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'Tetris' Movie In The Works, While '80s Comedies 'Real Genius' & 'Big' Are Becoming TV Shows

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Ah, Hollywood, where nostaglia isn't just a feeling, it's a product. A trio of movies are on the way to play on things you remembered seeing or doing in the '80s, so let's dive right in.... First up, Threshold Entertainment has announced they are turning the videogame "Tetris" — yes, that one — into a movie. "It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff said to Speakeasy. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” He also added, “Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.” In Kasanoff's defence he did manage to make two "Mortal Kombat" movies. But then again, this is fucking "Tetris" so there better be a helluva story for this one. Meanwhile, Deadline reports »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: David Lynch Discusses TV Vs. Movies, His Career And More In 45-Minute Talk

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Where does one even start with David Lynch? The mind-bending director/writer/producer of such perplexing fare as "Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive,” and “Blue Velvet” is in a league of his own. Worthy of a thousand thesis papers, Lynch is a modern master of cinema. Perhaps the best way to understand his work is through his own words—and believe us, they’re pretty unique words, idiosyncratic to Lynch and Lynch alone. Thompson on Hollywood contributor Carrie Rickey recently sat down with the legendary filmmaker at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to discuss his work, filmography, and the new Lynch exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. (Lynch is a graduate of the program there.) This and we highly recommend taking the time to view it in its entirety. Lynch fans and filmbuffs at large will find it fascinating. In the interview, Lynch talks about his young life, his »

- Zach Hollwedel

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From A-z: A Guide To The Lost & Unmade Films Of David Fincher

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In advance of “Gone Girl” opening on Friday, Fincher Week continues here at the Playlist, and we’re moving forward on a subject that’s rather less heavy on Paula Abdul than yesterday's guide to David Fincher's music videos. It’s difficult to get any movie made, and as a result every filmmaker has their ones-that-got-away, a brace of projects that got lost down the back of the proverbial settee for one reason or another: indeed, the smartest filmmakers are the ones who develop multiple projects and proceed with whichever’s moving forward fastest. But Fincher seems to have more "what-ifs" than most. In a features career of nearly twenty five years, Fincher’s only made ten movies, including some significant gaps (five years passed between the release of “Panic Room” and “Zodiac,” for example). And part of that time has been spent developing projects that never saw the »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Keanu Reeves Loses Everything, Including His Puppy In The New Trailer For Action-Revenger ‘John Wick'

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“I lost everything,” Keanu Reeves intones solemnly in the new trailer for “John Wick.” Family, friends, you name it. But when you kill Keanu Reeves’ puppy, well, that’s a line you just don’t cross. Why? Because killing Reeve's puppy will unleash a rain of revenge and terror. Yep, from what we can tell, that’s the gist of “John Wick,” the upcoming revenge actioner starring Reeves as a retired hitman who gets so pissed off that he’s coming to kill the puppy murderers real good. Sample line of dialogue: "People keep asking If I'm back. Yeah, I'm thinking I'm back." But you know what? “John Wick” scored some rave reviews out of Fantastic Fest. Sure, it’s a genre fest where revenge movies go down like Arby’s at a homeless shelter, but most reviews were amounted to “damn, Keanu’s actually pretty damn good in this! »

- Edward Davis

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Paramount And Megan Ellison Get Behind Richard Linklater's 'That’s What I’m Talking About'

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It looks like Paramount is continuing its long-running relationship with Richard Linklater. The filmmaker directed the surprise hit "School Of Rock" and remade "Bad News Bears" for the studio, which has also stepped in to handle home video distribution for Linklater's Oscar contending, critics favorite "Boyhood." And the fruitful relationship between the studio and director will continue with his next movie. Cinephile fave Megan Ellison, who produced this year's hugely acclaimed "Foxcatcher," will produce Linklater's "That's What I'm Talking About" via her Annapurna Pictures, with Paramount taking North American distribution rights. The film features a batch of new and rising actors —Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell— in this "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed & Confused," regarding a college freshman who rolls with some colorful »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1970s

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Largely remembered as the last golden era for American cinema, the 1970s are thus looked upon as a time when studios threw money at ambitious directors and creatively engaging projects abounded. When it comes to Best Picture Oscar winners, it's hard to disagree with the choices made across the decade. And now you can remember just how good the '70s were for film with this latest supercut by Miguel Branco. Having already turned his attention to the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Branco dips into a top to bottom classic list of movies for his latest video. Again, the Best Picture winners from the 1970s are all pretty monumental: "Patton," "The French Connection," "The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II," "The Sting," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "Rocky," "Annie Hall," "The Deer Hunter" and "Kramer Vs. Kramer." While there are "snubbed" movies ("All That »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Liam Neeson Is On The Run In First Trailer For ‘Taken 3’

