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Steven Spielberg Adds Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara' To List Of Possible Directorial Projects

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So what is Steven Spielberg going to direct next? That's a question even he probably doesn't quite know the answer to yet, not that he isn't giving himself options. "Robopocalypse," which was supposed to be his next project, is on hold while he's also got "Montezuma" and a possible "West Side Story" remake to consider, and now he's throwing another on the pile. The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks have teamed up, nabbing the rights to David Kertzer's book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," slating Tony Kushner ("Lincoln," "Munich") to write the screenplay, for Spielberg to possibly direct. Not a bad way to start, and the material is pretty compelling. It tells the story of a young Jewish boy, who in 1858, is snatched by the authorities from his home, winds up being raised Catholic and becomes a priest. Here's the full blown book synopsis from Amazon:  Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Trailer For Clint Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys' Aims For The High Notes

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Music has always been a big part of Clint Eastwood's career, with the filmmaker also serving as composer and songwriter for a strong handful of his films, yet he's never actually made a musical. Outside of the biopic "Bird" and an episode of the PBS series "The Blues," Eastwood has never really had the chance to dig elbows deep into movie with wall-to-wall music, but now the director who seems to have done it all, will cross the genre off his bucket list. The first trailer for "Jersey Boys" is here, bringing all the songs of the hit Broadway show to the big screen. Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Christopher Walken, and penned by John Logan ("Hugo," "Skyfall"), the films will tell the tale of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, documenting the rise and fall of the successful rock 'n' roll group of the 1960s, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Review: Brooklyn Hipster Vampire Comedy ‘Summer Of Blood’

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Vampires have been just about everywhere: outer space, the distant future, Detroit. But it’s been a while since they’ve been to Brooklyn. The last time this particular borough was the subject of bloodsucking freaks was the failed Eddie Murphy/Wes Craven venture “Vampire in Brooklyn,” which put a stake through the heart of vampires in Brooklyn for a little while. But it seems like a good time for vampires to return to New York’s hippest borough, what with the thriving nightlife perfect for snacking, an abundance of dilapidated buildings to occupy (until they become condos), and the general acceptance, in Brooklyn, of sleeping till noon and looking like you’ve been touring with Phish for the last half decade. Tribeca spotlight opener “Summer of Blood” attempts to reposition vampires in Brooklyn, and the results are simultaneously satisfying and insufferably smug. Writer-director Onur Tukel stars as Eric, a lazy Brooklyn douchebag who, »

- Drew Taylor

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Tribeca Review: Nas Documentary ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Celebrates The Life Of A Classic Hip-Hop Album

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“Life’s a bitch and then you die,” rapper Nasir Jones spit on Illmatic, his groundbreaking 1994 debut album. A grim, cynical statement, Nas was simply following the tradition of hip-hop — reflecting your environment back to the audience. As Chuck D of Public Enemy once famously said, rap music was the “CNN for black people.” And so with Illmatic, Nas’ now-landmark ‘90s record, the rapper changed the game, broadcasting his pains, frustrations, ugly truths and hardships to a nation of listeners through a filter of lyrically dense, angry, blunt rhymes and jazz-inflected boom-bap beats. “It was real. He spoke the truth,” Alicia Keys says in the documentary, seemingly still taken aback now by Nas’ unflinching approach. Directed by multimedia artist One9, written by Erik Parker, and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, “Time Is Illmatic” is a look back on the now-cherished and seminal hip-hop record, but also focuses deeply »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: Director Gareth Edwards Talks "Serious" 'Godzilla' In Featurette Plus New Poster

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In case you haven't noticed, the forthcoming "Godzilla" doesn't have a whiff, suggestion or note of the campiness some of the previous incarnations of the movie monster may have had. And there's a very specific reason for that. In a few featurette for the upcoming film, director Gareth Edwards discusses the approach, and wanting to take the material seriously. Why? In his view, because the original Toho Productions movie did, serving as much as an allegory as a thrillride, and it's something Edwards respected. Even more, the filmmaker takes sci-fi in general quite seriously, and it's refreshing to hear him reference Steven Spielberg in terms of the scale and craft he wants to bring to the movie hitting next month. Still, the marketing department is having a bit of fun with this new, old school style poster. "Godzilla" crushes cars on May 16th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'Glengarry Glen Ross'/'Wolf Of Wall Street' Trailer Mashup Wins A Set Of Steak Knives

