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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: Family Tension Is at Its Peak in Ava DuVernay’s Own Series

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The Bordelons are back! Own has released the trailer for season two of its original drama series “Queen Sugar,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey. The series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe as the estranged Bordelon siblings.

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Season two finds the siblings striving to honor the legacy of their father, who passed away unexpectedly. Ralph-Angel is trying to rebuild his life after jail, and secure a better future for his young son. Meanwhile, tension in the family starts to build when Charley relocates with her teenage son Micah to Saint Josephine, Louisiana, to help run the family business, the 800-acre sugarcane farm Queen Sugar Mill.

Once again, DuVernay enlisted an all-female directing team, including Kat Candler (“12 Monkeys »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Cannes: Timely Un Certain Regard Entry ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Picked Up By Oscilloscope

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Oscilloscope has obtained U.S. rights to Kaouther Ben Hania’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beauty and the Dogs.” O-Scope plans a theatrical release for the film later in the year.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques, Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on.”

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O-Scope’s Dan Berger said of the acquisition, “Kaouther Ben Hania’s film is an auteurist achievement with a tour-de-force central performance from a sure to be future-star, Mariam Al Ferjani. Honestly, this is the real Wonder Woman »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Billions’: How Gender-Neutral Star Asia Kate Dillon Elevated Season 2 To Emmy Contender Status

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Showtime’s Wall Street drama series “Billions” came up empty Emmy nominations morning last July. Although the show’s first season was both popular and well-reviewed, there’s a lot of shows that fit the same bill.

This year, things could be different thanks to Asia Kate Dillon’s performance as Taylor Mason. Sporting a shaved head and buttoned-down men’s clothes, the actor portrays a whip-thin Mensa-level analyst who was born female and identifies as non-binary.

Showrunner Brian Koppelman learned about non-binary fluidity from his kids. “I was fascinated,” he said. “It seemed to fill something Dave [Levien] and I were looking for, a character to come in from the external world, an atypical intern that Axe recognizes could be helpful.”

“It did free us up have a different lens to look at Axe Capital,” said Levien, who also serves as showrunner. “On the surface they are all looking at Taylor, »


- Anne Thompson

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Abbas Kiarostami’s First 20 Films to Be Restored in 4K, Including ‘The Traveler’ and ‘Where is the Friend’s Home?’

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France’s MK2 Films has acquired all rights to the first 20 movies made by late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, according to Variety. As part of the deal with the Institute Kanoon, MK2 Films will restore the films in 4K. The titles including 1974’s “The Traveler” and 1987’s “Where is the Friend’s Home?”

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MK2 had a very close relationship with Abbas Kiarostami. We produced and distributed his films since 1999,” Marin Karmitz, MK2’s president, told Variety. “This collaboration with the Institut Kanoon will allow us to give every generation of audiences the opportunity to discover these world cinema masterpieces that have inspired and continue to inspire filmmakers and cinefiles for the last 30 years.”

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Before his passing last year, Kiarostami was working on a film with MK2, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Anomalisa’ Animation Company Debuts Bold New Short ‘Moonwrapped’ — Watch

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Starburns Industries, the animation company behind Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Oscar-animated 2015 feature film “Anomalisa,” have unveiled a beautiful black and white music video for Richard Edwards’ song “Moonwrapped,” off his debut solo album, “Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset.” Edwards is also the frontman of the indie rock band Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s.

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“Moonwrapped” was produced and directed by Sofia Astrom, recipient of the 2015 Women in Film and Tiffany & Co. scholarship from the American Film Institute. The scholarship is awarded annually to one well deserving female director studying at AFI Conservatory.

“When I got Richard’s song and the handwritten description of his concept for the video, I instantly felt like I had to do this project,” Astrom said. “Starburns gave me the keys to the castle (literally, the studio is a castle! »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Get Out’ Exclusive Featurette: Jordan Peele on How He Made His Thriller Believably Suspenseful — Watch

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Having ended its massively successful theatrical run with $229 million in box-office returns against a budget of just $4.5 million, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand tomorrow. In the meanwhile, avail yourself of a new featurette shared exclusively with IndieWire.

