With the release of our first ever industry list with the Indiewire Influencers, it was an undeniably major week for us here at Indiewire. Following the list’s Monday release, we turned our attention towards both the Emmy’s upcoming nominations announcement and the potential films of the fall festival season, giving our latest predictions (and hopes) for each. Meanwhile, the first trailer was released for the latest Scorsese-DiCaprio collaboration “The Wolf of Wall Street,” we reviewed this week’s major release “World War Z,” and recapped the penultimate episode of “Mad Men”‘s sixth season. Tragically, this week also marked the passing of the great James Gandolfini, who we have remembered by highlighting 10 of his greatest roles. He will be missed.
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:
With the independent film industry in a state of full-on upheaval, the inaugural Indiewire Influencers list was released, aiming to highlight those at the forefront of the industry’s shifting landscape. For the release we took the opportunity to look beyond the industry’s most established figures to looks at those most representative of this rapidly changing industry, defining the current transformations in independent distribution, production, and creation. Including selections ranging from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Duplass Brothers to companies such as VHX and Radius-TWC, these are the 40 individuals and organizations influencing business in the present the most drastically and directly, listed here in the first entry of our intended annual event.
“Veronica Mars” – 2013 Indiewire Influencers
As the knockout success, and subsequent backlash, of the “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter campaign remains fresh in our minds, its placement in our Indiewire Influencers list was perhaps the most immediately recognizable on the page. Eventually raising $5 million over the course of its campaign, it proved that film projects aiming for over $2 million could find support on the crowdfunding hub. We spoke with actor Kristen Bell and director Rob Thomas about their recent successes and disappointments, and what this campaign may mean for the industry moving forward.
When James Gandolfini passed away earlier this week at the age of 51, he left behind a storied acting career dominated by an iconic TV role but also including plenty of notable films under great directors like Spike Jonze and the Coen brothers. In honor of Gandolfini’s work on the small and big screens, we highlighted 10 parts that demonstrated his talent and incredible presence.
Fall Festival Wishlist: The 50 Films We Hope To See in Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride
With almost a month since the closing of this year’s Cannes, we have turned our attention to the approaching fall festival season, specifically the potential films set to premiere in Venice, Toronto, and Telluride starting this August. With high profile films from directors like Wes Anderson, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen and many more missing from the Cannes lineup, we listed the 50 films yet to officially premiere with the most potential of appearing in the coming months, including many of the year’s most anticipated releases.
2013 Emmy Predictions: The Drama Categories
After last year’s best drama series nominees made it the first year in the award’s history to not feature a single series from the 4 primary broadcast networks, we viewed this year’s crop of acclaimed series to see if the trend will once again repeat itself. As “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and “Homeland” all seem to have locks in the competition, the remain spots are mostly up for grabs for any number of shows, including the potential for Netflix’s “House of Cards” to become the first show of its’ kind to become nominated in such a category. Click the link above to check out all of our picks for what will show up in this year’s dramatic competition.
Watch: Leonardo DiCaprio Parties Like Gatsby In The Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Following his turn as the titular lead in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” Leonardo Dicaprio will return to once again play a hard-partying playboy, this time transported to the mid-90’s for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The trailer finds Scorsese returning to “Goodfellas” mode after his brief stint in family filmmaking with 2011’s “Hugo,” and DiCaprio seems to be having a blast as the coked-out, amoral New York stockbroker in the trailer’s more anarchic moments. Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey also show up in brief snippets, making a trailer that looks to be a welcome move back to the more-unrestrained days for the famed director.
After months of re-evaluations about its long-troubled shoot, Marc Forster’s Brad Pitt-starring zombie thriller “World War Z” has finally been released, and while IW’s Eric Kohn says that the movie shows a surprisingly intelligent portrait of the oft-used zombie apocalypse, it’s not enough to outweigh a cumbersome first hour. Mixing an intelligent societal drama with more extreme thriller sequences, the film is able to hit hard when it combines the two effectively, but an insistence on a safe, PG-13 skewing script forces the fear of danger out of most of the film’s darker moments, providing more of an image of what could have been than anything else.
Attention Filmmakers: Here’s How to Use Moby’s Music For Free In Your Films
Combining his interests in music and the many charitable causes he has spent his career supporting, electronic musician Moby has put his discography in a unique position for the many independent filmmakers looking for free music for their films. Creating a website for his project Mobygratis, designed to supply free music to filmmakers, the artist has ensured that he received none of the profits for these songs inclusions in commercial films, with the profits instead going towards The Humane Society. With a catalog of over 150 tracks containing many different styles and tempos, it’s a fascinating new way for filmmakers to receive songs for their upcoming projects, which Moby explains in much greater detail in his introduction video for the project.
As this season of “Mad Men” moves closer to next week’s season finale, this week’s episode contained at least one major revelation about the identity of the new character Bob Benson, aligning him less with the potential spy or investigative journalist many had assumed, and more towards the history of Don Draper himself. In the wake of this revelation, IW’s Alison Willmore considered the ramifications of the realization, both for the characters and the show as a whole. Meanwhile a trip to a prospective boarding school between Sally and Betty was filled with power struggles and we looked at the potential future facing Sally in our second to last recap of the show’s sixth season.
Finally, last week’s article on Netflix’s best indie options continued to gain attention. With our focus mainly placed on the current independent summer release calendar, it’s hard to keep track of the countless films slipping under the radar throughout the past year, but thanks to the magic of online streaming, getting caught up on the releases that fell through the cracks is now easier than ever. We compiled a list of all of the films that made our 2012 Year-End Critic’s Poll, and offer the 19 best films of 2012 currently available for Netflix streaming, including our pick for the best film of last year with Leos Carax’s undefinable odyssey “Holy Motors,” and many other great choices.