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Review: Chris Evans' 'Before We Go' Starring Alice Eve Is Like Dating Someone Who Only Talks About Their Ex

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The plight of the actor-turned-director is an unpredictable one. The desire to tell your own story, direct and write or star in it (or sometimes take on all of those roles) is a attractive lure, and can turn out very well. But as Ryan Gosling learned at Cannes earlier this year with "Lost River," ambition, if not matched by execution, can come at a steep critical cost. So credit to Chris Evans for keeping his goals modest with his directorial debut "Before We Go," but unfortunately he can't clear the low bar he sets for himself with this strained romantic drama that struggles desperately to be engaging, charming or relatable. Read More: Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Things kick off with a pretty decent meet cute: in a rush to grab the last train to Boston from Grand Central Station, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 70-Minute Drama Writer Roundtable With Lee Daniels, Damon Lindelof, Beau Willimon, And More

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Sitting around the table of The Hollywood Reporter's latest Emmy season chat are the writers behind some of the shows that have became breakout hits, critical darlings, and long running successes. Lee Daniels ("Empire"), Damon Lindelof ("The Leftovers"), Alex Gansa ("Homeland"), Michelle King ("The Good Wife"), Sarah Treem ("The Affair"), and Beau Willimon ("House of Cards") all participate in a fascinating discussion that's well worth the seventy minute sit down. Read More: 10 Essential Films About 20th Century Writers A large portion of the opening finds the group diving into how they handle criticism, and what their thoughts are on creating in an era when each episode of show gets reviewed. From there the conversation turns to tackling controversial issues, clashing with the writers room, embracing diversity, and more. It's a great talk, and a real insight into the mechanics of writing for the small screen. Watch it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bryan Fuller Says Financing Being Sought For 'Hannibal' Feature Film, Teases Where Story Could Go Next

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"Hannibal" season three has finished airing. Since NBC didn't renew the show, and the actors have been released from their contracts, the drama is, for all intents and purposes, dead. However, Bryan Fuller has spent every moment since news that season three would ostensibly be the last talking about the avenues through which the show might be saved, and right now, the plan looks to be bringing "Hannibal" to the big screen.  "[Producer] Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film," he told HitFix. "The season 4 that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I still hope in some way that we get to tell a version of that, if not 'Silence of the Lambs' itself, as a miniseries. I would love to return this cast to the big screen from whence they came, and Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, from whence he came. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bill Murray Explains Why He's Going To Cameo In 'Ghostbusters,' Details On His Appearance Emerge

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After years of turning down the idea and essentially saying no in every way possible, it was a bit of a surprise when, earlier this month, it was reported that Bill Murray would pop up in Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. So what made him do it? The money? The fame? Well, he's got plenty of both already. Rather it seems he wanted to support the new crew while also try and stop any bad reviews that blamed his non-appearance in its tracks.  Read More: Plot Details Reveal Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Has Similar Story Elements To Dan Aykroyd's 'Ghostbusters 3' “That’s true, I wasn’t [into the idea]” Murray told Vulture about his long-running disinterest in returning to franchise. But eventually his arm was twisted. “I like those girls a lot. I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Robert Pattinson Photographs Dane DeHaan In Clip From Anton Corbijn's ‘Life’

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For a minute there, it appeared that photographer turned feature film director Anton Corbijn was going to retire. He’d made three terrific indie movies, the black and white Joy Division/Ian Curtis movie “Control,” the awesome Bergman-esque assassin thriller “The American” with George Clooney and the slow-burn war-on-terror thriller “A Most Wanted Man” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. He’d actually contemplated it for a minute, but apparently after his last feature with Hoffman, Corbijn has found himself more comfortable behind the camera and with more to say (he spoke more about rediscovering his mojo in our interview from last year). Read More: Review: Anton Corbijn's 'Life' Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan That’s a boon for us, as his latest, “Life,” features the inspired pair of Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as two real-life artists. In 1955, ambitious Hollywood photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and the »

- Edward Davis

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Andrew Garfield Talks “The Pressure To Get It Right” for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Films & If He'll Do Another Franchise

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Marvel has wasted no time in looking after Spider-Man. Lead actor and director are locked down (well after the release date announcement), and Kevin Feige and co. are more than keen to show audiences their vision of Spidey after Sony's not so well received 'The Amazing Spider-Man' films. But as with the previous reboot, that leaves a creative team reeling after a half-decade or more of effort, and recently we learned the inner workings of that shift from one of the films’ key players. Talking to the Playlist recently in Los Angeles while promoting Ramin Bahrani’s new film, “99 Homes”  —his excellent first post-Spider-Man role since 2010’s “The Social Network”— actor Andrew Garfield spoke on his intense time in the comic book movie realm. Read More: Venice Review: Ramin Bahrani's '99 Homes,' Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon And Laura Dern    “With a film like ["The Amazing Spider-Man"], there's so much projection and. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Exclusive: Glen Campbell Gets Ready To Return To The Stage In Clip From Oscar Nominated Documentary 'I'll Be Me'

