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Watch: Love Is Tested In Trailer For 'Red Knot' Starring Olivia Thirlby & 'Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser

11 hours ago

Hey Hollywood, we need more Olivia Thirlby. The talented actress isn't seen in movies or television as often as we'd like, so here's a pleasant surprise before the weekend—a new movie starring Thirlby. We hadn't heard of this one, and even more, it looks pretty damn good. Directed by Scott Cohen, and co-starring Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") and Billy Campbell, the movie follows a young married couple who take a belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. But as they go deeper into the journey, their relationship begins to fray. This looks like a particularly good character piece, coupled with stunning cinematography from the movie that was shot off the coasts of Argentina and Antarctica. "Red Knot" opens in limited release on December 5th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paul Schrader Talks "Bad People" Behind 'Dying Of The Light,' Says Push For 35Mm Projection Is "Claptrap"

12 hours ago

We don't know the ins and outs of his contract with the producers, but it seems that Paul Schrader is skirting the line of not disparaging "Dying Of The Light." As you might recall, the director contends that the film was taken away from him and re-edited, leading to Schrader, producer Nicolas Winding Refn, and stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin to boycoot the film. But the terms of their contract state they can't bad mouth the movie, so they've found a way around it with some clever t-shirts. But speaking with Slate, the filmmaker didn't talk about the movie exactly, so much as the folks behind it, and his words are fairly candid.  "I fell in with some bad people. It happens. Because film directors are such personalities, you think, 'Put me in the cage with the lions. I know how to treat the lions. I’ll have them all sitting on their stools. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Channing Tatum Will Make His Directorial Debut With Drama 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock'

12 hours ago

Channing Tatum has expressed his desire to get behind the camera lately, and at one point toyed with the idea of directing "Magic Mike: Xxl." But making such a big leap was daunting and he expressed a desire to make a smaller film first. And while he's not helming the stripper dramedy sequel, he is making that smaller movie. Tatum and his pal Reid Carolin will co-direct an adaptation of Matthew Quick's "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock." The book from the "Silver Linings Playbook" author follows "a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself." James Ponsoldt ("Smashed") penned a previous draft of the script, but a new writer is being sought. Tatum might star in the movie too, but nothing is locked down yet. [THR] “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” made $375 million worldwide in 2013, so where’s that sequel on the release date docket? Well, there’s »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Eerie, Haunting Trailer For 'Strangerland' Starring Nicole Kidman And Hugo Weaving

13 hours ago

We could really use a good movie from Nicole Kidman. This year she starred in the terribly reviewed "Before I Go To Sleep," the forgettable "The Railway Man," and her Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" was savaged by critics. Her next gig? "Paddington." Thankfully, "Strangerland" holds some promise and the haunting first teaser trailer has arrived. Co-starring Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes, the story follows a couple whose relationship is pushed to its breaking point after their two teenage children disappear into the outback. Penned by Fiona Seres and Michael KinironsKim Farrant (documentary “Naked on the Inside,” Australian TV show “Rush”) makes her feature debut on the project. And frankly, this looks like the kind of gritty, no frills movie Kidman needs to bounce back with. We're crossing our fingers that the moodiness on display adds up to something memorable. No release date or U.S. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' Prize Pack Including The Poster And Comic Book

13 hours ago

If you've had your ear to the ground in the genre world, you've likely heard the increasingly loud buzz surrounding "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night." It's a black-and-white, Iranian vampire western (when's the last time you saw something like that?) that has been a big hit on the festival circuit (read our review). And hitting cinemas today, we've got a special giveaway for those whose curiosity has been piqued. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the story is set in Bad City, where prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls hang out, as a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. Falling somewhere between Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with a splash of Ennio Morricone, the film has an attitude all its own, and for those looking for something very different from their fright flicks, this is one to track down. And today we've got a prize pack featuring »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Carla Gugino Has Ulterior Motives For Meeting Patrick Stewart In The Trailer For ‘Match’

