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Exclusive: Take A Spin With Clip From 'ABCs Of Death 2' Segment 'R For Roulette'

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Just like that, Halloween is upon us and this year, you'll have an entire weekend to get into the ghoulish spirit of things. And among the festivities you have planned, you might want to add "ABCs Of Death 2" to your movie marathon of scare flicks, because the omnibus film, featuring 26 horror shorts, will likely have more than a few segments that will send a chill down your spine. And today, we have an exclusive preview of one of the highlights. "R For Roulette" comes from "Blood Glacier" director Marvin Kren, and it stands out in a few ways. Firstly, it's a period piece, and secondly it's in black-and-white. But perhaps most enticing is the premise, which sees a group of Germans in a basement playing Russian roulette but as for the exact reason why? Well, we'll let you discover that for yourself, because the twist is pretty great, but in the scene below, »

- Edward Davis

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John Cusack Says L.A. Is Filled With "Vampires," "Desert Crazies, Snake-Oil Salesmen, Carnival Barkers & Fake Spiritualists"

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Yes, that sensation you're feeling is deja vu. It was just last month when John Cusack called Hollywood a "whorehouse" that "eats young actors up and spits them out," and in a new interview with Straight, the "Maps To The Stars" actor once again isn't mincing words about Tinseltown.  "...do you think L.A. gives a shit about people? This town has gotten so vicious. You really have to fend off those vampires,” Cusack stated, going on to add that the scariest thing about the characters in David Cronenberg's movie industry satire, is that they are not so removed from the kinds of folks you're likely to run into in the industry.  “L.A. is a town full of so many desert crazies, snake-oil salesmen, carnival barkers, and fake spiritualists that it’s impossible to spot a real one,” Cusack continued. “The idea is that there’s this need »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Terminator: Genisys' Cast Gets Ready For Battle In New Pics

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Yesterday, the first look at "Terminator: Genisys" arrived and fans were not happy. From the smiling Terminator to the generic, glossy blockbuster look, many felt it was a far cry from the more distinct vision James Cameron created in the first two films of the series. And fans were further concerned with the details revealed about the twist being taken with Sarah Connor (though I'd say it's no more or less ridiculous than "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" ret-conning their timeline or any Marvel movie plot, but I digress). And today, here come a couple more images which will surely continue the dismayed chatter. In fairness, most of these images from EW look more like promo images than stills from a finished movie. That being said, Emilia Clarke and Matt Smith armed with guns and yelling isn't exactly the most compelling first look for a movie that is aiming to reinvigorate a diluted blockbuster brand. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Teaser Trailer For Harrowing Prison Doc 'The Life And Mind Of Mark DeFriest'

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The truth is always stranger, and scarier, than fiction, and that's evidenced in the true-life story of Florida prisoner Mark DeFriest. We've got the exclusive teaser for the documentary about him, "The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest" from director Gabriel London. We caught the film at the L.A. Film Fest this summer, and it's a truly harrowing story, telling the tale of one man inexplicably trapped in the criminal justice system (despite his best escape efforts), confronting those who have kept him there for too long. Our review of the film said, "there’s simply no way to come out of this film feeling that justice exists in any way in this man’s life. It’s a curious, infuriating and haunting tale, and an accomplishment of documentary filmmaking." While it focuses on just one man's odyssey, the film is a damning portrait of the entire misbegotten criminal justice system. »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: First Clip From 'Interstellar,' Christopher Nolan Says He Probably Won't Make Another Superhero Movie

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It was "The Dark Knight" trilogy that launched Christopher Nolan into the stratosphere, giving him the kind of latitude, budgets and creative freedom most filmmakers don't get in the studio system. But it's clear he's done with dealing with men in tights. While he put his name on "Man Of Steel" as an executive producer, he won't be involved in the DC Comics films going forward, and as he tells Time Out Chicago, it's unlikely he'll go back to that world. "I think I had a great experience with the superhero genre and got to explore a lot of things, but it was a good decade of my life and I find it hard to imagine returning to it. But never say never," Nolan said. And while he humbly won't admit to raising the bar of the genre, Nolan says that was his goal in doing the Batman movies. "It's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Ellroy Says David Fincher's 'Zodiac' Is "A Great Cinematic Work" With "Inadequate & Unconvincing Performances"

