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Octavia Spencer, Dulé Hill and More Stars React to the Death of True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis

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Octavia Spencer, Dulé Hill and More Stars React to the Death of True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis
Celebrities, friends and former costars are remembering actor Nelsan Ellis, who People confirmed died after complications with heart failure at the age of 39.

Known for his breakout role as Lafayette on HBO’s True Blood, Ellis had a number of high-profile credits to his name — including parts on the big screen in The Help, Secretariat, and Lee DanielsThe Butler (where he portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr.).

His Help costar Octavia Spencer — who also starred alongside Ellis in the James Brown biopic Get On Up — was one of the first celebrities to react, writing a post on Instagram, “Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial,
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'True Blood' Actor Nelsan Ellis Died of Heart Failure From Alcohol Addiction

'True Blood' Actor Nelsan Ellis Died of Heart Failure From Alcohol Addiction
Nelsan Ellis, the actor who portrayed Lafayette on all seven seasons of the HBO horror-drama series True Blood, has died at the age of 39.

"Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," the actor's manager Emily Gerson Saines, told the Hollywood Reporter. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

Days after Ellis' passing, the actor's family issued a statement about his long struggle with drugs and alcohol, per The Hollywood Reporter. "After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own,
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'BoJack Horseman': Reviewing every season 3 episode of Netflix's best show

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BoJack Horseman is the best of all of Netflix's original series, and one of the best shows on television. In its third season, which was released on Friday, the series about an incredibly rich, famous, and depressed acting horse somehow became even darker and more experimental, and the season's fourth installment — which I discussed at length with BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg — may turn out to be the best episode of TV anyone will make this year(*). (*) Hey, other streaming shows: BoJack should be an object lesson in how to tell a deeply serialized story across an entire season while still making individual episodes stand out as more than just pieces of the whole. Now that the season's out there, and many of you have had a chance to watch the whole thing, I'm going to do miniature reviews of each episode — with full spoilers for the whole season — coming up
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'BoJack Horseman' creator breaks down the year's best episode of television

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'BoJack Horseman' creator breaks down the year's best episode of television
BoJack Horseman, one of the very best shows on television, returned for a wonderful — and, somehow, darker than ever — third season on Friday, and Netflix ordered a fourth season later that day. I'll have an episode-by-episode breakdown later this week, but I'm first pleased to bring you this long conversation with BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. (Note: We did this a week and a half ago, prior to the renewal announcement, so his last answer refers to the show's fate being up in the air, even as he talks about plans for what he wants to do next with it.) Originally, I had intended to only ask questions about the season's remarkable fourth installment — one of the best episodes of TV I've seen all year — a largely dialogue-free installment set underwater, where BoJack's attempt to promote Secretariat at a film festival on the ocean floor goes awry. But then I realized
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?
[Editor’s Note: “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 is a feat of storytelling on both a serialized and episodic level. To honor the impressive accomplishment, IndieWire will be reviewing all 12 episodes over the next few weeks. Below, we delve into Episode 1.]

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Season 3 Deserves an Oscar (And Every Other Award)

Is “Horsin’ Around” Better Than “Secretariat,” and Is TV Better Than Film?

The most important takeaway from the premiere of “BoJack Horseman” is that BoJack already knows an Oscar may not make him happy. This could’ve been a realization made much later in the season, but creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg wastes no time in Season 3. He’s got big fish to fry, and each episode takes on far more than just the requisite plot developments. By putting BoJack’s motivation into question already — for an arc that will still last all season — Bob-Waksberg shifts the conversation to a bigger topic for this half hour: Should BoJack be prouder of “Horsin’ Around” than “Secretariat”?

Clearly, the answer is, “yes.” Considering BoJack wasn’t actually in his Oscar vehicle (he was digitally replaced) and he became a star from “Horsin’ Around,
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere: Can ‘Bad’ TV Be Better Than Oscar Movies?
[Editor’s Note: “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 is a feat of storytelling on both a serialized and episodic level. To honor the impressive accomplishment, IndieWire will be reviewing all 12 episodes over the next few weeks. Below, we delve into Episode 1.]