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So many things have been taken from ex-government operative Bryan Mills. In the first “Taken” movie, he had to track down his daughter after she was kidnapped by human traffickers and sold into sexual slavery while traveling in France. In “Taken 2” it was payback. The father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter took Mills and his wife hostage. In “Taken 3” (also known as "Tak3n") Liam Neeson returns as Mills, but no, it’s not what’s left of his dignity that’s taken this time. This time he’s out for revenge. Kidding. This time, he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit (much more original, no?) Produced and written by Luc Besson, the filmmaker has always used his protégés to helm his action thrillers. Pierre Morel launched his career with the first one and Olivier Megaton (who directed "Colombiana" with Zoe Saldana) helmed the second. »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: The Criterion Collection Supercut 'Eyes Of Hitchcock'

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The Criterion Collection loves it some Alfred Hitchcock. And why wouldn’t they? The legendary director entertained, thrilled and terrified movie and TV viewers for years, and the company currently has editions of "The 39 Steps," "Foreign Correspondent," "The Lady Vanishes," and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." The director had no shortage of obsessions, and eyes are near the top of that list.  In his 1967 book, “Hitchcock,” François Truffaut quoted Hitch as saying, “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.” We can see how truly he believed this in a new video by filmmaker :: kogonada. Featuring a score by Rob Cawley, the video essay pays tribute to the way the master of suspense focused on his characters’ eyes to reflect (with no small degree of tension) what was happening in his films. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Zach Braff “Shocked” By "Unfair And Unfounded" Kickstarter Campaign Backlash

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It hasn't been a good year for the celebrity, crowd-funded movie landscape. Despite a lot of press, "Veronica Mars" didn't do much beyond play to the core audience (though it was popular enough to allow for a web series spinoff), Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" got nearly universally panned (here's our review), and then there was Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which managed $3.5 million in limited release, a far cry from the mega-hit numbers of "Garden State." For the latter, it was an uphill battle from day one. When it was first announced the actor was passing the digital hat around to fund his movie, many openly wondered if the millionaire actor was really the right face to be putting on the Kickstarter service, which is designed for folks who have no other avenues to get financing. But according to Braff, the backlash took him surprise and was not warranted. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Deleted Scene With Mystique & Behind-The-Scenes Look At Sunspot

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One of the more welcome surprises of this past summer was the time-bending “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” with its appealing combination of the best elements of both “X-Men: First Class” and the original trilogy featuring Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters. With the home video release only a couple of weeks away, the studio has released a small taste of the bonus features in the form of a deleted scene and a behind-the-scenes look. Running just under a minute long, the short scene would have taken place after Magneto shoots Mystique in Paris and features Jennifer Lawrence, without the trademark blue makeup, catching up with her old pals, James McAvoy’s Xavier and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast. It’s a tense scene, underscored by the lingering hurt shared between Mystique and Xavier. It’s a quiet moment that would have given the Academy Award-winning Lawrence something else to do on screen, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Casting: Elizabeth Banks & Donald Glover Join 'Magic Mike Xxl,' Keegan-Michael Key Goes On 'Vacation' & More

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Production on "Magic Mike Xxl" has kicked off, adding a few new names in the cast. Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and Michael Strahan join Channing Tatum and co. in the male stripper comedy sequel. The movie will picks up three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game and finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways. "Magic Mike Xxl" takes it off on July 1, 2015. [Movieweb] Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn will star in the psychological thriller "The Ones Below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kevin Smith Says He Now Has The Financing For 'Clerks 3'

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So despite a lot of hype, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" opened earlier this month and pretty much died. It earned a paltry $1.4 million theatrically but that said, the VOD numbers might be more encouraging. Either way, the filmmaker knows how to hustle, and he's already at work at the low budget "Yoga Hosers," with "Moose Jaws" in the pipeline (part of what Smith calls the "True North Trilogy"). But perhaps you forgot about a project in his back pocket: "Clerks 3." Earlier this year, Smith revealed that The Weinstein Company had balked on producing the movie, budgeted at $6 million, but offered distribution. This left the status of the sequel unclear at the time, but it looks like things are back on track.  “Because of 'Tusk' I got my financing for 'Clerks III.' And honestly, that wouldn’t have happened [without 'Tusk']. A year and change ago, I was desperately trying to get »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Turns Toward Original Films, Will Release 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend' In IMAX & Online

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"Young people will decide how they see it, when they want to see it. Don’t try to fight it. Embrace it. That’s a wonderful opportunity," Nicolas Winding Refn recently told Deadline about films released on digital platforms. "We’re at the most exciting time since the invention of the wheel in terms of creativity, because distribution and accessibility have changed everything. A camera is still a camera whether it’s digital or not; there’s still sound; an actor is an actor. Ninety-nine percent of what you do is going to be seen on a smart phone —I know this is the greatest thing ever made because it allows people to choose, watching what you do on this format or go into a theater and see it on a screen. That means more people than ever will see what I do, which is personally satisfying in terms of vanity. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Look: Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac In ‘A Most Violent Year’; Film Sets January 2015 UK Release Date

