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Alejandro G. Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton & Emma Stone To Open 2014 Venice Film Festival

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The big three European festivals are Berlin, Cannes and Venice, and the openers for the first two of those lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous this year: Berlin nabbed Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" to kick off their fest, while Cannes was stuck with the clanging disaster of "Grace Of Monaco." Venice have kept their pick under wraps, until now, but fortunately, it should be closer to the Berlin pick in quality... The festival have announced that Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman," or to give it its full title, "Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance," will kick off proceedings on August 27th on the Lido. The return of the director of "Babel" and "Biutiful," it toplines Michael Keaton as an actor best known for playing a superhero as he tries to mount a comeback in a Broadway play, and also features Zach Galifianakais, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Review: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Is A Remarkable, Special Achievement

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Last night in Park City, director Richard Linklater made cinematic history with the groundbreaking “Boyhood,” a time capsule-like exploration of childhood and family shot over the course of 12 years. And it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, though the closest analogue might be the ambitious “Up Series," Michael Apted’s documentary series that revisits the same family every 7 years to catch up with where they are in life. Evincing many lucid and extemporaneous qualities, Linklater doesn’t do catching up though, as “Boyhood” feels much less like a greatest hits package and more analogous to being in the moment, watching the sprawling, occasionally dull home videos of family over more than a decade’s time. Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, “Boyhood” shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: 6 Minute Tribute To The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson

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It's still a long road to anyone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated "Inherent Vice"....or is it? According to Jeffrey Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere, some folks have managed to be lucky enough to see the film and the feedback has apparently been that it's “brilliant and mesmerizing in an atmospheric, non-linear sort of way”—which is basically what we'd expect from a Thomas Pynchon adaptation. Moreover, there are apparent rumblings that a New York Film Festival premiere could be in the works... Anyway, something to consider while you wait, but in the meantime, this video tribute to PTA's films by Randall Star should at least hold you over. It's nicely cut six minutes going through PTA's catalog, scored with Jon Brion's music from "Magnolia" providing the backdrop along with "Momentum" by Aimee Mann. Watch below. [Frequency] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Hail Caesar!' Scarlett Johansson & Jonah Hill Join The New Coen Brothers Film

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Update: The Wrap reports that Jonah Hill is also joining the film, but his role for now is being kept secret. Let’s see, the new Coen Brothers movie “Hail Caesar” has George Clooney, Josh Brolin Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in it. Ok, sold already, but in case you need convincing (because you’re crazy), one more Coen Brothers alum is rejoining the fold: Scarlett Johansson, who co-starred in the siblings’ 2001 eerie existentialist drama “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” is joining the cast. The movie takes place in the Hollywood’s golden age and follows a fixer (George Clooney) tasked with keeping the salacious scandals of the town's biggest stars out of the press (not unlike Kevin Spacey’s role in “L.A. Confidential”). Tatum will play one such movie star, Fiennes will play a filmmaker and Swinton a gossip columnist. Johansson's role is that of »

- Edward Davis

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Guillermo Del Toro To Direct "Strange" Black & White Film Before 'Pacific Rim 2'

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There was a moment there when Guillermo del Toro couldn't seem to get anything made. A few years back at MGM, he was trying to get "The Hobbit" moving, eventually bailing on the project, leaving it for Peter Jackson to take over and turn into a trilogy. And then there was "At The Mountains Of Madness" which Universal scuttled over its R-rating, leaving del Toro to recently announce he'd compromise and go PG-13. But at the moment, he's on a tear. His TV series "The Strain" arrives this summer, "Crimson Peak" will drop in 2015 and "Pacific Rim 2" is slated for 2017 (with the franchise also spawning an animated show). And del Toro is eager to keep up the pace. Speaking with Collider, the director revealed he's planning to make a small feature before diving back into the world Jaegers. “Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Get Lost In The Cloud With 2 Clips From 'Sex Tape' Starring Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz

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Audience taste can be ever changing and fickle—what was the hot flavor last year, can be sour the next time around. Just ask Melissa McCarthy, who brought "Tammy" to the July 4th weekend, delivering her usual fare of outlandish, boorish humor, to the collective shrug of the moviegoing public. So you have to wonder what ticket buyers will do with "Sex Tape." On paper, Sony's re-teaming of "Bad Teacher" trio, director Jake Kasdan, and actors Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, makes total sense. But can lightning strike twice? Well, that probably will depend on what you think of these two clips from the movie about a married couple whose wild night of making a sex tape turns into a nightmare, when it gets uploaded to "the cloud." And seriously, it's not that hard to delete something, but we suppose you'll have to suspend your disbelief for the laughs. "Sex Tape" opens on July 18th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Essentials: 8 Walter Hill Films You Should Know

