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Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More

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You can tell a lot about a person by the television they watch and the books they read — even while they reveal their theories as to why they lost a Presidential election.

Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” chronicling her experiences surrounding the 2016 election, is surprisingly candid on a number of levels. For example, regarding her coping mechanisms following the loss of the election, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”

But even more fascinating are the ways in which she invokes current pop culture. Some of the references feel more forced than others. Some of them are truly bonkers.

This is not a complete list of every reference made, as we omitted some of the religious, spiritual, and historical texts upon which she drew to make her points. Instead, here is all the evidence you need that the Clintons know their way around a TV remote, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Get Out’ Hits the Oscar Campaign Trail With a Timely Hamptons Event

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Did Oscar season actually start in February? When Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut “Get Out” opened in late February (not typically a release date space that hosts zeitgeist-smashing hits), few could have expected that the social thriller would not only be a success with critics (the film still sits at a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) but also a huge moneymaker, pulling in over $252 million at the global box office. Next up? An awards campaign. Chatter surrounding the film’s awards possibilities kicked up early, and the trick has been keeping it up though these many months. One way to do that? A special event at a festival known for its love of award movies. “Get Out” is already into it.

Peele and his film are set for a timely Hamptons International Film Festival appearance later this month, when the festival runs October 5 – 9 in and around East Hampton, NY. »


- Kate Erbland

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Laverne Cox Makes the Political Personal in Transgender Bathroom Documentary ‘Gavin Grimm Vs.’ — Watch

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All Gavin Grimm wanted — like so many kids, teenagers, and people just like him — was to use the restroom in peace. When he came out as transgender to his public school in Gloucester, Virginia, the school allowed him to use the boys’ bathroom for seven weeks. His fellow students took no issue with it; it was only after a few parents found out that the school amended their decision, offering him his own unisex bathroom in a converted broom closet.

In 2015, the Aclu filed a sex discrimination suit on Grimm’s behalf against the Gloucester County Public Schools. In October 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Grimm’s case, but reversed course in Feburary 2017, once the Department of Justice withdrew Obama-era Title IX protections based on gender identity.

Read More:Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: The ‘Cruelest’ and ‘Pettiest’ President

“Gavin Grimm Vs.” sheds light on Grimm’s story in his own words, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Exclusive Clips: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Sam Esmail on the ‘Existential Questions’ That Await

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Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto, for these three exclusive videos from season three that IndieWire is happy to share with our dear readers. Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and series creator Sam Esmail discuss what’s in store in the next round of episodes, touching on everything from new additions to the cast to the hacker drama’s philosophical underpinnings. Avail yourself of all three clips below.

Read More:‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Trailer Promises ‘There Will Be No Coming Back From This’ — Watch

“I think what we can expect in season three is that loyalties will be tested,” says Malek in one of them. He also speaks about Bobby Canavale, who’s joining the cast this season, and the “very existential questions” that his own character must answer as the story progresses. Slater and series Esmail discuss the show in the other two videos.

Read More:‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Clip: Has the »


- Michael Nordine

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Why ‘mother!’ Was a Box Office Flop, But Deserves Your Respect — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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One of the most anticipated fall season movies was Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!”, and many of the critics who saw it at the earliest screenings on the festival circuit confirmed that it was worth the wait: Aronofsky’s boundary-pushing allegorical horror movie is in a class all to its own. It’s the kind of exciting cinema that many diehard moviegoers wait all year to see. So why didn’t more people see it?

See More:‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Reacts to ‘F’ CinemaScore, Says ‘Some People Are Not Going to Want to Listen’

“mother!” opened in third place on opening weekend, and shows no signs of gathering steam. What went wrong here — and what does it tell us about the state of studio-produced filmmaking today?

