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Watch: New UK Trailer For ‘The Imitation Game’ Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley

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During WWII, brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code—the daily encrypted and secret communiqués about all wartime activities. But Turing faced great opposition, skeptical commanders and having to hide his then-illegal homosexuality from all his cryptologist colleagues. The story is told in the dramatic thriller, “The Imitation Game.” And if the Weinstein Company weren’t that much of a force at the 86th Academy Awards, lots of nominations, but not a lot of winners, and few that controlled the narrative that year, they’ve course corrected with “The Imitation Game.” Directed by Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters"), the drama was well received during the fall film festival circuit, earning strong reviews and winning the coveted Toronto International Film Fest audience award. Our review out of Telluride was slightly cooler on the film, but allowed that it was a crowd-pleasing thriller. Here’s the official. »

- Edward Davis

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Netflix Strikes Exclusive Four Picture Deal With Adam Sandler, David O. Russell Will Make Two Films With Annapurna

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Netflix are certainly getting aggressive this week. Firstly they announced the day and date release of the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel and this evening the streaming video company announced another bold move in their foray of original movie programming: four-picture deal with Adam Sandler. Sandler will star and produce in four untitled movies for Netflix exclusively. “People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a press release. “When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only….Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks,” said Sandler. “Let the streaming begin! »

- Rodrigo Perez

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First Look: Bradley Cooper In Clint Eastwood’s 'American Sniper'

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The Oscar narrative always gets a little twisted in the fall, “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory Of Everything”! It’s all over. Well, apart from early “seal the deal” premonitions being a little silly and art not being a competition, the awards arms race usually doesn’t form until later in the year. We recently looked at 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders and on that list is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper. It’s a passion project of Cooper’s that he’s been working on for a while as an actor and producer and Steven Spielberg was even once attached to direct. Cooper optioned the novel “American Sniper” by Navy Seal Chris Kyle. And he got to have only one conversation with the man because in 2013 he was tragically killed at a shooting range by a troubled Marine veteran »

- Edward Davis

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Cannes Sensations ‘Leviathan’ And ‘Wild Tales’ Selected For Foreign Language Oscar Race

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Today marks the deadline for countries to submit their foreign-language Academy Award contenders. While some had rather uncontroversial, obvious standouts just sitting around waiting to be tapped, like Argentina’s “Wild Tales,” others, like Russia, saw their frontrunner’s director pull his film from consideration with just days to go, forcing the edgy selection of “Leviathan,” which is set against the backdrop of Russian political corruption. Argentine director Damian Szifron achieved his home country’s best local opening ever when “Wild Tales” grossed $2.5 million in its first weekend, and the film has garnered a lot of buzz since its debut at Cannes about potentially being Latin America’s best chance at the Oscar. With an unconventional structure that plays as a series of short films with an overarching theme of violence and revenge, it's almost like a showcase for Szifron’s array of talents, but is nonetheless absorbing, fun and original. »

- Tess Hofmann

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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, unreasonable actress. And it seems she's playing with that persona for the upcoming dark comedy "Home Sweet Hell," which sees her 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. From there things get even more devilish as the situation spins out of control. Sure, this isn't great 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 this 10-minute, vintage making-of documentary now available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube, and it has some interesting tidbits to share about 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 and. »

- 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. Every programmer wanted this one to screen at their fest. Now it's finally coming to theaters and there's a ton of promotional material you can dive into. Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the drama focuses on the intense relationship that forms between a drummer at a music conservatory and his highly demanding mentor and instructor who pushes the musician to reach his full potential. 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, check out two lengthy talks with the cast and director from the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, respectively. »

- 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 filmmakers. 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 the 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 relationship. »

- 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

18 hours ago

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

21 hours ago

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

22 hours ago

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

22 hours ago

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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