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29 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 29 indie standouts and festival favorites bound for a big screen near you.

“Tully,” May 4

A very different kind of adult fairy tale (one that frequently doubles as a feature-length advertisement for tubal ligation), “Tully” is a fantasy of the highest order; it might look like an episode of “This Is Us,” but this story is every bit as magical as “The Shape of Water.” Think
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Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas.

Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts. Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond.

The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie.

But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our
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John Krasinski on Secrets of ‘A Quiet Place,’ Working With Wife Emily Blunt and Watching ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ 70 Times

John Krasinski on Secrets of ‘A Quiet Place,’ Working With Wife Emily Blunt and Watching ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ 70 Times
John Krasinki doesn’t normally watch horror movies. So when the time came to direct “A Quiet Place,” a monster thriller set in a world where nobody is allowed to make any noise, he had to cram.

“I watched all these incredible modern horror movies like ‘Get Out,’ ‘The Witch,’ ‘The Babadook’ and ‘Let the Right One In,’” Krasinki says. “All these movies were so influential with how people do tension and terror.” He borrowed some other inspiration from throwbacks like “Jaws,” “Alien,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and Hitchcock. He wanted his movie to have “that feeling of thrillers 30 years ago.”

A Quiet Place,” which received strong reviews after debuting at South by Southwest last month, is tracking to open at more than $40 million this weekend. It should elevate “The Office” star’s career as a director. Krasinski stars in the film as a father of a family trying to survive.
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Starbust Festival 2018: Sam Saffold – ‘A Welcoming Place’ Interview

With A Welcoming Place making its debut UK screening at the Starburst MediaCity Festival I got an opportunity to ask Sam Saffold a few questions about his debut film including; his inspirations for the look and the style of the film, the challenges he faced and his favourite scenes.

How did you first get into filmmaking?

I always loved watching films. I didn’t grow up with a lot of TV, but the video tapes we had were amazing to me, things like The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins. It wasn’t until I saw Star Wars that I got into the idea of filmmaking though, and when I was 9 or 10 my neighbours were throwing out some of their old clutter. They gave me my first video camera.

Your debut short A Welcoming Place which you wrote and directed is getting its first UK screening at the Starburst MediaCity Festival this weekend,
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Julie Andrews Can't Wait to See Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins: "I Admire Her Enormously" (Exclusive)

Iconic movie star Julie Andrews was "practically perfect" in 1964's Mary Poppins — and she earned an Oscar to prove it. But the grande dame of musical movies is sure Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins in the new version (titled Mary Poppins Returns) descending into theaters in December, will make the role her own. "I admire her enormously," Julie exclusively told Closer Weekly at the Raise Your Voice concert honoring the star in NYC on March 5. "It's a brand new film based on all of the other stories Walt Disney had in his trunk based on P.L. Travers' Poppins character," Julie explained. "It's wonderful Emily is the new Poppins." Looking back on the original, in which she starred with Dick Van Dyke, Julie, 82, marveled, "It was 50 years ago, and that boggles my mind!" Julie and Dick in Mary Poppins. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The original Mary Poppins — along with
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John Krasinski: Wife Emily Blunt Agreeing to Star in ‘A Quiet Place’ Was ‘The Best Compliment of My Career’ — SXSW 2018

John Krasinski: Wife Emily Blunt Agreeing to Star in ‘A Quiet Place’ Was ‘The Best Compliment of My Career’ — SXSW 2018
On Friday night, when introducing SXSW opener “A Quiet Place” — his third film as a director — John Krasinski acknowledged his wife and lead actress in the audience as “a young up-and-comer, Miss Emily Blunt” who “I can’t even talk about without crying, so I won’t look at her.” After the nearly-silent sci-fi movie was uproariously received by more than 1,200 festival-goers, Krasinski brought his cast onstage at the Paramount Theatre. The director then got emotional about Blunt, as predicted, when recalling a run-in with her “Mary Poppins Returns” director, Rob Marshall.

Last year, a week before shooting began, Krasinski settled on an editing bay for “A Quiet Place.” At the facility, “They happened to be editing a little indie movie called ‘Mary Poppins [Returns]’ at the same time,” Krasinski said. Marshall told Krasinski that nothing could prepare him for watching Blunt in her element —”‘You’re gonna see'” — to which Krasinski replied,
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Here’s Your First Look At The New Teaser For Mary Poppins Returns Starring Emily Blunt

Check out the brand new teaser trailer and teaser poster from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original.

