I spent much of this documentary about Fred Rogers doing exactly what the children’s television icon wouldn’t have wanted — trying not to cry. Rogers was always clear on the value of feeling your feelings, but that’s because he didn’t spend 94 minutes in a theater without any tissues. From its opening moments when the intro notes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood‘s” theme began to play, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Earlier this year, actor Brendan Fraser detailed his alleged sexual assault to GQ involving the then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk. Fraser told the magazine that he was groped by Berk in the summer of 2003. According to the actor, “His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around. I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.” Later, Berk wrote in his memoir that he did so in jest.
Fraser’s claims soon led to the HFPA opening an investigation into the matter, vowing to delve into “further details” around the alleged incident. At the time, the organization released a statement that read, in part: “The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the
“Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” are the two biggest movies of the year so far, but don’t ask Terry Gilliam about them. The filmmaker slammed the superhero genre during an interview with CineNando (via The Playlist), killing any hopes fan might have about Gilliam making his own superhero film one day.
“I hate superheroes. It’s bullshit. Come on, grow up!” Gilliam said when asked how his new film, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” fits into a Hollywood system dominated by superhero films. “We’re not going to be teenagers for the rest of our lives.”
“It’s great to dream of great powers. Superheroes are all about power. That’s what I don’t like about superheroes,” the director continued. “They’ve gotta beat the other powerful superheroes. Come on, a bit of peace, love, and understanding is what we need.”
Gilliam debuted his long-in-the-works “Don
For Walton Goggins, the worst part of transforming into Lee Russell wasn’t getting frosted tips; it was covering them up.
Don’t be misled: Goggins didn’t care much for the look (“It’s a lot to live with”). But one night during production of the HBO comedy “Vice Principals,” he went out to dinner in Charleston, South Carolina with a few members of the team, including co-star (and co-creator) Danny McBride and his director, David Gordon Green. Though it went against his set of manners, Goggins just couldn’t bring himself to sport his character’s famous blonde highlights in public.
“I grew up in the South, and you don’t wear hats inside of restaurants,” Goggins said in an interview with IndieWire. “But for me, when I wasn’t working, I want my hat, man. I didn’t want to be Lee Russell when I wasn’t working.
Early last month, rumors began swirling around social media that Peter Jackson was lining up his next project, but he was having to make a difficult choice. The director was going to choose between the $1 billion Amazon series “Lord of the Rings” or tackle a DC superhero for Warner Bros. Fans were understandably going crazy with the news. Should he choose DC or will he go back to Middle Earth?
Tom Holland’s appearance in “Avengers: Infinity War” isn’t the only time we’re going to be seeing Peter Parker or Spider-Man on the big screen in 2018. Sony has released the official trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the upcoming animated superhero film from the minds of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The former wrote the movie, which is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.
“Into the Spider-Verse” introduces the young Miles Morales to the big screen. “Dope” breakout Shameik Moore voices the young Spider-Man, who ends becoming the protégé of Peter Parker. “New Girl” star Jake Johnson voices Parker, which means fans will be getting two Spider-Man characters for the price of one in “Into the Spider-Verse.” Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry also have voice roles in the film. Hailee Steinfeld shows up at the end of the trailer as Gwen Stacy.
Even with the Us distribution of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” up in the air, still, Terry Gilliam appears to be one happy filmmaker. After 25 years of persistence, his troubled production of ‘Don Quixote’ was finished and premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Reviews were a bit mixed, but critics couldn’t help but commend the director for seeing his vision through until the end.
There are two types of filmmakers: those who will stand on a street corner wearing a sandwich board to promote their movies, and those who will not. Dan Mirvish is fearlessly in the former category, as evidenced by this video, which finds the Bernard and Huey writer, director and Slamdance co-founder outside the Laemmle Monica hustling passersby to come and see his movie this weekend (and also be passersby in a video about promoting via a sandwich board). Writes Mirvish in an email about promoting via sandwich board: It has some historical context: 22 years ago, I wore a similar […]
“Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask,” was the tagline for the teaser of “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” The teaser debuted back in December. And now we get the full-length trailer for fans of comic book character favorite, Miles Morales. It’s a whole different world than what fans of the Marvel franchise have come to know. It’s an animated film, but still carries a dark tone to it.
