube in Thailand following a request by the Thai military-backed government, or junta. The government was overtaken by a military coup last year, following the death of the beloved king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The clip features Chaplin’s stirring speech as a remorseful Adolf Hitler speaking about the tide of human progress. It featured Thai subtitles.

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“The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress,” Chaplin says. “The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”

Earlier this month, the Thai Academic Network of Civil Rights (Tancr »


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How ‘The Beguiled’ Castrated Its Male Lead In Sofia Coppola’s Most Freudian Film Yet

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As one of the most influential woman filmmakers working today, only Sofia Coppola could sneak in a castration scene. In “The Beguiled,” Coppola flips the script on the original 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood, putting the women at the center of her version and mapping a clear blueprint for a female gaze in cinema.

Set during the Civil War, the film concerns an injured Union soldier who wreaks havoc on the inhabitants of Miss Farnsworth’s School For Girls in Virginia. A house full of women thrown into a tizzy by the presence of a man isn’t the most radically feminist story; that Coppola tells it by objectifying, emasculating, and symbolically castrating her central male character certainly is.

Read More: Sofia Coppola On Female Sexuality In ‘The Beguiled’ And Why She Hopes Gay Men Find Colin Farrell Sexy

The female gaze is a term as new as its burgeoning canon, »


- Jude Dry

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