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‘Russian Doll’ Creators on the Show’s Origins, Keeping Things Secret, and Season 2

  • Indiewire
‘Russian Doll’ Creators on the Show’s Origins, Keeping Things Secret, and Season 2
[Editor’s note: The following contains mild spoilers for “Russian Doll” Season 1.]

It takes eight episodes of repeatedly dying for Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) to learn how to live. That’s the basic premise of “Russian Doll,” the new existential Netflix dramedy created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland.

Directed by Lyonne, Headland, and “But I’m A Cheerleader” helmer Jamie Babbit, the show boasts a compelling supporting cast, including Chloe Sevigny, Elizabeth Ashley, Rebecca Henderson, and Charlie Barnett as Alan, another person who shares Nadia’s complicated relationship with life and death. But more importantly, it’s filled with huge ideas came from years of big sky conversations between friends.

For Lyonne, “Russian Doll” is a deeply personal story that reflects her complicated relationship with living in this world. As she told IndieWire, “Big and small, we’re constantly struggling with that dynamic of ‘How do I go on participating in life?’ It’s kind of a moment-to-moment choice to not
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Ben Affleck Could Lose His ‘Batman’ Role Due to Post-Rehab Insurance Costs, Experts Say

  • The Wrap
Ben Affleck Could Lose His ‘Batman’ Role Due to Post-Rehab Insurance Costs, Experts Say
Ben Affleck’s future playing Batman on the big screen may be over — in part because the cost of insuring him may have gotten too steep, multiple industry insiders told TheWrap.

The actor, a recovering alcoholic who checked himself into rehab last week for the third time in the last two decades and the second time in just over a year, may have priced himself out of a pricey tentpole studio movie like Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Batman.”

“More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof,” a representative for a completion bond company told TheWrap.

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“He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film,” the bond company insider added.

The bond company insider said insurers
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Critics Pick the Standout Song Moments on TV – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best use of a song on a TV show?**

**Non-theme songs preferred. “Best” is loosely defined: Most memorable? Most moving? Cleverest? Most unexpected? etc.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I’m glad that last week I gave a short, simple and singular answer, because there’s absolutely no way to do this one without moving into a laundry list, starting with “The Oc” and “Hide & Seek,” a sequence so seminal in its moment that it earned an “SNL” parody. Then you have to pick something from “The Americans,” a show that has mastered the art of building scenes around iconic ’80s hits,
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Reader Submission: "Is Robert Downey Jr. The Villain Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?"

  • LRM Online
We're back this week with another Reader Submission. As he eluded to in last week's column, UnBoxing Jon had more to say about Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here it is!

Call To Action: Don't let Jonny boy hog all the glory! Here at Lrm, we're now reserving a slot on Mondays dedicated exclusively to Reader Submissions. If you've got a piece you'd love to share with the world, e-mail it to Mario@LRMOnline.com. I'll work on it with you, and if we can get it into shape, it'll be published right here on Lrm. Like the tagline says: "For Fanboys, By Fanboys!"

Bring'em on!

Is Robert Downey Jr. The Villain Of The McU?

by UnBoxing Jon

By this time next year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be almost a decade old. That will mean 17 films, nine TV/Netflix series, and one bizarrely arranged
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HBO Now New Releases for October 2018

Den Of Geek Staff Sep 21, 2018

We have the highlights of what's coming and going from HBO Now and HBO Go in October 2018.

You may or may have not noticed it but HBO's horror options have gotten pretty grim. Not grim as in scary but grim as in incredibly sparse.

Thankfully the cavalry is arriving in HBO New Releases for October 2018. This is a company that wisely realizes the importance of scary movies around Halloween time. 18 scary movies are coming to HBO Now and HBO Go streams this October. Cool! The catch is that they'll all be gone by month's end. Not cool! Oh well, it's better than nothing. The Descent will also be arriving at the beginning of the month for a much longer stay.

In terms of non-horror programming, HBO has plenty to offer in October. Recent favorites The Post and Game Night make their debut while slightly older classics Dances with Wolves,
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Olive Films Announce August Bluray Titles

Olive Films Announce August Bluray Titles

Independent U.S. distributors Olive Films have announced that they will add a number of new titles to their catalog in August. Amongst them are: Keith Gordon’s The Singing Detective, Mickey Rose’s Student Bodies, Guy Ferland’s The Babysitter, and Roger Christian’s The Sender. The Singing Detective The Singing Detective boasts a line-up of top rank talent ...