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Is "The Wolf Of Wall Street" trailer the new "Downfall" when it comes to endless parodies? It's certainly on its way, as yet another one has crossed our desk and yes, it's well worth the watch. And it might just be for closers only. Richard Trammell has cut together yet another mashup for Martin Scorsese's film, this time taking the trailer editing and design and applying it to "Glengarry Glen Ross." And of course, the results are pretty great. Namely because both films deal with outsized assholes to varying degrees, though there is no replacement for Shelley "The Machine" Levine. He is forever. But this is pretty good stuff, and while we're not sure if it gets the keys to Cadillac, it will certainly go home with a set of steak knives. Don't agree? Put that coffee down. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer, Clip & Featurette For Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

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These days horror movies, for the most part, tend to come fast and cheap, with little in the way of craft other than loud noises and found footage aesthetics. But classic genre banner Hammer are doing things differently as they return to big screen productions. They scored a big hit with "The Woman In Black," a stylish and genuinely spooky ghost story and now they're back with "The Quiet Ones," another period tale that looks like it has an actual budget and something to say. Co-written by Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart"), and starring Jared Harris, Sam ClaflinErin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke, the film follows a London professor in the mid-70s, who works with his students on conducting eerie experiments, that of course, lead to supernatural trouble. Yeah, we know, sounds pretty generic but we're digging the overall mood, and we're hoping that Hammer continues to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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15 Cinematographers Turned Directors

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This weekend, the Johnny Depp-starring “Transcendence” opens in all its technophobic glory, across the nation, and while the reviews, ours included, so far, have ranged from mildly poisonous to all-out toxic, the proof will as ever be in the box office pudding. But not only is it a litmus test for whether or not Depp’s star power can carry a film outside the Disney/Tim Burton blockbuster ghetto he’s painted himself into, the film is also the testing ground for the tricky horse-change pulled by its director, longtime Christopher Nolan Director of Photography (Dp) Wally Pfister. Pfister is immensely respected in his previous role, and is indelibly associated with the noirish grit of the Nolan Batman movies, as well as the slick effects-driven sheen of “Inception,” which have become something of the styles du jour for big Hollywood movies — the gold standards that others must try to emulate. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Contest: Win Lars von Trier's 'The Five Obstructions' On DVD

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Of the many provocations Lars von Trier has delivered over the years, "The Five Obstructions" might be his most satisfying. The 2003 documentary might not be his most well known title, but if you're a fan of the director, you'll want to catch up with it quick. The film dives into the creative process of filmmaking with a unique twist, as it follows Lars von Trier's opportunity to work with idol Jørgen Leth on a most unusual experiment: Leth will remake his celebrated 1967 film "The Perfect Human" five times, each time with a different challenge set forth by von Trier that will force Leth to approach it differently and find a whole new set of creative solutions to re-think how he will tell his story. It's a neat concept that's pretty entertaining all around and now we've got a way for you to check it out at home, with copies »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Trailer For Sergei Loznitsa's Cannes Documentary About Ukrainian Protests 'Maidan'

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You might not know his name, but Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010 he appeared in competition with "My Joy," and returned to the category in 2012 with "In The Fog," picking up the Fipresci Prize for his efforts. And now he's back with a project that documents one of the most dramatic moments in recent history. Set to play as a Special Selection, "Maidan" finds Loznitsa in documentary mode, exploring the protests in Kiev, Ukraine against the government from the ground level. The first trailer for the film is here and it's potent stuff. Here's the official synopsis (edited for clarity): Maidan, is the central square of Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Starting in November 2013, citizens of all ages and all faiths gathered to protest against the regime of President Yanukovych, who was forced to resign in late March. From November to March, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer, Pics & Poster For ‘The Immigrant’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner

