Indie News

IFC Midnight Buys Survival Thriller ‘Radioflash’ (Exclusive)

IFC Midnight Buys Survival Thriller ‘Radioflash’ (Exclusive)
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to “Radioflash,” a survival thriller starring Dominic Monaghan and Brighton Sharbino, Variety has learned. The company will release the movie on Nov. 15.

The film imagines a dystopian future, one in which an electric-magnetic pulse strikes America, knocking out all the power and pushing the country into the Dark Ages. Reese (Sharbino), a tech-savvy teenager and her father Chris (Monaghan) flee the city, and seek refuge with her grandfather deep in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Safety proves to be hard to come by.

“With a genre film, the type we have seen before, the challenge is to make it different,” director Ben McPherson said in a statement. “I wanted this film to be unpredictable and disorienting so that the viewer like the protagonist never knew what was around each corner. There is never a moment in the film where we are certain about who we can trust,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Ad Astra’ IMAX Trailer: Director James Gray’s Sci-Fi Film Feels Incredibly Epic In New Look

After some delays and speculation about when we might be able to see James Gray’s latest film, “Ad Astra” is just a month away. The filmmaker’s sci-fi epic is one of the most anticipated films of the fall and could be an awards contender. It’s also a film that IMAX is hoping puts some butts in seats.

Fox has just released a new IMAX trailer for “Ad Astra,” and as you have probably seen in the others, this ad shows the basic plot of the film.

Continue reading ‘Ad Astra’ IMAX Trailer: Director James Gray’s Sci-Fi Film Feels Incredibly Epic In New Look at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Season 2 First Look and Premiere Date — Exclusive

Prepare for another inside look into the art, science, and philosophy of design for the world that we take for granted around us. Scott Dadich and Morgan Neville’s “Abstract: The Art of Design” is returning for a second season on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The series lets the designers themselves offer insight into how they first conceive of and then execute their visions in a variety of disciplines. In Season 1, the series examined craftspeople ranging from illustrator Christoph Niemannn and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to stage designer Es Devlin and graphic designer Paula Scher.

In its review of Season 1, IndieWire said, “There’s real excitement in hearing a creator explain his inspirations, when it’s done right — and that’s something ‘Abstract’ is rich with. You never know, after all, where a great idea might come from…It is fascinating to see this sort of focus applied to the creation
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Babyteeth’ Trailer: Ben Mendelsohn & ‘Sharp Objects’ Breakout Eliza Scanlen Lead A Bittersweet Comedy Headed For Venice

Film festivals have their quirky picks and every year, there are one or two films that often make their premiere at the Venice Film Festival early in the season, but fail to turn up later at Tiff, Telluride or Nyff. Last year, one of those pictures was Jennifer Kent’s sprawling colonialism and harrowing revenge film, “The Nightingale,” not an easy sell by any stretch given the material and length (2.5+ hours).

Continue reading ‘Babyteeth’ Trailer: Ben Mendelsohn & ‘Sharp Objects’ Breakout Eliza Scanlen Lead A Bittersweet Comedy Headed For Venice at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Ad Astra’ IMAX Trailer: James Gray’s Brad Pitt-Starring Space Epic Goes Terrifyingly Big

‘Ad Astra’ IMAX Trailer: James Gray’s Brad Pitt-Starring Space Epic Goes Terrifyingly Big
What’s bigger than space? In a fitting twist on filmmaker James Gray’s special brand of massive, large-scale filmmaking, his long-gestating space epic “Ad Astra” is set for an IMAX release when it rolls out in theaters next month.

The film marks star Brad Pitt’s second buzzy role this year, following his turn in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which offered him a markedly different leading man role. In Gray’s film, Pitt is cast as something new for the longtime actor: a space explorer, albeit one with a strange mission that doesn’t follow the typical narrative expectations of the genre.

Gray himself has said his intention with “Ad Astra,” which seems to be something of a mix of “Interstellar” and “Gravity” with one heck of a question mark at its heart, was to feature “the most realistic depiction of space travel that
See full article at Indiewire »

‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Review: Kirsten Dunst Lords Over an Excellent Sunshine State Satire

‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Review: Kirsten Dunst Lords Over an Excellent Sunshine State Satire
“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is such a clever, compelling, and thorough evisceration of American capitalism it’s shocking Elizabeth Warren isn’t listed as an executive producer. Created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, Showtime’s new hourlong black comedy does feature a few well-known progressive producers in EPs George Clooney and Grant Heslov, but the ’90s-set story of lower-middle class Floridians put to ruin by a pyramid scheme isn’t solely a political statement; it chronicles a tragedy in action, as the promise of the American dream is ripped away from those who believe in it — and need it — the most. Like any great satire, you won’t be able to tell if you’re laughing so hard it hurts, or if you’ve just been punched in the gut.

