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David Bowie Turned Down Cameron Crowe’s Offer Of Doing A Memoir-Style Documentary Together

David Bowie Turned Down Cameron Crowe’s Offer Of Doing A Memoir-Style Documentary Together
Even though it appears that everyone in the world went to see “The Lion King” over the weekend, there were plenty of film fans that were embracing the new documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” Debuting in limited release, the documentary, which includes the musician reflecting on his life and career while speaking to producer Cameron Crowe, is a rare rock doc that focuses completely on the artist’s thoughts and feelings.

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Here’s Your First Look At A Bushy-Bearded Russell Crowe, Shailene Woodley, Charlie Hunnam & More From Tiff 2019 Films

While films starring Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, and other major stars seem to dominate the headlines coming out of this morning’s 2019 Tiff lineup announcement, there are plenty of under-the-radar films from acclaimed directors that are screening at the fest that are worthy of your attention.

Read More: Tiff 2019 Line-up: New Films By Rian Johnson, Steven Soderbergh, Safdie Brothers, Noah Baumbach, & The Joker Lands A North American Premiere

One of the most anticipated films comes from indie director Drake Doremus, called “Endings, Beginnings.” The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, and Jamie Dornan, tells the story of a love triangle between an idealistic woman, a bad boy, and a scholar.

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George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa

George Miller Looks Back on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and Forward to More Furiosa
In the four years since “Mad Max: Fury Road” wowed moviegoers and Academy voters alike, grossing $370 million worldwide and racking up 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), George Miller’s demented fever dream of a movie has assumed iconic status. Several major filmmakers have admitted replaying the picture over and over in order to figure out just how Miller did some of the shots, while countless cinephiles have returned to the movie time and again just to bask in the scale of its post-apocalyptic insanity, and to gawk at the high-speed chase sequences that defied everything people thought possible of contemporary action cinema.

As Steven Soderbergh breathlessly put it to one interviewer: “We are talking about the ability in three dimensions to break a sequence into a series of shots in which no matter how fast you’re cutting, you know where you are geographically. And each one
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TCA 2019: Summer Kicks Off With the Streaming Wars Looming Larger Than Ever

The summer session of the TCA 2019 press tour kicked off with a panel for “Harley Quinn,” the upcoming animated DC Universe series aimed at adults. Even with big-name stars like Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell taking questions, the most relevant answer came over the weekend, when DC announced its original series, “Doom Patrol,” is going to be available on HBO Max as well as the DC-centric streaming service.

What does that mean for other DC Universe series? What else will be available on HBO Max when the highly anticipated WarnerMedia streaming service launches in spring 2020? How many other services and networks will be bundled under their broader parent company’s bundle? Or, to sum it all up, how is traditional television preparing for the right-around-the-corner streaming wars?

The “Harley Quinn” cast can’t quite answer those questions, but many versions of the above queries will come up time and time again over the next 17 days.
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Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film

Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film
After garnering an Emmy nomination with “Surviving R. Kelly,” Lifetime is developing another series designed to share the stories of those who have experienced sexual violence.

A+E Networks programming chief Rob Sharenow announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that Lifetime is currently working on “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The docuseries will investigate crimes allegedly committed by Epstein even as he moved through the upper echelons of the financial, political, and social world. Epstein was arrested earlier this month on charges that he took part in a trafficking ring that involved underage minors.

The six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered in January, featuring allegations against the R&b star. Following the series airing on the network, Kelly was dropped from radio station airplay around the country. Epstein’s alleged history has already had repercussions for his former associates in the entertainment industry, with studios cutting ties
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Janelle Monáe Set To Replace Julia Roberts As Lead In Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’ Season 2

Despite a trio of Golden Globe nominations earlier this year, for Best Drama Series, Best Actress, and Best Actor, Amazon’s “Homecoming” came away from the awards show with no trophies. And when the Emmy nominations were announced, the series came up empty again. However, that shouldn’t be an indictment of the series that stars Julia Roberts, as it received pretty great reviews and was regularly part of people’s top 10 lists.

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‘Deadpool’ Director Reacts to Third Film Not Being Included in Marvel’s Phase Four

Marvel Studios broke the internet July 20 with the announcement of its Phase Four movies at Comic-Con 2019. Added to the company’s 2020 and 2021 release schedule was long-rumored projects like “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” plus welcome surprises like a fourth “Thor” movie and the addition of Mahershala Ali to the McU as vampire slayer Blade. While many Marvel fans celebrated the news, a majority of them also worried about “Deadpool.”

