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Happy Anniversary 'Kill Bill Vol. 2'! Watch Vintage 45-Minute Talk With Quentin Tarantino & Charlie Rose Plus Read The Script

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With the dire "Transcendence" opening today, and next week's big release coming in the shape of the Fox comedy "The Other Woman," you might think April isn't a great time to head to the multiplex. But ten years ago, Quentin Tarantino gave movie buffs a reason to flock to theatres in big numbers in the spring On April 16, 2004 — can you believe it's been ten years? — "Kill Bill Vol. 2" opened, capping off the writer/director's epic saga. And it gives us an excuse to take a trip back in time, so here's a lengthy, 45-minute chat with Charlie Rose. It's pretty good stuff, with Tarantino revealing right from the start he'd been working on a World War II script (probably "Inglourious Basterds") first, but it was getting too long and unwieldy, so he switched over to start penning "Kill Bill" instead. Tarantino is a lively ranconteur, so be sure to check that out. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: BBC Arena’s 50 Minute Documentary On Andrei Tarkovsky

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While the internet is no doubt useful to maintain our required daily cute animal fix, it’s also home to many recordings of older and foreign television programs that otherwise would never have seen the light of day. Case in point, the Criterion-approved Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky was profiled for an hour-long special on the iconic BBC series, Arena, a treat that would have never made it on the airwaves outside of Britain, then or now. Broadcast a few months after Tarkovsky’s death, the special spans the director’s entire career, from his Soviet Union beginnings, including the powerful “Ivan’s Childhood” and his landmark adaptation of “Solaris,” as well as his final two non-Russian films, the documentary “Voyage in Time” and “The Sacrifice.” It’s a great in-depth look at the director that Ingmar Bergman called “the greatest of them all.” Watch the special below via The Seventh Art. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Exclusive: Learn The Business With Clip From 'Beneath The Harvest Sky' Starring Aiden Gillen

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What would you do to get out of your small town and forge a new life? How desperate is that desire to flee, and how far would you go to make it happen? Those seem to be some of the core themes at play in the coming-of-age thriller "Beneath The Harvest Sky." Written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the film stars Emory Cohen ("The Place Beyond The Pines"), Aidan Gillen ("The Wire," "Game Of Thrones") and Callan McAuliffe ("The Great Gatsby") and tells the story of friends Casper and Dominic who make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road, so they can ditch small town Maine. When Casper is drawn into drug smuggling by his outlaw father, his friendship with Dominic is tested, leading to some tough choices. In this exclusive clip, we see Caspar's smooth father as he operates and explains his business. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 30-Minute Talk Between Jon Favreau & Martin Scorsese In 'Dinner For Five'

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Before his reinvention as a blockbuster director, Jon Favreau hosted a half-hour show for IFC called “Dinner For Five” that found the multi-hyphenate engaged in conversation with four other guests from the film industry over dinner. Though borne of a simple premise, the show was often illuminating, funny and, most of all, humanizing, especially when larger stars or industry legends were involved. The sole digression from the title-and-premise was a one-on-one conversation with Favreau’s future “The Wolf Of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese that’s been making the rounds online. Airing during the third season in 2004, the episode with Scorsese is, in terms of the actual staging of the director and host, more in-line with other television interviews but Favreau’s cool approach – and obvious admiration for Scorsese – meshes exceptionally well with the legendary director who, as always, is a game interview subject. One of the better exchanges in the episode concerns Scorsese’s. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Review: Mindless And Harmless '13 Sins' Starring Mark Webber & Ron Perlman Fails To Thrill

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Real human beings take a certain kind of sadistic pleasure in watching fictional human beings suffer. As long as it's from a safe distance, and it's not affecting you or yours on any level, watching man turn into beast right before your very eyes could feel almost empowering. Just think about the most popular video games for a second, if all the violent movies aren't convincing enough. This type of barbarity gets upped a notch when you throw in the theme of voyeurism; not only are we watching how low some people will go, but now we're watching them being watched, controlled, and manipulated into doing some really nasty stuff. We've seen it on taut psychological display in David Fincher's “The Game,” James Wan's “Saw” begat an entire franchise on it, and more recently E.L. Katz's “Cheap Thrills” had all sorts of delirious fun with it during the festival circuit. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Tribeca Exclusive: Listen To Fall On Your Sword's "Alive, Safe, And Happy" From Drama 'X/Y'

