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Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up

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Why Sundance Is Showcasing Television Like Never Before With New Indie Episodics Line-Up
Like many film fests, Sundance has recently acknowledged that the best of television is also worthy of honoring. But as other fests dip their toes in TV — and focus mostly on major productions already picked up and financed by major networks and studios — Sundance is going back to its independent roots, launching its first-ever Indie Episodics lineup.

As Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire, 2018 was the perfect time to take a major step forward and offer a diverse line-up of independently-produced television.

“It has been a very careful but steady thing that we’ve been slowly growing and kind of exploring over the years, ever since we first premiered ‘Top of the Lake’ [in 2013],” Sextro said. “That was the first episodic we did. We played the entire thing straight through in the Egyptian and we just loved being able to do that. That started to grow our idea of how we can expand the program,
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Ulzana’s Raid

Blu-ray fans are now well aware that many great movies unavailable in the U.S., can be easily found in Europe. One of the best westerns of the ’70s is this jarringly realistic cavalry vs. Apaches drama from Robert Aldrich and Burt Lancaster, which used the ‘R’ rating to show savage details that Hollywood had once avoided. In this case it works — the genuinely scary movie is also a serious meditation on violent America.

Ulzana’s Raid

(Keine Gnade für Ulzana)

All-region Blu-ray + Pal DVD

Explosive Media

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date November 9, 2017 / available through the Amazon Germany website / Eur 17,99

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Joaquín Martínez, Lloyd Bochner, Karl Swenson, Douglass Watson, Dran Hamilton, Gladys Holland, Aimee Eccles, Tony Epper, Nick Cravat, Richard Farnsworth, Dean Smith.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Film Editor: Michael Luciano

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Written by Alan Sharp

Produced by
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Animals: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture WatchHow will the Big Apple's street critters fare? Has the Animals TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Animals season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?An HBO adult, animated comedy from EPs Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, the Animals voice cast stars Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.  Lauren Lapkus, Katie Aselton, Claudia O'Doherty, Jay Duplass, Mindy Sterline, Kurt Vile, and Jon Lovitz recur. The Animals TV show features the down and out critters that live in -- and off of -- the Big Apple. From rats planning on what street scraps to bring to a party, to a pigeon who thinks a stray golf ball is its egg,
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The Big Knife

What seemed too raw for 1955 still packs a punch, as Robert Aldrich takes a meat cleaver to the power politics of the old studio system. Monstrous studio head Rod Steiger has just the leverage he needs to blackmail frazzled star Jack Palance into signing the big contract. But will Hollywood corruption destroy them all?

The Big Knife

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date September 5, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen,

Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters, Ilka Chase, Everett Sloane, Wesley Addy, Paul Langton, Nick Dennis.

Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo

Art Direction: William Glasgow

Film Editor: Michael Luciano

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Adapted by James Poe from the play by Clifford Odets

Produced and Directed by Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich’s 1940s film apprenticeship was largely spent as an assistant director for strong, creative filmmakers that wanted to do good personal work free of the constraints of the big studios.
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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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Animals: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture WatchHow will the Big Apple's street critters fare? Has the Animals TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Animals season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?An HBO adult, animated comedy from EPs Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, the Animals voice cast stars Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.  Lauren Lapkus, Katie Aselton, Claudia O'Doherty, Jay Duplass, Mindy Sterline, Kurt Vile, and Jon Lovitz recur. The Animals TV show features the down and out critters that live in -- and off of -- the Big Apple. From rats planning on what street scraps to bring to a party, to a pigeon who thinks a stray golf ball is its egg,
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Animals: Season Two Ratings

When HBO picked up the Animals TV show, it was with a two-season order. The premium cable outlet has featured a few animated series in the past, but they haven’t been too successful, and Animals' first installment was no exception. It scraped the bottom of the ratings barrel. How will Animals perform in its second season? Now that it is working without a net, will Animals be cancelled or renewed for season three on HBO? Stay tuned.An animated adult comedy, Animals features the critters that live in (and off of) the Big Apple. The HBO voice cast includes Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O’Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh,
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Animals: Season Three; HBO Renews Animated Adult TV Series

