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Spoiler Alert! How to Tell the Story Without Telling the Story

23 March 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

(Warning: There will be spoilers) When Charlie McDowell’s mysterious film The Discovery debuted at Sundance last January, its distributor, Netflix, premiered a teaser trailer along with it — a good strategy, considering the film’s intriguing premise (that science has proven the existence of an afterlife) and its abundance of plot twists. No spoilers, please! A beautiful piece of promotion for a dark sci-fi romance ostensibly about life after death but essentially about a person looking for his soul mate, the teaser uses Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” for an 88-second music-driven montage (a song not used in the film but well-suited for […] »

- Stephen Garrett

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The Voice Recap: Battle Cries

21 March 2017 6:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Night 1 of The Voice’s Season 12 Battle Rounds was such a head-scratcher that it’s a wonder I still had a singular Homer Simpson hair left up there by the time it was over. Quizz Swanigan over Felicia Temple? Mark Isaiah over Gaby Borromeo? No steals for Kenny P. or Missy Robertson? We were in Bizarro World territory! Did Night 2 return us to some semblance of, “Ok, this computes”? Read on and find out, at least in my estimation…

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Tom Hanks to Interview Bruce Springsteen for Tribeca Fest Talks

20 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Bruce Springsteen will discuss his position in American rock history during an intimate conversation with Tom Hanks for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The event, set for Friday, April 28th at the Beacon Theater, is one of several newly announced "Tribeca Talks" scheduled throughout the festival. 

Scarlett Johansson, Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Barbra Streisand (interviewed by director Robert Rodriguez), Dustin Hoffman, Noah Baumbach, Common, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) and  will also participate in panels and discussions at the festival, which runs April 19th through the 30th.

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TV Review: ‘Sun Records’ on Cmt

20 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sun Records” is based, loosely, on the musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which tells the story of the real-life, mostly impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins at a Memphis joint named Sun Records. That little record label was owned by a small-time producer named Sam Phillips, who despite marginal financial success went on to be immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for discovering Presley, working with artists like Cash, Lewis, and Roy Orbison, and for producing the Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88,” an Ike Turner song that is considered to be the first rock and roll record.

Rock and roll history is dense, fertile territory for mythmaking and nostalgia, and Sun Records, the historic institution, is as good a peg as any. But “Sun Records,” the show, doesn’t quite tap into the raw power of rock and roll — or blues, or rockabilly, or »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Robert Redford, Jason Segel Deal With the Afterlife in ‘The Discovery’ Trailer (Watch)

18 January 2017 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Redford and Jason Segel are dealing with the afterlife in strange ways in Netflix’s teaser-trailer for the science-fiction movie “The Discovery.”

Redford stars as a doctor who has made a scientific breakthrough that shocks the world and challenges everything we know about life and death. It appears in the trailer — accompanied to the music of Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” — that the discovery enables those trying to commit suicide to do so multiple times.

“They’re just going to keep trying to kill themselves,” says Segel’s character in the teaser’s only dialogue.

Charlie McDowell directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Justin Lader. Rooney Mara, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada also star.

The Discovery” will hold its world premiere on Friday at Redford’s Sundance Film Festival. His comedy “A Walk In The Woods” debuted at the festival two years ago.

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- Dave McNary

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Coming Distractions: The trailer for Netflix’s The Discovery is brilliantly composed—and creepy as hell

18 January 2017 10:05 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Is there life after death? It doesn’t explicitly say so in this trailer, but The Discovery apparently posits that, yes, there is, and here’s some math showing how. When we previously reported on the upcoming Netflix film, all we knew about it was that Jason Segel had joined the project to play Rooney Mara’s love interest, a man who “somehow scientifically proves that there’s an afterlife.” (Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, and Riley Keough are also part of the cast.) Mara’s character also reportedly has a “tragic past,” but if the above trailer is any indication, her present is looking pretty damn troubled, as well. The strains of Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely” kick things off, paired with images that conjure up your standard twee indie romantic drama, albeit one populated by very famous people. Which lasts for 30 seconds, when the music shudders, and ...


- Alex McCown-Levy

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