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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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Stop-Motion Dp Tristan Oliver on Creating a Behind-the-Scenes Vr Short for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

UK-based cinematographer Tristan Oliver has worked on stop-motion features, shorts, music videos and commercials for more than 20 years. Oliver served as Dp on Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chicken Run and Wes Anderson’s forthcoming Isle of Dogs. For that last feature, Anderson also tapped Oliver to shoot a Vr short on the making of the film, which enters theaters on March 23. Oliver spoke with Filmmaker about the cameras used on the film, translating Anderson’s aesthetic to stop-motion and the film as “an homage to Japanese cinema.” The short will screen as part of Sundance’s New Frontier program. Filmmaker: How and why […]
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‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report

‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report
A new Vanity Fair feature on Harvey Weinstein’s October panic right before investigations guillotined his career includes an engrossing footnote: The Best Picture Oscars won by “The Kings Speech” (2011) and “The Artist” (2012) have reportedly gone missing from the Weinstein Company (TWC)’s Manhattan offices. TWC has not yet responded to IndieWire’s requests for comment. Weinstein produced three additional Best Picture winners (“The English Patient,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Chicago”).

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Weinstein was fired from the mini-major studio he co-founded with his brother, Bob, on October 8, three days after the New York Times published details about eight sexual harassment lawsuits he had settled. The ousting also arrived two days before a New Yorker exposé detailed more allegations against the producer, including three rapes. Several dozen women have now made claims against Weinstein, whose past is now being
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“It Must’ve Driven My Family Insane”: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Monsters and Men

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? I’m a zero-inbox kind of guy. I can’t have widget notifications on my phone, they drive me insane. So, in general, I like to get ahead of things before they get ahead of me. As Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” I’ve always attributed that quote to […]
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‘Super Troopers 2’ Trailer: An International Incident Erupts in This Long-Awaited Sequel to the Cult Classic — Watch

‘Super Troopers 2’ Trailer: An International Incident Erupts in This Long-Awaited Sequel to the Cult Classic — Watch
In a clear attempt to carry the awards-season success of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” into 2018, Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for “Super Troopers 2.” The long-awaited sequel comes a full 17 years after the original cult classic, which has long had fans hoping for a follow-up. Watch below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic…Super Troopers. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is…Super Troopers 2.”

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“Making a Film Is Always a Chaotic Experience”: Director Craig William Macneill | Lizzie

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Making a film is always a chaotic experience; chaos is inherently just part of process. The key is to always think positively, staying focused on the finish line and receptive to change. Our film takes place in New England, but for financial reasons we had to shoot the film in Savannah, Ga – which does not […]
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Helen Mirren Says Men Exposed Themselves to Her ‘Once a Week’ When She Was in Her Teens and Early 20s — Watch

Helen Mirren Says Men Exposed Themselves to Her ‘Once a Week’ When She Was in Her Teens and Early 20s — Watch
Helen Mirren has added her voice to the Me Too/Time’s Up movement, suggesting that the current moment is long overdue: “This moment in time, this last sort of four or five months has been an enormous shift going on. It’s been coming,” she told NBC’s “Sunday Today with Willie Geist” in a pre-recorded interview that will air this weekend. “And I say, ‘Time’s up.’ Well it’s about time time’s up. You know, it’s taken a long time to get here.”

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Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance in “The Queen,” also said that she’s never personally experienced sexual harassment in the film industry — something she attributes to her age. “I had never experienced that in Hollywood. Because I came to Hollywood,
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New Details Emerge About Leonardo Di Caprio’s Role In Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film

The new movie from Quentin Tarantino is over 18 months away, which means from now at least until cameras roll later this year, it’s going to be a slow drip of information about the film. But here is what we know so far.

Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star in the movie, which is set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and centers on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business.

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Tom Hardy’s Old Rap Mixtape Has Surfaced Online, Allowing You to Finally Listen to ‘Dr Livingstoned’ in All Its Glory

Tom Hardy’s Old Rap Mixtape Has Surfaced Online, Allowing You to Finally Listen to ‘Dr Livingstoned’ in All Its Glory
Before he was Bronson, Bane, or Venom, Tom Hardy was simply Tommy No 1, an aspiring rapper from Hammersmith, London. Fans of the Academy Award–nominated actor who’ve found themselves wondering about his hip-hop roots have long had their curiosity go unsatisfied, but no longer: Hardy’s mixtape “Falling on Your Arse in 1999” has finally made its way to Bandcamp. That’s a big deal…for you.

