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Spoon, Joey Bada$$ and 7 Bands/Artists Not Named Harry Styles Who Deserve Late-Night Residencies of Their Own

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Earlier this week, CBS announced that former One Direction member — and latest addition to the Christopher Nolan Players — Harry Styles is slated for a week-long residency on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” For four consecutive nights, starting on May 15, Styles will serve as the resident musical artist.

With that “Dunkirk” appearance on the horizon and a solo music career still in its early stages, you could do worse than Styles when picking someone to hand the keys to an entire week’s worth of late night. And having been through the process of a breakneck sketch show schedule, he’ll probably be a capable comedy sidekick for Corden.

But what if this residency is a smashing success? Which other bands and artists would be ripe for tenures of their own on the other major daily late-night shows?

Jon Batiste and Stay Human hold down the fort for “The Late Show. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

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[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 2, “The Principle of Restricted Choice.”]

Immediate Reaction

Let’s look at that title: “The Principle of Restricted Choice” refers to what happens in the game of bridge every time a card is played. When you play a particular card, that act decreases the probability you hold anything equivalent to it. In other words, your first card is likely your best, and the odds of improving after you make your first move are less and less as the game continues.

That’s bad news for our card players, Ray Stussey (Ewan McGregor) and Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). While the title could refer back to their original plan of stealing the stamp, its lesson in Episode 2 applies to what Nikki did when Plan A didn’t go so well. When she couldn’t find the stamp, she took the donkey photo as a “fuck you” to Ray and gave a decidedly more emphatic message back. That »


- Ben Travers

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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

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The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New »


- Michael Schneider

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Barry Jenkins Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘The Kindest, Most Generous Soul’

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I first met Jonathan at the Toronto Film Festival. I was on stage midway through a Q&A moderated by Cameron Bailey when we noticed a slender gentleman on the aisle, waving frantically. I remember the question revolving around sound — the sound design, soundtrack, the score. What I said in response I’m less sure of because, some words into my answer, Cameron blurted: “Wait… is that Jonathan Demme?”

It was indeed. Afterward, Jonathan found me in the lobby. We hugged and, immediately, it felt as though I’d known him for decades. As I got to spend more time with him throughout the fall, I realized that was simply Jonathan Demme — always open, forever giving. A hug was not simply a hug, it was a coming together, a binding.

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I tried calling him Mr. Demme, and he demurred something crazy. »


- Barry Jenkins

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Read David Byrne’s Touching Farewell Letter to Friend and ‘Stop Making Sense’ Director Jonathan Demme

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The late filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who died last night at the age of 73, will always be linked to Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. The two likeminded artists first worked together on the 1984 classic “Stop Making Sense,” a concert documentary that Byrne hired Demme to direct, and that collaboration forever transformed what the world thinks possible of such performance-driven films. More than that, the experience sparked a lifelong friendship, one that extended into several other projects and irrevocably deepened the relationship between music and movies.

This afternoon, Byrne wrote a loving remembrance of Demme on his website. We have reposted the full text of Byrne’s letter below.

Read More: Remembering Jonathan Demme: Why He Was One Of The Great Filmmakers Of Our Time

My friend, the director Jonathan Demme, passed last night.

I met Jonathan in the ‘80s when Talking Heads were touring a show that he would eventually »


- David Ehrlich

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Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him

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Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.

Wes Anderson has one of the most original voices of any filmmaker working today, but his movies are full of clues as to which directors have influenced him the most. From Orson Welles to François Truffaut to Federico Fellini, some of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema have had a hand in inspiring Anderson’s distinctive style. Here are 10 films that had a lasting impact on the indie auteur.

The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)

Orson Welles’ period drama about a wealthy family that loses its entire fortune at the turn of the 20th century »


- Graham Winfrey

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Jonathan Demme: Where to Stream His Finest Films

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Jonathan Demme has passed away at age 73, leaving behind a legacy of amazing films. Thanks to modern technology, you can now host your own Demme film festival by streaming many of his biggest hits. Check out where to stream the cream of the crop below.