Read More: ‘Get Out’ Alternate Ending Almost Ruined One of the Best Movie Moments of 2017

“The trick with this movie was to make sure that nothing too crazy happened so fast that we wouldn’t believe the characters would even stay in this situation,” explains Peele as the behind-the-scenes clip begins. Daniel Kaluuya chimes in as well, adding that “Get Out” is “more about suspense…four-fifths of the film is anticipation.”

Read More: ‘Get Out’ Opens Hollywood’s Doors for a Promising Director: Here’s Why Jordan Peele Should Be Wary

Peele continues: “I wanted to make sure that the hero in my horror movie never »


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‘Flaked’ Season 2 Trailer: Chip Still Can’t Get Out of His Own Way — Watch

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This June, return to the sunny sidewalks of Venice, California with your favorite man-child.

The Netflix comedy “Flaked” returns for its second season to pick up where it left off last season with Chip (Will Arnett) on the outs with everyone, except for his lady London (Ruth Kearney). What to do now that Jerry (Mark Boone Junior) has closed his store, his pal Dennis (David Sullivan) has parted ways with him “for good” and the hotel development is moving on? Could Chip possibly pull out more lies or will he face what he had wrought?

Read More: ‘Flaked’ Season 2 First Look: Netflix Sets Release Date for Will Arnett’s Next Ride

Here’s Netflix’s description of Season 2:

In the new season of “Flaked,” Chip returns to Venice after a short exile and finds that he is no longer welcome.  People have not forgotten that he sold out the local community. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Vaxxed’: Andrew Wakefield’s Controversial Anti-Vaccine Documentary Set for Secret Cannes Screening

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Over a year after being programmed — and ultimately pulled — from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Andrew Wakefield’s controversial anti-vacciation documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” has resurfaced at another prestigious film festival.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set for a “secret” screening during this month’s Cannes Film Festival, where sales company and distributor Cinema Libre will screen it on May 25. Cinema Libre has secured distribution deals for the film in various foreign countries, but is bringing the doc to the Cannes market in hopes of selling it to further international territories.

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“We’ve done secret screenings throughout Europe where we don’t announce the location until the day before because there are organized groups of pro-vaccine folks who will mobilize 10-20 people to call the venue that will threaten »


- Kate Erbland

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Watch Sundance Grand Jury Winning Short ‘And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool’

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Japanese filmmaker Makoto Nagahisa premiered his debut film, “And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool,” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earning the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. The 28-minute short is now available to stream.

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Written by Nagahisa, “And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool” is based on a true story. It follows four rebellious fifteen-year-old girls —Mayu (Reina Kikuchi), Tamiko (Rina Matsuyama), Ryoko (Marin Nishimoto), and Akane (Hina Yukawa)— who release 400 goldfish from a tank into their high school pool in Saitama, Japan.

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“It may seem like a negative message, but I approve of that situation and reality. ‘I am alive’ is a very simple message, but maybe that’s all we need,” the filmmaker said about his film (via Nowness). “These are some feelings »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘I’m Dying Up Here’: Watch the First Episode of Jim Carrey’s New Comedy Series for Free on YouTube

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While the internet is still analyzing every detail from last night’s “Twin Peaks” premiere, Showtime just dropped another item into your queue.

“I’m Dying Up Here,” the latest comedy from the network that brought you “Shameless” and “Nurse Jackie,” follows a group of stand-up comics navigating the burgeoning ’70s L.A. comedy scene. Though executive producer Jim Carrey doesn’t star in the series, the show still boasts an impressive cast, including Melissa Leo (as the larger-than-life club booker/impresario), Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy, Sebastian Stan and Al Madrigal (who just debuted his own stand-up special on Showtime if you want to see some clips). The pilot even features some guest drop-ins of its own from the incomparable Alfred Molina and Robert Forster.

(Plus, The Dramatics’ “What You See Is What You Get” pops up in the first five minutes, so if you’re »


- Steve Greene

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David Lynch’s Glass Box Murders in ‘Twin Peaks’ Are a Key to Understanding the Revival Series

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Just 35 minutes into the new “Twin Peaks,” the woman sitting next to me looked over and said, “Holy shit.”

