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‘Midsommar’ Review: ‘Hereditary’ Director’s Latest Horror Epic Is Actually a Perverse Breakup Movie

‘Midsommar’ Review: ‘Hereditary’ Director’s Latest Horror Epic Is Actually a Perverse Breakup Movie
“Midsommar” begins with a traumatic event and ends on a perverse sex scene, capped off by devious, vengeful circumstances at once cathartic and macabre. To that end, it’s a natural extension of the grim cinematic universe that spawned “Hereditary,” writer-director Ari Aster’s disturbing 2018 debut, but this sprawling follow-up has more audacious intentions. This is the kind of mad science filmmaking worth rooting for: Aster refashions “The Wicker Man” as a perverse breakup movie, douses Swedish mythology in Bergmanesque despair, and sets the epic collage ablaze. He may not land every big swing, but the underlying vision is hard to shake even when it falters.

As with “Hereditary,” Aster has crafted a complex allegory for grief and anger against the backdrop of more symbolic threats. But this time, they’re hiding in plain sight: Perhaps the first bonafide horror movie to take place exclusively in daylight, “Midsommar” unfolds against
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Sold Under Sin: David Milch Caps His Television Masterpiece with "Deadwood: The Movie"

“We’re all of us haunted by our own fucking thoughts. So make friends with the ghost, it ain’t going fucking anywhere.”—Al Swearengen, Deadwood: the MovieSouth Dakota, 1876, in the wake of Custer’s folly: a mining camp whose most influential and conniving citizens hope to be annexed by the United States government as they machinate against each other in their unabating pursuits for more money, more power. It’s place is called Deadwood, a lawless, sordid camp inhabited by gold chasers and hoople heads, dope fiends and gunslingers, craven murderers and even a few honest, hard-working folk. Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), a pitiless saloon owner who sells sex and uses murder to eradicate threats of competition, one of the camp’s first settlers, is the unaccredited leader, but his surreptitious sovereignty is threatened by other scheming parties. A former sheriff from Montana named Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) arrives, hoping
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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Meets ‘Goodfellas’: How Steadicams and Dance Moves Bring Dialogue to Life

‘Mrs. Maisel’ Meets ‘Goodfellas’: How Steadicams and Dance Moves Bring Dialogue to Life
With “Gilmore Girls,” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino defined their show with dialogue that exhibited a distinct cadence and whip-smart wit. Using The CW show’s extremely limited resources, the duo put what little time they had into long walk-and-talk master shots in which the scene’s rhythm stemmed from pacing the performances.

“’Gilmore Girls’ was like the greatest gig in the entire world,” said Sherman-Palladino when she and Palladino were recent guests on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “We were sort of ran crazy over the Warner Bros. lot. We were really left alone and we got to really sort of hone in and develop our style of storytelling and rhythm, but we never had a dime.”

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With “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the team was determined to only make the show if they had the resources to create a
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Max Landis Should Have Been Thrown Out of Hollywood Years Ago — Analysis

In April 2016, MGM won an auction for a Max Landis-penned underwater horror script, “Deeper,” with Bradley Cooper and “White God” director Kornel Mundruczo attached. When the timing didn’t work for the talent, MGM pressed forward on the project, hiring Baltasar Kormakur (“Everest”) last fall; in February, Idris Elba was reportedly in talks to star. Today, Landis is the subject of a searing expose by Amy Zimmerman in The Daily Beast — and, according to sources who requested anonymity, “Deeper” has fallen apart.

Of course, movies come together or don’t all the time, for reasons large and small. However, this may be the first indication that Landis’ counterintuitive, decade-long career path — one that included making critically reviled films while enjoying a long-term reputation as an unabashed emotional and sexual abuser of women — is no longer one that will scale.

Landis first garnered attention as the screenwriter of Josh Trank’s 2012 everyman-superhero film “Chronicle.
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Seth Meyers Is Not a Cuck. But He Is King of ‘Late Night.’

Seth Meyers Is Not a Cuck. But He Is King of ‘Late Night.’
Seth Meyers is not a cuck.