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Robert Downey Jr. Trashes Indie Moviemaking, Fires Back Over Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Superhero Diss

The press tour for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" is pretty much at an end, and Robert Downey Jr. is feeling a little punchy. He walked out of an interview with Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy, later calling the journalist a "bottom-feeding muckraker." And now the actor is going all Tony Stark on indie moviemaking, while also throwing some shots back at Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Chatting with EW, Downey Jr., who spent his comeback back years making a string of smaller movies both at the indie and studio level ("The Singing Detective," "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," "A Scanner Darkly," "Charlie Bartlett," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Goodnight And Good Luck"), expressed he has zero desire to go off and make a tiny film, working on a shoestring budget. And he had some very harsh words about that world and being a part of a movie on that level. “...they’re exhausting and sometimes they.
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10 Actors And Their Surprising Music Careers

Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, sees Irish-born director John Carney (who brought us Once), explore the story of a chance encounter between a troubled music-business executive and a struggling singer-songwriter. Set in New York, their encounter leads to a captivating and creative collaboration which is the perfect excuse for a great soundtrack. The soundtrack includes interesting contributions from Knightley, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and songs written by the director himself. To celebrate the release of Begin Again, we take a look at ten film actors that have surprisingly delved into a career in music and expanded their CV’s – for better or worse! Headphones at the ready!

10) Robert Downey Jr.

There is nothing Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. can’t do, so it’s no surprise he made his own album called The Futurist that was released in 2004. Before this, he sang in various films such
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Robert Downey Jr. Wants Mel Gibson And Jodie Foster In Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Remember when Mel Gibson was a box office superstar and Robert Downey Jr. was a washed up talent that no one in Hollywood would bet a dollar on? My how the tables have turned. With Downey now the proverbial king of the hill thanks to his billion dollar role in the Marvel Universe, the actor understandably wants to pay back some of the friends who gave him their support in those somewhat more hectic personal times. How’s he going to do that, you ask? Well, by getting them plum parts in Marvel movies, of course. There’s only one problem though, one of the people Downey wants to bring along into Avengers: Age of Ultron, the upcoming sequel to The Avengers, is Mel Gibson. And no, we don’t mean Melvin L. “Mel” Gibson who played one season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1963. We mean the other one.
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A history of television, the technology that seduced the world – and me

Andrew Anthony reflects on the small box that made a big impact, and asks where TV is taking us next

Like most people my age – 51 – my childhood was in black and white. That's because my memory of childhood is in black and white, and that's because television in the 1960s (and most photography) was black and white. Bill and Ben, the Beatles, the Biafran war, Blue Peter, they were all black and white, and their images form the monochrome memories of my early years.

That's one of the extraordinary aspects of television – its ability to trump reality. If seeing is believing, then there's always a troubling doubt until you've seen it on television. A mass medium delivered to almost every household, it's the communal confirmation of experience.

On 30 September it will be 84 years since the world's first-ever television transmission. In Armchair Nation, his new social history of TV, Joe Moran,
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'Iron Man 3' review: Robert Downey Jr. returns with Gwyneth Paltrow in the jokiest and cutest, but most violent of all 'Iron Man' films

  • Pop2it
The third "Iron Man" movie, the finale to this trilogy of Marvel marvels, is the jokiest and cutest of them all. Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gets a kiddie sidekick, for Pete's sake.

It's also far and away the most violent, with a "Die Hard" body count, bombs and bullets, and Stark trash-talking evil henchmen about how he's going to kill them.

Writer-director Shane Black, who cut his teeth on "Lethal Weapon" movies and directed Downey in one of his best pre-"Iron Man" pictures, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," brings a more violent, angst-ridden sensibility to the franchise. And a less subtle one.

"Ever since that big dude with the hammer dropped out of the sky," a character apologizes, remembering Thor's arrival and "The Avengers," "subtlety's kind of gone out the window."

So there is not one Iron Man this time, and not just two (the War Machine suit,
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Robert Downey Jr. asks Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson at American Cinematheque Awards

Robert Downey Jr. asks Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson at American Cinematheque Awards
Last night at the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony, which was honoring Robert Downey Jr., the Iron Man actor asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.

Gibson was invited onstage to present Downey Jr. with the prestigious award, since, in the words of Garry Shandling, “The Cinematheque was concerned a bit about Robert’s checkered past, so they chose someone to present the award who could help balance that out and the choice was so obvious, Mel Gibson.”

Gibson spoke kindly of the star, who he famously helped to make a comeback by paying Downey Jr.’s insurance bond so
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Chris Nolan Is Going All Supernatural Again!

It appears Christopher Nolan has caught the producing bug lately, as word spread on Thursday (apologies for the lateness in a write-up but we have just launched a new site!!) that his company Syncopy will be lending their help to a supernatural thriller from writer/director Keith Gordon. Hot off directing the TV hit Dexter and an episode of the magical The Killing, Gordon previous cinematic credits include an early Robert Downey Jr comeback movie titled The Singing Detective and the 1992 war picture A Midnight Clear. In the 90′s he was known as a smart and talented director who never got his big commercial break and his career somewhat flounded. Nolan, clearly a fan of his mature themed work, is about to give him the biggest platform of his career.

