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J.J. Abrams Cites Influence Of Terrence Malick, John Ford, And Akira Kurosawa On 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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

Among other things, including Saturday afternoon serials, the influence of the films of Akira Kurosawa (particularly "The Hidden Fortress") and John Ford on George Lucas' "Star Wars" saga is well established. And it looks like in preparing for his own venture to a galaxy far, far away, director J.J. Abrams looked up some of the very same kinds of pictures that inspired Lucas those many decades ago. Read More: Watch New TV Spot For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus Soundtrack Details In the latest print edition of Empire (via Star Wars News Net), the director reveals the heavyweight filmmakers whose worked he watched as he started on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Here's the excerpt from the magazine:  Before he started The Force Awakens, Abrams watched some movies. No, not those ones, Other ones. He looked at “the confidence” of John Ford Westerns. He took in »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daily | Cahiers Top Ten, Louis Delluc Nominees

7 hours ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The day after Sight & Sound posted its best-of-2015 list, Cahiers du Cinéma's top ten began making the rounds. The top three, in order: Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour and Philippe Garrel's In the Shadow of Women. Nominated for France's prestigious Louis Delluc Prize this year are: Antoine Barraud’s Portrait of an Artist, Stephane Brizé's The Measure of a Man, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, Philippe Faucon’s Fatima, Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite and Rithy Panh’s L’Image manquante. Also in today's roundup: Restoring D.A. Pennebaker's Dont Look Back, a profile of Adam Goldberg and more. » - David Hudson »

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'The Leftovers' Tom Perrotta on Taking Kevin to the 'Other Side' and If There Will Be a Season 3

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Many want to find the split between Tom Perrotta and his partner in crime Damon Lindelof. While Perrotta wrote the book (literally) on "The Leftovers," Lindelof has been tasked with running the show alongside the novelist-turned-screenwriter. What they've created is nothing short of landmark television; a show so challenging some can't bear to accept its reality but so captivating they dare not look away.  But when "The Leftovers" went there in Episode 8 — taking Kevin from the world of the living to some sort of purgatory-like other side — critics and fans were faced with one of the most difficult debates yet. Was this evidence of the supernatural? Did Kevin's journey have to be taken literally, thus proving a belief previously left up to viewers' discretion? Or was it simply how Kevin worked through his issues with Patti, after being pushed to the edge of insanity before jumping off? He downed a »

- Ben Travers

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