Even as some of the summer's most anticipated independent releases ("Only God Forgives," "The Act of Killing") hit theaters, it was Gabriela Cowperthwaite's indictment of SeaWorld's mistreatment of killer whales, "Blackfish," that gained the most attention this week, receiving praise from critics and attacks from its subject. Meanwhile, we turned our attention to the week's announcement of the 2013 Emmy nominees while looking back at the greatest snubs throughout the Awards series' history, two long-standing series' continued to move towards their quickly approaching finales and we spoke with Ryan Gosling about his collaborations with Nicolas Winding Refn and upcoming projects.
Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we go back over the ten most viewed news, interviews and features from this week at Indiewire:
There is no balanced investigation in "Blackfish" showcasing two sides of an argument, but in creating a rhetoric that is more line with a full-on takedown the film creates an incredibly affecting experience, says IW's Eric Kohn. As both an emotional appeal and a work of journalistic inquiry, the film stacks the evidence against SeaWorld to great effect, making a fierce condemnation of a broken system.
After first not agreeing for interviews during the filming of "Blackfish," SeaWorld has now taken the step of hiring a film publicist in the wake of the film's release, making 8 assertions against detailing their complaints at the film's portrayal of their theme parks and practices. Likewise, the filmmakers behind the film have sent their own responses to all 8 assertions, creating a conversation between both parties that is often not afforded, and giving a clear idea of both perspectives. Take a look at all of the assertions and responses at the link above.
"Buffy," "Freaks and Geeks" and the "The Wire." The celebrated shows are all a part of what is arguably the most prestigious club in all of television: those beloved series that have been nominated for a best series Emmy. In anticipation of the week's nomination lineup, we listed out the 12 narrative series that are the yearly Award's series most egregious offenders ahead of a nominee announcement that is sure to bring even more snubs to the list.
Even as the ambiguous, sometimes Shakespearean anti-heroes of television fill us with uncertainty as to their ultimate fate, their humanity leaves many viewers with a sense that they could, even in the final moments, receive some form of redemption. But for the final season of Showtime's "Dexter," IW's Alison Willmore suggests that such a fate cannot be afforded to the show's serial-killer protagonist, leaving it with only one option for the final position of its lead character. Dexter Morgan needs to die.
The Primetime Emmy's announced their official list of 2013 nominees this week, and even with the expected titles lining up the top of the list ("Game of Thrones," Breaking Bad"), some fan favorites still managed to surprise with their spots on the list. "Louie" finally earned its long-awaited recognition among many others, while "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" officially announced Netflix's and online streaming services' entry into the proceeding with both series' appearances throughout the list
We're under a month away from the premiere of the final installments of "Breaking Bad," and AMC has released another look at the episodes, once again eschewing any new footage for clips from previous seasons and interviews with the cast. Promising an bloody, action-filled "sprint to the finish," cast-member RJ Mitte also gives the one clue for the new series, suggesting that new characters are still set to appear in the series. Check out the full clip at the link above.7. First-Ever Instagram Trailer: For 'Jobs' Biopic Starring Ashton Kutcher
In an apparent effort to reflect the innovation of its subject on a much, much smaller scale, the Ashton Kutcher-starring Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs," has now released the first ever Instagram trailer, giving us a 15-second long look at the film. Whether the short clip is viewed as insulting or revolutionary, it may be on of the more noteworthy ad pushes of the year so far in its attempt to key into new media campaigns with varying and arguable success.
Following a semi-surprising no-show at Cannes, the trailer for Steve McQueen's "Shame"-follow up "12 Years A Slave has finally received its first trailer ahead of expected fall festival appearances. Following Solomon Northrup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, the film promises to pack just as much of a wallop as the director's previous efforts and with its expansive cast and celebrated director, looks to be one of the stronger films of the upcoming awards season. Stay tuned for more information on the film in coming fall festival announcements.
9. Orson Welles Hates 'Vertigo,' Calls 'Citizen Kane' A Comedy and More From 'My Lunches With Orson'
Even with a directing credit on what is often thought of as being the greatest film of all time, the late years of Orson Welles' life have long been one of the great embodiments of the challenging faces an artist who has lost his opportunity to create, but a new series of just-released candid conversations between Welles and director Henry Jaglom attempts to shed light on the artist's mindset when he was denied a mouthpiece most. With minimal censoring, Welles lets loose on the figures and films of the industry, giving many surprising anecdotes and opinions along the way.
With Nicolas Winding Refn's Ryan Gosling-starring "Only God Forgives" hitting theaters, we sat down with Gosling to discuss his role in the film as Julian, a Bangkok club owner sucked into a revenge mission by hit mother. Gosling talked about playing the opaque lead against the cast surrounding him, how a sense of violence has influenced both his and Refn's careers, and his inability to attend the film's premiere at Cannes, in addition to his own upcoming directorial debut "How to Catch a Monster."