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Ranked: The Films Of David Fincher

18 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Playlist first ran a retrospective of David Fincher’s films back in 2010. At that point, the release of “The Social Network” brought the grand total of his narrative features to a whopping eight. In most cases, we wait a while before diving in to give a director the full retrospective treatment —Woody Allen had to hit a total of over forty before we accorded him that honor— but Fincher, in this as in almost every way, is atypical. This week, "Gone Girl," the director’s tenth narrative feature (his feature filmography comprises eleven titles if you add in his “debut” concert documentary, which we have included below for completeness sake) is released into cinemas. In the intervening years, he’s also added two episodes of an acclaimed TV show to his resume with "House of Cards", and has gone back to his music video days with a high-profile spot »

- The Playlist Staff

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Zombieland 2 is back on track with Ruben Fleischer directing

1 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zombieland fans rejoice, because Sony Pictures is looking to put the ill-fated and terrible Amazon sequel series behind them and finally move forward with an actual sequel to the hit 2009 film. Not only that, but they’ve brought back original film director Ruben Fleischer to helm the new installment, and have brought on Godzilla and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham to write the script.

According to Deadline, it’s unclear if any of the original stars will return, as they’ve all become extremely big stars in the last five years. Jesse Eisenberg is of course working on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Lex Luthor, Woody Harrelson is hot on the heels of an Emmy nomination for True Detective and has projects like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Now You See Me 2 (which Eisenberg will also be in) on his slate. Emma Stone may have »

- James Garcia

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Nyff 2014: ‘While We’re Young’ – The Young and the Old and the Restless

30 September 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While We’re Young

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach

USA,  2014

At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding, he took a turn in tone for his 2012 feature Frances Ha, which starred and was co-written by Greta Gerwig. So, though the warmth of that film might surprise someone familiar with his work, that it’s a collaboration with Gerwig explains at least part of that tone. While We’re Young, though, Baumbach’s newest film which premiered at Tiff this year and made a surprise appearance at the New York Film Festival, manages to carry that affection. It’s hard to top Frances Ha, but his newest is pleasant and impressive all the same.

Middle-aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller, Baumbach alum from Greenberg) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts »

- Kyle Turner

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Magic in the Moonlight

30 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 16, 2014; Digital Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $34.99

Studio: Sony

Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Emma Stone (Easy A) star in the 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight is the 44th feature film—44th!!!—written and directed by Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine).

Acclaimed magician Stanley Crawford (Firth), has dazzled audiences across Europe with feats of supernatural amazement, but when it comes to explaining the inexplicable, Stanley is a dedicated skeptic. Enter Sophie Baker (Stone), psychic, soothsayer, and stunning seductress. As Stanley and Sophie embark on misadventures up and down the French Riviera, will they discover proof of a world beyond the laws of physics or have they fallen under the sway of a more earthly chemistry?

Also featuring Marcia Gay Harden (A Cat in Paris), Hamish Linklater (Lola Versus), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom »

- Laurence

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'Manhattan Love Story' Review: Why this Candy-Coated Love Story Is Worth a Few Dates

29 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

ABC's new romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story is reminiscent of one of Woody Allen's best films, Annie Hall. Although, neither character possesses the endearing bordering on annoying neuroticism. The premise is basic: two people, Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman), meet and begin dating with New York city as the backdrop.

In addition to dialogue, the audience gets to hear his/her versions of events through inner monologues from the characters as well. If the pilot of Manhattan Love Story is any indication, stereotypical differences between the sexes will abound. Peter gets a bit weepy, and she assumes he's gay. Dana wants to talk about her day, he's distracted by her bra. All hope is not lost. The characters' individual personalities give the gimmick a fresh twist, and if the secondary characters are compelling enough to make this more of an ensemble, there's a show with a wide demographic appeal. »


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but is it a link post?

29 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Awards Daily takes on the unfortunate phrase "but is it an Oscar movie?" in relation (partially at least) to Gone Girl.