The Ryan Reynolds-led franchise released two blockbusters under 20th Century Fox, but its fate has been ambiguous in the aftermath of the Disney-Fox merger. No third “Deadpool” movie appeared on the 2020-2021 calendar, nor did Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tease a “Deadpool” movie to come in the future like he did with previously Fox-owned properties like “Fantastic Four.” “Deadpool” director David Leitch is currently on the press tour for his upcoming tentpole “Hobbs & Shaw” and spoke about the
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Taika Waititi Isn’t Here For Your “Female Thor” Talk As He Clarifies What Natalie Portman Will Be Known As In ‘Love & Thunder’

In a flurry that saw 10 projects announced in under two hours, Marvel Studios blew the minds of fans in Hall H over the weekend, while giving people a glimpse at what Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store. And one of the most shocking aspects of the announcement is that Natalie Portman is back in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but instead of playing the love interest, she’s inheriting the hammer and becoming the Goddess of Thunder.

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‘South Side’ Review: Comedy Central’s New Series Humanizes an Oft-Derided Community

It’s a risky proposition: finding comedy in the everyday of an infamous neighborhood that consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous in Chicago, and the country. But Chicago natives – and brothers – Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin have done just that with their new half-hour series “South Side.” Co-created with Salahuddin’s former fellow “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writer Diallo Riddle, the trio’s priority is ultimately to demystify, and more importantly humanize, the community of Englewood and challenge established – though incomplete – perceptions of the city.

The workplace has been the setting for several comedy show premises, likely in part because having a good sense of humor is necessary to survive the bureaucracy, diverse personalities and at times mind-numbing tedium that can come with the environment. But few movies or TV shows have been willing (or perhaps capable) of expressing just how soul destroying working an especially low-paying, dead-end job can truly be.
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‘Homecoming’: Janelle Monáe Will Star in Season 2 of Amazon Show

After one of the biggest casting coups in Amazon Prime Video’s history, “Homecoming” seems to have found its follow-up with Janelle Monáe.

Deadline is reporting that Monáe is set to lead the Amazon show’s Season 2, following the departure of Julia Roberts. Monáe’s character will represent the addition of a new storyline to the story, which will still tie into the first season’s theme of lost memories.

Roberts played Heidi Bergman, an employee at a facility ostensibly designed to help rehabilitate military veterans. As the season progressed and the show moved in parallel storylines, Heidi began to uncover the truth behind the work she’d done there. Monáe’s storyline will reportedly find her playing a woman searching for answers behind who she is and why she was left to drift in a canoe all by herself.

Even with the change from Roberts to Monáe, there’s
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‘The Act of Killing’ Director Joshua Oppenheimer Reflects on Decade’s Best Docs and Looks to New Musical

‘The Act of Killing’ Director Joshua Oppenheimer Reflects on Decade’s Best Docs and Looks to New Musical
Prior to Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” (2014) and “The Look of Silence” (2016), the truth behind the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide had been buried in the benign, false history that the perpetrators of the killings elected to perpetuate, and have used to dictate the class and power structures of Indonesia ever since. What’s remarkable about Oppenheimer’s twin documentaries is not just that they exhume this buried history, but that also they use cinema to exorcise the demons that have been left deep within the soul of the country.

On the occasion of the two films being named #4 on IndieWire’s Best of the Decade list, we asked Oppenheimer to reflect on the profound impact his films have had on the politics of Indonesia, on himself as filmmaker, and on the life of his “Look of Silence” star Adi Rukan, who put his family’s safety at risk to
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Tiff 2019 First Looks: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman & Antonio Banderas Lead ‘The Laundromat,’ Eddie Murphy Is ‘Dolemite’ & More

This morning’s lineup announcement for the Toronto International Film Festival featured a ton of high-profile films that will be screened at the fall event. So many that we couldn’t really give them all the spotlight they deserve in the announcement article. That being said, we’d like to take the time to highlight several first looks from some of the early standout films from this year’s Tiff.

Read More: Tiff 2019 Line-up: New Films By Rian Johnson, Steven Soderbergh, Safdie Brothers, Noah Baumbach, & The Joker Lands A North American Premiere

If you’re a fan of films, you’re likely always down to watch the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

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Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish & Lil Nas X Lead 2019 Vma Nominees

Hey, you need to sit down. Pop has made a major comeback at the 2019 Video Music Awards. This year’s Vma class is lead by Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande with 10 nominations each. Breakout Billie Eilish follows with nine nominations and Lil Nas X crashes the party with eight.

