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

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains an image of graphic violence below, a photo taken during the war that is being discussed in context with the documentary and the Tet Offensive.]

At the halfway point of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” the documentary series reaches the Tết Offensive, one of the biggest military offensives by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong that turned the tide of the war, even though it was deemed a failure. Episode 6, titled “Things Fall Apart” is one of the most relentless and graphically violent installments of the series so far, but is absolutely essential viewing to understanding how both the Vietnamese and Americans viewed the war going forward.

One of the biggest contributors to the American perception of the war occurred early on during the Tết Offensive, on its second day. After Northern Vietnamese spy Nguyễn Văn Lém violated the rules of warfare, Nguyễn was captured and then executed by South Vietnam’s General Loan. The image of the execution was captured by photographer Eddie Adams at the moment Loan’s bullet hit Nguyễn’s head. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

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[Editor’s note: This post contains very minor spoilers for Season 1 of “Neo Yokio.”]

Netflix has a fascinating track record with animation, taking big chances especially with adult-aimed series like “BoJack Horseman” and “F Is for Family” over the last few years. Its latest venture, “Neo Yokio,” looks nothing like either of those series — instead, it draws its visual inspiration from decades of anime as it brings us into the futuristic world created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

What does give “Neo Yokio” something in common with its Netflix sisters is its A-list voice cast, which features an eclectic but overall critically acclaimed group of actors, including Jaden Smith as young demon hunter Kaz, who just wants to be the most eligible bachelor in town, despite the growing sense that things might not be what they seem in this society.

Who are the other famous faces behind the scenes? Below is an illustrated guide to all of Neo Yokio’s VIPs.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Ken Burns Video Essay Breaks Down the ‘Tremendous Public Value’ of the ‘Vietnam War’ Director’s Approach — Watch

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The Vietnam War,” which began airing on PBS last weekend, is very much a Ken Burns documentary: It’s 18 hours long, covers one of the most significant events in American history, and takes an exhaustive look at its subject. Burns’ films on everything from baseball and jazz to Prohibition and the Central Park Five have earned him many admirers, to be sure, but detractors as well. A new video essay makes a case for the nonfiction stalwart by arguing in favor of his approach to covering history.

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“Even though I’m not American, I have always admired Ken Burns and the way he captures American history,” intones the narrator. He singles out the filmmaker’s use of still photography and individual stories and defends Burns against the accusations »


- Michael Nordine

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

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An Austin-area woman said Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles sexually assaulted her at an Alamo Drafthouse event — but the reason she’s speaking out now is she believes change is coming.

Harry Knowles groped me, opportunistically, on more than one occasion,” said Jasmine Baker. “I cannot just stay silent. I am not interested in remaining silent.”

In 1999-2000, Baker was familiar with Knowles and his website, as they often attended the same Drafthouse events. Baker was at a Drafthouse event when Knowles rubbed up against her buttocks and legs in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. While she was initially willing to consider it an accident, on a later occasion he rubbed up against her again; she confronted him about his behavior, and made it clear that he did not have her consent to touch her in any manner. “He just giggled about it,” she said. »


- Kate Erbland and Dana Harris

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‘mother!’: Take This Quiz to Find Out If You’ll Love or Hate the Year’s Most Divisive Movie

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“mother!” has been testing viewers’ sensibilities since screening at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where it was met with largely favorable reviews. Since opening in more than 2,300 theaters last week, however, it’s proven unappealing to multiplex audiences. Darren Aronofsky’s hotly debated thriller earned a rare “F” CinemaScore and stumbled at the box office, with many apparently finding it too strange, dense, or otherwise unlikable.

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Might you be one of them? A new quiz is here to help you figure that out. Created by Vulture, the 15-question test asks a range of questions, from the straightforward (“Do you like movies?”) to the elliptical (“That same person quotes ‘Infinite Jest’ at you later in bed, then laughs ruefully and says, ‘I’ve read that book 40 times and I still feel like I’m learning from David. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts’ Review: Don Hertzfeldt Does it Again

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Any number of superlatives have been hurled at Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow” — this critic listed the 16-minute short as one of the 10 greatest films of the 21st Century — but perhaps the highest compliment it’s received is that nobody ever really asked for a sequel. Well, maybe that’s not true, maybe Hertzfeldt has actually spent the last two years being hounded by fans who wanted more of a movie they loved, but I’ve watched the original more times than is medically advisable, and the thought never occurred to me.

