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‘The Snowman’ Director Knows Why Critics Hate His Movie: He Didn’t Shoot the Whole Script

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Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has earned acclaim for efforts like “Let the Right One In” and the Oscar-nominated “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” but his new film, “The Snowman,” is better off forgotten. The murder mystery from Universal Pictures opens in theaters Friday and has earned abysmal reviews from critics, with IndieWire slamming its “laughable missteps” in a C- review. The film currently has a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes after 24 reviews, and Alfredson is well aware his film is bombing with critics.

In an interview with Nrk, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Alfredson explained why the movie ended up being a misfire: “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing.”

Read More:‘The Snowman’ Review: Michael Fassbender’s Detective Can’t Solve This Scandinavian Adaptation’s Laughable Missteps

By Alfredson’s estimates, »


- Zack Sharf

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Harmony Korine’s Matthew McConaughey-Starring Stoner Comedy ‘The Beach Bum’ May Screen in Weed-Laced Smell-o-Vision

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Singular filmmaker Harmony Korine has some high hopes for his latest feature, though fans of the indie auteur hoping to enjoy the full scope of his vision might have to travel a little further afield to enjoy it as it was meant to be seen. Or, more appropriately, smelled. In a new interview with Telerama (via The Playlist), Korine opens up about an ambitious — and delightfully bonkers — plan to really steep his audience in the next film, the stoner comedy “The Beach Bum,” set to star Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg in a Cheech and Chong-esque misadventure.

In short: Korine wants to get you high. Literally.

Read More:Cannes: Neon and Vice Buy U.S. Rights to Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum

“It’s a comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, about somewhat depressive marijuana smokers, in the spirit of Cheech and Chong,” Korine said in the new interview. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Hebrew Hammer’ Sequel: Adam Goldberg Wants to ‘Make America Kosher Again’

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The Hebrew Hammer is coming out of retirement, and he needs your help to make it happen. Nearly 15 years after the original film — an amusing send-up of blaxploitation films and superhero tropes starring Adam Goldberg as the eponymous hero — bowed at Sundance, and the team behind the be-yarmulked crime fighter is back for another big time fight. Goldberg, director Jonathan Kesselman, and producer Harrison Huffman announced earlier this week that they opened up crowdfunding for their long-planned sequel: “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”

Goldberg and Kesselman have promised a “bigger, funnier sequel” that will somehow involve both time travel and original leading lady Judy Greer, a project at least partially inspired by the current political climate.

Read More:Mark and Jay Duplass’ Ambitious Crowdfunding Campaign Gets a Major Boost In Its First Week

“We are bringing the Hebrew Hammer out of retirement because of a clarion call for us to do »


- Kate Erbland

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Carrie Fisher Delivered a Cow Tongue to the Producer Who Sexually Assaulted Her Friend

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Carrie Fisher may no longer be with us, but her legacy in Hollywood continues to inspire. Fisher’s friend, television producer and director Heather Ross, is one of the many women revealing her own experiences with sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She told Tucson radio program “The Morning Mix” that after an unnamed “Oscar-winning” producer at Sony assaulted her, Fisher went on a revenge mission of her own to defend her friend by hand delivering a cow tongue to her assaulter.

“It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box,'” Ross said. “It felt validating to know that this woman, who I love as a friend, was not just a fake Hollywood friend. »


- Zack Sharf

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Jennifer Lawrence Shares ‘Degrading’ Harassment Stories: Producer Told Her She Was ‘Perfectly F-ckable’

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Jennifer Lawrence revealed her own experiences facing harassment when she was just starting out as an actress during a powerful speech at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles on Oct. 16, where the actress was one of eight honorees. Lawrence remembered the “degrading” requests made by producers for her to lost weight during one of her earliest auditions.

“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” Lawrence said. The actress was told that another young woman had already been fired from the role for not losing the weight fast enough.

Read More:Reese Witherspoon Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted By a Director When She Was 16 Years Old

Lawrence remembered another instance during the same time when a producer made her do a nude line-up with five other women who were thinner than her. “We »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season

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After Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult animated series “Samurai Jack” was canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004, rumors swirled for years about a feature-length adaptation. Tartakovsky worked with four different studios to adapt his hyper-stylized blend of martial arts and sci-fi action for the big screen, including New Line, Sony and J.J. AbramsBad Robot, but none of them panned out. “As soon as we started developing it as a movie, they wanted to fit it into a box,” Tartakovsky told IndieWire. “I love ‘Jack’ as one of my creations and would never want to change it from what it was supposed to be. There was no reason to reinvent. It was working.”

See More ‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece

Tartakovsky knew exactly how he wanted to tell his story of the titular samurai, who’s thrown »


- Eric Kohn

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Reese Witherspoon Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted by a Director When She Was 16 Years Old

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Reese Witherspoon has revealed her own experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. During a powerful speech at this year’s Elle Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles, where Witherspoon was one of eight honorees, the actress went on the record saying she first experienced harassment from a director when she was only 16 years old.

“This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths,” Witherspoon said. “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Good Doctor’ Is Destroying One Misconception About Autism at a Time

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers about “The Good Doctor” Episode 4 titled “Pipes.”]

Although autistic characters have been seen many times on the big screen, they’ve been seen less on TV. ABC’s freshman drama “The Good Doctor” is taking its time addressing some of the misconceptions about the autism spectrum, and in doing so has made headway in trying to foster greater understanding of how autistic people may not process the world the same way as neurotypical people.

