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14 Blockbusters to See This Season, From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and Many More

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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. 

Next up: blockbusters and popcorn fare for even the pickiest of cinephiles.

“It” (September 8)

While 2017 has been a relatively low-key year for horror, the promise of a remake of one of Stephen King’s most beloved and horrifying works, “It,” still glimmers on the horizon. Long before the creepy clown scares of summer 2016 (but not too »


- Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Jamie Righetti, David Ehrlich and Michael Nordine

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Italian Movies Are Struggling in U.S. Theaters, But This Distribution Experiment Could Change That

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When “Indivisible” screened for a crowd at Lincoln Center as the opening night selection of its annual “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” series, it had no U.S. distribution plan. In late 2016, it had screened in higher-profile slots in Venice and Toronto, where buyers paid no heed. But at Lincoln Center, the movie — a seriocomic story about 18-year-old conjoined twins pursuing a music career (real-life conjoined twins Angela and Marianna Fontana) — played through the roof.

That was when Ira Deutchman saw its potential.

“I just fell in love with it,” the veteran distribution executive said. “It’s got everything in it. The movie is not a depressing, severe art film that requires people to look at it like work. Maybe distributors didn’t see the commerciality in a story about conjoined twins, but the women are beautiful and the movie is surprisingly entertaining.”

Read More:Ira Deutchman Receives First »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Whose Streets?’: For the Charlottesville Resistance, this Documentary is Essential Cinema

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As the nation reacts to the violence in Charlottesville, many are stunned by the hateful views that lurk beneath the country’s surface. One group that is unsurprised? Black people. African Americans have never forgotten America’s racist foundations, and never had the chance to turn a blind eye; they experience racism every day. Which why is a film like “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson protests, made by black filmmakers for black audiences — must be seen, celebrated, and heeded.

The film documents the genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement during 2013 demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Piecing together shaky footage with more intimate interviews with movement leaders, director Sabaah Folayan and producer Damon Davis weave a tale of unrelenting power that feels like today’s news. The film’s authenticity is largely derived from the filmmakers, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Miami’ Trailer: Sexy and Ambitious Tiff Drama Follows a Pair of Stripper Sisters on the Run — Watch

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A heady mix of crime caper, neon dazzle, and American-ized dreams, all topped with a generous nod to movies like “Magic Mike” and “Showgirls,” Zaida Bergroth’s ambitious “Miami” appears to be taking the “stripper movie” into an entirely new direction. The filmmaker’s third feature — following festival favorites “The Good Son” and “The Last Cowboy Standing” — turns her keen eye for fraught familial relationships to something new: sisters.

Read More:‘Black Kite’ Clip: Refugee-Turned-Filmmaker Tarique Qayumi Brings Unique Historical Drama to Tiff — Watch

Miami” follows the glamorous Angela (Krista Kosonen), who arrives in a tiny Finnish town armed with her exotic dancer pals and her dazzling personality, only to get mixed up with some bad dudes after the show is over (one gets the sense that Angela is always just one big scrape away from disaster). Angela hightails it out of town, armed with a brand-new sidekick: her shy »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Super Troopers 2’ Release Date Revealed, While Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Moves Earlier

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Stoner cinephiles often turn to the classics whenever April 20 rolls around, from mainstream comedies like “The Pineapple Express” to indie gems like Greg Araki’s “Smiley Face.” But April 20, 2018 is going to be the day hundreds of indie film fans (and marijuana lovers) actually spend their holiday in the movie theater.

Read More:‘Super Troopers 2’: Everything You Need to Know About the Long-Awaited Sequel

Broken Lizard founding member Steve Lemme recently sat down with Seven Days and pretty much revealed that the highly anticipated “Super Troopers 2” is arriving on April 20, 2018. The film wrapped production last month after a historic crowdfunding campaign raised $4.4 million.

“There is [a release date], but I can’t tell you what it is,” Lemme said. “Here’s what I can tell you: It’s springtime and there’s a very obvious date, which happens to fall on a Friday this year. It’s going to be our widest release. »


- Zack Sharf

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HBO Hacks Continue: New Group Takes Over Official Twitter and Facebook Accounts

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HBO’s security continues to be attacked online — this time, by a so-called security group.

