John Corbett, Lana Condor Join 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Film (Exclusive)
Awesomeness Films has found the cast for its newest teen flick.
X-Men: Apocalypse actress Lana Condor has signed on to star in To All the Boys I've Loved Before alongside John Corbett. The film, based on the novel by Jenny Han, is being directed by Susan Johnson and was written by Sofia Alvarez. Production on the film, which is also being produced by Awesomeness and Overbrook Entertainment, has begun in Vancouver.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (Condor), a high school junior who spends her lunch reading and imagining her life as »
- Natalie Jarvey
Review. Pressed for Time—Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk"
Nowadays you can just get a ferry or the Eurostar and be there in a few relatively painless minutes, but had you hoped to cross the Strait of Dover from France to England in May 1940, you’d be in for some real hell. You might very well drown, or be crushed by the hull of a listing ship, or scorched alive by burning oil, or bombed, or shot. Or maybe all of these things at once, or in sequence. Worse still, you’d most likely have to do a lot of standing around and waiting for it beforehand. Back then, whatever side of history you were on, be it Axis or Allied, you’d still want to be on the English side of the Strait of Dover. Truly nobody wanted to cross the other way, from England to France. Yet many brave souls did so anyway, to rescue nearly 340,000 soldiers »
Christopher Nolan Explains Why He Doesn’t Allow Phones On Set
As Christopher Nolan continues his press rounds for his excellent “Dunkirk,” he has been revealing a lot about his filmmaking process including who got to look at his scripts, why he cast Harry Styles, and why he doesn’t like Netflix. During an interesting Q&A with Esquire, he also revealed that he doesn’t allow cell phones on set and his reasons why.
Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Nolan doesn’t allow phones on set because he believes they are a “huge distraction,” and prevent people from being truly focused on the task at hand.
Continue reading Christopher Nolan Explains Why He Doesn’t Allow Phones On Set at The Playlist. »
- Christian Gallichio
Rumor: WB/DC Films Working On ‘Harley Quinn Vs The Joker’ Spin-Off Film
It seems as if audiences area going to get a lot of Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe. While critical reception to “Suicide Squad” was mixed, to say the least, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a clear standout, and Warner Bros. was quick to announce a pair of films that feature the character. The first was the obvious “Suicide Squad” sequel, rumored to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Continue reading Rumor: WB/DC Films Working On ‘Harley Quinn Vs The Joker’ Spin-Off Film at The Playlist. »
- Charles Dean
Christopher Nolan Talks “Visceral Experience Of Cinema” in FilmLinc Podcast Talk
Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has been making considerable waves in the industry in recent months, not only because the story is based on a lesser known historical event during WWII but also because of Nolan’s dedication to the traditional, theatrical movie going experience. With its strong imagery as well as a mind-bending soundtrack courtesy of the legendary Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk presents itself and a true theatrical experience: fully immersive and captivating.
Continue reading Christopher Nolan Talks “Visceral Experience Of Cinema” in FilmLinc Podcast Talk at The Playlist. »
- Martine Olivier
New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Looks Ahead At Season 7
So, this year “Game of Thrones” started airing prior to San Diego Comic Con, which made Friday’s big GoT panel a less-than-streamlined event. And while there wasn’t a hotly anticipated season trailer to reveal, HBO did release a “weeks ahead” Comic-Con trailer which has some tantalizing morsels of Westeros action for us Throneheads to pore over while we wait impatiently for the next episode of the show to air literally in two days.
Continue reading New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Looks Ahead At Season 7 at The Playlist. »
- Eli Fine
Saint Vitus Dance on "Black Sunday"
Self-portrait of Barbara Steele."I recognize the expression on fans," she says, her voice laced with irony."It's a kind of sexual melting." Barbara Steele would never admit that—from the denizens of mom's basement to intellectuals performing their cleverness—her screen-image reaches across decades to find acolytes. She has every right to doubt their sincerity, of course. Amid bouquets to the Goddess, less judicious fans apply "Scream Queen" like a brand to her flesh. If fans are also judges, then some perspective is in order. Let's remember that Barbara Steele (who screamed rarely in her films) was twenty-two when Mario Bava's Black Sunday first appeared in 1960. Yet there she was, a virtual child, realizing the ungovernable dream of surrealist impresario André Breton—she made him a prophet six years before his death: "Beauty will be Convulsive or will not be at all." That fanboys "melt" in the passive »
‘The Defenders’: Cinematic Episode 1 Premieres at Comic-Con in Marvel Panel Full of Surprises
Marvel likes to catch people off guard, which it more than did today at Comic-Con with its highly anticipated event series “The Defenders.” After a short panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb, featuring the massive cast of the Marvel crossover event, the actors “goaded” him into screening the first full episode of the series, which premieres August 18 on Netflix.
