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‘Despicable Me 3’ Review: A Sequel That Will Disappoint Even Diehard Minions Fans

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It’s clear from the opening minutes of “Despicable Me 3” that the popular Illumination Entertainment franchise has lost the thread on what makes the series so appealing to its target audience (you know, kids). The latest film in the expanding canon of “Despicable Me” features — which has grown to include a Minion-centric spinoff, plus more to come — gamely opens with a fart-laden studio logo before introducing the series’ newest villain, a cast-off has-been television star literally named Evil Bratt. Voiced by Trey Parker, the balding Bratt is a weirdo riff on classic ’80s TV characters like Small Wonder and Punky Brewster, complete with a sassy robot friend and a keytar he uses to play such jams as “Sussudio” and “Take on Me,” a role entirely dependent on the audience’s knowledge of the kind of roles he’s skewering. He seems unlikely to appeal to — or amuse — the younger set, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Path’ Season 3: Freida Pinto Joins the Cast as Hulu Gears Up for a Big 2018

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The Meyerist movement just snagged a new recruit.

Freida Pinto has joined the cast of “The Path” for its upcoming third season. Production began Monday, June 26 in New York on 13 new episodes, and Hulu has slated an early 2018 release for Season 3.

Pinto signed on as a series regular, playing a mysterious new character named Vera. Hulu’s official statement described her character as such: “A sleek new publicist for the Meyerist movement, Vera forges a personal connection with Eddie (Aaron Paul), but may have her own secret agenda.”

Read More: ‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)

The Path” examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

Season 2 ended »


- Ben Travers

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Rotten Tomatoes Debate: Critics Discuss Whether the Service Hurts or Helps Their Craft

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV 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: In a recent article, box office analyst Tom Bruegemann writes that Rotten Tomatoes has ruined film criticism. Now it’s your turn to weigh in: How do you feel about Rotten Tomatoes and other aggregation sites? Do they hurt or help the state of modern film criticism? 

Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie), Vox

Yes, aggregation sites can be frustrating, because they keep people from actually reading criticism and understanding the nuances of a critique; not all of my opinions on movies can be reduced to fresh or rotten, and even if the ones that clearly fit one category or the other really need five minutes of reading to understand why. »


- Eric Kohn

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Attention, Filmmakers: 30 Moviemaking Tips From The Best Directors Working Today

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Not all advice is good advice, but tips are certainly welcome when they are coming from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar-Wai, Andrea Arnold and many more. The best directors working today have given their fair share of advice in various interviews over the years, and IndieWire has rounded up some of the best answers for a complete guide to 30 essential directing tips.

Read More: 30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers

In the gallery attached, filmmakers weigh in on everything from the writing process to the on set experience of working with actors. A common thread among all of the filmmakers is the need for the director to stick with his or her vision and do whatever it takes to facilitate that vision,  whether that means collaborating with other people or saying “no” to producers or any other potential influencer.

Other directors in the gallery include Ava DuVernay, »


- Zack Sharf

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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked

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Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?

These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.

A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry, »


- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 20 Best TV Characters of the 2000s

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- Hanh Nguyen and Ben Travers

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30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers

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Attention, filmmakers: You’ll probably want to take some tips from Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Jane Campion and more.

Related storiesAttention, Filmmakers: 30 Moviemaking Tips From The Best Directors Working TodayWhy Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is A Masterclass In Visual Comedy and Tragedy -- WatchIt's a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis »


- Zack Sharf

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Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ Yanked From Streaming Site in China — Report

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BoJack Horseman” has been taken down from China’s streaming site iQiyi just two days after Netflix made its debut in the country, Bloomberg reports. Three episodes of the animated comedy series became available on the site on June 19, thanks to a recent licensing deal between Netflix and iQiyi, but now are no longer available.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Argues Awards Are Meaningless — But Its Creator Still Wants an Emmy

In an email to Bloomberg, iQiyi said simply that “Adjustments need to be made to the content.” Netflix wasn’t immediately available for comment. “BoJack Horseman” follows a washed up actor, voiced by Will Arnett, who navigates the sleazy world of show business.

China has previously censored U.S. shows on streaming sites, taking down “The Big Bang Theory” in 2014. Last week, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication Radio, Film and Television reportedly forced multiple outlets to stop »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Superman: Red Son’: Warner Bros. Pitching Directors On A Live Action Adaptation Of The Soviet Union-Set Comic

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Warner Bros. is pitching directors on a live action adaptation of the popular comic “Superman: Red Son,” according to writer Mark Millar. The news was revealed in a Twitter exchange between Millar and “Kong: Skull Island” director Joran Vogt-Roberts, who said he pitched the idea to the studio “months ago.”