Or, more accurately, he’s still not entirely sure what a cuck is.

It’s a charming admission from the host of NBC’s “Late Night” made during a sit-down with IndieWire, who earned the ire of some conservatives after a tense interview with “View” co-host Meghan McCain in May. During the conversation, the pair discussed McCain’s efforts to link comments from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to an April shooting at a synagogue in San Diego.

While McCain grew frustrated with Meyers’ call for everyone – including McCain – to be careful with the language they use, particularly when referring to people in a minority, the host held his ground, proceeding in a polite but pointed manner.

Not polite enough for some, however, as McCain’s husband and founder of conservative website The Federalist, went on a now-deleted homophobic Twitter rant about Meyers, accusing him
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Mindy Kaling Reveals Why She Turned Down ‘Dream Job’ at ‘SNL’ for ‘The Office’

Mindy Kaling Reveals Why She Turned Down ‘Dream Job’ at ‘SNL’ for ‘The Office’
With a TV show to her name, voice parts in some of the decade’s most successful animated comedies, and a feature film in theaters this summer, it’s hard to imagine comedy multi-hyphenate Mindy Kaling having any regrets. But, as Kaling recently revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast’s The Last Laugh podcast, even the most successful people sometimes wonder, “What if?” It was her nine season run as Kelly Kapoor on hit comedy “The Office” that enabled Kaling to launch her own successful show, “The Mindy Project,” which made her a household name and ran for six seasons on Fox and then Hulu, respectively. Despite all the opportunities it afforded her, “The Office” led to her missing out on a gig that she, like most comedians, considers her white whale: “Saturday Night Live.”

Halfway through Season 2 of “The Office,” Kaling said she was invited to audition for “Saturday Night Live.
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‘Game of Thrones’: Miguel Sapochnik Questioned His Violent Imagery, But Not Daenerys’ Dark Turn

‘Game of Thrones’: Miguel Sapochnik Questioned His Violent Imagery, But Not Daenerys’ Dark Turn
When executive producer Miguel Sapochnik started to work on Season 8 of “Game of Thrones”, he initially envisioned directing episodes three through five. Due to production logistics, that became an impossibility. David Nutter would direct episode 4, but Sapochnik always held onto the strong image of how the end of that episode would dictate the opening of the penultimate episode, “The Bells.”

In Sapochnik’s mind, we would never cut to Daenerys after Cersei decided to kill her friend Missandei. Her reaction to the death would be in the opening images of “The Bells,” with Daenerys – no makeup and her hair ruffled – in her chambers. “We said, ‘You’ve never been like this,” said Sapochnik. “It was this idea of us trying to piece her back together, but something’s broken.”

In the years Sapochnik had worked on the show, he often had conversations with the principal cast about their characters’ arcs
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‘The Edge of Democracy’ Review: Brazil’s Slide Towards Fascism Becomes a Cautionary Tale

‘The Edge of Democracy’ Review: Brazil’s Slide Towards Fascism Becomes a Cautionary Tale
American viewers watching Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” — an angry, intimate, and haunting portrait of Brazil’s recent slide back into the open jaws of dictatorship — might find it morbidly fitting that the nation’s capital is one hour ahead of Washington D.C.; for all the specificity of Costa’s doc, her film can’t help but feel like a preview of what might be coming for us.

To a certain extent, that seems to have been Costa’s intention, and we her target audience. There’s a reason why her plaintive and poetic narration is delivered in English, and why her broad overview of Brazil’s political scandals is pitched at viewers who are learning about them for the first time. This is a movie that seems as if it was always meant to be exported — a cautionary tale that was sold to Netflix so that
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Eliza Clark Named New Showrunner For Highly-Anticipated FX Series ‘Y’ Starring Barry Keoghan & Diane Lane

Eliza Clark Named New Showrunner For Highly-Anticipated FX Series ‘Y’ Starring Barry Keoghan & Diane Lane
For years, Hollywood has been trying to bring Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s award-winning comic book series, “Y: The Last Man” to life. There were multiple films in development, each falling apart eventually. And then came word that FX was going to turn the comics into a TV series, with an incredible cast announced. Fans were obviously overjoyed. But that joy was shortlived, as it was recently reported that there was trouble behind-the-scenes with showrunners being let go and the series in flux.

