Get all caught up with what went down this week on Indiewire by checking out the 10 most popular stories published on Indiewire over the past seven days.
1. The Biggest Indie Breakthroughs of 2013, So Far (The Complete List)
Now that we are halfway through 2013, Indiewire takes a look at those that have really made a splash in the industry this year. Those that made the mid-year evaluation list run the gamut from actresses Katie Chang and Adèle Exarchopoulos in “The Bling Ring” and “Blue is the Warmest Color,” respectively, as well as David Lowery and Ryan Coogler, directors of the Sundance favorites “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Fruitvale Station.”
Guillermo del Toro is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of our time, having brought to life such stunning fantasy-drama films as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone.” But he is not exactly a stranger to Hollywood, having also helmed the “Hellboy” series as well as “Blade II.” So how does his biggest film to date, “Pacific Rim,” stand alongside the summer blockbuster monotony? Indiewire reviews the film, examining its various strengths and weaknesses.
On behalf of its fifth anniversary, the App Store celebrated the milestone by giving away 10 of its most expensive apps away to users for free. Included in the bunch were Traktor DJ, which provides top-notch musical effects for aspiring DJs, as well as the photo caption-adding application Over.
It’s been a little over eight years since the South Korean original was released in the U.S., and the trailer to Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake just made its way online. The film’s plot will be familiar to anyone who caught Chan-wook Park’s second installment of his Vengeance trilogy, which sees a man named Joe (Josh Brolin) mysteriously held captive and then released from a hotel room after 15 years, leading him on a journey to hunt down who imprisoned him and getting caught in an increasingly disturbing web of conspiracy. By translating the tale to the contemporary United States, it seems Lee has injected his remake with some of the socio-political undertones that have been so prevalent in his work, as the television set in Joe’s room captures 9/11 and the Obama election passing by in time. That being said, this looks to be firmly set in the revenge genre, as Joe eventually meets the man behind it all (Samuel L. Jackson, sporting a bleach-blond mow-hawk) and looks to enact some gnarly-looking retribution with a box-cutter.
With nominations being announced half a year away, making Oscar predictions may seem a little premature at the moment, but why not? With a slate of highly acclaimed works fresh out of Sundance and Cannes, as well as plenty of buzz and speculation about the works coming out in the fall, Indiewire makes some preliminary guesses at what could very well be walking away with gold next February.
With her new show “Orange is the New Black” debuting on Netflix this week, Indiewire talks to Jenji Kohan, creator of “Weeds,” who candidly discussed her new series’ release format, the show’s structure, and why the likability of protagonists are, in her words, “bullshit.”
Proceeding the release of the trailer for Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake by a few days was the release of the poster. Designed by Neil Kellerhouse, who was also behind the poster for Fincher’s remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the poster art definitely illustrates the intensity and intrigue that the preview followed up on.
Airing on September 22 and with nominations a week away from being announced, it seems as good a time as any to ponder what will garner nominations and, eventually, prizes at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. While shows like “Homeland” and “Breaking Bad” seems to be sure locks, it will be interesting to see what all ends up in the Best Drama Series category, as new shows like “House of Cards” and “The Americans” may give a solid series like “Game of Thrones” a run for its money in securing a nod.
We’ve seen a low-grade trailer as well as a sprinkling of other footage, in addition hearing plenty about the film’s hectic production, but IFC Films has just released a full-on, official trailer for “The Canyons” ahead of its release on August 2. Set to a throbbing ambient-dubstep track, the preview proves to be on the same wavelength as the stylishly disaffected youth sagas of screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis’ earlier work in film and literature, while also bringing up reminders to this year’s “Spring Breakers” and “The Bling Ring” in its depiction of a former child star behaving badly and its Los Angeles setting. The casting of Lohan seems to have been as much about her public image as it was her acting skills; when someone advises Lohan’s character that “no one has a private life anymore,” they might as well be commenting on the media-frenzied actress herself.
While the bloated blockbuster “The Lone Ranger” floundered on its opening weekend, a crop of indies were met with solid returns in the theaters this past weekend. “The Way, Way Back” earned a promising $525,000 from just 9 theaters, ahead of expanding to more locations in the future, while “Before Midnight” is now up to a total gross of $6,611,165 after seven strong weeks in the theaters.