In the film, which hits U.S. theaters this Christmas, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

P.L. Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book “Mary Poppins.” However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other P.L. Travers’ books…until now.

Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as
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‘A Quiet Place’ Super Bowl Spot: If They Can’t Hear You, They Can’t Hunt You

2018 is looking to be another great year for Emily Blunt as the Golden Globe winning actress is set to star in two wildly different, but much buzzed about films (and will also lending her voice in “Sherlock Gnomes,” but who’s counting that). The first is Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.” The other is “A Quiet Place,” a horror movie that is probably the complete opposite from the family-friendly fare of Disney.

Continue reading ‘A Quiet Place’ Super Bowl Spot: If They Can’t Hear You, They Can’t Hunt You at The Playlist.
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Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]

Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]
When nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 23, Guillermo del Toro‘s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” led the way with a lucky 13 bids. Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” reaped eight nominations while Martin McDonagh‘s character study “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got seven. All three number Best Picture bids among their nominations and both del Toro and Nolan contend for Best Director. (Tour through our photo gallery above to see the nominees in all 24 competitive categories.)

The other six Best Picture nominees in order of their total nomination count are: six-time contenders “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread”; five-time nominee “Lady Bird”; four-time hopefuls “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out”; and two-timer “The Post.”

Predict the Oscar winners now; change them until March 4

“The Shape of Water” is the 10th film to earn 13 Oscar nominations, following “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “From Here to Eternity
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Christopher Nolan Never Wanted to Direct ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Explains Why Pre-Schoolers Must See ‘2001’

Christopher Nolan Never Wanted to Direct ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Explains Why Pre-Schoolers Must See ‘2001’
Christopher Nolan is continuing to make the press rounds as “Dunkirk” keeps on thriving during the awards season. The film has eight Critics Choice Award nominations and is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes. Oscar nominations in both categories seem like a no-brainer at this point, and yet Nolan is keeping the promotional train going for his WWII epic.

Read More:Damien Chazelle Says ‘Dunkirk’ Is ‘A Giant Middle Finger’ to Anyone Who Thinks Movies Stopped Taking Risks

The director recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times, and the discussion touched upon three movies that Nolan is semi-associated with given his filmography: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Darkest Hour,” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Despite being a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s original, Nolan revealed he never once considered directing a “Blade Runner” sequel. It turns out all those rumors he was in contention for “Blade Runner 2049
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Enchanted at 10: revisiting the film with director Kevin Lima

Simon Brew Dec 18, 2017

With new exclusive behind the scenes pictures, director Kevin Lima takes us through Enchanted, as it hits its 10th birthday.

It’s been ten years since the terrific Enchanted arrived in UK cinemas, just under two months after it premiered at the London Film Festival. The film made a star of Amy Adams, brought back 2D animation from Disney to the big screen, and has a songbook that sits happily alongside the top end of Disney work. Plus, the film remains a flat out family treat.

“It has been a long time” Lima chuckled, apologising in advance if he couldn’t recall all the answers I was after. Turns out he didn’t do too badly. He spared me some time to look back over the film, the challenges of making it, and what happened next…

I’ve only just discovered that Enchanted actually had its premiere in the UK!
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Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race

As a brilliant dancer fails to win votes on Strictly week after week, an unsettling interpretation emerges: that racial anxieties are the problem

Few contestants have dominated the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor like Alexandra Burke has this year. She received the first 10 of the season for her jive to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, performed a flawless, Mary Poppins-themed charleston and impressed the judges with her salsa and her Viennese waltz.

Despite her technical brilliance, Burke has found herself repeatedly in the bottom two – as voted for by the British public. And some observers have perceived a contempt for her, from both the media and the public, that is unlike anything directed towards her fellow contestants.

Have to say the thinly veiled racism directed at @joannajarjue on this seasons Apprentice was hard to watch. She was no more “confrontational” than anyone else.