Kumail Nanjiani and a handful of film, television, and comic book writers are coming to Kelly Marie Tran’s defense following the news the actress wiped her Instagram account clean in the wake of extreme social media harassment from angry “Star Wars” fans. Tran joined the “Star Wars” franchise last December when her character, Rose Tico, was introduced in “The Last Jedi.” The actress made history as the first woman of color to play a lead role in the franchise.
“Rose Tico was unequivocally one of the highlights of ‘The Last Jedi,'” Nanjiani tweeted in reaction to the news about Tran’s harassment. “You’d have to be an idiot to disagree with that. I look forward to the hundreds of awesome things she will make over the course of her long career.”
Indie filmmaker Ted Geoghegan added his voice in support of Tran by tweeting: “I wish I
In the race to sign up every quality television producer on the face of the planet, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have entered the next phase of the Streaming Wars. No longer is it just okay to have quality, popular series. No, now you need to sign exclusive deals with people like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, and apparently, Jordan Peele.
The road to release for Mathew Cullen’s “London Fields” has been rocky to the extreme, but the long-delayed adaptation of Martin Amis’ 1989 novel of the same name is gearing up for distribution later this summer.
The movie stars Amber Heard as the seductress Nicola Six, who discovers she’ll be murdered on her 35th birthday and sets out to find the killer. The film features Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, and Cara Delevingne in supporting roles.
“London Fields” made headlines in 2015 when it was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival after Cullen filed a lawsuit against his producers for taking away final cut privileges behind his back and failing to pay him. The following year, Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp following domestic abuse allegations. Depp appears in a cameo role in “London Fields.” The film’s producers then sued Heard for $10 million, accusing her
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.
This week’s question: What is the best and worst thing about Netflix?
Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Rolling Stone
The best thing about Netflix is how many types of voices and shows they’ve created room for in this crowded TV landscape. Who else would have greenlit “Orange Is the New Black,” let alone even more esoteric stuff like “Master of None,” “Lady Dynamite,” or “American Vandal”? The worst thing about Netflix is the way that nearly all of their dramas are just much too long without interesting episodes, stringing the same handful of story arcs across seasons that are never built to sustain them for that long. And their insistence on the “our season is really a 13-hour movie” model is starting to infect the rest of TV.
Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV
For Michael Kaplan, the chance to step away from costume designing “Star Wars” and work on his first period piece was a long time coming.
In fact, he’d been eyeing Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist” ever since the crime drama was published in 1994 and unsuccessfully developed as a feature by Curtis Hanson. So when Kaplan finally landed the 10-part TNT series set in 1896 New York (with the help of producer friend and J.J. Abrams collaborator Bryan Burke), it was both a welcome and fortuitous fit.
“Conveying class differences was a big part of my attraction to the project,” Kaplan said. “There are so many different strata in 1896 New York society. But it was like doing 10 movies at once. We were doing dozens of fittings a day, every day, like five days a week, sometimes seven. It was crazy. But I wanted to take the time and the care with each performer.
If you were hoping that the early reviews for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” would be a good barometer for the quality of the film, then you’re out of luck. The reviews that have been posted so far on Rotten Tomatoes range from solid to downright awful. As of this writing, the current Tomatometer score is at 67%, but that is changing by the second [editor’s update: it appears to be finalized at 70%].
Joss Whedon didn’t have the best 2017. The filmmaker behind “The Avengers” and the cult-classic TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was hired to massively rework Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” and ultimately, the film crashed and burned at the box office and with critics. Since then, Whedon has left his in-development “Batgirl” film, and had a dash of personal drama play out in public.
Jeff Goldbum has only a few minutes of screen time in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and boy, he looks tired. As self-described chaotician Ian Malcolm in “Jurassic Park,” he predicted that attempts to resurrect dinosaurs for a theme park would go wrong for everyone involved; 25 years later, a bearded, greying Dr. Malcom is pleading his directly to Congress. But it’s clear that in a franchise defined by diminishing returns, no one will listen to the sole voice of reason. The franchise’s latest entry takes its cues from the knuckleheaded plotting and CGI overload of “Jurassic World,” where super-sized dinos face dumb capitalists and bleeding-heart environmentalists toil to save the day. We all know the drill.
