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Kevin James Justifies Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death on ‘Kevin Can Wait’: ‘We Were Running Out of Ideas’

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Kevin James spoke earlier this week about the reasons why Erinn Hayes’ character on “Kevin Can Wait,” wife Donna Gable, was written out of the CBS sitcom at the beginning of this season. What happened to Donna in the actual story, however, will apparently remain a mystery indefinitely.

According to James, speaking to the New York Daily News, the thought process behind Donna’s departure was to bring a new direction to the show, one that would allow for it to run for more seasons and be “lengthier.”

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive. If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one,” James said before he admitted they “were literally running out of ideas.”

James revealed that the original idea for his character was to be portrayed as a single father, but the producers of the show »


- Alberto Achar

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‘The X-Files’: Why a Future Without Scully is Impossible to Imagine

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On October 8, when Gillian Anderson and other stars of “The X-Files” took part in interviews before the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, the actress told Screenrant she likely wouldn’t continue after Season 11.

“I think this will be it for me,” Anderson said.

If that’s true, then this should be it for “The X-Files,” too.

Read More:‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer: Our First Look at the Return of Mulder and Scully in 2018

There are many reasons that Scully is integral to the long-running “X-Files” franchise, ranging from narrative relevance to the thespian’s off-screen impact. Here are just a few of the most obvious factors:

The X-Files” thrives on the yin and yang relationship between Mulder and Scully. He’s a believer, and she’s a skeptic. He pushes her to new heights, and she keeps him from drifting into space. They balance each other out, and the show needs that balance. »


- Ben Travers

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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

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Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal, »


- Anne Thompson

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The Criterion Collection Announces January 2018 Titles, Including ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’

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A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal are all joining the Criterion Collection in 2018. “The Breakfast Club” is getting the Criterion treatment next January, as are a new edition of “Young Mr. Lincoln,” “I, Daniel Blake,” “Westfront 1918,” “Kameradschaft,” and four films by Claude Autant-Lara.

More information — and, as always, cover art — below.

Read More:Criterion Collection Announces December Titles, Including ‘Election’ and ‘Monterey Pop

The Breakfast Club

“What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. ‘The Breakfast Club’ brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes — the uptight prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foul-mouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

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One of the immediate takeaways from David Fincher’s new Netflix series, “Mindhunter,” is that there are a lot of creepy characters. Between the convicted criminals FBI Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) visit in prison and the suspects they try to send there, the list of people who give us the heebie-jeebies grows faster than Holden’s ego.

Behind these fascinating minds are a formidable ensemble of actors evoking the worst within us. Some of their faces may be familiar, others may be brand new, but each and every one offers a particularly striking performance — and not just because they talk about having sex with decapitated heads.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers

Below, IndieWire has listed each and every killer studied in Season 1, noting who played them, what they’ve done, and how »


- Ben Travers

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‘Marshall’ to ‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman Is Redefining Black Icons as Lawmakers

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In the opening frames of the “Marshall” trailer, the future U.S. Supreme Court justice gets a setup worthy of a superhero: In the trailer’s opening frames, 32-year old NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) sips whiskey at a bar; a group of threatening racists gather around him. “You gentlemen are making a mistake,” says Marshall, in the tone of a calm badass as he steadies himself for the inevitable physical confrontation.

Boseman said a cocksure portrayal is the only logical interpretation. “His job was to be the lone attorney running around for the NAACP, dealing with cases in towns where there was racial prejudice and there was inequality,” he said. “Who has the arrogance to walk into those places and actually believe that they either will win, or they can set up the case in such a way that it can go to a higher level, and then you can win on that level, »


- Chris O'Falt

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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

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The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh »


- Kate Erbland

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The Producers Guild of America Has Begun Termination Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein

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Following his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences October 14, Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the Producers Guild of America may soon be revoked as well. The PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers met this morning, calling sexual harassment a “systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action” and unanimously voting to begin termination proceedings against him. Their final decision comes early next month.

Read More:The Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, Breaking with Tradition

Here’s the statement released by the PGA:

This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.

Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94

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Roy Dotrice, a British actor well-known for his role in Milos Forman’s Best-Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 94. According to a family statement, he “died peacefully on Monday, October 16 in his London home surrounded by family,” as reported by BBC News.

More recently, Dotrice was most known for voicing the audiobook version of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, the source for HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” For the first novel, “A Game of Thrones,” he voiced no less than 224 different characters. Thanks to this astonishing feat, Dotrice was awarded the Guinness World Record for most character voices in an audiobook back in 2004.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

However, it was not just on paper and voice that Dotrice contributed to the high-fantasy world of Westeros. »


- Alberto Achar

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‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction — Watch

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House of Cards” may have helped sway the election. Russian trolls paid to criticize Hillary Clinton online watched the Netflix drama in order to better understand American politics, according to a Yahoo report written by Michael Isikoff and discussed on CNN.

Read More:‘House of Cards’ Review: Season 5 Might Be TV’s Biggest Casualty of the 2016 Election (Spoiler-Free)

“It was necessary to know all the main problems of the United States of America,” said Isikoff. “Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons.” This happened largely in the comment sections of such newspapers’ websites as the New York Times and Washington Post.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards

“The ‘House of Cards’ element is new. We hadn’t heard that before,” Isikoff told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, adding that “we don’t have evidence of major »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’

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After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.

Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)

Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

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What is dead may never die, and so it is that “Game of Thrones” won’t really be over when it’s over. The show itself is concluding with the eighth and final season, which will air either next year or in 2019, but several different prequel series are in development. We aren’t likely to know which of them will actually make it to series for some time, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says there’s “an embarrassment of riches” to choose from.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See

The people working on them represent a “fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the ‘Thrones’ eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,” he said. “I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to moves forward with. »


- Michael Nordine

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Nicolas Winding Refn is Launching a Free Curated Website of Films, Essays, and More Art

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Nicolas Winding Refn has announced he is launching a curated website of films, essays, photography, and more art in February 2018. The website, entitled “byNWR.com,” will be completely free for users, including the streaming films. Refn made the announcement during an appearance at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, where he described the project as “an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts” that will “create a modern idea of what cinema will become.”

Read More:Nicolas Winding Refn Teases ‘Too Old To Die Young’ TV Series With Punk Track

The website’s mission statement reads: “byNWR shares Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Quarterly volumes of content divide into three monthly chapters, each featuring a fully-restored film. These revived cinematic gems inspire a wealth of original content, curated by special Guest Editors.”

The »


- Zack Sharf

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Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’

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While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”

No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)

Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”

Film: Heat by Michael Mann. Top three Mann. A film that is part of the lexicon of the medium. A stark Western set in a hyperreal La.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015

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- Michael Nordine

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In the Aftermath of Harvey Weinstein, Can We Separate the Art from the Artist? — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein story and all that it involves — as people reconsider their relationship to the Miramax films of the ’90s (or don’t) and brace for a new Woody Allen movie, etc. —  we return to an age-old question that could always stand to be asked anew: How should the backstory of a film and / or its makers impact the way we receive it?

Kate Erbland (@katerbland), IndieWire

When horrifying accusations like the ones waged against Harvey Weinstein come to light, it’s very easy to scream for a boycott and move on (and, as we often see in cases like these, »


- David Ehrlich

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Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020

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Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way. ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.

“I want to do a sequel because Timothée ChalametArmie HammerMichael StuhlbargAmira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. »


- Zack Sharf

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The Legacy of Leatherface: Looking Back as We Look Forward to the Latest ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Film

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(Editor’s Note: IndieWire has partnered with Directv and Lionsgate to present the premiere of Leatherface – now available exclusively on Directv and in theaters October 20th.)

With the October 20th release of Leatherface, the new Lionsgate prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, let’s lurch back in time and appreciate the beloved and feared franchise for what it is: A good-and-bloody, and bloody good, icon that has shaped the horror genre – and popular cinema at large – for over 40 years.

So grab your farm tools and running shoes (and hope that your car is tanked up), because we’re putting the whole The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise in the rearview mirror…if we can.

The Original Film

Don’t you just love the smell of gasoline and cannibals in the morning?

The original 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by the late, great Tobe Hooper and co-written by Hooper and Kim Henkel, »


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Lars von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk During ‘Dancer in the Dark’ Production

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Lars von Trier has denied sexually harassing Icelandic artist Björk during the making of their 2000 musical drama “Dancer in the Dark.” Björk made headlines over the weekend when she revealed in a Facebook post that she had been sexually harassed by an unnamed Danish director. The singer did not name von Trier in her statement, but she has only starred in so many movies, with “Dancer in the Dark” being the only one from a Danish director.

“I became aware that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” Björk wrote. “When i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Read More:Björk Writes About Being Sexually Harassed by an Unnamed Filmmaker: ‘I Was »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Godless’ Trailer: Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh-Produced Western Rides into No Man’s Land

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It didn’t take long, but just two years after the untimely demise of “The Knick,” Steven Soderbergh has partnered with director Scott Frank for “Godless,” a new Netflix limited series that’s set to take over your family’s Thanksgiving weekend.

Godless” stars Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin, a criminal who’s seeking revenge on Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a young ex-partner who deserted Griffin’s posse. Both of them converge on the women-run frontier town of La Belle, New Mexico, where Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery) gives Roy protection from Griffin’s approaching hoards. (Presumably, Griffin is an outlaw and if he tells you any different, you punch him in the face.)

Read More:‘Godless’ Photos: Netflix Brings Feminist Western Directed by Scott Frank, Steven Soderbergh

Frank is set to direct all seven episodes of the series with Soderbergh serving as executive producer. Aside from writing both “Logan” and “The Wolverine, »


- Steve Greene

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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Nominees Announced, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘The Keepers,’ and ‘The Vietnam War’

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The International Documentary Association has announced its initial round of nominees for the 2017 Ida Documentary Awards, including special mentions and nods for limited series, curated series, episodic series, and more. Nominees for Best Feature and Best Short, and awards for creative recognition, will be announced on November 1. The Ida will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen’s “Watani: My Homeland” with the Pare Lorentz Award. Also receiving a special mention in the category is Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy.”

Other standouts from this first list of nominees include Bryan Fogel’s controversial “Icarus,” Ryan White’s Netflix series “The Keepers,” Ken Burns’ revelatory miniseries “The Vietnam War,” and many more of the year’s best in documentary offerings.

Read More:Joan Didion and Arthur Miller Get the Documentary Treatment From Family Members, And That Makes All the Difference — Nyff

The 33rd edition of the annual ceremony will take place Saturday, December »


- Kate Erbland

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