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‘Monrovia, Indiana’: Frederick Wiseman’s New Documentary About Small Town America Set for Fall Release — Exclusive

‘Monrovia, Indiana’: Frederick Wiseman’s New Documentary About Small Town America Set for Fall Release — Exclusive
Welcome to Monrovia, Indiana. With a dwindling population of 1,083, the small town, first founded in 1834 as one of many farming communities that served as the backbone of early America, is a compelling new subject for prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s latest look inside the kind of places, people, and systems that make up the country.

In his latest documentary, “Monrovia, Indiana,” the filmmaker endeavors to explore “the importance of rural America as a formative center of American politics and values was demonstrated in the 2016 presidential election.”

Per its official synopsis, “The film explores the conflicting stereotypes and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a rural, mid-American way of life that has always been important in America but whose influence and force
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the movie, which has a script by the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson
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SXSW Winner ‘Jinn’ Bought by Orion Classics for November Release

SXSW Winner ‘Jinn’ Bought by Orion Classics for November Release
Orion Classics has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to the coming-of-age drama “Jinn,” which won the Special Jury Award for writing at the SXSW Festival in March.

Orion Classics will release the drama in theaters on Nov. 15 and on VOD and Digital HD on Nov. 16.

Written and directed by Nijla Mu’min, the film stars Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dorian Missick, Hisham Tawfiq and Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). The film also won awards at the American Black Film Festival for best screenplay and best actor for Renee, the Blackstar Film Festival for best feature narrative and audience award and at the Roxbury Film Festival for best narrative feature.

“’Jinn’ is a coming of age film that deals with the struggles to find one’s true identity amidst familial and religious influences,” said Mu’min. “As our media landscape becomes more inclusive and nuanced,
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Vision Films Gets In Corner With Boxing Pic ‘Glass Jaw’ For October Bow

Vision Films Gets In Corner With Boxing Pic ‘Glass Jaw’ For October Bow
Vision Films has acquired U.S. rights to Glass Jaw, an action drama directed by Jeff Celentano. Lee Kholafai, Korrina Rico, Jon Gries, Jaime Camil and Reynaldo Gallegos topline the boxing pic, which is produced by Steve Perry (True Romance) and Zeus Zamani. It will hit theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 26. Kholafai plays a one-time boxing champ who goes to prison and loses everything. After his release, he fights to redeem his reputation, his belt and his one true…
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‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free

‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free
Ozark” Season 1 made so many bold choices, so quickly, that Season 2 was bound to slow things down. Engaging viewers with the escalating series of crises Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his family had to deal with immediately, the Netflix drama ate up a ton of narrative to provide its breakneck pace. Now that the ex-suburbanites have their backwoods criminal enterprise up and sailing, instead of plugging holes in a sinking ship, a steadier, more character-driven story comes with the territory.

But the degree to which “Ozark” slams on the breaks is disconcerting; the downshift in pacing creates an antsy viewing experience that transitions into blandness, as the follow-up season spends nearly seven hours setting up a moral turning point it could’ve easily implemented much sooner. While still a sharp, attentive, and altogether capable drama, the benefits of a successful first season don’t transfer to the Byrdes in Season 2 — or viewers watching them.
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‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7 Costume and Production Design Defined Dany’s Quest for Power

‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7 Costume and Production Design Defined Dany’s Quest for Power
In the penultimate “Game of Thrones” seventh season, Daenerys’ absolute quest for power informed both the production and costume design of perennial Emmy winners Deborah Riley and Michele Clapton. Highlights included the imposing Dragonstone Throne Room set and striking winter coat, which were symbolic of Dany’s confidence and strength.

“In the top shot, it was important to be able to show Daenerys [Emilia Clarke] crossing the space for the first time, the strength of her family history built into the fabric of the space,” said three-time Emmy winner Riley of her nominated production design in “Dragonstone.”

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’: How VFX Achieved the Impossible Mission ‘Beyond the Wall’

Likewise, the style and cut of Dany’s wardrobe fit her like a powerful uniform, including the wide shoulders. But there was something special about the white coat she wears when coming to the rescue of Jon (Kit Harington) in the Emmy-nominated episode,
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Watch: Two Short Films By Ricky D’Ambrose Put His Newly-Released Feature ‘Notes on an Appearance’ in Context — Exclusive

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Watch: Two Short Films By Ricky D’Ambrose Put His Newly-Released Feature ‘Notes on an Appearance’ in Context — Exclusive
Editor’s note: Writer-director Ricky D’Ambrose’s feature debut “Notes on an Appearance” was a discovery at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, and it went on to screen at New Directors/New Films. The movie revolves around a small group of young characters in New York City impacted by one man’s disappearance, and the trail he leaves with a series of objects. The filmmaker’s deadpan, observational style relies heavily on voiceover narration and other devices that he developed in earlier short films. He shared two of them with IndieWire here, in addition to some insight into each.

