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Watch: Katherine Heigl Goes American Psycho In Red Band Trailer For 'Home Sweet Hell'

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Unfairly or not, Katherine Heigl is often portrayed in the media as something of a highly demanding, sometimes unreasonable actress. And it seems she's playing with that persona for the upcoming dark comedy "Home Sweet Hell," which sees the actress going a little bit "American Psycho." Co-starring Patrick Wilson, Jordana Brewster, and Jim Belushi, the movie finds Heigl playing a controlling, Ocd housewife who badgers her hapless husband into committing murder after he has an affair, and gets his mistress pregnant. And from their things get even more devilish as everything spins out of control. Sure, this isn't cinema but it looks decently playful enough. No release date yet, but watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Vintage Behind The Scenes Footage Of Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Contempt’

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Jean-Luc Godard, who cast a modernist shadow so long that many forward-thinking directors still haven’t entirely stepped out of it today, had his biggest commercial success with 1963’s “Le Mépris” ("Contempt") starring Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang as a starlet and a director filming a lofty adaptation of “Ulysses.” The film’s playful yet indelible feel is captured in a 10-minute vintage making of documentary now available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube, with some interesting tidbits to share on Godard’s spontaneous process. The doc, which is narrated in French and features voyeuristic shots that observe the cast and crew from an outside perspective, will not amuse with evidence of big personalities and camaraderie on set. What it offers, rather than talking heads and clumsy handheld footage, are the thoughtful ruminations of its director on Godard’s progressive female characters, the way that Bardot’s celebrity engulfs her character Camille, »

- Tess Hofmann

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Watch: Fresh Clip & 1 Hour Of Interviews With Cast & Director Of 'Whiplash' Plus New Pics

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Few films roar out of Sundance the way "Whiplash" has. Damien Chazelle's music world drama took Park City by storm, landed in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, recently screened at Pop Montreal, and now hits Nyff. Yes, every programmer wanted this one to screen at their fest. And now it's coming to theaters and there's a ton of material you can dive into from the film. Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the drama focuses on the intense relationship that forms between a drummer at a music conservatory and highly demanding mentor and instructor that pushes the musician to reach his full potential. And this new clip tells you everything you need to know about the electricity in the air whenever Teller and Simmons are in the frame together. After that you can check out two length talks with the cast and director of "Whiplash" from the Toronto International Film »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'My Life' Doc, What's Next, Dropping Studio Gigs & The Reaction To 'Only God Forgives'

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When it comes to documentaries that chart the making of a particular film, some of the very best have come from those closest to the filmmaker. The most towering achievement in this regard is probably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," an intense making-of documentary that follows Francis Ford Coppola and the bonkers production of "Apocalypse Now," that was co-authored by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Following in Eleanor's footsteps is Liv Corfixen, the wife of "Drive" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who took to cataloguing the production of Refn's polarizing, Bangkok-set thriller "Only God Forgives," with "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn."  We had a chance to sit down with Refn and Corfixen at the recent Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The documentary is an intimate portrait of frustration and familial unrest (since they had to move the family to Bangkok), but you can tell that the bedrock of their »

- Drew Taylor

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Ben Affleck To Star In Assassin Pic 'The Accountant' Plus Watch New Clip From 'Gone Girl'

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Mel Gibson and Will Smith couldn't make it happen, but it looks like Ben Affleck can. The world's next Batman, and this weekend's murder suspect in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," is looking to book one more acting gig before he gets back behind the camera to direct "Live By Night." Variety reports that Affleck is in negotiations to star in "The Accountant." The 2011 Black List script by Bill Dubuque (Robert Downey Jr.'s forthcoming "The Judge"), tells the story of a brilliant, autistic accountant at the Treasury Department who doubles as an assassin. There's no director attached at the moment, but apparently Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior," "Jane Got A Gun") is the "top choice" though he has no offer just yet. So, Affleck would wrap his work on "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," bounce over to "The Accountant" and then direct "Live By Night" starting next »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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“There’s No Slacker In That Slacker”: Watch The Trailer For ’21 Years: Richard Linklater'

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It’s nice to see director Richard Linklater getting his due. A few years ago circa “Me and Orson Welles," the filmmaker was having a rough time: he wasn't able to finance a picture and the aforementioned indie film barely received a release (and its box-office gross was one of his lowest ever). His comeback started quietly with “Bernie” in 2011, but by the time “Before Midnight” arrived in 2013, Linklater was back in a big way. And now, his “Boyhood” is seen by many as one of the best movies of the year. So if it seems like it’s time to tip our collective hats to the filmmaker, a new documentary has arrived like clockwork. Featuring folks like Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Duplass, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey among others, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” is »

- Edward Davis

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Ranked: The Films Of David Fincher

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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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Watch: Wong Kar-Wai Talks 'In The Mood For Love' In 20-Minute Interview

