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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 the list to 10 choices for films to check out every month, we couldn’t deny that October is absolutely jam-packed this year. There’s a lot to be excited about this month: already highly-praised works from auteurs, plenty of titles from recent festivals this year, the occasional horror movie (hopefully one of them is at least scary, but we know that’s a rarity), and potential Oscar nominees and winners. So we went ahead stretched the list this time out.  Regardless of how the awards pan out this year, we’re just glad we get to see these movies sooner rather than later. Especially after our exhaustive festival coverage during September (Tiff / Telluride / Venice) 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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Watch: First Trailer For Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut ‘The Water Diviner’ Co-Starring Olga Kurylenko & Jai Courtney

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Over the years, Russell Crowe's worked with some big names, including Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Darren Aronofsky, Peter Weir, Curtis Hanson, Sam Raimi and more. So obviously the actor’s picked up a thing or two. While Crowe’s helmed documentaries and videos, he's never directed a feature-length narrative film until now. Titled “The Water Diviner,” Crowe’s directorial feature debut is a historical drama set in 1919, about an Australian man who travels to Turkey four years after the Battle of Gallipoli to locate his three missing sons—one of them reported missing in action. The film stars Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yılmaz and Yılmaz Erdoğan, and we haven’t heard much about it since it was first announced last year. Written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight, the Weinstein Company took domestic rights to the film during Cannes after watching 12-minutes of footage that unspooled in the buyers market. »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Trailer For Dark Drug Comedy 'The Mule' Starring Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson & Leigh Whannell

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It's easy to be consumed by American cinema, to the point that it's often difficult to peek through the noise and look abroad at the quality offerings from around the world. One movie that has been quietly making a fuss on the festival circuit is "The Mule," and now a great first trailer is here to makes a strong case that this is one to track down. Starring Angus Sampson (who also co-wrote and co-directed the movie), Hugo Weaving and Leigh Whannell, the crime comedy boasts a deceptively simple concept: a man is detained by police after being suspected of smuggling drugs inside his body. He's held for a week by the cops as they wait for him to shit out of the evidence, but the man, uh, holds it in, for reasons that go far beyond the room where he's being detained. And we have to say, this looks wildly entertaining, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win Sundance Documentary 'Ivory Towers' On Blu-Ray

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Each year, lots of quality documentaries arrive at the Sundance Film Festival, but many don't get the love they need after the festivities in Park City come to a close. One such movie is "Ivory Tower." But today we've got a chance for you to own the film that caught our eye at the beginning of the year.  Directed by Andrew Rossi, the doc investigates the rising cost of a college education that has created massive student debt, all while graduates struggle to find employment in their field. It's a complex subject, but as our review notes, this is "compelling viewing, particularly if you feel close to the crisis" that faces many leaving high school and seeking higher education. It's an intriguing topic, and we've got some Blu-ray copies of "Ivory Tower" for a few lucky readers. How can you grab one?  Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: »

- Edward Davis

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Interview: 'John Wick' Star Keanu Reeves Talks Stunt Work, 'Side by Side' & The Possibility Of Another 'Matrix' Movie

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One of the bigger surprises from this year's Fantastic Fest was just how enjoyable "John Wick," the hit man thriller starring Keanu Reeves, really was. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (two veterans of the stunt field) nimbly directed the screenplay by Derek Kolstad, and together they created a rich and vivid world for the various underworld characters to play in. (You can read our review here.) Of course, holding it all together is Reeves, a largely underrated screen presence who really gets a chance to shine here, playing a man who has lost everything (but still has enough pep left in his step to kill an untold number of bad guys). While in Austin, we got a chance to sit down and chat with Reeves about what drew him to the project, when he's going to direct again and why he decided to make the move to television (with his upcoming series "Rain, »

- Drew Taylor

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Before You Go Down 'Fury Road,' Watch This 3-Minute Tribute To The 'Mad Max' Series

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Over the summer, director George Miller called his long-gestating “Mad Max: Fury Road” a “western on wheels,” and indeed, the original trilogy didn’t shy away from using the archetypes of the western genre, with Max Rockatansky himself taking the place of Clint Eastwood’s similarly taciturn antihero in an arid landscape. In fact, Miller directly nodded to Eastwood’s most famous role in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” by having a character introduce Mel Gibson’s Max as “The Man With No Name.” A new supercut from Dave Black further drives this point home, so put on your leather jacket, practice your squint and check it out below. Set to Ennio Morricone’s haunting “Man With A Harmonica” cue from the “Once Upon A Time In The West” score, the three-minute-and-twenty-second long montage, titled “The Man We Called Max,” cuts scenes from the original trilogy—in the wrong aspect ratio, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Film Preservationist Nicolas Winding Refn Says "Digital Is So Much Better"

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The great celluloid vs. digital debate continues, and if you haven't seen it, you should definitely watch the Keanu Reeves-hosted doc "Side By Side" for an in depth look at the issue. On one side, you have early digital adopters like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh. Then you have the purists like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, who have worked to salvage Kodak film stock and with the latter going one step further and vowing to take out Dcp projectors out of his New Beverly theater. Paul Thomas Anderson is another filmmaker hell-bent on shooting on film stock as well. But then there's Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of "Drive" who straddles both camps. A cineaste who recently joined PTA as a member of the The American Genre Film Archive advisory board, Refn is quite happy to shoot digitally. Filmmakers are usually divided on the subject, but Refn has a refreshingly non-purist view, »

- Edward Davis

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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 stuff you remember seeing or doing in the '80s, so let's dive right in.... First up, Threshold Entertainment has announced that the video game "Tetris" —yes, that one— will be turned 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 defense, he did make two "Mortal Kombat" movies. But then again, this is fucking "Tetris," so there better be a helluva story. Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Adam Sandler »

- 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. 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).  We highly recommend taking the time to view it in its entirety. In the interview, Lynch talks about his early life, his transition from painting to moving pictures, his meditation techniques, and what it would be like to live in the world of his characters, plus countless other topics. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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