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A legendary musician, songwriter and performer, Glen Campbell cut his teeth as part of the iconic studio session players The Wrecking Crew, laying down the backing tracks for artists like Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Phil Spector. When it came time to record his own music in the mid '60s, he cut songs like Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston" and later "Rhinestone Cowboy." However, in 2011 it was revealed that Campbell was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He went on out on tour one more time to say goodbye to his fans. Read More: Review: Music Documentary 'The Wrecking Crew' Has A Nice Melody But Misses The High Notes  James Keach's documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" documents his "Goodbye Tour," a five week, 151 show journey that would mark Campbell's last time performing on stage. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicholas Hoult To Play J.D. Salinger In 'Rebel In The Rye'

15 hours ago

While the mystique of Harper Lee was somewhat compromised by the publication of her "new novel" "Go Set A Watchman," an air of mystery still hangs strong around J.D. Salinger. Two years ago, the documentary and book "Salinger" tried to peel back the layers obscuring the author of "The Catcher In The Rye," and a new feature film will attempt to bring him to life. Read More: Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey Nicholas Hoult will star as the reclusive author in "The Rebel In The Rye." Danny Strong, the writer behind "Recount," "The Butler" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," will make his feature directing debut with a drama that will follow Salinger through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, his enduring great loves and terrible loss, his halcyon days in the pages of the New Yorker, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Dig Into Bitcoin With This Deleted Scene From Alex Winter's Documentary 'Deep Web'

16 hours ago

Beyond conventional routines like checking Gmail, getting sports updates, visiting The Playlist (of course) and watching the latest cat videos, there are corners of the web where technology is advancing faster than the law can keep up with it. This is territory that Alex Winter explores in his documentary "Deep Web." After premiering earlier this year at SXSW, hitting a string of festivals and launching on Epix, the film arrives this week on VOD ,and we've got an exclusive deleted scene. Read More: Hot Docs Review: Alex Winter's Silk Road Documentary 'Deep Web'  For his doc, Winter explores the people behind the black market site Silk Road and Bitcoin, the internet currency that enabled untraceable transactions to take place on the site, often involving drugs and other illegal material. In this scene, the debate unfolds about whether or not Bitcoin really would have taken off like it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Clips And Images From '99 Homes' Starring Michael Shannon And Andrew Garfield, And More

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Premiering a year ago at the Venice Film Festival, Ramin Bahrani's ("Man Push Cart," "Goodbye Solo") latest "99 Homes"  has taken a little while to arrive in cinemas. But it's finally on the way, and a powerful new clip is here for the drama set against the backdrop of the worldwide economic crisis and foreclosure fallout of the past seven years. Read More: Venice Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price,' A Patchy But Powerful Performance Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance From Dennis Quaid  Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, the story follows a young man recently evicted from his home who decides to get into the repo business himself and comes under the wing of a ruthless businessman. Here's the official synopsis: In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes - gaming the real estate. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Great Films To Watch If You Loved 'Queen Of Earth'

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Four films into an impressive career, writer/director Alex Ross Perry has delivered one of 2015’s most powerful films with rattling mood piece “Queen of Earth,” which opened last week (here's Rodrigo's A- review). Ostensibly the study of a fractured friendship between two women —Catherine (Elisabeth Moss), who is reeling from a recent breakup, and her frenemy Ginny (Katherine Waterston)— Perry’s potent film is one in a long line of cinematic journeys that chart the agonizing downward spiral of a woman perched on the precipice of sanity. It's a tradition that Perry overtly embraces. Roman Polanski’s influence is particularly pronounced, in everything from the film’s swoon-y pink typeface (a tip of the hat to “Rosemary’s Baby”) to the slow rotting of a summer salad that recalls the plate of rabbit in “Repulsion.” Yet despite further nods to the theatricality and artificiality of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's melodramas, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Keanu Reeves Is A Father Who Gets In Sexy, Deadly Trouble In New Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock'

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This fall, Eli Roth will be everywhere. His long delayed cannibal movie "The Green Inferno" opens in September, and a month later, he'll put Keanu Reeves into some sexy, deadly danger in "Knock Knock" —a new trailer for the film has arrived. Read More: Tiff Review: Eli Roth's Cannibal Horror Tale 'Green Inferno' Co-starring Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Ignacia Allamand, Aaron Burns and Colleen Camp, the story follows a father and family man whose dalliance with two attractive young women turns into a situation putting everything he holds dear on the line. Here's the official synopsis: When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth and written by Eli Roth, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows

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Not that we in any way want to suggest that summer might be coming to an end, nor that the slight chill in the gentle breeze is anything more than an anomaly, but even for us bookish, indoorsy types a change of season is in the air. Not only does the Fall Film Festival brouhaha kick off this week in Venice, but last week saw the premiere of "Narcos," a TV show we've been greatly anticipating all year, and after which practically every week we will see one, sometimes two or three, mouthwatering new series debut on the small screen. So yes, the Fall TV season is upon us, so we thought we'd take a look ahead at the very crowded slate of shows kicking off between now and Christmas. If there's a major trend to spot it's the rising influence of new kids on the block Amazon, Hulu and »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: International Trailer For Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ With Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone Features New Footage