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Robert Downey Jr. Wants To See Comic Character Riri Williams, Aka Ironheart, Enter The Marvel Universe

Robert Downey Jr. Wants To See Comic Character Riri Williams, Aka Ironheart, Enter The Marvel Universe
You can expect to hear a lot of speculation on precisely what comic book characters the McU will be bringing to the big, or small screen, post “Avengers: Endgame.” Between actors’ contracts expiring and characters being written out, how Marvel Studios chooses to pass the torch to the next generation of heroes is going to be key to the franchise moving forward. And, according to “Iron Man” actor Robert Downey, Jr, Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, would be a great addition to the epic franchise.

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Michael Fassbender To Star As A Suave, Rogue Spy In Upcoming Film ‘Malko’ From Lionsgate

Michael Fassbender To Star As A Suave, Rogue Spy In Upcoming Film ‘Malko’ From Lionsgate
If you were to come up with a short list of actors that fans would be interested in playing James Bond on the big screen, you wouldn’t get far without mentioning Michael Fassbender. The two-time Oscar-nominated actor is no stranger to high profile gigs, and would most likely make a great James Bond. However, it appears that he has his eyes set on another suave superspy, in the new film “Malko.”

According to Deadline, Fassbender has signed on to star in and produce “Malko,” which is based on the famous spy novels from author Gérard de Villiers.

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‘Alternatino with Arturo Castro’ Review: Comedy Central’s Excellent New Sketch Series

‘Alternatino with Arturo Castro’ Review: Comedy Central’s Excellent New Sketch Series
“Alternatino” starts with a defining sketch in more ways than one. When a father hears his young son is going out with a female friend, the graying older gentleman tries to sit him down for “the talk.” Yet instead of imparting any knowledge onto the boy, the dad gets an overwhelming education of his own.

First off, the boy isn’t interested in girls, he’s interested in women. But he also knows he’s interested in women right now — he’s young, things change, gender is fluid. As the dad stutters and tries to regain his authority, his son presses on, talking about how sex is different for different people, trying to get his old man to define what kind of sex he’s talking about, and chastising him for describing penis-to-vagina sex as “normal.”

The gag is simple: The roles are reversed, and the person in-the-know isn’t
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Josh Trank Banned Max Landis From ‘Chronicle’ Set and Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since 2012

Josh Trank Banned Max Landis From ‘Chronicle’ Set and Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since 2012
Josh Trank reacted to the latest sexual and emotional abuse allegations made against Max Landis by revealing on social media that he banned Landis from the set of their 2012 superhero movie “Chronicle.” Trank and Landis came up with the “Chronicle” story together, with Landis getting sole screenplay credit and Trank directing the project. The film, released by 20th Century Fox, was a platform at the time for rising actors Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan.

“I 100% believe every word of this article about Max,” Trank wrote on Twitter. “I banned him from visiting principal photography of ‘Chronicle,’ and I haven’t spoken to him since 2012. To read about the terror he’s inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.”

Landis, son of comedy director John Landis, was accused of sexual and emotional abuse by eight women in a lengthy exposé published June 18 by The Daily Beast.
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Contest: Win A Blu-Ray Copy Of The Year’s Best Superhero Film ‘Fast Color’

In a world that features at least three Marvel Studios films, two DC films, and numerous other superhero projects per year, it’s refreshing to find a film that utilizes superhero tropes but in a wholly unique and interesting way. Don’t get me wrong, I do love “Avengers: Endgame,” but perhaps the most impressive superhero-esque film of the year is “Fast Color.”

And since “Fast Color” has just arrived on VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD, we are happy to give our readers a chance to take home their very own copy of the film on Blu-ray.