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Season 3 Deserves an Oscar (And Every Other Award)

Is “Horsin’ Around” Better Than “Secretariat,” and Is TV Better Than Film?

The most important takeaway from the premiere of “BoJack Horseman” is that BoJack already knows an Oscar may not make him happy. This could’ve been a realization made much later in the season, but creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg wastes no time in Season 3. He’s got big fish to fry, and each episode takes on far more than just the requisite plot developments. By putting BoJack’s motivation into question already — for an arc that will still last all season — Bob-Waksberg shifts the conversation to a bigger topic for this half hour: Should BoJack be prouder of “Horsin’ Around” than “Secretariat”?

Clearly, the answer is, “yes.” Considering BoJack wasn’t actually in his Oscar vehicle (he was digitally replaced) and he became a star from “Horsin’ Around,
See full article at Indiewire »

Review: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3, Episode by Episode, Stays Beautiful — But Never Apologizes For Going Dark

Review: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3, Episode by Episode, Stays Beautiful — But Never Apologizes For Going Dark
When you look for beauty in life, the most rewarding moments are the unexpected. And for the third season in a row, the Hollywood comedy “BoJack Horseman” has surprised us.

That’s weird to say about a show which stars a cartoon celebrity horse (voiced by Will Arnett) whose personal morals are pretty much nonexistent. But Netflix and creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg have made something profound, re-watchable and dense — and yes, also beautiful and traumatizing.

Read More: 8 of Indiewire’s Favorite Talking TV Animals

Start with the very first episode of “BoJack,” and you’ll find that the show’s initial, somewhat nihilist message was that TV exists not to solve your problems, but to suppress them. (That’s what happens, after all, with a series about a washed-up TV star coasting on quickly-acquired fame.) What’s so daring and bold, though, is that it’s never strayed from that message.
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Review: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3, Episode by Episode, Stays Beautiful — But Never Apologizes For Going Dark

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Review: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3, Episode by Episode, Stays Beautiful — But Never Apologizes For Going Dark
When you look for beauty in life, the most rewarding moments are the unexpected. And for the third season in a row, the Hollywood comedy “BoJack Horseman” has surprised us.

That’s weird to say about a show which stars a cartoon celebrity horse (voiced by Will Arnett) whose personal morals are pretty much nonexistent. But Netflix and creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg have made something profound, re-watchable and dense — and yes, also beautiful and traumatizing.

Read More: 8 of Indiewire’s Favorite Talking TV Animals

Start with the very first episode of “BoJack,” and you’ll find that the show’s initial, somewhat nihilist message was that TV exists not to solve your problems, but to suppress them. (That’s what happens, after all, with a series about a washed-up TV star coasting on quickly-acquired fame.) What’s so daring and bold, though, is that it’s never strayed from that message.
See full article at Indiewire »

10 Best Horse Movies – Celebrating Birthday Of 1973 Triple Crown Winner Secretariat

March 30, 1970. Racing champion Secretariat was born.

After Citation in 1948, Secretariat became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years and became the stuff of legend.

New York Post columnist Larry Merchant said:

Secretariat is the kind of Big Horse that makes grown men weep, even when they are flint-hearted bettors, even when he goes off at 1-10. He is the apparently unflawed hunk of beauty and beast they search for doggedly in the racing charts every day, and never seemed to find. His supporters rhapsodize over him as though he is a four-legged Nureyev, extolling virtues of his musculature, his grace, his urine specimens.” If he were to lose the Belmont, Merchant warned, “the country may turn sullen and mutinous.”

As of 2015, only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).

Just as with Secretariat,
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Horse Racing Movies Based on True Events

In 2003 Universal Pictures released Seabiscuit, an Oscar-nominated film about horse racing in Depression-era America. Based on a true story, the film had the feel good factor, and perhaps introduced many to the thrilling world of horse racing for the first time. Seabiscuit, the horse, was undersized and unfancied, yet thrilled America with wonderful victories in many races, with the film astutely capturing the atmosphere of the time. However, Seabiscuit was not the first – and perhaps not the best – movie about the sport of kings.