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Look, we know not all Photoshop artists were created equally, and perhaps poster art is not the domain for real art these days (folks like Neil Kellerhouse and Drafthouse artisans aside), but this recent poster for James Gray's upcoming indie drama "The Immigrant" is… let’s say politely, something else. Sure, even the original French poster had the three stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner photoshopped together like they were members of the European 'Avengers,' but this North American poster for the film butchers Cotillard's beautiful face. Worse, Harvey Weinstein, or someone at TWC decided her headband was too French so it had to be photoshopped out, making her look even weirder (see the side by side comparison here). Hey, we get it. Photoshop poster art is often not very good, see Professor X blowing flame farts out of his wheelchair in the last X-Men poster for random example, »

- Edward Davis

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Zack Snyder Calls Terry Gilliam A “Genius,” Backs Down From ‘Watchmen’ Beef

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Forbes has a new interview with director Zack Snyder. You know, the guy that’s directing possibly the most geek-anticipated film of all time, “Batman Vs. Superman.” Don’t get too excited, Snyder reveals almost zero details. He doesn’t talk Ben Affleck, Lex Luthor, the Justice League or anything. Perhaps more interestingly he discusses his beef with Terry Gilliam over “Watchmen.” In short: Gilliam was one of the directors initially set to make “Watchmen” but as development is wont to do, Gilliam eventually left the project. Snyder obviously went on to make the super-hero film. Fast forward to years later, former producer Joel Silver said Snyder’s version was like a “slave” to the comic book. Snyder hit back, but in doing so took a swipe at Terry Gilliam, the director on the project when Silver was producing saying, “So, finally I made ['Watchmen'] to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world. »

- Edward Davis

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New Images From Richard Linklater's Epic 'Boyhood' Starring Ethan Hawke

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As far as experiments go, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was a real roll of the dice. Would a drama shot for a few days each year, chronicling the real-time (but fictional) coming-of-age of a young boy, work when all the material is cut together? Well, the answer from the Sundance and Berlin film festivals was a resounding "yes," and new images from the epic film have arrived. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, but led by newcomer Ellar Coltrane, the film follows a family, through the eyes of a young boy, who are dealing with divorce and the obligations and responsibilities that come with the territory. But sprawling over two hours, and spanning nearly a decade, the film takes viewers on a journey through the experiences and changes of the lead character, in a way that we haven't quite seen before. And indeed, our review called the film "a remarkable »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Crime Drama 'Glass Chin' Starring Corey Stoll & Billy Crudup

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A couple of years ago writer-director Noah Buschel unleashed his tiny, deeply affecting "Sparrows Dance,"a movie set in a single apartment, with only two characters. For his highly anticipated follow-up (at least by us), he has expanded his palette considerably, this time tackling a modestly scaled crime drama about a down-on-his-luck former boxer (Corey Stoll from "House of Cards") who becomes embroiled in the criminal operation of a weirdo gangster/restaurateur (Billy Crudup), all while struggling to maintain his longtime romantic relationship (Marin Ireland, who starred in "Sparrows Dance").  It's one of the best movies you'll see at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and what's more—we've got an exclusive clip. In the clip, Bud "The Saint" Gordon (Stoll) is trying to explain to his girlfriend (Ireland) about what went down the other night while doing a job for Jj (Crudup). We don't want to give away too much… »

- Drew Taylor

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Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford & More Get Armed In New Pics From 'The Expendables 3'

9 hours ago

Well, here's a movie that won't be playing Cannes or coming anywhere near it: "The Expendables 3." It's not high art, and these things are barely movies at all, but they do have explosions and old dudes causing those explosions and that's all some folks need. And so, a batch of new pics from the action sequel are here. Yep, there's Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger all doing their thing and looking tough and getting ready to see say some eye-rolling dialogue. In case you actually care, the plot revolves around a former member of the Expendables (played by Gibson) who has become a ruthless arms dealer who was left for dead... but surprise, he's still alive. So everyone bands together to take him out on the cheap sets of Bulgarian film studios. "The Expendables 3" opens on August 15th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Disneynature's Entertaining, Beautifully Shot 'Bears,' Narrated By John C. Reilly