We’d never met before, but I responded in kind. The two of us were far from alone: Everyone at the “Twin Peaks” world premiere had just let out a collective gasp after witnessing one of the most unsettling moments in David Lynch’s oeuvre. Considering the Winkie’s Scene in “Mulholland Drive,” the hallway phantom from “Inland Empire” and pretty much every moment of “Eraserhead,” that’s no small feat.

We were all at downtown Los Angeles’ Theatre at the Ace Hotel for the long-awaited return to “Twin Peaks,” which up until that moment I wasn’t fully onboard with. I found myself resisting the extended sequence, which takes place in New York and features characters (played by Ben Rosenfield and Madeline Zima) we’ve never met before. I kept »


- Michael Nordine

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Cannes Review: If ‘Faces Places’ Is Agnès Varda’s Last Film, It’s a Profoundly Moving and Absolutely Essential Farewell

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Agnès Varda may not see as well as she used to, but her creative vision has never been clearer. If the magnificently moving, funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful “Faces Places” (or, in its original language, the much smoother “Visages Villages”) is to be the 88-year-old Belgian auteur’s last film, it will be because of her failing eyesight or the inexplicable difficulty she’s had with funding her work, and not because she’s run out of things to say or novel ways to say them.

If this is to be her last film, then it will be one of cinema’s most extraordinary sendoffs, as poignant and perfect a swan song as Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” or Abbas Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love.” Never mind the fact that Miyazaki is supposedly working on another feature, or that Cannes is posthumously presenting Kiarostami’s final non-narrative work »


- David Ehrlich

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Emmy Rossum On Her Historic ‘Shameless’ Salary Win: ‘I Just Wanted It To Feel Right’

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This weekend at the Vulture Festival in New York City, Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy spoke out about Rossum’s historic salary negotiations of her “Shameless” contract with Showtime. “I wanted to keep doing it, but I just wanted it to feel right,” said the actress.

Rossum plays Fiona Gallagher, daughter to Macy’s eccentric alcoholic deadbeat dad, Frank. Fiona anchors the entire Gallagher brood — was well as the series. But up until last year, she was getting paid much less than Macy, despite having more screen time. After seven seasons of receiving less money than her male co-star, Rossum demanded more than equal salary — she wanted to make more than Macy. (Think of it as reparations for all those years where she made less). After a standstill, Showtime and producers Warner Bros. Television relented, and season 8 began shooting this month.

Read More: ‘Shameless’ Star Emmy Rossum Requests More »


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The ‘Twin Peaks’ Log Lady Is the Series’ Wisest Character, and Could Save Them All

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first two parts of the “Twin Peaks” revival series.]

On Sunday’s premiere of “Twin Peaks,” fans reunited with beloved character Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady. The reunion was bittersweet, though, since actress Catherine Coulson had died from cancer shortly after shooting her scenes for the revival series in September 2015.

In the two scenes in which the Log Lady appears, the evidence of Coulson’s battle with the disease is evident: She’s weaker, speaks haltingly and breathes with the aid of a nasal cannula. Despite this obvious infirmity, though, it was heartening to see that the Log Lady is still on her game and possibly sharper than ever. In these first two episodes in which the women are treated viciously on screen, it was inspiring to see that one woman isn’t beaten down or cowed, and in fact provides guidance and offers sustenance.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Numb, at the Edge of the End’ Trailer: Hayden Christensen Struggles with Ptsd in New Thriller

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The first trailer has dropped for the upcoming thriller “Numb, at the Edge of the End.” The film hails from Rodrigo H. Vila (“Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America,” “Boca Juniors 3D: The Movie”) and stars “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen in the lead role.

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Christensen plays Tov Matheson, a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. After meeting a dubious prophet named Noe (Harvey Keitel), Tov is convinced that the end of the world is coming. As he leaves his normal life and begins to prepare for the apocalypse, those around him begin to think he’s gone insane.