Champions (1984) stars John Hurt as Bob Champion the legendary English jockey who had great success in the 1970s and 1980s. The film portrays Champion’s battle against testicular cancer and how he overcame the disease to win the 1981 Grand National. John Hurt – as ever – is brilliant in the role as the star jockey, giving a nuanced performance that highlights what it takes to be at the
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Round-Up: Exclusive Wrecker Clip, Applesauce Trailer, Silver Scream Fest

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A clip from Micheal Bafaro's Wrecker reminds us that road rage can be deadly. Also in this round-up: a new trailer for the film Applesauce and a call for entries to the Silver Scream Fest, featuring the 35th anniversary screening of An American Werewolf in London.

Wrecker: "Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Directed By: Micheal Bafaro. Story By: Evan Tylor and Micheal Bafaro. Screenplay By: Micheal Bafaro. Cast: Anna Hutchison and Drea Whitburn."

Distributed by XLrator Media, Wrecker hits theaters, VOD, and iTunes on November 6th.

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Applesauce: Press Release: "In rising filmmaker Onur Tukel's latest provocative comedy-drama Applesauce, a married man is
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Trailer Debut for Onur Tukel Horror/Comedy Applesauce; Hitting VOD/Est November 24

It’s no secret that we at Icons of Fright absolutely love director Onur Tukel’s films, especially last year’s S.O.B. (Summer Of Blood) and the forthcoming Applesauce (review). Tukel has a real talent for making films that have razor sharp dialogue and are as sarcastically dry as a desert, just the type of horror/comedy hybrids that I love to check out. Thanks to the gang at Dark Sky sending it our way, there’s now a brand new trailer for Applesauce, which hits VOD/Digital Est on November 24th. Check it out!

The film, which stars writer/director Tukel, also features great performances from co-stars Max Casella (Doogie Howser M.D., Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Jasmine), Trieste Kelly Dunn (Banshee, United 93), Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 and 3, Secretariat, Happiness), Jennifer Prediger (Apartment Troubles, A Teacher) and Karl Jacob (Pollywogs, The Dictator).

Every Tuesday night, radio
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Hollywood’s love affair with the races

The movie industry has always had a healthy relationship with sports in that they provide a natural sense of drama and an impressive climax that’s perfectly suited to the silver screen. But horse racing in particular seems to show an impressive ability to attract larges audiences from around the world. So here are some of Hollywood’s best horse racing efforts.

Seabiscuit

One of the best horse racing films in recent years was 2003’s Seabiscuit. Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, it followed an lowly-rated racehorse through its life on the racecourse during the Depression years in the USA.

Although the film follows the classic rags-to-riches format, the sheer emotional pull provided by the racing action and impressive cinematography provided the perfect example of how horse racing can be successfully adapted for the silver screen. Another feature that added weight to the story was the introduction of subtle themes of economic hardship,
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BoJack Horseman Season 2 Episode 9 Review – ‘The Shot’

Jackson Ball reviews the ninth episode of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman season 2…

After the high-paced nature of the previous episode, ‘The Shot’ takes the opportunity to slow things down again so everyone can recuperate themselves. The episode also acts as yet another reminder that BoJack Horseman is not only fantastic comedy show, but also a deeply affecting drama.

Spoiler Ahead – You Have Been Warned!

Episode 9 finds BoJack (Will Arnett) facing difficulties in his professional life. Back on the set of ‘Secretariat’, BoJack fears that his chance to deliver a nuanced, artistic performance is about to be taken away from him by interfering producers. Clearly satirizing the current ‘committee-over-auteur’ attitude in Hollywood, the episode features the Lennie Turtletaub (J.K. Simmons) stripping the film of its more controversial scenes to appease ‘test audiences’.

Desperate to save the film, BoJack hatches an unbelievably elaborate scheme to shoot one of the removed scenes in private,
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Every Secret Thing movie review: skeletons in the heart

A slow burn mystery in which the secrets aren’t so much about the crimes it explores but truths of women’s emotional lives that are too often ignored. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Mere weeks after two teenaged girls are released after seven years in juvenile detention for the horrific kidnap and killing of a baby, another little girl — one who bears a striking resemblance to the dead child — goes missing. Did they commit another murder? (Did they even both commit the first crime? Each is still placing all the blame entirely on the other.) Or does their small upstate New York town merely want this new kidnapping to be their doing?