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Eyes on Cinema —the prolific YouTube channel that posts frequent investigations into film and filmmakers— has just released a 21-minute interview with Shanghai-born writer/director Wong Kar Wai. American audiences might know him best as the man behind last year’s “The Grandmaster” (about Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor, Ip Man) and 2007’s “My Blueberry Nights” (which starred Norah Jones, Jude Law, and Natalie Portman). In the video, Wong talks about making his 2000 release “In the Mood for Love.” Even moviegoers unfamiliar with that film are likely to find the (fairly uncut and definitely unpretentious) discussion illuminating, especially when the filmmaker talks about the rationale behind various artistic choices that led to the finished product. He begins with funding problems that plagued production, which oddly afforded him an opportunity to work simultaneously on “2046,” which shared a number of cast members and would open four years later. The interview is also. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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14 Films To See In October

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Yep, it’s time to get serious about movies again. Though this column typically keeps listmaking to 10 choices for films to check out every month, we can’t deny that October is absolutely jam-packed. There’s a lot to be excited about this month: already highly-praised works from auteurs, plenty of titles from this year's festivals, the occasional horror movie (hopefully one of them is at least scary, but that’s a rarity), and potential Oscar nominees and winners. So we stretched the list this time out.  Regardless of how various awards pan out this year, we’re glad we get to see these movies sooner rather than later, especially after our exhaustive festival coverage during September (Toronto International Film Festival  / Telluride Film Festival / Venice Film Festival) in which most of The Playlist staff were left on the sidelines and forced to read about all the cool movies being discovered and discussed. »

- Erik McClanahan

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Jeremy Renner Says Return Of Jason Bourne "Opens The World," Talks 'Avengers' Plus New 'Kill The Messenger' Clip

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Since he rose to stardom with 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” Jeremy Renner has proven a reliable and prolific leading man. And not long after “The Hurt Locker,” Renner landed in a handful of lucrative franchises. First came “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” followed quickly by “The Avengers,” and then in “The Bourne Legacy,” a franchise he took over from Matt Damon and in which he portrayed Agent Aaron Cross.  However, it seems Damon is poised to reclaim his starring role in the next Bourne film, which is slated for 2016. Renner is surprisingly excited about the notion, viewing Damon’s return not as a threat but as an opportunity to bring Cross and Bourne together on screen. "I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active," Renner told HuffPost Entertainment. "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active, [and] I think it will »

- Zach Hollwedel

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The 'Twilight' Saga Will Continue With New Short Films, Kristen Stewart And More Will Oversee

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“I even planned out where it would go for a couple more books," "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer teased a couple of years ago about the further adventures of Edward, Bella and the rest. "So I know exactly what would happen, I mean there are a lot of characters I think would have a voice in those other stories. I don’t know, maybe I’ll write it out someday for myself.” While Twihards will have to wait for more full-length movies, Meyer is passing the baton to aspiring filmmakers to put their spin on the franchise. Lionsgate announced “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” a "multiphase contest" (read: complicated) that will eventually see five female filmmakers direct shorts based on characters from "Twilight." A star-studded panel, including Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Bowen and Cathy Schulman, will select and help mentor the budding. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Felicity Jones & Eddie Redmayne Fall In Love & Struggle In The New Trailer For 'Theory Of Everything'

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Coming out of Telluride and Toronto with a decent, if not rapturous buzz, "The Theory Of Everything" is still not one to discount this awards season. And a new trailer has arrived to further make the case. With performances by both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones garnering Oscar talk, the film tells the true story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and the relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. It was a meeting of the mind and heart between the pair, all while Hawking's diagnosis of motor neuron disease hangs over them. Here's the official synopsis: Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Final Trailer For Christopher Nolan's Epic 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey

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Where is the hype meter on Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar"? Well, at this point it's in overdrive. With the director's movie due in theaters soon, word from advance screenings is coming out and it's effusive to say the least. Here's what Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Lee recently tweeted: Well placed source was at #Interstellar cast screening, says it's Nolan's best film: Spielberg-ian warmth mixed with Kubrick-like braininess — Chris Lee (@__ChrisLee) September 19, 2014 If that doesn't send goosebumps up your spine, we don't know what will. At this point you're in one of two camps: those that will watch the new trailer below to get a few more teases from Nolan's upcoming space saga, or those who instead choose to go in cold, and experience the film as fresh as possible. Frankly, we see the merit in both approaches, but if you are curious, be sure to click below and see the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Colin Firth & Kevin Hart Are 'Intouchables,' Quvenzhane Wallis Is ‘Counting By 7s’ And More

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The long-brewing remake of the French hit dramedy "Intouchables" seems to be coming back to life. Colin Firth, long attached to the project, now has Kevin Hart in the co-starring role. The movie tells the heartwarming, based-on-true-story tale of the relationship of a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. Paul Feig was once linked to helm the project, but it's not clear if he's still involved. We presume more news will arrive shortly. [Allocine] "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis is "Counting By 7s." The young actress will star in the adaptation of best-selling book by Holly Goldberg Sloan about "Willow Chance, a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by an unlikely surrogate family and an unfit guidance counselor. In the wake of tremendous loss, she rises to build a community that she heals and that heals her." No word on who will direct just yet. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: 7 Songs From 'Frank' Soundtrack, Plus Full Details And More