That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss Paramount’s strategy for »


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‘1922’ Trailer: Stephen King’s Haunting Novella Comes to Netflix Just in Time for Halloween

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Netflix must be pretty happy over the fact that “It” is the highest grossing horror film in box office history. The streaming giant is surely hoping all the recent Stephen King attention will turn two upcoming originals into hits: “Gerald’s Game” and “1922.” The trailer has officially premiered for the latter, and you should not watch it if rats give you the creeps.

Read More:‘Gerald’s Game’ Trailer: Carla Gugino is Chained to Her Bed in Netflix’s Stephen King Adaptation

“1922” is based off the King novella that was featured in his 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars.” Thomas Jane plays a farmer who conspires to kill his wife (Molly Parker) and recruits his son to help him commit the crime. But the wife won’t go down without a haunting, and soon the farmer is attacked by rats and becomes convinced his dead former lover is haunting him from beyond the grave. »


- Zack Sharf

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Kingsman Vs. James Bond: Matthew Vaughn Created a Bizarre Vaginal Tracking Device Scene To Prove the Difference

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The “Kingsman” sequel, much like the original, sits at a nexus. They are proper gentlemen who champion old-world traditions; they are also elite undercover agents who utilize futuristic technology, using not-so-subtle CGI. However, there’s one sequence that breaks from this old world-meets-new schtick, and it stands out as stunningly crude as it is rudimentary — and so narratively forced it ties the feather-light plot into a pretzel.

Halfway through “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the Kingsmen’s American cousins — the Statesmen — boast enough technology to literally heal a bullet to the brain. But when our heroes Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) need to complete the relatively simple task of putting a tracking device on the villain’s girlfriend, they are forced to rely on a latex finger condom.

“For me, I was like how do you reinvent the ‘Guys, you got to get in the room, you got to place a bug, »


- Chris O'Falt

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How ‘Ninjago’ Expands the Punk Rock, Rule-Breaking Lego Universe

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When Phil Lord and Chris Miller turned animation on its head with “The Lego Movie” in 2014, they proved you could successfully make a punk rock hero’s journey that was both reverential and iconoclastic. This year Chris McKay expanded into Gotham with “The Lego Batman Movie,” and Charlie Bean takes a naturalistic turn with his martial arts brick adventure, “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” Despite embracing different genres, they are variations on family, friendship, and self-discovery.

“When I first saw ‘The Lego Movie,’ I thought this was so different and so cool,” said Bean, who makes his feature debut after helming the “Tron Uprising” animated series. “It was a garage band type of aesthetic. It doesn’t care about the rules. It can be live-action, it can use different graphic design. We can break the rules and do whatever we want. It’s funnier, more brash, and, at the same time, »


- Bill Desowitz

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Pennywise Can’t Stop Dancing to ‘Hey Ya!’ and More in the Internet’s Best ‘It’ Meme — Watch

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Pennywise is here to put the “It” in “Shake It Off.” The Twitter account @Dancing_Pennywise has introduced the best “It” meme the internet has seen with a series of edited videos that show Bill Skarsgård busting a movie to Taylor Swift, Outkast, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell, and many more. The account has posted 27 videos at the time of this writing and is quickly going viral with over 7,000 followers and counting.

Read More:Oscar Isaac’s ‘Ex Machina’ Dance Matches Up Perfectly To Any Song — Watch

@Dancing_Pennywise brings to mind the @oscardances that launched last year in the wake of “Ex Machina.” That account served up videos of Oscar Isaac’s memorable dance from the film edited to different songs, and now Pennywise has gotten the same treatment. The “It” scene being used for the meme is the moment Pennywise appears to Beverly and performs a terrifying jig.

“It” has »


- Zack Sharf

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Julianne Moore Is the Real Reason ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Worth Seeing

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You probably want to go see “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” because you enjoyed the 2014 original, but there’s only one reason why you should actually go spend upwards of $12 to watch the sequel, and her name is Julianne Moore. Sure, Matthew Vaughn’s action scenes remain dazzlingly choreographed and new cast members Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Channing Tatum are welcome additions, but Moore owns the entire movie as a scene-chewing sociopath. Sorry, Colin Firth.