Interestingly the supernatural thriller will be based on a novel that Nolan has bought the rights too but is keeping under-wraps.
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Sure Shots: Christopher Nolan; Animal Farm; Matthew Fox and Ed Harris won't be in World War Z

* Christopher Nolan is taking all that clout(and money) he's earned over the years and turned his attention towards producing. He'll be overseeing Zack Snyder's Man of Steel later in the year, and now he's also picked up the rights to an unknown book to be adapted for the big screen. Keith Gordon(The Singing Detective, Waking the Dead) will direct what is being described as a supernatural
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Christopher Nolan Taps Into Horror Genre by Producing Supernatural Thriller

Christopher Nolan Taps Into Horror Genre by Producing Supernatural Thriller
Christopher Nolan has set up a horror movie through his production company Syncopy, but will only serve as an executive producer on the film, ComingSoon is reporting. The ‘Inception’ director has hired Keith Gordon to write and helm the untitled supernatural thriller. Gordon has worked with Nolan before, serving as his assistant on several films, including ‘Batman Begins.’ Gordon is also serving as a co-producer on the upcoming ‘Dark Knight Rises.’ As an actor, he’s most remembered for playing Arnie Cuningham in the 1983 horror film ‘Christine.’ He has also directed such movies as ‘Waking the Dead’ and ‘The Singing Detective.’ Nolan will co-produce the thriller with his partner Emma...
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Turning to Supernatural Thriller, Christopher Nolan Hires Keith Gordon

Christopher Nolan is turning his attention to the horror genre. The filmmaker, who is known for his work in such movies as "The Dark Knight" and "Inception", has through his company, Syncopy, set up a supernatural thriller at Warner Bros., but he won't be the one directing the new project.

Nolan, instead, hired Keith Gordon to write and direct this untitled supernatural thriller project, while he himself takes the role of executive producer along with partner Emma Thomas. This will be a second time the 40-year-old takes a role behind the scenes for the projects he produces. He's giving the directing job of Superman reboot "Man of Steel" to Zack Snyder.

Gordon is perhaps known for his role as Arnie Cunningham in 1983 horror film "Christine". He has directed films, such as "Waking the Dead" and "The Singing Detective", and episodes of "The Killing" and "Dexter". The 50-year-old has worked as Nolan's assistant on several projects,
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Christopher Nolan Sets Keith Gordon to Direct Supernatural Thriller

Though Christopher Nolan normally only produces projects that he intends to direct himself, he recently made an exception with the Superman reboot Man of Steel. David S. Goyer came up with an original idea for a new Superman movie, and Nolan decided to shepherd that vision and produce the new film, eventually choosing Zack Snyder as director. Now Nolan is working behind the scenes on another film he won't be directing, as Deadline reports that he has tapped Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective) to write and direct a supernatural thriller for Warner Bros. Nolan and partner Emma Thomas will act as executive producers on the project, which the report says is based on a novel (though Deadline isn’t sure what book exactly). Gordon started his career as an actor, landing the lead role in the 1983 horror film Christine. He made his directorial debut with 1988’s The Chocolate War, and
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Christopher Nolan has hired Keith Gordon for a supernatural thriller

  • JoBlo
Christopher Nolan usually stays in the directors chair, although sometimes he makes exceptions. Okay, he's made one exception--letting Zack Snyder helm Man Of Steel. Now he's making another. Nolan has hired actor turned director Keith Gordon for a supernatural thriller. Syncopy, Nolan's company has set the film up over at Warner Bros. Gordon has directed Waking The Dead and The Singing Detective as well as episodes of Dexter. You might remember Gordon as Arnie Cunningham in the 1983...
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Mel Gibson: saint and sinner

On the eve of his movie comeback, can Mel Gibson finally tame his demons?

It was a balmy spring evening in Cannes. Arriving for the premiere of his latest film, The Beaver, Mel Gibson seemed anxious as he walked the red carpet last month, a little uncomfortable posing for the massed ranks of photographers who were shouting his name. When the movie's director, Jodie Foster, leaned across to adjust his bow-tie, Gibson smiled, right on cue. But while the two of them chatted and laughed for the cameras, the actor's brow remained furrowed. The next day's photographs would all show the three deep wrinkles cut horizontally across his tanned forehead, giving him the air of someone who expects disappointment and – more often than not – is rewarded with it.

He was understandably worried, perhaps, about how the film would be received. The Beaver, in which the 55-year-old Gibson plays a depressed
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Watch: Mel Gibson Stars In 'The Beaver,' But Will Anyone See It?

Watch: Mel Gibson Stars In 'The Beaver,' But Will Anyone See It?
From 1996 to 2001, Robert Downey Jr., one of today's most bankable movie stars, was entrenched in an endless cycle of self-destructive drug use and arrests. He was fired from "Ally McBeal" and denied a role in a Woody Allen film. Many wondered if he'd ever bounce back.

At one point, he famously told an L.A. judge, “I have a loaded gun in my mouth and my finger's on the trigger" He continued, "and I like the taste of the gunmetal."

But friends stuck with Downey and helped him back on his feet, ushering him towards his eventual comeback. Among those friends was Mel Gibson, star of the upcoming film, "The Beaver." Gibson and Downey had stayed close after appearing together in the 1990 film, “Air America," and in 2001, after Downey was released from prison, Gibson made plans to direct Downey in a Los Angeles stage production of "Hamlet." When that production fell through,
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