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Uma Thurman Slams Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly — You Don’t Deserve a Bullet’

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Uma Thurman took to Instagram on November 23 to wish her followers a happy Thanksgiving, but her message included a slam at Harvey Weinstein that is going viral. Thurman worked with Weinstein on Quentin Tarantino films such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill.”

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“I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others,” Thurman wrote. “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face. I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) – stay »

- Zack Sharf

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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

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The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “Phantom Thread” is under review embargo, of course, but Focus Features started screening the late arrival for various guild and Academy voters and press, who at the first screening Friday gave a hearty round of applause to the ‘50s London romance set in the high-couture fashion world.

PTA wrote the script for Daniel Day-Lewis, hoping it would pass muster with the finicky actor who agreed to star as fussy women’s designer Reynolds Woodcock, which could be the retiring actor’s last role. Anderson relied on Lewis more than he did in “There Will Be Blood” (which won Ddl his second of three Oscars), because “I don’t speak English, I speak American,” Anderson said at the post-screening Q&A at the Fine Arts Theatre  in Los Angeles. Joining him were Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (“A Most Wanted Man”), who plays Woodcock’s love interest, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Most Difficult Craft Challenges for Director Denis Villeneuve

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Blade Runner 2049” offered the most complex set of craft challenges yet for director Denis Villeneuve. He had an ambitious vision for picking up where Ridley Scott left off 30 years later, exploring dystopia, humanity, and memory in a way that was linked personally, emotionally, and intellectually. And that entailed a much more involved collaborative process with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, production designer Dennis Gassner, and the rest of the below-the-line team.

But it first began with lighting, and, for the first time, Villeneuve worked out a thematic visual plan with Deakins that drove the narrative about Ryan Gosling’s blade runner/replicant K becoming “more human than human.” And this visual journey enabled the movie to have a hypnotic, dream-like quality. It began with the opening of Ana’s eye (the memory designer played by Carla Juri) and concluded with K’s last waking, cathartic moment in the snow.

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- Bill Desowitz

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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked

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Most people think that snobby Oscar voters through the decades have turned their backs on the horror genre. Not so. True, far more horror flicks have been nominated for Oscars — including many Alfred Hitchcock movies — than have won. Hitch was nominated six times for Best Director and never took home a gold statue, which is why he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1968. “Thank you,” he said, and walked offstage.

We scoured the record books to find 25 Oscar-winning horror movies, and herewith rank them for you.

After heated arguments among the IndieWire staff, we threw out a dozen or so monster movies (“King Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Jurassic Park”), ghost films (“Ghost”) and scary psychological thrillers like Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” that just didn’t feel like horror flicks to us.

Defining a horror movie is subjective. Is it about gore and guts and supernatural beings, or how it makes you feel? »

- Anne Thompson, Jenna Marotta, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, William Earl, Michael Nordine and Chris O'Falt

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‘The Shape of Water’ Star Doug Jones: Beneath Foam and Latex, a Best Actor Candidate Shines

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In his seven weeks of shooting “The Shape of Water,” the film’s male lead, Doug Jones, could not grasp a doorknob, send a text message, breathe through his mouth, or go to the bathroom while in costume. His call time to the Toronto set was a “mercifully short” three hours earlier than co-stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer.

Each morning, four people armed with K-y Jelly shoehorned him into a latex, foam, and rubber bodysuit, built from a cast of his six-foot-three, 140-pound frame. Then came webbed-fingered gloves (glued on), following by a neck and fiberglass helmet, which featured built-in buzzing, whirring mechanics to puppeteer his gills off camera. Once dressed, barely able to see or hear, Jones was required at various times to hang from a hip harness, stand on a smoke-bathed teeter-totter to simulate bobbing in water, and employ scuba diving techniques while acting in a flooded, »

- Jenna Marotta

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Ok Go Makes Live Art Using 567 Printers in Its Most Eye-Popping Music Video Yet — Watch

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Ok Go is famous for its elaborately constructed music videos, but the band may have delivered their most insanely eye-popping clip yet for the song “Obsession.” The video finds the band performing in front of a wall of 567 computer printers. The machines are all synchronized to print out different colored paper, resulting in a visual kaleidoscope you won’t be able to take your eyes off of.

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According to the band’s official description on Youtube, the viewing experience will look significantly better if the video’s resolution setting in at 1440p or 2160p. The group does not recommend leaving the clip on “Auto HD,” as it will result in distortion during a few scenes.

