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The Joker Origin Story Movie: Martin Scorsese Producing, Todd Phillips to Direct

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Warner Brothers and DC Film have added major talent to their comic book roster by bringing Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips on board for a Joker origin-story film, Deadline reports. Phillips is set to direct, produce, and pen the script with “8 Mile” writer Scott Silver, with Scorsese also set to produce.

Read More:How Jaume Collet-Serra Could Save the ‘Suicide Squad’ Franchise

The film will be the first under a new WB banner that allows DC characters and stories be taken out of canon and reinterpreted with new actors. A new actor will play the main role — not Jared Leto, who currently plays the Joker in the “Suicide Squad” universe. According to the Deadline report, this early story of the iconic Batman foe will be more grounded in reality and will evoke late-’70s / early-’80s Scorsese films like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.”

Phillips’ most recent directorial effort was 2016’s “War Dogs, »


- William Earl

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‘Tulip Fever’ Red Band Trailer: Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan Get Very Nsfw

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The Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever” has faced one of the most curious rollouts in recent memory, as it was plagued by a series of shifting release dates. Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan topline the historical romance, which apparently is full of very Nsfw sex scenes, if this new trailer is any indication.

Read More:The Weinstein Company Moves Alicia Vikander–Starring ‘Tulip Fever’ Far Away From Awards Season

The historical romance, directed by Justin Chadwick, features a large ensemble cast, including Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, and Cara Delevingne. The story follows a young woman (Vikander) who is married off to a wealthy older man (Waltz), and her passionate affair with a poor painter (DeHaan).

The movie was shot in the UK during the summer of 2014, and was originally set to premiere on July 15, 2016, but faced several release date moves. This week, »


- William Earl

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time

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On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a »


- Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7 Finale Title and Run Time Revealed

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The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale is almost here, and HBO has released the very intriguing episode title, as well as the epic runtime.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Will Be ‘Recognizable as a Past Event’ to Readers, Says Screenwriter

In a tweet on Tuesday, the official “Thrones” account revealed that the episode will be titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and will last for 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A majestic raven gif accompanied the news:

Ravens tell us that the #GoTS7 finale will be 79 minutes and 43 seconds.

Watch “The Dragon and the Wolf” Sunday at 9Pm on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/zcCutpjqtp

Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) August 22, 2017

The season finale’s title lays bare what has been hinted at for the majority of Season 7: Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. The Dragon and the Wolf. Of course, Dany needs all the allies she can muster after last week’s devastating and shocking twist. »


- Jamie Righetti and William Earl

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Darren Aronofsky Says People Can’t Look at Him After They See ‘Mother!’

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Darren Aronofsky wants audiences to remember that he made “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream” before they go see “Mother!,” his latest film. “The threshold is as high, if not higher, than that,” the filmmaker told Vulture of his most secretive film to date. “Most people, after they see the film, they don’t even wanna look at me.”

So far, this is the only description: “A couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” The gorgeous illustrated poster revealed little more, though that didn’t stop some from scouring the art for clues.

Read More:‘mother!’: Jennifer Lawrence Dislocated a Rib Because She Was Hyperventilating Too Much On Set

Though remaining tight-lipped about the details of the film, Aronofsky urged audiences to be prepared for some uncomfortable moments, as has become his trademark. “It’s definitely different than anything else out there right now. »


- Jude Dry

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Trailer: Trump’s Election Is Just the Beginning of the Clownish Nightmare – Watch

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For many Americans, their worst fears came true in November 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. “American Horror Story: Cult” will tap into the real-life nightmare in its own signature way.

In the trailer for the series’ seventh season, Ryan Murphy show regular Sarah Paulson looks to be a regular suburban housewife in Michigan who is horrified at the election results. In another household, Evan Peters’ character is rather energized and turned on by the news. And then things get really weird and frightening.

Read More:Ryan Murphy Says Don’t Take Him Literally; New ‘American Horror Story’ Won’t Feature Donald Trump

That’s because this season is all about realizing one’s fears, whether it’s bees or clowns. So. Many. Clowns. And yes, that includes our old friend Twisty the Clown from “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” This looks like “It” on steroids. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Lorne Michaels Breaks the Record As the Emmys’ New Nominations King

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Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels has leapfrogged to the top of the Emmy nomination hill.

Now that the TV Academy has completed its producer vetting process and added those names to the final nomination tallies, Michaels has officially landed five nods this year. That gives him a lifetime total of 78 nominations, more than any other individual in Emmy history. (The Academy recently updated its summary of “most” Emmys to give Michaels the lead.)

This year’s tally pushes Michaels ahead of HBO documentary dynamo Shiela Nevins, who has 75, and camera operator Hector Ramirez (74). Ramirez had long been the Emmy nomination champ, but Nevins had been creeping up on him thanks to her documentary output. Last year, Nevins and Ramirez tied (at 74 a piece), and this year she scored one more nomination, pushing her ahead.