Late Wednesday night, the notorious hacking group OurMine sent messages over HBO’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts that read:

“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact”

OurMine is well-known for infiltrating big-name accounts. In the past, the organization has taken over the social media accounts of Netflix, Marvel, and Google. They’ve hacked into YouTube, as well as other celebrity accounts.

During Wednesday night’s breach, they accessed accounts for “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” “Last Week Tonight,” “Girls,” “Ballers,” “The Knick,” “The Comeback,” “Real Sports,” “Looking,” “Vinyl,” “Outcast,” “Any Given Wednesday,” Cinemax, HBO Docs, HBOboxing, HBO Now, HBO Now Help, HBOGo Help, and HBO Careers.

Read More:hbo Hack: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Episodes Leaked As Hackers Get More Aggressive

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- Ben Travers

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‘Gay of Thrones’: How Funny or Die Recaps ‘Game of Thrones’ in Less than 24 Hours Every Week

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Moulin Rouge” or “The Mighty Ducks”? That was one of the toughest decisions being made Sunday night at the Funny or Die offices in Los Angeles, where the cast and crew behind the “Game of Thrones” recap series “Gay of Thrones” had gathered, as they had for the past four weeks this summer, to watch the HBO blockbuster drama and (lovingly) tear it apart.

By 5 p.m. the following day, the latest installment was online — an awe-inspiring turnaround, given the Emmy-nominated series’s dense implementation of clips, visual jokes and actor-driven improv, cut down to a tight runtime that rarely exceeds five minutes.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes Keep Leaking, but Here’s Why Its Ratings Are Still Breaking Records

Curious about what it takes to make this possible in less than 24 hours, IndieWire asked to get a peek behind the scenes of the show’s production this year. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Gemini’ First Trailer: Zoë Kravitz Bewitches Lola Kirke in Intoxicating Neo-Noir Thriller

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As evidenced by her understated but powerful role in “Big Little Lies,” Zoë Kravitz has demonstrated a keen eye for complex projects from auteur filmmakers, which continues with Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” Kravitz stars alongside up-and-coming indie favorite Lola Kirke (“Mistress America,” “Gone Girl”) in the New York-based filmmaker’s neo-noir thriller, which just released a captivating first trailer.

Read More:Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke Wander Through a Dreamy Los Angeles in Aaron Katz’s Hypnotic Mystery ‘Gemini’ — SXSW 2017 Review

The Hollywood-set mystery stars Kravitz as Heather Anderson, a hot young actress with all eyes on her. Kirke plays her friend and assistant, Jill, who keeps her life together while offering a calming presence and fierce loyalty. When a violent crime threatens the balance of their friendship, Jill finds herself on the run as she attempts to solve the dangerous mystery. A movie in love with movies, Katz subdues »


- Jude Dry

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RuPaul Has a Powerful Message on Why The Bigots and Hate Groups Are Going to Lose — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Read MoreLAST Week’S Episode: Tony Hale on the Return of ‘Arrested Development,’ and Working on ‘Veep’ In the Time of Trump — Turn It On Podcast

This fall will mark 25 years since the release of “Supermodel (You Better Work),” RuPaul’s smash hit single that quickly made him a household name. The superstar hasn’t stopped working since then, and is now enjoying more success than ever with the Emmy-nominated “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” about to enter its tenth season.

Following a move to VH1, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” just delivered its most viewed season ever. And the show and its companion series “Untucked” has been nominated for 8 Emmys, including outstanding reality competition series and outstanding reality host for RuPaul, who won the category last year as well.

“My whole career, it’s never been about getting validation from the status quo,” the icon told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. »


- Michael Schneider

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Damien Chazelle Joined Twitter to Demand ‘Racist’ Donald Trump’s Impeachment

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Damien Chazelle somehow managed to resist joining Twitter through his awards season success with “La La Land,” but the current Trump administration has forced the youngest Best Director winner in history to speak out on social media. Chazelle signed up for Twitter earlier this day to post a 10-part thread in which he makes it clear that Trump’s impeachment is essential.