Read More: Tom Hooper’s musical “Cats” with Taylor Swift gets a trailer

Most of Swift’s nominations come for her gay-friendly “You Need To Calm Down” while Grande earned nods for multiple videos including “thank u, next” and “God is a Woman.” “Calm Down,” “thank u,” Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” the Jonas Brothers‘ “The Favourite” inspired “Sucker,” Lil Nax ft.

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Details Of His Unproduced ‘Pulp Fiction’ Prequel ‘Double V Vega’

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino loves to talk about films, his own work, and just about everything else to do with the industry. And over the years, his love of talking has led to pontificating about possible sequels and prequels to some of his greatest works. One of those proposed prequels is a film that would have seen Vic and Vincent Vega teaming up.

In a new interview with CinemaBlend, Tarantino was asked what his film featuring the Vega Brothers would have been like.

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Sylvester Stallone Says He Feels Cheated Out of ‘Rocky’ Ownership

Sylvester Stallone Says He Feels Cheated Out of ‘Rocky’ Ownership
It’s hard to think of an actor and a character as intertwined as Sylvester Stallone and Rocky Balboa. Writing the script for “Rocky” gave the struggling actor a way past the studio gates, and he’s gone on to play the boxer eight times (and counting!).

In addition to Stallone’s charisma, the character has found so much longevity in part due to the way the boxing films are never just about boxing. Stallone has been able to mold “Rocky” movies to cover everything from love to grief to forgiveness, while sprinkling in plenty of training montages and ringside action. It’s nothing short of an iconic American franchise, and in a new interview with Variety, the actor makes clear that his love for the character hasn’t waned.

“[Rocky is] like my brother. It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly,
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Tiff 2019 Announces First Gala and Special Presentations Titles: Joker, Rian Johnson, Safdies, Bruce Springsteen and More

On the heels of last week’s announcement of Tiff 2019’s opening night film, today the festival dropped the first titles announced for its Gala and Special Presentation sections. Per usual, this first wave announcements is heavy on big-name festival titles. Among the galas, world premieres include Marielle Heller’s follow-up to Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the Tom Hanks-starring Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighbhorhood; Western Stars, a performance film co-directed by Bruce Springsteen for his latest album; the Eddie Murphy-starring Rudy Ray Moore biopic directed by Craig Brewer; and Rian Johnson’s Agatha Christie-inflected murder mystery comedy Knives Out. Other prominent titles include […]
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Tiff 2019 Announces First Gala and Special Presentations Titles: Joker, Rian Johnson, Safdies, Bruce Springsteen and More

On the heels of last week’s announcement of Tiff 2019’s opening night film, today the festival dropped the first titles announced for its Gala and Special Presentation sections. Per usual, this first wave announcements is heavy on big-name festival titles. Among the galas, world premieres include Marielle Heller’s follow-up to Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the Tom Hanks-starring Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighbhorhood; Western Stars, a performance film co-directed by Bruce Springsteen for his latest album; the Eddie Murphy-starring Rudy Ray Moore biopic directed by Craig Brewer; and Rian Johnson’s Agatha Christie-inflected murder mystery comedy Knives Out. Other prominent titles include […]
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Nine Things We Learned From Tiff’s 2019 Slate: ‘Judy,’ ‘Marriage Story,”Hustlers’ & More

The Toronto International Film Festival should be riding high. The 2018 festival included world premieres of critically lauded films such as Claire Denis’ “High Life,” Matthew Heineman’s “A Private War,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria Bell,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell.” And its audience winner, “Green Book,” became the first Tiff debut to win Best Picture since “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.

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‘Wu Assassins’ Trailer: Netflix Drops A Mystical Martial Arts Series Starring Iko Uwais’ Version Of Iron Fist

If you have already seen “The Raid” and other films with star Iko Uwais, you know that this guy deserves to be a massive star. He’s one of the best action film actors on the planet, and it’s just a shame that he hasn’t broken out in a big way around the world. Well, Netflix is hoping to change that with the upcoming series “Wu Assassins.”

As seen in the new trailer, “Wu Assassins” features Uwais as a simple chef that gets imbued with the power of 1,000 monks to take on the evil that seems to be populating San Francisco.

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The 50 Best Movie Performances of the Decade

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Yesterday, IndieWire kicked off our week-long celebration of the best films of the 2010s with our core list of the 100 movies that defined the decade.

Today, we begin a more granular exploration into some of those movies — and a handful of others — by highlighting the actors who made them possible. Not all of these performances have been pulled from the films that made it onto our list of the decade’s best, but every single one of them has stayed with us in the time since they first touched down. From immortal turns from acting giants who are no longer with us, to stunning debuts that already have us looking forward to the next decade of movies, these are the 50 best film performances of the last 10 years.

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