Before the screening, Loeb announced that “Iron Fist” was renewed for Season 2, and brought out “The Punisher” star Jon Bernthal to preview a clip from the upcoming “Daredevil” spinoff, one which featured Frank Castle in full-on vengeance mode, with no shortage of blood spilt.
“Frank’s very much in my heart,” Bernthal said. “I’m eternally grateful to get another crack at him.
Then, it was “Defenders” time. Developed by »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch’s Short Film, The Cast Reacts to Dougie, and More Highlights From Comic-Con
And, as you can imagine, it was beyond words. But since the short film has yet to be released, we’ll try to do it justice.
Lynch’s message never got past a simple greeting — “Good afternoon ladies and gentleman” — but he made the most of a static camera in a dark room. Pointed at the director sitting in a wooden chair, Lynch kept getting distracted by action offscreen.
First, someone walked out a door and fell, presumably, to his death. Then Lynch showed off a clinched hand holding a golf ball Lynch described as “the last golf ball O.J. Simpson hit before going into prison in Nevada” before the camera cut out. When it started up again, a horse, a gun, »
- Ben Travers
New Trailer For ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Kicks Brick
Given the financial and critical success of both “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” it’s reasonable to assume that we will be seeing a lot more Lego themed movies in the near future. The newest addition to the Lego Universe (who would’ve thought that’d be a thing?) is “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (check out the previous trailer here). The film follows a young master builder who has to fight off an evil warlord.
Continue reading New Trailer For ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Kicks Brick at The Playlist. »
- Christian Gallichio
‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Photo Diary: Funny Gals vs. Funny Guys in ‘Most Competitive Game Yet’
Comedians may make you laugh, but don’t underestimate their competitive spirits. On Sunday’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” the Funny Gals take on the Funny Guys, and it’s far more intense than you’d expect.
The Funny Gals team — June Diane Raphael, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Nicole Byer, and Carla Gallo — and the Funny Guys team — Paul Scheer, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, Eugene Cordero, Horatio Sanz — compete in what has been reportedly been the most competitive match in the history of the show. We say reportedly because that’s what Scheer himself said, and he’s clearly biased. (Editor’s Note: IndieWire is also biased towards Scheer because he conducted one of the best interviews and photo shoots with “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay ever.)
That said, the episode looks »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘The Defenders’: Jessica Jones And Company Are Back In New Comic Con Trailer
They’re the Avengers of the Netflix Marvel world. Where the regular Avengers save the world from otherworldly threats, the Defenders save a small part of New York City from ninjas, normally by fighting them in tight hallways. With the release date fast approaching, Marvel and Netflix have released the second trailer for “The Defenders,” and it looks like all that waiting by the fans is going to pay off.
Continue reading ‘The Defenders’: Jessica Jones And Company Are Back In New Comic Con Trailer at The Playlist. »
- Charles Dean
‘Marvel’s The Defenders’: Watch the Action-Packed Comic-Con Trailer That Even Makes Iron Fist Look Cool
Marvel’s big crimefighting quartet is ready to punch through your TV.
“The Defenders,” the anticipated team-up between Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) premieres in less than a month. At the show’s Comic-Con panel, Marvel and Netflix released a first their latest look at what audiences can expect.
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This preview of the team and their fight against mysterious supervillain supergroup The Hand also showcases some of the show’s new characters, including Sigourney Weaver as season big bad Alexandra. “The Defenders” will also bring back favorites from the four individual series, like Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Matt Murdock associates Karen Page and Foggy Nelson (Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson), mandatory Marvel cameo artist Stan Lee and IndieWire’s favorite crazy whitefella Scott Glenn. »
- Steve Greene
‘Vikings’ Trailer: A Bloody Season 5 Promises War, Violence and Chopped Heads
When a trailer starts with a funeral, no one is safe.
“Vikings” released our first glimpse at Season 5 of the turn-of-the-8th century epic at Comic-Con on Friday and it looks like there are few characters who’ll get through the newest batch of episodes unscathed.
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For those unfamiliar with the previous 49 episodes of the series (all written by Michael Hirst), the trailer does an effective job of boiling down the show’s dense mythology into its rival factions. With the Season 4 finale leaving Lagertha pulling the strings as the Queen of Kattegat, this sneak peek also gives audiences a glimpse at where Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) have ended up.
And then, there’s the battle scenes. These are not minor skirmishes, as one poor footsoldier’s decapitation can attest. »
- Steve Greene
‘Outlander’ Season 3: Cast Teases the Print Shop Scene as a ‘Huge Moment’ for Fans
The droughtlander is almost over as Book 3 of “Outlander” is coming back in September. As we pause in rematching the official trailer for the nth time, we have more to obsess over now that the cast and crew hit Comic-Con to tease Season 3.