In the wake of the box-office lunacy that drove “Jurassic World” to become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, “Fallen Kingdom” is a frustrating display of overconfidence. It’s occasionally elevated by
If the Television Academy thought they were going to escape the 24-hour news cycle this Emmy season then the non-stop headlines the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences endured at the end of 2017 should have been a huge wakeup call. It also doesn’t help that the “Leader of the Free World” spent one week advocating for the canceling of a TV series and admonishing the cancelation of another. Yes, we’ve reached the portion of Trump’s attempt at a culture war has put the Emmy Awards just one tweet away from being the centerpiece of a 30-minute cable news segment.
HBO has released a full official trailer for the series, adapted by Flynn (from her own novel) and Marti Noxon (who’s having a pretty significant week herself). “Sharp Objects” stars Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who in the wake of finishing treatment at a psychiatric facility becomes caught up in a child murder case. To make matters more complicated, the crimes happened in her Missouri hometown, where it seems like the potential murderer is far from the only person with secrets to hide.
This latest glimpse has the biggest look yet at Patricia Clarkson as Adora, Camille’s mom. (Something tells us that “The house is not up to par for visitors” is maybe understating things a bit.) In
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they’re coming to theaters next fall. On Tuesday, MGM President Jonathan Glickman revealed the famous voices behind the studio’s upcoming animated remake of “The Addams Family.” Oscar Issac and Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) will lead the cast, collaborating for the first time as spouses Gomez and Morticia Addams.
Playing their dour progeny are Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday Addams), star of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” and “Stranger Things” regular Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley Addams). Rounding out the mansion on Cemetery Lane are Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Grandmama.
Charles Addams first published his namesake cartoon family in 1938 in The New Yorker, where they continued to appear for 50 years. This film will introduce a new villainess, reality TV makeover host Margaux Needler, who is “consumed with a desire for absolute suburban, pastel perfection,
With the second weekend in the books for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” there are many analysts that are projecting just how much money the film will pull in for Disney and Lucasfilm. Unfortunately, the early estimates seem to point at ‘Solo’ being the first “Star Wars” film to lose money at the box office. And from what is being reported, the film’s not even going to be close to profitable.
Everyone stop everything, we finally have a full trailer for “Sharp Objects.” HBO’s latest miniseries adapts Gillian Flynn’s first novel dripping with a mysterious and unnerving Southern Gothic atmosphere. Flynn’s novels have made a point of showing the dark and complex side of women, most famously shown in the 2014 film “Gone Girl.” “Sharp Objects” is widely considered Flynn’s edgiest story and the official plot synopsis sheds a little light on why.
When IndieWire ranked the best directed drama series of the 21st century, Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” finished strong in third place behind “The Girlfriend Experience” and “Mad Men.” The director’s Cinemax medical drama series is often cited as a directorial achievement for the indie filmmaker, but now we know at least one iconic director who disagrees with such an opinion: Brian De Palma.
Speaking to the French publication Le Point (via The Playlist), De Palma went off on Soderbergh and dissed the indie filmmaker for not being a visual filmmaker. De Palma remembered trying out an episode of “The Knick” and thinking there was nothing memorable about the director’s visual style. De Palma was reacting to a reporter’s question referring to Soderbergh and David Fincher as “highly visual directors.”
“Steven Soderbergh, a visual director? Are you kidding?” De Palma said. “Give me an example of a great,
Remember that ‘Willy Wonka‘ movie that Warner Bros. was putting together, from Paul King, who directed “Paddington?” Well, it looks like the project is moving forward to the casting stage and some of the names on WB’s shortlist might surprise you.
After delivering one of the best indies of 2017 with “A Ghost Story,” David Lowery is returning to the big screen this fall with “The Old Man and the Gun.” The film is notable for starring Robert Redford in his alleged last performance before retirement, and the official trailer below teases the legendary actor is going out on a high note.