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Dave Bautista Clarifies His Past Threats To Quit ‘Guardians’ After James Gunn Firing: “It Wasn’t About Me”

Dave Bautista Clarifies His Past Threats To Quit ‘Guardians’ After James Gunn Firing: “It Wasn’t About Me”
It’s been almost a year since the firing of James Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.” After some controversial tweets resurfaced, Gunn, the writer/director of the original ‘Guardians’ film, and its sequel, found himself caught up in some social media troubles. The director’s very own Drax the Destroyer, Dave Bautista, was quick to announce his thoughts on the matter; he was “not okay” with the filmmaker being fired.

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Danny Boyle Says He’s “Not Cut Out” For Franchise Filmmaking After ‘Bond 25’ Experience

Danny Boyle’s latest film, “Yesterday,” is poised to be released in theaters soon. But even though that film has been receiving favorable reviews and is being seen as yet another win for Boyle, people are more fascinated by another film. A film that Boyle isn’t directing, “Bond 25.” And speaking about his brief experience as a ‘Bond’ director, he revealed that he’s just not really cut out for the franchise filmmaking world.

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The Most Stylish Characters on TV, According to Critics

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

This week’s question: Who’s the most stylish character on TV? (New and old shows apply. Your definition of stylish.)

Diane Gordon (@thesurfreport), Freelance

The cast of “Suits” gets my vote for most stylish and credit goes to costume designer Jolie Andreatta, the woman who created gorgeous looks for all the men in the cast. I’m particularly partial to Gabriel Macht’s Tom Ford suits and traffic-stopping looks from designers such as Lanvin, Dior, Prada and Giambattista Valli for Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen and Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson. Note: Torres continues to kill the style game on her “Pearson” spinoff, debuting this summer. Andreatta manages to make everyone at the firm look stylish at their appropriate earning levels. I always find it impressive that the women look incredibly
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JJ Abrams Goes to WarnerMedia: Nine Upcoming Projects Impacted By the Deal

JJ Abrams Goes to WarnerMedia: Nine Upcoming Projects Impacted By the Deal
When JJ Abrams’ production deals with Paramount and Warner Bros. expired, he became the most coveted Hollywood free agent in recent memory. Everyone from Disney to Apple has pursued him with a rigor normally reserved for superstar athletes, desperate to house his prolific content output under their shingles. The sweepstakes seems to be nearing to an end, as reports are saying Abrams has agreed to a $500 million deal to move his entire Bad Robot production company to WarnerMedia.

He previously housed his television division with them, but he’ll also be moving his film business over from Paramount. Looking at his slate of upcoming projects, it’s not hard to see why he was so in-demand. As always, Abrams and co. are developing a multitude of movies and television shows that could balance critical acclaim and commercial success. Keep reading for a roundup of nine significant projects that could be impacted by the deal.
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Watch Brie Larson Bring Her Stunt Team On Stage At MTV Awards For Rare Awards Show Recognition

Watch Brie Larson Bring Her Stunt Team On Stage At MTV Awards For Rare Awards Show Recognition
Love her or hate her, Brie Larson knows how to make a statement. As seen in the press leading up to “Captain Marvel,” the actress is not afraid of speaking her mind and using her platform to raise up those she feels get passed up. And as a fitting bookend for the “Captain Marvel” publicity, at last night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, the actress took the time to honor some other unsung heroes while accepting her award.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Is ‘Trying Not to Focus’ on Falling Short of ‘Avatar’ Box Office Record

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Is ‘Trying Not to Focus’ on Falling Short of ‘Avatar’ Box Office Record
Avengers: Endgame” is just $45 million shy of the all-time worldwide box office record as of June 18, but co-director Anthony Russo is no longer trying to work himself up over the race. During a recent red carpet chat with MTV at the MTV Movie and Television Awards, Russo was asked to weigh in on the small gap dividing “Endgame” and “Avatar.” Russo refused to comment in detail.

“I try not to focus on it because even if we don’t pass ‘Avatar,’ it’s like there’s no way I want to have a shred of regret about anything associated with this movie,” Russo said. “So, I refuse to kinda consider it, you know?”

Unadjusted for inflation, “Avatar” remains the box office king of the world with $2.788 billion worldwide. The “Endgame” worldwide total through its eighth weekend in theaters is $2.742 billion. The film dropped out of the top 10 at the U.
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