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Steven Spielberg Reteams With John Williams For His Cold War Thriller, Which Now Has A Title

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Like peanut butter and chocolate, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are meant to be together. The composer has worked on 26 of the director's films, and that collaborative spirit will continue on the director's next effort starring Tom Hanks, with the news confirmed by Williams' fan club. But first, it looks like the movie now has a title.  “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called 'Bridge of Spies,' ” producer Marc Platt told The Daily Pennsylvanian. The title refers to a bridge that led from West Berlin to East Berlin's Potsdam, where U.S. and Soviet forces often conducted prisoner exchanges during the Cold War.  The movie is a legal/espionage tale telling the true story of lawyer James Donovan, who is sent behind enemy lines by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U-2 pilot shot down and captured in Russia. At any rate, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Diane Keaton's Glorious, Ridiculous 1987 Directorial Debut 'Heaven'

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Well, that’s it. Take a long lunch. Or go home early. Make some popcorn. Ingest some substances. And settle in for Diane Keaton’s directorial debut. Released in 1987, “Heaven” is a documentary that investigates different people’s assumptions, beliefs, and thoughts on the afterlife — and it does so in glorious, ridiculous fashion. With a good old Wtf intro from Look Video to kick things off right, "Heaven" gets off to a great start. The 80-minute documentary itself, though, offers even more promise. Take, for example, the first subject. Though he appears at the 49-second mark, postulating about the meaning of Heaven, it’s not for another 34-seconds, until 1:23, that he offers anything other than an “uh” or an “um.” Riveting. Of course, there’s little need to focus on him when he’s seated against the backdrop of space. Yes, as in outer-space. At one point, there's a »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Chris Rock Has A Problem With Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' In Deleted Scene From 'Top Five'

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You know what movie deserved a bit more love? "Top Five." Released last December, it got lost in the holiday shuffle, and that's a shame because it's a genuinely funny, frank, warm, and romantic effort from writer/director/star Chris Rock. But the good news is that it's coming to home video, and today you can check out a deleted scene from movie. In the sequence, we join comedy superstar actor Andre Allen as he returns to stand up roots. In the movie, it's a climatic high point, with Rock delivering plenty of zingers left and right, but this one didn't make the cut. It finds him riffing on "42," the Jackie Robinson biopic from a couple of years back. Mostly, his criticisms aren't that sharp and the whole thing isn't terribly funny, but if you ever wondered what he thought about the baseball movie, well know you know. "Top Five »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 45-Minute Doc 'Conan the Barbarian: Unchained' With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oliver Stone, & More

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to make his next non-“Expendables” franchise return to the big screen on July 1st with “Terminator: Genisys.” However, before the future Governator ever went back in time to kill Sarah Connor, he hefted a great sword in another epic '80s — and later — franchise. That series, of course, is "Conan," and it all began with 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” (Interesting side note — the first "Conan" film fared better at the box office than the first “Terminator” flick…and also the last “Expendables” outing.) Schwarzenegger’s first big franchise role — and the one that really catapulted him to wide renown (yes, “Hercules in New York,” I know) — Conan was and is a muscle-bound, sword-toting fantasy hero created by Robert E. Howard in the early 1930s. Schwarzenegger was unfamiliar with the character when producers Edward Summer and Edward R. Pressman first approached him about the film, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Criterion's Three Reasons To Check Out 'Fellini Satyricon' Plus Vintage Radio Spot And Trailer

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When he wasn’t creating top ten lists, director Federico Fellini filled his time by creating one of the most celebrated filmographies ever. Last week, everyone’s favorite boutique home video label Criterion released a lovingly restored “Fellini Satyricon” on Blu-Ray and DVD and now they have released a video detailing the three reasons you should part with your hard-earned cash for this beautiful release. Running just under a minute and a half, the video does a fine job of highlighting the aggressively wild and surreal nature of Fellini’s self-described “science fiction of the past” milieu. The looks of “faces from another time” and the infamous “Roman appetites” for sex & violence seen in the film are some of the reasons listed to check out the film. Even by today’s standards, Fellini’s film, which only included his name in the title so as to differentiate itself from Gian Luigi Polidoro’s “Satyricon, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Rides Into Bradley Cooper's Heart With 2 Clips From 'Serena'

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It's not often when a movie featuring two high wattage stars takes years to get released, first getting scuttled to VOD followed by a limited run in theaters, but such is the fate of Susanne Bier's "Serena." Even with the presence of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film took its time in making its way to theaters, and unfortunately, it's because it's not very good. Nevertheless, given two actors of such high calibre, many remain curious, and two new clips from the film have arrived. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the Depression-era story follows George and Serena, a couple who forge a mighty timber empire together. But the good times soon give way to bad when Serena can't conceive an heir. However, these two clips see the couple in happier times, with George seeing the fetching Serena riding a horse and later with the pair hitting »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders

