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For “Justified” fans, the wait for the show’s return to the small screen has been long but worthwhile. The Timothy Olyphant-led neo-Western went off the air in 2015, but the new limited series “Justified: City Primeval” has been hailed as a fitting revival of the Elmore Leonard property. While Olyphant’s return as Raylan Givens was the main attraction, new characters including Boyd Holbrook’s Clement Mansell have gone a long way towards expanding the show’s mythology. In a new conversation with Michael Shannon published in Interview Magazine, Holbrook recalled being offered the role by longtime “Justified” fan Quentin Tarantino, who considered directing an episode of the limited series. While Tarantino ultimately left the project...
May 23, 2023 is a day for the streaming history books; the day Warner Bros. Discovery launched “Max,” and the purple hued king that was HBO Max was taken from the public forever, lost to the web archives of the world. Sort of. Although WBD promised that today would be the day that the Max streamer replaces the original HBO Max, for a few hours after Max launched, it was still possible to access its predecessor via the internet. That’s since been fixed, and going to HBO Max’s website now redirects you to a page imploring you to go to Max.com, but it gave us ample opportunity to compare the changes between the two streamers, and what has and hasn’t changed. So HBO Max isn’t available anymore? In the hours it was still up, HBO Max still...
Christopher Nolan is one of the few Hollywood filmmakers who can make original studio films with virtually unlimited budgets and creative freedom. Since concluding his groundbreaking trilogy of Batman movies with “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012, Nolan has used that freedom to make original blockbusters like “Interstellar” and “Tenet” and historical epics including “Dunkirk” and this weekend’s “Oppenheimer.” But he has always been open about the fact that one piece of IP could lure him back into franchise filmmaking: James Bond. Nolan frequently professed his admiration for the British spy series while promoting his Batman films a decade ago, noting that he had met with franchise producer Barbara Broccoli about potentially making his...
Nicolas Winding Refn is expanding into the animated world. While Charlie Kaufman and Guillermo Del Toro have announced new emphases on animation, Refn exclusively told IndieWire that he is current working on an animated TV series. “I’m doing an animation show which I’m very, very, actually really excited about,” the “Only God Forgives” auteur said. “I’ve been concentrating on for a year. I was so tired, I forgot about that. That is my new project.” Refn is also creating an adaptation of famed British sleuth series “The Famous Five.” “In Europe, it’s like institution. It’s like British royalty when it comes to pop culture of literature,” Refn said. “They are these old children’s books from the ’30s from England and everyone read them...
Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” entered their opening weekend with impossibly lofty expectations. In addition to being highly anticipated works from A-list auteurs, the two films were burdened with salvaging a disappointing summer box office after films like “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and “Elemental” failed to catch on as cultural phenomena. Strong early tracking and endless “Barbenheimer” memes about seeing the wildly divergent films as a double feature turned this into the biggest movie weekend of the summer. While the box office numbers are still rolling in, moviegoers who saw the films are walking away satisfied. CineScore has revealed that both films received “A” grades from fans after...
Benny and Josh Safdie clawed their way to the top of the independent film world by invoking the DIY realism of indie legends like John Cassavetes. And now that they’re working on projects with some of the biggest actors and filmmakers in Hollywood, they still believe in going the extra mile to get the details right. In a new interview with GQ, Benny Safdie opened up about his passion for eating on camera. The filmmaker explained that it infuriates him when characters don’t eat during meal scenes because performers didn’t want to consume food multiple times. It’s a mistake that he tries to avoid making when he acts. “I hate it when people don’t eat. It destroys me,” Safdie said, recalling the great lengths he went to make sure his...
Dolores Roach has been through a lot. So has “The Horror of Dolores Roach.” The modern take on Sweeney Todd — crucially transposed to a gentrifying Washington Heights where any interloper walking their poodle in a stroller honestly deserves whatever happens to them — began its life as a solo play by Aaron Mark, starring Daphne Rubin-Vega. It was then produced as a Gimlet audio fiction series (also starring Rubin-Vega) before it made the leap to Prime Video. But Mark had specific emotional and thematic touchstones in mind for each version of the story, ones that bring all the different iterations of Dolores much closer to each other. It was always important for Mark to craft a sense of closeness to Dolores (Justina Machado in the Prime...
One of independent film’s key players, Ray Price, died July 16 at the age of 75 from heart failure after a long battle with cancer, his long-term partner Meg Madison confirmed. Talking to Price about movies, past and present, was an exhilarating sport that could take a while. He knew his stuff — no one loved movies more — but more than anyone during the great indie decades of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, he was a respected innovator who thought outside the box. He began as an exhibitor in San Francisco and moved on to marketing, releasing, and distributing movies, leaning toward the outrageous in how he lured audiences to sample challenging fare. “Ray, while being a defiantly singular individual, was also emblematic of a bygone age of...
[Editor’s Note: This post contains minor spoilers for “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.”] In April 2022, Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” film, an adaptation of the iconic Mattel doll line starring Margot Robbie, set its release date for July 21, 2023. The date, as many immediately pointed out, was already the release date of Christopher Nolan’s next film, “Oppenheimer,” a biopic of the creator of the atomic bomb, featuring Cillian Murphy in the title role. Both films had already been linked together for some (specifically the very online); during the early months of 2022, when both films were finalizing casting, it became a Twitter joke that pretty much every performer in Hollywood was in one of the two film’s gigantic ensembles. Add in some...
Greta Gerwig isn’t ready to dive into the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe just quite yet. The “Barbie” writer-director, who is slated to helm at least two Netflix films based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” novel series, told Total Film (via Games Radar) that she is “terrified” about tackling the I.P. project. “I haven’t even really started wrapping my arms around it,” Gerwig said. “But I’m properly scared of it, which feels like a good place to start. I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign. Maybe when I stop being scared, it’ll be like, ‘OK. Maybe I shouldn’t do that one.’ No, I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary. And so we’ll see, I don’t know.” She continued, “I hope to make all different kinds of movies...
With great power comes great responsibility — unless you’re a vampire on “What We Do in the Shadows.” There in the recesses of Staten Island, great power yields great irresponsibility, great hubris and a great amount of hair-brained schemes involving body swaps, space flights, and sunburn. “You only live once,” Lazslo (Matt Berry) says in Season 5, Episode 3 — and while he’s not wrong, he’s risking centuries of life. In “Pride Parade,” written by Jake Bender & Zach Dunn and directed by Yana Gorskaya, the vampires become local heroes in Sean’s (Anthony Atamanuik) campaign for comptroller and the centerpiece of his bid for the LGBTQ vote. In typical “WWDITS” fashion, everyone is thrilled with the attention, only to sideline the event...
We will update this article throughout the season, along with all our predictions, so make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2023 Emmys race. The nomination round of voting takes place from June 15 to June 26, with the official Emmy nominations announced Wednesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, with an edited presentation of the ceremonies to be broadcast on FXX at a later date. Finally, the 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards take place on Monday, September 18, and air live on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT. See our previous thoughts on what to expect at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards here. The State...
Lionsgate’s new thriller “Cobweb” is the kind of film horror fans live for: A tight, terrifying ride that’s filled with surprises but plays fair with the audience — there are a lot of twists and shocks, but no gimmicks in Chris Thomas Devlin’s screenplay. That script, which placed on the Black List in 2018, follows 8-year-old Peter (Woody Norman) as he becomes convinced that his parents (Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr) are keeping a horrible secret — a secret connected to the tapping he hears from inside his wall. The premise is simple, but Devlin takes it in one unpredictable direction after another, keeping the characterizations and situations just realistic enough for us to stay emotionally invested while letting the story spin off...
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