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Before you hit the comments section, yes, we know, the soundtrack to "Frank" was released digitally in August. But frankly, this movie could use a lot more love. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the hilarious comedy got a lot of great buzz, but like many movies that get heat in Park City, for whatever reason, it dissipated by time "Frank" hit theaters. We're here to tell you, if you haven't seen it, go order it on VOD now or see it in theaters if it's playing near you. And the soundtrack is just one reason to put this movie on your radar. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the movie is loosely based on the real life Frank Sidebottom, and tells the story of a young kid with musical aspirations that finds himself recruited as the unlikely keyboard player for a fledgling band. They all retreat to the woods to record a new album, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Directors: Ruben Fleischer Returning To Helm 'Zombieland 2' As Project Moves Ahead & More

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Following the surprise smash success of "Zombieland," the wheels were turning hard for a sequel, or anything really that the folks behind the movie could spinoff. Indeed, you may have forgotten about the failed Amazon pilot for a TV series based on the show. Meanwhile, the past few years have seen a small amount of chatter about a sequel, though with hesitation and caveats from folks like Jesse Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischer. But it looks like a second kick at the can is happening. Deadline reports that Sony has just hired Dave Callaham ("Godzilla") to write the script for "Zombieland 2," with Fleischer overseeing everything. Why? Because Fleischer will be back to direct, and the timing couldn't be better. Ever since "Zombieland," Fleischer has whiffed with his big-screen efforts, the lackluster "30 Minutes Or Less" and star-studded misfire "Gangster Squad." That said, shooting on this is probably a long way off, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For Ridley Scott's Epic 'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Starring Christian Bale And Joel Edgerton

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“I hope we haven’t gone back to those 40s and 50s biblical films,” Ridley Scott's production manager Arthur Max told Yahoo. “We looked at them and they were useful for what Not to do. The technology was very primitive. The style of acting is very stilted and period-dated.” So, what does that mean? Go big, or go home. Yes, "Exodus: Gods And Kings" is based on the Bible, but the hope is that it's the word of God, mixed with a little contemporary sizzle. “Everyone hears about the pyramids, how amazing they are, but the great pyramid in Giza is only 440 foot high, a 40-story building. Then, it was fantastic, but now we need to pump up the scale a little bit," Max said. “Ridley is trying to romanticise the story he’s telling, rather than a ‘scholastic British museum goes to the Cairo museum’ type of storytelling. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Rugged In 'The Hollow Crown: The War Of Roses'

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"We looked at war films and thought about what it was like to be a soldier. We wanted to appeal to a war film audience, to contemporise it and strip out all the pageantry and pare things down," costume designer Annie Symons told BBC about the network's ongoing Shakespeare series "The Hollow Crown." "I looked at football hooligans, the way they move and wear colours. We thought about war as sport which it definitively was in the age of chivalry." Well, while we certainly wouldn't call him a hooligan, Benedict Cumberbatch certainly looks appropriately rugged in this first look at "The Hollow Crown: The War Of Roses." The second batch of the Bard's works will include an adaptation of "Richard III" with Cumberbatch in the title role. And joining him is a pretty stellar cast including Judi Dench, Keeley Hawes, Sophie Okonedo, and Tom Sturridge. But as cool as this looks, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Get Revenge In New Trailer For 'Horrible Bosses 2' Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis

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Had a bad day at the office? Forced to stay late to take care of a pile of paperwork? Did someone steal your idea for the merger and use it to get a promotion? Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis feel your pain. "Horrible Bosses 2" is coming this fall, and a brand new trailer has dropped to help you cinematically vent. The sequel finds the hapless trio once again under the thumb of some sleazy bosses, this time played by Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. And so, Bateman, Day and Sudeikis once again turn to Jamie Foxx's murder consultant for some guidance and help in their plans for revenge, and, well, all comedic hell breaks loose. Basically, if you liked the first movie, you'll probably dig this one, with everyone involved not upsetting the formula that worked previously. "Horrible Bosses 2" opens on November 26th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Mathieu Amalric's Beautifully Shot And Crafted 'The Blue Room' Could Use A Little More Seediness

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Presenting a compelling argument about the dangers of lovers’ chit-chat in a state of post-coital distraction, Mathieu Amalric’s latest directorial outing, “The Blue Room,” marks the French actor/filmmaker’s return to Cannes (though to the Un Certain Regard section) after “On Tour,” his last film, surprised many by winning him the Best Director prize in 2010. “The Blue Room,” based on a novel by popular Belgian crime writer George Simenon, is a very different affair from the burlesque baubles of “On Tour,” though, working in a far more controlled, contained register, and delivering a film in which the intentional mood of claustrophobia often feels more like unintentionally choked, strained filmmaking. It’s a meticulous and tightly coiled cautionary tale, but it’s hard to imagine any of the characters having life outside the narrow confines of its stagy plot, »

- Jessica Kiang

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