The awesome Kirsten Dunst (also an Ep) is the story here, bringing a captivating vitality and
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Angel Has Fallen’ Review: A Deranged Nick Nolte Meets Hollywood’s Laziest Action Franchise

‘Angel Has Fallen’ Review: A Deranged Nick Nolte Meets Hollywood’s Laziest Action Franchise
No, you don’t need to have seen “Olympus Has Fallen” and/or “London Has Fallen” to understand the eminently disposable third chapter of the Mike Banning chronicles. It’s not that complicated: Gerard Butler is an elite Secret Service agent with a heart of gold and a face of raw meat, he’s saved the free world a couple of times over the last few years, and he’s forced to do it again. On the contrary, the only prerequisite for enjoying “Angel Has Fallen” — or at least for appreciating the essence of its potential appeal — is a fond nostalgia for old-school action movies.

You know, the steroidal stuff that Hollywood churned out back when men were men, explosions were the only special effects that mattered, and the President of the United States going into a coma wasn’t the best thing that could possibly happen to national security.
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Pose’ Season 2’s Beautiful Finale Celebrates What Sisterhood Can Achieve

‘Pose’ Season 2’s Beautiful Finale Celebrates What Sisterhood Can Achieve
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers from the “Pose” Season 2 finale “In My Heels.”]

It’s not every TV show that can reach its climax with a character lip-synching to Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner, but “Pose” not only pulls off this performance with show-stopping style, it does so with emotional honesty. This triumphant ballroom moment is also a callback to the boldest narrative choice this season, resulting in a well-crafted arc that is both meaningful and thrilling.

In the finale “In My Heels,” House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) has just emerged from a debilitating stint in the hospital stemming from her HIV. Although she’s weak, she attends the Mother’s Day Ball and enters the lip-synch contest Candy’s Sweet Refrain while being pushed in a wheelchair. By the end of the national anthem, she’s ripped off her frumpy sweater and lap blanket, abandoned her chair, and finishes standing proudly in a dazzling red ensemble.
See full article at Indiewire »

Tough Choices For France & Brazil In Oscar’s International Film Category Race

The year’s most anticipated Oscar players are set to debut at Venice, Telluride or Toronto, but there is already high drama in the International Film (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) race. Of course, there is always drama in this category. Landing a nomination means more to the film community and general public of many of these nations than most casual American awards watchers realize. And the news today that Amazon Studios acquired U.S.

Continue reading Tough Choices For France & Brazil In Oscar’s International Film Category Race at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Antlers’ First Trailer: Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro Bring Supernatural Terror to a Small Town

‘Antlers’ First Trailer: Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro Bring Supernatural Terror to a Small Town
While filmmaker Scott Cooper has not previously made a horror film, the “Hostiles” and “Black Mass” director has long been enthralled with the darker side of the human spirit. Even his lightest film, the debut feature “Crazy Heart” (which earned Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar), was about a down and out musician attempting to turn his life around, away from the spotlight and all the booze that often accompanied it.

Cooper’s subsequent features have similarly delved into the rougher parts of the human condition, including gritty crime films like “Out of the Furnace” and the fact-based “Black Mass.” His most recent effort, the Christian Bale-starring “Hostiles,” was a grim exploration of life in the American West. Now, Cooper is turning his affection for dark material to a new genre, and he’s got the full force of producer Guillermo del Toro behind him.

For Cooper’s next trick,
See full article at Indiewire »

Critics Pick Their Favorite Anthology Series of All Time

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite anthology series of all time? Why?

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), Give Me My Remote

I have to go with the original “Twilight Zone,” because it is astonishing what the show was able to do. One of the beautiful things about television is following characters on an extended journey, but most of the best episodes of “Twilight” were wrapped up in under 30 minutes. That’s a plot/character/world introduction, story, and a twist/resolution in about half the length of a 2019 premium drama episode.

It also remains the only show I’m content to watch out of order (a normal no-no for me), and the only series I try to not seek out via streaming services. I tend to get sucked into the holiday Syfy marathons,
See full article at Indiewire »

Spider-Man May Leave the McU as Disney and Marvel Studios Fail to Reach New Deal With Sony

Disney and Sony Pictures have failed to reach new terms that would have given the former a 50/50 co-financing stake going forward, which means that the web slinger will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU), according to Deadline.

On the last two Spider-Man movies, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Disney took a smaller percentage of profits from each (roughly 5% of first dollar gross), in exchange for Sony allowing Marvel to use the character in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” It was likely inevitable that Disney would want to renegotiate the agreement in favor of a more equitable deal between the two major studios on future Spidey movies.