“The Old Man and the Gun” stars Redford in the true story of Forrest Tucker, who escaped prison at age 70 and went on an unprecedented string of heists. Casey Affleck, who is a Lowery favorite after “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “A Ghosty Story,” plays the detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker. Sissy Spacek, who gets a ton of tender screen time in the trailer, plays the late love of Tucker’s life. The film marks the second collaboration between Lowery and Redford after Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.
Good morning from Brian De Palma. The American master of suspense and lurid sleaze has caught the attention of the press with a controversial, arguably opportunistic project: a movie about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal that will center on a movie studio mogul who’s also a sexual predator. Also, it’s a horror movie and the title was revealed this morning: “Predator” (wonder what 20th Century Fox and that franchise has to say about that).
After a long and storied career, Robert Redford is apparently retiring from acting. But not before he delivers one more effort. He’s teamed up with his “Pete’s Dragon” director again David Lowery for “The Old Man And The Gun.” Lowery, known for “A Ghost Story” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” has likened it to a crime drama, a comedy and an experimental like the aforementioned ghost tale.
David Lynch already has five Emmy nominations under his belt thanks to the first season of “Twin Peaks,” but the legendary director should be adding some more next month when nominations for the 2018 ceremony are announced. “Twin Peaks: The Return,” one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the decade, is preparing to make a big impression in this year’s limited series categories, and Showtime is hopeful Lynch can land nominations for directing and acting.
Showtime has released a series of “For Your Consideration” videos for the “Twin Peaks” actors receiving Emmys campaigns this year and included among heavyweights like Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan is none other than Lynch. The director reprised his role as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole and was one of the primary characters featured in “The Return.” A nomination for Lynch’s performance as Cole would give the director the most high profile acting nomination of his career.
After working under Peter Jackson for decades, Christian Rivers is making his directorial debut with “Mortal Engines.” Jackson co-wrote the screenplay to the upcoming adaptation of Philip Reeve’s sci-fi fantasy novels, which is due out later this year and takes place where entire cities roll around on wheels in perpetual conflict with one another. Watch the new trailer below.
In a taped introduction to the footage that played during Universal’s CinemaCon presentation in April, Jackson explained that the film is “set on a future earth, and visually, it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. ‘Mortal Engines’ is a wild ride with a very human story at its heart.” Reeve has written four novels in the series, the first of which was published in 2001.
Peter Jackson presents a new epic adventure.
The tweets that populate the unofficial “Star Wars Facts” (@SWTweets) Twitter account run the gamut, from tidbits about the next possible standalone film in the franchise to pieces of trivia from the wider universe, but the feed blasted out a different kind of message into the social media ether late on Monday night:
— Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) June 5, 2018
Tran, who joined the franchise with her role as Rose Tico in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has been beset by harassment for months, and while it’s unclear if she wiped her Instagram account — once a cheery, personal slice of social media that showed off Tran’s charming personality and joy at being involved with the franchise — because
“Younger” is finally beginning to show its age, and is better off for it. In the series’ fifth season, the careful world constructed on one major lie is shaken, which forces the story to mature in new ways. Frankly, it’s about damn time.
For the previous four seasons, TV Land viewers watched as 40-something divorcee Liza (Sutton Foster) stuck it to our ageist society by posing as a Millennial in order to get hired at the esteemed publishing house Empirical. This premise proved entertaining for the first few seasons, but as the show wore on, it began to feel ridiculous. As fit, luminous, and well-preserved as the Tony winner looks, Foster’s ability to pass as a 26-year-old was beginning to stretch viewers’ suspension of disbelief. Over time, the only way it made sense for Liza to maintain her secret was with the help of friends who were in on the deception.
Peter Jackson is back, with his latest, greatest fantasy adventure.
Well, he’s not directing this one, but for all intents and purposes, “Mortal Engines” is most definitely a Peter Jackson film. The acclaimed filmmaker behind the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and to a lesser extent “The Hobbit,” co-wrote and produced this new post-apocalyptic fantasy film. However, instead of directing it himself, he hired Christian Rivers to helm, who has worked extensively with Jackson in the past.
Who knew that 2014’s “The Lego Movie” would be the start of one of the most fun and creative franchises around today? Four years and two films (“The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie” later, here we are with the first trailer for the long-awaited “Lego Movie” sequel “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.” And it looks awesome.