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‘Trophy’ Filmmakers Explain How The Film Became More Than an Anti-Trophy-Hunting Exposé

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When filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau first set out to make their stunning documentary “Trophy,” about the complex industry of big-game hunting and conservation in Africa and the U.S., they thought it would be an exposé.

“We really wanted to shame the industry,” Clusiau said in a Q&A after a screening of the film at the International Documentary Association’s annual documentary screening series. “And then we realized it’s not so black and white.”

When they met South African rhino farmer John Hume, who argues that the legal trade of rhino horn will prevent poaching and keep the species alive, Zimbabwean anti-poaching wildlife officer Chris Moore, who works to keep communities safe from predators in part by working with big game hunters, and many others featured in the film, their opinion changed.

Said Schwarz, “In the long run we found that in this subject we all »


- Jean Bentley

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What To Watch This Fall: IndieWire’s TV Team Gives Its Picks For New and Returning Shows — Turn It On Podcast

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It’s perhaps the question the IndieWire TV team gets asked the most right now: “Is there anything good to watch this fall?” That’s sort of a loaded question, and always hard to answer. With so much TV available, there’s almost something suited to anyone’s taste.

IndieWire’s TV team — including Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene and Ben Travers — joins host Michael Schneider to discuss what they’re most excited to see in the coming months, on this edition of “Turn It On.” Listen below!

Among the highlights: Everyone is looking forward to see what creator Mike Schur does with Season 2 of NBC’s “The Good Place,” and there’s also interest in Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”; Netflix’s “Alias Grace,” based on a Margaret Atwood novel; and ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” adapted from a South Korean drama. »


- Michael Schneider

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Favorite Films, From ‘Adam’s Rib’ to ‘A Separation’

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From the works of Federico Fellini to Cameron Crowe, Gyllenhaal’s top choices include both cinematic milestones and nostalgic hits.

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- William Earl

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Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles

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Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Stargate Command’ Launches With Exclusive Content From Original and New Series

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After rousing the crowd at Comic-con International: San Diego with the announcement of a new original series “Stargate Origins,” MGM has now released the All Access pass for the new digital platform “Stargate Command.” Fans can use “Stargate Command” to interact with and celebrate the franchise’s decades-long history.

“Stargate Command,” available online as well as on iOS and Android platforms, offers two forms of membership: a free version and an All Access paid version that costs $20 (a flat fee that will cover their membership through mid-May 2018).

All members will be granted a weekly newsletter, fan forums, polls, quizzes, and more. Paid members will receive exclusive insider content such as the new series “Stargate Origins,” “Stargate Sg-1,” “Stargate: Universe,” “Stargate: Atlantis,” the original film, and every subsequent movie released. All Access also includes a seat in a virtual writers’ room and a limited-edition version of the “Stargate Origins” pilot script. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘American Vandal’: The Creators Discuss That Ending and the Lessons for a Potential Season 2

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[Editor’s Note: The below interview includes spoilers for “American Vandal” Season 1.]

When you think about it, “American Vandal” could have only ended one way. Like its many docuseries predecessors, the question of Dylan Maxwell’s (Jimmy Tatro) innocence or guilt may have powered the story forward, but as the show fleshed out characters like amateur sleuth Peter Maldonado, his partner in videography Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck), or the multitude of students and teachers who make this universe, there was always room to make the season’s ending something less tangible.

In the farewell episode, Twitch-based evidence leads Dylan to be exonerated in the minds of Peter and the school powers that threatened his expulsion in the first place. But if Dylan wasn’t the one who drew the dicks, who was?

For fans of true crime documentaries, “We may never know” isn’t just an appropriate answer, it’s the only one that made sense for a series that pays tribute to the classics. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Gets a Dark Coming-of-Age Horror Series From the Creators of ‘Riverdale’

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Following the success of the deliciously dark “Archie” adaptation, “Riverdale,” the CW will continue its collaboration with Archie Comics to deliver “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a horror-flecked coming-of-age tale for the teenage witch. The new series will be led by powerhouse TV producer Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Dawson’s Creek”) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasta, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics.

Per the official synopsis: “‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ reimagines the origin and adventures of ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Exorcist,’ this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

Read More:‘Riverdale’ Review: Weird ‘Archie’ Update is an Exciting Blend of The CW’s »


- Jude Dry

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‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017

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Reviews for “mother!” have called it everything from “sickening” to “a berserk feast of filth,” but the most shocking thing about Darren Aronofsky’s wildly divisive new movie is that it’s hilarious. You wouldn’t expect to laugh so much during a movie that includes more disturbing Wtf moments than you can count, but “mother!” shatters expectations. As A.O. Scott puts in his review for the New York Times: “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”

Aronofsky is the farthest thing from a comedic filmmaker. Take one look at “Requiem for a Dream” or “Black Swan” and you’re more likely to recoil from shock and discomfort than crack up. “mother!’s” grand statements on the history of humanity and its relationship to the Earth make it a successor to “The Fountain” and “Noah,” but Aronofsky’s »


- Zack Sharf

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Key West Film Festival Works to Rebuild Community After Destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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While the major venues of the Key West Film Festival luckily made it through both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with little damage, the rest of the community the festival calls home did not. To that end, the annual event — which bills itself as “Passion Meets Paradise” — is working towards assisting in rebuilding efforts around the Key West area.