Here are two shorts, made three years apart, the first and the third in a series of nested trial-runs of my first feature, “Notes on an Appearance,” a film I started thinking about and writing, in some form, as early as 2007. They were finished under straitened circumstances, obsessive and repetitive,
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Solange Saves the Day: Indie Filmmakers Break Down Their Approaches to Engaging Audiences in Unexpected Places

How do you engage an audience in 2018? It’s a question facing many content creators in the entertainment space, and the one posed in a series of interviews with filmmakers organized the New York Foundation for the Arts. Film Society of Lincoln Center deputy director Eugene Hernandez sat down with Flavio Alves (“Tom in America”), Yance Ford (“Strong Island”), and Eliza Hittman (“Beach Rats”) to talk about the role an audience plays in the creation of their films, getting audiences involved in their processes, and the best tools for building awareness.

For the Brazilian-born Alves, whose short “Tom in America” paved the way for his upcoming feature-length debut, audience engagement begins early, first through finding partner organizations. For example, the new film he’s developing centers on about a Mexican trans woman living in New York, so he reached out to the Mexican embassy, as well as with trans and Lgbtq advocacy groups.
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Two Actresses Say They Want To Star In ‘Kill Bill Vol. 3’ But Sorry, It Ain’t Happening

One of the most common, and frankly annoying, trends in entertainment reporting is the silly question that reporters ask actors about who they’d like to play in [Insert Relevant Franchise]? Then the headline reads “[Insert hot up-and-comer] Wants To Play [Fan-Favorite Character] In [Your Favorite Franchise].” All that amounts to is just a bit of fantasy casting and a cheap headline.

That being said, one of those fantasy films that’s been mentioned twice in the last week or so is “Kill Bill Vol.

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Jonathan Nolan Says His Brother Chris Turned Down Song Idea He Had For One Of The ‘Batman’ Trailers

Jonathan Nolan’s career in the entertainment industry has been almost always linked to his brother, Christopher. However, in recent years, Jonathan has stepped out of the very large shadow of his filmmaking brother and found success on TV. Starting as a creator, writer, producer on CBS’ long-running “Person of Interest,” it appears that Nolan has found his stride on his most recent series “Westworld.” And in a new Ama on Reddit, Nolan took time to share an interesting link between the popular HBO show and his famous ‘Batman’ collaborations with his brother.

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Mark Wahlberg Looks Back at Rejecting ‘The Departed’ Multiple Times and What Martin Scorsese Said to Change His Mind

Mark Wahlberg Looks Back at Rejecting ‘The Departed’ Multiple Times and What Martin Scorsese Said to Change His Mind
Mark Wahlberg cursed his way to an Oscar nomination with his supporting turn in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” but it turns out the actor accepted what would become one of his most beloved roles after numerous rejections. During a career retrospective interview with GQ, Wahlberg looked back at telling Martin Scorsese “no” multiple times. Working with Scorsese might seem like a no-brainer, but Wahlberg just wasn’t interested in playing support to Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and more.

“‘The Departed’ was interesting because I wasn’t committed to making the movie and my agent told Marty that I was,” Wahlberg said. “Marty called me up and he was so excited about making this movie together. I said, ‘I’m not doing the movie.’ I wanted a different part, and I wanted some other different things. We had talked about doing it for a long time, but things happened and
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‘I Love You, Daddy’ Star Rose Byrne On the Movie’s Potential Release: ‘I Don’t Think the Film Is Ever Going to Be Seen’

‘I Love You, Daddy’ Star Rose Byrne On the Movie’s Potential Release: ‘I Don’t Think the Film Is Ever Going to Be Seen’
In November 2017, comedian and filmmaker Louis C.K. was accused of harassment by five women in a report from The New York Times. Some of the allegations claimed C.K. masturbated in front of female comics, and he verified that the “stories are true” in a personal statement. The allegations arrived in the early weeks of #MeToo, and the report wasn’t just damning to C.K.’s career, but also to his film “I Love You, Daddy,” which partially revolves around the relationship between Chloë Grace Moretz, playing the 17-year-old daughter of C.K.’s character, and a 68-year-old filmmaker played by John Malkovich.

The film was immediately yanked from the release calendar in the wake of the allegations, but people are still talking about its potential future, even if some of its own stars aren’t excited about the possibility that it could be released.

I Love You, Daddy” co-star Rose Byrne,
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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France
Wes Anderson films are truly a genre all their own. His filmography is full of wildly eclectic, and yes, whimsical films that range from stop-motion animated films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Isle of Dogs” to eccentric family dramas like “The Royal Tenenbaums.” While they all share a similar style and tone, Anderson’s films are definitely very different. And it looks like his next film is going to fit that mold, as well.
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‘Queer Eye’: The New Fab 5 Aren’t Just Entertaining, They’re Also Global Community Leaders

‘Queer Eye’: The New Fab 5 Aren’t Just Entertaining, They’re Also Global Community Leaders
Jonathan Van Ness wasn’t always this fabulous, whipping his luxurious locks around as he dispenses grooming advice on “Queer Eye.” In fact, he probably could’ve used some lessons in confidence and style in his formative years.