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Featuring such unsung classics as “People Like to Boogie,” “Dr Livingstoned,” and “Rotton Cocksuckers Ball,” the 18-track project was, per its description, “made in a bedroom” and “never really finished.” Tracy, also known as Eddie Too Tall, is a TV writer/director. Here’s the full tracklist for “Falling on Your Arse in 1999”:

“We Makes the Beats (Hairy mix)” “Rusty Sheriff’s Badge” “Treason” “Wiser” “Across the
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‘Counterpart’ Review: Two J.K. Simmons Are Better Than One in Whip-Smart Starz Thriller

The Twins TV Trend of 2017 has crossed over to the new year, and it’s chosen a worthy vessel for the voyage. After getting double doses of Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”), James Franco (“The Deuce”), and Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”) last year, J.K. Simmons is keeping the streak alive in the new Starz science-fiction thriller, “Counterpart.” Though one might think creators are running out of viable conceits to get a two-for-one special on their leading actor, Justin Marks makes sure this acting bargain pays off far beyond Simmons’ superb performances; Overall, “Counterpart” is very, very good.

Meet Howard Silk. Howard (Simmons) is a devotee: He’s been working for the same company in the same job in the same clothes, location, and conditions for 30 years. He’s been married to the same woman, Emily (Olivia Williams), for most of that time, faithfully at her side through thick and thin.
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Contest: Win ‘Phantom Thread’ Prize Pack With Soundtrack, Tote Bag, More

This weekend, you might want to dress up a little when you head to the cinema. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s entrancing “Phantom Thread” goes into wide release, and the air of haute couture, coupled with the finely stitched drama that unfolds, will make you want to look your best. It’s another knockout from Anderson, and today for some lucky readers, we have a prize pack that will be a luxurious addition to any home.

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‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’: 8 Ways Producers Filmed the Wet and Wild Aquatic Stars

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’: 8 Ways Producers Filmed the Wet and Wild Aquatic Stars
Planet Earth II” allowed us to soar with eagles, scramble with iguanas, and dance with flamingos. But despite taking a perilous dip with penguins, the nature series kept to mainly dry realms. Instead, “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II,” the sequel to the 2001 series, is taking the plunge into the ocean’s depths to reveal the mysterious world that exists under the waves.

Filming in water poses its own challenges though, but fortunately, technology and mankind’s insatiable curiosity and determination have prompted innovations that have made it easier to film in the murky depths, under intense pressure, and in other inhospitable or tricky conditions. IndieWire spoke to executive producer James Honeyborne, as well as producers Mark Brownlow and Orla Doherty, to learn which devices and techniques were used to capture the series’ stunning aquatic footage of the phenomena and denizens of the sea.

1. Taking Deep Breaths

“A bit of technology
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“The Art of Silently Weeping While Pulling Focus at the Same Time”: Dp Nick Higgins on Shooting Robin Williams: Come Inside My Head?

Following Water & Power: A California Heist in 2017 and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired in 2008, Marina Zenovich returns to Sundance for a third time with Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, her documentary on the late comedic maestro. Documentary Dp Nick Higgins served as one of four cinematographers on the project. Higgins was the sole Dp on O.J.: Made in America and has more than 50 cinematography credits to his name. Below, he shares his thoughts on lighting documentary subjects and why he prefers to shoot interviews with a single camera. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind screens four times at Sundance 2018. Filmmaker: […]
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Oscars 2018: 6 Craft Snubs We Don’t Want to See on Nominations Morning

Oscars 2018: 6 Craft Snubs We Don’t Want to See on Nominations Morning
With “The Shape of Water,” Blade Runner 2049,” and “Dunkirk” likely to dominate the Oscar craft nominations next week, that could be bad news for such below-the-line contenders as “Darkest Hour,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Post,” let alone “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

That means plenty of surprises and snubs (not even frontrunners are immune), so here’s a look at six potential snubs that we definitely don’t want to see on January 23:

Rachel Morrison, Cinematography (“Mudbound”)

After earning the first Asc feature nomination for a woman, Rachel Morrison could make Oscar history as well with the cinematography branch. That would be a long overdue gender breakthrough, and the timing couldn’t be better, with the Academy striving for greater diversity and the emergence of the #metoo and #timesup movements. However, her nomination is not a lock with Oscar-winner Janusz Kaminski (“The Post
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‘The Death Of Stalin’ Trailer: Armando Ianucci’s Comedy Of Terrors

Politics might not seem like a funny thing to laugh at right now, but believe us when we say you’ll want to let your guard down for “The Death Of Stalin.” The latest from Armando Ianucci (“Veep,” “The Thick Of It“) is a deliciously biting satire that mixes true history with his distinct brand of comedy and deadly one liners.

Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko and Jeffrey Tambor make up the all star ensemble of the movie, based on the book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, which sees Russian bureaucrats scheming for power following the death of the almighty Stalin.

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Digging Through The Wreckage Of A Few New 2018 Movies [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

Sometimes a movie lover has to take a hard left turn into murky territory…

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I choose the less-travelled cinematic path and wade into modern exploitation cinema with a pair of movies, most likely not on your radar at the moment, that land on very different ends of the genre’s spectrum. That’s right folks, it’s mid-January at the movies. Not so much a down time, as things are plenty busy with the public catching up on awards titles and blockbusters, but moreso there’s a distinctive dearth of new and interesting work being released right now.

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Saoirse Ronan Was ‘Very Excitable’ Around Greta Gerwig While Filming ‘Lady Bird’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Saoirse Ronan Was ‘Very Excitable’ Around Greta Gerwig While Filming ‘Lady Bird’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
So rarely does a perfect creative match come along that Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan seem absolutely smitten with each other. The “Lady Bird” star is hoping to earn her third Oscar nomination for playing “the titular role” (as Beanie Feldstein’s Julie would say), and it’s not lost on her what a gift Gerwig’s fantastic script and direction were. Similarly, Gerwig knew she had found her Lady Bird as soon as Ronan read the script a fated meeting at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“You have these words on the page, but it’s such a leap of faith that you’re gonna find the person who suddenly makes it live in front of you,” Gerwig said during a sit-down interview for IndieWire’s Awards Spotlight series. “I just instantly felt— ‘Oh, there she is. That’s her’ — and I had a certainty when I heard her
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‘Heathers’ Nsfw Trailer: Don’t Be Late For Class

Will the youth of today that are the target audience for “Heathers” be acquainted with the original cult teen movie that’s three decades old, that inspired it all? Unlikely. Does it matter? Nope. Paramount Networks isn’t leaning on nostalgia for this TV reboot which could give the cast of “Mean Girls” a run for their money.

Victoria Cox, Jasmine Mathews, Brendan Scannell, and Melanie Field take the leads, playing the roles held, respectively, in the movie by Winona Ryder, Lisanne Falk, Shannen Doherty, and Kim Walker.

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Sundance 2018 Live Stream: Watch Robert Redford’s Opening Day Press Conference Online

Once Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford imminently walks onstage at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, the 34th annual Sundance Film Festival will officially commence. The Best Director Oscar winner (“Ordinary People”) will be joined by festival director John Cooper and his institute’s executive director, Keri Putnam, to provide insight on selecting this year’s slate from 13,468 submissions. Cinephiles will have plenty of new fare to watch — 138 world premieres — when not briefly distracted by Academy Award nominations early on January 23.

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Also expected to be addressed is how Sundance is supporting the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative, both founded in recent months as outcries to rampant allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment community. Sundance already updated its code of conduct and partnered with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
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‘The Rainbow Experiment’ Trailer: A High School Reels From A Terrible Accident in Unnerving Slamdance Drama

Google the words “rainbow experiment chemistry” and the internet will provide a wealth of seemingly kid-friendly directives for how to use science to “make a rainbow,” an idea that seems fun enough until another link pops up: a safety alert from the American Chemical Society about an experiment gone very, very wrong.

It’s that sort of tension — between the possibility of academic discovery and out-and-out terror — that frames up Christina Kallas’ Slamdance drama, “The Rainbow Experiment,” which follows what happens after one of those eponymous experiments leads to unexpected consequences, one that indict and unravel whole scores of people and institutions.

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Per the film’s official synopsis, “Things spiral out of control in a high school in Manhattan when a terrible accident involving a science experiment injures a kid for life. A who-dun-it with a
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