It's official. HBO has renewed the Duplass Brothers' animated Animals TV show, for a third season, ahead of tonight's season two finale at 11:30pm. Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano created and write the adult comedy, and voice many of the characters. Animals guest stars include Jessica Chastain, Danny McBride, Mark Duplass, Demetri Martin, Jay Duplass, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Tom Lennon, Jason Mantzoukas, Mitch Hurwitz, Jonah Hill, Emilia Clarke, Jason Alexander, Ice-t, Michael Rapaport, Harmony Korine. Read More…
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Kiss Me Deadly Restoration 20th Anniversary — Savant Article

How did Kiss Me Deadly come to be restored? The real question should be, how did filmdom lose track of its original ending in the first place? Savant uncovers evidence that may explain when, and why, United Artists mutilated the finish of Robert Aldrich’s apocalyptic film noir.

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Before home video the final home for Hollywood films was Television. Robert Aldrich’s 1955 Kiss Me Deadly never saw a theatrical reissue, and it dropped out of major TV visibility in 1962. I saw the documentation in United Artists’ legal folder on the film. To secure capital to launch more movies, Robert Aldrich sold all of his ‘Associates and Aldrich’ pictures back to UA after their original releases were concluded. More papers showed Kiss Me Deadly being included in at least two TV syndication packages, and then each time pointedly removed.
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Exclusive: RuPaul Charles Stars on a Special Live-Action Episode of HBO's 'Animals' -- Watch Now!

Exclusive: RuPaul Charles Stars on a Special Live-Action Episode of HBO's 'Animals' -- Watch Now!
Animals, HBO’s animated comedy about the many, many creatures that populate New York City, is turning its attention to humans with a special live-action episode aptly titled “Humans.” And Et has an exclusive first look at the unscrupulous Dr. Labcoat (played by RuPaul Charles) and his dutiful assistant (John Early) as the evil conglomerate Pesci Co. prepares to roll out the “Green Pill,” a cure for the virus plaguing the city.

More: Seth Green on How 'Robot Chicken' Became Part of Adult Swim's Enduring Legacy

In a “now or never” moment for creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, the episode -- premiering Friday, April 14 -- comes in the middle of its second season, shifting the focus onto the humans who often appear in wordless vignettes, connecting one animal’s story to another. “We knew we wanted to try to do something like this since we became a TV show,” Matarese explains
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‘Animals’ Trailer: Season 2 Throws Down With Emilia Clarke, Judy Greer, Rupaul and Dan Harmon

‘Animals’ Trailer: Season 2 Throws Down With Emilia Clarke, Judy Greer, Rupaul and Dan Harmon
“Animals” is back, baby!

When HBO’s subversive animated comedy returns March 17, rats Phil and Mike (series creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano) are back for more adventures that appear to include… well, using a human baby with wrestler Sting’s signature face painting, which of course he had lifted from “The Crow.”

Read More: The Most Significant TV Animals of 2016

The series will also delve into the worlds of squirrels, gorillas, earthworms and what looks like green algae. As usual, a huge cast of guest stars will voice the critters, including “Game of Thrones” khaleesi Emilia Clarke, Fred Armisen, Ice-t, Dan Harmon, RuPaul, Kim Gordon, Mark Duplass, Judy Greer and strangely, cook Rachael Ray. Take a look at the official trailer for Season 2

Produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, “Animals” premiered at the 2015 Sundance film festival before HBO picked up the comedy for two full seasons. Season 1 debuted February 5 on HBO,
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Animals: Season Two of HBO Comedy Starts in March

Animals are taking over HBO once again. Today, the network announced season two of the TV show will debut in March.From Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, the animated series follows the various creatures who live in and around New York City. The voice cast includes Jason Mantzoukas, Lauren Lapkus, Nathan Fielder, Mark Duplass, Neil Casey, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, and Adam Scott.Read More…
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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland and Agnes Moorehead play it nasty, chop-chopping their way through a Grand Dame Guignol epic of 'sixties Hag Horror. Ace director Robert Aldrich's big success handed the deserving Davis a big role, and it looks better than ever on this razor-sharp remastered edition. With good original film promos as well as a lively new commentary. Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Blu-ray Twilight Time 1964 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 133 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Mary Astor. Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc Art Direction William Glasgow Film Editor Michael Luciano Original Music Frank De Vol Written by Lukas Heller from a novel by Henry Farrell Produced and Directed by Robert Aldrich

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Good horror pictures featuring big stars were once fairly rare; this month Twilight Time
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Animals: Season One Ratings

HBO has had a few animated series in the past but they haven't been very successful. How will their Animals TV show perform? Will it be a hit? Will the cable channel regret renewing it for a second season already? Stay tuned.

