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Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: Spike Lee Alters List, Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Indie Oscar Nods and More

By Cameron Sinz | Indiewire August 24, 2013 at 12:05PM

With the last of the summer blockbusters behind us and the fall festival season just a week away, it is officially time to begin looking at this year's awards season. With this in mind, we listed the 10 summer indies with the best shot of showing up this winter, while also speaking with Edgar Wright, Joe Swanberg and Wong Kar-wai on their new, much anticipated indies.
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Simon Pegg in "The World's End"
Simon Pegg in "The World's End"

With the last of the summer blockbusters behind us and the fall festival season just a week away, it is officially time to begin looking at this year's awards season. With this in mind, we listed the 10 summer indies with the best shot of showing up this winter, while also speaking with Edgar Wright, Joe Swanberg and Wong Kar-wai on their new, much anticipated indies.

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:

1. Spike Lee Admits He's Wrong, Adds Seven Films By Women to His List of Essential Movies

When Spike Lee released his list of Essential Films as part of his recent Kickstarter campaign, it featured one very notable exclusion: not a single director on the list was female. Now, in continuing the revisionist themes that have shaped Lee's short Kickstarter career, he has released an adjusted list to reflect female filmmakers, bringing the lists total to 92 films and adding a mere four female directors in the process.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

2. Edgar Wright On Wrapping Up His Comedic Trilogy With 'The World's End' and the Latest On Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Finishing a trilogy as adored as Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's "Cornetto Trilogy" is never an easy feat, but with the release of this week's "The World's End," the team has once again proven themselves to be more than up to the task. We sat down with Wright to discuss the pressures of his fan base and the possibility further collaborations between the three men, as well as briefly touching upon his next mainstream effort "Ant-Man."

3. For Your Consideration: The 10 Summer Indies That Stand The Best Shot At Oscar Nods

With the start of Oscar season just a week from kicking off, IW's Peter Knegt took the year's first stab at this year's Oscar contenders by looking at the best received indies of the summer so far. With "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler,'" "Blue Jasmine," "Fruitvale Station" and many others receiving their fare share of critical acclaim, we considered which films have the best chance of showing up at this year's ceremonies.

4. Filmmaker John Greyson Arrested by Egyptian Police in Midst of Conflict

Director John Greyson was detained earlier this week alongside emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani by Egyptian police, with no clear reason given for the arrest in the days since. Greyson has been a vocal supporter of democratic movements across the globe. For more information on his arrest and how you can help pressure the location and securing of their release, check out the full story above.

5. New York Film Festival Announces Full 2013 Program

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced this week the full lineup for the 2013 New York Film Festival, finalizing the last major festival lineup of the 2013 season. Featuring new films from the Coen Brothers, Claire Denis, Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne and many others, its a typically varied list the best films from Cannes, Toronto, and Venice, in addition to the previously announced world premieres of Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and Spike Jonze's "Her."

6. How 'Orange is the New Black' Became One of the Year's Best Shows By Turning a Fish-Out-of-Water Tale on Its Head

With the onslaught of critical and public attention "Orange is the New Black" has received, Netflix has found the first genuine cultural phenomenon of its original programming. Now over a month after the series' July premiere, IW's Alison Willmore took a look at how it became one of the year's best shows, from its exceptional main cast and writing to Piper Kerman's original source material.

7. Strand Releasing Nabs James Franco and Travis Matthews' Sexy Gay Pic 'Interior. Leather Bar.'

Since premiering at Sundance and moving on to a variety of spring and summer festivals, James Franco and Travis Matthews' erotic drama "Interior. Leather Bar," inspired by the rumored 40-minutes of gay S&M footage cut from 1980's "Cruising,"  has finally found a distributor. Strand Releasing picked up the US and select foreign rights to the film, and plans for a late 2013/early 2014 release.

"The Grandmaster"
"The Grandmaster"

8. Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding for Filmmakers

As more and more directors jump on the crowdfunding bandwagon with varying results, we have developed a list of the essential reading on preparing and launching a successful crowdfunded campaign. The list will be updated regularly with the publishing of new articles, and currently includes over 20 articles covering a range of topics.

9. Wong Kar-wai on 'The Grandmaster''s Massive Success in China, the American Cut, and His Approach to Action

This week sees the release of the controversial American Cut of Wong Kar-wai's Ip-man biopic "The Grandmaster," marking the director's first film since 2007's "My Blueberry Nights." We spoke with the director on the specifics of the American cut, as well as the film's mainstream success in his home country and the changes he was forced to make in directing his first action film.

10. Joe Swanberg On Why He Felt a Social Responsibility To Make 'Drinking Buddies,' Starring Olivia WIlde and Anna Kendrick

Having gained a reputation as one of the creators of the mid-2000's mumblecore movement, Joe Swanberg's latest film, and festival favorite, "Drinking Buddies" may seem an oddly mainstream choice, with its star-filled cast and non-DIY aesthetic. Talking to us after a Brooklyn screening of the film, Swanberg explains why he felt drawn to the film's mainstream nature and working with the cast, as well as the state of "Happy Christmas," his super 16-shot next film.

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