The “Obsession” music video was directed by Ok Go lead singer Damian Kulash, Jr. and artist Yusuke Tanaka. The band says all »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Shape of Water’ Was Written and Designed to Jon Brion’s ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ Original Score

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The romances of Guillermo del Toro and Paul Thomas Anderson have finally collided, somewhat. Del Toro revealed on Twitter that he wrote and designed “The Shape of Water” with Jon Brion’s original score for Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love” in mind. “The Shape of Water” script was being developed as early as 2012, and it was Brion’s percussion-heavy work on Anderson’s romance that helped guide del Toro’s emotions. Del Toro said he even temped the film with the “Punch-Drunk Love” score before Alexandre Desplat was brought on to compose the music.

Life is strange and so is the human brain… I remembered, that, at its early genesis (2012-14, The Shape of Water was written and designed with the score of Punch Drunk Love playing (later Georges Delerue and Rota, but at one point we even temped with Pdl’s score…

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) November 23, 2017

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- Zack Sharf

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Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked, From Worst to Best

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Comparing installments of an anthology like “Black Mirror” is an inherently tricky prospect. Most of the entries have a certain “We’re all doomed” streak that runs through them, but whether hopeful or defeatist, there’s something distinctly different animating each of these episodes.

Arranging them in quality doesn’t necessarily make for the ideal viewing order either. Want to bit of uplift with your futurism? Bent on basking in the futility of trying to avoid a planet without dangerous automated attacks against nature? The rhythms of this series rise and fall more on their themes than the wallop each of these stories delivers.

But if you’re a die-hard fan or just wading into Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ murky sci-fi waters, a new season is on the horizon, so we’re adding our rankings to the mix.

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- Steve Greene, Hanh Nguyen and Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Breaks the Rules of Narrative and Finds Truth in the Cracks — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

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Mudbound” is not a multi-character film in the spirit of director Robert Altman, or 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash.” Instead of being a sprawling tapestry, the intertwined stories of two very different farming families (one black, one white) unfolds into one increasingly cohesive narrative.

“It’s almost like one story [that is] being handed off and everyone is [unaware] they are having similar conversations with themselves,” said director Dee Rees when she was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “At one point [cinematographer] Rachel [Morrison] was like, ‘When has this ever worked?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, but this will be the film where it works.’”

To accomplish this, Rees grounds the audience in the subjectivity of six different protagonists, each with their own internal monologue. It’s something a novel — like Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound,” which Rees and co-writer Virgil Williams’ adapted — can do effortlessly by accessing the internal thoughts of various characters, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Guillermo del Toro Wants You to Appreciate the Craftsmanship of George Miller and Michael Mann

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Guillermo del Toro is currently riding high on the critical raves for “The Shape of Water,” which could earn the Mexican filmmaker his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. The fantasy romance will be the last bit of filmmaking audiences see from del Toro for quite a bit, as he has announced plans to take a year-long sabbatical from the director’s chair. So how does del Toro plan to keep busy? In addition to producing some projects, the director will sit down for two-week interviews with Michael Mann and George Miller.

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Del Toro had previously teased he would be working in some capacity on a project involving Mann, and now it has been confirmed that part of the project will involve spending two weeks with Mann sometime between now and next December. Del »

- Zack Sharf

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Our 20 Favorite New TV Characters of 2017

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From gods to Marines to teachers to the figments of someone’s imagination, this year has featured a dizzying array of interesting on-screen creations.

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- Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller

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David Fincher Explains Why He Doesn’t Believe in Auteur Directing: ‘Moviemaking is a Rat F*ck’

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Any list of the best working auteur directors will likely include David Fincher, but you probably don’t want to tell him that to his face. In a new interview with Little White Lies, the “Mindhunter” director and executive producer gets honest about his “distaste” for the word “auteur.” When it comes down to it, moviemaking is too irregular and unpredictable to give one person total authorial credit.

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“The problem with auteurism is that it presupposes that one person can impress upon 95 people, so clearly, that the manifestation of whatever it is going on in your head can be clearly attributed to them,” Fincher said. “The reality of moviemaking is, y’know, it’s a rat fuck. Every day is a skirmish, and you might escape every skirmish, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington to Compete for Lead Actor in 2018

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Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiered too late to be eligible for this year’s Emmys (“The Handmaid’s Tale” won Best Drama Series after “Thrones'” two-year winning streak), but the fantasy epic now has its sights set on returning to awards season and winning big at the Golden Globes. Gold Derby reports HBO will be shaking up their strategy and submitting Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in the lead acting races.

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In the past, all “Game of Thrones” cast members have been submitted in the supporting actor races for award shows like the Globes, Emmys, and SAG Awards. Clearly, HBO is hoping to increase its chances on landing nominations for “Thrones” by moving Clarke and Harington to the lead races. Neither actor has ever received a Golden Globe nomination. Clarke »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Godless’: Jeff Daniels Weighs in on His Infamous Line, ’This Ain’t My Death’

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Godless.”]