The film was written by Vila with script collaborator  Dan Bush (“The Signal,” “Ghost of Old Highways”). It also stars Justin Kelly (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Marco Leonardi (“The Space Between”) and »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Friends From College’ Trailer: Keegan-Michael Key and Fred Savage Face Down Their 40s With Drugs

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An Ivy League college education guarantees success, right? Maybe.

In Netflix’s new comedy series “Friends From College,” a group of friends who all attended Harvard together are now approaching their 40s and have enjoyed a wide range of success in both their work life and at home. Their various complex and interwoven relationships with each other will range from romantic entanglements and old friendships that may still be shifting. These adults are no longer who they once were after graduating, and nostalgia is hitting them hard. That means maybe catching up on some experiences that they’ve missed out on. Fred Savage’s character in particular decides to snort some Adderall in the trailer below with some mixed results.

Read More: ‘Friends From College’: Keegan-Michael Key and Fred Savage Star in First-Look Photos at New Netflix Comedy

Friends From College” comes from director and writer Nick Stoller and »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Cannes and Other Film Festivals Don’t Know How to Celebrate TV — Here’s How to Fix That

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After a long legacy of resistance, this year the Cannes Film Festival is embracing the revolution that is modern television with a few special presentations. This includes the full second season of “Top of the Lake,” directed by Jane Campion (“The Piano”) and Ariel Kleiman.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

On May 23, Cannes attendees will be able to screen all six episodes of the season subtitled “China Girl,” starting at 1 p.m. France time following an introduction by Campion. It’s set to end at around 8 p.m. that evening.

This, frankly, sounds like a bad way to spend a day of your life.

It’s not because “China Girl” will be bad — indeed, it will likely be as moving, intimate and intense as the first season, which ran in 2013 on the Sundance Channel (and also screened in its »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Tin Star’ Trailer: Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks Star in Bloody New Revenge Series

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Sky has released a first look teaser for its upcoming western “Tin Star.” The 10-part revenge drama series stars Tim Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”).

 

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The bloody drama is set in a remote Canadian mountain town, where the opening of a new oil refinery fronted by the mysterious Mrs. Bradshaw (Hendricks) introduces the small town to a world of drug-dealers, prostitution and organized crime. Police chief Jim Worth (Roth) is thirsty for revenge after the murder of a member of his family. The series is written by Rowan Joffe, whose credits include 2010’s “The American” and 2014’s “Before I Go to Sleep.” Marc Jobst and Gilles Bannier directed two episodes, and Grant Harvey and Rowan Joffe helmed one episode each.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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Jared Leto Is The New Chief Creative Officer of Streaming Service Fandor

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Jared Leto has accepted a new role as Chief Creative Officer for the niche subscription streaming service Fandor. The company offers cinephiles a carefully curated selection not found on bigger streamers like Netflix or Hulu, with a focus on indies, genre classics, documentaries, and foreign films. In addition to the streaming platform, Fandor also maintains an editorial side to the site, offering critical analyses and video essays. The announcement comes after a concerted effort by the site to shift towards the mainstream that began with closing down Keyframe, Fandor’s 5-year-old online magazine.

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The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, reporting that the Oscar winner will be “the creative voice of the company,” contributing original programming and hosting live-streaming events. Fandor will also use Leto’s on-demand media streaming and social media platform, VyRT.

“As a longtime Fandor subscriber, »


- Jude Dry

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‘The Florida Project’ Review: Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’ Followup Delivers — Cannes 2017

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“The Little Rascals” meets “The Little Fugitive” in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” a loose, endearing followup to “Tangerine” and another deep dive into impoverished America from the inside out. Baker has staked his filmmaking career on coaching vivid performances from non-traditional actors, and “The Florida Project” features a six-year-old girl in a freeflowing narrative and largely inhabits the limitations of her perspective, with mostly winning results.

Where “Tangerine” took place across the across the busy streets of Los Angeles, “The Florida Project” unfolds almost exclusively within the constraints of a budget motel on the outskirts of Orlando. The purple-hued Magic Castle Motel exists in Disney World’s decrepit backyard, and provides a very different sort of playground for the kids who live in its confines.

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These include Moonee (Brooklynn Prince »


- Eric Kohn

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