In a new call for action, the festival’s Founder and Chairman A. Brooke Christian, recalls why Key West inspired the festival to begin with, sharing, “Six years ago, we committed to Key West to host our film festival because of the vibrancy and tenacity of its people. And in this time of great adversity, that strength and resilience is more powerful than ever. But recovery and rehabilitation will not come easily. It will require an incredible amount of assistance and outside support. I implore you to do what you can to help… »


- Kate Erbland

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A Double Dose of Noah Baumbach Comes to Netflix Next Month, Plus ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Donnie Darko,’ and More

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While October usually signals the arrival of all sorts of spooky, creepy, scary, and otherwise appropriately Halloween-themed films to both theaters and streaming services, this month’s batch of new titles on Netflix offers up a delightfully wide variety of choices that aren’t all tied to the year’s primary celebration of fear. Sure, those titles are there — from more mainstream chillers like “Cult of Chucky” and the new original “The Babysitter,” to more offbeat picks like the cannibal coming-of-age tale “Raw” and the seminal “Donnie Darko” — but this month’s incoming list has more than enough for movie fans who don’t want to shriek at their televisions.

Read More:’30 Rock’: The 25 Episodes You Need to Watch Before Tina Fey’s Iconic Comedy Leaves Netflix

Oh, and it’s also a month we’re going to deem Official Unofficial Noah Baumbach Month on Netflix, as the filmmaker »


- Kate Erbland

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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office

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In 2017, we’ve seen five specialized subtitled films gross over $1 million. But the languages aren’t French, or German, or from anywhere in western Europe: The winners are Turkish, Farsi, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

These films came from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and even the United States, and played at conventional “art house” theaters (as opposed to releases from India, China, Mexico, and elsewhere, which aim at ethnically similar audiences).

Once upon a time, $100 million and more (in adjusted grosses) was possible for films like “La Dolce Vita,” “Life Is Beautiful,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”: more recently, “Amelie,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” easily surpassed $20 million. However, over the last few decades we’ve seen the subtitled market shift from decline to near collapse.

Read More:Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

What happened this year shows some revival in the market, but with some twists. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs: Fifth Prequel Series in Works at HBO From Long-Time Writer and Producer

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Winter isn’t even remotely over. Entertainment Weekly reports that yet another “Game of Thrones” prequel series is in the works at HBO — though there are no guarantees that any, let alone all of them will get the green light — joining the four that were previously announced in May. This one comes from long-time “Got” writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who reportedly “worked closely” with author and creator George R.R. Martin in developing the drama spinoff.

Cogman has been with the hit HBO series since its very first season, when he was initially hired as an assistant to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Over the years, Cogman has penned a number of the series’ signature episodes, including “Stormborn,”  “The Laws of Gods and Men,” and “Kissed by Fire.” He’s also on deck to pen a new version of the Disney classic “The Sword in the Stone.”

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- Kate Erbland

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Adam Sandler is ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ Great in Noah Baumbach’s Latest

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“The Meyerowitz Stories” earned strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where IndieWire named it one of Noah Baumbach’s best movies. The family dysfunction drama is set to reenter the awards conversation by heading to the New York Film Festival in just a week, and now Netflix has debuted the official trailer.

Read More:a Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best

The movie stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel as adult siblings who must contend with their strong-willed father, played by Dustin Hoffman. Emma Thompson plays the family matriarch, while Grace Van Patten, Adam Driver, and Candice Bergen round out the cast.

For those of you who have been waiting for Sandler to return to his “Punch-Drunk Love” glory, then “The Meyerowtiz Stories” should come as great news. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich says Sandler gives one of »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Good Place’ Review: Season 2 Finds Comedic Paradise in Plenty of Fresh Surprises

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[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for Season 1 of “The Good Place.” If you have not yet seen said season, we highly recommend that you do so before reading any further. Thank you.]

In a year filled with on-screen clowns of all kinds, none are as satisfying as the ones in the foyer of “The Good Place” home of Eleanor Shelstrop. During the opening minutes of the pivotal Season 1 finale, Michael (Ted Danson) delivers an ultimatum to the small group gathered, and is immediately undercut by a pair of sliding doors that close to reveal a giant, painted Pagliacci. Everyone who saw the rest of that episode certainly had some big revelations to take away from it, but it’s tiny moments like that (and the accompanying carnival music, of course) that made “The Good Place” Season 1 one of the most satisfying TV experiences in recent memory.