Read More:Mark Ruffalo and Olivia Wilde Lead Trump Tower Protests: ‘He’s Not a Legitimate President’ — Watch

“Decided to join Twitter because I feel a responsibility to add my voice to the chorus,” Chazelle wrote. “The Trump administration is openly endorsing Nazism and white supremacy. It’s that simple…[I] call on the Gop as passionately as possible: impeach this loathsome misogynist racist.”

Click on the tweet below to see the full thread.

Decided to join Twitter because I feel a responsibility to add my voice to the chorus. »


- Zack Sharf

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The Case for Ann Dowd: Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon on Why the Lone ‘Leftovers’ Nominee Should Win

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If Ann Dowd could have explained why “The Leftovers” was important three years ago, everyone within earshot would have been watching. But she didn’t know then. She had to live it first.

“Depending on the day, if someone asks me about Patti, I can’t get through the conversation,” Dowd said, in an interview with IndieWire. “You didn’t play those parts. You lived them.”

For three seasons, Dowd portrayed the confounding antagonist-turned-hero Patti Levin. She earned the series’ first and only Emmy nomination in 2017 (her second of the year, along with “The Handmaid’s Tale”).

“I think if you were to internally poll all of us — Justin, Carrie, [director and producer] Mimi [Leder], [music supervisor] Liza Richardson, the editors, and all the actors — and say, ‘The Leftovers’ is only going to get one nomination — and we’re taking [Outstanding Drama] Series off the table’ — I think everyone would’ve written down ‘Dowd,'” co-creator Damon Lindelof said. »


- Ben Travers

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Why Netflix Spent Millions So ‘The Crown’ Could Shoot in Very, Very Big Rooms

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In their first pre-production meeting for “The Crown,” production designer Martin Childs brought executive producer Stephen Daldry an image that become a bedrock of the show’s visual language.

“It was this digital picture I made using Photoshop of a post-war, almost apocalyptic level of austerity with buildings crumbling, and through a doorway you could see a fabulous wealth of richness,” said Childs. “It would be the image we would keep going to back to as the visual motif.”

That was key to creating production design for “The Crown,” which details the struggles in the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Not only did it need to recreate history, but it also had to give viewers a sense of royal life and its vast scale.

Read More:The Coen Brothers’ Rules: 4 Filmmaking Practices That Give ‘Fargo’ Its Cinematic Consistency

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- Chris O'Falt

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Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’

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November over at The Criterion Collection may look a smidge slim, offering up just four new titles, but each new addition to the collection is a seminal selection well-deserving of the Criterion treatment. Of most interest, however, is Donna Deitch’s feature debut “Desert Hearts,” a seminal lesbian drama that’s been going through something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to last year’s 30th anniversary and a continued adoration for its forward-thinking subject matter.

As we recently explored, in the early ’80s, Deitch was a film school grad with only docs under her belt, eager to make a different kind of feature about lesbians in love, and “without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become »


- Kate Erbland

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Late Night TV vs. Donald Trump: 8 Hosts Ranked, From Most to Least Critical

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When a sitting President of the United States sides with Nazis, jokes just don’t cut it anymore.

After the pro-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville – which led to three deaths last weekend – and President Donald Trump’s horrifying statements in response to the rise of white nationalist groups in America, late night talk shows are trying out a new tone.

Hosts are jumping in and taking on a sitting U.S. president like they’ve never done before. There’s still room for jokes as the hosts convey their views – but as things turn serious, they’re taking a stand and using their voice to the fight against tyranny.

Read More: NBC Helped Create President Trump — and MSNBC Ratings Prove He’s Been Good for the Company

This is a long way from jokes about Bill Clinton’s infidelity or George W. Bush’s intelligence. Many hosts are now actively calling »


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‘The Wound’ Review: Adult Circumcision Drama Cuts the Tension Between Masculinity and Modernity

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The cut only only takes a fraction of a second, but the trauma it leaves behind takes a lifetime to heal. It happens every winter, as teenage boys of South Africa’s Xhosa culture are spirited up to the hills around their hometowns, stripped down and smothered in ghostly white paint, and told to spread their legs. Their foreskins are then sliced away by tribal surgeons, many of whom use rusted knives rather than sterile medical equipment. All the same, it’s absolutely forbidden for the initiates to scream out in pain. This is a rite of passage, the start of a three-week initiation ritual meant to confer manhood — boys cry, but men suffer in silence. As Nelson Mandela wrote in his memoir: “An uncircumcised Xhosa man is a contradiction in terms.”

