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'The Ring' Helmer Hideo Nakata To Direct 'The Suicide Forest'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 15, 2012 2:19 PM
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It may all be a little foggy now, but back in 2002 the success of Gore Verbinski’s remake of Hideo Nakata’s “The Ring” kicked off  what would quickly become a Japanese horror film remake frenzy. While limp entries into the subgenre like “Shutter” or “The Eye” would eventually help cannibalize the market for these films later in the decade, the success of the first “The Ring” would bring Nakata’s own talents stateside for a sequel, along with seeing Jennifer Connonly star in a remake of his “Dark Water,” directed by Walter Salles of all people.

Jonah Hill Will Be In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 2:13 PM
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Last fall, while on the press rounds for his Oscar-nominated turn in "Moneyball," Jonah Hill lamented one role that got away from him, a part in Quentin Tarantino's then brewing "Django Unchained." "I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can't do it because of my schedule," he said at the time. "Doing Quentin's movie would have obviously been amazing, but my schedule didn't work out, which sucks." Well, it looks like good fortune is shining on Hill as he's back in.

The Essentials: 5 Great Films By Nicholas Ray

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 15, 2012 1:51 PM
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While adored by the French and the Cahiers Du Cinema coterie that went on to become the rebellious French New Wave -- which spawned the oft-quoted Jean-Luc Godard phrase "cinema is Nicholas Ray" -- the American filmmaker never really received his due outside of the one film of his that most moviegoers have seen (and even then, they’re possibly unaware that he directed it): “Rebel Without A Cause.” And while that iconic 1950s film, with its audacious, expressionistic colors, its passionate angst and anguish, its mix of quiet machismo and vulnerability, is perhaps the cornerstone of many of Nicholas Ray’s films -- vibrant melodrama on the surface, percolating emotional agony within -- it’s certainly just the tip of iceberg when it comes to the director’s career.

New Posters For 'V/H/S,' 'Ruby Sparks,' 'Why Stop Now' & 'Deadfall'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 15, 2012 1:26 PM
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There is no one who would disagree with the notion that the age of great film posters is long behind us -- instead we are left with orange-blue monstrosities with floating heads. That’s not to say there isn’t an inspired choice every now and then, as is the case with the first official poster for the horror anthology film “V/H/S” that scared audiences at Sundance earlier this year (read our take here). The poster wouldn’t look out of place as the cover of a schlocky video at a local video store circa the late '80s. The anthology, which has segments directed by a who’s-who of indie horror including Ti West (“The House Of The Devil” and “The Innkeepers”), Joe Swanberg (“Silver Bullets”) and David Bruckner (“The Signal”), will hit VOD on August 31st before debuting in theaters a few weeks later in October. And if you find yourself in North Texas this weekend, you’ll be able to catch the film on the big screen at the inaugural Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Disney's Cutting Edge Short 'Paperman' To Debut In Front of 'Wreck-It Ralph' This November

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 15, 2012 1:09 PM
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Well, time to get even more excited about “Wreck-It Ralph,” the video game-themed animated feature from Walt Disney that’s slated to open this Thanksgiving. Disney has just announced that “Paperman,” a next-level animated short that combines traditional hand-drawn animation with computer imagery, will play theatrically in front of “Wreck-It Ralph” when the film opens on November 2nd. The short recently had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 4th and plays the Los Angeles Film Festival (its U.S. premiere) next week.

Marina Abramović Talks 'The Artist is Present,' Her Thoughts On Censorship, Art & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 15, 2012 1:05 PM
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You don’t get much more intense than the work of Marina Abramović. Born in Belgrade, the performance artist’s work ranges from replicating a recorded 5-finger fillet game to laying abeyant while participants chose an object to use on her (offerings included honey, scissors, and a gun) -- and it’s this kind of risky, powerful work that eventually led her to her own exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, titled “The Artist is Present.” Aside from being a retrospective there was also a titular piece, one that involved Abramović sitting across from a willing participant for a certain amount of time. Yes, it’s much more restrained than her a lot of her previous works, but the piece holds an immense strength -- a number of patrons were moved to tears after taking the seat and participating in the performance.

Maroon 5 Singer Adam Levine Joins 'Once' Director John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 15, 2012 12:44 PM
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Just in time to celebrate this weekend's nostalgia-soaked ensemble mess, “Rock of Ages,” another recent bit of musical casting shows Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine eager to get his acting career started, with the director of 2006's smash hit “Once” attempting to steer him to success in his latest film.

'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' Video Game Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 15, 2012 12:24 PM
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As we’ve said before, successful videogames do not always make for a great movie – or even a watchable one. But that doesn't mean the genre isn't moving full steam ahead. A trailer for the fifth installment in the video game adaptation series “Resident Evil” just dropped yesterday, and the wheels are also in motion for a “Need For Speed” adaptation with “Act of Valor” helmer Scott Waugh on board, along with a “Twisted Metal” film with “Crank” co-director Brian Taylor.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2012 11:58 AM
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What's the greatest Alfred Hitchcock film? Every film fan will have a different answer, with "The 39 Steps," "Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Notorious," "Rear Window," "Vertigo" and "North By Northwest" all making compelling cases for being the very best. But few of his films had such an impact on cinema as "Psycho," the 1960s thriller that saw him go into darker, more shocking territory than ever before, with some of the most famous sequences in the history of the medium.

Martin Scorsese To Present Daniel Espinosa's 'Easy Money' For U.S. Release

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 15, 2012 11:45 AM
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Daniel Espinosa’s “Snabba Cash” (or “Easy Money” as it’s called in English-speaking territories) was released almost two and a half years ago in its native Sweden, but it will finally get its U.S. release on the July 27th. Snapped up by The Weinstein Company after its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival two years ago, Bob and Harvey have been sat on the film ever since. But this wasn’t without reason. Never ones to miss a trick, TWC waited until the film’s director had a significantly higher profile following this year's “Safe House” to announce a release date. It probably didn’t hurt either that the film’s star, Joel Kinnaman, has popped up in “Safe House,” “The Killing” and “The Darkest Hour” since as well. Oh, and he was also cast as the new “Robocop.”

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