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David Fincher and famed crime writer James Ellroy are far from strangers. As we documented in our feature A-z: A Guide To The Lost & Unmade Films Of David Fincher, the filmmaker was once attached to the adaptation of "Black Dahlia" before it fell into the hands of Brian De Palma, and the author also contributed a commentary track to Fincher's "Zodiac." Moreover, the pair are currently developing a couple of TV shows for HBO. So just bear that in mind as we move on to this next part. Chatting with NPR recently about his favorite noir films, Ellroy named Fincher's "Zodiac," about the hunt for the famed serial killer, among them. Indeed, on that aforementioned commentary track, the writer called it "one of the half-dozen greatest American crime films." But Ellroy's love of the movie — which he curiously describes as powered by "a subliminally homosexual roundelay of obsessives" — is not without some caveats. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Love Is Tricky In The First Two Trailers For ‘Ex Machina’ With Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, And Alicia Vikander

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We've seen sci-fi films, we've seen knotty love stories, but it's likely we haven't seen anything quite like "Ex Machina." Blending a variety of genres and bringing together a great, young cast (two of whom are in another sci-fi spectacle in 2015, a little movie you might've heard of called "Star Wars: Episode VII"), this is a film we're eager to see. And today, the first two trailers have arrived. And one of the big reasons we're anticipating "Ex Machina" is screenwriter Alex Garland. He's made quite the name for himself over the years in the world of genre film, writing three movies for Danny Boyle (two of which he directed), —“28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” and “28 Weeks Later” — one for Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”), and he also penned the 2012 cult fave “Dredd.” But as many celebrated screenwriters are wont to do, Garland is trying his hand at directing, and is »

- Edward Davis

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Michael Bay To Direct Benghazi Drama '13 Hours'

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It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would attempt a cinematic rendition of the attack in Benghazi, Libya on a U.S. State Department compound. What exactly happened that night is still a politically charged issue, and so we'd reasonably assume that a filmmaker with some sense of nuance and care would be assigned the job. We were wrong. THR reports that Michael Bay — yep, the guy who made four "Transformers" movies — is in talks to direct "13 Hours." The movie will be based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff, with a script from Chuck Hogan ("The Town," "The Strain") that will focus on the six members of the security team that struggled to defend American life during the attack. And while the film is described as a "political drama," we'd wager there's still some room in there for Bay-style explosions. Though maybe not Victoria's Secret models. Here's the book synopsis:  The harrowing, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Jean-Luc Godard's Dense, Brilliant, And Pretentious 'Goodbye To Language 3D'

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, they say. Some filmmakers become so set in their ways that others, like Quentin Tarantino or Steven Soderbergh, vow to hang up their viewfinders before they ever reach that point. But over 50 years after his feature-length debut "Breathless" turned the form on its head, and at the grand old age of 83, Jean-Luc Godard has returned to Cannes (not, it should be said, in person) with his first film in Competition in over a decade to prove them wrong — "Goodbye To Language 3D." And prove them wrong he has: Godard's bite-sized latest (running barely 70 minutes long) isn't going to turn around anyone who gave up on the director long ago: it is very much a Jean-Luc Godard joint. But there's also a lot to chew on here, and a sense of »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Sets Early 2016 Release Date, Official Synopsis Revealed

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The stigma of a movie being released in the first few months of the year seems to be fading. Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" hit in February 2013, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" arrived this past March, and Michael Mann's "Blackhat" is coming next January. And now, a pair of auteurs are also looking at a winter release. Universal has set the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" with a February 5, 2016 release. The starry comedy now has an official synopsis too. Check out all the details in the press release below. ----- Universal Pictures’ Hail, Caesar! will be released on Friday, February 5, 2016. About Hail, Caesar! Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old MenTrue Grit,Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Engrossing And Hypnotic 'Algorithms' Explores The World Of Blind Chess In India