Read More: ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Being Developed By Steven Spielberg, Amblin TV and Warner Bros. — Exclusive

“Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin’s America,” said Millar. “Wait, really? Because I pitched it to them months ago and was told no. It’s the most punk rock thing the Dceu could do in my mind,” replied Vogt-Roberts.

Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin’s America.

Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017

“Red Son” is a critically-acclaimed three-issue comic mini-series that »


- Jude Dry

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The Ultimate Edgar Wright Playlist, From ‘Baby Driver’ to ‘Shaun of the Dead’

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From “Baby Driver” to “Shaun of the Dead,” “The World’s End” to “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” music has always played a huge role in Edgar Wright’s films — yes, yes, sure, you could even say it’s its own character — and his newest feature takes that idea to some wild new ends. In the Ansel Elgort-starring “Baby Driver,” the eponymous lead suffers from trauma-induced tinnitus, an affliction he keeps at bay by listening to a steady stream of music at all times.

He also just so happens to be a highly skilled getaway driver, and Wright inventively uses Baby’s personal playlist to frame up the film’s wide-ranging soundtrack, which includes Wright mainstays like Queen and Jon Spencer, alongside classics by Brenda Holloway and The Commodores. For a filmmaker like Wright who has always used music to both great effect and huge humor — from literal record-tossing »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Scene Slammed for Insanely Fast Editing — Watch

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Kong: Skull Island” is not the only Hollywood movie to employ dizzyingly fast editing, but the latest installment of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is taking some hits for its rapid cutting pace. A YouTube video entitled “Terrible editing in Kong: Skull Island” reveals that an early sequence in the film averages one cut every two seconds during a nearly five-minute span.

Read More: This Is What Giant Movie Monsters Would Actually Sound Like, According to Science — Watch

While that is a lot of cutting, Hollywood in general has tended to use faster editing in action movies, with some scenes even averaging less than two seconds per cut. Both “Taken 3” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” include scenes with average shot lengths of 1.7 seconds, No Film School reported last year. Tony Scott’s 2005 film “Domino” also features sequences with an Asl of 1.8, while “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Mad Mad: Fury Road” clock in at 2.0 and 2.1 respectively. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘A Ghost Story’: In a Tiny Chinatown Storefront, David Lowery’s Sundance Hit Comes to Ghostly Life

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Your outfit for the afterlife comes two ways: either through the mail, rushed to you and arriving after less than 24 hours after you’ve placed your order online, or picked up from a small stack in the bright backroom of a storefront in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown, where a white-clad worker hands you a neatly folded bag before asking you to fill out a probing questionnaire. Either way is easy, but the get-up — a sheet, a big one, very long, designed to cover the whole body and then some — is heavy, so it’s perhaps best to hit up the small stack in the small store.

Time, however, is of the essence (death waits for no man, and all that), so I ordered online and toted my own “A Ghost Story” branded sheet to the Chinatown store, appropriately named A Ghost Store, for a personalized fitting. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Watch This Supercut of Every Trailer HBO Has Released So Far

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When it’s come to “Game of Thrones,” HBO loves to toy with our twisted hearts. They know fans are chomping at the bit for any scrap of information about the fantasy blockbuster, and they keep as tight a grip on new footage as Cersei Lannister does on the Iron Throne. Luckily, fans can now enjoy an uninterrupted look at season 7 in a thrilling new mash-up of every trailer HBO has released (so far).

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Things You May Have Missed From the New Season 7 Trailer

The highly-anticipated seventh season is the second one to forge ahead without George R. R. Martin’s books as a guide, and it’s especially exciting as storylines that have been builidng up over the last six seasons are finally starting to converge. Daenerys will cross into Westeros  with an army of Dothraki and dragons by her side, Jon Snow »


- Jude Dry

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Alec Baldwin Confirms Return To ‘Saturday Night Live’ As Donald Trump

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Political satire has had to do a lot of heavy lifting lately, but audiences can sleep a little easier knowing Alec Baldwin will return his Donald Trump impression to “Saturday Night Live” in the fall. “Yeah, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” Baldwin told CNN, adding that the number of Trump sketches will be fewer than audiences might expect. “There will be a couple celery sticks of that every now and then. But not a whole meal.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Is The Only Living Boy In New York

The actor had previously been cagey about whether he could make an “SNL” appearance work with his busy fall schedule. In March, he thought fans might be tiring of the popular impression: “I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

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- Jude Dry

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David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, And Why He’s Glad It Has An Ending

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Of all the roles that David Tennant has played, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” is perhaps the least likely to be associated with a catchphrase — and yet he has one. Or, at the very least, he acknowledges that when you think of Hardy, you think of him shouting “Millah!” in a strong Scottish accent.