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For the last few year, music collective Fall On Your Sword has been building up an impressive resumé of film scoring gigs. The group counts "Another Earth," "Nobody Walks," "28 Hotel Rooms" and "Lola Versus" among their credits, and the Tribeca Film Festival presents another movie this year with their distinctive work on it. From writer/director Ryan Piers Williams, "X/Y" brings together an ensemble including America Ferrera, Melonie Diaz, Amber Tamblyn, Common, Dree Hemingway and more to tell the story of four friends living in New York and their interactions as they search for a sense of balance. This exclusive track from Fall On Your Sword,"Alive, Safe And Happy" is both rollicking and uneasy, pulsating and unnerving, likely capturing the journey of these characters as they navigate their lives and each other. "X/Y" premieres on Saturday, April 19th at Bmcc Tribeca Pac. Listen below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes Contender 'The Search' Starring Berenice Bejo

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With the film shooting in secret last summer and fall, director Michel Hazanavicius has been keeping a close veil over his forthcoming "The Search," slated to play in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, that veil is slowly being lifted with the first official image finally arriving. What we do know is that the movie, announced with a 2hour and 29 minute runtime, is a remake of Fred Zinneman's 1948 film of the same name, and has Berenice Bejo in the lead role, with Annette Bening also featuring. However, the story and setting has been updated to reflect a more contemporary political backdrop, with "The Artist" director switching gears and delivering a wartime drama. The original film involved a Czech mother and son looking for each other after surviving a concentration camp, but "The Search" will take place in Chechnya, with Bejo as a woman working for an Ngo.  Can Hazanavicius »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 10-Minute Talk With Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan For 'Spider-Man 2'

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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens this weekend in some key overseas territories, including the U.K., and Sony is reportedly hoping to hit the magic $1 billion mark with their sequel. That means, until the movie lands stateside, we're going to be seeing a lot more promo material from the film. So bring it on! First up, Film4 has an extensive ten-minute talk with director Marc Webb and castmembers Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, as they each discuss the approach and what brought them to the franchise. If that's not enough, how about a featurette focused simply on the score, with Webb and Hans Zimmer talking about the sonic aspects to the film, with the filmmaker choosing the composer because he wanted the movie to sound "contemporary." Anyway, it's a lot to dive into so check it out below. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into cinemas on May 2nd. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Check Out David Fincher Shot Cover For W Magazine Featuring 'Gone Girl' Star Rosamund Pike

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As followers of the filmmaker know, David Fincher likes to have input on every aspect of films, including the marketing, and that has been true of his upcoming "Gone Girl." Back in January, Fincher snapped the EW cover photo featuring the stars of the film, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and he's once again played shutterbug for another magazine front. Pike graces the cover of the latest issue of W Magazine, and Fincher is man behind the striking image. The director also explained to the magazine why the actress was right for the lead role in his film. “I liked that people didn’t immediately know who Rosamund was,” he said, adding: “I’d always liked Rosamund in movies, but I didn’t really know her. That made her very interesting.” For Pike, it was a chance to play a character with some real complexity. “In [the play] 'Hitchcock Blonde,' I »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Images Of Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In 'Macbeth'

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"Macbeth" is now in production, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, and the actor is careful in judging his character too quickly or harshly. "I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged," he told the Daily Mail. "When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers." The first images from Justin Kurzel's ("Snowtown Murders") film are here, highlighting not just Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard, who has the juicy role of Lady Macbeth, one she will be playing with her native French accent intact. Fassbender details the headspace that Macbeth finds himself in with his wife. "He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steven Spielberg Adds Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara' To List Of Possible Directorial Projects

