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6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies Coming to HBO Now in July 2015, from 'The Drop' to '7 Days in Hell'

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Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold).  Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial...

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- Sara Itkis

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Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year)

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Donald Glover's FX Networks comedy pilot, "Atlanta," has cast its lead actors as production gets underway this month.  Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will star in the pilot along with Glover, who created and wrote the pilot. "Atlanta" revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy, says the press release. Accomplished music video director Hiro Murai will direct the pilot, which will be produced by FX Productions, and begin shooting in Atlanta at the end of July.  Here's a breakdown of each character the above actors will play: Donald Glover will play Earnest "Earn" Marks, a loner who left Atlanta only to return; now working an unglamorous job and barely getting by. When his cousin Alfred becomes Atlanta’s hot rapper, Earn sees »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A

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"The Butler" director Lee Daniels' hugely entertaining new Fox series "Empire" is the season's breakout ratings smash, particularly among young adult viewers, who've also tuned into ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" starring powerhouse Viola Davis. Compelling stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are both up for Emmy nominations.  Daniels is a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his various media as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  Read: 'Empire' Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, September 15, with 50-Minutes of Extras, Including Uncut Performances Daniels knows that his move to...

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- Anne Thompson

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Instructions on Proper Etiquette Surrounding Forced Entry in 'Spoils Before Dying' Clip

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IFC will premiere "The Spoils Before Dying" as a 3-night miniseries event on Wednesday, July 8, Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10. Two half-hour episodes of the six part miniseries will air each evening starting at 9pm Et/Pt.  Described as a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying" follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig). With 72-hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair, Rock and Delores embark on a dangerous quest for the truth that takes them into an abyss of sex, drugs, betrayal, and of course, jazz.  While his world crumbles, Rock's hard-charging. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Amy Schumer and the Freedom to Be an A--hole

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Amy Schumer has never been more in the limelight. Now that the countdown is on for her Judd Apatow movie, "Trainwreck," and the third season of "Inside Amy Schumer" wraps up next week, it felt inevitable that some sort of backlash would crop up; You can't be America’s hottest comedian for long without someone finding a reason to take you down (though Louis Ck managed it for a good long while until quite recently, and even that hasn’t really gained much traction; hopefully the rumors aren't true). So yes, maybe Schumer isn't doing everything right; I've cringed at some of her racial standup in the past. I understand why some of that criticism is being leveled at her, and I also understand her response that the territory of being a comedian entails pushing boundaries (albeit sometimes wrongly, which is the part she didn't say). But I think the »


- Sara Stewart

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Watch: 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Trailer Unveils 'Wetter,' 'Younger' Footage of Netflix's All-Star Cast

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So far, everything about the Netflix prequel to "Wet Hot American Summer" has been spot-on. From its full title, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," to the jaw-dropping collection of comedy greats in its cast, to its first teaser, trailer and now real, non-vhs-like first footage and spot-on poster. Nearly half the nearly three-minute trailer is taken up by rattling off cast members, from returning favorites like Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, to newcomers like "Mad Men's" John Slattery and Jon Hamm.  Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in July 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) Perhaps even more impressive than the trailer — which, frankly, was a guaranteed win given this cast — is the key art (aka, poster) released by Netflix. Kickin' it old school, the homage to classic characters — lead by cool kid Paul Rudd — is destined to be plastered on dorm rooms and TV dens alike. »


- Ben Travers

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Mads Mikkelsen And Hugh Dancy Released From Their 'Hannibal' Contracts

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Is the end truly arriving for "Hannibal"? With NBC cancelling the critically acclaimed show after it has struggled to find consistent ratings, fans have been campaigning for someone else to scoop up the series. However, even as chatter has suggested that Amazon is eyeing the show, nothing has come to fruition just yet, and fannibals may not like this next update. Deadline reports that the show's leads, Mads Mikkselsen and Hugh Dancy, are no longer under contract to "Hannibal." The options for the pair expired last night, leaving them free to pursue other gigs without having to worry about scheduling themselves around the series.  It's not the most encouraging sign that "Hannibal" will find a new home, and even as producers Gaumont are continuing to have talks with distributors, there are some roadblocks. Firstly, "Hannibal" has an exclusive streaming deal with Amazon which complicates things with new players, and Fuller is already moving. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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All the Netflix Original Series' Opening Credits Sequences, Ranked