According to the Deadline report, Disney’s offer for a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, which might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe, wasn’t even met by a counter from Sony,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Matrix 4’ Is Happening, Complete With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski

‘The Matrix 4’ Is Happening, Complete With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski
The Matrix is, apparently, still online. Variety reports that a fourth feature in the beloved sci-fi franchise is in the works, and unlike previously rumored projects, this one can boast the return of both stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with one-half of the series’ original sibling filmmaking duo, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the feature.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich in a statement to Variety. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

The film’s script has also been written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski
See full article at Indiewire »

Avenger No More? Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige Won’t Be Producing Any More ‘Spider-Man’ Films As Sony Walks Away From Deal

Marvel fans’ worst fear has seemingly come to fruition. Sony has decided to take its ‘Spider-Man’ film franchise and move on without the involvement of Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios, and Disney. And just like that, the entirety of the ‘Spider-Man’ universe is completely in flux.

Deadline is reporting that a deal that was being worked on with Disney and Sony has completely fallen apart with the latter deciding that it doesn’t need Feige’s involvement any longer in the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.

Continue reading Avenger No More? Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige Won’t Be Producing Any More ‘Spider-Man’ Films As Sony Walks Away From Deal at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Matrix 4’: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski Are Officially Back For Another Film

Get ready to go back down the rabbit hole and decide on a new red or blue pill. Warner Bros. is getting most of the principals together once again for a fourth “Matrix” film. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and director Lana Wachowski will all be returning for a “Matrix 4” which Wachowski will write and direct.

Read More: Lilly Wachowski Denies Being Involved With ‘Matrix’ Sequel But Gives Her Blessing & Is Hoping For The Best

Warner Bros.

Continue reading ‘Matrix 4’: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski Are Officially Back For Another Film at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Joaquin Phoenix Says He Experienced “A Lot Of Fear” Before Accepting ‘Joker’ Role As Todd Phillips Teases Sequel Possibilities

When you’re an actor on the level of Joaquin Phoenix, you might think that there isn’t a role anywhere that might scare you. However, in a new interview with Total Film (via Uproxx), Phoenix explained why he felt actual fear before accepting the role as the lead character in Todd Phillips’ upcoming comic book film “Joker.”

“There was a lot of fear,” he admitted.

Continue reading Joaquin Phoenix Says He Experienced “A Lot Of Fear” Before Accepting ‘Joker’ Role As Todd Phillips Teases Sequel Possibilities at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

For Stunts, Network TV Dramas Prove There’s More Than One Way to Wow an Audience

For Stunts, Network TV Dramas Prove There’s More Than One Way to Wow an Audience
The production pace of network TV is not for the faint of heart. With merely a week — sometimes even less — to produce an hourlong episode of television, there’s even more pressure to make sure the usual flurry of moving parts comes together in a safe and coherent way.

Now, imagine being the people in charge of a sequence where trained performers dangle out of the back of a moving helicopter — that has to be done quickly, safely, and convincingly, too. For stunt coordinators like Peewee Piemonte and Julie Michaels of the CBS show “Seal Team,” that’s the part of the job they live for. The penultimate episode of the show’s second season featured a Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (Spie) maneuver, with a half-dozen team members connected to a rope rig, hanging over the valley below.

“It was something we talked about from back in the pilot. We thought,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Room 104′ Season 3 Trailer: The Duplass Brothers’ Eclectic Anthology Series Returns To HBO Next Month

Anthology series are a dime a dozen in 2019. What seemed like a unique idea 5 years ago has turned into a regular occurrence, with series like “Fargo,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “The Terror,” “Black Mirror,” “The Twilight Zone,” “True Detective,” and others taking the anthology idea and bringing it to TV screens.

Continue reading ‘Room 104′ Season 3 Trailer: The Duplass Brothers’ Eclectic Anthology Series Returns To HBO Next Month at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy

‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy
While the story of the 1926 disappearance of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson may not be known by many, there’s more than enough in the life story of this cult figure to fill many movies. For their narrative feature debut, queer filmmakers Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann zero in on the five weeks that Semple McPherson (at one point the second most popular religious figure in the world behind the Pope) went missing in Mexico. As seen in this exclusive first trailer, the result is an often zany, satirical, and feminist musical comedy led by a radiant Anna Margaret Hollyman.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events.
See full article at Indiewire »

Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Adds Depth, Not Scares, To His Beautiful Fairy Tale Nightmare [Review]

It’s not usually a good sign when people begin whispering about a director’s cut of a film while the original is still in theaters, but luckily, when Ari Aster took the stage at Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies Xii to introduce his director’s cut of “Midsommar,” he explained that the extended running time is what prevented him and A24 from releasing this version in theaters. Aster’s director’s cut, coming in at 171 minutes, as opposed to the theatrical version’s 147 (he teased/threatened the audience by mentioned a four hour work cut), does not reorient the story or provide more outrageous violence or scares, but rather, it provides a more complete picture of the twisted fairy tale.

Continue reading Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Adds Depth, Not Scares, To His Beautiful Fairy Tale Nightmare [Review] at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »
An error has occured. Please try again.

Recently Viewed