It has significance to this reporter, given my byline, which was something I mentioned to Tennant when we spoke about the third and final season of the ultra-serious drama series. “I’m delighted,” he said when I told him how much I enjoyed the “Millah!” meme. “People shout it at me in the streets sometimes, actually,” Tennant said. “Which is a bit odd because it’s not actually my name. But it obviously pleases people for some reason.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ and Beyond: The Best Shows Inspired by David Lynch’s TV Phenomenon

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Kristen Stewart’s Remarkable Performance Makes ‘Personal Shopper’ One of the Year’s Great Indies — Watch

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If you don’t think Kristen Stewart is one of the most exciting actresses working today, then you simply just haven’t been paying attention. Over the last several years, the former “Twilight” darling has carved out one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood, and her collaborations with Olivier Assayas have cemented her legacy as one of the best in the game right now. The duo’s second outing, “Personal Shopper,” has finally arrived on VOD, and it’s one of the great indies of 2017.

Read More: How Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas Bring the Dead Back to Life in ‘Personal Shopper

Stewart is front and center as Maureen, a personal shopper living in Paris who spends her nights trying to communicate with the ghost of her recently deceased twin brother. Assayas puts the entire weight of the picture on Stewart, who is in every frame and never short of amazing. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Good Time’ Trailer: Robert Pattinson Delivers His Best Performance Yet in This Wild Summer Indie

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Robert Pattinson has been transforming his career over the last several years with work in “Cosmopolis,” “Maps to the Stars,” “The Rover” and “The Lost City of Z,” but he finally confirms in “Good Time” what many of us have been expecting for quite awhile: He’s one of the most exciting actors working today.

Read More: Robert Pattinson Gives a Career-Best Performance in the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Good Time’ — Cannes 2017 Review

Good Time” finds Pattinson teaming up with New York indie darlings Josh and Benny Safdie, whose last feature, “Heaven Knows What,” earned acclaim on the international film circuit. “Good Time” debuted to positive reviews at Cannes, where Pattinson became an instant Best Actor contender. He ended up losing to Joaquin Phoenix, but the fact remains this is the best work of Pattinson’s career thus far.

Pattinson plays Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a small town criminal who embarks on a »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Promises Naked Justin Theroux if HBO Drama Earns Emmy Nominations

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As Emmy nomination voting comes to a close, there’s only one reason “The Leftovers” won’t land any nods: Damon Lindelof started his campaign too late.

On Monday evening, the co-creator and showrunner of “The Leftovers” unveiled an Emmys Fyc campaign on his Instagram page, and made voters an offer they couldn’t refuse. If “The Leftovers” gets nominated for an Emmy, Justin Theroux gets naked.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Longest Running Joke: A Timeline of Every Reference to Justin Theroux’s Penis

Ok, Ok, it’s a little more specific than that. Take a look for yourself at his first post.

A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:50pm Pdt

“Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” Lindelof wrote over a photo of Theroux wearing gray sweatpants and only gray sweatpants. That’s a pretty clear message paired with a pretty enticing photo. It »


- Ben Travers

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‘Twin Peaks’: Let’s Talk About the Birth of Bob, Laura Palmer, the Woodsmen and Whatever That Critter Is

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks” Episode 8 titled “Part 8 – Gotta Light?”]

What was only hinted at in the third episode of “Twin Peaks” became a full-blown surrealistic experience in Sunday’s avant-garde “Part 8.”

Despite the experimental filmmaking and very little dialogue, the 50-minute bombardment of sound and fury coalesced into an intriguing origin story that promised a lot more sense in the contemporary story to come. Giving historical context to some of the things we’ve seen so far anchors the story in a way that it hasn’t been before. But this wasn’t just the story of one birth, but of many. Let’s break those and a few other theories down:

Read More: ‘Twin PeaksReview: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

What About Bob?

The evil spirit (Frank Silva) we first met in the original series has been riding along with Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in some sort of weird, mutual symbiosis. It seemed that »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bangarang: The Hook Prequel’ Gives Rufio A Touching Origin Story — Watch

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When ’80s babies and the young at heart think back on Steven Spielberg’s wildly inventive 1991 riff on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, “Hook,” there is one character whose tough-guy bravado and eventual softening charm they remember: Rufio. While Robin Williams’ grown-up Peter and Dustin Hoffman’s wily Captain Hook anchored the classic, it was the flame red mohawk and mischievous smile of the young Dante Basco that captured the hearts of burgeoning young movie lovers the world over. With “Bangarang,” the de facto leader of the lost boys gets his very own origin story, and it’s fittingly adorable.

Read More: ‘Hook’ Prequel About Rufio Imagined as ‘Moonlight’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park

The short film finds young Roofus (Sheaden Gabriel) hassled by a bully and anxious about his mother’s impending departure to the Philippines. Roofus will go into foster care while she is gone, and she has no set return date. »


- Jude Dry

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