“High school is such a challenging time, and it’s such a transition time for so many different things. I was not nearly as cute,” he confessed at a screening for “Queer Eye” in Hollywood on Sunday. “My personal style was devastated at the time. I needed ‘Queer Eye’ then so badly. My hair was this wide, and I had a gap this big, and I couldn’t stop talking about figure skating.”

Van Ness was waxing nostalgic during a screening event that was held in partnership with Glsen, an organization with the goal of creating safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
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Alamo Drafthouse Has 40,000 Names On It’s Season Pass Subscription Service Waitlist

For those lucky enough to live near any of the 29 Alamo Drafthouse cinemas in the Us, we have some good news for you. In the future, it looks like Drafthouse is going to have a MoviePass-esque subscription service for you to purchase, and unlike the aforementioned dumpster fire, it sounds like the folks at Drafthouse know what they’re doing.

In a new Business Insider report about the company’s current beta testing for the subscription service, all signs point to the Alamo Season Pass being a hugely popular service that could help the small theater chain, best known for its food and drink options, special screenings, and pro-filmgoer theater rules.

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Oscar Changes Marginalize the Crafts, Say Members: ‘It’s a Disgrace!’

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The Academy’s controversial decisions to make the Oscars more entertaining by adding a Best Popular Film category while denying select categories live airtime during the telecast has been met with dismay from some branch members of the below-the-line crafts.

“It’s ‘Sophie’s Choice’ for crafts on the chopping block,” said an anonymous VFX branch member. “They all deserve their place in the sun, even for one evening. Not one of these crafts are disposable in the art of making movies, so becoming marginalized on the one day of the year dedicated to celebrating the very best of the movie business is counter to the generosity of spirit the achievement was meant to convey.”

Read More: Black Panther’ Blew Up the Academy’s Attempt to Meet ABC’s Oscar Demands

With regard to the new Best Popular Film category, the reaction was just as alarming: “My feeling is the
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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Editor Relates to Issa Rae’s ‘Imperfect’ Character and Roots for Bill Hader’s Killer

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Anonymous Emmy Ballot: Editor Relates to Issa Rae’s ‘Imperfect’ Character and Roots for Bill Hader’s Killer
Voting continues this week and next for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, and campaigning is back in earnest. More panels are on tap throughout the next two weeks, to sway undecided voters, and even more stunts are in the works: “Stranger Things” star David Harbour, for example, is toplining an event for the show this Saturday at the Hollywood Forever cemetery.

IndieWire reached out to creatives across the industry this year to share their own Emmy ballots, anonymously, and explain why they made their choices. Performers, writers, producers, publicists, executives, and craftspeople from across the industry offered up their answers, and IndieWire will post some of those ballots in the coming days.

In this edition, an editor gives their take on this year’s Emmy race, and her reason behind each pick. It’s clear this person likes complicated characters that you hate to love and love to hate. Read on
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Eric Bogosian Set To Star Opposite Adam Sandler In The Safdie Brothers Next Film ‘Uncut Gems’

One of 2017’s most underrated films, without a doubt, is “Good Time” from the Safdie Brothers. With an incredible visual style, a career-best performance from Robert Pattinson, and one of the best scores of the year, “Good Time” fully established the Safdie Brothers as filmmakers to watch. However, once awards season came around, the film was unfortunately left out in the cold. And with their next film, it looks like the duo is putting together a pretty interesting cast.

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Idris Elba Says “Don’t Believe The Hype” When It Comes To Bond Rumors

Casting rumors, speculation and flat-out fact-free conjectures are par for the course in Hollywood when it comes to big-budget franchises that everyone wants to know about and claim some ownership of either from a studio, fan or journalistic perspective. But as ugly as it all can get, there is nothing uglier, frankly, than the English culture of betting on the odds of what actors will play James Bond. Sure, Americans are obsessed with who will play superheroes, but the U.K.

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YouTube Bans ‘The Nun’ Promo After Insane Jump Scare Terrifies Users and Violates Company Policy

YouTube Bans ‘The Nun’ Promo After Insane Jump Scare Terrifies Users and Violates Company Policy
Corin Hardy’s upcoming horror movie “The Nun” is hoping to leave audiences terrified when it opens next month, but it’s already scaring the crap out of people on YouTube. The streaming platform has removed a controversial “The Nun” advertisement after it caused backlash among users for a horrifying jump scare that violates YouTube policy.

The ad in question was an online promo that played before select videos on YouTube. The ad began with the image of an on-screen volume sign that held on the screen for several seconds before cutting to an image of a demonic nun screaming at the camera. The promo was only six seconds long, but the jump scare and the extreme cut from silence to deafening screams proved too terrifying for some. One tweet complaining about the ad earned over 100,000 re-tweets on social media.

YouTube eventually pulled the promo, saying the clip “violates our
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