Ukwaluka is a time-honored practice; it began long before Mandela himself endured the experience in 1934, and it still »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Baby Driver’ is Edgar Wright’s First $100M Hit and Has Grossed More Than All His Movies Combined

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Edgar Wright never had a $100 million hit until “Baby Driver,” which crossed the milestone at the domestic box office on Sunday, August 13. The action movie has been breaking one record after another for Wright’s career. In just one week it made $39 million, more than any other movie in the director’s career, and now that it has climbed above $100 million it has grossed more money than Wright’s four previous films combined.

Read More:‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film

Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and “The World’s End” were all popular with critics and die-hard Wright fans, but they weren’t exactly box office smashes. Only “Scott Pilgrim” had made it above the $30 million mark before “Baby Driver’s” breakout success. To say Wright is overjoyed would be the understatement of the year.

“I honestly didn »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Sets Coming-of-Age TV Drama With Michael B. Jordan and Own

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Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar winner who shared the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Moonlight” this year along with director Barry Jenkins, is coming to television with a coming-of-age drama that sounds right in the wheelhouse of the acclaimed Best Picture winner. The Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has given the untitled project a straight-to-series order. Michael B. Jordan is attached as an executive producer with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney Return to Liberty City for ‘Moonlight’ Celebration

The series is set in South Florida at the end of the Obama administration and will center around the life of a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects. The young teenager is forced to choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that could take his mother and him out of poverty. Similar to “Moonlight,” the show will take inspiration from McCraney’s own life. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes Keep Leaking, but Here’s Why Its Ratings Are Still Breaking Records

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Another episode of “Game of Thrones” has leaked online, but even in this age of piracy and bootleg viewing, the show’s ratings are getting stronger with each episode.

Two weeks ago, an Indian distributor named Star leaked the season’s fourth episode titled, “The Spoils of War.” Despite the leak’s widespread availability, the episode drew 10.2 million viewers, which gave “Game of Thrones” its highest ratings ever at the time. Similarly, a separate HBO hack had leaked a script to an early episode that did not seem to diminish viewers’ appetite for the fantasy drama.

Now, it appears that yet another episode has leaked online, albeit accidentally, when this upcoming Sunday’s episode was published by a third-party vendor.

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

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ was accidentally posted for a »


- Hanh Nguyen

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The Weinstein Company’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Moves Back Again, Will Now Open Wide

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The Weinstein Company has again changed the release date — and this time, the theater strategy — for its period drama “Tulip Fever.” After locking a limited release date of Friday, August 25 earlier this summer, the film will now open wide one week later, on Friday, September 1. The company announced on Wednesday that the film will now hit theaters the first week of September.

The film, starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, and Christoph Waltz, previously moved from July 15, 2016 to February 24, 2017.

Read More:The Weinstein Company’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Release Date Pushed Back to Later in 2017

Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s bestselling novel of the same name and directed by Justin Chadwick, “Tulip Fever” stars Vikander as a young woman who falls in love with an artist (DeHaan) who has been commissioned to paint her portrait. Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne, and Tom Hollander all co-star in the film, »


- Kate Erbland

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Fighting Sexism In Film and TV By Becoming a Producer

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When Jessica Chastain condemned cinematic portrayals of women after spending 10 days as a Cannes Film Festival juror, Maggie Gyllenhaal had deja vu: She had a similar experience as a member of the Berlin International Film Festival’s jury in February. After watching 25 movies in two weeks, the actress grew frustrated.

“There were some amazing performances by women, but one of them was about this woman obsessed with her lover, and in two others, the women were mentally ill,” she said. “So I really related to what Jessica Chastain said. In my life, I think there have been very few representations of women that feel like something I can actually recognize as relating to my experience.”

Now, as a producer on both of her upcoming projects, she’s finding a new way to address that challenge.

Gyllenhaal was speaking from the set of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” the second film from writer-director Sara Colangelo, »


- Eric Kohn

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