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Watch: Chilling First Trailer For Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno'

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Eli Roth has taken viewers to some strange, depraved places in his career thus far, and this time, deep in the jungle, he finds even more horror in his upcoming "The Green Inferno." And the first trailer for the film is here to give you a taste of what's coming. Featuring Lorenza IzzoAriel LevyDaryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, the film follows a bunch of earnest, New York City students who travel to the Amazon to try to help a dying native tribe. But soon they are taken hostage and shit gets very real. But is it any good? Our man at Tiff last year was less than impressed, saying Roth's latest is "more juvenile, less polished and feels less labored over" than his previous films. "The Green Inferno" opens on September 5th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 30 Minute Talk With Director Richard Ayoade About Making 'The Double,' Working Avi Korine & More

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In just under a month, Richard Ayoade's "The Double" will take you into a retro-future-punk world where there are two Jesse Eisenberg's and yet no one manages to confuse the two. In fact, one is smooth and confident, while the other is meek and anonymous, and the actor gets great mileage out of both parts in the film that hilarious and wonderfully put together. And now you can find out how it was all done. Ayoade recently stopped by New Directors/New Films festival in New York City, and spent thirty minutes following the screening of the film talking about the ins and outs of his work. The self-effacing filmmaker discussed working with Avi Korine on the screenplay, adapting the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, transitioning from his main gig as a comedy actor to his more serious turn as a director and so much more. Thoughtful and soft-spoken, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Check Out Violent, Sexy Storyboards For 'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

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So, "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" is coming, promising to fill up the summer quota of sex, violence and tough guy dialogue. And to get you in the mood, a handful of new storyboard tease some of the naughty material that's going to be hitting the big screen. Posted over on the film's Facebook page, they are a bit more elaborate than traditional storyboards. They are more like comic book panels, with Miller's distinctive black-and-white style bringing them to life. Guns, fists, babes, boobs and more feature, as you might expect from the hand of Miller, along with no shortage of colorful narration and dialogue. Take a look below and see the film on August 22nd. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 10 Minute Featurette Goes Behind Royal Wedding On 'Game Of Thrones' Plus Clips, Tribute & More

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Spoilers Ahead. Ding dong, the witch king is dead. Last Sunday's episode of "Game Of Thrones" (recap here) turned everything on its head by killing off Joffrey, one of the most shocking moments the show has seen since, well, The Red Wedding. It was so surprising in fact, that HBO waited until mid-week to drop their usual array of behind-the-scenes material for the episode. They don't disappoint. The one you'll want to start with is the 10-minute "Inside The Episode,"whose title should be self-explanatory. After that, the "Anatomy Of The Scene" goes behind-the-scenes of the wedding itself. And then there's even more, including author George R.R. Martin's take on Cersei's accusation that Tyrion poisoned Joffrey, a tribute to the late king, a clip and more. It's a lot of stuff, which get folks talking even more. Tune in this Sunday to see what happens next. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Exclusive: Dancing Gets Crispy In Clip From Documentary 'Ballet 422'

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While Darren Aronofsky provided audiences with a nightmarish vision of what it means to be dancer in "Black Swan," in real life, ballet is a mix of collaboration, dedication and lots of sweat. And viewers will see all of that come together in the documentary "Ballet 422," premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Jody Lee Lipes (who was the Dp on Playlist fave "Martha Marcy May Marlene"), the film follows up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck — from the first rehearsal to world premiere — as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create the latest New York City Ballet production. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, even in the rehearsal process, early signs of magic can be found. "Ballet 422" premieres at Tribeca on Saturday, April 19th at 9 Pm at Sva Theatre 1. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 10 Best Episodes Of 'Mad Men'

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It might not be the pop culture phenomenon that it once was (the grabbier, faster likes of “True Detective” and “Game Of Thrones” having surpassed it at the nation’s watercoolers), but last Sunday saw the return of “Mad Men,” and if the seventh season premiere was anything to go by, it’s as good as it ever was. Matthew Weiner’s show, about the lives of the employees of a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 1960s (and in particular, the alienated, self-reinventing golden boy Don Draper, played to star-making effect by Jon Hamm, and Elisabeth Moss’s secretary-turned-high-flyer Peggy Olsen) has been a critical favorite since it launched in 2007 and almost singlehandedly made AMC a serious home for prestige drama (paving the way for network-mates “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” in the process). To this writer’s mind, it’s as good a show as anything that »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Disney Meets With Marvel About More Potential ‘Avengers’ & ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Spin-Off Solo Films

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Everyone wants a spin-off. That’s the talk du jour. It’s not enough to just have a franchise, you need solo films to keep that franchise going and going. It’s the new black: release a movie every other year while the main mothership has its flagship super-movie every two or three years, right? Fox hopes to do the same with the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” series and Mystique (a mooted spin-off while the super-hero team carries on every other few years). And Marvel obviously already has this plan in place: an “Avengers” movie ever few years and in between them they have their solo character movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World” etc. This will be the plan for the next few years up until 2017 when “Avengers 3” comes out (it hasn’t been dated yet, but that’s a good bet). Remember, Kevin Feige »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: First Trailer For Jim Mickle's Noir 'Cold In July' Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard & Don Johnson