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So what is Steven Spielberg going to direct next? That's a question even he probably doesn't quite know the answer to yet, not that he isn't giving himself options. "Robopocalypse," which was supposed to be his next project, is on hold while he's also got "Montezuma" and a possible "West Side Story" remake to consider, and now he's throwing another on the pile. The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks have teamed up, nabbing the rights to David Kertzer's book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," slating Tony Kushner ("Lincoln," "Munich") to write the screenplay, for Spielberg to possibly direct. Not a bad way to start, and the material is pretty compelling. It tells the story of a young Jewish boy, who in 1858, is snatched by the authorities from his home, winds up being raised Catholic and becomes a priest. Here's the full blown book synopsis from Amazon:  Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Clint Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys' Aims For The High Notes

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Music has always been a big part of Clint Eastwood's career, with the filmmaker also serving as composer and songwriter for a strong handful of his films, yet he's never actually made a musical. Outside of the biopic "Bird" and an episode of the PBS series "The Blues," Eastwood has never really had the chance to dig elbows deep into movie with wall-to-wall music, but now the director who seems to have done it all, will cross the genre off his bucket list. The first trailer for "Jersey Boys" is here, bringing all the songs of the hit Broadway show to the big screen. Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Christopher Walken, and penned by John Logan ("Hugo," "Skyfall"), the films will tell the tale of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, documenting the rise and fall of the successful rock 'n' roll group of the 1960s, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Brooklyn Hipster Vampire Comedy ‘Summer Of Blood’

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Vampires have been just about everywhere: outer space, the distant future, Detroit. But it’s been a while since they’ve been to Brooklyn. The last time this particular borough was the subject of bloodsucking freaks was the failed Eddie Murphy/Wes Craven venture “Vampire in Brooklyn,” which put a stake through the heart of vampires in Brooklyn for a little while. But it seems like a good time for vampires to return to New York’s hippest borough, what with the thriving nightlife perfect for snacking, an abundance of dilapidated buildings to occupy (until they become condos), and the general acceptance, in Brooklyn, of sleeping till noon and looking like you’ve been touring with Phish for the last half decade. Tribeca spotlight opener “Summer of Blood” attempts to reposition vampires in Brooklyn, and the results are simultaneously satisfying and insufferably smug. Writer-director Onur Tukel stars as Eric, a lazy Brooklyn douchebag who, »

- Drew Taylor

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Tribeca Review: Nas Documentary ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Celebrates The Life Of A Classic Hip-Hop Album

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“Life’s a bitch and then you die,” rapper Nasir Jones spit on Illmatic, his groundbreaking 1994 debut album. A grim, cynical statement, Nas was simply following the tradition of hip-hop — reflecting your environment back to the audience. As Chuck D of Public Enemy once famously said, rap music was the “CNN for black people.” And so with Illmatic, Nas’ now-landmark ‘90s record, the rapper changed the game, broadcasting his pains, frustrations, ugly truths and hardships to a nation of listeners through a filter of lyrically dense, angry, blunt rhymes and jazz-inflected boom-bap beats. “It was real. He spoke the truth,” Alicia Keys says in the documentary, seemingly still taken aback now by Nas’ unflinching approach. Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, “Time Is Illmatic” is a look back on the now-cherished and seminal hip-hop record, but also focuses deeply »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: Director Gareth Edwards Talks "Serious" 'Godzilla' In Featurette Plus New Poster

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In case you haven't noticed, the forthcoming "Godzilla" doesn't have a whiff, suggestion or note of the campiness some of the previous incarnations of the movie monster may have had. And there's a very specific reason for that. In a few featurette for the upcoming film, director Gareth Edwards discusses the approach, and wanting to take the material seriously. Why? In his view, because the original Toho Productions movie did, serving as much as an allegory as a thrillride, and it's something Edwards respected. Even more, the filmmaker takes sci-fi in general quite seriously, and it's refreshing to hear him reference Steven Spielberg in terms of the scale and craft he wants to bring to the movie hitting next month. Still, the marketing department is having a bit of fun with this new, old school style poster. "Godzilla" crushes cars on May 16th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Glengarry Glen Ross'/'Wolf Of Wall Street' Trailer Mashup Wins A Set Of Steak Knives