Read More:Why the Television Academy Could Benefit From Big ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘This Is Us »


- Michael Schneider

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The Best TV Shows Critics Wrote Off but Then Grew to Love — IndieWire Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s a show that you may have quit or written off, but were happy that you gave a second chance?

(This could mean a show that got better as it went along, a show that course-corrected, a show that you felt got lumped together with others and therefore didn’t get a fair shake at first, or one that you see differently because of some changed perspective in your own life.)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

This question is good timing because I just spent my weekend watching all of Halt and Catch Fire! I remember watching the first episode at a preview screening and struggling »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home

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It took one day at a time, but Norman Lear’s long-gestating comedy project “Guess Who Died” finally has a home: NBC.

The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera comedy, which Lear recently re-developed with Peter Tolan.

Set in a retirement village, “Guess Who Died” has been in the works for at least seven years. Lear had pitched the show around town several times, and expressed dismay that the show wouldn’t get made because of its focus on older characters.

Read More:Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

But “Guess Who Died” gained momentum after Lear, at age 95, earned raves for the recent successful remake of his 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time,” executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett and and Mike Royce. That show comes from Sony Pictures TV, as does “Guess Who Died. »


- Michael Schneider

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French Women Take a Stand: How Two New French Films Address Issues of Representation

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

No matter how progressive the film community becomes, women continue to struggle to see their stories told. The problem is twofold — the representation of women in contemporary cinema and the enabling of women directors — and the scope of it is global. The 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival featured no films directed solely by women in the main competition. This is a problem that has faced many contemporary festivals around the world, but Locarno at least managed to showcase two completely different films with assertive female leads: Serge Bozon’s “Mrs. Hyde” and Valerie Massadian’s “Milla.”

“Milla” was one of the more prominent films directed by a woman in this year’s Locarno Film Festival, where it competed »


- Jaime Grijalba

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After Godard: How a New Generation of Swiss Filmmakers Is Rebooting the Country’s Cinema

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

Swiss cinema isn’t exactly stuck in a rut. Its artistically-challenging documentaries are thriving: Markus Imhoofs meditation on bees in the climate-change era “More Than Honey” from 2012 was released in 29 countries around the globe, and last year, the animated “My Life as Zucchini” was nominated for an Oscar. Historically, however, Switzerland has given rise to an outstanding list of worldly auteurs such as Claude Goretta, Alain Tanner and Jean-Luc Godard. Why haven’t we heard much about young Swiss talent making the leap out of the small alpine state?

There is one major exception here: Ursula Meier is a Geneva-based cinematographer and filmmaker who has found a string of international successes. With “Sister” in 2012, she received the Silver Bear at the Berlinale. »


- Timo Posselt

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Why Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Cut to the Feeling’ Proves the Oscars Need to Rewrite their Rules

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the Feeling” may be the song of this never-ending summer, but audiences in France and the UK have been grooving to this irresistible pop masterpiece since last December (about six months before it was available for digital download). Recorded during the creation of Jepsen’s monumental “E•Mo•Tion” LP, “Cut to the Feeling” was deemed “too cinematic” for inclusion on the record, and set aside for future use. For mere mortals, this euphoric jam would have been a career-defining milestone; for Jepsen, it was merely a B-side.

Fortunately, it wouldn’t be long before the song found a home, as its singer — one of post-Gretzky Canada’s finest cultural exports — offered it to a Montreal animation studio when she agreed to voice one of the characters in their animated feature, “Ballerina.”

Retitled “Leap!” for its impending U.S. release, the harmlessly inspirational kids »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Hellboy’ Reboot Casts Ed Skrein as Asian Character In the Latest Case of Hollywood Whitewashing

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Why is it always the comic book adaptations that have the hardest time casting actors of color as characters of color? From “Ghost in the Shell,” to “Doctor Strange,” Hollywood studios just don’t seem to understand that honoring source material includes casting actors of color — especially when the role calls for it. The forthcoming “Hellboy” reboot is just the latest example, as white British actor Ed Skrein (“Deadpool”) joins the cast as Major Ben Daimio, who is Japanese American in the comics.

Read More:Guillermo del Toro Explains Why Losing ‘Hellboy’ Inspired Him to Support ‘Baby Driver

The third movie in the growing franchise is titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen,” and will be directed by “Game of Thrones” helmer Neil Marshall. David Harbour has signed on for the titular role; the cast also includes Ian McShane as the superhero’s adoptive father and Milla Jovovich as the evil villainess. »


- Jude Dry

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8 Indies That Are Honest About Teen Sexuality, From ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ to ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

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Risky and risqué, indie films have always been a home for bold, honest, and controversial visions of teens’ sexuality. Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats,” opening this week after bowing at Sundance in January, is another notch in the belt of the sub-genre, a sensitive and often shocking look inside the coming-of-age of a young Brooklyn teen.