Taking to the Ballroom 20 stage in San Diego’s Convention Center were stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin, alongside Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis and author Diana Gabaldon. While having the cast together looking good in contemporary clothes is always a good time, fans were also keen to see or hear anything more about Season 3.
As a special surprise, Jenna Dewan Tatum was the moderator for the panel. “I’m the hugest, biggest ‘Outlander’ fan,” she declared. During the lively panel, Tatum challenged the actors to a “Truth or Dance” game, and the audience had the honor of seeing Balfe and »
- Hanh Nguyen
Ratings Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Gives Rivals Summer Chills, But ‘America’s Got Talent’ Still Wins The Week
(Apologies for that.) After three days worth of time-shifted DVR and VOD usage, last Sunday’s Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” jumped to a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, obliterating everything in its path. That was up 19% from the show’s already strong live+same day number.
What’s more, the rebroadcasts that night of last year’s finale, as well as the premiere (which repeated at 10:05 p.m. Et) also made it into the week’s top 25 adults 18-49 chart.
Earlier in the week, HBO reported that the Season 7 premiere reached a gross audience of 16.1 million viewers (Linear Plays + Same Day DVR Playback + Hbogo/HBO Now) up 50 percent from last year’s premiere. Per HBO, that performance set a record as the most watched premiere »
- Michael Schneider
‘Archer: Danger Island’: Season 9 Title and Premise Revealed, as Archer Heads to the South Pacific
Archer is going even further back in time next season. After a year in “Dreamland” — specifically the year 1947 — “Archer: Danger Island,” Season 9, will take place in the spring of 1939 on a remote beach locale in the South Pacific.
Announced by executive producer Matt Thompson during the Comic-Con panel in San Diego, it was also unveiled that Archer will be a seaplane pilot with one eyepatch and two partners: One is Pam Poovy, his co-pilot who he’s gotten into “many scrapes” with across the globe. The other is a “talking, fucking” parrot named Crackers, who will be voiced by Lucky Yates (who usually plays Dr. Krieger).
Lana is a princess on the island, while Mallory is a bar owner and (unlike last season) Archer’s mother. Mallory’s character in “Dreamland” was not related to Archer, and voice actress Jessica Walter said she was glad the familial connection has been restored. »
- Ben Travers
New ‘Preacher’ Season 2 Trailer: “I’m Here To Kill A Man”
“Preacher” may not have much to do with its originators much anymore — “from the guys that brought you ‘This Is The End‘ and ‘Sausage Party‘ and the co-executive producer of “Breaking Bad“– but the show is still touting their names. Perhaps it’s because “Preacher” is a modest show for AMC and not a big player in their portfolio.
Continue reading New ‘Preacher’ Season 2 Trailer: “I’m Here To Kill A Man” at The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
This is What Happens When You Don’t Vet Your Documentary Subjects
[Editor’s Note: Producer Susan MacLaury and her non-profit production organization, Shine Global, believed they found a unique story about the sex trafficking of young girls by desperate parents and the activist rescuing them. Deep into the production, however, alarm bells started going off about the veracity of their story. The resulting documentary, “The Wrong Light,” captures the story of the filmmakers questioning the girls and the shelter’s founder as they search for the truth. IndieWire invited MacLaury, a former educator and social worker, to discuss the lessons she learned and what all documentary filmmakers need to consider before they start a film.]
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The inspiration for “The Wrong Light” came from Natalie Jesionka, then an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. She had just completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand, in which she studied different approaches to counter the trafficking of young Thai girls. Natalie had been impressed in particular by Mickey Choothesa’s “upstream” approach that attempted to prevent parents from selling their daughters, then housed and educated those willing to surrender their custody to him.
We were excited to do this film because sex trafficking globally is a problem that annually affects millions of people, half of whom are children. From a documentary perspective, this was already an old story in late 2011, but telling it from the perspective of impoverished parents who felt they had no choice hadn’t ever been documented.
Our first shoot in Fall »
- Chris O'Falt
‘The Gifted’ Trailer: Mutants Are On The Run In New X-Men Series From FX
Not unlike something like “Midnight Special,” FX’s new series “The Gifted,” centers on a family that discovers their children have mutant powers and go on the run. It’s yet another X-Men related series and another sign that like Warner Bros. and the CW, Marvel and Marvel Television, 20th Century Fox is eager to expand their X-Men universe into their related TV platforms like FX.
Continue reading ‘The Gifted’ Trailer: Mutants Are On The Run In New X-Men Series From FX at The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
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