With the week coming to a close, Indiewire has put together a list of some of our most popular content. It’s been a great week for TV, with reviews for the final season of HBO’s "True Blood," FX’s new drama "Tyrant," and HBO’s premiere of "The Leftovers." Our list of the 11 most innovative romantic comedies, in honor of "They Come Together," also tops the list.
Take a look at the 10 most viewed news items, reviews and features from this week at Indiewire below:
1. Review: ‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 1 Premiere ‘Jesus Gonna Be Here’ Gets Nostalgic For Season 1
When we last left our heroes, Sookie had sworn off vampires and opted to climb around the ab scaffolding of werewolf Alcide. Bill killed the governor of Louisiana and suffered no consequences, because I guess in this still largely vampire-phobic society, nobody cares if one murders a high-ranking state official, provided that state official was an asshole. And Sam became mayor of Bon Temps and threw a vampire/human mixer in an effort to protect his citizens, only for it to be interrupted by a pack of Hep V-infected vamps.
Here’s Indiewire’s predictions for the 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations, which will be announced on July 10th, 2014 before a ceremony on August 25, 2014 announcing the winners.
When "Homeland" took home the Emmy for outstanding drama series in 2012, it was a landmark award for Showtime, marking the first time the premium network had received the award. And it seemed that the network was on its way to being in the same stratosphere of high quality cable shows that HBO had been in for over a decade and AMC had recently invaded with "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."
4. Attention Filmmakers: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Want to Make Your Dreams Come True with ‘Project Greenlight’
Ready to be judged by Batman and Jason Bourne? Now’s your chance (again). HBO has announced that they’re bringing back the talent competition "Project Greenlight," allowing aspiring filmmakers to submit for the chance to make a feature film — under the watchful eye of producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and a crew of reality TV cameras.
5. Why You Shouldn’t Care About Getting Rejected From Film Festivals (and Some Tips on How to Get Accepted)
One of the worst feelings for filmmakers is the disappointment that surrounds the opening of a dreaded rejection letter from a film festival. Many of us feel that festivals are the key to our success and growth as filmmakers so naturally, when we don’t get accepted, it can be a tough pill to swallow. This year, I was fortunate enough to have been brought on board as the short film programmer for an excellent festival in Los Angeles (DFFLA), and sending out my share of rejection notices really put things in perspective for me. Below I’ll share my two cents on why getting rejected from a festival often has nothing to do with the quality of your work, and what you can do to improve your chances.
"Tyrant" is one of three new dramas FX is launching this year, the others being Coen brothers adaptation "Fargo" and Guillermo del Toro’s vampire reimagining "The Strain." Of the trio, "Tyrant" is the only one not based on a pre-existing property — it’s the original creation of Gideon Raff, the man behind the Israeli series "Prisoners of War," on which "Homeland" was based. Raff is working with fellow executive producers Howard Gordon (of "Homeland" and "24") and showrunner Craig Wright ("Dirty Sexy Money") on the story of Bassam Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the second son of the dictator of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Baladi, who’s been in self-selected exile, married to the American Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), with whom he has two teenage kids. (read a current review of "Tyrant" here)
7. 11 of the Most Unconventional and Innovative Romantic 11 of the Most Unconventional and Innovative Romantic Comedies
"They Came Together" (out this Friday in select theaters), starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, is a parody of the romantic comedy genre. Rudd stars as Joel, a corporate businessman whose company is threatening to close the small store run by Poehler’s Molly (remind you of the premise of a certain rom-com by the name of "You’ve Got Mail?). The film mocks and twists conventional romantic comedies, turning the tired tropes of films like "Sleepless in Seattle" on its head. But while the mockery of the overused rom-com themes are appreciated, "They Came Together" is not the first of its kind. Check out our list of romantic comedies that have an unconventional or innovative twist. Then let us know what your favorites are in the comments.
Terrible titles are rather prevalent on television, but usually the content is on par with the D-grade moniker. "Medium" wasn’t a great show, but its title was worse. Same goes for "Ugly Betty" (let’s just refrain from calling any young girl ugly, okay?), "JAG" ("What does that mean? I don’t care." *changes channel*), and "Covert Affairs" (stop with the puns, USA).
Joining the canon of atypical zombie movies flooding the mainstream, "Life After Beth" introduces the undead the the romantic comedy genre. These exclusive, first-look posters brilliantly give humanity to the zombie played by Aubrey Plaza and seem to remove the life from a human played by Dane DeHaan.
We shot "I Am Not a Hipster" on a modest budget in the summer of 2011 and were lucky enough to get into the Sundance Film Festival where we premiered in 2012 as a part of the NEXT section. We raced to finish the film that fall, had it mastered, and when we handed over our HDCam tape for our Sundance premiere we had at that point spent $65,000 to make our movie. We had fielded some interest from distributors during the festival, but ultimately didn’t feel like we had found the right partner to distribute the film. While at Sundance that year, I attended the #ArtistServices Workshop and realized the possibility that we could self-distribute our film. We picked the brains of many accomplished independent producers/filmmakers about this strategy, and after a lot of soul-searching, decided to do it ourselves: we would release "I Am Not A Hipster" on our own