An animated adult comedy, Animals features the critters that live in (and off) of the Big Apple. The voice cast includes Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O'Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods, and Adam Scott.

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'Animals': The Story Behind HBO's Twisted, Nsfw Adult Cartoon

'Animals': The Story Behind HBO's Twisted, Nsfw Adult Cartoon
You can do whatever you want in the sewers," Animals co-creator Phil Matarese says. "When we're making episodes about rats, you can tell loose, crazy stories. You can tell a really fucked-up story about a rat hiding his boner from a girl, but it's mostly about this kid who just likes a girl a lot."

"The boner is his heart," executive producer Mark Duplass counters matter-of-factly.

"The boner is his heart," Matarese rejoins, laughing. "He's got a heart boner."

Ever since the animated series premiered on HBO earlier this month,
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Animals: Writers Working on Season Two of HBO Series

HBO's new TV show Animals just premiered on Friday, and season two is already in the works. In a recent interview with Uproxx, series creators Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese discussed the origin of their animated comedy, their writing process, and plans for season two.

Animals features the voices of Mark Duplass, Aziz Ansari, Lauren Lapkus, and Adam Scott as animals living in the streets of New York City.

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Animals

Network: HBO

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: February 5, 2016 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O'Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods, and Adam Scott.

TV show description:

This animated adult comedy features the down and out critters of living in and off of the Big Apple.

From rats planning on what street scraps to bring to a party, to a pigeon who thinks a stray golf ball is its egg, to more rats bragging about their sex lives, animals aren't
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‘Animals’ Review: Clever, Crude Animated Comedy Could Be a Tough Sell to Viewers

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Ever wonder what goes on inside the mind of a dog? A rat? An insect making a nice snack out of some pubic hair? Those are just some questions HBO’s incoming animated series produced by the Duplass brothers strives to answer, in the crudest way possible. “Animals,” created by Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese, is one of the most comprehensive takes on anthropomorphous characters yet, as it explores rats and their need to procreate, pigeons with sexuality issues and more. Presented over the course of the first season through a series of vignettes taking place in New York, the show.
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Animals Season 1 Review

Five episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

HBO’s Animals wears its twin inspirations on its sleeve – in five episodes, the New York-set series often reflects both the existential ennui of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the urban absurdity of that hallowed Internet celebrity known to all as Pizza Rat. With the former’s anthropomorphic setup and the latter’s scrappy, go-for-broke spirit, the series is a lightweight sort of lark, filled with little observations and quirky, dialogue-driven comedy. It’s also one of the strangest shows HBO has aired in some time.

Focusing on a menagerie of inner-city critters suffering from decidedly human afflictions, the series (from Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, and produced by the Duplass brothers of Togetherness fame) has one, major hook: the idea that, in their daily struggles to survive everything from being poisoned to embarrassing themselves in social settings, the animals of the title
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Mark Duplass on HBO's Animals: 'The TV show world is terrible'

We find out how the Duplass brothers got stars such as Jessica Chastain on board for their new show Animals, and why they are trying to revolutionise the way television works by using the pillowtalk of animated pigeons

One Friday night while sitting in their Bushwick apartment drawing the talking animals that would eventually become the HBO show Animals, Phil Matarese and his co-creator Mike Luciano heard a bunch of people having fun while heading to the bar. Matarese leaned over to Luciano to ask: “Why aren’t they at home working on their passion project?”

Animals, which debuts its first episode this Friday on HBO at 11.30pm Est, is a strange show, and it took an even stranger route to the television. It swerved through the indie film world, via producers Mark and Jay Duplass, in a process that could possibly upend the traditional way that most TV shows make it to air.
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