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Netflix:

*”The Manchurian Candidate” (2004) — Watch it Here

*”Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids” (2016) — Watch it Here

Amazon Prime Video:

*”Who Am I This Time?” (from “PBS’ American Playhouse”) (1982) — Watch it Here

FilmStruck:

*”A Master Builder” (2014) — Watch it Here

Amazon Video Rental:

*”Citizen’s Band” (1977) — Rent it Here

*”Stop Making Sense” (1984) — Rent it Here

*”Swing Shift” (1984) — Rent it Here

*”Married To The Mob” (1988) — Rent it Here

*”The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — Rent it Here

*”Philadelphia” (1993) — Rent it Here

*”Beloved” (1998) — Rent it Here

*”Storefront Hitchcock” (1998) — Rent it Here

*”The Truth About Charlie »


- William Earl

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue: Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace Continue the ‘Prometheus’ Mission — Watch

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20th Century Fox is celebrating Alien Day with the release of “The Crossing,” a two-minute-forty-second official prologue to “Alien: Covenant’ that finds Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) attempting to finish the mission they started in “Prometheus.” The 2009 film ended with the pair taking flight in an Engineer’s space ship in order to locate their home planet and learn why they intended to destroy humanity. We never got to see that mission, until now.

Read More: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Births New Virtual Reality Experience With ‘In Utero’ for Oculus — Watch

Trailers for “Alien: Covenant” have shown the wreckage of Shaw and David’s ship on the new planet that is being colonized by the Covenant crew. So what exactly happened that led the spaceship there? The prologue doesn’t go that far, but it does tease that not everything went well once the “Prometheus” survivors found the Engineer’s home. »


- Zack Sharf

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Bryan Cranston Remembers Jonathan Demme and The Film They Never Got To Do Together

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Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and director Jonathan Demme had long wanted to work together, and came close in 2013.

Demme had tapped Cranston to star in “Old Fires,” playing a man who emerges from a coma and discovers that his family has moved on. Jason Segel and Jennifer Ehle were also attached to the film, which was written by Heather McGowan (“Tadpole”).

“It made me very sad this morning to hear the news [of Demme’s death],” Cranston told IndieWire on Wednesday. “He was such a kind man and I was so looking forward to working with him. Even though that project didn’t materialize, we were talking about other projects to do together.”

Old Fires” ultimately didn’t move forward when Demme couldn’t secure the proper funding for the film.

Read More: Jonathan Demme’s Last Project, ‘Shots Fired,’ Airs Tonight — Remembering His Best TV Work

“There are so many aspects to putting a film together, »


- Michael Schneider

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Jonathan Demme and Performance: 10 Videos That Capture His Musical Genius

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Jonathan Demme’s love of rock ‘n roll and an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of individual artists has been evident throughout his career. He revolutionized the concert film, used soundtracks to drive his films, and turned non-musical stars into performers.

Here’s ten videos that capture just one side of this amazing artist’s brilliance.

Read More: Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

“Pyscho Killer,” Talking Heads

Arguably, the greatest and most important concert film of all-time, “Stop Making Sense” not only showcases the uniqueness of the Talking Heads, but their theatricality, invention and sense of cinema – referencing a number of classic films. The introduction to the movie is a pure Demme and David Byrne creation, with a gentle nod to “Dr. Strangelove.”

The Big Suit in “Girlfriend is Better,” Talking Heads

David Byrne emerging in the big suit in “Stop Making Sense »


- Chris O'Falt

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George Miller Still Wants to Make ‘Mad Max’ Sequels: ‘If the Planets Align, There Will Be Two Other Films’

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In the two years since “Mad Max: Fury Road” became one of the best action films ever made, George Miller has kept a relatively low profile. Aside from presiding over the Cannes Jury last year, Miller has been mostly out of the spotlight. He’s gone on record saying he’d like to do something “quick and small just to reboot the brain,” but he has yet to reveal what exactly his post-“Fury Road” plans are.