The Oscar winner embraces her dark side as Poppy Adams, a global entrepreneur who wants to legalize the drug trade so that her multimillion dollar empire can operate freely in the United States. Poppy has a fetish for 1950s Americana kitsch, and Moore basically plays her as if her housewife from “Far From Heaven” were a diabolical and demonic James Bond villain — think Martha Stewart with horns. Poppy is sweet, squeaky-clean, and maternal, but she »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Opposition’ Host Jordan Klepper on Creating His TV Persona and How He Copes With Watching Too Much Alex Jones

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A week before air, Jordan Klepper the comedian is fine-tuning his take on Jordan Klepper, the conspiracy-minded host of Comedy Central’s new nightly talk show “The Opposition.”

Klepper has already been playing a version of himself on “The Daily Show” for the past three years, as well as the Comedy Central special “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns.” But now, much like Stephen Colbert before him, he’s been given a much larger platform to expand who “TV Jordan Klepper” is.

“You are seeing a version of me that that is a little more unaware, who doesn’t have perspective in the way that Jordan Klepper the person might have that perspective,” he told IndieWire. “And then you sprinkle on the realities of this world, which is simply that you choose your own reality, which becomes the truth to you, and you can feed it out into your own echo chamber. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Queers’ Trailer: Alan Cumming Looks ‘Carol’ Great in Period Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creator Mark Gatiss — Watch

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There’s nothing more delightful than watching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman revel in all of that cheeky queer subtext on “Sherlock.” We have the show’s out creator, Mark Gatiss, to thank for it. Gatiss is ditching the undertones for overtones in “Queers,” a new short series commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act (sic), which partially decriminalized sex between two men in the U.K. Featuring performances from Britain’s brightest out actors, such as Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, and Russell Tovey, each episode is written by a different prominent Lgbt writer. BBC America released a first trailer for the series today, and it’s flecked with all sorts of period costume magic.

According to the BBC, the show is a series of monologues from different figures throughout the fifty years, using inspiration from 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself. »


- Jude Dry

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The 25 Best Female Movie Performances of the 21st Century

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Much has been made about the dearth of strong female roles in contemporary cinema, and the problematic depictions of women in many recent movies, but the past two decades have provided plenty of counterexamples. While the onus is on writers and directors to craft strong female characters, the actresses themselves bring these figures to life, and they’re often the main reason we keep being drawn back to these works.

In no particular order, our favorite — and we’d like to think the best — female performances of the 21st century.

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” begins with a laugh that catches in your throat: A wide-eyed cat looks off-screen to the screams of a man and woman in apparent orgiastic bliss. Then comes the cutaway, which reveals a far more nefarious incident: Middle-aged Michéle (Isabelle Huppert), in the process of getting raped by a masked assailant on the floor of her home. »


- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Michael Nordine, Jude Dry, Jamie Righetti and Zack Sharf

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‘DuckTales’ Review: Fun and Feminist Premiere Gives Margo Martindale Another Chance to Shine

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After the delightful “DuckTales” movie pressed reset on the adventures of the familiar feathered characters from the ‘90s, the actual series debuts in earnest on Saturday morning with a pair of episodes that give a little more time to the supporting characters. Only the first was given to critics for review, and although “Daytrip of Doom!” is a little bit more domestic and mundane in scope — a trip to Atlantis every week would be a bit much — the spirit of adventure is still strongly present and intact.

The series premiere spotlights a trio of strong female characters: Webby Vanderquack (Kate Micucci), Mrs. Beakley (Toks Olagundoye), and Ma Beagle (guest star Margo Martindale). Even though the episode runs a mere 22 minutes, it manages to actually reveal surprising depths to each character.