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The good news: last year’s Oscar season is over. The bad news? This year’s Oscar season has begun. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you have weeks of Q&As and gaudy pull-quote ads to process, but by this time last year, “Whiplash,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood,” three of this year's big winners, had already premiered. And you can bet that publicists and executives have already started planning their campaigns for the next season, even when the films are only just entering production. And as we’ve done for the past few years, we’re exorcising our demons and spending the week running down some of the premature possibilities for films that have been released so far that seem at a distance like they could have the right stuff for Oscar gold. Last year's Best Actor race was one of the most competitive in recent memory, with the »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More

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There’s no rest for the wicked when it comes to film festival season. SXSW Film hits next week, and there’s barely a reprieve until the Tribeca Film Festival which begins next month. And today Tff announced its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes new voices in international and American independent cinema. All and all, 51 pictures were announced today. Let’s go straight to the highlights. They include the already announced Bao Nguyen-directed “Saturday Night Live”-doc “Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of SNL, which will open the festival. From there you have “The Adderall Diaries” with James Franco and Ed Harris; celebrated Dp Reed Morano’s directorial debut “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson alongside Elizabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi and Juno Temple; Kate Lyn Sheil. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Watch: 'Community' Spoofs 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' In Trailer For Season 6

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While the entire gang won't be returning, at this point "Community" fans will have to take what they can get. And that means the show will move from national television to uh, Yahoo, which the team behind the comedy is embracing with the first trailer seeing everyone settle into their new home. Spoofing "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," this trailer welcomes everyone to "Community: Age Of Yahoo." Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong are reprising their roles with Paget Brewster and Keith David also joining the team. You'll see all the faces in this spot, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the move online might suggest a Netflix style release, the episodes will still arrive in the old school one-per-week format for some reason.  "Community" is back on March 17th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best And Worst Of 'House Of Cards' Season 3

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Now that “House of Cards” weekend is officially over, and we've had one extra day to get back to our regular lives, let's get to it. Two years after its hugely addictive beginning, when David Fincher was directly involved and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright commenced the portrayal of Frank and Claire Underwood, the show has had a lot to live up to. The second season took significant liberties with viewer's suspension of disbelief (that Meechum threesome, anyone?). All of a sudden, a show that so deliciously depicted the lives of sharks started to jump them with bizarre scenarios. But the way the last season ended was certainly emphatic. After he successfully manipulated his way to the presidency,  Frank's signature double-knock ended things on a high note and begged the question, “is there any other way than down for the Underwoods?” While the third season cleverly side-steps that query »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Captain America Poster For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hits; Tony Stark Is Financing The Team In The Sequel

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While the Avengers might be a team, it's not cheap to bankroll their adventures. In "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," two things happen — a leader comes to the fore, and the group has someone new to cover the costs. “I think [Captain America] feels very comfortable in a sort of leadership role, but I don’t think he gives orders, He does structure, organization — he’s a military guy," Chris Evans told Yahoo. “Tony [Stark] is definitely paying the bills, and since there really is no company to report to, we’re kind of this independent unit that needs to rely on each other and work as a team, even in their day-to-day lives.” "The first 'Avengers,' it’s growing pains. It’s getting to know each other, finding trust, understanding our roles and developing allegiance," the actor told Collider about how the team changes in the followup. "This time, we’re a unit. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Sexy Robot Alicia Vikander Wows Two 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Stars In New U.S. Trailer For ‘Ex Machina’

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Screenwriter Alex Garland has had a kind of Midas touch — he’s written and created a string of genre classics including three films directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (“The Beach,” Garland’s first novel, then the screenplays for “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) and one by Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”). Safe to say that looks pretty good on a resume. But Garland's output suffered with the 2012 adaptation of “Dredd” — a box-office flop that couldn’t gross more than $35 million worldwide. Perhaps because of that bomb, Garland decided to take matters into his own hands with “Ex Machina,” his directorial debut that he also wrote. Set in a far future, it centers on a reclusive genius CEO, a A.I. robot and a young tech employee who wins a contest to spend private time with his isolated boss. The movie stars two upcoming actors from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Award-Winning 'Glassland' With Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, And Toni Collette

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Even though our team at the Sundance Film Festival really wanted to make room in the schedule to see "Glassland," it just couldn't be managed. But perhaps we all should've tried a bit harder. The drama features a terrific trio of leads in what looks like a potent, raw drama that hits all the emotional buttons. And a new trailer for the film is here. Written and directed by Gerard Barrett, and starring Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, and Toni Collette, the story follows a young taxi driver, dabbling with the criminal underworld, who tries to save his mother who is in the throes of a crippling alcohol addiction. It's not the sunniest walk through the park, but it looks like a film that approaches its subject matter unflinchingly. And the performances appear to be top notch as well, with Reynor leaving Park City with the World Cinema Dramatic acting award. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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SXSW Exclusive: Chefs Talk Sacrifice In Clip From Foodie Documentary 'For Grace'

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While there is no shortage of reality show television to take us into the kitchens and minds of those seeking culinary excellence, those heightened pieces of programming often don't accurately convey the true cost of climbing to the top of the profession. But in the upcoming "For Grace," filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski chronicle the story of one chef whose single minded pursuit to be the best almost cost him everything. The documentary tells the tale of Curtis Duffy, a once troubled teenager who, thanks to the attention of home economics teacher, discovered his true passion: cooking. He survived personal tragedy and put all his energy into assembling his dream restaurant, Grace, only to discover that in the process, he was in danger of losing his marriage and daughters. And in this clip, colleagues like Phillip Foss and Grant Achatz relate their sympathies with the challenges that Duffy and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' With Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, And More