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Is "The Wolf Of Wall Street" trailer the new "Downfall" when it comes to endless parodies? It's certainly on its way, as yet another one has crossed our desk and yes, it's well worth the watch. And it might just be for closers only. Richard Trammell has cut together yet another mashup for Martin Scorsese's film, this time taking the trailer editing and design and applying it to "Glengarry Glen Ross." And of course, the results are pretty great. Namely because both films deal with outsized assholes to varying degrees, though there is no replacement for Shelley "The Machine" Levine. He is forever. But this is pretty good stuff, and while we're not sure if it gets the keys to Cadillac, it will certainly go home with a set of steak knives. Don't agree? Put that coffee down. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer, Clip & Featurette For Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

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These days horror movies, for the most part, tend to come fast and cheap, with little in the way of craft other than loud noises and found footage aesthetics. But classic genre banner Hammer are doing things differently as they return to big screen productions. They scored a big hit with "The Woman In Black," a stylish and genuinely spooky ghost story and now they're back with "The Quiet Ones," another period tale that looks like it has an actual budget and something to say. Co-written by Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart"), and starring Jared Harris, Sam ClaflinErin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke, the film follows a London professor in the mid-70s, who works with his students on conducting eerie experiments, that of course, lead to supernatural trouble. Yeah, we know, sounds pretty generic but we're digging the overall mood, and we're hoping that Hammer continues to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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15 Cinematographers Turned Directors

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This weekend, the Johnny Depp-starring “Transcendence” opens in all its technophobic glory, across the nation, and while the reviews, ours included, so far, have ranged from mildly poisonous to all-out toxic, the proof will as ever be in the box office pudding. But not only is it a litmus test for whether or not Depp’s star power can carry a film outside the Disney/Tim Burton blockbuster ghetto he’s painted himself into, the film is also the testing ground for the tricky horse-change pulled by its director, longtime Christopher Nolan Director of Photography (Dp) Wally Pfister. Pfister is immensely respected in his previous role, and is indelibly associated with the noirish grit of the Nolan Batman movies, as well as the slick effects-driven sheen of “Inception,” which have become something of the styles du jour for big Hollywood movies — the gold standards that others must try to emulate. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Contest: Win Lars von Trier's 'The Five Obstructions' On DVD

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Of the many provocations Lars von Trier has delivered over the years, "The Five Obstructions" might be his most satisfying. The 2003 documentary might not be his most well known title, but if you're a fan of the director, you'll want to catch up with it quick. The film dives into the creative process of filmmaking with a unique twist, as it follows Lars von Trier's opportunity to work with idol Jørgen Leth on a most unusual experiment: Leth will remake his celebrated 1967 film "The Perfect Human" five times, each time with a different challenge set forth by von Trier that will force Leth to approach it differently and find a whole new set of creative solutions to re-think how he will tell his story. It's a neat concept that's pretty entertaining all around and now we've got a way for you to check it out at home, with copies »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Sergei Loznitsa's Cannes Documentary About Ukrainian Protests 'Maidan'

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You might not know his name, but Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010 he appeared in competition with "My Joy," and returned to the category in 2012 with "In The Fog," picking up the Fipresci Prize for his efforts. And now he's back with a project that documents one of the most dramatic moments in recent history. Set to play as a Special Selection, "Maidan" finds Loznitsa in documentary mode, exploring the protests in Kiev, Ukraine against the government from the ground level. The first trailer for the film is here and it's potent stuff. Here's the official synopsis (edited for clarity): Maidan, is the central square of Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Starting in November 2013, citizens of all ages and all faiths gathered to protest against the regime of President Yanukovych, who was forced to resign in late March. From November to March, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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