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11. "Hemlock Grove" Runtime: 0:53 Ben's Thoughts: For a show built around frights, the only thing scary about this credits sequence is...nothing, actually. It's just boring. Conventional and slow with an unmemorable score, the opening credits sequence for "Hemlock Grove" is the opposite of what you want to watch 10 times in one season, even if you can identify new objects in this not-so-elaborate Rorschach test. Liz's Thoughts: Weird etchings. Weird swirling mist. It's not super-long, but this could run before anything in the horror genre, as long as you changed the names. Most importantly, it inspires no interest in me whatsoever to keep watching. Grade: D Read More: Netflix Renews and Cancels 'Hemlock Grove' for Final Season 10. "Marco Polo" Runtime: 1:37 Ben's Thoughts: What could have worked as an artistic (though familiar) opening for a prestige motion picture wears out its welcome on television. Getting through the lengthy intro once is. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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Watch: Wacky, Star-Studded Full Trailer For 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp'

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If you must stay in this summer, Netflix is giving you a chance to feel like you're still taking a trip outdoors. The '90s cult movie "Wet Hot American Summer" now has a prequel, with pretty much all the original cast members, playing younger versions of themselves. It's a pretty genius idea and the new full length trailer shows that everyone is bringing their A-game to Camp Firewood once again. And this is the kind of movie where you're not here for the story but for the jokes, and holy heck, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp" has stacked itself with ringers to deliver the gags. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and even »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Hunt What You Hate" - Check Out Judith Shekoni's 'Heroes Reborn' Character Motion Poster

1 July 2015 5:19 PM, PDT

The Haitian, as played by Jimmy Jean-Louis, will return for NBC's "Heroes" reboot, titled "Heroes Reborn." Jean-Louis joins the previously cast Judith Shekoni, a newcomer to the "Heroes" universe, apparently playing a character named Joanne, as I learned today from the series' Facebook page, where I lifted the motion poster released this afternoon, which is embedded below. Although what her skills are, assuming she's actually one of the "heroes," and what her overall involvement in the story this reboot will tell, is, are still a mystery. Her motion poster does read "Hunt what you hate," and she's carrying a gun, with a sly stare; so can we assume that she may be one of the bad guys, hunting the heroes? I'm certainly looking forward to finding out! We do know that the aloof Haitian, aka René, whose abilities included memory manipulation and suppressing the powers of others, was an associate of Noah. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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ABC Is Rebooting 'To Tell the Truth' with Anthony Anderson & NeNe Leakes

1 July 2015 4:54 PM, PDT

ABC is rebooting its 1950s/1960s hybrid game show/variety show, "To Tell The Truth," which will be hosted by "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson.  Confirmed regular celebrity panelists include NeNe Leakes and Betty White (who actually was a panelist on the original program, decades ago). Also Anthony Anderson’s own "brassy" mother (as the press release describes her), Doris, will be the official scorekeeper and asking questions of her own, "not to mention embarrassing her son every chance she gets." "To Tell the Truth" featured a panel of four celebrities tasked with correctly identifying a mystery contestant, who has an unusual occupation or experience. The central character is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character. The celebrity panelists question the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie but the central character is sworn "to tell the truth" - hence...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Comic-Con Preview: As TV Takes Over, Affleck, 'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Make Splash

1 July 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes. (Bursting at the seams, the Con will stay where it is through 2018.)  And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel.  But this year...

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- Anne Thompson

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Watch: Discover The Extraordinary In Trailer For NBC's 'Heroes Reborn'

1 July 2015 2:42 PM, PDT

Five years after "Heroes" went off the air, NBC is going to give it another go with “Heroes Reborn”, an upcoming 13-episode miniseries that takes place after the original series left off, and your first taste of what's coming has arrived with a brand new trailer. The new miniseries takes place after those with supernatural powers are blamed for a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, causing the original Heroes to go into hiding. Some familiar faces will be returning - such as Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), Hrg (Jack Coleman), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose), Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey), and Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg). Meanwhile, a batch of new characters are taking center stage including: vigilantes Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni); conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski), who tries to show Hrg the truth behind the Odessa attack; Malina (Danika Yarosh)...