The Old West was a lawless place, where nothing was certain except for dust and hardship. On Netflix’s limited series “Godless,” outlaw Frank Griffin was certain about one thing though: how he wasn’t going to die.

“This ain’t my death,” he says over and over again like a mantra. Whether he has a noose around his neck or a shotgun pointed at his heart, he holds onto that unshakeable belief. “This ain’t my death. I’ve seen my death; this ain’t it.”

Jeff Daniels, who portrays Frank Griffin, spoke to IndieWire about that infamous line. “If it were a song, it’d be a good hook,” he said. “You preface that with, ‘Is this it? No, it’s not it. This ain’t my death. I just checked. Didn’t get the feeling that this was it.’ And that’s kind of all he goes on. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Justice League’ Box Office Bomb: Warner Bros. Could Lose Up to $100 Million on Superhero Tentpole

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The DC Extended Universe just can’t catch a break. Warner Bros.’ tentpole franchise was hoping to continue the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Women” with “Justice League,” but critical reviews and box office returns have been anything but generous. The superhero epic sports a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes and didn’t even cross the $100 million mark in its first weekend in theaters.

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The lackluster opening for “Justice League” doesn’t just make it the weakest debut for a superhero film in 2017 (which is shocking considering it brings three popular superheroes together and introduces three popular new ones), but it also sets up Warner Bros. for a major financial loss. According to Forbes, the studio could lose up to $100 million on “Justice League.” The company reports that Warner Bros. will lose $50 million at the very least, »

- Zack Sharf

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IndieWire 2017 Gift Guide: 10 Great DVDs & Blu-Rays for Film and TV Fans

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The season’s most exciting new DVDs and Blu-Rays are here to remind you why the best presents are the ones you can put on your shelf.

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- David Ehrlich, Hanh Nguyen and Kate Erbland

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Netflix to Produce ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 2: Watch Jonah Ray Break the News

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The next time the Satellite of Love is subjected to terrible movies, it’ll be on Netflix’s dollar. As announced on Thursday, the cult series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (also known as “MST3K: The Return”) will be returning for a second season sometime — per the lyrics of the show’s theme song — “in the not-too-distant future.”

The announcement came at the end of the now annual “MST3K” Turkey Day Marathon, as stars Felicia Day and Jonah Ray, alongside creator Joel Hodgson, shared the news. Check out their reaction below:

MST3K” has had quite the journey since its inception nearly 30 years ago. After an epic run that began in 1989, eventually migrating from local Minneapolis TV to Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, “MST3K” was initially canceled in 1999. Then, it returned to its fans after a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. While the first season of the show, released by Netflix in April 2017, was thus fan-sponsored, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’

23 November 2017 12:16 PM, PST

Anyone who’s seen Jim Carrey’s movies knows he’s hilarious; anyone who’s seen his interviews knows he isn’t always laughing. The actor has spoken about his depression before — in 2004, he told CBS News that “it feels like a low level of despair you live in” — but he says it’s now subsided and that he’s “sometimes happy.”

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The updates comes in an interview with i News occasioned by the exceptional new Netflix documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which focuses on Carrey in general and his experiences making “Man on the Moon” in particular. “At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression,” he says. “I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. »

- Michael Nordine

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Seth Meyers to Host 2018 Golden Globes, Perhaps Paving the Way for Jimmy Fallon to Host Next Year’s Emmys

23 November 2017 11:05 AM, PST

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is apparently thankful for Seth Meyers. The organization chose Thanksgiving Day to announce that the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” star will host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

News of Meyers’ gig first leaked to the trades last week, so the choice wasn’t a surprise. Interestingly, the HFPA made it official via a story on its website, rather than in a joint announcement with NBC.

Meyers takes over after “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon hosted last year’s ceremony. Meyers also hosted the Primetime Emmys in 2014, the last time NBC aired that awards show — which means that, perhaps, the two hosts have swapped gigs this year. If that’s the case, then Fallon might once again host next September’s Primetime Emmys, which he last did in 2010.

Meyers also continues the trend of former “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” anchors hosting the Golden Globes, »

- Michael Schneider

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There Was Almost a ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Cheech and Chong’ Crossover, but Some Producer Decided to Be a Total Buzzkill

23 November 2017 10:50 AM, PST

Jason Voorhees met Freddy Krueger in that classic crossover slasher we all know and love, but you know who the machete-wielding psycho never encountered? Cheech and Chong. According to “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI” director Tom McLoughlin, that dream matchup almost happened following his 1986 contribution to the enduring slasher franchise — but producer/buzzkill Frank Mancuso wouldn’t hear of it.

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During an appearance on the Post Mortem podcast, McLoughlin says that Mancuso “wanted me to do another film after we did Jason, and I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we »

- Michael Nordine

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