Like the best of these films, it’s not all about hormones; it builds on questions about identity and desire. But that’s there too, in sensitively crafted scenes that don’t skimp on reality. Punctuated by some bad choices and an unnerving final act, “Beach Rats” embraces the full spectrum of teen sexuality, even when it’s not exactly alluring.

Read More:Why ‘Beach Rats’ Breakout Harris Dickinson Isn’t Afraid Of Risqué Roles (Or Sex Scenes) — Sundance Springboard

Here are eight indie films that engage with the subject matter in appropriately intimate ways. »


- Kate Erbland

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From ‘Black Mirror’ to ‘Westworld,’ Here Are the Cameras That Shot The Year’s Best TV Shows

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IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers who received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour), and Limited Series or Movie. We asked them which camera and lenses they used and why they were the right tools to achieve their show’s unique look.

Read More:Cannes 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 29 of This Year’s Films Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

The nominees for outstanding cinematography in this category are Adriano Goldman (“The Crown”), Colin Watkinson (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), James Hawkinson (“The Man in the High Castle”), Tod Campbell (Mr. Robot”), John Toll (“Sense8”), Tim Ives (“Stranger Things”) and Paul Cameron (“Westworld”).

Last Year’s Winner: James Hawkinson for “The Man in the High Castle

The Crown

Cameras: Sony F55s

Lens: Old Cooke Panchros rehoused by Tls UK

Dp Adriano Goldman: “Netflix requires a 4K workflow, »


- Chris O'Falt

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BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’

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“Well, nobody’s perfect,” may be the last line of “Some Like It Hot,” but BBC Culture’s newest list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time comes pretty darn close. Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing buddy comedy earned the most votes, but the rest of the list is as robust and varied as one would hope, containing slam dunk smash hits as well as lesser known hidden gems.

Read More:The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

The survey included responses from 253 film critics internationally, with freelancers writing in from Syria, Azerbaijan, and Montenegro. For a deeper dive into your favorite critics’ comedic tastes, each individual top ten list is also available for perusal. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, and Kate Erbland participated; their number one picks were “City Lights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” respectively.

Read More:Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies at 91

Dr. Strangelove, »


- Jude Dry

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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects

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When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ New Trailer: Now With More Explosions, Replicants, and Jared Leto’s Crazy Eyes

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A new international TV spot for Denis Villeneuve’s big budget sequel “Blade Runner 2049” has dropped, and it’s filled with even more awe-inspiring shots which paint a beautiful and sinister future.

Ryan Gosling finds a few moments of peace at the beginning of the footage before being dragged into the world of Replicants, causing him to search for guidance from a gruff Harrison Ford. A very sinister and stylized Jared Leto has an evil plan afoot, and explosions, icky Replicant harvests, and lots of beautiful shots, courtesy of the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, follow.

Read More:Why ‘Blade Runner 2049′ Could Be Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ Masterpiece

Villeneuve recently told IndieWire about how Deakins brought his unique talent to the sci-fi project.

“He’s more of a scientist sometimes and it’s so important for him to be precise with how the logic of light works in the shot,” Villeneuve said. »


- William Earl

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Netflix Lost Its Chill: Viewership Went Down During the Solar Eclipse

21 August 2017 6:45 PM, PDT

Never underestimate the power of the moon.

The solar eclipse on Monday that was visible across the United States stopped people from working enough to get outside, socialize with strangers, and stare at the sun using the appropriate retina-saving gear. By extension, this meant that a good chunk of people were looking at the sky when they normally would be watching their screens.

Read More:Solar Eclipse on TV: Marge Simpson and Don Draper Show What Not To Do

That evening, long after the celestial event occurred, Netflix assessed its viewership and noticed something funny. Its numbers were down during a specific portion of the day. The percentage was so large that the streaming service shared its findings in a couple of tweets:

Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I Have Always Been There For You.

— Netflix Us (@netflix) August 22, 2017

but really, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: Richard Dormer Explains How That Game-Changing Resurrection Was Allowed to Happen

21 August 2017 4:50 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

Game of Thrones” gave the White Walkers a weapon in this week’s episode that helped balance the scales between good and evil. The unfortunate part is that it could have been prevented.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) had swooped in on her dragon to save Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but just as it seemed like they would make their escape unscathed, the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) lobbed a magical ice spear at one of Dany’s other dragons, killing Viserion in midair and causing him to crash down into the freezing lake below. At the end of the episode, the Night King had the creature dragged out of the water and turned into one of his own followers, an undead dragon to do his bidding.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Is Testing Viewers’ Allegiances and Their Tolerance for Incest

By now, the concept of resurrection on “Game of Thrones” is nothing new, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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