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It seems fitting that Disney, a studio that has had such a solidly illustrious history with anthropomorphic bears (between Winnie the Pooh, the Country Bears at Disneyland and Br'er Bear from "Song of the South," all the way up to the magical bears that populated Pixar's Oscar-winning "Brave"), would circle back and focus an entire film on the actual animals. This year's Disneynature documentary, "Bears," features honest-to-goodness Alaskan bears, the kind that wake up from a snowy den and spend all year gathering food for the next winter. What's amazing about the documentary, though, is that it's oftentimes just as engaging as the Disney bears that play in jug bands or crave ooey-gooey honey.Every Disneynature movie has a loose kind of narrative, usually about a familial unit and some kind of adverse condition. But "Bears" is better suited to a traditional narrative than most, given that the bears' life »

- Drew Taylor

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Sony Reportedly Aiming For $1 Billion Worldwide Box Office For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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After Marvel's "The Avengers" made a billion dollars, and became the third highest grossing movie of all time, rival studios freaked. And so, they began to plot their own massive, cinematic comic universes while also spending big money on their properties, hoping to join Marvel in the billion dollar club. Ambitious goals, but can everyone do it? We'll soon see as Variety reports that, according to their sources, Sony honcho Amy Pascal has set a target of $1 billion worldwide for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Well, yeah, probably. Given that the studio is going hard on this franchise, with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" already slotted for 2016, and with "Sinister Six" and "Venom" films already in development, of course they want this to be huge. But is it even realistic? One has to look at the numbers to see if they're dreaming or if its realistic. The first "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't the kind of reboot Sony likely wanted. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Horror 'Preservation' Takes Cover In A Cabin

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The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, which means an array of quality dramas will be on display for audiences. But sometimes, you just want to feel you pulse quicken and have a good old fashioned thrill, and that's what Christopher Denham ("Home Movie") is hoping to provide with his sophomore directorial effort, "Preservation." Starring Pablo Schreiber ("Orange is the New Black"), Aaron Staton ("Mad Men"), and Wrenn Schmidt ("Boardwalk Empire"), the story follows brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, who head out on a hunting trip in the woods. But when all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other deep within this nature preserve, and it's a tale of the hunter and hunted that takes on some new twists. And in this exclusive clip, we see the wounded Mike and Wit take cover in a ranger station, and make an ambitious plan. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Pics From Cannes-Selected 'Foxcatcher' With Steve Carell & Channing Tatum And 'Sils Maria' With Kristen Stewart

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Cannes you believe it? (Sorry, we're already tired from being up early to cover this.) Thierry Fremaux and co. unveiled the slate for this years Cannes Film Festival (with a couple more titles to come), and yes, that means more images from the films in competition. First up is a new look at Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The film, originally slated to be released last year, was held back so the director could put the finishing touches on it and now it's headed to the south of France. Here's the synopsis for the movie co-starring Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall: The story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz. Next up is "Sils Maria" (or "Clouds Of Sils Maria"), the latest from Cannes fave Olivier Assayas which brings together Juliette Binoche, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Exclusive: Listen To "Break Up" From Tony Morales' Score For Joss Whedon-Penned 'In Your Eyes'

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You would think with all things Marvel on his plate, Joss Whedon wouldn't have time for much else, but you'd be wrong. Last year he dropped the indie Shakespearean tale "Much Ado About Nothing," and now he's headed into the Tribeca Film Festival as the writer and executive producer of the metaphysical romance "In Your Eyes." And today we have a little treat for you from the film. Produced by Kai Cole and Michael Roiff and directed by Brin Hill, the film stars Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Mark Feuerstein, Steve Harris and Jennifer Grey in the tale that follows a sheltered East Coast housewife and an ex-con and waitress in New Mexico who all connect in ways they couldn't imagine. Weaving the movie together is composer Tony Morales ("Hatfields & McCoys," "The Bag Man"), and below you can listen to his evocative "Break Up" from the soundtrack, helping to power this unique film. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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