With Every Secret Thing, documentarian Amy Berg makes
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Mark Ciardi’s Aspire Entertainment Taps Teri Flynn As Chief Content Officer

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Mark Ciardi’s Aspire Entertainment Taps Teri Flynn As Chief Content Officer
Exclusive: Veteran network exec and producer Teri Flynn has joined Mark Ciardi’s Aspire Entertainment as Chief Content Officer and Evp, where she’ll help develop content for the new multiplatform production company alongside founder and CEO Ciardi. Aspire opened up shop recently after the Secretariat and Million Dollar Arm producer split from Mayhem Pictures, where he and partner Gordon Gray specialized in inspirational sports features. The strategy at Aspire will follow a similar creative goals while opening new avenues to digital content and international audiences.

“I looked around a year ago realized it was a fast-changing world,” Ciardi told me. Aspire will stay in traditional features and television while also emphasizing digital content geared toward platforms like Netflix. The company will focus on sports-themed content as well as look for stories sourced from emerging markets under former pro baseballer Ciardi, who formed Aspire with Tom Duterme and venture capitalists
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Mayhem Pictures Duo Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray Split (Exclusive)

Mayhem Pictures producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who specialize in inspirational sports movies such as “Miracle” and “Million Dollar Arm,” are splitting up.

The separation is amicable, according to an individual close to the producers.

The duo have a first look deal at Walt Disney Studios, where they have been since 2002. Mayhem and Gray will continue to be based at Disney. Ciardi is taking on a different producing venture at another company, but the details are still being finalized.

Mayhem’s past projects include “The Tooth Ferry,” “The Rookie,” “Invincible” and “Secretariat.” It is currently working on the track drama “McFarland USA” with Kevin Costner and the fantasy drama “Fallen.”
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'You're the Worst' & BoJack Horseman': Tragedy + comedy = time well spent

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'You're the Worst' & BoJack Horseman': Tragedy + comedy = time well spent
Reviewing a new TV show usually comes out to about 50 percent analysis of what's there, 50 percent psychic projection of what the show might become past the episode(s) you've seen. With comedy, the balance tilts heavily towards the psychic end of things, because so few comedies start out strongly, and you have to make an informed guess as to what mediocre pilot will turn out to be great like "Parks and Recreation," and what will settle for being crass like "2 Broke Girls." Even having more episodes beyond the pilot isn't always a help. Back in January, for instance, Comedy Central sent out the first two "Broad City"s to critics. They were clever and seemed to have a distinctive voice, but it was a busy time of year, and I moved on to other things. Then my friends kept raving about it, I watched the rest of the season over the summer,
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Kevin Costner’s Sports Drama ‘McFarland USA’ Pushed to 2015

Kevin Costner’s Sports Drama ‘McFarland USA’ Pushed to 2015
Disney has pushed the release of Kevin Costner’s sports drama “McFarland USA” back three months from Nov. 21 to Feb. 20.

McFarland USA,” based on a true story, centers on a coach in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that overcomes social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.

The drama — which had been previously titled “McFarland” — is produced by Mayhem PicturesMark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, whose credits include “Million Dollar Arm,” “Invincible” and “Secretariat.”

Two other films have already been dated for Feb. 20 — Relativity’s “Jane Got A Gun,” starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.

Costner recently starred in another sports drama — Lionsgate’s “Draft Day,” which delivered middling returns with about $29 million domestically.
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’50 to 1′ is an unearned lap to victory

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50 to 1

Written by Faith Conroy and Jim Wilson

Directed by Jim Wilson

USA, 2014

Imagine, if you will, a horse race that starts and finishes in a blink of an eye. We see your choice winner bucking behind the starting gate. His chances of winning are slim to none, fifty to one in fact. You may not know anything about the horse, but you like the sound of his name on the program, and figure you can make some nice cash from a long shot. The gate opens and your horse bellows out the door. Immediately cut to the first bend and he is trailing behind the team. Now, immediately cut to the last and he strides to the finish line by a large margin. Victory is yours, but to what fulfillment? Sure you’re happy that your horse won, and heck, you might have made a serious winning. You probably
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