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The first question that a person, previously unaware of the practice, might ask about the world of competitive blind chess is: but how do they play? That’s why it’s genius that Ian McDonald’s “Algorithms” introduces us to the process right away, by starting in a close up on the board, as players’ hands roam the pieces, feeling their way from spot to spot, piece to piece. McDonald’s absorbing documentary brings the viewer again and again back to the board, where fierce battles play out over the course of the film, commandeered by unlikely generals—a band of blind teenage boys from different parts of India. “Algorithms” is a film possessed by chess—the strategies, the wins, the losses, the material nature of the boards, and pieces themselves, as blind players experience the game in a completely tactile way. But it’s also a vehicle for exploring »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: Park Chan-wook's 20-Minute Fashion Short 'A Rose Reborn' Starring Jack Huston

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Luxury brands have luxury marketing budgets to match, and so it's not a shock they are able to hire top tier directors, actors, and other technical crew to execute expensive art projects/advertainments to promote their attire. But we have to give it up to Ermenegildo Zegna for who they've pulled together for the short film "A Rose Reborn." Co-written and directed by Park Chan-Wook, starring Jack Huston, and featuring a score by Clint Mansell, the film follows a young, handsome CEO who journeys from London to Wyoming, Shanghai, and Milan, to find learn how to be part of a “new generation of leaders who are successful, charismatic, and respectful of people and the planet.” There's a sci-fi tinge to the proceedings, and lots of exchanging of fancy clothes, on immaculate sets. After screening at the Rome International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, you can now watch the full short below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win 'Life Of Crime' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Will Forte & More On DVD

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While it's not an official prequel, if you want to revisit the characters of Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"—based on the novel by Elmore Leonard—then "Life Of Crime" will fit the bill. Adapted from a Leonard book, is uses the same characters in a story that takes place before the events of "Jackie Brown." And we want to give you a chance to check it out. Starring Jennifer Aniston, yasiin bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins, and John Hawkes, the story kicks off when a pampered housewife (Aniston) is kidnapped by a pair of blundering ex-cons in an effort to extort money from her sleazy real-estate tycoon husband (Robbins). The perfect crime becomes the perfect opportunity for the husband to ride off into the sunset with his sexy young mistress (Fisher), until the housewife decides it is her turn to even the score. Yep, »

- Edward Davis

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Listen: 45-Minute Talk With Cliff Martinez, Composer Will Score Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation'

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By now, thanks to his extensive work on films by Steven Soderbergh, and his imprint on recent cult faves "Drive" and "Spring Breakers," composer Cliff Martinez doesn't need much introduction. In fact, his unique brand of percussive, synth-y compositions make his scores immediately recognizable every time out, and yet, they are distinct, and bring a singular texture and mood to whatever project they're associated with. And once again, he's got an intriguing film on his plate. During an interview with Celluloid Tunes (via Film Music Reporter), Martinez revealed he'll score Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts Of No Nation." Starring Idris Elba and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the story follows Agu, a young boy forced to become a child soldier, with Elba playing The Commander who initiates Agu into his army. It's certainly much different than the genre world Martinez sometimes finds himself in, and we're intrigued to see what his flavor adds. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 30-Minute 'Interstellar' Talk With Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain

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"I don't know the title, I don't know what it's about or anything," Matthew McConaughey told The Hollywood Reporter about his first meeting for "Interstellar." "I fly in. We go in his office and we talk for three hours. Not one word about the film, not what it was about. I came away knowing nothing else about the film. We talked about who we are as 43-year-old men, talked about who we are as [fathers], talked about our kids. We talked about some other films and work and just got really a sense of each other. And so when I walked out, I had a little bit of, 'Ok, what was that?' I think he wanted to see who I was." Indeed, Christopher Nolan isn't one to show and tell until he's ready, but with "Interstellar" (review here) due in theaters next week, the filmmaker and cast are starting to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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15 Years: Watch 30 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Being John Malkovich'