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No one would love to believe more than film critics that criticism is the repository of the immutable, monolithic truth about a movie's quality. But as much as we may enjoy the dream of our grades and rankings and pithy pullquotes being Carved In Stone, experience has taught us otherwise, and nowhere is the shifting, flux-like nature of the beast more in evidence than in the mysterious processes of reevaluation and reassessment. This process, this ongoing cycle of neglect and discovery, vision and revision as reputation waxes and wanes can be tracked for both films (our feature on critically reassessed movies covers some of those) and for certain directors, who fall out of and come into favor with almost rhythmic regularity. And one director whose reputation is on a definite upswing at he moment is Walter Hill. Just last year we ran our original five-strong Essentials piece on his career to date, »

- The Playlist Staff

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Robert Redford To Play Dan Rather, Co-Star With Cate Blanchett In 'Truth And Duty'

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Robert Redford has never been one to keep his personal politics out of his film choices. From as early as "All The President's Men" and "The Candidate," to recent efforts like "The Company You Keep" and "Lions For Lambs," the actor has never shied from putting political concerns front and center with his efforts. And it looks like he'll do that once again. Deadline reports that Redford is set to play "60 Minutes" anchor Dan Rather in an adaptation of Mary Mapes' "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power." The memoir tells the behind the scenes tales of what really happened after Rather's report about the machinations that kept George W. Bush out of the Vietnam War, made headlines and created a national scandal. And oh, playing Mapes, who was a producer on "60 Minutes"? Cate Blanchett. Yes, please. Here's the Amazon synopsis:  It was a great story. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Kills Dudes Dead In Violent First Red Band Clip From Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

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Real talk: what was the last decent film writer/producer/director Luc Besson made? We looked at where things went wrong in this Assessment feature from last year. But really? “I always follow my instinct," Besson told us in September of 2013. Considering that last good film might be 1997’s “The Fifth Element” maybe that instinct hasn’t served him so well? But he’s back one year after “The Family” with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer that didn’t change anyone’s opinion of his late-era career trajectory. This new one is called “Lucy,” stars Scarlett Johnansson and is about a woman who becomes a super-evolved heartless combatant after she is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob in Tapei. It sounds a little bit “La Femme Nikita”-esque with some “Bourne”-like traits: she’s been genetically modified to use more than 10% of her brain and therefore becomes extraordinary. »

- Edward Davis

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11 Famous Musicians In 11 Forgotten Movies

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Half a century ago this month, “A Hard Day’s Night” came out, and musicians in the movies were never the same again. When The Beatles took to the big screen in Richard Lester’s anarchic film, playing themselves at the height of their fame, they were hardly the first famous musicians to make the move to movies. Rather, they exploded Hollywood’s weird construct whereby singers like Elvis and Frank Sinatra could have lengthy, successful mainstream film careers: in the light of the-Beatles-as-the-Beatles’ antics, it suddenly seemed silly to see Elvis on screen playing somebody who wasn’t Elvis, or at very least wasn’t famous. Not that this led to the very faint, frequently blurred line between musical stardom and movie stardom being erased: not at all. In fact, look deeply enough into the career of any well-known musician and it’s hard not to find some kind of cinematic project. »

- Ben Brock

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Karlovy Vary Review: David Lambert’s Sexually Frank, Emotionally Wise ‘All Yours’

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A truncated stay has meant we haven’t been able to see as many competition titles here at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as we would have liked, but we can say it got off to a very promising start with this small-scale serio-comic drama, the second feature from “Beyond the Walls” director David Lambert. From the potentially grim premise of a young Argentinian man in such dire straits and with such a lack of prospects that he offers himself via the internet to anyone who will send him a plane ticket, the film then spins off into surprisingly gentle, non-judgy, non-cautionary tale, albeit sprinkled with some fairly graphic sex scenes, mostly gay, occasionally straight. But “gay/straight” is misleading, contributing to a binary definition of sexuality that is at odds with the spectrum-based view the film takes of the matter, en route to becoming less an Lgbt issues »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: First U.S. Trailer For Acclaimed Prison Drama 'Starred Up' Led By Jack O'Connell

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If you've had your ear to the ground, you've likely heard the faint rumbling of buzz behind "Starred Up." The prison drama steadily made its way through the festival circuit last year and into 2014, picking up acclaim wherever it stopped, including from our own team, with "Starred Up" making our 21 Best Films We've Already Seen list for the year. And now it's finally coming to theatres and the first U.S. trailer is here. Directed by David Mackenzie, and powered by what we called "a stunning, incendiary performance" by Jack O'Connell (who has since, unsurprisingly, landed the lead Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken"), the movie tells the story of what unfolds when a 19-year-old gets transferred to the same prison where his estranged father is serving time. It's gritty stuff with strong supporting turns by Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend. "Starred Up" opens on August 29th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: President Snow Gets Hacked In New Teaser For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1'

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Donald Sutherland's President Snow is trying to ensure that everything is calm and orderly in Panem, but as always, rebellion and revolution are lurking beneath the surface. And in this latest teaser for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," the President finds his message rudely interrupted. Flanked by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone), President Snow once again has an address for the nation, but the signal is overtaken by Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) who proclaims that, "The Mockingjay lives." Say what you will about endless teasers, but that was pretty good stuff. 'Mockingjay' arrives on November 21st. Watch below. [Vulture] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 10 Minute Interview With Richard Linklater On 'Boyhood' Plus Updates On 'Limpet' & 'Larry's Kidney'