14 hours ago

The compelling indie “Match," starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard  screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this past fall. The cast alone is intriguing, especially since Lillard returned to form after “The Descendants.” Directed by playwright/filmmaker Stephen Belber (the pen behind "Tape" with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), the film centers on a Seattle woman and her husband (Gugino and Lillard) coming to New York to conduct an interview with a Juilliard ballet professor (Stewart) for her dissertation on the history of dance in the 1960s. But it becomes increasingly clear during these extensive inquiries that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. Here’s the official synopsis: Iconic actor Patrick Stewart gives one of his most emotional performances in this character driven drama playing high-spirited Tobias “Tobi” Powell,  a master dance teacher at Julliard with a lifetime of »

- Edward Davis

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Doc NYC Review: 'Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine' A Moving Eulogy To A Life Lost, But Not Forgotten

14 hours ago

Funny. Smart. Sincere. Irritable. Gay. Cute. Humble. These are just some of the adjectives used by Matthew Shepard to describe himself in an ongoing series of journal entries that he mostly kept a secret from his friends, his family, everyone. Shepard was a young gay man from Laramie, Wyoming whose brutal murder sent ripples of grief and stringent awareness from the middle of the country all the way to the coasts. I suspect Shepard kept this diary (where all entries begin with “I am…”) to allow himself some sense of belonging in a world that so often denied him that basic human right. The new documentary “Matt Shepard Was A Friend Of Mine” —directed by Shepard’s childhood friend Michele Josue, who conducts some shattering interviews with Shepard’s schoolmates, family friends and his understandably devastated parents— sheds some light not just on the heinous details of the crime that »

- Nicholas Laskin

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New Study Reveals Most Moviegoers Don't Decide What To See Until They're At Theater

15 hours ago

How we watch movies is almost as important as what we watch. Certain films, like Christopher Nolan’s massive “Interstellar,” demand to be seen in their most pristine format, ideally on a big screen. Other films, like Paul Thomas Anderson’s wooly, inscrutable “Inherent Vice,” should be seen with an audience —it’s just that kind of movie. The current climate also shrouds many of its bigger, more potentially profitable pictures in a veil of secrecy —all the better to whet the public’s fervent anticipation— while less established films, like the sublime French comedy “Tu Dors Nicole” seem to come from out of nowhere. The patterns of how we watch films are integral to the experience itself: many young people I know dread the idea of actually going to the movies (the hushed whispers of fellow moviegoers, the hassle of parking, the high cost of a ticket… all these »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Meryl Streep Sings! Watch The Oscar Winner Perform "Stay With Me" From 'Into The Woods'

15 hours ago

There is pretty much nothing Meryl Streep can't do. Across five decades, she's earned one award after another, no shortage of critical acclaim, audience love, and the kind of respect reserved for...well, Meryl Streep. And this winter, she's delivering another performance which will once again highlight her versatility, by demonstrating her singing chops. In Disney's big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale reimagining "Into The Woods," the Oscar winner plays the fearsome witch, but as we'll see in this Please Nominate The Movie For Best Song And Best Actress, Okay Thanks featurette, "Stay With Me" highlights a softer side to the character. And you get a pretty big serving of the performance here, with the second half of the promo zeroing in on the song and Streep. What do you think? Does Streep have the goods for another run at an Oscar? Let us know below. "Into The Woods »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Wild' Director Jean-Marc Vallée To Helm Janis Joplin Biopic Starring Amy Adams

16 hours ago

Before you hit the comments section and tells us this is "old news" or whatever, when this little nugget broke, we were deep in the midst of the Toronto International Film Festival, so it passed us by. But our recent AFI Fest interview with "Wild" director Jean-Marc Vallée had us poking around to see what was up. During our chat the filmmaker told us "...next year I've got a rock-n-roll film happening. I can't talk about it, though." But it appears he already has. A couple months back the director chatted with Journal Du Quebec (via Metro) and revealed that he will directing a Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams. The actress has long been attached to play the rock 'n roll singer, with  Fernando Meirelles and Lee Daniels both attached to helm at various points, but it looks like it's now in the hands of Vallée. The filmmaker adds »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Doc NYC: Tony Shaff & Composer Jess Stroup Talk About The Importance Of Human Connection In ‘Hotline’