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They don't make 'em like this anymore. Well, more accurately, they don't make 'em like this anymore, but Jim Mickle still does. The director behind "Stake Land" and "We Are What We Are" returns with another genre exercise with "Cold In July," and the first trailer has arrived. Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson (having a blast) star in this one about an ordinary Texas man who kills an intruder who breaks into his home one night. The event sets off a chain reaction when the victim's father, a grizzled ex-con, comes looking for who killed his boy, and slowly, the everyman is pulled into a mystery that has dark consequences. The film is set in the '80s, but also feels like a product of the era too, with the twist, noir-tinged tale deserving a beat-up VHS cover and a big bowl of popcorn to go with it. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Abdellatif Kechiche Decides On Next Film, Will Shoot 'La Blessure' This Summer

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Following his critically acclaimed "Blue Is The Warmest Color," director Abdellatif Kechiche toyed with a few ideas for this follow-up. He talked about an extended cut of his lesbian romance film, a potential biopic of '70s porn star Marilyn Chambers, and a film about Héloïse & Abélard. But now he's decided on his next film and....it's none of those. Figaro reports that this summer, Kechiche will get rolling on "La Blessure," based on the book "La Blessure, la vraie" by François Bégaudeau (who wrote the novel that inspired Laurent Cantet's excellent "The Class"). The film will tell the coming-of-age story of a fifteen-year-old, but unlike the book which is set in France, Kechiche will relocate the story to Tunisia, with filming to take place in North Africa. The director is already looking at casting actors aged 14-22. With the Cannes market set to go into full swing next month, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Anna Paquin Back In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' 3 Still-Unrevealed Mutant Cameos To Come

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So last night we got the final trailer for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," but less than a day later, even more from the movie has arrived, with Fox planning to spend the next four weeks ensuring their comic book sequel is a massive hit. And it looks like yet another mutant is (re)joining the fold. Just before Christmas, it was reported that Anna Paquin's Rogue had been cut from Bryan Singer's film, but fans rejoice, because it appears she's back. Sorta. The folks at Buzzfeed noticed her name in the credits of the recent trailer, made a few calls, and have confirmed Paquin is indeed going to appear. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” a rep at the studio said. So keep your eyes open. While it may be just a cameo, Vulture adds that it's a pivotal scene to the plot of the movie. What's more, "three more »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Movies Turned Into TV Shows

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Last night saw the arrival of "Fargo" on FX, the second attempt (after a very short-lived late-'90s version starring Edie Falco in the role that won Frances McDormand an Oscar) to bring the Coen Brothers' beloved comedy-drama to the small screen. Unlike that version, this is something "inspired" by, rather than spinning-off the original. And by most accounts, it seems to have worked, with critics warmly receiving the series executive produced by the Coens and which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. It's hardly the first to attempt the transition—barely a TV season goes by without at least one big-screen spin-off, and indeed another one arrives shortly, with the Ari Graynor-starring adaptation of "Bad Teacher" debuting on CBS next week. But there's a very spotty rate of success—for everything that spawns a. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Documentary 'Tomorrow We Disappear' Visits A Unique Artists Colony

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In places all over the world, there are remarkable people doing amazing things, and even as connected as we are, the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in another culture is difficult. But the filmmakers behind "Tomorrow We Disappear," premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, will take viewers on a journey to a place they've likely never seen before. The documentary, directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, follows a colony of artists in New Delhi called the Kathputli, where children are taught acrobatics, musical instruments and other tricks at an early age. However, this unique world is slowly vanishing to real-estate developers, leaving the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers trying to find a way to stay together. And in this exclusive clip, we see some of the remarkable feats these artists are able to accomplish with ease. "Tomorrow We Disappear" premieres at Tribeca on Saturday, April 19th at 7:00Pm at the AV73. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Vintage 30-Minute 'Fear On Film' Talk With John Landis, David Cronenberg & John Carpenter

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God, I wish this conversation between John Landis, David Cronenberg and John Carpenter about the history, nature and culture of horror movies, could go forever. And all this back in 1982, a golden age for horror and a time when all three men were at the height of their considerable powers. Carpenter was the dark master of the brilliant B-movie (“Halloween,” “The Fog,” “The Thing”—the latter being a work in progress during this talk), Cronenberg, the brain behind intelligent but disturbingly physical horror (“Scanners,” “Rabid,” “The Brood,” the then-forthcoming “Videodrome”), and Landis the genius of comic horror (“American Werewolf in London” and many other clever genre spoofs). The three directors and host Mick Garris touch on the reason for the popularity of horror films (“they're entertaining”—Landis), the difficult necessity of working with elaborate and gruesome special effects, something all three of the directors know a lot about (think “The Fly, »