That’s because “World of Tomorrow” is a truly perfect thing, an immaculate eruption of ideas that’s contained within a closed loop of continuous delight (click here to rent it right now). Conceived as an excuse for Hertzfeldt to teach himself the basics of digital animation, written around unscripted recordings of his four-year-old niece, and ultimately »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Fuller House’ Creator Says the Olsen Twins Really Aren’t Coming Back: ‘I’ve Given Up Asking Them’

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We can all agree that, for all its many merits, “Fuller House” has one fatal flaw: a distinct lack of Olsen Twins. Neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley has chosen to reprise the iconic role of Michelle Tanner, whose antics helped make the original “Full House” such a hit and launched the sisters’ subsequent careers; in a new TVLine interview, the Netflix reboot’s creator says he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’s never going to happen: “Personally, I’ve given up asking them,” explains Jeff Franklin.

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“The door is open, but I’m not going to be calling them anymore to invite them,” continues Franklin. “They just don’t seem interested in coming. It’s been three years of invitations, so they know the door is open. It »


- Michael Nordine

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‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest

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The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.

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As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch

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National Geographic has released the trailer for “Jane,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival — and potentially the year. Brett Morgen’s film about Jane Goodall was described by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland as “the definitive portrait of Goodall, one that is also remarkably accessible and almost unbearably tender.” Also, there are monkeys, so what are you waiting for?

Read More:Jane Goodall’s Remarkable Career Gets a Much-Deserved Documentary in Revelatory ‘Jane’ — Tiff Review

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Jane’ is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch

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What year is this? That’s just one of the questions James Corden must have found himself asking last night on “The Late Late Show” when he found his guest, one Kyle MacLachlan, had somehow managed to turn the green room red à la everyone’s favorite interdimensional hub in “Twin Peaks.”

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Corden initially thinks it’s a joke, of course: “This must have taken you a while, huh?” he asks his guest. Channeling his inner Coop — or Dougie, or Evil Coop, or Richard — MacLachlan responds to all of his host’s queries backwards. Corden tries to do likewise, but finds himself unable to replicate that unique skill; he’s even more freaked out when they’re joined by Judi Dench, who also seems to have been hanging out with the Man From Another Place. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-the-Scenes Video: Ryan Gosling Offers New Details About the Much-Hyped Sequel — Watch

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If you count yourself among “Blade Runner’s” many fans, you’re about to be envious of Kim Taylor Bennett. The Vice correspondent visited the set of “Blade Runner 2049” for a behind-the-scenes look at Denis Villeneuve’s much-hyped sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, revealing new details in the process. Watch below.

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Sequel

“It’s by far my longest shoot of my life,” says Villeneuve of the protracted production process; Bennett was there on day 86 of 96. “It’s not every day in your life that you have the chance to work with props or vehicles or great actors like that, so I feel blessed.” Bennett also speaks to production designer Dennis Gassner, who was tasked with simultaneously remaining true to the original film’s vision while also providing his own unique update »


- Michael Nordine

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Mel Brooks Says ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today Because Political Correctness ‘Is the Death of Comedy’

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Blazing Saddles” has long been considered an all-time-great comedy, as have several other movies directed by Mel Brooks. In a new BBC Radio 4 interview, the revered actor and filmmaker was asked whether he thought he’d be able to make such films as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” today. His response touched on a hot topic in the comedy world of late: political correctness.

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“Maybe ‘Young Frankenstein,’ but never ‘Blazing Saddles,’” said Brooks. “Because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Game of Thrones’: Arya Became One of the Most Popular Baby Names in England Last Year

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A girl has a name, and it’s Arya Stark of…England. BBC reports that more than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year carried the name of everyone’s favorite fictional assassin, and that was before she wiped out the entirety of House Frey. Indeed, there were more Aryas (302) than Marys (204) or Catherines (163).

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Other names given a boost in popularity thanks to “Game of Thrones” in 2016: Khaleesi (69), Tyrion (11), Sansa (5), and Daenerys (4). That more children carry the Mother of Dragons’ royal title than her actual name is perhaps unsurprising, given how fun it is to say “Khaleesi” aloud; still, one wonders whether Dany’s all-in-the-family romantic entanglement will give any of those new parents pause.