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- Timothy Tau

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'Fatal Attraction' Getting Remade As TV Event Series

1 July 2015 11:20 AM, PDT

Before Amazing Amy went crazy in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," Adrian Lyne's Oscar nominated "Fatal Attraction" was the cinematic benchmark for relationships getting psychotic. And so it goes in the TV world of remakes and reboots, as the movie is now getting reheated for a redo to be stretched out over a few nights. Read More: Adrian Lyne To Direct Steve Zallian-Produced Thriller 'Deep Water'   THR reports that 20th Century Fox is developing the project, with "Mad Men" veterans Maria and Andre Jacquemetton penning the script about a married man whose affair turns into a total nightmare when his lover can't let him go. This fits right in the network's growing slate of one-off programming, which includes the currently airing "Wayward Pines,"  upcoming efforts like "X-Files" and another iteration of "24."  But whether or not an audience will show up —did anyone watch NBC's "Rosemary's Baby"?— we'll. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Everything You Wanted to Know About Having 2 Heads and Avoiding Alligators

1 July 2015 11:11 AM, PDT

Anyone who tuned into the "Freak Show" knows that last year's season of "American Horror Story" was groundbreaking on many levels, which the cast and crew explored at a Fyc screening in late June. As executive producer Tim Minear put it, "The challenge this year was to bring the audience into this ersatz family of people who are different than other people. We always do that every year in some way: The outsiders become the heroes of our show. We sort of took what we do and made it more literal this year. The challenge was really to bring you in to identify with these people, so you could be scared for them. And then at some point they're not freaks. They're these people that you've come to know, which is how we feel about each other in the writers' room."   So that meant combining great acting with great technical execution. »


- Sara Itkis

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What 'Orange Is The New Black' Gets Right and Wrong About the Criminal Justice System

1 July 2015 11:08 AM, PDT

"Orange is the New Black" fans know that the series is based on a true story. While Piper Chapman was the name given to the show’s main character — and it was her perspective that initially introduced us to the world of Litchfield Penitentiary — the character was a portrayal of Piper Kerman, the author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison." It took "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan and Netflix to turn Kerman’s memoir into the series that we have come to know and love.  On Monday, Indiewire had the opportunity to participate in a town hall discussion entitled "What Television Can and Can't Tell Us About Women, the Drug War and Mass Incarceration," featuring Piper Kerman and sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance. The Dpa is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights. »


- Conor Soules

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Carol Leifer to Adapt Her Memoir 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying' for TV

1 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Four-time Emmy nominee Carol Leifer will turn her life writing TV comedy into, well, a TV comedy.  The stand-up comedienne And "Modern Family" and "Devious Maids" writer will adapt her 2014 memoir/self-help guide, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying," into a series for Gaumont TV.  Leifer was also recently named a co-ep on the NBC comedy "Better Late Than Never."  Here's the book synopsis for "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying": For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club -- until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" to "Seinfeld," "The Ellen Show," and "Modern Family," Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of...

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- Inkoo Kang

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Laurence Fishburne Is First Actor Cast in 'Roots' Remake

1 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT

Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.  Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark WolperLawrence KonnerMark RosenthalAlison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing.  Vickie Thomas is casting director.  "Roots" will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," as well as researched new scholarship of the time. The networks say that they are working closely with...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'Key & Peele' Tackles Homophobia and Misrepresentation in the Most Awkward Manner Imaginable

1 July 2015 8:31 AM, PDT

A town hall meeting turns into a case of mistaken identity in a new "Key & Peele" sketch. Read More: Watch: 'Key & Peele' Aggressively Spoofs Football Pre-Game Rituals In "Town Hall Meeting," Keegan-Michael Key plays Congressman Paul Brooks of Michigan who's discussing the importance of legalizing same-sex marriage before a crowd of locals. C-span is covering the event, and the cameraman seems to have pinpointed an audience member (Jordan Peele) worth focusing on. Why? Well, maybe it's the sweater/button-down combo, but he seems convinced that he's found a gay person who's intimately connected to Brooks' words about equality.  What ensues is a hilarious cat-and-mouse game, with Peele trying desperately to avert the camera's attention. Will he succeed? Watch the sketch above to find out. Read More: Watch: The 'Key and Peele' Valets Are All About 'Game of Thrones' (Spoilers)

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- David Canfield

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Why MTV's 'Scream: The TV Series' Spells Doom for TV's Revival Obsession

1 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

"You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series," Noah Foster (John Karna), the resident entertainment geek of MTV's "Scream: The TV Series," says during Tuesday night's premiere. "Survivor movies burn bright and fast. TV needs to stretch things out." As much a nod to the original films as a cheap thievery of their clever spirit, the above lines — bound to be oft-quoted by journalists looking for a quick intro — are obviously meant to be disproven by the new, 10-episode television series inspired by Wes Craven's late '90s horror satire. Instead, they serve as its tombstone, as well as an explanation for exactly what's wrong with networks' recent revival obsession. Read More: TV Shows are Becoming the New Film Franchise, and That's a Very, Very Bad Thing This aughts version of "Scream" still follows a group of young teens who are hunted and killed by a masked murderer, »


- Ben Travers

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