Read More:‘DuckTales’ Review: Nostalgic, Adventure-Filled Reboot Is All It’s Quacked Up to Be

In particular, Webby in the original series was timid, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Martin Scorsese is Teaching an Online Filmmaking Course, and You Can Sign Up Now — Watch

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You’ve learned screenwriting from Aaron Sorkin and the art of comedy from Steve Martin, now MasterClass is inviting you to learn filmmaking from Martin Scorsese. That’s right, the iconic director will be teaching an online film course with over 20 installments in early 2018, and you can enroll right now by heading over to the MasterClass website.

Scorsese has offered up insights into his filmmaking process in interviews in the past, but the MasterClass online series is bound to be one of the most informative lessons in Scorsese’s outlook on directing. The Oscar winner is currently in production on “The Irishman” in New York City. According to MasterClass, the online program will feature Scorsese “sharing his insights into the history of film and filmmaking.”

Read More:How Martin Scorsese Will Save Filmmaking From Extinction

“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my »


- Zack Sharf

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s ‘The President Is Missing’ To Be Developed As Showtime TV Series

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Showtime has won the latest hotly contentious presidential race. The pay cable network just landed the rights to adapt “The President is Missing,” the upcoming novel from President Bill Clinton and superstar author James Patterson, into a TV series.

The book, set to be published next June, tells the story of what happens when a sitting U.S. president suddenly disappears. Clinton, who’s long been a fan of Patterson and political thrillers, brought his insider knowledge of what it’s like to hold the most powerful office in the land.

“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim, and I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life,” Clinton said in a statement.

Read More:Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

Landing “The President is Missing” is a win for Showtime, as insiders »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: This Biopic About Winnie the Pooh’s Creator Is Totally Run of the Milne

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Once upon a time we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories. At least, that’s how it feels to watch a consistently milquetoast, comfortably middlebrow bit of true-life fluff like “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which does for Winnie the Pooh what “Finding Neverland” did for Peter Pan (which is to say that it takes a formative and utterly unique work of literature and reverse engineers it into a passable biopic that has no hope of changing the world or anyone in it).

It’s a shame, because A.A. Milne’s personal and professional lives are both fertile dramatic territory, and the film’s script — by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan — makes sure to point out all of the interesting movies that could have been mined from this material as they pass by and fade out of sight. Instead, we’re »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains light spoilers for “Will & Grace” Season 9 (2017), regarding the characters’ current living arrangements and how the new season deals with the former series finale.]

The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the series Season 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.

The triggered anxiety shouldn’t stem from the blunt exposition or an uncharacteristic fourth-wall break; it stems from how Jack’s rhetorical question to the audience at home is reminiscent of another ’90s sitcom revival which did the same thing: “Fuller House,” the worst of television’s zombie horde, featured a scene in Season 1 where the entire cast turned and stared blankly at the camera. »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start

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Veep” is the best comedy on television, as attested by the 2017 Emmys and confirmed by IndieWire’s substantial critical authority, and its quickly approaching series finale will mark a great loss to television. The way in which David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sword-swinging satirical attack on our corrupt national leaders stabs and skewers every last power-hungry politician is a service of the utmost importance when anger is running high.

But in addition to a series that satisfies American bloodlust for the blowhards on Capital Hill, those same viewers need to believe in politicians. We need a show to encourage that belief, and the current climate — which can be described as tumultuous at best — only emphasizes said point.

Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world, »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Big Sick’ Sweepstakes: Enter to Win the Indie Rom-Com Hit on Blu-ray

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One of the surprise hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy “The Big Sick.” The film details the real-life relationship between “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, and how the couple’s relationship overcame cultural differences and a life-threatening illness. The film has been a box office success since it’s release over the summer, and remains atop the highest grossing indie films of 2017.

Read More:‘The Big SickReview: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017

The Big Sick” stars Nanjani, who plays himself, and Zoe Kazan, who plays his wife, as well as Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. To celebrate the Blu-Ray release of “The Big Sick,” we’ve giving away five Blu-Ray copies of the film to five lucky winners based in the United States.

Now through Friday, »


- Jamie Righetti

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