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“Cruel Summer” piques curiosity on several levels. On the surface, Freeform’s marketing has been intense, with trailers and commercials giving just enough intrigue to entice fans — many of whom may not already be regular viewers of the network formerly known as ABC Family, given its common associations with millennial or Disney viewers. But the cable channel’s more recent shows (like “Good Trouble” and “Grown-ish”) have developed extensive followings, and there’s no doubt “Cruel Summer” will...
Every film inspired by a real unsolved crime leaves behind the same lingering question: Would any of then retain their full power if their respective real-world crimes were eventually solved? Would “Zodiac” still be such a haunting police sketch of pathological obsession in a world where viewers could Google the killer’s identity in less time than it takes Robert Graysmith to crack even the easiest cypher? Probably. Would an uncannily effective studio thriller like “The Mothman Prophecies”...
Disney announced that Searchlight Pictures chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula are retiring from the specialty label after more than two decades. The company announced that they will be succeeded by their lieutenants, Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. Utley and Gilula, along with Peter Rice, joined Searchlight in 1999, with Rice as president. The pair were named presidents of the studio in 2009 after Rice left to join Fox’s television division. (He is now chairman of Walt Disney...
Fans of Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” have long shipped the serial killer with criminal profiler Will Graham, mainly because of the expert homoerotic tension created between actors Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. In a recent interview with Vulture, Mikkelsen admitted he toyed with the idea of kissing Dancy during their final moments of screen time during the “Hannibal” Season 3 finale, which unexpectedly became the series finale after NBC decided not to renew the cult favorite drama. “We...
Score another dual-platform hit for Universal. “Nobody,” the revenge thriller starring Bob Odenkirk in the mode of Keanu Reeves in “John Wick.” With two top spots on PVOD charts, it also took second place at the theatrical box office in its fourth weekend, with a drop of only six percent. The $19.99 rental title added home viewing while still at 2,405 theaters. Even with just three days’ availability, it scored #1 spots Apple (by rentals) and FandangoNow (by revenue). (It is also #7 at...
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) and Apple Original Films have jointly announced the start of principal photography on Martin Scorsese’s long-in-the-works Western drama “Killers of the Flower Moon.” An Apple representative confirmed the news to IndieWire. Filming kicked off April 19 in Oklahoma. The film, based on David Grann’s bestselling nonfiction book, is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murders of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes...
“Love, Death & Robots,” the animated anthology series from Tim Miller and David Fincher, is coming back to Netflix May 14 for Season 2. Netflix unveiled the trailer for the show’s sophomore season on Monday. The upcoming season will include eight new animated shorts. Netflix also announced that the show had been renewed for an eight-episode Season 3, which will premiere sometime in 2022. Per Netflix, the show’s logline reads: Otherworlds, naked giants, and robots-gone-wild clash in this...
This season’s editing race features five Best Picture nominees with very visceral stories: Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” (serving as her own editor), Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal,” Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” and Emerald Fennel’s “Promising Young Woman.” However, “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ is now the favorite, bolstered by its ACE Eddie win. Editor Alan Baumgarten had the most ambitious editorial task: balancing three story threads in...
HBO Max has released the first official trailer for “That Damn Michael Che,” a new six-episode original comedy series starring — you guessed it — Michael Che. The “Saturday Night Live” star, co-head writer, and stand-up comedian will use the series to address controversial topics — which he’s been known to do in the past. From this early look at the series, the pointedly-titled “That Damn Michael Che” appears to feature scripted sketches and segments alongside Che’s commentary as a kind of...
“The Falcon and the Winter Solider” will be submitted as a Drama Series at this year’s Emmy Awards, marking a shift from its expected placement in the Limited Series categories. In an exclusive interview with IndieWire, Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development and “Falcon and Winter Soldier” executive producer Nate Moore said they started planning to run the series as a Drama fairly early on. “[The decision] came about sort of as the series was launching, but it was something we were...
With final Oscar ballots in Academy voters’ hands as of April 15, we’re moving forward with our fourth annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued in this odd pandemic year. Producer #1: One of the best things to come out of this challenging awards season has been the Academy Screening Room portal. It’s easy access and works perfectly. No need for screener DVDs! We’re missing the theaters...
IndieWire parent company Penske Media’s P-MRC Holdings has invested in SXSW, the robust set of conferences and festivals that have rocked Austin for 34 years. The partnership aligns P-MRC as a long-term partner and SXSW shareholder, with the company utilizing SXSW as an opportunity for all of its media brands. The essence of the events, and its management, are expected to remain intact while expanding SXSW’s potential for new events and business models. SXSW and P-MRC are now developing the...
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