Good news (or mixed, depending on your level of coulrophobia): those garish paintings are just a handful of the many Good Place details that make their return in Season 2. But despite those returning characters and scenic details, »


- Steve Greene

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FX Prods. to Develop ‘Framed,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Crusade to Clear His Cousin’s Murder Conviction — Exclusive

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. believes his cousin Michael Skakel was wrongfully convicted and spent 11 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. His book “Framed” investigated who might have really killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975, and has now been optioned by FX Productions to be developed as a multi-part TV series.

Skakel was arrested in 2000 for the murder and was later convicted, before being released on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a Connecticut judge found that he had not received a fair trial because his counsel was ineffective. But at the end of 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reinstate his conviction.

A motion for reconsideration is now in the works, and Kennedy is optimistic that Skakel has a good chance of permanently going free. But he also believes a TV adaptation of “Framed” will expose the story to a wider audience, helping his case. “The more people »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet

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When cinematographer Mandy Walker met with the director for Fox 2000’s “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad’s directives were simple. “It has to be beautiful, but dangerous,” said the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar.” “You must feel the danger they are up against.”

Specifically, Abu-Assad planned to direct stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on top of the 11,000-foot Purcell Mountains in British Columbia. “It really was minus 38 degrees, working in the snow,” said Walker. “I had not done that before, above the tree line.”

Like any veteran cinematographer, Walker is familiar with trying circumstances. For Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia,” she supervised three units with action and horses. She shot John Curran’s stunning outback adventure “Tracks” in heat of 122 degrees.

However, the Purcell mountain range meant a very different set of challenges. She brought her crew two to three times into each of five high-altitude locations for scouting, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Tales From the Tour Bus’ Review: Mike Judge’s Clever Cartoon is Outlaw Country’s ‘Drunk History’

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“You don’t like country music, do you? You think it’s corny and twangy and kind of stupid? Well, you could be right, but it’s always good to keep an open mind.”

Like most fans of country music, Mike Judge is sick of people dismissing his musical genre of choice. A New Mexico native and consistent chronicler of working class folks from small American towns, it should come as no surprise to even casual fans that the “King of the Hill” creator has a penchant for musicians like Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, and George Jones; so much so, he’s created a new, unique documentary series to honor their most madcap memories.

Though it’s unlikely to win over any of the haters Judge repeatedly alludes to, his latest primetime animated venture should entertain and inform devotees on the creator or country music.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Trailer: Frank Castle Is Ready to Avenge His Family One Bullet at a Time

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When “Marvel’s Daredevil” introduced Frank Castle in Season Two of the series, fans had every right to be skeptical. The violent, anti-hero of the comics had faltered in two previous big screen interpretations, but the third time was truly the charm. Jon Bernthal’s tortured and disgraced war hero blazed a bloody and bullet-ridden trail through Hell’s Kitchen, bringing along an intriguing mystery and backstory that eventually lured Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) onto his side.

Read More:‘The Punisher’ First Trailer: Marvel Hammers Out Another Epic ‘Daredevil’ Spinoff for Netflix — Watch

It seemed like a no-brainer that Marvel and Netflix would give The Punisher his own series (can Elektra be next?), and the new series promises to dive deeper into what turned Frank Castle into The Punisher. According to the official synopsis, after exacting his revenge on those responsible for the death of his family, Castle uncovers »


- Jamie Righetti

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Linda Hamilton’s Return to ‘Terminator’ Will Give Us the 60-Year-Old Female Action Star We Deserve

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She’s back (had to do it). The Hollywood Reporter reports that “Terminator” star Linda Hamilton will return to the seminal James Cameron franchise for the latest installment of the on-going sci-fi series. The outlet reports that Cameron himself made the surprise announcement at a private event for the franchise, telling attendees, “As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return.”

Cameron also seems to be hopeful that the return of Hamilton as Sarah Connor — one of his, and the action world’s, best character creations — will bolster a genre still in need of change when it comes equal representation both in front of and behind the camera. He added, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys [in action films] but there isn’t an example of that for women. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Twin Peaks’ Fans Are Flocking to Laura Palmer’s Home, and the Owner is Letting Them In

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Not every homeowner wants people ringing on their doorbell and asking if they can come inside and take pictures, but not every homeowner lives in Laura Palmer’s house. Mary Reber is a resident of Everett, Washington and has lived in the home David Lynch used for the Palmer’s house for the last three years. Ever since the “Twin Peaks: The Return” finale earlier this year, more and more Lynch fans just can’t stop knocking on Reber’s door.

The Palmer household was always one of the most important locations featured on “Twin Peaks,” but the finale of “The Return” really cemented its legacy. The majority of the final hour found Dale Cooper, now called Richard, and Laura Palmer, now called Carrie Page, venturing back to Twin Peaks to visit the Palmer home. When they knocked on the door, a woman named Alice Tremond answered and had »


- Zack Sharf

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