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Woody Allen’s latest comedy “Irrational Man” was met with very mixed reviews out of Cannes earlier this spring. THR reported the film received a bout of polite two minute applause and that’s all it could muster. Our own review from writer Jessica Kiang was arguably the most vituperative, hitting Allen with a D-grade and censuring the film for what the writer saw as tiresome sameness and disheartening gender politics. Read More: The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films But a Woody Allen film is a Woody Allen film, a yearly tradition, and we’ll all have to see it for ourselves regardless. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackly, “Irrational Man” centers on a university philosophy teacher (Phoenix), his pupil (Stone) and a mystery element within. Here’s the official synopsis: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who »

- Edward Davis

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Interview: Oscar Isaac Talks 'Show Me A Hero' And His Acting Approach For 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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Oscar Isaac is a busy man. Last night marked the finale of the HBO miniseries "Show Me A Hero," and if you've missed it, be sure to track it down on HBO's streaming services or in reruns. Written by David Simon, directed by Paul Haggis, and featuring one of Isaac's finest performances to date, it's the tremendously moving true story of Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko who fought to implement court mandated public housing in the wealthy, mostly white city. Facing political opposition and public anger, Nick put his own personal health and reputation on the line to do what he believed is the right thing. Working with Simon's great script, Isaac creates a complex, compassionate portrait of the former mayor. However, as I said, Oscar Isaac hardly has a moment. In addition to promoting "Show Me A Hero," he recently wrapped work on "X-Men: Apocalypse," he starts shooting "The Promise" with Christian Bale in September, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steve Carell Replaces Bruce Willis In Woody Allen’s Next Film

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Last week when it was reported that Bruce Willis had exited Woody Allen's new film due to "scheduling," someone hit our comments section and teased that an "Oscar nominee" was going to replace the actor, which has happened indeed. Read More: The 10 Best-Shot Films Of Woody Allen Variety reports that Steve Carell (Best Actor nominee for "Foxcatcher") will step in for Bruce Willis in the movie. He joins an already pretty great ensemble featuring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and more, and as always, the title and plot remain under lock and key. But we do know the picture is a period piece based on set photos. It will be Carell's second time working with Allen, following a small role in "Melinda And Melinda," and it's likely a thrill for the actor who cut his teeth on comedy. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer For Halloween Thriller 'Pay The Ghost' Starring Nicolas Cage

19 hours ago

This Halloween, there's going to be an extra "treat" waiting for you: another random Nicolas Cage movie, "Pay The Ghost." This one does have some possibility of not just being another movie that will live in the furthest corners of DVD and VOD hell. Read More: The Films Of Nicolas Cage: A Retrospective The picture is directed by Uli Edel, the man behind "The Baader Meinhof Complex," "Last Exit To Brooklyn," plus episodes of "Houdini," "Oz," and "Homicide: Life On The Streets." The story, however, by Dan Kay about a conspiracy of missing children on Halloween seems silly. Here's the official synopsis:  Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) stars in this intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Chloe Moretz Fights The Others In First Trailer For 'The 5th Wave'

20 hours ago

Are you ready for another post-apocalyptic Ya franchise? Well, if your answer is "no," too bad, because another is one is coming anyway! It's another tale of a young woman and a hunky guy who have to save the world against all odds. It's called "The 5th Wave," and the first trailer is here. Chloe Moretz leads the movie, based on the first book in a trilogy (naturally) by Rick Yancey. Moretz plays Cassie, who takes up the cause of fighting back after Earth comes under attack from The Others, who have one goal in mind: wiping out humanity. Here's the official synopsis:  In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 5 Clips From 'Everest' With Jake Gyllenhaal Plus New Images And More

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The Venice Film Festival gets underway this week and kicking things off is the starry survival tale "Everest." As usual, pundits will be watching the movie to see if it's an awards season contender or just a wintry thriller, or perhaps, it's both. But if you can't make it to the Lido, five clips are here to give you a healthy look at the movie before it opens in cinemas next month. Read More: Mountain Climbing Drama 'Everest' Will Open The 2015 Venice Film Festival Out Of Competition Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the true story tale that follows two expeditions to the top of the world's most famous peak, and the men who battled the elements and fought for their lives along the journey. Baltasar Kormákur ("2 Guns," "Contraband") is behind the camera »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Will Smith Tries To Protect NFL Players' Brains In First Trailer For ‘Concussion’

21 hours ago

The narrative for football has become not just injuries, but injuries so grave they are life-threatening. As football players become bigger and more aggressive, with steroids and overly engineered gym routines creating super soldiers on the field, more and more football players are getting brutally hurt. Concussions have become routine and head injuries are so bad the effect is felt on players long after they have left the field. Here's an interesting anecdote that applies to the film world: lifelong football fan and director Peter Berg told Bill Simmons on an Espn podcast a year and change ago that he was unwilling to let his athletic teenage son play football because of the concussion epidemic. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (“Parkland”), the NFL drama “Concussion” is based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laska and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), the forensic neuropathologist »

- Edward Davis

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