16 hours ago

With the rise of the internet, texting and social media and a sense of impersonality has overwhelmed communication. Even most cellphone users are more keen on texting than answering calls, which most often hit voicemail rather than being answered by a person. Tony Shaff’s documentary “Hotline” looks at this shift in communication through the still prevalent and important tool of help hotlines, where a personal, intimate touch is everything. The film screened at Doc NYC recently and is now available on iTunes and VOD, Shaff and his composer Jess Stroup (“Camp X-Ray”) got together for The Playlist to talk about the doc and their approach to music as such. Their conversation is below. The Inspiration Tony Shaff: After years of production on “Hotline,” being immersed in the relationships that people have with talking with strangers on the telephone, I knew that the score would be so important because »

- The Playlist

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Watch: Trailer For Animated Musical 'Strange Magic' Written By George Lucas

16 hours ago

Okay, so it's not the trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens," but the below is something from the mind of George Lucas. Inspired by William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Strange Magic" is an animated tale that he wrote, and hey, it's not everyday you hear about something like that. Featuring the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare, the movie lines up a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and follows their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Now toss in some popular songs from the past six decades and you get....this. What ever happened to "I"m-gonna-make-experimental-movies-in-my-garage" George Lucas? Anyway, this opens on January 23, 2015. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: James Franco Feels 'The Color Of Time' In New Trailer With Mila Kunis

17 hours ago

The James Franco-produced “The Color of Time” (formerly titled “Tar” when it premiered at last year’s Rome Film Festival) examines the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams. The film takes an unusual approach to the material, in that an ensemble of 12 directors (all are New York University students) collaborated with the main cast. But this is not an anthology film —the directors worked together to create a single narrative.  The story follows a young Williams, living with his wife and young son and grappling with both the dark and idyllic memories of his past as he prepares for a reading in New York City. Judging from the U.S. trailer, the directors decided to really go for the Terence Malick look. But unfortunately, the all-star cast including Franco (as Williams), Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper can't make the dreamy material work. »

- Anthony Nicholas

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Watch: Stanley Kubrick Supercut Explores The Director's Use Of Red

17 hours ago

The color red is striking and loaded with sometimes paradoxical meanings, like anger and joy, hate and love, pain, danger, heat, fire, sex, passion and courage. All of this is to say that the decision to use the color red is not one taken lightly, and no one understood that more than Stanley Kubrick. This week, Rishi Kaneria (via Live For Films) uploaded “Red: A Kubrick Supercut,” a look at the director’s frequent use of red in all his color films, including the unfairly over-looked Kirk Douglas film “Spartacus.” Cut together beautifully to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Kaneria’s supercut runs nearly 90 seconds and makes explicit just how much the auteur’s auteur was in control of the frames he used to communicate with the audience. It's yet another layer to the filmmaker's work to discuss and explore. Watch “Red: A Kubrick Supercut” below. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: The Trailer For 'Wet Hot American Summer' As Directed By Martin Scorsese

18 hours ago

Vimeo user Tommy Button has turned David Wain's cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” into a high octane Martin Scorsese thriller. All it takes is a Rolling Stones song (in this case “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”) and tightly edited shots of some fluid camerawork and slow motion, as well as interjecting the words "Sex," "Money" and "Power." To be honest, seeing all the familiar faces (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper) distracts a bit from the Scorsese vibe. But still, it's a clever mashup, highlighting how much cutting and music can change the film's entire feeling. But if anything, this playful video reminds me what a great cast the film has and that I should plan a rewatch in the near future. Have a look below. [Av Club] »