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The Worst Moments in The Last Jedi

The Worst Moments in The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is probably the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, but that doesn't mean it's without its faults. From the over the top barrage of humor to some certain things that made fans laugh or cry at the wrong time, we've collected some of the biggest gripes with Rian Johnson's first foray into the Star Wars universe. While they're not horrible offenses, they've for some reason or another left a bad taste in the mouths of fans, much like the weird green milk Luke Skywalker ingested on Ahch-To from that weird alien sea cow. Brace yourselves, there are Spoilers Ahead, so if you haven't seen The Last Jedi, you might want to stop reading.

Visiting Canto Bight.

One of the worst things about The Last Jedi are the Canto Bight scenes. They seem out of place, almost like George Lucas directed
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In Case You Wanted to See Mary Poppins but Starring Yondu

Just in case you wanted to see what Mary Poppins would really be like starring Yondu, the clip below might give you a pretty good idea. The blue-skinned alien would no doubt be a terror for the Banks’ at first but he could have been a lot of fun eventually, in a very destructive and somewhat disruptive sort of way. The one line in Guardian’s of the Galaxy vol. 2 has inspired this little mind trip of a mashup that’s actually kind of funny. Just imagining Yondu in a prim and proper setting brings to mind the image of a

In Case You Wanted to See Mary Poppins but Starring Yondu
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The Little Mermaid: Disney homes in on potential director

Simon Brew Dec 7, 2017

Into The Woods and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall is next in line for the live action The Little Mermaid from Disney...

Disney’s had Mary Poppins Returns, Dumbo and Aladdin all filming this year, as it continues to look for new live action takes on some of its most popular family movies. Mulan is gearing up, with a planned start date of early next year. And now it looks as if the live action take on The Little Mermaid might have taken a nudge forward too.

Disney is apparently favouring Rob Marshall as its director of choice for the project. Marshall is directing Mary Poppins Returns, and thus has to finish that first. His CV also includes the likes of Into The Woods and Chicago.

It’s being reported that Marshall has already been offered The Little Mermaid job, and will make his decision over the Christmas break.
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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Boss Hopeful Larry David Will Return for Another Season

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season nine finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Fatwa!"]

Curb Your Enthusiasm's comeback season began and ended with Larry David singing the words to Mary Poppins' "A Spoonful of Sugar."

In the 10 episodes between that first and final scene, the TV character had a death sentence placed on him by Iran's Ayatollah, lost a steady-ish girlfriend (played by Lauren Graham) and poured his heart and soul into dream show Fatwa! The Musical, only to have it go up in blue-colored smoke in a Hamilton-style duel gone wrong with...
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Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final – as it happened

It’s musicals week – and Alexandra Burke danced the Charleston to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But who sang in tune… and which dancer’s duff notes saw them leave the competition?

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Next week it’s Two Dances, which means approximately half the rehearsal time/dance quality. So that’s something to look forward to, no?

Kick off is at 6.45pm, so join me here then – in the meantime you can find me @heidistephens on Twitter If you want to come and give me a wave. Thank you all for joining in and being entirely splendid – have a fab week, and I’ll see you next week! Hx

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Davood and Nadiya dance their final dance to So Long, Farewell from The Sound Of Musical. Quite hard to bum lift to, but Davood gives it a go anyway, and promptly drops Nadiya to gasps from the audience. Well that’s one way to go.
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Now you can own Despicable Me 3 on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have
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Patton Oswalt Says Finding Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit by Lightning Twice'

Patton Oswalt Says Finding Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit by Lightning Twice'
Patton Oswalt couldn't be more grateful for finding his wife, Meredith Salenger

The 48-year-old actor, who married Salenger earlier this month, opened up about what it was like to fall in love again during a recent interview with NPR, a year and a half after the death of his first wife, Michelle McNamara

"I was lucky enough to meet and fall in love and have someone as extraordinary as Michelle McNamara fall in love with me," Oswalt said. "And then -- it's almost like getting hit by lightning twice, that the statistical odds are so insane -- I met someone just as, if not even more, extraordinary in this woman Meredith Salenger." 

" fell in love with her and got her to fall in love with me and to fall in love with [my 8-year-old daughter], Alice," he added. 

Oswalt continued, likening his second wife to Mary Poppins, explaining that she helped bring him out of the depression he suffered after McNamara's
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Despicable Me 3 Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 5th

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of
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