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"That thing has been in development for over three years. Interesting how the week I have a film coming out someone decides it's a good idea to promote this. Not sure what they hope to gain," "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater told Indiewire about the brewing remake of "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," one that he also recently said "wasn't happening." So take this next bit of info with a grain or three of salt. According to The Wrap, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are all in talks for roles for 'Limpet,' with Zach Galifianakis still attached to star. The trade says that if everything goes according to plan production might start this fall, but it would seem that someone needs to tell Linklater this is happening first. Meanwhile, another project that looks to have fallen by the wayside is "Larry's Kidney. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Happy Birthday 'Anchorman'! Watch 15 Minutes Of Outtakes & Bloopers From The Comedy Classic

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Ten years ago today, Will Ferrell presented the world with what is still one of his greatest creations, "Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy." As you already know from still quoting the movie a decade later, it became a cult hit, and spawned a sequel that was not as good (have you ever quoted anything from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"?). But the original remains untouchable, and so it's time to blow out the birthday candles. And what better way is there to do so than with 15 minutes of outtakes and bloopers from the comedy? It's a great reminder at just how good the entire cast is at working on the spot and improvising, all while trying to keep a straight face through some of the film's most spectacularly ridiculous scenes. We love lamp and will celebrate this movie with flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Grab A Drink With 2 Clips From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

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While it seems this movie has been kicking around for a while now, Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" has yet to open in U.S. theaters. After premiering and hitting some festivals last year, Gondry actually went back to the editing room and snipped 36 minutes from the movie for its international dates. So yes, the version you'll be seeing will be significantly shorter, but Gondry himself approved of the cuts, and no matter what, it's still his vision all the way. To get you prepared for the film, two new clips have dropped online for this unique movie (one via Empire). Starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, and based on the beloved novel by Boris Vian, the story follows the romance between Colin and Chloé that becomes complicated when the latter falls ill when a flower starts growing in her lungs. So yes, it's a bit fantastical, a bit romantic and a bit melancholy, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Aryan Papers' Actress Talks & More In Rare Dutch Stanley Kubrick Documentary

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Of all The Lost & Unmade Projects Of Stanley Kubrick, second to "Napoleon" perhaps, "The Aryan Papers" is one those films many wish the filmmaker had gotten to. Its development is certainly as well documented, with Uma Thurman and Johanna Ter Steege attached to star in the movie, telling the story through the eyes of a ten-year-old who recalls how his Aunt protected him by passing them off as Catholics in order to survive the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII. But what you might not know is how he came across the latter actress. According to this rare Dutch TV documentary, Kubrick was a big fan of George Sluzier's "The Vanishing," even calling the filmmaker to talk about editing after watch the thriller. And perhaps it's no coincidence that "The Vanishing" actress Steege wound up being called by Kubrick by "The Aryan Papers." And in the doc she talks about »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke & Gary Oldman

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In the new cynical, cash-grabbing sweepstakes to manufacture polished, all-appealing four quadrant blockbusters— specifically engineered to reap hundreds of millions of dollars, of course— 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” sequel is of a rare, rare breed. It’s the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn’t feel as if it was written by committee or structured around big and familiar action set pieces. And it’s one that executes on all its lofty ambitions from minute one with nary a false note. In truth, the deeply absorbing and thematically rich ‘Apes’ sequel is more akin to a drama than an action film, but it's one that still satisfies the desires and demands of big, blockbuster filmmaking. Brilliantly realized by director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”), “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: 30-Minute Making Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' Plus New Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been a remarkable success for Wes Anderson. Not only does the $58 million domestic haul mark his best ever effort in the U.S., overseas, the film has been a powerhouse, taking in nearly double what it has at home, with $107 million and counting. And the movie is now doing a victory lap on home video. Already available on a format of your choice in the U.S., the film is set to hit home video in the U.K., and Live For Films has a clip from one of the best moments in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The two-minute excerpts The Society Of The Crossed Keys coming together to assist Gustave H. in his time of need. It's quintessential Anderson boiled to a terrific montage. After that, why not spend about a half hour watching the making of "The Royal Tenenbaums," which, until 'Budapest,' »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Bong Joon-Ho Visits The Criterion Closet, Gets New Copy Of Movie Park Chan-Wook Never Gave Back & More

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With "Snowpiercer" now playing, Bong Joon-ho is doing the rounds in support of the film, but he took a few moments while in New York City to stop by The Criterion Collection and do what we've all dreamed of doing—grabbing as many copies of their releases as he can. As always, it's fun stuff to see what catches the eye of filmmakers, and Bong Joon-Ho is no different. Works by directors as varied as Nagisa Oshima, Yasujiro Ozu, Guillermo Del Toro and Roman Polanski grab his attention, and so too does Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool," which Bong Joon-Ho reveals he loaned to Park Chan-Wook... who never gave it back. That's just bad manners. Watch below. [The Criterion Collection] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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