- Anthony Nicholas

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Interview: Jean-Marc Vallée Talks Shooting 'Wild,' Making Playlists, And The One Song He Really Wants For A Film

18 hours ago

After seeing his eight features and speaking to him only briefly, one gets the sense that if director Jean-Marc Vallée gathered $100 million for a tentpole project, $90 million of it would go toward getting the most extravagant soundtrack in history. The filmmaker traffics his character-driven narratives in fluid ideas of music and memory, but none so expertly and audaciously than in his latest film "Wild," which stars Reese Witherspoon as an American woman who seeks spiritual relief by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Dipping in and out of Cheryl’s divorce from her husband, her past with addiction, and the ordeal of her carefree mother’s (Laura Dern) cancer battle, Vallée still keeps the soundtrack — which includes Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, and Portishead — from doing all the heavy lifting. As seen with “Dallas Buyers Club” (which earned Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto), he’s targeted a unique, stripped-down shooting style that. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Watch: 9-Minute Talk With David Lynch And Patti Smith About 'Blue Velvet,' 'Twin Peaks,' Pussy Riot, And More

19 hours ago

If the Foundation Cartier's pairing up of David Lynch and Patti Smith for a conversation might seem a bit odd, you might not be aware that the duo have collaborated before. In 2011, they created an e-card for the Foundation (see below), with Lynch's animation providing the backdrop for Smith's rendition of "Bah-Bah Black Sheep" because, obviously. The duo are back, having participated in a talk for the gallery and it's every bit as excellent as you'd expect. Caught on camera by BBC's "Newsnight Encounters" series, this is nine minutes with two fascinating minds in a conversation veering wonderfully all over the place. It kicks off with a discussion of artistic inspiration, with Smith sharing that her song "Grateful" arrived fully formed in her head. But Lynch says his ideas don't come as easily.  "I get ideas in fragments… it's as if in the other room, there's a puzzle... and the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Director Josh Boone Says 'The Stand' Will Now Be A Four Movie Event "With A Cast That Will Blow People’s Minds"

19 hours ago

There's confidence, there's hubris, and then there's Warner Bros.' developing big screen adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand." If making the leap from smaller character driven dramas to what was previously described as a three-hour, R-rated movie wasn't enough, "The Fault In Our Stars" director Josh Boone says the plans for the project just got a helluva lot bigger. Stopping by Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast (via Slashfilm), Boone revealed how his single movie version has now morphed into a massively-scaled quartet of films. "I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, credible version of the movie. I sold them on that and they hired me…I sold them on a single, three hour movie," Boone explained. "I went and got [Stephen] King sold on it, everybody’s really excited…I told the story non-linear and that was the way I was able to compress that »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco

20 hours ago

Surviving World War II, corruption during New York City's most violent year, the fight for Civil Rights, the early life of one of the greatest minds of our generation, and an attempted assassination of King Jong-Un. One of these will be getting the comedy treatment at the multiplex before the end of the year, and to save you the trouble of looking it up, we'll just tell you: it's the latter, and Seth Rogen and James Franco will attempt to mine laughs from that situation in the upcoming comedy "The Interview." The film has already drawn official condemnation from North Korea.  The premise follows a dim-witted talk show host and his producer who manage to secure an interview with North Korea's supreme leader, only to be asked by the authorities to take him out. It's a request that at first makes them a little confused, as you'll see in the clip below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Cameo Filled Trailer For 'Portlandia' Season 5

20 hours ago

2015 is looking up a particularly good year to be a Carrie Brownstein fan. She'll be back on the road with the reunited Sleater-Kinney, who will also be dropping No Cities To Love, their first new album since 2005's The Woods. You'll also see Brownstein pop up in a role in Todd Haynes' "Carol." But before all that, "Portlandia," the show that has raised her profile over the last half decade, will be back, and a new trailer has arrived. And make no mistake, the fifth season of the hipster skewering show will be bigger than ever. Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch are all confirmed to make appearances, with Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan reprising their roles. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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