Read More: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Without Special Effects Will Blow Your Mind — Watch

Fortunately, making more “Mad Max” movies is still in the cards as of April 26, 2017. In a new interview with The Independent published earlier today (via The Playlist), Miller reinforces that while his next movie will not be a new Max Rockatansky adventure, the plans are still intact to return to the world sometime in the future.

“These characters and »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Cars 3’: How Pixar Channeled Paul Newman to Get Back on Track — Watch New Trailer

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After a detour into spy territory with “Cars 2,” Pixar gets back on track with another Pixar animated mid-life crisis movie. “Cars 3” finds champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) struggling past his prime and channeling the late Paul Newman’s sagacious Doc Hudson from “Cars” for a comeback.

The filmmakers were able to use outtakes from John Lasseter’s “Cars” recording sessions with the late Newman for the sequel’s flashbacks. Fortunately, the director left the mic on the legendary actor and celebrated race car driver, who had a lot more to say than his lines. Newman would regale them with anecdotes, play practical jokes, and often utter, “That’s not racing!” They added some of his ad libs in “Cars 3.”

In a clever reversal of “The Color of Money” riff from the first movie, McQueen plays mentor to trainer and wannabe racer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) in a »


- Bill Desowitz

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Hilary Swank Joins FX’s ‘Trust’: Why That’s a Smart Move After 4 Years on the Sidelines

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Four years after her last major (and critically acclaimed) role of Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman,” Hilary Swank is returning to the screen – albeit, the small screen. While she does have a couple movies in the works, including the Steven Soderbergh directed “Logan Lucky,” Hilary Swank will also be playing a high-profile role in FX’s “Trust.”

Trust” follows the infamous kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson to the great billionaire oil industrialist. Swank will be portraying the boy’s mother, Gail, who was the first person to receive the ransom request to get her son back.

This meaty role will undoubtedly give Swank a lot to chew on, and cement her back in public consciousness. After all, acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland, and fellow co-star on “Trust,” has made a continuous habit of popping back and forth between TV and film successfully.

Read More: Danny Boyle On How »


- Maya Reddy

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Alexis Bledel and Margaret Atwood React to the Year’s Most Brutal Scene

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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 Episode 3, “Late.” Mature content follows.] 

It’s rare to see a famous author rendered nearly speechless. But at Tuesday night’s premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Oh my god!” was all Margaret Atwood could initially say to IndieWire about her reaction to the end of Episode 3.

We weren’t totally shocked by her response, because those final moments might be the most shocking TV moment of 2017 so far… and it’s going to be hard to top. In Atwood’s words, “What happens to Ofglen is pretty ferocious.”

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: The Scariest TV Show Ever Made, Because It Feels So Real

“I thought it was devastating … utterly devastating,” co-star Alexis Bledel said. “It felt like we were filming a scene out of a horror film.”

One of the major promises made with “The Handmaid’s Tale” is that the dystopian adaptation, chronicling a world where a fertility crisis and »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Nise: The Heart of Madness’ Clip Finds Beauty in Chaos in New Historical Drama — Watch

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Roberto Berliner’s newest feature, “Nise: The Heart of Madness,” tells the fascinating true story of an unlikely group of artists and the woman who helped them find their voice (or, in this case, their paints).

Set in 1940’s Brazil, Gloria Pires plays Dr. Nise da Silveira, who works in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by other doctors, she is forced to take over abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through painting, animals and love.

Read More: Cannes Critics’ Week Jury to Be Lead By Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho, Other Jurors Announced

Berliner’s film follows the real-life story of da Silveira as she nurtures her patients to craft work that eventually set them apart as some of Brazil’s most lauded artists. In our exclusive clip below, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Dog Years’ Review: 81-Year-Old Burt Reynolds Stars In a Strange and Sentimental Tribute to Himself

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From the moment that “Dog Years” begins, the question isn’t if Burt Reynolds is playing a thinly veiled version of himself, but rather why? The aging, hobbled, and financially insecure Hollywood icon stars as Vic Edwards, an aging, hobbled, and financially insecure Hollywood icon.

