Release Calendar for July 3, Plus Where to Watch the Latest Films

Staying home? Good. Looking for something new to watch while you do it? Even better! As the world shifts to accommodate a wide range of in-home viewing options for movie lovers, it’s not just platforms that are expanding, it’s the very type of films they host. There’s more than ever to sift through, and IndieWire is here to help you do just that.

This week’s new releases include Netflix Originals, fresh VOD offerings, new studio releases now available in the comfort of your own home, and a variety of exciting virtual cinema picks. Browse your options below.

“Family Romance, LLC” (directed by Werner Herzog)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: Streaming on MUBI

A scrappy drama shot on the fly during a stopover in Japan, Werner Herzog’s minor-key story revolves around Japan’s bizarre rent-a-family business, a concept so Herzogian it’s a wonder the filmmaker didn’t dream it up on his … Read More

Iran will not disclose cause of mysterious nuclear site fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An online video and messages purportedly claiming responsibility for a fire that analysts say damaged a centrifuge assembly plant at Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear site deepened the mystery Friday around the incident — even as Tehran insisted it knew the cause but would not make it public due to “security reasons.”

The multiple, different claims by a self-described group called the “Cheetahs of the Homeland” included language used by several exiled Iranian opposition organizations. They also focused almost entirely on Iran’s nuclear program, viewed by Israel as a danger to its very existence.

The disparate messages, as well as the fact that Iran experts have never heard of the group before, raised questions about whether Natanz again had faced sabotage by a foreign nation as it had during the Stuxnet computer virus outbreak believed to have been engineered by the U.S. and Israel. Tehran’s

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Wants To Put You in the Room Where It Happens

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

From Harper’s BAZAAR

With every state now in a phase of reopening, we’ve begun cautiously tiptoeing into a new normal, dining out at restaurants en plein air, and entering shops with masks secured. But some spaces—like Broadway theaters, concert halls, and other high-capacity venues—remain shuttered indefinitely, with no way of knowing when they might once again be able to safely open their doors.

Attending a live performance is therefore a distant prospect, but thanks to an upcoming release on Disney+, you’ll soon be able to get your Broadway fix at home. As of today, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical Hamilton is available to stream from the comfort of your couch. Taped in 2016 at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, the live recording features the production’s original cast, including Miranda himself. If you weren’t able to get tickets to Hamilton the first time around, now is your chance

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Why is Corporate America Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ Now?

George Floyd was murdered on May 25, and for days corporate America at large was silent. Walmart was still promoting home decor and Warner Music was sending Taco Tuesday reminders. This was the same respect given to Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor following their deaths in February and March, respectively. By May 29, grounds quaked from protests stomping across the nation, and, as is often the case in American history, Black women gave that movement a voice that could cut through the almost inhumane corporate silence. 

On May 29, a simple phone call would morph into a campaign started by two Black music industry veterans, Jamila Thomas, senior director of marketing at Atlantic Records, and Brianna Agyemang, senior artist campaign manager at Apple-owned music talent development firm Platoon. (Agyemang also used to work at Atlantic Records.) Two days later, they shared a message with the world that would grind the

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Best Buy’s Epic Fourth of July Sale Is Packed with Amazing Deals on Dyson Vacuums, 4K TVs, and More

Between grilling out and watching fireworks, you’re probably also doing a little online shopping this weekend. There are plenty of Fourth of July sales to browse, but Best Buy’s incredible savings are by far some of the best we’ve come across. The retailer majorly slashed prices on hundreds of big-ticket items from every department, including laptops, TVs, kitchen appliances, vacuums, and more.

Some of these impressive deals include this 75-inch TV for a whopping $1,200 off, the Apple Watch Series 3 for less than $200, and this Dyson cordless stick vacuum for 44 percent off. If you’re looking to invest in a new computer, now’s a good time to do so. Best Buy has some massive discounts on laptops and desktops that are almost as good as they were on Black Friday. Shoppers can score $700 off the Apple Macbook Pro that comes with a touch bar and the Lenovo

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This Casper 4th of July mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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BMW will charge drivers subscriptions for heated seats

BMW
BMW

BMW is adding another subscription service to its cars, which would make users sign up in order to access services already built into their cars.

This could include heated seats, or advanced driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control.

The news comes as the car manufacturer announces updates to its vehicles operating system (called Operating System 7). New cars will have this feature built in.

BMW will be able to update remotely every line of code that makes the car’s systems work.

“BMW already offers its customers digital services and additional vehicle functions in the form of digital after-sales, some of which are deeply embedded in the vehicle’s software. In the US, BMW Drive Recorder is offered through a pilot program” the announcement reads.

“In the near future, additional functions will be added that can access the vehicle’s existing hardware and software, such as certain comfort functions or

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FaceApp is cool again, and adamant it’s not a privacy minefield

FaceApp’s next frontier is bringing its image-editing magic to video, ideally to create live filters on top of videos. A limited version of this feature has already soft-launched on the iOS app, letting you try the old age and child-like filters free of charge. The clips are choppy and struggle to keep up if you move your head too much, but the result is still staggering. Currently, legions of VFX artists spend months aging and de-aging stars in movies, but that could all change. 

“You’ve got 60 frames a second, you got 60 seconds a minute, [you’re] looking at 2,000 frames a minute,” said Ravalia. “If you’re going to retouch [all] that, you need to make masks and go frame-by-frame, it’s a two-to-three week job, but we want to do that [with] a single tap.” The preview videos are sent to a server to be processed, but in the future,

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4 Stocks to Keep an Eye on as Analysts Initiate Coverage

As analysts are the key information intermediaries in capital markets, initiation of coverage by them offers critical information on a stock which is of great value to investors.

Coverage initiation by analyst(s) on a stock portrays higher investor inclination. Investors, on their part, often assume there is something special in a stock to attract analysts’ interest. In other words, they believe that the company coming under coverage has value that can’t be ignored.

Obviously, stocks are not randomly chosen to cover. New coverage usually reflects a reassuring future envisioned by the analyst(s). At times, increased investors’ focus on a stock motivates analysts to take a closer look at it. After all, who doesn’t love to produce something that is already in demand? Hence, we often find that analysts’ ratings on newly-added stocks are more favorable than ratings on continuously covered stocks.

It is worth mentioning here that the average change

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San Sebastian Embraces Cannes Official Selection Titles

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Spain’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, has delivered on director José Luis Rebordinos’ promise of considering  Cannes Official Selection titles for selection, slating five Cannes label titles in its own main competition, the Festival announced Friday.

These include two of the biggest sales attractions at last week’s Cannes Marché du Film Online: François Ozon’s “Summer of 85” and Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round.” They also take in two other titles included in what Cannes head Thierry Fremaux called The Faithful in his lineup of film which would have screwed at Cannes, had the festival taken place: Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers” and Sharunas Bartas “In the Dusk.”

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Also making San Sebastian’s competition cut are “Beginning,” a Cannes Official Selection first feature from Georgia’s Dea Kulumbegashvili, plus “Any Cry Babies Around?” from  Japan’s Takuma Sato.

“Another Round”

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