Read More:‘The Good Doctor’ Boss Defends the Show’s Sentimental Tone: There’s an ‘Honest, Unabashed Emotionality’ to It

Maintaining stories about autistic characters is a challenge that can go very wrong if done without the proper understanding, and the usual caveats should apply in discussing “The Good Doctor’s” autistic surgeon, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore). Each autistic individual is different, and Shaun has savant syndrome as well, which adds another layer to his portrayal. Nevertheless, he does exhibit some of »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Kevin James Justifies Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death on ‘Kevin Can Wait’: ‘We Were Running Out of Ideas’

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Kevin James spoke earlier this week about the reasons why Erinn Hayes’ character on “Kevin Can Wait,” wife Donna Gable, was written out of the CBS sitcom at the beginning of this season. What happened to Donna in the actual story, however, will apparently remain a mystery indefinitely.

According to James, speaking to the New York Daily News, the thought process behind Donna’s departure was to bring a new direction to the show, one that would allow for it to run for more seasons and be “lengthier.”

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive. If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one,” James said before he admitted they “were literally running out of ideas.”

James revealed that the original idea for his character was to be portrayed as a single father, but the producers of the show »


- Alberto Achar

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‘The X-Files’: Why a Future Without Scully is Impossible to Imagine

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On October 8, when Gillian Anderson and other stars of “The X-Files” took part in interviews before the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, the actress told Screenrant she likely wouldn’t continue after Season 11.

“I think this will be it for me,” Anderson said.

If that’s true, then this should be it for “The X-Files,” too.

Read More:‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer: Our First Look at the Return of Mulder and Scully in 2018

There are many reasons that Scully is integral to the long-running “X-Files” franchise, ranging from narrative relevance to the thespian’s off-screen impact. Here are just a few of the most obvious factors:

The X-Files” thrives on the yin and yang relationship between Mulder and Scully. He’s a believer, and she’s a skeptic. He pushes her to new heights, and she keeps him from drifting into space. They balance each other out, and the show needs that balance. »


- Ben Travers

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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

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Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal, »


- Anne Thompson

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The Criterion Collection Announces January 2018 Titles, Including ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’

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A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal are all joining the Criterion Collection in 2018. “The Breakfast Club” is getting the Criterion treatment next January, as are a new edition of “Young Mr. Lincoln,” “I, Daniel Blake,” “Westfront 1918,” “Kameradschaft,” and four films by Claude Autant-Lara.

More information — and, as always, cover art — below.

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The Breakfast Club

“What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. ‘The Breakfast Club’ brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes — the uptight prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foul-mouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

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One of the immediate takeaways from David Fincher’s new Netflix series, “Mindhunter,” is that there are a lot of creepy characters. Between the convicted criminals FBI Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) visit in prison and the suspects they try to send there, the list of people who give us the heebie-jeebies grows faster than Holden’s ego.

Behind these fascinating minds are a formidable ensemble of actors evoking the worst within us. Some of their faces may be familiar, others may be brand new, but each and every one offers a particularly striking performance — and not just because they talk about having sex with decapitated heads.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers

Below, IndieWire has listed each and every killer studied in Season 1, noting who played them, what they’ve done, and how »


- Ben Travers

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‘Marshall’ to ‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman Is Redefining Black Icons as Lawmakers

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In the opening frames of the “Marshall” trailer, the future U.S. Supreme Court justice gets a setup worthy of a superhero: In the trailer’s opening frames, 32-year old NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) sips whiskey at a bar; a group of threatening racists gather around him. “You gentlemen are making a mistake,” says Marshall, in the tone of a calm badass as he steadies himself for the inevitable physical confrontation.

Boseman said a cocksure portrayal is the only logical interpretation. “His job was to be the lone attorney running around for the NAACP, dealing with cases in towns where there was racial prejudice and there was inequality,” he said. “Who has the arrogance to walk into those places and actually believe that they either will win, or they can set up the case in such a way that it can go to a higher level, and then you can win on that level, »


- Chris O'Falt

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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

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The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh »


- Kate Erbland

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The Producers Guild of America Has Begun Termination Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein

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Following his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences October 14, Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the Producers Guild of America may soon be revoked as well. The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers met this morning, calling sexual harassment a “systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action” and unanimously voting to begin termination proceedings against him. Their final decision comes early next month.

Read More:The Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, Breaking with Tradition

Here’s the statement released by the PGA:

This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.

Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94

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Roy Dotrice, a British actor well-known for his role in Milos Forman’s Best-Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 94. According to a family statement, he “died peacefully on Monday, October 16 in his London home surrounded by family,” as reported by BBC News.

More recently, Dotrice was most known for voicing the audiobook version of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, the source for HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” For the first novel, “A Game of Thrones,” he voiced no less than 224 different characters. Thanks to this astonishing feat, Dotrice was awarded the Guinness World Record for most character voices in an audiobook back in 2004.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

However, it was not just on paper and voice that Dotrice contributed to the high-fantasy world of Westeros. »


- Alberto Achar

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‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction — Watch

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House of Cards” may have helped sway the election. Russian trolls paid to criticize Hillary Clinton online watched the Netflix drama in order to better understand American politics, according to a Yahoo report written by Michael Isikoff and discussed on CNN.

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“It was necessary to know all the main problems of the United States of America,” said Isikoff. “Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons.” This happened largely in the comment sections of such newspapers’ websites as the New York Times and Washington Post.

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“The ‘House of Cards’ element is new. We hadn’t heard that before,” Isikoff told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, adding that “we don’t have evidence of major »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’

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After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.

Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)

Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

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What is dead may never die, and so it is that “Game of Thrones” won’t really be over when it’s over. The show itself is concluding with the eighth and final season, which will air either next year or in 2019, but several different prequel series are in development. We aren’t likely to know which of them will actually make it to series for some time, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says there’s “an embarrassment of riches” to choose from.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See

The people working on them represent a “fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the ‘Thrones’ eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,” he said. “I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to moves forward with. »


- Michael Nordine

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