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Noah Baumbach Defends Netflix, But Explains Why Smaller Movies Must Be Seen In Cinemas

It didn’t take much time for the screening of Bong Joon Ho‘s “Okja” to create a stir at Cannes. The film started off being booed not for its alliance to producer Netflix, but because of a technical glitch which projected the film in the wrong aspect ratio. The film came to a screeching halt and a seven-minute delay followed. Once the film started again, booing happened for the reason we all thought it would: the Netflix logo appearing on the screen.

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

‘Godless’: Jeff Daniels Weighs in on His Infamous Line, ’This Ain’t My Death’
[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.
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‘Justice League’ Box Office Bomb: Warner Bros. Could Lose Up to $100 Million on Superhero Tentpole

‘Justice League’ Box Office Bomb: Warner Bros. Could Lose Up to $100 Million on Superhero Tentpole
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,
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Zack Snyder’s Son Says ‘Justice League’ Is “Not What It Could Have Been,” Stuntman Wants Director’s Cut

Joss Whedon‘s extensive reshoots on “Justice League” no doubt clashed with Zack Snyder‘s original vision. Among the changes, Jesse Eisenberg‘s return as Lex Luthor was reportedly axed, and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman is said to have received more scenes and screentime. It’s not just the characters, the overall tone was rumored to get a lighter makeover with Whedon deviating away from Snyder’s darker palettes for a more colorful tone.

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

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IndieWire 2017 Gift Guide: 10 Great DVDs & Blu-Rays for Film and TV Fans
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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Uma Thurman Slams Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly — You Don’t Deserve a Bullet’

Uma Thurman Slams Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly — You Don’t Deserve a Bullet’
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
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Netflix to Produce ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 2: Watch Jonah Ray Break the News

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Netflix to Produce ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 2: Watch Jonah Ray Break the News
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,
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‘La Belle Noiseuse’ Is Jacques Rivette’s Epic Ode To The Creative Process [Review]

Maybe the fall of 2017 wasn’t the right time for a 4K restoration of “La Belle Noiseuse,” Jacques Rivette’s four hour ode to the creative process; headlines today are dominated by reports of predatory or simply lascivious men leveraging power to exploit women’s bodies, power being multifaceted by its very definition. Maybe they take advantage through force. Maybe they take advantage using coercion. Either way, this year remains an unflattering lens for revisiting the film, though it’s a comfort to know that it caused a bit of a commotion when it premiered at Cannes back in 1991.

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

Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’
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.
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The Genius Of ‘Get Out’

The critical success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out“ has translated even beyond the box office and this week the film was nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards. This summer’s horror/thriller hit moved audiences to face the conventional terrors of horror films, but also confronted them with the psychological horror of racism juxtaposed to sharp, pungent satire. Beyond the film’s poignantly written story, various elements work in tandem to create one of the year’s best films.

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Greta Gerwig Wants Laurie Metcalf To Win Every Award Possible For ‘Lady Bird’ [Interview]

It’s the Friday before Halloween which means it’s a day before the Saturday before Halloween and when Halloween doesn’t occur on a weekend it means that Saturday is party central in Los Angeles. I’ve spent most of the day multitasking to extremes as I alternate a slew of time-sensitive interviews while running around town trying to get my costume together. That means when I spoke to Greta Gerwig about her indie hit “Lady Bird“ it was a phoner that took place in, of all places, a car with my laptop propped open on my lap to record it somewhere in the depths of the San Fernando Valley.

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

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

There Was Almost a ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Cheech and Chong’ Crossover, but Some Producer Decided to Be a Total Buzzkill
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
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James Franco Recreated 25 Minutes of ‘The Room’ Shot-for-Shot in ‘The Disaster Artist’

James Franco Recreated 25 Minutes of ‘The Room’ Shot-for-Shot in ‘The Disaster Artist’
After adapting such classic novels as William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” and Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God,” James Franco appears to have found his calling with a rather different kind of book: Greg Sestero’s “The Disaster Artist,” which details the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room.” The film is commonly regarded as a masterpiece of so-bad-it’s-good cinema, but Franco’s movie has won praise for his affectionate portrayal of the material — an affection that apparently inspired him to recreate nearly half an hour of it in his movie.

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That’s according to an interview he and his brother Dave (who co-stars in “The Disaster Artist”) just did with the Independent, which comes with a disclaimer: Much of the footage they shot was left on the cutting-room floor.
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Jeffrey Tambor Describes Alleged Sexual Harassment as an ‘Enthusiastic Farewell’

Jeffrey Tambor Describes Alleged Sexual Harassment as an ‘Enthusiastic Farewell’
Jeffrey Tambor is done with “Transparent,” but he isn’t done defending himself. After being accused of sexual harassment by Tamara Delbridge, who’s now the third person to come forward against him, the actor has described the alleged incident as “an enthusiastic farewell.”