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It had been a question mark on the fall landscape, but no longer: J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” is arriving in theaters on December 31st in the U.S. and will make  its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in November. Today, Icon Film Distribution announced that the movie will be released in the U.K. and Ireland on January 23, 2015. The movie stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), and is one of our most anticipated movies left in the year. Here’s the full press release. The studio has released a new photo which you can see above. A Most Violent Year is a drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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The name of the game seems to be chaos. That’s how Owen Wilson and Josh Brolin have both described the process of “Inherent Vice.” It’s not something you expect to hear from filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. But his style has radically evolved. Traits  indebted to Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman evident in “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” have been replaced by a much looser, experimental approach to filmmaking. Ever since “There Will Be Blood,” the director's work has arrived to a new level eschewing most obvious influences. “The Master” disavowed narrative even more, going for a dreamy mood and a skewed tone, but PTA’s latest, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” is a detective stoner comedy with psychedelic overtones. “It has this 'Big Lebowski' element to one side of it, but the emotional undertone, the desperation, the paranoia, and the yearning in the film…" New York »

- Edward Davis

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Review: Doc 'Born To Fly' Captures The Beauty And Bravura Of Elizabeth Streb's Work

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Perhaps you’ve heard of Elizabeth Streb, the MacArthur genius grant-winning choreographer who’s been plying her unique style of “pop action” dance in New York City for decades. Perhaps you’ve not. Either way, the new documentary about her work, “Born to Fly,” is a fine primer for her daring, death-defying style of dance and for the unique artist herself. Directed by Catherine Gund, the film focuses on what drives Streb (as most everyone refers to her) to create in the manner she does. The dancers in the Streb Extreme Action Company hurl their bodies at walls, dodge swinging i-beams and cement blocks, and fall from great distances onto their faces —all gracefully of course. And that’s just when they’re inside. Outside, the dancers walk down the faces of skyscrapers, float, fly and swing suspended from cables and bungees. Streb has a warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: The Criterion Collection's 14-Minute Video Essay On Bob Fosse's 'All The Jazz'

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All That Jazz” is perhaps the best feel-good, feel-bad, semi-autobiographical musical about death you will ever see. It’s also probably the only one. Bob Fosse’s gleefully morbid musical takes on his own impending death, inspired by his real-life hospitalization due to the exhaustion he suffered while directing "Chicago" on stage and editing "Lenny" for the big screen. It's honest, brutal, daring, endlessly creative and a bona fide masterpiece from that golden age we call '70s Hollywood. Die-hard fans of "All That Jazz," this writer included, had a lot to be joyful about this year, since The Criterion Collection recently released a gorgeous Blu-ray transfer of the film, along with a treasure trove of documentaries. If that wasn’t enough, Criterion’s YouTube account also posted a visual essay on Fosse’s non-linear editing style from Rogerebert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz. The essay was supposed to be included on the Blu-ray, »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015

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While David Fincher is no stranger to the small screen format (see our ranking of the 55 music videos he's directed to date), when it comes to actually getting behind the camera for TV episodes, he's hasn't quite jumped completely in the pool. Even though he's an executive producer on "House Of Cards," he only helmed the first two episodes. But with the upcoming "Utopia," it looks like Fincher is borrowing a page from his pal Steven Soderbergh, who dropped movies and headed to Cinemax to film the entire first season of "The Knick" (which you absolutely need to be watching if you're not already). Chatting with The Guardian, Fincher revealed that he will be behind the camera for every episode of HBO's remake of the U.K. series "Utopia." The project, which has been brewing for a while, was given a series order by the network earlier this year, with »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Aussie Promo For 'Interstellar' Teases With New Footage Plus Yet Another Banner Poster

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It's time to play Spot The Influence. With Christopher Nolan citing "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "Jaws" and "The Right Stuff" as reference points for his upcoming "Interstellar," a promo has arrived from Down Under with all kinds of new footage, and perhaps you can see where those movies fit in. Running a minute long, this trailer/TV spot features a batch of intriguing new bits of scenes. Of course, nothing is spoiled about the plot, other than what we know — Matthew McConaughey has to travel really far to save the planet and humanity, and he'll be landing on distant planets. If there is any vibe we're getting off this, at least visually, it's '2001' though of course, once more of the story is revealed, so too will we get a better sense of the texture. "Interstellar" arrives on November 7th. Check out the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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“Not Just A Demon”: Ben Affleck & Cast Of ‘Gone Girl’ Talk Working With David Fincher At Nyff

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What’s it like to work with David Fincher? Well, he’s reportedly a challenging director that demands a lot of takes, right? We’re talking sometimes 60 or more. During “Zodiac,” Robert Downey Jr. described the set as “a gulag,” and in protest of the grueling number of takes the director put the cast through he left urine-filled mason jars around the set. Jake Gyllenhaal has also discussed the filmmaker’s exhausting approach, venting his frustrations in a 2007 New York Times article. Have times changed? Has Fincher mellowed and found a new approach, or did the “Gone Girl” cast simply know what they were getting into? During the New York Film Festival press conference—"Gone Girl" had its world premiere there this weekend—the cast mostly just raved about their director. Here’s some highlights: Ben Affleck: "I'm at this point in my career where I've decided it's all about the director. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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