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“Sentimentality & Brute Violence”: Nick Cave Says The Love Story & Excessive Violence Of 'Lawless' “Titillate Me”

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 23, 2012 5:47 PM
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While many still know Nick Cave best for his work as a musician in groups like The Birthday Party, and especially for albums such as Let Love In and Tender Prey that he produced along with his band The Bad Seeds, Cave has become increasingly more visible in the world of cinema ever since he first started collaborating with filmmaker John Hillcoat on the helmer’s 1988 feature “Ghosts…of the Civil Undead.”

You Have To Wait Another 9 Months For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation': Film Moves To March 29th, 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 5:27 PM
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Update: Very wisely, Universal have swiftly reacted to Paramount's move and moved Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy "Ted" onto the June 29th date left by the "G.I. Joe" move. This gives it an extra two weeks before expected juggernaut "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters, and is likely a good thing for the film.

'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Takes Another Project, Adaptation Of Video Game 'Shadow Of The Colossus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 4:43 PM
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Having delivered a handsome sleeper hit on a thrifty budget, everyone wants to work with director Josh Trank. The 26-year-old helmer was the man behind "Chronicle," which made back its $12 million budget ten times over on release in February, and since then he's been lining up all kinds of projects; while he won't direct any "Chronicle" sequel, he is attached to a film version of Soviet-themed comic book "The Red Star," and is developing not one, but two major superhero franchises, in Sony's "Venom" and Fox's "Fantastic Four."

'Scott Pilgrim' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead Working On An Album With Dan The Automator, Plus Hear Michael Shannon's Band

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 3:50 PM
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The history of movie stars becoming rock stars is just as unfortunate as the history of rock stars becoming movie stars, as anyone who's heard Bruce Willis' blues-rock or Steven Seagal's country record can attest to. But just as Justin Timberlake has become one of the rare figures to bridge the divide from the recording world, stars Scarlett Johansson and Zooey Deschanel have found some success collaborating with established artists like Dave Sitek and M. Ward in recent years. And it looks like one more actress is hoping to follow in their footsteps, in the shape of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Cannes: 'Killing Them Softly' Helmer Andrew Dominik Talks Music As Film: 'Jesse James' Was My Leonard Cohen Song, 'Killing Them Softly' Is A Pop Tune

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 23, 2012 3:01 PM
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A film that probably needs no introduction at this point, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” has been setting the Croisette ablaze with high praises coming from all around, including our own reviewer who called it “brilliant and angry,” and most notably “the anti-thriller for our times.”

Watch: Interactive Promo For 'Snow White & The Huntsman,' New Green-Band Trailer For 'The Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 2:30 PM
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Once upon a time, you could just release a trailer and people were happy with it: a rare glimpse into a movie that was still weeks or months off. Nowadays, you can't just have one trailer, you have to several, some before the movie's even been made, plus endless TV spots and featurettes and clips and whatnot.

Review: 'Oslo, August 31st' A Tender, Bleak Search For Hope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2012 1:41 PM
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A reprint of of our review from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Chris O'Dowd To Star In TV Series 'Family Tree' From Christopher Guest, Planning To Write A Film For Judd Apatow

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 1:13 PM
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Chris O'Dowd is, quite frankly, a man to watch at the moment. The Irish actor first came to notice alongside Richard Ayoade on British TV show "The I.T. Crowd," which brought him to the attention of Hollywood. And while his early film roles went off a little half-cocked -- "Dinner For Schmucks," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Boat That Rocked" -- he's had an enormous amount of success in the last twelve months or so, led by being the romantic lead in monster comedy hit "Bridesmaids."

The Playlist Interview From Cannes: Wes Anderson Discusses The Nostalgia, Music, & Making Of 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 12:31 PM
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Few filmmakers have a more distinctive take on the world than Wes Anderson. Many of his contemporaries -- David O Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze et al -- are extraordinary filmmakers, but it's only with Anderson that you can look at a single frame -- any frame -- and instantly know that it's his. And the same is true of his latest, "Moonrise Kingdom," which marks his return to live-action filmmaking for the first time in five years.

3D 'The Simpsons' Short Film To Play Before 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2012 12:00 PM
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There was a time in movie theaters when a short animated film would play before the feature presentation. Many of the legendary Tex Avery cartoons started out their life this way, until, like most things in the film industry, shorts fell out of fashion with fickle audiences. The only studio that keeps that memory alive is Disney, which last year placed a Pixar-produced “Toy Story” short in front of “The Muppets” (Pixar has had a short precede all of their features since “A Bug’s Life”).

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