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- Michael Nordine

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Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

22 September 2017 6:53 PM, PDT

As promised, new Academy president John Bailey, a long-time and passionate voter on the foreign language committee, has pushed through some long-awaited changes in the voting rules. It’s meant to be simpler; here’s how the new system works.

By the October 2 deadline, the Academy expects some 90 foreign entries. These will be divided into multiple lists (the number is Tbd; last year, there were four); committee participants (volunteers from all 17 Academy branches) are each assigned a list. They are required to watch all of the films on their assigned list at one of two screening rooms in L.A. They can see as many films on other lists as they like, and will receive full credit for each movie they screen. (Previously, a committee member had to watch a given percentage of films to qualify for voting.)

The Academy acknowledges that many questions about the actual breakdown of lists »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Photos: Starfleet and Klingons Boldly Go on an All-New ‘Trek’ Adventure

22 September 2017 6:07 PM, PDT

Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Anthony Rapp and more take to the stars in CBS All Access' new series. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Irishman’ Photos: On Set of Martin Scorsese’s New Gangster Drama

22 September 2017 4:40 PM, PDT

Scorsese and Robert De Niro were seen on the streets of New York filming their latest collaboration.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus’: The Songs to Know from the Show’s Country Music Icons

22 September 2017 3:51 PM, PDT

[Editor’s note: This article is presented in partnership with Cinemax in support of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, which premieres on September 22nd at 10:00 pm Et/Pt on Cinemax.]

Mike Judge is behind a new TV show this month, with Cinemax’s “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus,” an animated eight-episode series looking into the lives and times behind some iconic country music performers.

Some of these folks are household names from Nashville to Norway, but others are lesser-known figures from the country music world. They all have distinct styles and, as “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus” shows, they all led very different lives away from the stage.

We’ll leave the prime anecdotes and animated hijinks to the experts (the series premieres Friday, September 22 at 10pm Et/Pt on Cinemax), but in the meantime, here’s a primer on the musicians that make up the backbone of this illustrated look at country music history.

Johnny Paycheck

A rebel among rebels in the country music world, Johnny Paycheck is probably best known for his »


- Indiewire Staff

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Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Ask for Help on Behalf of Mexico — Watch

22 September 2017 3:33 PM, PDT

Alongside the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have recorded a message asking that anyone who is able donate to their crowdfunding campaign following this week’s 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. Watch below.

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“As many of you know,” Bernal begins in the brief video, “the past 19th of September, a major earthquake struck Mexico at its core.” Luna then chimes in: “As of recent reports, 273 people have died. More than 100 people are still missing. They’re estimating that it’s hundreds of thousands of people that have lost everything.”

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“Already we have so much to be grateful for,” adds Bernal. “Across all divides, Mexican society has responded to this earthquake with powerful and inspiring solidarity. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Deuce,’ ‘Search Party,’ ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Set For New York Television Festival

22 September 2017 2:50 PM, PDT

The line-up for the 13th Annual New York Television Festival has been officially revealed for a choice week of screenings, educational panels, fan events, and red carpets premieres. This year, truTV will present a screening of “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” while Amy Sedaris herself makes an appearance to celebrate and discuss the launch of her new comedy series.

In addition, “The Deuce” executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and VP of programming Kathleen McCaffrey will discuss the HBO’s series depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Executive producer and talent Dana Gould, producer and talent John C. McGinley, and talent Janet Varney will also offer fans a behind-the-scenes look into thse second season of IFC’s comedy-horror series “Stan Against Evil.”

Other standout screenings include the Season 2 premiere of TBS’s “Search Party,” where festival-goers can catch a panel »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More

22 September 2017 2:21 PM, PDT

You can tell a lot about a person by the television they watch and the books they read — even while they reveal their theories as to why they lost a Presidential election.

Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” chronicling her experiences surrounding the 2016 election, is surprisingly candid on a number of levels. For example, regarding her coping mechanisms following the loss of the election, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”

But even more fascinating are the ways in which she invokes current pop culture. Some of the references feel more forced than others. Some of them are truly bonkers.

This is not a complete list of every reference made, as we omitted some of the religious, spiritual, and historical texts upon which she drew to make her points. Instead, here is all the evidence you need that the Clintons know their way around a TV remote, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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