And lest there be any confusion about the central conceit of this sweet-natured but fatally half-realized meta-drama about growing old and giving up, writer-director Adam Rifkin (“Detroit Rock City”) introduces his fictional hero with footage from one of Reynolds’ vintage talk show appearances, dubbing over the real actor’s name with that of his latest character.

The message comes through loud and clear: Burt Reynolds is communing with his past and coming to grips with the images that continue to haunt him, but he’s also adding one more (or one last) character to his wrinkled body of work. Unfortunately, while either one of those »


- David Ehrlich

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Macaulay Culkin Gets Crucified As Kurt Cobain in Father John Misty’s Totally Bananas New Music Video — Watch

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Father John Misty’s whimsical new music video is probably the most fun way anyone could have made a horrifying send-up of consumer culture and capitalism.

At least, that’s one way to read it. After all, Kurt Cobain, played by everyone’s favorite troubled former child star Macaulay Culkin, gets flagellated and crucified by Misty, who is dressed as a crude cartoonish version of Ronald McDonald. What more to interpret?

Read More: Kristen Stewart Directs New Music Video for Chvrches — Watch

The song is called “Total Entertainment Forever,” and it’s the latest track from the reigning bad boy of folk pop. Opening with the lyrics, “Bedding Taylor Swift / Every night inside the Oculus Rift,” the video shows George washington donning a virtual reality headset to watch the action unfold in a candy-colored cartoon world of entertainment. Misty whips Cobain/Culkin from behind before tying him to a cross »


- Jude Dry

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‘La Strada’ Restoration First Look: Federico Fellini’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Heads Back to Theaters — Watch

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From “Donnie Darko” to “The Graduate,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Stalker,” film restorations are having a pretty incredible year so far, and it’s only going to get better with the return of a Federico Fellini masterpiece. Studiocanal is bringing a 2k digital restoration of “La Strada” to UK theaters on May 19, and it has released a wonderful first look courtesy of the trailer embedded below.

Read More: ‘The Graduate’ 4K Restoration Coming to Theaters for 50th Anniversary

La Strada” stars Giulietta Masina as young woman who becomes the wife and performance assistant to a strongman named Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). She befriends her husband’s rival (Richard Basehart) as their marriage becomes increasingly abusive. When the three are put in the same traveling circus, tragedy strikes.

The movie opened in 1954 and became the first title to ever receive the Oscar for Best Foreign Langue Film. “La Strada” also earned the Silver »


- Zack Sharf

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Jessica Biel Talks Her Daring New Role in ‘The Sinner’: ‘I Just Wanted to Get to Be a Little Nuts’

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Jessica Biel has a killer new role — literally. In USA’s “The Sinner,” an eight-episode limited series based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr, the actress plays Cora Tannetti, a seemingly normal wife and mother who brutally murders a total stranger in full view of a beach full of people.

That murder forms the basis of the series’ intriguing pilot, directed by indie mainstay Antonio Campos and written by Derek Simonds, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night.

Read More: ‘The Sinner’ Review: Jessica Biel Is More Than a Mom and a Murderer in USA’s Intriguing Limited Series — Tribeca 2017

Biel also produced the project, so it’s clear that the twisted new series has become a major passion project for her. And when it came to choosing the role, Biel used a post-screening Q&A (where she was joined by Campos, »


- Kate Erbland

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Remembering Jonathan Demme: Why He Was One of the Great Filmmakers of Our Time

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The film community is mourning the loss of Jonathan Demme. Over the last four decades, he turned in one of the most varied filmographies of any director in Hollywood, constantly reinventing himself behind each comedy, documentary, drama, and TV show. Demme never made the same movie twice, and cinema was all the better for it.

Read More: Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

As tributes continue to come in from collaborators and fans, here’s IndieWire’s own appreciation of Demme and why we’ll remember him as one of the truly great filmmakers of our time.

Demme Defied Categorization

Jonathan Demme had such a remarkable range that he defied easy categorization. Even as he made beloved documentaries and Oscar-winning movies, I still get the sense that his career was underappreciated. Everyone knows “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia,” and “Stop Making Sense,” but less »


- Indiewire Staff

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