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‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • July 24, 2014 2:10 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A-Most-Wanted-Man
On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance, Cannes And Future TIFF Sensation 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 1:42 PM
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Whiplash
A movie about jazz drumming doesn't immediately sell itself as the most dazzlingly engaging prospect. However, writer/director Damien Chazelle has put together something truly exciting with "Whiplash," which created a buzz at Sundance, continued the noise at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and is now heading to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will likely continue the beat of strong praise from critics.

Dan Aykroyd Now Says 'Ghostbusters 3’ Will Shoot Next Spring

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • July 24, 2014 1:08 PM
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Here's he goes again. When Dan Aykroyd showed up on “The Today Show” this week to discuss his new film “Get On Up,” talk of course eventually turned to the "Ghostbusters" series, and in particular "Ghostbusters 3." Never one to miss a moment to ensure everyone that the movie is happening, he now says the paranormal franchise sequel would shoot next week.

Review: Joe Swanberg's Engaging, Truthful 'Happy Christmas' With Melanie Lynskey, Anna Kendrick & Mark Webber

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 24, 2014 12:05 PM
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Happy Christmas
As perhaps the poster boy for independent cinema in the last seven to eight years, it’s crazy to realize that lo-fi filmmaker Joe Swanberg has never been in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before. While two of his films have played in Park City previously (though one was a short segment in “V/H/S”), Swanberg and his zeitgeist-defining mumblecore movement (read: indie filmmaking with a cute name and perhaps even lower budgets than audiences were used to at the time), were actually embraced by the SXSW Film Festival and not the indie-defining organizers in Utah.

Watch: New Ads Directed By David Lynch, Michel Gondry And Noam Murro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 11:42 AM
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Advertising! While 90% they are nothing more than dudes in various elaborately named firms trying to sell you bigger Big Mac or Chevy truck with more pulling power, 10% they actually get creative and try something a little different. Or at least hire someone interesting to do their bidding. And so we've rounded up a few recent campaigns with some big names behind them.

Contest: Win 'Mood Indigo' Poster Signed By Michel Gondry And Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 11:05 AM
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In a season where studios are spendings hundreds of millions of dollars on special effects to help tell fantastical stories, once again Michel Gondry is showing Hollywood how it's done. On a much smaller scale, and with far less cash, "Mood Indigo" presents no less an imaginative story, full with no shortage of Gondry-esque touches. And today we have some special items for Gondry fans.

Woody Allen Wants To Work With Kevin Spacey, Says Jack Nicholson Almost Starred In 'Hannah & Her Sisters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 10:21 AM
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Magic In The Moonlight
Earlier this week, we ran down The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films, and one of them was Michael Caine's terrific turn in one of the director's best films, "Hannah And Her Sisters." But as always, history could've played out differently as Allen revealed on a recent podcast with Sad Happy Confused, in a discussion about the great actors he's never had a chance to work with.

Fantasia Review: John McNaughton's 'The Harvest' Starring Michael Shannon & Samantha Morton

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • July 24, 2014 10:01 AM
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The Harvest
Discounting some scattered television work, director John McNaughton has been off the grid for 13 years as far as features go. Even then, you’d have to go back all the way to 1998 and “Wild Things” to find the last movie he’s made with any kind of traction, with a certain swimming pool scene featuring Denise Richards and Neve Campbell doing the rounds on an assortment of seedy list articles. And you’d have to rewind the tape even further to 1986’s “Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer,” to find the McNaughton film most likely to remain the ace in the cult director’s deck so far. In “The Harvest” McNaughton returns to add to the rich cinematic tradition depicting depraved parenting, and gets the best possible welcome back party at Montreal’s genre film festival Fantasia.

Iron Man & Scarlet Witch Get Into Battle In 2 Comic-Con Posters For 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 9:21 AM
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Avengers, Age of Ultron
With "Guardians Of The Galaxy" set to open next week, Marvel's promo machine is going to start pivoting to their 2015 offerings, "Ant-Man" and "The Avengers: Age Of UItron." And given the expansive cast of the latter, it's no surprise that they've chose to drop two Comic-Con posters, highlight both the heroes and the villains of the tentpole sequel.

Comic-Con Poster For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Unveiled, Kevin Feige Says Some Of Edgar Wright's Visuals Will Still Be Used

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 9:00 AM
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As fanboys, comic book lovers and more descend upon San Diego for the start of Comic-Con today, it means a crushing rollout of teases, glimpses and hints of upcoming projects big and small. And certainly one of the most buzzed is Marvel's "Ant-Man" which finds the studio in a rare position of being on the back foot after the sudden departure of Edgar Wright. But fans shouldn't worry too much as apparently some of the visual sequences he dreamed up may be seen in new director Peyton Reed's movie.

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