Empire Leonardo DiCaprio continues to have a bajillion movies in development. He's now bought the rights toAmerican Wolf which Robert Zemeckis wanted, too

i09 Be careful what you wish for. We've always wanted Christopher Walken in another movie musical. But this picture of him as Captain Hook is Terrifying

The Stake good piece on the casting of Vince Vaughn in True Detective 2 and what has happened to the actors original gifts

/bent 10 great queer films by straight directors. This was not prompted by Pride -- which you should totally see in theaters now -- but that also applies 

My New Plaid Pants Frankenstein is so hot right now

Telegraph Profile of Luke Evans who headlines Dracula Untold. This time he actually acknowledges that "Noted Homosexual" business albeit in a »


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TV Review: ‘Manhattan Love Story’

29 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The critical hostility exhibited at the TV Critics Assn. tour to “Manhattan Love Story” felt puzzling, since being broad, derivative and slightly backward is hardly a new set of misdemeanors for network comedies, perhaps especially at ABC. Granted, the show’s central device — getting to hear the innermost thoughts of the central guy and gal — is straight out of the subtitled feeling-out exchange in “Annie Hall,” but at least the show’s leads are reasonably appealing. Clearly, though, the whole Venus and Mars thing, explored via internal monologue, is not only a slim conceit, but risks becoming quickly tedious.

Analeigh Tipton’s Dana is new to Manhattan, having just been hired by a publishing firm even as it engages in what euphemistically might be called “belt-tightening.” As such, the other employees not only resent her, but fear she’s just a less-expensive newbie recruited to do their jobs.

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- Brian Lowry

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DVD Review: 'Fading Gigolo'

29 September 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆The fifth film in his decidedly varied career as a feature director, Fading Gigolo (2013) sees John Turturro helming, writing and starring in a pet project with an altogether different story than those of his previous directorial outings, which dealt with music and theatricality. Soliciting the help of established filmmaker Woody Allen - who both offered advice on the screenplay and co-stars - Turturro's latest tells the tale of an apprehensive male gigolo and his financially troubled cohort who's more than willing to don the role of personal pimp. Allen plays aging bookstore owner Murray, who's forced to close when sales begin to wane before convincing the reluctant Fioravante (Turturro) that there's money to be made in the gigolo business.


- CineVue UK

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Alec Baldwin Receives Friend of Italy Award

28 September 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alec Baldwin arrived in Rome to accept a Friend of Italy Award on behalf of the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival, which singles out individuals who promote Italian culture abroad. The festival’s head Pascal Vicedomini led the evening’s festivities, which also feted composer Tony Renis for his recent appointment to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I love to shoot in Italy, and in Rome especially,” Baldwin told reporters after receiving the silver mermaid statuette from acclaimed Django actor Franco Nero. “I look forward to coming back.” Baldwin had last filmed Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love

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Crowe, Sandler Were Original "Collateral" Stars

26 September 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There has been much debate over Michael Mann's films over the past decade-and-a-half, though one that seems to be universally liked is 2004's "Collateral".

At one time though, it turns out neither Tom Cruise or Jamie Foxx were slated to star. Instead, it was going to be a vehicle for Adam Sandler and Russell Crowe. Talking about his upcoming cyber warfare thriller "Blackhat," Mann tells THR:

"Nothing's wrong with Adam Sandler, but it kinda envisioned a - it took place in New York, the Jamie Foxx character was a badly written Jewish cab driver, with the kind of stereotypes that can only come from someone writing that kind of a character who's foreign, who's not American, that doesn't live in New York."

Mann was referring to the film's Australian screen writer Stuart Beattie and the script which was originally entitled "The Lost Domino" and developed with Crowe and Sandler in mind. »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Still Alice’ Set For Oscar-Qualifying Run

26 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Sony Pictures Classics is making good on its promise to debut its Toronto acquisition Still Alice this year to qualify the film for an Academy run, announcing this morning that it will open the picture for one week in December on both coasts before releasing the film wider on January 16, 2015.

Spc acquired the Julianne Moore-starring film about a psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s this month at the Toronto International Film Festival in what was a low-seven-figure deal from filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Since premiering in Toronto, the film has gotten a fair amount of buzz for Moore who stars in the film with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Lisa Genova and is produced by Marie Savare, Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. »

- Anita Busch

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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Felix and Meira’

26 September 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Felix, a middle-aged atheist adrift without family ties, and Meira, a young Hasidic woman feeling lost and smothered under nearly the opposite circumstances, find tentative connection in one another in Canadian helmer Maxime Giroux’s somberly seductive “Felix and Meira.” Though set in present-day Montreal, this tender romance unfolds like an episode from another century, paying the sort of careful attention to social boundaries you’d expect to find in a classic forbidden-love novel. While neither Meira’s arc nor her Orthodox Jewish environment constitutes especially new territory, the pic distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity, offering quiet reflection for festival and arthouse auds.