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It's 1982 in Amsterdam, and for four friends, things aren't looking good in the true story dramatic thriller "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken." Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington), Cor Van Hout (Jim Sturgess), Jan 'Cat' Boellard (Ryan Kwanten), and Frans 'Spikes' Meijer (Mark van Eeuwen) are all partners in a construction business that's about to go belly up. They're working-class guys, but they meet white-collar resistance when their attempt to get a bank loan to keep them afloat is rejected. Meanwhile, their sole asset and potential collateral — a run down, derelict building — has been overtaken by squatters who can't legally be moved. And while for most people this might mean trying to find a new job or starting a different business, these young men have had it with struggling to get by. So they take the next logical step and decide to kidnap the titular famous and wealthy beer magnate (Anthony Hopkins) and hold him for ransom, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'

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One movie that didn't make our main slate of Premature 2016 Best Picture Oscar Contenders was Oliver Stone's "Snowden," but maybe we shouldn't count him out. After all, the filmmaker is a two-time Best Director Oscar winner, and he's got a third for writing the screenplay for "Midnight Express." That said, it's been two decades since he was nominated for anything, but that could change with his latest pic, and the currently-in-production drama has unveiled its first photos. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the title role of the whistleblower, with these images showing us the ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country before he made international headlines. Nicolas CageShailene Woodley, Melissa LeoZachary QuintoTom WilkinsonRhys IfansJoely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant round out the cast in supporting roles. Will this be a probing look at a contemporary figure or something more along the lines of the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Joseph Kosinski To Helm 'Gran Turismo,' Steve McQueen Has Directed A Video For Kanye West And More

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"Gran Turismo" is a slick, detailed, absolutely beautiful car racing video game with zero soul, so who better than Joseph Kosinski to take it on as a film project? The director behind the sleek and totally empty "Tron: Legacy" and "Oblivion" will get the adaptation off the ground for Sony. And while plot details aren't yet being disclosed, it will apparently "center on a video game player turned racer." Guess it can't be any worse than "Need For Speed," right? And in fairness to Kosinski, he was working on the racing drama "Go Like Hell" that might've teamed up Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise before it fell apart, so he's undoubtedly got a wealth of research and material to draw from. [THR] It's Yeezy season, so you can either complain about the weather or bring a jacket. Kanye West announced during his recent Oxford lecture that Steve McQueen has recently wrapped »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mark Millar Says 'Iron Man 2' & 'Thor: The Dark World' Were "Misfires," But He's Glad Spider-Man Is "Coming Home" To Marvel

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It feels like the growing excitement/hysteria about Spider-Man — whose new solo movie will be written and directed by Drew Goddard — needs to be tempered a bit, particularly the chatter of where the character might pop up first. Indeed, it's widely expected he'll appear in some form or another in "Captain America: Civil War," but comic writer Mark Millar is a bit amused about how much clamoring there is for Peter Parker to pop by given his ultimately small role in the story.  “It’s funny though, people always keep saying to me that you can’t do Civil War without Spider-Man, but in the comics he’s only in 6 pages," he told IGN (see the video below). That said, he's glad the character is back in Marvel's hands, even if according to Millar their track record isn't perfect.  "What’s great about Spider-Man coming back, from someone who was »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 11-Minute Animated 'James Bond: In Service Of Nothing' Bootleg Film

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What started as a modest run of unauthorized, fan-only efforts from producer Adi Shankar, last week turned into slickly produced, decently budgeted pictures with professional visual effects in "Power/Rangers." In fact, it was so good that the rights owners at Saban temporarily managed to get the movie yanked off both Vimeo and YouTube. It has since been restored, but now features a big legal disclaimer before the short starts. And this week Shankar is back with "James Bond: In Service Of Nothing" and we'll see if he rattles any more hornets' nests. Certainly, the Broccoli family who have long shepherded 007 won't be put off by the production values of 'Service of Nothing' — it's not great, presented entirely as a pre-visualization storyboard. That said, it does use the voice likeness of Sean Connery which might piss off his lawyers. And oh yeah, as for the movie, it finds an aging »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Landing Streaming & Theatrical Deal For Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' With Idris Elba

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Netflix threw their hat in the Oscar ring this year with the acclaimed documentary "Virunga," but it looks like they are setting their sights even higher for 2016. A movie we listed on our Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders as one that could surprise in the awards season race is Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts Of No Nation." And not only is the film done, it's already screening for distributors, and the streaming service is looking to take it on. Deadline reports that Netflix is closing a worldwide deal for the movie worth $12 million, and that they will be bringing it to theaters and to their platform as well. This is a major coup for the company, one that will only serve to raise their cachet as a major player in Hollywood (if they aren't already). And this movie certainly has the markings of a tough, potent drama. An adaptation »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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