- Ben Brock

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David Cronenberg's 'Scanners,' 'The Big Chill' & Essential Jacques Demy Hit Criterion In July

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Summer is coming, and we know you want to be outside, but should the rains come or if you're stuck on a long car ride, Criterion has got you covered in July, announcing a new slate of titles. First up, David Cronenberg's "Scanners" gets the Criterion treatment, and it's coming packed with features. Not only does the film have a brand new transfer, the set comes with Cronenberg's first film "Stereo," a new documentary about the film's special effects, vintage interviews and more. It's enough to make your head explode. Next, Lawrence Kasdan's seminal, baby boomer drama "The Big Chill" joins the collection. With the film celebrating its 25th anniversary at Tiff last year, Criterion has wisely grabbed footage from that event and put it on the upcoming release that also includes a documentary about the making of the movie, and a whole new transfer for your eyes and ears. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tribeca Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza & Max Greenfield Ruin The Moment In Clip From 'About Alex'

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One of our 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today, "About Alex" already has us impressed by the cast director Jesse Zwick (son of Ed Zwick) has pulled together for his debut. Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield ("New Girl"), Maggie Grace, Nate Parker, Max MinghellaJane Levy and Jason Ritter all feature in the ensemble dramedy, making it one to keep an eye on. Penned by Zwick as well, the "Big Chill"-esque tale follows seven college friends who reunite for a weekend of fun and togetherness after one of them suffers a breakdown, only to discover that as much as they've drifted apart in the intervening time, old jealousies, flirtations and political differences still flare up. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, just taking a picture starts a war of words. "About Alex" premieres on April 17th at Bmc Tribeca Pac. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'

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So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis:  Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly & Adam McKay Reunite For 'Border Guards'

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While "Step Brothers 2" seems less and less likely as time goes on, the good news is six years after their last full blown team-up, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Adam McKay are getting ready to reunite and hopefully make us laugh. Really, really hard. Deadline reports that the trio will get behind "Border Guards," with McKay eyeing directing Ferrell and Reilly. And the concept is pretty terrific. The pair will play a couple of inept pals who decide to do their part by protecting America from illegal immigrants, but they wind up in Mexico with no ID, and no way home, so they have to sneak back into the United States. Even better? "In The Loop," "The Thick Of It" and "Four Lions" writer Jesse Armstrong is going to pen the script, so this will certainly have some bite. It seems a bit of a way off from rolling, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Chloe Moretz Falls In Love, Gets Into A Car Crash In Trailer For 'If I Stay'

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This summer, you won't have any shortage of young, hopeful, beautiful teenagers falling in love and then (possibly) dying. Shailene Woodley battles cancer and finds romance in "The Fault In Our Stars," and not to be outdone, Chloe Moretz will swoon before getting in a car crash in "If I Stay." And no, that's not a spoiler, that's the plot. Based on the book by Shauna Cross, the story follows Mia, a musically gifted 17-year-old girl who falls for a local punk rocker in Portland, and no this is not the premise of a skit on "Portlandia." She seems to have found "the one" when suddenly, a car accident puts her into a coma, the music swells, and she'll have to decide whether or not life is worth living, or if she should just leave this mortal coil. It's all a bit overwrought, but we're probably a couple decades too old for this anyway. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara & Morgan Freeman

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We are the company we keep, and in the case of Wally Pfister, he and his professional cronies are some of the most iconic around. As Dp alongside Christopher Nolan, his outlook working with key actors promises a certain atmosphere, a unique method. So here we are: a gloomy thriller trying to ground its at-times-daffy premise, emphasis on a grieving protagonist, with supporting turns from Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. These aren’t rumored plot details from Nolan’s “Interstellar,” however. No, in mounting his feature directorial debut, “Transcendence,” Pfister has chosen to tackle familiarity head on, carving out a new arena for himself while rigging the grounds with pitfalls at every step. In reality, the film serves as a stronger document of Pfister’s creative DNA than a compelling narrative. It tosses neatly mussed extremists and surly FBI agents into a sci-fi love story about the dangers of technology, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Watch: Final Trailer For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Gets Unleashed

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Don't be fooled. While Fox is touting this as the final trailer for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," there is still a long month ahead before it hits theatres. And in that time, we're sure there will be no shortage of featurettes, clips, Instagram vids, Vines, skywriting and more for Bryan Singer's ambitious franchise entry. But before that, yes, it's the final trailer for the movie. As you know, this one is stacked to the roof with mutants past and present, with a storyline that will time travel to bring them all on screen together. It'll be a tricky narrative road to navigate, but Singer seems to be on top of it and it has led to some interesting places. An alternate mutant/human history has been created by the writers, which is admittedly kinda cool, and it should be noted that 'Dofp' will set up "X-Men: Apocalypse," which »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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