The latest in a small run of films with narrative ties to the Hasidic community, “Felix and Meira” suggests that its characters would be happier if given more freedom and fewer restrictions — as John Turturro’s “Fading Gigolo” playfully demonstrated earlier this year. More surprising »

- Peter Debruge

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The first Fall stab at Golden Globe predictions

26 September 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s that time again…time to take a stab at Golden Globe predictions. As I previously mentioned in my last installment, I was originally planning on waiting to take a new look at Golden Globe predictions until the summer was over (so basically now), but I just couldn’t resist. Fast forward to today and I’m back now with what’s my fourth look at the Golden Globe Awards, with this time around, another new theory to try and drum up some different/more accurate predictions. Anyway, here goes nothing! To reiterate one more time, the biggest difference that you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they tend to go for the bigger names or the bigger productions, as well as more European fare. So yes, films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher are here, »

- Joey Magidson

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Nyff: Entering the Third Dimension with 'Goodbye to Language'

25 September 2014 8:11 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The New York Film Festival is finally about to begin and here is Glenn on one of the must-sees of the fest, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language.

Much like the film itself, you’ll have to bear with me here. If I get lost or end up on tangents then don’t worry – it’s not only to be expected, but probably the intent. This will probably be messy, but this is a film titled Goodbye to Language so I feel it’s a safe zone, yes? You see, there is a lot to talk about. How about the use of 3D that is perhaps the best I have ever seen. And then there’s the bravura directions that director Jean-Luc Godard goes even once you think you may have his shtick down. And that’s before we get into the concept of subjectivity of ideas. For all I know, »

- Glenn Dunks

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Dallas Ep Defends Killing [Spoiler], Previews Major Paternity Twist and Reveals 'Emotional' Season 4 Plans

24 September 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earlier this week, TNT’s Dallas made good on its promise to off one of the Ewings during the Season 3 finale, resulting in the series’ most explosive (too soon?) twist to date.

Related Dallas Finale Recap: Fall in the Family

TVLine spoke with executive producer Cynthia Cidre about how the Ewings will deal with Christopher’s death, when we’ll finally learn the identity of Elena’s baby daddy and, of course, how John Ross’ long-lost sister will play into the events of Season 4 (assuming the show is renewed).

Tvline | So, I have to ask… Why Christopher?

You know, we »

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Lunch with Adam Pally: Bourbon at 11 a.m. and conversations about Prince

24 September 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …

Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.

Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »

- Samantha Highfill

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French Legion of Honour ceremony for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-09-24 11:15:55

24 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard - Chevalier of the Legion of Honor insignia at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."

In a video tribute, stars from Isabelle Huppert to Michael Haneke, from Marion Cotillard to Gerard Depardieu, Woody Allen »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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How Sony Pictures Classics Survived the Indie Film Biz

23 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One key advantage of running a film company together is that it’s possible to be two places at once. That came in handy on a recent night at the Toronto International Film Festival when Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, canvassed the town. They both attended screenings of “Leviathan,” the Russian film they picked up at Cannes, and “Infinitely Polar Bear,” starring Mark Ruffalo. Then Barker stopped at an event for Martin Scorsese, while Bernard attended back-to-back dinners. They reunited later that evening to haggle over an acquisition deal for the buzzy Julianne Moore drama “Still Alice.”

It’s no wonder that after working in tandem for three decades, Barker and Bernard have perfected a way to navigate an industry that demands constant nurturing of relationships, a keen eye for talent and movies, and the financial discipline to survive the volatility of a business »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Win DVD Prizes With ‘Magic In The Moonlight’!

23 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the cinema release of ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, in cinemas now, we’re giving three people the chance to win a copy of ‘Blue Jasmine’ on Blu-ray and ‘Midnight in Paris’ on DVD.

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic In The Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all.

Written and Directed by Woody Allen, the film stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver.

For your chance to win, just answer the question below: »

- Dan Bullock

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Marcia Gay Harden Signs With ICM Partners

22 September 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Actress Marcia Gay Harden has signed with ICM Partners. Harden won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in 2000’s Pollock and was again nominated for 2003’s Mystic River. She next appears opposite Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in Millenium’s Elsa & Fred and will play mother to Christian Grey in Universal’s Valentine’s Day 2015 tentpole Fifty Shades of Grey. Harden recently starred on ABC’s Trophy Wife and will return to HBO’s The Newsroom as attorney Rebecca Halliday this fall. She also appears in Woody Allen’s latest, Magic in the Moonlight, with Colin Firth and Emma Stone. Her Broadway work includes God of Carnage, for which she won the Tony. On television, Harden nabbed an Emmy nod for a 2007 guest role on Law & Order: Svu and another for 2009’s The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. She was previously with UTA. Harden is also »

- Jen Yamato

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