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Before he detailed the romance between a man and an Os, or took you where the Wild Things were, Spike Jonze decided to get into the head of John Malkovich. Time flies, but it has been 15 years since the brilliant and bizarre "Being John Malkovich" hit theaters, so today we're going to take you behind the scenes. Featuring longitme collaborator Lance Bangs, and cast members John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, and, of course, John Malkovich, the footage is a bit scattershot, but gives a sense of what shooting the oddball, Charlie Kaufman-penned picture was like, not only for those in front of the camera, but for the crew too. It's actually a pretty great dip into what it took to get inside Malkovich's brain, at least on set, and if you're of the film and filmmakers, it's worth perusing. Check it out below, along with a couple of extras, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy Talks Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Elswit & Sociopaths

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Writer and director Dan Gilroy speaks in a manner in which ideas, facts and concepts come tumbling out, his train of thought speeding fast but never in danger of going off the track. The credited screenwriter on films like “The Bourne Legacy,” the long-forgotten “Freejack,” the family-friendly heroics of “Real Steel” and the grim fairy tale “The Fall,” Gilroy makes his directorial debut with “Nightcrawler.” Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film depicts the rise and fall of Lou Bloom, a self-motivated striver who bootstraps into a freelance job filming the car crashes and crime scenes of L.A. at night for the local news channels that thrive on blood and bad news (our review).  Gilroy spoke with The Playlist about what cinematographer Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood,” “Boogie Nights”) brought to the film, the economic realities behind the Lou Bloom character, Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance and the film's depiction of the dark dream of L. »

- James Rocchi

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Watch: Debut U.S. Trailer For 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper

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Earlier today, you saw Jennifer Lawrence in blockbuster mode with the final trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1." Now you can see the actress try on her period melodrama pants with "Serena," opposite Bradley Cooper, and get more of a sense if the mostly negative reviews are warranted. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the film is a Depression-era tale about George and Serena, a couple who forge a mighty timber empire together. Problems arise when Serena can't get pregnant, and George strays outside their marriage. From there, inevitable tragedy looms. It's good stuff on paper, but as our recent review noted, there's good reason why the folks behind Susanne Bier's long delayed movie "might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." "Serena" is now playing in the U.K. (where it opened in 19th place over the weekend —ouch), and comes to the U. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Posters: Michael Mann's 'Blackhat,' 'Foxcatcher,’ & 'Ex Machina' Starring Oscar Isaac & Alicia Vikander

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Is the state of movies in 2014 reflected in the release date of Michael Mann's new cyber thriller "Blackhat," which is scheduled to arrive in the not-very-promising January season? Is there no longer room for an auteur like Mann in a stronger quarter? Or maybe it's not an awards worthy picture and has been relegated to January for quality reasons? And when you factor in there's only one real name in the picture, Chris Hemsworth, one who hasn't truly proven himself at the box-office outside his 'Avengers' franchise, perhaps January is a safer month to release "Blackhat." And though there's talk of an Oscar qualifying run, we'll believe it when we see it (this year seems too competitive, and Universal has too little gain and much too lose if early word is negative). Regardless, we're psyched, because a Michael Mann film is always an event in our minds. The movie »

- Edward Davis

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25 Must-See Movies About The Media

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This week sees the arrival, after its much-lauded premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, of Dan Gilroy's directorial debut "Nightcrawler." The film, about an ambitious young drifter (Jake Gyllenhaal, in a brilliant performance) who finds his calling in the world of L.A. freelance crime reporting, is many things: a taut thriller, a complex character study, a stunningly-photographed portrait of Los Angeles at night, and a borderline horror picture. Along with all of that, it's also a biting satire of the vulture-like behavior of the modern media. As such, the film fits into a long history of Hollywood (and independent filmmakers) examining, attacking, and sometimes celebrating the fourth estate, a practice that's been going on almost as long as films have contained dialogue. So, with "Nightcrawler" in theaters on Friday (and read our review to remind yourselves why it's worth checking out this weekend) , we've picked out 25 of. »

- The Playlist Staff

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