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“I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening,” Tambor said in a statement. “If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”

In an interview with Refinery29, Delbridge, who was then working as a makeup assistant, says that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the film “Never Again” in 2001. Tambor has also been accused of sexual
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels
Veteran filmmaker James Ivory is happy to let “Call Me by Your Name” rest now. Nearly a decade in the making – much of that time spent with Ivory attached to the film in various positions, from producer to co-director to screenwriter – director Luca Guadagnino’s lush big screen take on André Aciman’s novel of the same name is hitting theaters on the wave of accolades first ignited during its Sundance premiere, admiration that has not abated in the months since the film first debuted.

And while Guadagnino has been actively chatting up the possibility of sequels for the film – or, at the very least, a film that picks up with the film’s main characters after many years have passed, as Aciman’s novel does – Ivory has no interest in returning to the material. For him, this chapter of his creative life is closed.

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Two In Tents: Akihiko Shiota's "Wet Woman in the Wind"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Akihiko Shiota's Wet Woman in the Wind (2016), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from November 24 - December 24, 2017 as a Special Discovery.Much like Hollywood, the Japanese film industry goes to the well as often as possible once it hits a lucky strike. Such was the case with the so-called Roman Porno films of the 1970s, an infamous genre of sexploitation primarily identified with Japan’s oldest major studio, Nikkatsu. Financial trouble necessitated a popular, inexpensive product, and these softcore numbers were just the ticket. This may have been the studio where Kenji Mizoguchi and Shohei Imamura made films early in their careers, but by 1971 the Roman Porno factory was in full swing, producing quick, cheap, titillating product for an audience hungry for female toplessness and a great deal of convulsive thrusting.
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‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series

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‘Marvel’s Runaways’: The 6 Best Changes from the Comics to the Hulu Series
For comic book fans, the premiere of a new adaptation of a favorite work is always a nerve-wracking thing. The hope is that the story will be captured well by the producers, while the reality is the history of comics adaptations is littered with massive disappointments.

So it’s a relief to see that so far, Hulu’s adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughn-created “Runaways” has lived up to the expectations of Marvel fans, while not being shy about making some significant changes to the story and the characters. However, there’s no reason to fear these changes, as many of them prove to be not necessarily an improvement on the original story, but clearly valuable when it comes to creating an episodic drama out of it.

Beyond updating the technology for today’s teen use of smartphones and Lyft, here are some of the best changes so far. While
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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Shows That Spike Lee’s Still Pissed About the ‘Malcolm X’ Oscars Loss

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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Shows That Spike Lee’s Still Pissed About the ‘Malcolm X’ Oscars Loss
Spike Lee is not one to let sleeping dogs lie. Not only is the outspoken writer and director ready to remake classic films, but he’s also willing to revisit his own work. And in updating his old work for modern audiences — quite well, it turns out — he’s eager to re-air old grievances.

Specifically, he wants people to know that Denzel Washington should’ve won the Oscar for his performance in Lee’s 1992 film, “Malcolm X.” And he’s using “She’s Gotta Have It” to get the word out.

In the opening episode of Lee’s new Netflix original series, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) brings her friend and lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos) into her apartment. Leaning against one wall is a floor-to-ceiling canvas painting of Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.

Read More:‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Review: Spike Lee Brings Nola Darling to 2017 with Style and
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‘Anne of Green Gables’ Review: Growing Pains and Poor Decisions Bring Angst to This Adolescent Outing

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‘Anne of Green Gables’ Review: Growing Pains and Poor Decisions Bring Angst to This Adolescent Outing
With Thanksgiving comes the return of Canada’s most famous literary orphan to PBS with the second “Anne of Gables” installment. “The Good Stars,” the second film in a trilogy, continues the adventures of poor orphan girl Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine), who’s finally found a home with elderly couple Matthew (Martin Sheen) and Marilla Cuthbert (Sara Botsford) at Green Gables. When last we saw Anne, she had settled into her new home and made a bosom friend out of Diana (Julia Lalonde). Taking on the adolescent phase of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Edwardian novel series, “The Good Stars” parallels the growing pains that Anne herself is going through as she becomes a teenager.

Before delving into some of the film’s missteps though, a few positive notes for what is overall an enjoyable hour and a half spent on Prince Edward Island. We are happy to say that Anne
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